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  • 1. 2012 BOARD OF DIRECTORSOFFICERSDavid Flynn, Phillips Lytle, LLP ChairmanColleen DiPirro, Amherst Chamber of Commerce President and CEODavid Donovan, Independent Health First Vice ChairEarl Wells, e3communications Second Vice Chair and Public Affairs Council Chair [2011Bill McGowan, AccuMED Technologies, Inc. TreasurerRichard Cahlstadt, M&T BankDonna DeCarolis, National Fuel GasDennis Elsenbeck, National GridChris Jerzewski, CCS OncologyRalph Jeswald, Dopkins & CompanyChristopher Lane, Millard Fillmore Suburban HospitalGretchen Nichols, Nesper, Ferber & DiGiacomo, LLPBOARD**Jim Allen, Amherst Industrial Development AgencyThomas Bamrick, Ingram MicroStephen Bell, Eric Mower & AssociatesJeff Buckley, Moshides FinancialMaria Caserta, DENT Neurologic Peter Kates, Univera Healthcare David Kimelberg, Seneca Holdings Jeffrey Lehrbach, McGuire Development Co. John Leonardi, Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors **Sharon Lochocki, KeyBank ANNUAL REPORT]*Jack Colocousis, Corporate Training Services Nick Magnini, FOX Television NetworkMichael Conroy, BlueCross BlueShield of WNY *Peter Morris, PR Morris ConsultingVince DeJoy, III, Windsong Radiology Keith Parwulski, Evans BankDavid Dunkleman, Weinberg Campus Michael Pietkiewicz, University at BuffaloMatthew Enstice, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Eric Recoon, Benderson DevelopmentJeffrey Fancher, UBS Financial Services TJ Revelas, Lawley ServicesJim Gottstine, Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. *Suzie Rivo Solender, Solender ServicesJonathan Hager, The Home Depot Shandra Spicer, S&W ContractingStewart Haney, Wendel Companies **William Stark, Ciminelli Development Company, IncTherese Hickok, Uniland Scott Stenclik, Superior Technical ResourcesMark Hogan, AAA of WNY Amy Vigneron, Cohen & Lombardo, P.CKenneth Jagodzinski, Verizon Robert Wallace, Canterbury Woods *Appointed, ** Ex Officio 2012 PATRONS: Sponsored by:
  • 2. COLLEEN DIPIRRO, PRESIDENT & CEO HERE’S WHAT OUR MEMBERS ARE What a year it has been, not only for the Am- SAYING ABOUT US herst Chamber of Commerce, but for Buffalo "As the Executive Director of the largest free-standing non-profit audiology practice in the country, Niagara as a whole! As a region, we came to- I oversee 10 doctors of audiology and seven office support staff. It is my responsibility to ensure that gether in a short time frame to craft a strategic the staff constantly develops both their professional and business skills. I have found the "Tools for Prosperity" seminar series to be incredibly helpful in providing opportunities for my staff to learn plan for Western New York through the Re- more about the business challenges that we face in todays market. A variety of our staff, from gional Economic Development Council. As a the audiologists to the office and business managers, have attended seminars on everything from Chamber, we not only grew in numbers, but website development to business etiquette and actively apply the knowledge gained into their daily grew the services and programs that we pro- work responsibilities." vide to you, our members, to help keep your Dr. Anne Orsene, AuD., Hearing Evaluation Services of Buffalo Inc. businesses prosperous. Member Since October 2010 "Two years ago I joined the Amherst Chamber as an Entrepreneur/Sole Proprieter not knowing any- thing about the business world. With the help of the Chamber I have been able to take The Mac Groups Thirty individuals were selected by Governor from Sole Proprieter to Corporation status. Treat this like a gym membership...work it....live it... Your success within the Amherst Chamber is what you make of it." Andrew Cuomo to serve on the Western New Sean M. Macaluso, The Mac Groups Inc. York Regional Economic Development Council and I was honored to be Member Since June 2010 one of them. What an outstanding recognition for the Amherst Chamber "When I started my company in 2005, we had built only three websites that first year. Now we build and the work that we do for the business community. The Council’s hard close to 300 new sites every year and have 22 people on staff full-time in Amherst. I credit a large part work was rewarded this past December when the Governor announced of my success to the engagements at the Amherst Chamber. It was the very first network I joined as a the WNY plan was a “Best Plan Award” winner and would receive over[FROM THE PRESIDENT] business owner, and I immediately got involved in all the programs they had to offer. Since we have $100 million for economic development! become one of the largest website developers for small businesses in Western New York, I look back at the Chamber as a critical key in helping foster the confidence, marketing reach, and membership ex- periences that gave us the foundation of growth we have today. While the region saw great success at the end of 2011, the Chamber was Joel Colombo, 360 PSG able to see it all year long. As you read through the 2011 Annual Report, Member Since January 2005 you will notice that attendance at all of our events grew, participation in the Chamber is higher than ever before and the Chamber is offering an even more diverse menu of services for members to take advantage of. All of these positive notes continue to underline what we have been saying for years. When you listen to the business community and proactively respond to their needs, the organization will only become stronger. Thank you for continuing to recognize the value of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce and the service that we provide. Without your constant input and feedback we would not have the reputation in the marketplace that we do today. I look forward to working with you throughout the coming year to continue expanding your circle of influence.
  • 3. DAVID FLYNN, PHILLIPS LYTLE LLP Chamber Expenses* As I continue my chairmanship of the Amherst Chamber of January 2011 - December 2011 Commerce’s Board of Directors in 2012, I am happy to reflect on the many positives that 2011 brought to the Chamber. We [FINANCIAL REVIEW] have distinguished our organization as one that is responsive 6% 4% 3% to the ever changing needs of our diverse membership. The 6% sustainability of the Chamber does not come from a single program or service, but from multiple projects that are sys- tematically based and integrated to reflect economic trends and operational challenges. Balancing business programs and 20% 61% services that provide our members with the tools to prosper in conjunction with the leadership we exhibit in shaping public policy has resulted in our becoming the largest Chamber in the region. Our offerings resonate with businesses – large and small, as evidenced by our continuing growth and diversity in Payroll and Benefits Rent membership. General and Administrative Other In addition to taking a lead in driving public policy that benefits the business com- Special Events Professional Fees munity via our Public Affairs Council and the Legislative Agenda being distributed today, we have forged strong working relationships with our public officials at every level of government. Plans are underway for forums with Lieutenant Gover- Chamber Income* nor Robert Duffy who will visit the Chamber to discuss the next steps of the Re- gional Economic Development Council, which Colleen DiPirro and the Chamber is January 2011 - December 2011 actively involved in. We will also host United States Senator Kirsten Gilibrand[FROM THE CHAIRMAN] this spring to learn more about her Upstate Works Act legislation currently mov- ing through Congress. Congresswoman Kathy Hochul is a regular visitor to the Chamber, most recently when she and Colleen held a press conference in support 8% 4%1% of agency consolidation at the Federal level. 15% 39% We are also finalizing plans for a meeting with the newly appointed President of the Business Council of New York State, Heather Briccetti, who will share with us their focus on State issues. While leadership is a hallmark of our Chamber, providing opportunities to em- 33% power our members is also a priority. At the end of February, the Chamber’s new- est program, Emerging Business Leaders, will celebrate young professionals from all over the region with their first annual awards gala. This event will be like noth- Membership Investors ing Western New York has seen before, including a live performance by home- town band More Than Me. Health Insurance Small Business Services In May, the Business Resource Council will be adding a Vendor Show to our an- Special Events Miscellaneous nual Small Business Awards Luncheon. This new feature will allow the Chamber to help raise awareness for our small business members and those who facilitate *Data provided is unaudited small business creation and growth in the region. THE HEALTH INSURANCE DIVISION Launching in 2012 is Insights and Inspirations, a new program to provide second Benefit Solutions stage business leaders with a peer-to-peer program to help solve their everyday Benefit Solutions was created by the Amherst Chamber of Commerce to offer issues. Participants will receive the tools needed to grow their company through a additional insurance benefits to our member businesses with two or more circle of trusted advisors whose only agenda is to help each other succeed. employees helping them navigate the many coverage options available. While As you can see, 2012 is shaping up to be another exciting year for the Amherst the Chamber still offers its association plans to all members, small businesses Chamber of Commerce. I look forward to continuing my service as your Chairman can benefit from belonging to the only chamber in the region with a licensed, and for the Chamber to continue to provide you with a tangible return on your in-house insurance broker. The Chamber has a strong relationship with all Chamber investment. Feel free to contact me at any time at dflynn@amherst.org. three local insurance carriers and a unique partnership with Lawley Benefits Sincerely, to offer their additional knowledge and expertise. Commissions received from Benefit Solutions clients are reinvested back in the Chamber to allow the organization to provide the valuable programs and services available to all members.
  • 4. Mike Robitaille and the Buffalo Sabres Alumni The Emerging Business Leaders, an initiative Foundation were awarded the “Community Service” for young professionals, celebrated its first honor at this year’s Business of the Year Awards anniversary with help from the Food Trucks Dinner, attended by more than 350 business leaders. of WNY. Attendees donated canned goods to the Food bank of WNY. FAST FACTS: The Chamber held 10 Business After Hours networking events at member locations • Enrolled over 156 new members in which featured Honorary Hosts, like United health insurance plans States Congressman Brian Higgins, who • Held over 250 meetings in the Sub- spoke at May’s event. urban Solutions Center • Hosted over 210 business leaders at[Chamber at a Glance] the Small Business Awards Lunch- eon • Increased corporate investment in the Chamber by 32% • Added 216 companies to the Cham- The Chamber worked with Gover- ber membership nor Andrew Cuomo to help coordi- nate his first visit to Western New • Hosted more than 125 networking meetings York after being elected to office. • Hosted the State of the Town Ad- United States Congresswoman Kathy Hochul visited the dress at the Annual Luncheon Chamber to celebrate Women in Business Week, co-hosting • Held 12 Member Education/Tools a luncheon and discussion with Chamber President Col- for Prosperity Workshops leen DiPirro for local business women. The Chamber organized a roundtable with local business leaders, New In 2011, over 10 area York State Senator Mike businesses asked the Ranzenhofer and Senate Amherst Chamber of Majority Leader Dean Commerce to be a part Skelos. The event was The Emerging Business Leaders met with regional executives at of their grand opening, hosted by Ciminelli Real the Chamber throughout the year to share an intimate meal including the one Estate. with young professionals as part of the Food for Thought Pro- pictured here at gram. Jim Kaskie, president of Kaleida Health sat down for KeyBank. lunch during November’s installment.
