Message from A.J. Baynes
The first quarter has come to a close, and we are moving quickly into the second quarter. Take advantage of this week to evaluate the goals you set for yourself, both professionally and personally, and have an honest conversation with yourself as to where you are and where you want to be. While a quarter of the year is wrapped up, there is plenty of time to accomplish what you set out to do. Undoubtedly, I am confident you can find a goal that has been achieved already but focus your energies on what needs to be reprioritized and what tasks are falling short. After you establish your priorities, make sure they are attainable and measurable. Then, set a clear plan to achieve those goals while working with your team on who will own those goals. The Chamber is no different from your business as we are constantly planning, reevaluating, and making changes as we move throughout the year. We strive every day to represent you and your organization in the best possible light to assist in growing your business.
With just about seventy-five percent of the year remaining, the location of our next Business After Hours event could not be more relevant in helping you knock off those goals! On Tuesday, April 19, from 5-7pm, Entrepreneurial Operating System & Stas Balanevsky will open their doors to the Chamber and its membership. It has been several years since we have been at this location, and we are thrilled that EOS owner Stas Balanevsky agreed to host. I am confident it will be a delightful evening of networking and idea-sharing for our members. Stas has been an industry leader in helping organizations reach their goals. I encourage you to join us and bring a work colleague or a friend to show them the benefits of chamber membership. You can register by visiting here.

Our Emerging Business Leaders provided an exceptional opportunity for our members to think about who they are as individuals and how effective they are as leaders at our EBL Symposium hosted by Daemen University in sponsorship alongside National Grid. This symposium which attracted nearly 100 people, focused on increasing your personal brand, behavioral sciences in the workplace, and developing more inclusive leadership traits to further your company's culture. The response from those who attended was overwhelmingly positive, and we have already begun planning for a follow-up symposium. It was encouraging to see a robust response from our membership and it strongly reiterated to our team the need and desire for programming throughout the year. If you would like to learn more about the day or have a programming idea you want the Chamber to explore, please reach out to Maureen Girven, our Member Services Manager, at
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Join us in the Cobblestone District!
Stas Balanevsky of EOS invites you to his office for a networking event and Business After Hours on Tuesday, April 19th.

What is EOS?
The Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) is a set of simple concepts and practical tools used by more than 130,000 companies around the world to clarify, simplify, and achieve their vision. Look at your business in a whole new way – through the lens of the Six Key Components™.

The Components:
  • Vision - Get everyone in your organization 100% on the same page with where you’re going and how you’re going to get there.
  • People - By putting the right people in the right seats in your business, you’ll be surrounded by great people who will help you achieve your vision.
  • Data - What gets measured gets done. We’ll show you how to boil your organization down to a handful of objective numbers that give you an absolute pulse on your company.
  • Issues - Become great at solving problems throughout the organization – setting them up, knocking them down and making them go away forever.
  • Process - Creating a handful of core processes will help systemize your business and build a well-oiled machine that drives more consistency, scalability and profitability in your organization.
  • Traction - Bring discipline and accountability into the organization – become great at execution – take the vision down to the ground and make it real.
For your Consideration
Tip: That Gut Feeling?
Recent studies show that poor gut health has been linked with other areas of health like immunity, emotional health such as anxiety and depression, heart health, and even cancer. If you are experiencing upset stomach, extreme food cravings, skin conditions like eczema, fatigue, or even mood swings you may have an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in your gut. Making small changes in your daily lifestyle can help. Here are a few things you might consider trying: eat a balanced diet, cut back on artificial sweeteners and sugar, manage stress, exercise regularly, stay hydrated, get sleep, quit smoking, try probiotic/prebiotic supplements 
Seminar: Supermarket Savvy

The number of decisions we need to make at the grocery store can be overwhelming. This presentation provides employees a virtual shopping tour with advice for making healthier choices. Become a meal prep expert and learn food safety tips for proper care inside and outside of the kitchen!
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Green Guarantees
When you partner with The Junkluggers of the Northtowns, you benefit from our Green Guarantees. Our eco-friendly guarantees ensure our The Northtowns customers of the following:
  • 100% satisfaction- If you're not happy, we're not happy. We always strive for 100% customer satisfaction. If we miss the mark, let us know- we guarantee to make it right.
  • Donation receipts within 14 days- We aim to donate and recycle every item we can. Within 14 days, you'll receive a tax-deductible receipt for all household items we were able to donate.
  • On-time arrivals- We schedule 2-hour windows for our services to fit your routine. We value your time, and provide a discount if we're later than we planned.
  • Price assurance- We guarantee the price you pay will never be higher than the estimate we quoted. Sometimes, you'll even pay less!
How It Works
The Junkluggers ensure 100% customer satisfaction. Learn more about our junk removal process and schedule your free junk removal estimate today! Same and next-day appointments available.
  1. Schedule your free, no-obligation estimate for junk removal in The Northtowns.
  2. Our team of friendly, professional luggers arrive within a previously agreed-upon 2-hour window.
  3. Receive your free, no-obligation estimate onsite! You will never be charged more than our quote. Please note that certain items may result in surcharges, but we will be upfront about those items when we provide the on-site estimate.
  4. Sit back and relax- our luggers quickly and safely remove your unwanted items!
  5. The Junkluggers donates first and recycle second. We're committed to a greener community.

Contact Eric Conrad for more information at (716) 901-5388
The newly named Daemen University was introduced to the world late in March during a standing-room-only press conference in Rosary Hall.
“I can’t think of a better way to demonstrate the growth and sophistication of Daemen than by reaching this milestone during our 75th anniversary year,” said Gary Olson, president of Daemen University.

Last week, the New York State Education Department Board of Regents approved an amendment to Daemen’s charter to make the institution a university under the state’s recently revised definition. “Clearly a formal designation of university is appropriate,” added Olson. “In every sense except in name, Daemen has been a university for many years.” The name change took effect immediately. Read more here.
Make sure you complete a
health care proxy form
As a way to help encourage Americans to make plans in advance of any health crises that may occur in the future, National Healthcare Decisions Day is held every April 16. According to a national survey conducted by “The Conversation Project,” 92 percent of Americans say talking with their loved ones about end-of-life care is important, but only 32 percent have had such a conversation.

Therefore, now is a perfect time to complete a health care proxy, which allows you to appoint someone to be your health care agent and speak on your behalf if you are unable to due to illness or injury. A health care proxy isn’t just for older people or those facing serious illnesses and surgeries. Everyone over the age of 18 should appoint a health care agent.

You can also use your health care proxy to cite what types of treatments you would or would not want. For example, you could say, “If I am in a coma with no hope of recovery, I do not want to receive artificial nutrition provided by feeding tubes.”

Choosing the right health care agent
When designating your health care agent, select someone you trust, such as a family member or close friend. Talk with them to make sure they are willing to take on this responsibility. If they agree to act as your agent, share with them your thoughts, beliefs and preferences about how you would want to be treated for the remainder of your life.

If you don’t have a health care agent, family members may disagree about the types of medical care you would want and should receive. Completing a health care proxy form can prevent confusion and help your family and friends make health care decisions for you during an already stressful time.
Health care proxy forms are available at most doctors’ offices and hospitals. In addition, you can download one by clicking here.
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