Weekly Feature

2016-09-08 / Business

Chamber seeks to address challenges local businesses face

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director

We at the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce were thrilled to be asked to contribute content on a monthly basis for this column. I have served as the Chamber’s executive director for just over a year now and have had an opportunity to meet and interact with many business owners and staff of varying sizes and industries, yet I know I’ve barely scratched the surface of the incredible strength and dedicated people that make up the business community in this great town.

The Chamber of Commerce exists to strengthen the local economy, represent the interest of business in government, provide networking opportunities, and promote the businesses within the community. To achieve this we ask one very important question: “What are the challenges you face? If there is one thing that keeps you up at night — what is it?”

Every day, we work diligently to identify these challenges and connect people to real solutions. If there’s not yet a solution, let’s create one.

Our intent for this column in the future is to facilitate communication of those challenges and solutions, and ensure that the Chamber of Commerce continues to uphold our mission to assist, support, and promote business in Cheektowaga and surrounding communities. Whether your challenge is the need to find quality employees, access to low-cost training opportunities, health insurance needs, help with marketing your business and expanding your network, or a voice to advocate on your behalf with elected officials at the local, state and federal levels, the Chamber of Commerce is your premier resource.

A large opportunity for us to promote local business is through our 50th annual awards dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Millennium Buffalo Hotel. All recipients were nominated by members of the community, and this year we are proud to present the following awards: Large Business of the Year — Buffalo Niagara International Airport; Small Business of the Year — Apple’s Deli & Catering; Community Service — Brian Windshitl, General Manager, Bravo Cucina Italiana; Innovation Award — WTF Chef & WTF Gym (Wellness Through Food; Wellness Through Fitness); Special Presentation Recognizing 125 Years in Business — Lake Shore Savings Bank. In addition to shining a light on the accomplishments of these local companies, we are also proud to recognize Officer Paul Nazzarett of the Cheektowaga Police Community Crime Prevention Unit as the 2016 Citizen of the Year. The Citizen of the Year is awarded to an individual who consistently goes above and beyond to make the Cheektowaga community a better place to live and work. This could not be truer of contributions Nazzarett has made, and we are looking forward to honoring him at the upcoming event. For details on attending the event, visit www.cheektowaga.org.

Visit our website at www.cheektowaga.org, stop by our office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the AppleTree Business Park, Suite 7A, call us at 684-5838 or email me at kgroff@cheektowaga.org to learn more about taking advantage of membership and how we can help provide solutions to the challenges you face.

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