Weekly Feature



2018-11-07 / Business

‘The Event’ draws large crowd, brings success

AJ BAYNES
Chamber President/CEO

The Event 2018 has come and gone but will go down in the chamber’s history as one of the best. If you were among the hundreds who attended, you will no doubt understand what I mean. The room was packed with people from both large and small companies representing every corner of the local business community.

There was an incredible energy; engagement and networking were over the top. It was also a proud night for our six honorees who received some well-deserved recognition, including short, beautifully created videos telling their stories courtesy of chamber member Buffalo Video Production. We kept the program portion moving and still made time for some wonderful remarks from each of our award winners. If you couldn’t attend, check out the photos from The Event on our Amherst Chamber Facebook page and the videos on our YouTube page.

Fall has brought a lot of rain our way, but nothing could dampen the spirits on Main Street in Williamsville Saturday when the chamber helped cut the ribbon on the Picture Main Street project. The construction began in June on the $3.7 million plan to make the street more walkable. Five months later, curbs are extended to shorten crossings and improve sight lines for both pedestrians and drivers. It was a challenging summer for both commuters and businesses along that stretch, but the chamber is proud of the result and glad we could help unveil the changes that are sure to bring more growth to that burgeoning area.

In October, we also had great success with our newest program, the West Herr Driven to Success Series. We kicked it off with Buffalo Business First Publisher John Tebeau. We capped the attendance at 30 and offered a light lunch while John spoke informally to the group about his career and his views on journalism today. Those who attended now have a connection to John, who encouraged them to share story ideas or feedback on the newspaper. This program will run every other month. We are now finalizing the details to have our sponsor, West Herr President Scott Bieler, present in December.

Just a few days into November, and we’ve already held a Member Education Series on managing workplace conflict and a jam-packed Lunch Mob at Chef’s in Buffalo. The chamber is looking forward to our Winter ProMix later this week featuring guest bartenders at SoHo Buffalo. We are on track to repeat the great turnout we had in June at our Summer ProMix. This is a great event for our young professionals. Everyone is welcome to register at www.amherst.org.

November is the month to celebrate what we are thankful for, and the chamber wants you to know how grateful we are for your support and partnership as we work to create a business environment where we all can prosper.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and remember, my door is always open.

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