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Annual dinner to celebrate 45 years!

Celebrate the Chamber’s 45th Anniversary! Back to the Future will be held at the Appel Inn with food by Elegant Catering. We will have a nostalgic look back at accomplishments with an enthusiastic look into the future. Take advantage of the opportunity to add your name as a sponsor for this organization which serves the business community of Guilderland, Altamont, and Voorheesville. Call 456-6611 for sponsorship details.  Register here for dinner at $75/pp – a variety of dee-licious selections will be served family style with an array of desserts to tempt us all. Beautiful setting, historic backdrop, great company – what are you waiting for?


Password security needs to be more than 1234

Here’s some timely advice from our member, Solutions by Design:

As computers get faster and hackers get smarter, human-generated passwords simply don’t cut it. Many people create weak passwords because they don’t think their password security is important, and many create weak passwords they think are secure because they followed minimum guidelines. This leads to easily guessable passwords like, “Password2017!” or “NYgiants1”, which aren’t complex enough to protect your valuable information.

Even if your password is something a human can’t guess, it’s likely a computer can. The best possible defense against password hacking is a random password created and stored by a password manager. Solutions By Design uses and recommends Last Pass as a solution to this crucial security need. Last Pass takes the pain out of remembering all your passwords by managing all of your login credentials in one password-protected vault. As you encounter new logins, Last Pass can be used to generate lengthy, random, and secure passwords that meet your security needs.

Get started on your next step towards better security: LastPass is there for the personal user, or there to protect your entire company with Last Pass Enterprise. Ask Solutions By Design to determine what best meets your needs.


Meet fellow business people, make new contacts

Our members consistently tell us that one of the best values of the Chamber is the opportunity to network and meet other business owners, managers, and reps. You never know where a conversation may lead. Ask Todd Porter, The Junk King. He was named Small Business Person of the Year at the 2016 Annual Dinner. He said that the fast growth of his company was due in large part to the connections he made through the Chamber. You’ve invested your money in membership, now invest a little time to get the benefits.

Upcoming opportunities:

After-hours networking at Provence Restaurant, April 19th, 5-7 PM.  Members register for $10 or call to use your Mixer pass. Not yet members are welcome register for $15.

Get your name in front of both Guilderland and Colonie Chamber members at Golf Day, May 22nd, Pinehaven Golf Club. Sponsor a hole and let everyone know your business name. Only $125, sign up here.


Thinking Spring?

Check out member services particularly geared to this season: Harmony Tree Care Specialists, 355-4700;
MPR Excavations, 895-5341;
Robinson Hardware & Rental, 456-7383;
Red Oak Landscaping, 355-3951;
Phillips Hardware, 459-2300;
EMCO Construction, 456-1853;
Exclusive Landscaping, 331-8660;
Tip Development (modular homes, log homes, excavation & construction), 800-825-9717;
Parnham Custom Carpentry, 598-3496;
Capital District Junk King, 888-888-5865;
Residential Improvements, 451-9487;
Habitat for Humanity, ReStore (for excess building supplies or furnishings), 462-2993


How to do Business with Local, State, and Federal Government

Free event: Friday, March 24, 2017
Holiday Inn, 400 Old Loudon Road, Latham, NY 12110
(518) 389-2291
REGISTRATION: 8:00 am
Coffee and light continental breakfast will be served.
SESSION: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Presented by Albany County Purchasing, New York State Office of
General Services and US General Services Administration.
FIND OUT HOW TO DO BUSINESS WITH VARIOUS GOVERNMENT AGENCIES:
 Local Governments including County’s, Town’s, Cities, Villages, School Districts and BOCES

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Date Change for Golf! Spring time! Golf!!!!

Golf without Guilt – play and make business connections at the same time.
Join us and the members of the Colonie Chamber of Commerce in the fresh air where you can play some golf, meet some new people, and maybe talk a little business. 

Monday, June 12, Pinehaven Country Club, Guilderland  

The event begins at 9:00 am with registration, continental breakfast, and contests.
Tee off is at 10 am with a bagged lunch on the greens.
Our day wraps up with cocktail hour, a steak roast, and awards for the day’s play.
Be a Hole Sponsor for only $125.
Register now for early “birdie” prices!
Single Player: $160 before April 21th; full price $175
Foursome: $640 before April 21st; full price $700


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