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Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and Imagine: Hamburg supports local business

The replica trolley stop shelter at Main and Clark streets was one activity Imagine: Hamburg helped come to fruition, as a means of beautifying the village and giving residents a place to rest.

HAMBURG — In the village and town of Hamburg, as well as its surrounding municipalities, two local organizations are working to improve the area. The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and Imagine: Hamburg are working to support local business and, in turn, the residents who support those, as well.

The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce serves “as the voice for success of the local business community, gathering the support of many to speak as one,” according to that company’s website.

Members of the association receive benefits including networking opportunities with other business leaders and professionals in the area, educational seminars, complementary promotional opportunities, an online business directory for tourists and residents, health insurance for qualified participants, exclusive referral programs, discounts to other chamber member professional services and discounted travel opportunities, to name a few.

Throughout this calendar year, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce is offering two groups of seminars. The first section is titled “Better Your Business.” A panel of speakers and industry experts from across the region will elaborate on topics to give the businesses best-practice tips and educated them on new concepts and resources to help their businesses thrive.

The second session, “Leaders of Western New York,” will include informative talks from local area legislators, CEOs, athletes and community leaders in WNY. Past events have included presentations from Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black, Erie County Legislature Lynne Dixon and Erie Community College President Jack Quinn.

Previous seminars have included topics such as utilizing social media to enhance business, creating surveys to improve employee and customer satisfaction, goal planning and developing a small business plan.

Erin Erickson, the senior director of marketing and business development for the chamber, said, “Working with small businesses helps create and sustain a viable economy within our local community. Many of our members chose to work with other local area small businesses and support one another by only purchasing products or services from other local area small businesses. The more involved and active a business is, the more likely that business will support and foster an active, clean, affordable and thriving community.”

Another local organization, Imagine:Hamburg, is dedicated to promoting and maintaining the commercial and historical health of Hamburg. Specifically, the group works to create beautification initiatives for the village, encourage architectural integrity, promote a sense of community belonging and enhance the character and quality of life in the village.

To demonstrate its support to local businesses, the group has purchased and installed metal address numbers for businesses, bought and hung iron plant hangers, funded banners and enhanced business district street signs. Imagine:Hamburg also participates in community events such as Oktoberfest, Burgerfest and the Garden Walk.

In addition, the organization presents the Tip of the Hat Award to businesses that significantly improve their property and image, in the village. In order to qualify, the business must display outstanding commitment to the village community. Past winners include Ten Thousand Vines winery, Hamburg Optical, Simply Gourmet, Edie’s Pizza, James Blake, DDS, Mike’s Village Service, KC’s Charcoal Grill, Tina’s Italian Kitchen, Main Street Ice Cream, Brendel Gallery, Bella Day Spa, Lake Street Plaza and Donovan and Company. This year’s honoree was JP Fitzgerald’s.

Organizations such as these are dedicated to bettering the Hamburg community and its local businesses by promoting unity and camaraderie and working to make Hamburg and surrounding areas a better place to live and work, for residents and visitors alike.

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