Message from the A.J. Baynes
What an exciting time in Western New York and at the Chamber. As summer is in full swing, we feel the energy and excitement throughout the community, from full restaurants in the Village of Williamsville to a crowded boardwalk at Canalside, to engaged ProNet's and a very busy Business After Hours this past month, along with our Small Business Awards Luncheon & Showcase on July 22.
 
We are thrilled to be bringing back one of our mainstay events here at the Chamber. We couldn't be more excited to honor several small businesses, especially after the challenges we all faced during the pandemic. Our Award Winners include "716 Realty," "MusicalFare Theatre," "Rachel's Mediterranean," "Wild Birds Unlimited," "WNY Psychotherapy," and "Friend of the Chamber" Allen Dembski. This event attracts nearly 400 people, and with the opportunity to promote your business by purchasing a Showcase Tablethere will be plenty of networking before and after our programming. You can register for tickets and showcase tables by following this link.


Wednesday, July 14th @ 9am
Thursday, July 22nd @ 9am
Canceled - please attend Small Business Awards Luncheon!
The New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program was created to provide flexible grant assistance to currently viable small businesses, micro-businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations in the State of New York who have experienced economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Grant awards will be calculated based on a business’s annual gross receipts for 2019 (see below for more information). Grant amounts and calculations are subject to change by Empire State Development.
 
  • Annual gross receipts: $25,000 – $49,999.99: Award is $5,000 / business
  • Annual gross receipts: $50,000 – $99,999.99: Award is $10,000 / business
  • Annual gross receipts: $100,000 – $500,000: Award is 10% of gross receipts (maximum grant is $50,000)
EnergyMark
Phillips Lytle
NOCO Enterprises

Meet Joe Conley, the 6th President and CEO of Millington Lockwood, Inc
Millington Lockwood has been serving the Western New York Business community for over 137 years. Delivering functional and inspiring spaces in the corporate, education, healthcare and government markets. The company is comprised of two primary business division, Millington Lockwood Business Interior Solutions and AMP Interior Construction. The Business Interior Solutions division is a certified Herman Miller dealer as well as over 100 other commercial office furniture manufacturers and related services. The AMP Interior Construction division is a distributor of the DIRTT system which is prefabricated interior construction and all related products, services as well as design and technical, construction expertise.

The company employs more than 70 dedicated and talented individuals locally. Their sales team works with experienced cross functional teams comprised of interior design, customer service, project management, and delivery & installation professionals. The team ensures each project meets the company’s high standard of excellence for all customers, no matter the size or scale.

Check out some of our recent projects.

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We’re bringing healthy to you!


Independent Health and the Independent Health Foundation are bringing healthy to you this summer by working with a variety of local partners to provide fun, healthy ways to run, walk, bike, eat and more — at home and across Western New York.
From virtual programs and classes to activities and events, here are just some of the ways we are working to improve your health and well-being:
 
·      Our popular Fitness in the Parks program is now back for its 10th season. Join us all summer long at parks across Western New York for free outdoor and online fitness classes, led by YMCA certified instructors.
 
·      Nearly 400 GPS-enabled Reddy Bikes are available for short-term rent to help you commute to work, visit your favorite park or take a leisurely ride through the streets of Buffalo and Niagara Falls.
 
·      Join the weekly community Slow Roll bike rides every Monday night through October 25. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to ride and explore Buffalo by bike.
 
·      Explore the Outer Harbor with kayak and bike rentals at Wilkeson Pointe, the 3-mile Independent Health Wellness Trail and the Lakeside Bike Park.
 
·      Beat the summer heat with kayak, hydrobike, paddle board rentals, as well as ziplining and other adventure activities at Buffalo RiverWorks.
 
·      Visit the Tifft Nature Preserve for an exclusive guided nature experience. Private tours allow you to explore the sights and sounds of Tifft, led by knowledgeable volunteers.
 
·      Find ways to eat healthy in the community and at home through the Healthy Options program. More than 250 restaurants and food trucks with heart-healthy menu items plus at-home cooking tips and recipes.
 
In addition, Independent Health members can receive exclusive discounts by simply showing their member ID card. Discounts apply to select community partners, including Reddy Bikeshare, Outer Harbor and Buffalo RiverWorks.
 
To check out all the fun ways we are helping Western New Yorkers stay active through our partnerships within the community, visit www.independenthealth.com/events.
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