  • 5. 2013 Board of Directors Amherst Chamber of CommerceOFFICERSDavid Donovan, Independent Health ChairmanColleen DiPirro, Amherst Chamber of Commerce President and CEOEarl V. Wells, III, e3communications First Vice Chair and Public Affairs Council ChairDavid P. Flynn, Phillips Lytle LLP Immediate Past ChairRichard Cahlstadt, M&T Bank TreasurerDonna L. DeCarolis, National Fuel GasDennis Elsenbeck, National Grid*Jeffrey Fancher, UBS Financial Services Inc.Therese J. Hickok, Uniland Development CompanyChristopher Lane, Millard Fillmore Suburban HospitalBill McGowan, AccuMED Technologies, Inc.Michael J. Pietkiewicz, University at BuffaloRobert Wallace, Episcopal Church Home & Associates, Inc.BOARDThomas Bamrick, Ingram Micro Jeffrey Lehrbach, McGuire Development Co.Steve Bell, Eric Mower & Associates John Leonardi, Buffalo Niagara Association of RealtorsRachael Brown, Employer Services Corporation** Michael A. Marong, Jr., Bank of America Merrill LynchMaria Caserta, DENT Neurologic Institute Bobby Mills, Daemen CollegeMichael Conroy, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York Gretchen Nichols, Nesper, Ferber & DiGiacomo, LLPVince DeJoy, III, Windsong Radiology Keith J. Parwulski, Evans BankDavid Dunkelman, Weinberg Campus Daniel Plis, First Niagara BankMatthew Enstice, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Eric Recoon, Benderson DevelopmentJim Gottstine, Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. TJ Revelas, Lawley Benefits GroupJonathan Hager, The Home Depot Suzie Rivo Solender, Solender Services, LLCStewart Haney, P.E., WENDEL Patrick Schiske, West Herr Toyota Williamsville 2 0 1 2Christopher Jerzewski, CCS Oncology Lisa Secord, WegmansRalph M. Jeswald, Dopkins & Company, LLC Shandra Spicer, Spicer GroupPeter Kates, Univera Healthcare Scott Stenclik, Superior GroupDavid Kimelberg, Seneca Holdings Carolyn D. Valenti, Lougen, Valenti, Bookbinder& Weintraub, LLPElizabeth M. Kraus, KeyBank*Ex Officio, ** Appointed 2013 Patrons ANNUAL REPORT Sponsored By: Solender Services, LLC
  • 6. MESSAGE from the President >>Colleen DiPirro 2012 - A Look Back Young, Professional and Connected Last year was both an exciting and a challenging year for the Chamber and for the business community. In the fall of 2011, I was appointed by the Governor to serve as a member of the Regional Economic Development Council and Networking, Workshops, CEO Interaction participate in the creation of our Regional Economic Development Strategy. In early 2012, we were able to identify members of our Board of Directors who were ultimately appointed to serve on work Through skill development, community outreach and groups, expanding our influence. Even more exciting was the networking, members build the COMPETENCIES AND introduction of representatives from our Emerging Business CONNECTIONS necessary to stay in this area and thrive.Leaders to the Lt. Governor who agreed to integrate them into the Council and/or workgroups. As Chairman of the Communications Committee for both the REDC and the Simply put, members of the Emerging Business Leaders get aBuffalo Billion, I continue to represent our members as we determine how the State is return on their membership that pays dividends ingoing to dedicate resources in an effort to grow and sustain our regional economy. Ourstaff, our current leadership and our next generation of leaders are all engaged in this PROFESSIONAL ADVANCEMENT.unique initiative. From MONTHLY NETWORKING opportunities and intimate gatheringsFrom an organizational standpoint, we are excited that our membership continues to grow,as evidenced by Business First identifying us as the largest Chamber of Commerce in the with the area’s most influential CEOs, we invite you to join us at our nextregion. Our diverse menu of cost effective business services is the impetus for this EMERGING BUSINESS LEADERS event.growth. Each of our services is designed to make money or save money for our members.And, as we grow their individual prosperity the community grows and prospers. Largerfirms, realizing the value of our efforts, continue to increase their investment in ourorganization in recognition of the tangible ROI.The staff and volunteer leadership of the Chamber utilizes our Strategic Plan as theblueprint for our actions. While we are a fluid organization that responds to changes inthe marketplace and the economy, our commitment to our mission continues to guide us.That focus has allowed us to overcome or ride out the challenges we faced and continueto sustain the success of our Chamber.The Challenges were exceptionally difficult because we had so little control over them.Both the potential ‘Fiscal Cliff’ and the integration of the Health Care Reform Act had veryreal consequences for our members and society as a whole. The immediate catastrophicramifications for failure to act on a Federal Budget amendment were avoided whenCongress and the Senate came to some compromises earlier this month but the economicuncertainties facing the nation because of our national deficit is still of some concern. Wecontinue to work closely with our Federal representatives to make sure that the concernsand opinions of the business community are heard as they develop public policy.Health Care Reform will dramatically change the health insurance delivery system. TheChamber continues to work with our state representatives and departments as theydesign both the Exchanges and identify the regulations in accordance with federalguideline. As a portal, providing employers and employees with the information necessaryto select the appropriate insurance coverage, the Amherst Chamber of Commerce willcontinue our active engagement in this ongoing process.Opportunities and challenges will always be a part of our life – the Amherst Chamber ofCommerce is adept at responding to both and thank you for your support of us and ourefforts. Sincerely, Colleen DiPirro
  • 7. MESSAGE from the Chairman FINANCIAL review >>David Donovan, Independent Health I am excited about the opportunity to serve as Chairman of the Board of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce. As a member of the Board of Directors, I recognize that we are a highly committed organization that supports the business community in the region. Working with our members, the Chamber has established an agenda to achieve our strategic goals. We offer members relevant networking events that are valuable opportunities to grow their business. Our Councils and Task Forces work jointly with our staff and the business community and we listen andlearn in an effort to provide programs and implement services that meetyour needs. Our health insurance division is unique in our ability to provideboth group health insurance and specialized and customized insurance asa result of our in house agency. We are already serving as a resource to thecommunity as an information portal regarding the transition to universalhealth care.As decisions are made regarding benefits, access and regulations, wecommunicate that to our members. Special attention will be given toinitiatives that promote a healthy workforce. Not only will this improveemployee productivity and employer profits, it will stabilize health insurancepremiums.Our focus on young professionals with the mobilization and expansion ofour Emerging Business Leaders program allows us to build regional benchstrength as we prepare the next generation of stewards with educational,professional and personal tools.The Amherst Chamber of Commerce is one of the most influential forces inlocal and regional government and economic development. We serve adiverse audience of citizens, including community leaders, entrepreneurs, BENEFIT solutionsbusiness executives, employees and educators. I am proud to be a part of The Amherst Chamber of Commerce is one of the leading health insurancethis influential group and look forward to working with you; individually or agencies for small business in the region. In addition to group insurance,collectively to advance our goals which mirror your goals – to maintain our in house brokerage allows us to customize insurance plans for ourprosperity and enjoy a high quality of life. members which has been hugely popular. Because we devoted so many resources to mobilizing this unique agency, we are positioned appropriately to assist our members and the small business community as they prepare for the transition to health care exchanges which everyone will be required toSincerely, utilize January 1, 2014. We are working with NYS officials and the carriers so that we are well informed and can communicate our knowledge to subscribers. For more information or to be included on our Health Care Corner NewsletterDavid Donovan distribution list which includes real time information, go to www.amherst.org and sign up or call Chris Solecki, Chamber Benefits Manager at 632-6905.
  • 8. The Amherst Chamber The Chamber held nine Emerginghonored Independent Health Business After Hours networking Business Leaders, the with the Business of the Year events at member locations Chamber’s youngaward at the 2012 Business of throughout 2012. Many of the professionals group, the Year Awards Dinner. events featured special guests like held a one-of-a-kind Despite echoes of Hurricane United States Congressman Brian awards gala toSandy’s high winds and heavy Higgins, who dropped by for recognize the September’s event at the Eagle business and civic rains, over 300 local business House Tavern. achievements of those 39 leaders attended the dinner. and under in Western New York. The gala took an original approach to the typical sit-down dinner, providing guests with food stations, free massages, swag bags, open bar, a photo booth and live music.Fast Facts: Enrolled over 330 new members in health insurance plans Held over 275 meetings in the Suburban Solutions Center CHAMBER at a Glance Hosted over 300 business leaders at In 2012, the the Business of the Year awards Amherst Chamber of On dinner Commerce continued August 31st , Senator Hosted over 225 business leaders to monitor and weigh Kirstin Gillibrand at the Small Business Awards came to speak at a Luncheon in on public policy affecting the greater luncheon hosted by Added a Small Business Showcase business community. the Amherst component to the luncheon and Chamber with over had 30 member businesses The Chamber held meetings and met with 150 business participate professionals and 11 local Added 266 new member elected officials on over 40 occasions this past chambers of commerce businesses to the Chamber in attendance . Hosted more than 125 networking year. meetings The Emerging Business Leaders met with eight regional Held 10 Tools for executives and local leaders Prosperity Heather Briccetti, president Workshops throughout the year to share and CEO of the Business a meal and conversations Launched a Council of New York State, series of At- about professional traveled to the Chamber in Home Business development as part of the “U” skill March to discuss group’s Food for Thought development business-friendly public program. Jody Lomeo, CEO of courses for policy with members of the Erie County Medical home-based the Chambers board of business Center, sat down for breakfast at directors and public affairs November’s event. owners. council.
