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Monthly chamber member meeting illustrates high participation

The Brae Loch Inn was host to 40 local businesses the evening of Feb. 15 for the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce monthly members meeting. Representatives from local construction, health care, information technology, environmental consulting, photography, lodging and retail companies gathered to network, and listen to the state of the chamber address.

"This is what the chamber is for, to socialize, steal each other's ideas and prosper," Chamber President Gene Gissin said.

The event served as a social event for members; the relaxed atmosphere allowed for casual interaction and friendly conversation. In addition to the bottom floor of the Brae Loch, Jim and Val Barr procured a buffet of hors d'oeuvres. Once the participants had a chance to find their seats and sample the spread, Gissin presented the chamber's accomplishments in 2010, and offered insight to the year ahead.

The GCACC was recently included in the CNY Business Journal for the first time in 15 years. In past years, chamber members noticed a decline in participation, but have seen a large influx lately. Of note this year was the success of the Farmer's Market during the summer months, and the continued support of the Winter Farmer's Market, which has been running since November. Also, the chamber just finalized this year's directory and sent the material to print. Booklets are being mailed this week.

The chamber has an active calendar planned for upcoming months. In addition, the Wednesday night classic-car shows, seven concerts have been planned to take place at the Lakeland pavilion this summer. "Friendly Fridays" will soon make their return to Albany Street, allowing shoppers to frequent their favorite stores and shops into the evening hours. On May 19, GCACC will partake in a Madison County joint-chamber meeting. Eight chambers from the area will meet to discuss their successes and shortfalls.

"The historic Cazenovia business district is reorganizing itself in such a way, to include all businesses in the district," Gissin said. "The food and beverage, accommodation, gift shops and industry professionals are now working together to promote commerce."

GCACC monthly member meetings are conducted the third Tuesday of every month, in varying locations.

To learn more about the organization and the 320 Cazenovia businesses that participate, visit cazchamber.com. To reserve your spot at an upcoming meeting or apply for membership contact cazchamber@windstream.net or call 655-9243.

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