August is busier than usual

Everyone at your chamber is always busy, but August always seems busier than most months.

Our tourism staff is busy facilitating many of the region’s summer events. Now is also the time that they are already planning for next year’s marketing and advertising for our region.

Also, the chamber’s staff members who support our Business and Education Partnership are very busy prepping for the upcoming school year. The PTECH and AgPTECH programs are well established and growing stronger every year. The Tri-County Pathways program is still in its infancy, but holds promise for tremendous future growth. These programs are just some of the ways the chamber works toward providing for a stronger labor force for the future, while also instilling a sense of pride within our local youth as to how they view our local businesses and industry.

When it comes to the chamber’s mission of educating our members and keeping them informed, our Events and Communications Department is constantly researching and finding new ways to keep our members informed on the technology of social media and its ability to improve the bottom line, amongst other pertinent business issues and trends.

In June, this department also coordinated a four-part business training program that registered more than 40 participants over the course of the four-week program. This was done in partnership with economic development agencies from Fulton and Schoharie counties and from the City of Amsterdam. Successful completion of this course qualified the participants to apply for micro-enterprise grants offered in their respective municipalities and counties.

A Women’s Advisory Council is also in the process of being formed, and don’t forget our annual golf tournament that will take place Sept. 22. This great “fun and friendship” event is one of the chamber’s largest fundraisers, all going to support our mission and program of work.

As for advocacy, that mission never stops. The New York State Legislative session ended in late June, but our work to advocate on behalf of our businesses at all levels of government never ends. When you read this, I will have just returned from three days in Washington, DC where I joined a group of chamber executives who met with all of our regional representatives and senatorial reps where we presented our members’ issues to them.

We are constantly working to bring our elected officials to our region, to you, so that you can have the opportunity to personally ask the questions that are important to our members and their businesses.

Finally, and most importantly, is our membership department. Our membership director works with all of our staff members to create ways to make membership more valuable to our member businesses.

We are always reaching out to our members to find the needs that we can fill. We understand that membership is the lifeblood of the chamber, and that everything we do must be in the best interests of our members and the success of their businesses.

Want to know more about your regional chamber and its program of work? Visit us online at or on Facebook. You can always call any of our chamber staff members at (518) 725-0641 which reaches both offices. We are a staff that is ready to serve our businesses and our region.