It’s Winter, But Spring Is Just Around the Corner!
Although we’re in the middle of winter (it doesn’t quite feel like it!) I look forward to when the weather warms up and we get more light. I enjoy seeing the crocuses burst from the frozen ground, bringing color to the wintry landscape.

Right now we’re in the Chamber Season of Renewal. The response by our members to renewing or joining for the first time has been fantastic—just like crocuses bursting on to the landscape! Compared to last year at this time, we have more members who have renewed and joined. It’s a testament to the vitality of the Chamber and the value we perceive in our membership.

Did you take part in the Commercial Workshop? Have you signed up for the Paid Up Membership Dinner? If you joined or renewed by February 1st, you’ll be included in the Membership Directory that the Chamber is publishing. Did you attend the multi-chamber networking event at People’s United Bank—I was bowled over by the energy and excitement that was in the air.

These are just a few of the programs and events that we’re working on—the purpose of which is to promote our members, provide business and networking opportunities and create an energetic environment for us to engage in our business activities.

On February 11th we’re having our Free Paid Up Membership Dinner at Taste 99 at Carlyle on the Green located at the Bethpage State Park Golf Course. It promises to be a great night of networking, food & drink and entertainment. If you’ve never seen comedienne Sherry Davey before, you’re in for a real treat! Remember—as a member this is a free event. Invite your guests, friends and business colleagues. It’s a great way to showcase your membership and circles of influence to people. If you haven’t done so already, RSVP by CLICKING HERE.

Watch for news of upcoming networking events, meetings and programs. Some of the things we’re working on are: Creating a ListServ for Chamber members; planning the 911 Memorial and several new and exciting networking events. Important events that affect us are happening away from our town. Board member Francesca Carlow and others from the chamber and Vision Long Island (Director Eric Alexander was our Janaury meeting speaker) will be boarding buses for Albany on February 24th for “Lobby Day.”If you would like to witness your local government in action and see how our legislators make the wheels turn for small business, contact Francesca at francescacarlow@gmail.com.

We continue to support members in establishing their new businesses. Amanda Perrotta of the Trendy Owl Boutique and Ned Marzigliano of State Farm Insurance just celebrated their grand openings. If you want to celebrate a grand opening (ribbon cutting) or another occasion with the Chamber, just let us know. It’s a great way to promote your business and the Chamber.

Get involved; come to meetings and events. Join a committee. Special thanks to Robert Kothe and Alex Wolff for the great work they did in the Commercial Workshop, with Robert filming the commercials and Alex providing professional head shots (check out my new head shot!). Kudos to Laurel Scarr-Konel in chairing the ListServ committee.

We want your energy and we want your ideas. You won’t be disappointed. You Gotta Be In It, To Win It!

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon and at the upcoming Dinner!