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September 12, 2018

Dear Fellow Members,

As the summer is quickly drawing to a close, I do hope that business was good and you are gearing up for what we hope will be a strong holiday season. Our August meeting at Dave and Buster’s was nicely attended, and it was wonderful to see some new faces at our breakfast meeting. Those who were in attendance were enthusiastic about some of the topics that we discussed, including the scheduling of our general meetings at different times throughout the year and suggestions for both networking opportunities and brief business seminars on topics of interest. I would encourage you all to reach out to the office if there is anything in particular you'd like to learn about to help grow or improve your business.

As some of you may know, we will be getting started with the scheduling of some networking events. Our committee Chair, Susan Martin, along with several of our Board members, are working hard to schedule these events. If your business would like to host one of these networking nights, please feel free to contact our Chamber office. The more opportunities we can create and plan, the more we are able to put a face on all your businesses. It’s a terrific way to meet your business colleagues, make new contacts, and remain a vital presence in our community. We will also be partnering with our neighboring Chambers of Commerce to further strengthen those relationships outside of our community. Our first networking event will be scheduled for Wednesday, October 17th at 5:30 PM at the Bristal at Massapequa (400 County Line Road, Massapequa.) Registration is required, so please CLICK HERE to reserve your space. We do hope that you will be able to join us!

This past month, we welcomed new members Magnolia Lace Boutique LLC and Quality Window Service and Repair. In addition, our Featured Member of the Month is Isabelle Rapacciuolo, the owner and creative director of The Tiny Artist Studio in Massapequa. At The Tiny Artist Studio, Isabelle strives to provide serious instruction in a fun environment to kids ages 4 and up. Please visit the Chamber website homepage for more information!

Our next General Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 27th at 12:00 Noon at Mario’s Pizza and Restaurant (655 Broadway, Massapequa.) Our September meeting is one that is very special to us all as we use our time to pay tribute to the outstanding police officers from our local 7th precinct. Each and every day they put themselves on the line so that we are safe in our businesses and homes. Honoring their efforts is the very least that we can do for these extraordinary people. We do hope you will come to our meeting at Mario’s and help us celebrate Police Officer Daniel Imondi and Police Officer David Pyes.

The Chamber has other several other upcoming events that we are very excited to participate in. On Sunday, September 23rd, the Chamber will have a table set up at the 2nd Annual Town of Oyster Bay Car Show at TOBAY beach. All members are welcome to join us and display their information on the Chamber table.

In addition, the Chamber will also be participating in the Sons of Italy Feast and Festival on Sunday, September 30th on North Broadway in North Massapequa. Coverage is especially needed for this event, so please call the Chamber office if you can spare any time to help work the table and greet guests. You would of course be welcome to display your own business giveaways and handouts on the Chamber table. This is always a well-attended event that attracts thousands of residents and families from across Long Island, so please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to promote your business and represent your Chamber. Any help that you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Please contact the Chamber office at (516) 541 – 1443 to volunteer!

Finally, the Massapequa Chamber of Commerce will be proudly attending the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce Annual Businessperson of the Year Breakfast on Friday, October 19th at the Crest Hollow Country Club. This year’s Massapequa honoree is our 3rd Vice President, Karen Gawrych, who will be recognized for her many contributions to both our Chamber and the local business community. Karen is an independent sales consultant with Mary Kay Cosmetics and serves on several Chamber committees, providing tremendous assistance with the Chamber Food Drive, Toy Drive, and Street Fair. If you would like to attend in support of Karen, please feel free to contact the NCCC directly at (516) 253 – 0124 to purchase a ticket.

Before signing off, this week’s weather reminds us that this is season when Mother Nature tends to wreak havoc on our beautiful Long Island. I will be sending out a separate message this week specifically focusing on hurricane preparedness and resources that you can utilize to further protect your families and businesses.

Looking forward to seeing you all at Mario’s on September 27th for our General Meeting Luncheon!

Warm regards,

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Jamie E. Bogenshutz, LCSW