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Message from A.J. Baynes: July 2022

President/CEO A.J. Baynes
President/CEO A.J. Baynes
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We are halfway through the year, and I hope you take time to reflect on where you have been, where you are, and where you want to be. While the summer is in full swing, it is easy to fall into the trap of a third-quarter lag through multiple distractions. Unfortunately, many indicators are trending the wrong way for the future of our economy, and if you do not prepare as a business for a negative downturn, the tough few months ahead will be exacerbated by lack of preparation. Large and small companies alike should evaluate their output, look for inefficiencies, review credit rates, and evaluate their cash flow. Take advantage of the next three weeks to review the goals you laid out with your team and look for opportunities to re-energize your team. The summer months afford plenty of outdoor options to rebuild workplace culture and bring your team together. Being in business is a challenge, and every day is a fight, but there are plenty of victories to be had, stay focused on your core beliefs, and the wins will be there.


This week we will celebrate several small businesses who have had plenty of wins over the years and continue to raise the bar in their standard of excellence when we gather for our Small Business Awards Luncheon & Showcase. It is well known the Chamber has experienced incredible growth at our three major events over the past few years, but this event has truly taken off. The excitement around this awards event is in large part due to our very deserving winners and recipients:

Family-Owned Business Award

Moriarty Meats & Café Bar


Friend of the Chamber Award

Mike Neal, Quality Contacts


Community Steward Award

Dr. Susan McCartney

SBDC at SUNY Buffalo State College


Start-Up Award

Circuit Clinical


KeyBank Sponsor’s Award

Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller


Small Business of the Year

Glen Park Tavern

While we have been planning our Small Business Awards Luncheon & Showcase for the past few weeks, we still have a full calendar of events for our members to partake in. On Tuesday, July 19, our next Business After Hours event will be at the Hampton Inn near UB. Business After Hours is a free casual networking event for our members to participate in and consistently moves throughout the Western New York region. Last month for Business After Hours, we visited Assembly House 150 in downtown Buffalo. Our members enjoyed the uniqueness of the location, networking, and learning more about how Assembly House 150 contributes to the WNY workforce. After a very successful Lunch Mob in downtown Buffalo at Fat Bob's Smokehouse in June, we will be back in Amherst on July 26th visiting Amherst Pizza and Ale House.


We will start the month of August with our West Herr Driven to Success Series event featuring Kim Minkel, Executive Director of the NFTA. Kim is responsible for all of the public transportation in our region while overseeing both Niagara Falls and Buffalo-Niagara International Airports. As we continue to attract more companies to our region, the ability to move people throughout the community and bring people to our area in a timely fashion is vital to our long-range success. Our West Herr Driven to Success Series is a more personal way to interact with leaders in our community and learn about the future of their organizations.


We couldn't be more excited about the programming the Chamber has to offer; there is something for everyone, and we will continue to reach out to our members to ensure you are taking full advantage of your membership. If there is an event or a location you would like to see or a community leader you would like to hear from, please do not hesitate to reach out to our member services team by emailing I wish everyone an incredible summer and please remember; my door is always open.

716 Realty Group WNY

Ace Handyman Services - Buffalo Southtowns

Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel

Buffalo Girl Home Inspection

Buffalo Prep

Child & Family Services EAP

Colvin Cleaners

Ellicott Development

Empower Federal Credit Union

Evans Bank

FB Displays & Designs


Highmark of Western New York

Home2 Suites by Hilton Williamsville Buffalo Airport

Horizon Health

Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo

Hover Networks

Independent Health


LoTempio PC Law Group

Marathon Energy

Mental Health Advocates of WNY

Modern Disposal


Park Place Installations

PCA Technology Group


Small Business Development Center SUNY Buffalo State

Spectrum Reach

Staff Buffalo


The Real You Physical Therapy

The Woodlands

Town of Amherst Police

TripleTrack HR Partners

Trocaire College

Uniland Development

Univera Healthcare

Vision Financial Group

Wild Birds Unlimited

WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable

WNYACC/WNY Association of College Career Centers

The Small Business Awards Luncheon & Showcase is always a very energetic and unique event; I hope you will join us at 10am to visit the Showcase that includes these wonderful partners:

Congratulations to our 2022 Small Business Awardees

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