  • 9. Join Us Buffalo Niagara Marriott 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst, NY Monday, October 29, 2012 2012 Registration/Cocktails 5:30 pm Sponsored by: Amherst Chamber of Commerce Dinner/Program 6:30 pm Sponsored by: $65 members $80 non-members Table of ten including corporate signage $750 members $850 non-members Business of the Year Awards CelebrateKindly RSVP by Monday, October 22, 2012 Reservations can be made online at www.amherst.org or by phone excellence at (716) 632-6905 Keynote address by: Kenneth Adams, president and CEO of Empire State Development Corporation
  • 10. 2012 Business of the Year Honorees Commitment to Excellence Revitalization Award Superior Group Larkin Development Group Sponsored by: National Fuel for Larkinville Sponsored by: Phillips Lytle LLP Business of the Year Presented to:Independent Health Frank Ciminelli Lifetime Inspiration Award Innovation Award Sponsored by: M&T Bank Gene Vukelic HEALTHeLINK Sponsored by: Bank of America Merrill Lynch Sponsored by: National Grid Health & Health Services Award Stewardship Award Canterbury Woods Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker Sponsored by: Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital Sponsored by: KeyBank
  • 11. Thank You PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF: Marc Murphy Photography COCKTAIL HOUR SPONOSRED BY: Sponsored by:AMHERST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE STAFFColleen DiPirro President/CEOCaitlin McNulty Director of Operations and Special ProjectsChristian Solecki Benefits ManagerJanice Vecchio ReceptionistAllison Whalen Creative ManagerKim Whelan Director of Member RelationsBarb Wischerath Accountant Amherst Chamber of Commerce
  • 12. Business of the Y Business of the Y ear ear Business of the YearBusiness of the Year Business of the Year Business of the Year OCTOBER 29, 2012 STEWARDSHIP BUFFALO NIAGARA MARRIOTT Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker Registration/Cocktails 5:30 p.m. Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker has made it her mission to improve Dinner/Program 6:30 p.m. lives through civic service. As CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, she focuses on community-wide efforts to solve the INTRODUCTION OF SPECIAL Colleen C. DiPirro most critical problems facing the Western New York region. GUESTS, OPENING REMARKS CHAMBER PRESIDENT/CEO Clotilde, the 2012 Stewardship honoree, is a nationally recognized spokeswoman on a range of issues Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker including strategic philanthropy, INTRODUCTION OF THE David Flynn community service and cultural BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD diversity. KEYNOTE ADDRESS Kenneth Adams EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION PRESIDENT Clotilde has led numerous public/private sector collaborations focused on systemic change. These DINNER efforts have addressed issues such as school readiness, post-secondary AWARDS PROGRAM Jacquie Walker attainment, capacity building for arts MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES WIVB CHANNEL 4 NEWS organizations, safety for victims of domestic violence and environmental stewardship. Most recently, BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Independent Health Clotilde launched the Say Yes to Education initiative to drive education reform in the urban core of the region. She is the founder STEWARDSHIP AWARD Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker of the Literacy Funders Network, a national coalition of foundations dedicated to improving literacy in America. COMMITMENT TO Superior Group EXCELLENCE Clotilde’s other service highlights include a FRANK CIMINELLI LIFETIME Gene Vukelic White House appointment to the President’s INSPIRATION AWARD Council on Service and Civic Participation and U.S. Committee co-chair of the United Na- tions International Year of the Volunteer. She HEALTH & HEALTH SERVICES Canterbury Woods has served on many national and local boards AWARD including the Mayoral Council on Hispanic issues, John R. Oishei, Foundation and The National Federation for Just Communities. REVITALIZATION AWARD Larkin Development Group for Larkinville INNOVATION AWARD HELATHeLINK SPONSORED BY:
  • 13. Business of the Y Business of the Y ear ear Business of the YearBusiness of the Year Business of the Year Business of the Year INNOVATION ABOUT KENNETH ADAMS HEALTHeLINK Kenneth Adams was confirmed by the New York State Legislature as The recipient of the 2012 Innovation Award is a company Empire State Development (ESD) that fills a critical void in today’s President & CEO and Commission- health care delivery system. er of the New York State Depart- HEALTHeLINK provides electronic ment of Economic Development on health information technology that April 5, 2011. In these positions, allows physicians to access medical Mr. Adams works to promote eco- records of participating patients nomic practices that attract busi- electronically at the point of care ness and create jobs throughout no matter where or in what New York State. He also works condition their patients are in. Not only does this advancement save time and money, it saves lives. closely with Lieutenant GovernorHEALTHeLINK Robert J. Duffy to implement the Regional Economic Devel- opment Councils across the state. Through the Western New York clinical information exchange, more than 2,300 physicians are currently connected to HEALTHeLINK. The database provides physicians and other health care providers with Mr. Adams came to ESD from The Business Council of New their patients’ lab results, tests, radiology reports, medication York State, the state’s leading business association, where information, and a wide range of other he served as President and CEO since 2006. He led the or- health information, instantly and ganization in its mission of creating “economic growth, securely. good jobs and strong communities across New York State.” The Business Council represents nearly 2,500 member In Western New York, more than 90% businesses, chambers of commerce and professional and of lab reports and over 80% of trade associations, employing a total of more than one radiology reports generated in the million New Yorkers. region are electronically available to physicians through HEALTHeLINK. In addition, 19 of 22 local hospitals use Prior to leading the Business Council, Mr. Adams was Presi- the database as well as several home care agencies, long term care dent of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and Director facilities, and independent radiology practices. of the MetroTech Business Improvement District in Down- town Brooklyn. He was also the founding Executive Director of New York Cares, New York City’s leading volunteer or- As one of the leading clinical information exchanges in the country, ganization, from 1988 to 1994. HEALTHeLINK and its clinical partners continue to build and strengthen local health information technology infrastructure so measureable improvements in health care delivery and cost can be Mr. Adams is a resident of Brooklyn, New York, where he made. lives with his wife and two children. SPONSORED BY:
  • 14. Business of the Y Business of the Y ear ear Business of the Year Business of the Year Business of the Year Business of the Year BUSINESS OF THE YEAR REVITALIZATION Independent Health Larkin Development Group for Larkinville Larkin Development Group, led by Independent Health not CEO Howard Zemsky, systematically only delivers top rated breathed new life into one of the health insurance plans to city’s oldest neighborhoods. The subscribers across Western 201 2 Re vi ta liz ati on A w ard ee New York, it also promotes leveraged Buffalo’s historic past and a community-wide architectural framework to create a Larkin Development Group approach to good health multi-purpose public space in the and wellness education. heart of Buffalo’s Larkin District, known as Larkinville.Independent Health Since its formation 32 years ago, the 2012 Business of the Year honoree has invested itself in the economic vitality of This transformative project played upon Buffalo’s natural post- this region and in the wellbeing of its citizens – proving industrial charm, adding modern relevance in the form of new Independent Health truly is, “Dedicated to Making a streetscapes, renovated commercial and residential space, bicycle Difference.” lanes and green space. Larkinville, an 80,000 square foot area at the intersection of Seneca Street and Swan, features casual indoor and outdoor dining options, bright comfy outdoor furniture, nine Independent Health began operations in 1980 after a retail market stalls, food truck vendors, graduate school research project through the University at sculptures and state-of-the-art lighting Buffalo prophesized the need for a health maintenance and sound. organization model in Western New York. Now, headquartered in Amherst, NY, the company employs more This past summer Larkin Development than 1,000 employees across eight counties and offers a unveiled its latest attraction to hit the comprehensive portfolio district – a free, outdoor concert series. of products to nearly Live at Larkin, sponsored by First 375,000 individuals in Niagara, debuted for 14 weeks every Western New York and Wednesday during the summer months. Local, original bands took throughout the country. to the stage, drawing crowds of 2,000-3,000 people to one of the most buzzed about destinations of the summer. Historically, a forerunner Larkin Development Group owns, builds, and manages in the health insurance approximately one million square feet of commercial property industry, Independent including Larkin at Exchange. The 600,000 square foot former Health introduced this Larkin Terminal Warehouse houses First Niagara’s corporate area’s first consumer and employer-focused wellness headquarters. programs in 1989 and established the Independent Health SPONSORED BY:
  • 15. Business of the Y Business of the Y ear ear Business of the YearBusiness of the Year Business of the Year Business of the Year HEALTH & HEALTH SERVICES BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Canterbury Woods Independent Health Canterbury Woods, the 2012 Health and Health Services honoree, is Foundation in 1992. The one of the premier senior citizen communities in the country and the first life care community to put down roots in Western New York. The foundation has since facility, which opened in 1999, provides the full spectrum of life care pioneered community to seniors age 62 and older. initiatives like Healthy Options, Good for the Neighborhood and The Canterbury Woods accommodates Fitness Kids Challenge. all seniors by offering independent and assisted living Independent HealthCanterbury Woods apartments as well as skilled Most r ec e nt l y th e nursing services. The campus’ company has launched the Primary Connection, a new approach upbeat ambiance features patio homes as well as an amenity-filled to health care delivery designed to expand the scope of primary array of programs for its residents care physicians. The approach aims to eliminate redundancy in to choose from. The seniors at the health care system, streamline resources and ultimately Canterbury Woods enjoy a robust improve patient outcomes while reducing their costs. wellness program, various cultural and entertainment events and Canterbury University, a unique, resident-developed education program. With a past, present and future of industry excellence, it is no surprise Independent Health Essentially, Canterbury Woods was named one of the best provides residents and their families with the most important amenity of companies to work for in New all - peace of mind in knowing that York State for the fifth no matter what needs arise, they will consecutive year. The company be met by a caring and boasts one of the compassionate staff. highest-ranked health plans in the nation for all lines of business – Commercial, Medicare and Medicaid – according to the National Committee for Quality In addition to providing an exceptional and enriching living Assurance in its Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2012-2013 and environment for senior citizens, Canterbury Woods is an engaged member of the community. Residents and staff are involved in the remains the only plan in Western New York to place in the top 10 Amherst Chamber of Commerce, the Alzheimer’s Association and percent nationwide for all lines of business. Read to Succeed Buffalo. SPONSORED BY: SPONSORED BY:
