2010-10-07 / Enterprise

Chambers of Commerce Are Strengthening Local Business

FROM THE CHAMBER
PETE BARDUNIAS

As a new contributor I wish to thank the Ailes family, Joe Lindsley, and the PUTNAM COUNTY COURIER for this opportunity to share exciting business news on a weekly basis.

 

Our position is unique within the Hudson Valley, poised for growth and ready to move forward. As was seen at our recent Mahopac Street Festival, entrepreneurs are developing new ideas and starting businesses, and established companies are responding quickly to economic challenges by streamlining their operations and innovating their products and services. Things are still difficult out there, but the good news is the independent businesses of Putnam County are adapting very, very well.

They also have more support than ever before. For example, the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce has added over 150 new members in two years and boasts unprecedented strength. Its Street Festival and Business Expo were the largest in their history, and the Mahopac Chamber Visitors Center in downtown Mahopac is open 6 days per week through Oct 30.

Also, the new Putnam County Chamber, supported by seven smaller organizations throughout the county, is beginning to address some of the larger, countywide concerns of the business community. By contrast, many big chambers in other Hudson Valley counties actually expect to lose a significant number of members this year, and experts still fear a prolonged period of instability in the region’s economy. Many business leaders view Putnam’s accomplishments with admiration, marveling at how we’ve been able to buck the regional trends. The need for our business community to remain united and strong has never been greater!

For those concerned about the upcoming elections, please attend the Putnam County Chambers/League of Women Voters debate on October 19, 7pm at the Carmel VFW. The focus will be on the needs and concerns of the business community.

Pete Bardunias is President/CEO, of the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce and Board Member (ex-officio) of the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce.

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