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August 9, 2018

Dear Fellow Members,

It is a privilege to be able to reach out to you as the newly installed President of our Chamber of Commerce.

As another summer draws to a close, I am hopeful it was a successful and productive couple of months for you all. I have been a part of this organization for close to 40 years when I first joined the Chamber through my work at YES Community Counseling Center. And while so much has changed over the past decades, the strength and devotion of the Chamber and its members has remained a constant.

Our business community and our downtowns are fiercely fighting to compete with an online industry for business and recognition. The "Shop Local" mantra is one that we should all be promoting. Recent NY State legislation imposing tax for online purchases will hopefully help small businesses to compete and level the playing ground. But, the burden falls on us all to continue to promote the convenience, quality, and economic benefits of our local stores and businesses.

As your new President, I am hopeful that we can work together to improve our business community. I would encourage you all to take advantage of our monthly general meetings and become acquainted with those members who regularly attend. Meetings are a wonderful opportunity to network and make new, strong partnerships that can only improve your economic outlook for the future. One added benefit of attending our monthly meetings is the opportunity to be named our "Member of the Month." This month, we are proudly spotlighting Andy Yakubovsky, the friendly and dynamic new Branch Manager for Signature Premier Properties in Massapequa Park. You can find a full biography and contact information for Andy on the homepage of the Chamber website. Be sure to check it out!

We plan on conducting meetings at various times throughout the year so as to provide greater opportunity for you to be an active member of the Chamber. On that note, I welcome your feedback and suggestions as to how we can continue to improve our Chamber! Please feel free to call the Chamber office at 541-1443 or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I know that many of you have spoken with our Office Manager, Shelley, who is always readily available to assist you in my absence.

As we move into the fall, please visit our website, our Facebook page, and look for our weekly e-blasts that will announce our upcoming events. We will no longer be sending out mailings, unless of course, we hear from you that that is your only means of communication. If you have a special event or any important info to share with our membership (which is close to 280) we would encourage you to take advantage of that opportunity! We will also be scheduling networking events that can provide a great opportunity for you - and certainly if you would like to host a networking event, we would love to hear from you!

And on that note, on behalf of the Board, we hope you enjoy the rest of the summer days! I will look forward to seeing you all soon at our upcoming breakfast general meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 23rd at Dave and Buster's Restaurant in the Westfield Sunrise Mall at 8:30 am.

Warm regards,

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Jamie E. Bogenshutz, LCSW