In This October Issue...
  • Message from the President: The Event!
  • Monday Minute VIDEO: 43North Competition Finals
  • Health Insurance: Open House for Open Enrollment
  • Curtain Up on Business After Hours!
  • FEEDBACK: Take our quick MEMBER SURVEY
  • Independent Health Healthy Dose: Cooking Healthy!
Message from the President/CEO
The Chamber is knee-deep in plans for our biggest event of the year, THE EVENT when we honor businesses and leaders across our community for doing great work.

Growing up with a family business, I witnessed firsthand the effort it takes to achieve success. I watched my father toil for long hours and weekends at the office, grapple with tough decisions and make sacrifices to get ahead.

When it all comes together, it is worth celebrating. Read more .
Monday Minute: 43North Finals!
A.J. Baynes goes one-on-one with Alex Gress, President/CEO of 43North on its competition finals in this month's edition of our First Monday Minute.

18 startups compete for their share of $5 million in prize money on Oct. 3. It's creating the next generation of companies!

We'll feature a video interview each month on matters important to our community.
It's the Best Monday Night Ever!
Join Us! Sponsorships and Ticket Info HERE!
Penny LaPlaca
Olivia Dann
Christine Langenfeld
Contact our team of licensed brokers! Call the Chamber offices at 632-6905 or email for more information.  
Chamber in the News!
When Channel 7 went "On the Road in Amherst" , they turned to the Chamber for an update on development projects, like the Northtown Plaza. Watch the story here .
The Chamber cut the ribbon on new member business, U.S. Renal Care and The Buffalo News reported on the new dialysis facility here .
Have Your Voice Heard!
We want to hear from you about the services we provide at the Chamber.
What do you like? What changes should be made?
 Take our quick MEMBER SURVEY! Click HERE !
Update Your Emails! Add Reps! Text Alerts!
Bounced emails? No longer with the company? Make sure the Chamber has the most up-to-date information about you and your business!

Log onto your MIC today and while you are there, ADD REPS!
Also, how about TEXT reminders of special events going on??? OPT IN!

TEXT "notify acc" to 313131 .
Be "In The Know"
See You There!
Meet Business First Publisher
John Tebeau!

Date: Thurs., Oct. 4

Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm

Location: Amherst Chamber of Commerce

Free event, light lunch included, space limited

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 16

Time: 5pm-7pm

Location: MusicalFare Theatre , 4380 Main St., Amherst

Wine tasting, raffles, tours!

Date: Fri., Nov. 2

Time: 12pm-1pm

Location: Chef's Restaurant, 291 Seneca St., Buffalo

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Learn, Savor and Enjoy at a Healthy Options Cooking Class!
Would you like to spice up your cooking routine and learn how to make healthy and delicious dishes from Buffalo’s favorite restaurant chefs? Then join the Independent Health Foundation for a Healthy Options cooking class.
By attending a class, you will be taught simple cooking techniques by a professional chef. Each class features nutritious recipes that follow healthy eating guidelines. You will then have the chance to sample and enjoy the tasty dishes you create together.
There are three types of Healthy Options cooking classes that are currently open to the entire community:
1.        Demonstration – Sit back and relax while our chefs do all the work. They will demonstrate step-by-step how to bring together each healthy recipe so that you can replicate it at home.
2.        Sushi Rolling – Grab a sushi mat and get rolling. Chef Kevin from Sun Cuisines will show you how you can make this nutritious, authentic entrée in your own kitchen using fresh ingredients.
3.        Hands On – Don’t be afraid to dive in and get your hands a little dirty. Our chefs will guide you every step of the way as you transform an array of ingredients into a culinary masterpiece.
D’Avolio Kitchen (5409 Main Street in Williamsville), Sun Cuisines (5759 Main Street in Williamsville) and Artisan Kitchens & Baths Culinary Loft (200 Amherst Street in Buffalo) host these classes on a monthly basis. All skill levels are welcome. Plus, Independent Health members receive a $5 discount off the cost of each class.
In addition, the Independent Health Foundation offers private/corporate packages for a customized experience for any employer group, staff retreat or team building event. Invite up to 25 coworkers to socialize while learning new skills in the kitchen and enjoying good food.
For more information or to register for any of these classes, visit .
Thank You to Our Investors
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