  • 16. Business of the Y Business of the Y ear ear Business of the YearBusiness of the Year Business of the Year Business of the Year COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE FRANK CIMINELLI LIFETIME INSPIRATION Superior Group Gene Vukelic Superior Group, the This year’s recipient of the Frank Ciminelli recipient of this year’s Lifetime Inspiration award took his family’s Commitment to Excellence enterprising young business and transformed award, delivers workforce it into a beverage distribution dynasty. Gene and business solutions to Vukelic, chairman and CEO of Try-It companies all over the Distributing Co., Inc., grew the bottling w orld . With of f ices company his father started more than 80 throughout North America years ago into a leader in the nation’s bever- – as well as in Argentina, age distribution industry. Belgium, China, India, Slovakia and the United Kingdom – Superior Group enhances the Gene heads Try-It Distributing from its state-Superior Group operations of businesses around the globe. Although the company’s lends its expertise internationally, its devotion to development in the of-the-art sales and service center in Gene Vukelic Western New York region is unmistakable. Lancaster, NY. His father began the business in 1928 and after Gene graduated from LeMoyne College and served as an instructor in the U.S. Marine Corps, the Lackawanna product poured his Founded in 1957 and energy into running Try-It Distributing full time. headquartered in Williamsville, NY, Superior offers a repertoire of services that includes contract and Gene led the company to national direct hire, payroll, recruitment, prominence, handling the products of independent contractor compliance Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Labatt USA and risk mitigation, as well as and Heineken USA. Throughout his managed services programs auto- tenure at Try-It Distributing Gene mated by its proprietary vendor earned numerous awards for his management system, Work Nexus®. The company delivers sales achievements and business cost-effective and solutions to a range of businesses from small to milestones, including the Life Service Fortune 500. Award from the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Michael E. Vacek Award from the New York State Beer Wholesalers Association. Superior’s commitment to Western New York is especially evident in its workforce development priorities. The company sponsors Bright Buffalo Niagara’s Venture Forum to help early stage, start-ups In addition to running a successful business, Gene and the Vukelic connect with angel investors from across New York State. Superior family dedicate themselves to giving back to community through also has a dedicated Life Sciences recruitment expert on site at the their charitable involvement with Bakery Victory Services, the NYS Center of Bioinformatics and Life Sciences to provide low-cost Muscular Dystrophy Association, Christ the King Seminary, Nardin services to innovative new companies, giving them a better chance Academy, Canisius High School and Canisius College. at survival. SPONSORED BY: SPONSORED BY:
  • 17. Amherst Chamber of Commerce Amherst Chamber of CommerceComing this FallAt Home Business “U” – At HomeBusiness “U” is a six-course certificationprogram for home-based business owners. Theprogram will feature workshops that educateparticipants on the foundations of running asmall business as well as overcoming thechallenges associated with working from home.C-Suite Circles – This unique program willbe made up of executives, representing firms inthe Buffalo Niagara region who are interestedin peer-to-peer networking, participating indiscussions with public and private sectorleaders and creating consensus around publicpolicy.Circle of Sales – Circle of Sales will be a peer-to-peer networking group madeup of 25 high-performing sales professionals from a diverse cluster of industries.The group will provide a forum for professionals to meet, network, discuss bestpractices and share resources. Amherst Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee David Flynn Colleen DiPirro David Donovan Phillips Lytle Amherst Chamber of Commerce Independent Health Chairman President and CEO First Vice Chair Earl Wells Bill McGowan Richard Cahlstadte3communications AccuMed Technologies Inc. M&T BankSecond Vice Chair TreasurerDonna DeCarolis Dennis Elsenbeck Chris Jerzewski National Fuel National Grid CCS Oncology Ralph Jeswald Christopher Lane Gretchen Nichols Dopkins & Co. Millard Fillmore Suburban Nesper, Ferber & DiGiacomo LLP Amherst Chamber of Commerce 350 Essjay Rd., Suite 200 Williamsville, NY 14221 Your circle of Ph. 716-983-0976 www.amherst.org influence
  • 18. Amherst Chamber of CommerceBenefit Solutions – Our unique healthinsurance program not only saves businessowners money, it allows them to spend moretime and energy running their business. TheAmherst Chamber is the only Chamber in theregion with a licensed insurance professionalon staff. We can use our in-house expertise tocustomize employee benefits for firms from Tools for Prosperity – The Chamber’s workshop series focuses onone to 1000 employees. providing members with the practical knowledge and information they need to address the day-to-day issues of running a business. Workshops cover an extensive range of topics presented by industry experts.Business After Hours – The Chamber’smonthly networking happy hour is free to allmembers. Not only does it provide attendees Member-to-Member Discounts – This program encourages members towith a great way to build relationships with do business with one another whenever possible by providing a “memberspotential clients, it gives them the chance to only” discount found through the Chamber website.explore the host venue and interface with ourhonorary host. Typically, the Chamber invites a different elected official orgovernment decision maker to serve as Professional Networking Groups (Pro-Nets) - The Chamber’shonorary host each month. industry exclusive groups allow members to meet on a bi-monthly basis for networking and sharing information about their business. Councils and Committees – The Chamber currently has three councils: Suburban Solutions Center – Our Suburban Solution Center offers first- Public Affairs Council, Business Resource rate, low-cost meeting space with cutting edge technology for use by any Council and Emerging Business Leaders. member of the Chamber. This meeting space provides sole These initiatives offer leadership proprietors, home-based business owners and even larger businesses with a opportunities for members who would like to professional setting perfect for board meetings, employee training seminars, get involved. conferences and investor presentations.  The Public Affairs Council works to develop policy positions and relationships with elected officials with the goal of enhancing the region’s business climate.  The Business Resource Council functions as the "voice" of the small business community by developing, planning and conducting programs for members to help them increase their capacity for prosperity.  The Emerging Business Leaders group helps young professionals access opportunities in the region for personal and professional Your circle of growth. influence
  • 19. Join Emerging Business Leaders at“ Enjoy appetizers and drink specials provided by Tully’s and help athletes offset the costs of competition at the ” 2012 Summer Games in Buffalo! to benefitSupport inspiration. Support Competition. Support Opportunity. Tully’s and support When: Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Where: Tully’s Good Times, 1495 Niagara Falls Blvd. Amherst, NY 14226 Cost: The cost is $20 per person. All proceeds benefit the athletes of Special Olympics New York. Call 632-6905 or log on to www.amherst.org for more information or to register.
  • 20. Thursday, November 15:30pm - 7:30pmThe Tri-Main Center2495 Main StreetBuffalo, NY 14214Free for members and$15.00 for non-membersEBL h e a r t s t in Tour the Buffalo Arts Studio and get a taste of the city’s fine arts scene with resident artists, then learn about the emerging digital animation industry from faculty members and students at Daemen College’s International Center for Excellence in Animation. #ProMixGet an inside look at thevibrant and multi-facetedarts community in WNY.
  • 21. Please Join us for a CEO Roundtable With U.S. Congresswoman Kathy Hochul On Friday, September 30 From 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. At the Amherst Chamber of Commerce. Hosted by:Paul Ciminelli and Colleen DiPirroAttend this intimate luncheon with Congresswoman Hochulas one of 12 special guests. Take this opportunity to discuss your concerns and viewpoints while getting to know our newest congressional representative. Contribution - $1,000 Please make checks payable to RSVP: Paul - 631-8000 Colleen - 912-6211 This is an exclusive event limited to 12 guests, so reply as soon as possible.
  • 22. Join UsLunch with Senator Gillibrand is brought to you by the Amherst Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Alden, Cheektowaga, Clarence, East Aurora, Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda, Lancaster, Niagara USA, Olean,Orchard Park, West Seneca and Wyoming Coun- ty Chambers of Commerce Join UsLunch with Senator Gillibrand is brought to you by the Amherst Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Alden, Cheektowaga, Clarence, East Aurora, Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda, Lancaster, Niagara USA, Olean,Orchard Park, West Seneca and Wyoming Coun- ty Chambers of Commerce
  • 23. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was sworn into office January 2009. Previously she represented a portion of Upstate New York in the U.S. House of Representatives. Currently Senator GillibrandFor more information or to serves on the Environmentregister visit us online at and Public Workswww.amherst.org. Committee, AgricultureReservations can also Committee, Agingbe made by calling the Committee and SenateAmherst Chamber of Armed ServicesCommerce at Committee.716.632.6905. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was sworn into office January 2009. Previously she represented a portion of Upstate New York in the U.S. House of Representatives. Currently Senator GillibrandFor more information or to serves on the Environmentregister visit us online at and Public Workswww.amherst.org. Committee, AgricultureReservations can also Committee, Agingbe made by calling the Committee and SenateAmherst Chamber of Armed ServicesCommerce at Committee.716.632.6905.
