The Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce held its monthly meeting for area business owners and representatives Jan. 20 at the Brae Loch Inn. The round-table meeting was conceived as an opportunity for local businesses to network, share knowledge they have acquired, offer advice and address concerns.
Chamber member Hume Laidman began discussions and introduced the moderator, Anne Bazydlo from SCORE, who led participants through proceedings. Chamber Chairman Gene Gissin was present, as well as Chamber Treasurer George Schaffer.
Business representatives in attendance included Tom Lyga from eMarketMyBiz.com, Susan Holowchak from the Beattie Sanctuary for Lifelong Learning, Jay King from Bag End, Patti Andersen from Patti Andersen Designs, Karie Ballway from Cooley Group, Bob Cowherd from Cazenovia Auto Sales and Service, Judy Dardzinski from Worldlink Travel and Brenda Watson from Seniors Helping Seniors.
After introductions, participants began discussing issues like the rise of social networking, and what additional business opportunities are available in Madison County. Cazenovia entrepreneurs offered ideas that may boost business on Albany Street, citing former traditions, like keeping stores open later one day of the week.
Ideas for unifying different industries around Central New York were also considered. The participants discussed possibilities and suggested opportunities for "cross pollination" between businesses. Some companies wished to reach customers of the younger generation, while others desired to attract clientele of an older demographic.
The meeting was scheduled from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. to allow owners to start business at their normal hours of operation. However, many of the participants wished to stay longer and continue the discussion.
The next meeting will be held within the same hours, on Thursday Feb. 17. For more information, or to reserve a spot at the next round-table meeting, visit cazenoviachamber.com, call 655-9243 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.