  • 24. [Public Affairs Council] Amherst Chamber of CommerceChairman: Earl Wells, e3communicationsEd Berowski, Get Noticed PromotionsJack Colocousis, Corporate Training Dan Locche, Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors Susan Marchione, Daemen College LegislativeServicesKevin Connolly, Waddell & ReedJames Cutler, AXA Penny Morgante First Niagara Mike Pietkiewicz, University at Buffalo Kimberly Muncie, Speed Global Services AgendaEd Damico, National Fuel Roberta Rifkin, Independent Health 2012Rick Glogowski, Realty USA Suzie Rivo Solender, Solender ServicesJonathan Hager, The Home Depot Christie Rothschild, M.J. PetersonStewart Haney, WENDEL RelocationMike Hughes, Kaleida Megan Toohey, University at BuffaloKenneth Jagodinski, Verizon Dominic Vivolo, RBC Wealth ManagementSteve Lelinski, KeyBank[Thank you to our Sponsors ] nergy/M Energy/Manufacturing /Manufacturing Education Economic Development Development Health Care Care Your Circle of Influence
  • 25. [Guiding Principles] [Health Care] n important aspect of being a leadership organization for busi- Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus ness interests is having the influence to impact public policy, especially on issues that potentially can negatively or positively ACKGROUND: The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus impact business operations. As such, the Amherst Chamber of is a consortium of the region’s premier health care, life sci-Commerce will from time to time make public, through the media and ences, research and medical evaluation institutions in down-other avenues, its views on various public policy issues. town Buffalo. Nine major institutions and over 20 life sciences companies are housed on the 120 acre campus with a total eco-In fact, elected officials at all levels of government often look to the nomic impact of over $1.5 billion annually. In addition, overChamber for its positions on these critically important issues. We 8,500 medical professionals are employed on the campus. Statework closely with these officials and their staffs in providing our feed-back and while we may not always be in agreement, we review eachissue with one thing in mind – how it contributes to creating a posi- HAMBER POSITION: The Amherst Chamber oftive climate for business growth and economic development locally,nationally and globally. Commerce supports initiatives that provide the physical space, entrepreneurial assistance and access to capital that can be the key ingredients to unlocking opportunities for sus- Economic Development Table of Contents tained economic growth. We will continue to support efforts to WNY Economic Development Council Strategic Plan………...3 expand and diversify the Medical Campus through research and Border Crossings and Logistics………………………………………………...4 applications to the federal government for continued investment and growth. Adaptive Re-Use…………………………………………………………………………..5 County-Wide Building Codes…………………………………………………..6 Consolidation of Town Services/Departments……………………...6 [Education] UB2020 Energy/Manufacturing WNY Proceeds Legislation and New York Power Authority ACKGROUND: With the Board of Trustees………………………………………………………………………...7 passing of SUNY2020 legisla- tion in 2011, the community be- Marcellus Shale…………………………………………………………………………...8 lieves that UB202 will now move for- Brownfields…………………………………………………………………………………..8 ward without any further impedi- State ments. However, the university still Health Care needs our continued support. Many Health Insurance Exchanges…………………………………………………….9 items passed in SUNY2020 have been held up by various authorities, and UB is still waiting to Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus…………………………………………..10 move forward on many aspects of its plan. Education UB2020………………………………………………………………………………………..10 HAMBER POSITION: The Amherst Chamber of Commerce will support the University’s ongoing requests for funding and approval of the different initiatives that are contained within the UB2020 plan, made possible by the passing of SUNY2020. 1 10
  • 26. [Health Care] [A Council Message] Health Insurance Exchanges A Message from Council Chairman Earl Wells ACKGROUND: New York State has already ac- Dear Friend of the Amherst Chamber: cepted federal funding and committed to establishing its own health insurance exchange by 2014 as part of the fed- Welcome and thank you for attending our eral health care plan. Annual Luncheon and the unveiling of our Rates for the exchange 2012 legislative agenda! will be based off of an essential benefits pack- As you will see, we took a different ap- age set forth by the fed- proach with our legislative agenda this year. eral government. States Instead of breaking down our priorities by can then choose to add government level, we decided to break out additional services to the our agenda by industry sector. essential benefits re- quired from carriers at an It’s no surprise that most of our agenda increased cost, much like items come under economic development; current Medicare plans. after all, our goal as a local chamber with a regional vision is to If not properly managedState improve the economic competitiveness of our region in order to there is a huge potential retain jobs, create new jobs and lure new investment. for the exchange to put a financial strain on both What better foundation to build off our 2012 agenda than the fan- the government and residents. tastic news we received toward the end of 2011, when the West- ern New York Regional Council won $100.3 million in funding for 96 projects throughout Western New York. HAMBER POSITION: Recognizing that there both health and economic development components to this com- Special thanks to Council Co-Chairs Howard Zemsky and Uni- plex issue, the impact of health insurance exchanges could be versity at Buffalo President Satish Tripathi for their leadership; detrimental to the state’s economy if not addressed correctly. and, of course, a shout out to our own Colleen DiPirro who The Amherst Chamber of Commerce will continue to monitor worked tirelessly on behalf of our region to make this award a re- legislation and recommendations from the state as they are de- ality without missing a beat in leading our organization. veloped and rolled out. We will work to be a portal for the state’s decision makers for input from the Western New York We look forward to working with all of you on our 2012 legisla- region, while serving as a communications vehicle for our mem- tive agenda throughout the year and we will be providing you bers and the entire business community. with quarterly reports on our efforts. and growth. Cheers to a prosperous New Year, Earl V. Wells III President e3communications 9 2
  • 27. [Economic Development] [Energy/Manufacturing] WNY Economic Development Council Strategic Plan Marcellus Shale ACKGROUND: The Western New York Regional ACKGROUND: The Marcellus Shale stretches from Economic Development Council created a five-year strate- West Virginia to the Southern Tier of New York and is the gic plan which is a comprehen- largest unconventional gas field in the world. The shale sive vision for economic development covers 63 million acres over six states with a potential for in the region. It will also serve as a 500,000 well sites. Drilling the New York portion could lead to road map to implement strategies for a huge economic boost for the state; however, without tight State future growth. The WNY plan won regulations, it could also cause environmental concerns. $100.3 million in funding for 96 pro- jects across the region at the end of 2011. HAMBER POSITION: The Amherst Chamber of Commerce supports legislation that would allow drilling and exploration of the Marcellus Shale in New York StateState and Regional HAMBER POSITION: The Amherst Chamber of in conjunction with stringent environmental policies that do not Commerce supports the efforts of the WNY Regional Eco- make drilling and exploration unrealistic or unattainable. nomic Development council to implement the vision out- lined in the five-year strategic plan. Furthermore, the Chamber will work to ensure the success of its strategy for strengthening Brownfields research and development in the following key sectors: • Leveraging Research to Drive Innovation - This initiative ACKGROUND: Western New York has a plethora of includes a $4 million allocation for development of the Jacobs brownfields created when the region was at the height of Institute’s Center for Innovation in Medicine, a cutting-edge, its manufacturing prime. Many sites now sit vacant and state-of-the-art medical device prototyping facility at the Buffalo unusable long after manufacturing has ceased. Remediating our Niagara Medical Campus. brownfields can attract private investment, reduce tax burdens, create jobs, promote entrepreneurship and improve the quality • Investing in Smart Growth Infrastructure - A $4 million pro- of life for communities throughout the region. ject will reestablish high-quality intermodal transportation cor- State ridors to connect the five downtown districts of Buffalo. • Investing in Tourism and Travel - In response to market de- HAMBER POSITION: The Amherst Chamber of mand, the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport will use $6.8 Commerce supports the accelera- million for a 1,000-space expansion of parking facilities. tion and streamlining of existing • Investing in 21st Century Workforce Development - A $2 processes and regulations, the creation million investment in the Urban Automotive Center of Excel- of a dedicated funding source to aug- lence in Buffalo’s Fruit Belt District to provide automotive repair ment current Brownfield Opportunity training, GED certificates and mentorship assistance to local Area efforts and target resources to residents. infill areas most viable for transit ori- ented development. 3 8
  • 28. [Energy/Manufacturing] [Economic Development] WNY Proceeds Legislation and New York Power Border Crossings and Logistics Authority Board of Trustees ACKGROUND: The loca- ACKGROUND: New York State Senate Bill S5407- tion of the Buffalo Niagara region 2011 requires the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to along the Canadian border is ideal establish a sound basis for recommending power alloca- for both tourism and economic devel- tions and net earnings from the sale of opment purposes. It provides a direct certain hydro-power from the Niagara infrastructure line to Toronto, Ohio, Power Project. A WNY Power Pro- New York City and the Southern ceeds Allocation Board would be estab- United States. Our region needs to lished to recommend to Empire State capitalize on this geographic vantage point to a higher extent than is cur- State, Regional and Federal Development Corporation how to use rently occurring by further opening the proceeds from this power on eco- the border to tourism and trade while nomic development projects. These leveraging it as an international logis- projects would be required to be done tics gateway to attract investment within 30 miles of the Niagara Power from around the world. Project, ensuring the money would be kept in Western New York.State HAMBER POSITION: The Amherst Chamber of Commerce supports the sale of unallocated hydro-power in HAMBER POSITION: The Amherst Chamber of the open market with a portion being dedicated to an eco- Commerce supports the development of policies that en- nomic development fund for Western New York. The passing of courage faster, more cost effective transportation of goods this legislation could impact the success of Recharge NY and across the U.S.-Canada bor- other development items in the region. We applaud the Senate der in WNY. We also sup- for passing S5407-2011 and encourage the Assembly to do the port Senator Charles same. Schumer’s efforts to enhance Additionally, the chamber supports Niagara County’s efforts to cross-border movement along have a representative appointed to the NYPA board of trustees. all of New York’s northern The Niagara Power Project generates 2.4 million kilowatts of border and the WNY Re- power, saving the state’s businesses hundreds of millions of dol- gional Economic Develop- lars each year; however, there is currently no representation ment Council’s efforts to cre- from Western New York on the board of trustees. Niagara ate and maintain a bi- County and Western New York have been consistently under- national, intermodal logistics represented on the NYPA Board of Trustees and this needs to hub in WNY as part of its change. strategic vision. 7 4
  • 29. [Economic Development] [Economic Development] Adaptive Re-Use Policy County-wide Building Codes ACKGROUND: Adaptive re-use refers to the viable ACKGROUND: The lack of consistent building policy of re-using an old site or building for a purpose other codes within Erie County’s many municipalities makes it than which it was origi- difficult for companies and contractors to work throughout nally intended for. Since a the entire county, hindering economic development on multiple vacant building can Regional levels. A consistent code would allow companies to build new deeply affect a community franchise locations at a lower cost and contractors to work in as a whole, adaptive re- multiple areas of the region. use has become a benefi- cial way to utilize current infrastructure while pro- viding an alternative op- HAMBER POSITION: The Amherst Chamber of tion to suburban sprawl. Commerce supports the creation of county-wide building Adaptive re-use employs codes and requirements. We will work with officials in the concepts of smart Erie County, the City of Buffalo and all other municipalities whoRegional growth, sustainability and are willing to work to further this goal. preservation to help com- munities continue to thrive in a way that is socially, economically and environmentally sound. Consolidation of Town Services/Departments HAMBER POSITION: The Amherst Chamber of ACKGROUND: While first met with skepticism, the Commerce will work merging of Amherst’s Department of Youth and Depart- with the Erie County ment of Recreation has proven to be a success and a model Industrial Development for future mergers. Such examples could potentially include Agency to realign the de- merging the Parks Department with Recreation and the creation Local scription and qualifications of a Department of Public Works, rather than the current multi- for adaptive re-use projects. ple, separate departments. This will ensure parity and a consistent interpretation of the original goals of the pol- HAMBER POSITION: The Amherst Chamber of icy, while still working com- Commerce supports the continued consolidation of town patibly within the Frame- services that make fiscal sense, while still serving the needs work for Regional Growth. of town residents and the business community 5 6
  • 30. Council Members>> Chairman: Earl Wells, e3communicationsJack ColocousisCorporate Training Services Ed Damico National FuelRick Glogowski Jeffrey Lehrbach McGuire Development Co. Dan Locche BNAR Bobby Mills Christie Rothschild MJ Peterson Relocation Services Megan Toohey University at Buffalo Dominic Vivolo 2013 Legislative Agenda Daemen College RBC Wealth Realty USA ManagementJonathan Hager Penny Morgante First Niagara Laura Zaepfel Home Depot Uniland Development Company Mike Hughes Mike Pietkiewicz University at Buffalo Kaleida HealthKen Jagodzinski Maureen Rasp-Glose Verizon Verizon Gerald Kelly Roberta Rifkin Coldwell Banker Independent Health Commercial Suzie Rivo Solender Solender Services LLC Energyand HealthCare ManufacturingSponsors>> Econom Developm ic ent Workforce Amherst Development Chamber of SOLENDER Commerce SERVICES, LLC
  • 31. About the Public Elected Officials>> Affairs Council>> The following elected officials represent the residents of Amherst on levels of government ranging from town, Public Policy, legislation that impacts the ability of our county, state and federal. members to prosper and enjoy a high quality of life, is animportant component of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce’s workplan. With a membership in excess of 2,700, we have the ability to United States Senate United States House ofimpact policy. Further, in collaboration with our partners, our voice andour positions are solicited by public decision makers. The Public Affairs RepresentativesCouncil reviews these requests, vets public policy and pendinglegislation submitted to us by our members and takes positions based Charles Schumer Brian Higginson the impact on our community’s ability to grow and prosper. Kirsten Gillibrand Christopher CollinsWe are a non-partisan group. We do not endorse candidates. Wesupport good public policy that is in the best interest of the Town ofAmherst and the Buffalo Niagara region – our residents and our New York State Senate New York Statebusinesses. We are not subsidized or influenced by special interests.We only take positions when we receive the majority support of our Assemblycouncil members and our Board of Directors. Michael Ranzenhofer Raymond WalterInput by our members is encouraged. If you would like to participate inthe Council or have an issue you would like us to review, please reachout to us. Working together, we can develop consensus and continue to Erie Countyprovide leadership and a strong foundation for a sustainable region. Erie County Executive: Mark Poloncarz>> Table of ContentsHealth Care Erie County Clerk: Chris Jacobs Erie County Comptroller: Stefan Mychajliw Erie County Legislator: Tom Loughran Erie County Legislator: Edward RathAffordable Care Act Excise Tax………………………………………………………….…...3 Erie County Sheriff: Tim HowardNew York State Health Mandates Review………………………………………………3Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus...………………………………………………………...4School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Move………………………………4Energy/Manufacturing Town of AmherstHydropower Proceeds……………………………………………………………………………5 Town Supervisor: Dr. Barry WeinsteinState Energy Policy/Natural Gas Exploration………………………………………….5 Council Members: Richard Anderson, Mark A. Manna,Economic Development Guy R. Marlette, Barbara S. Nuchereno,Adaptive Re-Use Legislation……..…………………………………………………………...6Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics……………………………………......6 Steven D. SandersOne Region Forward………………………………………………………………………………7 Town Clerk: Marjory Jaeger1 10Post Production/Animation/Visual Effects Industry Development…………7 Highway Superintendent: Robert AndersonWorkforce Development UB Capital Funding………………………………………………………………………..8 Private Public Partnerships for UB……..…………………………………………..8 Rolling Legislation Wage Theft Protection……………………………………………………...……………9 For a complete list of all public officials representing Thruway Canal Corporation Legislation………………………..………………..9 Western New York log on to www.amherst.org
  • 32. Rolling Legislation>> Message from the While this publication identifies our priority issues, there Chairman>> are many issues we will continue to monitor. Three key state legislative issues, in various stages of passage, are: theConstruction Savings Act, Asbestos Tax Credit Legislation and the On behalf of the Amherst Chamber ofScaffold Law (240.241). We support these and other lingering bills Commerce Public Affairs Council, we are pleasedsuch as repeal of the Wicks Law that we will act on if there is any to unveil our 2013 legislative agenda.indication of movement in Albany. Our opposition to wetlands <<designation legislation that will have a negative impact on economicdevelopment in our region will be mobilized should it come out of We are delighted tocommittee in the Senate or Assembly. once again have Amherst Earl Wells Town Supervisor Dr.The Public Affairs Council is a fluid group and will continue to monitorpending legislation and any bills that present themselves as the year Barry Weinstein presentprogresses that have a commonality with our corporate mission. his State of the Town address as well as Senator Michael Ranzenhofer introduce and install our officers and board of directors for 2013.Wage Theft Protection Legislation>>The Amherst Chamber of Commerce urges repeal of legislation related The 2013 Legislative agenda is the result of the to annual pay notices to employees as well as changes to Labor Law 191C that requires employers to provide hard work and collaboration of our Council members, many of whom State written agreements to sales employees who receive bring substantive government affairs and public policy experience to the commissions. Both cause a costly burden on table. This experience is invaluable in vetting important public policy employers . issues so that we can thoughtfully formulate positions where we believe our advocacy can generate positive results for business and in turn our community. As always, we welcome any Chamber member to join theThruway Canal Corporation Legislation>> Council, especially those with this experience. The Chamber strongly supports legislation (from State Senator Pat Gallivan and On a personal note, I would like to acknowledge and thank our Assemblyman Dennis out-going Chairman David Flynn for his exemplary leadership and his Gabryszak) that would support of our public policy and advocacy initiatives. As a local chamberseparate the Canal Corporation from the with a regional vision, opining on public policy matters is an importantNew York State Thruway Authority and put aspect of being an effective voice for business as well as helping toit under the auspices of the New York StateDepartment of Transportation. In addition, create a robust and engaged membership.the Chamber supports efforts to fold theoperations of the Thruway Authority under Happy New Year and best wishes for a safe, healthy and prosperousthe auspices of the New York State 2013.9Department of Transportation. 2 Earl Wells e3communications
  • 33. Health Care>> Workforce Affordable Care Act Excise Tax Development>> As Congress convenes in January and revisits We support the creation and facilitation of a flexible and One Region Forward portions of the ACA, the Chamber urges the WNY delegation industry-driven workforce training environment that prepares workersto give priority to examining the impact of the excise tax on health for success and allows employers toinsurance and identify ways to amend the grow. Programs exist in the region’sACA to reduce this tax burden on community colleges that can rapidly>> businesses. Beginning in up-skill workers to meet the needs of 2014, the ACA imposes core industries, such as manufacturing, a new sales tax on Federal health insurance that healthcare and tourism. Alignment of skills and training programs that provide will increase the cost of pathways to careers via the Buffalo Skillscoverage. The amount of the tax will be $8 Partnership, Rapid Right Skilling and Saybillion in 2014, increasing to $14.3 billion in Yes to Education are initiatives we2018, and increased based on premium support as vehicles to meet workforcetrends thereafter. The Congressional Budget development goals.Office has opined that this tax will be “largelypassed through to consumers in the form of higher premiums.” Oneanalysis estimates that this tax “will increase premiums by 1.9% to 2.3% UB Capital Fundingin 2014,” and by 2023 “will increase premiums 2.8% to 3.7%.” This taxapplies to policies for individuals, small and large groups, as well asMedicaid and Medicare plans. This tax will add a financial burden on UB has recently completed several major projects on campus with several others in State and Local >>families and small businesses at a time when they can least afford it andit should be repealed. the pipe- line. The fact is that UB needs to continue to invest in building out its three campuses. The Chamber urges the state to provide SUNY with the capitalNew York State Health Mandates Review necessary for UB to complete the projects>> UB submitted to SUNY as part of its NYS has 54 mandates of coverage that must be ten-year master plan. included in policies regulated by the state, making us State one of the 10 most heavily mandated states. Health insurance mandates are laws that expand basic health insurance to include specifictreatments or services. These mandates come Private Public Partnerships for UBwith additional costs that can limit access by UB has been working for years to >>making coverage unaffordable. The Mandate obtain the ability to enter into publicReview Commission plays a critical support private partnerships, particularly for State and Localfunction in addressing the costs of health care large construction projects, without thefor our employers and residents. The Amherst need for legislative approval. For3Chamber advocates that, in addition to instance, UB was able to collaborate with Kaleida on the Gates Vascular 8 providing information regarding proposed Institute/Clinical and Translational Research Center building through a mandates, the Commission be provision in the state budget. The Chamber supports including reinstituted to review current mandates permanent language in the budget that would allow SUNY against criteria that uses evidence based medical practices. This institutions to enter into lease and construction arrangements mandate review is more relevant given the implementation of the with private entities without legislative approval. Such a ACA and the development of essential benefits as part of the provision would save the state months if not years in New York Health Benefit Exchange. construction time and millions of dollars in construction costs.
  • 34. Economic Health Care>> Development>> Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus One Region Forward The Medical Campus is dramatically revitalizing the regionalAs a local chamber with a regional focus, OneRegion Forward is a critical initiative in economy and it remains our best hope for transforming the economic fortunes of the Buffalo Niagara region. State and Local >>>> developing a long term plan To make this transformation a reality for future sustainability and there needs to be additional support Local economic prosperity for Erie and investment in and around the and Niagara Counties. This campus, including: improvements plan for tomorrow is being to utility infrastructure; energydeveloped today and it focuses on six efficiency; grid modernization andlivability principles – providing more other energy innovations. Furthertransportation choices; promoting equitable enhancements to the surroundingaffordable housing; enhancing economic neighborhood will ensure a safecompetitiveness; supporting existing and healthy environment forcommunities; coordinating policies and leveraging investment; and, residents as well as the thousandsvaluing communities and neighborhoods. The Amherst Chamber sup- of employees who work on theports this initiative and looks forward to collaborating with the various Campus and businesses growingparties in developing the One Region Forward plan. and opening in the local vicinity. The Chamber will continue to work with the Regional EconomicPost Production/Animation/Visual Effects Industry Development Council to identify funding sources for the medical campus that align with council strategies.DevelopmentLed by Daemen College, there are ongoing efforts to train a new visualeffects/post production/animation workforce in the BuffaloNiagara region, through partnerships with private sector visual effects School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Movecompanies and through community college accelerated workforce Moving the >>training certificate programs. The goal of these partnership agreements University atis to create new jobs in the region, bring more major film and animation B u f f a l o ’ s Stateprojects to the region, and to establish a permanent ‘post production- Medical Schoolanimation-visual effects and film industry’ in Buffalo. The Chamber to downtown>> believes that these goals are consistent Buffalo is a critical component of with the funding objectives contained in the regional strategy, as State and Local the WNYREDC Strategic Plan. Led by concluded by stakeholder Post NY Alliance, there are new efforts groups across the region. While to extend the life of tax credits beyond consensus has been achieved2013, and increase these credits for relative to the value of this move, 4projects outside of NYC. The Chamber various state approvals and7urges that any such efforts to increase governmental bureaucratic tasks need to be addressed for this the non-NYC post production project to stay on track. The Amherst Chamber of Commerce industry tax credits be given continues to advocate for this project and pledges to work with special priority. University officials and all necessary state agencies to ensure this project moves forward, as planned.
  • 35. Energy and Economic Manufacturing>> Development>> Hydropower Proceeds Adaptive Re-Use Legislation>> We support the dedication of unallocated hydropower generated at State and Local the Niagara Power Project in Lewiston The Amherst Chamber of Commerce supports legislation proposed by NYS Senator Michael Ranzenhofer that State >> to an economic development fund that would provide tax supports projects and initiatives in the breaks for adaptiveBuffalo Niagara region. Further, we re-use projects in the region.support the appointment of Modeled after historic tax credits,members to the Proceed Board by this legislation would provideGovernor Cuomo as soon as possible. property owners the resources toWe will monitor this process and revitalize their homes and/oradvocate for transparency in both the businesses with no impact on thedevelopment of the criteria and the local tax base. Further, utilization ofallocation of funding. these incentives would have a long term impact by improving distressed properties and increasing the property tax base.State Energy Policy/Natural Gas ExplorationThe need for a sensible energy policy that balances appropriateregulatory oversight with the economic opportunities that exist in the Center of Excellence in Materials Informaticsdevelopment and utilization of new energy sources has never beengreater. We support an energy policy that, among other things, The Chamber supportsencourages the exploration and production of New Yorks abundant operational and capitalnatural gas resources. Other states have experienced tremendous funding for UB’s newlyeconomic growth in recent years after they safely developed their designated Center of>> natural gas resources. Now its time for New York to Excellence in Materials do the same. New Yorks economy will benefit from Informatics. The Center will accelerate the discovery State the creation of desperately needed jobs, for state energy costs, and new sources of revenue reduced and commercialization of and local governments if the extraction of natural gas new advanced materialsfrom the states which will create jobs and investment in our region. There is a need forshale gas reserves an annual infusion of operating dollars in order to hire and retain staff atis permitted the Center so that they can begin these >>through the commercialization efforts. As such, the Chamber supports $1 million in annual funding as part of Local5 6responsible use ofhigh-volume the executive budget as well as capital funding hydraulic outside of the SUNY Capital Plan for a new facility fracturing. for this Center.
  • 36. January 3, 2013 “The Leadership Matrix” PRESENTER: Rick Wallace of Next Level Coaching LLC DESCRIPTION: Rick will teach workshop attendees the secret to solving The Big Problem all businesses face. He will provide solutions and ideas to help make your business more profitable and less stressful to run. This workshop will give you the tools you need to tackle the obstacles holding your business back. WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Business Owners, sales professionals and anyone who is looking to improve their overall productivityNEW YEAR February 7, 2013 “Leadership Effective Assimilation Process (LEAP)” PRESENTER: Diane Robinson and Dottie Austin of Career PartnersNEW TOOLSTools for Prosperity DESCRIPTION: Participants in this seminar will learn how to engage new hires to quickly "hit the ground running" while employees starting new jobs will understand how to capitalize on this new opportunity. The workshop includes information on how to build strengths in four key areas: self-awareness; strong relationships and understanding of business. Participants will also receive tools and resources to accomplish these strengths and complete an exercise in "first impressions." WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Business owners, people seeking career advancement opportunities, new hires, human resources professionals and anyone who is in charge of employee training. March 7, 2013 “True Colors” PRESENTER: Patricia McGee of McGee Coaching DESCRIPTION: The True Colors program is based on the Myers-Briggs Type 2013 Indicator and provides a simple user friendly personality assessment and communication tool that stimulates personal and professional development. Attendees will engage in a fun and interactive workshop where they will learn to recognize and appreciate the four personality types we encounter on a daily basis. True Colors will give an understanding of what makes people think and act as they do, while improving communication with customers, employees, superiors, peers and family members. Workshops run the first Thursday of every month from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Business Owners, sales professionals and anyone Roberts Wesleyan College’s Buffalo Extension Campus. who is looking to improve their overall productivity
  • 37. Congratulations Business Matchmaker & Expo, the selected CCS Oncology to receive the 2012 Small Business Week award at the SCORE Buffalo Niagara SmallBusiness Awards Luncheon component of the event.economic development agencies and business groups,recognize one of their outstanding small businessclients or members.CCS Oncology is the first and only radiation facilityTrueBeam STx, the most advanced tumor targetingsystem available.With this advanced level of technology, CCS patients receive benefits such asshorter treatment time, improved precision and less time for tumor motion duringdose delivery. Under the direction and leadership of Dr. W. Sam Yi and radiationpatients’ cancer more aggressively and effectively — qualities of care that are trulylife changing. Amherst Chamber of Commerce Business Resource Council Kathy Warsitz, Stella & Dot
  • 38. Small Business Awards Luncheon At Your Service Award Ed Young’s TrueValue Hardware Sponsored by:Agenda Ed Young’s TrueValue Hardware evolved from the Young family’s original hardware business, Miller Bros., which openedWelcome and Introductions of Awardees in 1919. In 1962, Ed Young bought his uncle’s hardware business and changed the name to Ed Young’s Town Hardware, Inc. These days, Ed Young’s TrueValue Hardware is in the hands of Ed’s two sons,Presentation of Awards Ted and Thomas, his grandson Christopher and his widow Marion. Although Ed Young’s TrueValue changed hands andSmall Business of the Year Mischler’s Florist locations over the years, the principles on which it Accepting: Frank Mischler, Owne was founded remain ingrained in the company’s culture almost a century later. The mission of Ed Young’s is to make the customer’s job as easy andPresident’s Award Mac Groups, Inc. convenient as possible. Sales personnel pride themselves on being courteous, Accepting: Sean Macaluso, Founder helpful and knowledgeable about all products and services in the store. Whether its making a suggestion about a “do-it-yourself” project or traveling to a local home to perform a repair, the staff is eager to give assistance.Community Stewardship Award Urban Valet Dry Cleaners Genuine service is synonymous with Ed Young’s, and it distinguishes the small Accepting: Jackie O’Malley, Director business from an industry filled with discount houses and mass of Business Development and Operations merchandisers. Even in the advent of self-service, consumers place a high premium on the thoughtful expertise of their community hardware store.Award for Excellence Anthone Eye Center Accepting: Dr. Kenneth Anthone, M.D Sponsor’s Award presented by First NiagaraFamily Owned Business Denton, Cottier & Daniels Artpark Accepting: James Trimper Sr., President James Timper Jr, VP For over 39 years Artpark has been Western New York’s pre- Michelle Wlosinski, VP miere summer destination for the arts. The Earl W. Brydes Artpark is located on 150 scenic acres set against theAt Your Service Award Ed Young’s TrueValue Hardware backdrop of the Niagara River Gorge in historic Lewiston, New Accepting: Ted Young, President York. Artpark presents a summer-long schedule of theater, visual and performing arts and a one-of-a-kind blend of nature and art. Artpark is a non-profit arts and education organization which serves the peoplePresented By Accepting: George Osborne, President of Western New York and Southern Ontario. Its 2,400-seat Mainstage Theater is home to area high school graduations, philharmonic concerts, Broadway musical productions and the popular “Tuesday in the Park presented by First Niagara”Closing David Flynn, and “Coors Light Wednesdays” concert nights. Chairman of the Board Over the past decade Artpark has experienced record breaking summer attendance unlike any other regional destination. Attendance spiked in 2011, with over 302,000 people coming out to enjoy Artpark’s events. The organization’s nearly four-decade legacy has increased the quality of life across our bi-national 1 area and has established itself at the heart Western New York’s cultural history. 6
  • 39. Award for Excellence Message from the Chairman Anthone Eye Center David Flynn, Chairman of the Board of Directors Founded in 1981, the Anthone Eye Center of Buffalo is a nationally Small Businesses are the backbone of our econ- recognized, progressive eye care center. Owner omy. The same holds true for the chamber, with a Dr. Kenneth large portion of our membership made up by smallAnthone, M.D. quickly built a highly successful practice,gaining national recognition for his innovative and effective business owners. Much of the Chamber’s cloutmethods of treatment. He pioneered the “Crack and Stack” and recognition in the region is due to the strengthapproach to cataract surgery as well as the “Anthone and quality of the services we provide to our smallEnabler,” an instrument he developed to use during thesurgery. business members. This is also one of the reasons that the Amherst Chamber is growing and is one ofNot only does Dr. Anthone treat his own patients withcutting edge care, he lends his medical aptitude to all areasof the world and all walks of life. He brought the “Crack andStack” method abroad, teaching it to surgeons throughout We take seriously our commitment to providing the services our mem-Europe, South America and China. He has evenoperated on Yogi the Gorilla and Mota the White Tiger at the Buffalo Zoo. bers need to grow their business and prosperity day after day. Many of you in the room today credit much of your success to your membershipIn 2009 Dr. Anthone launched his Eyes on America Foundation, a non-profit and involvement with the Amherst Chamber and we are proud of thatagency that sponsors “Mission Cataract Day.” On this day he provides freecataract surgery for the region’s uninsured. No matter who he is treating, Dr.Anthone uses his success and skill set to positively impact the Western NewYork community and beyond. Each year, to coincide with National Small Business Week, the Cham- ber hosts the Small Business Awards Luncheon, honoring seven out- Family Owned Business standing local businesses. As you will hear throughout the program, Denton, Cottier & Daniels each business being honored is committed to excellence within their industry. This year’s honorees are an outstanding example of the fine Denton, Cottier & Daniels was established in 1827 and has upheld a tradition of quality and excellence inmusic delivery ever since. In addition to selling and servicing pianos, organs and I hope you had the opportunity to arrive early at this year’s luncheon tokeyboards, the store offers music lessons through important community peruse the newly added Small Business Showcase. The thirty exhibitorspartnerships. at today’s showcase exemplify the spirit of small business that theJames Trimper Sr., the current owner, took on a Chamber works each day to nurture. The diversity you saw in the show-leadership role at the company when he becamegeneral manager 1973. He went on to purchase the case is truly indicative of the diversity within the Chamber. Whether youspecialty store 10 years later. Today, James runs it with are looking for a print house to provide you with an updated businesshis children James Trimper Jr. and Michelle Wlosinski. card, or software to manage your contacts, the Chamber can be the James and his family believe in the power of music and dedicate their life’s work to cultivating it in the circle of influence and always welcome you Western New York community. Aside from providing memorable musical experiences for their customers, into ours. the Trimper family and staff organizes concerts to benefit the Buffalo Philharmonic and Amherst Symphony Orchestras. They also play host to numerous piano festivals, recitals and clinics at Sincerely, their location. James Sr. always says that every time they sell an 5 instrument they make a loyal friend, and many loyal friends build a successful business. 2 David Flynn
  • 40. Small Business of the Year President’s Award Mischler’s Florist The Mac Groups, Inc. Founder Sean Macaluso decided to launch The Mac Groups, Inc. while he was sitting on the front porch of an apartment on Buffalo’sMischler’s Florist and Greenhouses began in Westside back in 2009.1944 when Frank and June Mischler decided to Sean, a Facebook phenom who made apurchase pre-existing greenhouses on South name for himself as a social mediaForest Road. The new business found early freelancer, grew the Macsuccess selling freshly cut flowers grown in the Groups into a full service social and digital media agency ingreenhouses. just a three-year span.In the 1960s, Mischler’s began to transition The Mac Groups, Inc. provides a steady stream ofinto the retail garden center it is today. The clients with more than occasional status updates or tweets.company added a storefront and altered its Sean and his supporting cast of five build customized Facebook applications for businesses while managing the day-to-day upkeep of their social media pages. Thanks to Decades of continued prosperity and a the Mac Groups, companies around Western New York have shifting marketplace triggered another ramped up sales and brand awareness through their expansion for Mischler’s in the 1990s. strategic presence on sites like Facebook and Twitter. The company, always savvy to the needs of its Western New York consumers, To date, the Mac Groups, Inc. has taken on upwards of 100 stepped up to fill an emerging niche. The clients, including the Buffalo Sabres, The Walden Galleria, greenhouses that initially produced the Ciminelli Real Estate Corp., and most recently, Wahlburgers, company’s first bouquets in 1944 were a restaurant in Boston, Massachusetts owned by actor Mark re-optimized to meet increased consumer Wahlberg and his family. demand for annuals, perennials, garden plants and holiday flowering plants. Currently, three children and one Community Stewardship Awardgrandchild of Frank and June work at Mischler’s. Mark Yadon, vice president Urban Valet Dry Cleanersand head grower, joined the firm in 2001. In total, the greenhouses and flo-ristry operations are enough to keep 25 full-time and part-time staffers Eric Pyne originally opened Urban Valet in 1995 asemployed year round. Express Laundry, a wholesale shirt laundering company. About four years later, he expanded theThe Mischler family and their employees business to incorporate more dry cleaning services.have brightened and beautified several Urban Valet Dry Cleaners was born. The company now has three divisionscommunity projects over the years. They including its three retail stores, seven home/office delivery routes and itscontinue to support the Amherst Symphony textile restoration department to help those who experience fire or waterOrchestra through an annual plant sale, damage to their home.which they have done for over 50 years.The family also holds a Hospice Spring Urban Valet Dry Cleaners assumed an active role in theBouquet Sale and donates garden plants to community from an early stage. The company organizeslocal churches and community gardens on a an annual coat drive, prom dress drive and charity coat regular basis. checks. Through its efforts Urban Valet has collected, Mischler’s Florist cleaned and donated and Greenhouses thousands of winter coats not only contributes to and prom dresses to the the region’s economy as a residents of Buffalo. thriving small business, it contributes to the quality of life here in Western New York—ensuring our gardens, In addition to keeping wardrobes clean, Urban landscapes and residents stay Valet tries to keep the environment clean as well. abloom for years to come. The dry cleaners “GreenClean” using eco-friendly initiatives like hanger recycling, paperless billing, professional wet-cleaning and the use of reusable 3 garment bags. 4
  • 41. Emerging Business Leaders Sponsored by:When: October 10, 2012 5:30pm - 7:30pm PresentWhere: Statler City 107 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, NY 14202Cost: Member - $5.00 Non-Member - $20.00 AT STATLER CITY Join Emerging Business Leaders at the building that has hosted Hollywood legends, world leaders and prominent local families. At October’s ProMix you will learn about the background behind renovaƟng one of the city’s greatest architectural treasures - the Statler Hotel! The event will feature a talk on historic preservaƟon by Brendan Mehaffy, execuƟve director for the City of Buffalo’s Office of Strategic Planning. Prior to the presentaƟon there will be light hors doeuvres and networking opportuniƟes.
  • 42. “what health care reform “How to recruit greatmeans for you” employees using LinkedIn”SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 October 4, 2012PRESENTER: Lawley Insurance PRESENTER: Megan Farry, Senior CorporateDESCRIPTION: This question and Recruiter for Superior Groupanswer session will give DESCRIPTION: This seminar will teachattendees the chance to ask industry experts how participants how to post jobs, identify potentialcomponents of health care reform will affect their job seekers and tap into professional networks onbusiness. LinkedIn.WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Any business WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Business owners andprofessional who has specific questions on what human resources professionals looking to fill openhealth care could mean for them. positions.The Amherst Chamber of CommerceBusiness Resource Council brings you Technology Business Industry Practical applications. solutions. Trends. skills. Tools For Prosperity Workshops run the first Thursday of every month from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at Roberts Wesleyan College’s Buffalo Extension Campus.“Digital Reality with the Mac “Business First BookGroups” of Lists 101”November 1, 2012 December 6, 2012PRESENTER: Sean Macaluso, PRESENTER: CourtneyFounder and President of the Mac Groups, Inc. Cashmore and Jerry Rott of Buffalo Business FirstDESCRIPTION: Did you know only 47% of small DESCRIPTION: During this seminar participantsbusinesses utilize social media to promote their will learn how to transform the Book of Lists intoproduct or service? This workshop can help you an invaluable resource for developing businessgrow your business through the development of a contacts that can help them achieve personalsocial media plan with attainable goals. and professional goals.WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Business owners and WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Any businesssales and marketing professionals. professional who relies on relationship building to grow their network of clients.
  • 43. Don’t Miss the Last Two... ToolsBrought to you by the Amherst Chamber of Commerce’s Business Resource Council FOR PROSPERITY Each workshop will be “NAVIGATING THE INTERNSHIP PROCESS” presented by an industry expert and will focus on Thursday, May 3, 2012 providing attendees with the practical knowledge and PRESENTER: Robert Orrange, associate director of information they need to career services at University at Buffalo address the day-to-day issues of running a business. DESCRIPTION: This workshop is designed to help businesses develop a new internship program or Workshops will cover an manage an existing internship program in an extensive range of topics invaluable to any business effective and mutually beneficial way. owner/operator interested in improving operations. WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Business owners, human resources directors and anyone who may seek a LOCATION: Roberts Wesleyan college intern. College 6500 Sheridan Dr, Suite 106 Williamsville, NY 14221 “IncorporatingWeb Video with WHEN: First Thursday of each Marketing and Social Media” month Thursday, June 7, 2012 TIME: Registration at 8:15am and Workshop from 8:30 - PRESENTER: Mike Bean and Bean Media 10:00am Productions COST: $5 for Chamber DESCRIPTION: This workshop teaches participants members $25 for non- how to launch a video campaign from scratch or members weave it into existing marketing efforts. REGISTRATION: Call the WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Business owners, Chamber at 632.6905 or visit the Chamber’s website at marketing professionals and senior leaders. www.amherst.org See you in the Fall
  • 44. Emerging Business Leaders and John Bourdage Present Standout with a Social Advantage! What: John Bourdage of Bourdage Consulting will cover fine dining etiquette for important business meals, formal dinners, galas and professional meetings. He will teach participants how to conduct themselves with polish and poise at any business function. The Social Advantage: Topics such as which silverware to use, appropriate conversation at the table, paying the bill, dealing with difficult party guests and more will be discussed. This workshop will give young professionals a social advantage over their peers in the marketplace. When: January 10, 2013 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Where: Della Terra (in the Avant Building) 200 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, NY Cost:$35 Includes: a hands-on dynamic workshop, salad, entree and an "adult" beverage. Register by logging on to www.amherst.org or by calling the Amherst Chamber at 716-632-6905. Sponsored By:

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