The Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce & Niagara University Cordially Invite You To Our Signature Event:
Economic Vision 2018 and Beyond: Creating a Vibrant Future
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Niagara University Dining Commons
The Niagara USA Chamber is committed to shaping our region’s future. The program will provide insight into the region’s economic competitiveness and issues that will impact businesses through local, national and global perspective.
Featured Speakers :
Mr. Gary Keith, Vice President & Regional Economist, M&T Bank
Mr. John Manzella, CEO, World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara
Topics will Include:
What are the national trends & what is the outlook for 2018?
Is Niagara County winning or losing regarding regional performance?
What are the economic advantages to be capitalized on and challenges for future growth in the country?
August 1, 2017 Buffalo, NY – Newly updated and featuring “All Things Candy”, the store combined the best of the former store with the Candymakers store and is now located at 3500 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, NY.
Acquired by Chocolat Frey, Switzerland’s #1 chocolate brand, Niagara by Frey is the company’s first official store highlighting all of its brands of confections including:
Chocolat Frey® – A range of premium Swiss Chocolate products made from GMO-free ingredients utilizing a proprietary bean-to-bar process to deliver an exquisite chocolate experience.
Niagara Chocolates® – Western New York’s top selling fundraising chocolate products that have been manufactured in Buffalo for more than 60 years. Now rebranded as Niagara by Frey™.
Celebration by Frey® – A full range of premium confections perfect for party décor, candy buffets and baked goods in an array of colors to match any occasion.
Sixlets® Chocolatey Candies – Made in a nut-free and gluten-free factory in Toronto, Sixlets have a chocolatey center wrapped in bright colorful candy shells. Available in the Original, Fruity and Jawbreaker varieties, these candies offer a worry-free treat for all ages.
The new Niagara by Frey store offers a complete selection of everything needed to make confections at home. Additionally, the new store features a Chocolate Creation Center designed to make custom chocolate confections and offers fine Swiss coffee to enjoy while shopping.
Christoph Schmassmann, CEO and President of Chocolat Frey North America, stated, “We are very excited to update and modernize the Niagara by Frey store. Offering a broad range of our fine confectionery products in a fun shopping environment provides something for everyone.”
A line of giftable items is also available providing customers a range of price points and confectionery experiences. From the Niagara by Frey Chocolate Buffalo to exquisite Chocolate Frey Swiss truffles, there is something for every candy lover!
You can find this One-Stop Shop at 3500 Genesee St. located in the front of the Niagara by Frey manufacturing plant (just behind Airport Plaza).
About Chocolat Frey:
Chocolat Frey is a company of M-Industry that belongs to Migros and is the market leader among Swiss chocolate manufacturers. The company was founded in 1887 and for more than 125 years has been a major contributor to the development of today’s Swiss chocolate expertise. In collaboration with the non-profit organization “UTZ Certified,” Chocolat Frey is committed to the sustainable, socially acceptable, and environmentally responsible growing of cocoa. (www.sweetworks.net/frey/ ).
In 2014, Chocolat Frey North America headquartered in Buffalo/NY, acquired SweetWorks Confections LLC and its manufacturing facilities in Buffalo and Toronto. SweetWorks was founded in 1956 by John and Angela Terranova as Niagara Candy in Buffalo, New York.
To take advantage of the Lake Ontario Small Business Recovery Fund, we encourage you to follow the link to the website: www.ny.gov/lakeontario, which gives further information- and applications for assistance – for municipalities, for homeowners, and for small businesses impacted by the Lake Ontario flooding.
You’ll also notice on the website: Lake Ontario Flood Assistance Hotline: Call: 1-866-244-3839, seven days a week, from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Please feel free to share this information, or if you need further assistance please contact Empire State Development.
For residents in affected areas, Niagara Falls Neighborhood Housing Services has a downloadable application for applying for relief funds. Follow the Lake Ontario link at www.nfnhs.org
They will also be hosting informational sessions with applications at the following locations:
Newfane Town Hall – 2737 Main Street, Newfane, NY:
August 2nd – 10 AM – 2 PM
August 9th – 10 AM – 2 PM
August 16th – 10 AM – 2 PM
August 23rd – 10 AM – 2 PM
August 30th – 10 AM – 2 PM
Somerset Town Hall – 8700 Haight Road, Barker, NY:
August 1st – 10 AM – 2 PM
We will keep you informed if any new information is forthcoming.
Deanna Alterio Brennen will step down from her position as President & CEO of the Niagara USA Chamber on May 12, 2017. After leading Niagara County’s premier advocacy organization for the past 10 years, Brennen’s new role will be the Vice President of Social Enterprise for the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier.
Under Brennen’s direction, the Chamber has remained steadfast in its support of equalization for Homestead/Non-Homestead tax issues, consolidation of the County Legislature, growing the Niagara Falls International Airport, upholding the Property Tax Cap, energy issues and launched the Chamber’s first Canadian/American partnership with the Chamber of Commerce of Niagara Falls, Canada.
“The past ten years has been a remarkable experience working with other community stakeholders, businesses of all shapes and sizes, in the public and private sector, who aim to improve the business climate throughout the Niagara region. Times have been challenging but there are many individuals vested in this community who have the desire to see our businesses and non-profits grow and remain here in Western New York,” states Brennen.
Rocco Surace, the chairman of the board of the Niagara USA Chamber said, “I first want to thank Deanna for 10 significant years of service and dedication for the Niagara USA Chamber and it members. We will certainly miss Deanna and her leadership, we want to wish her well as she follows her passion to become an important part of the mission of the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier.”
Brennen sees this new role at the YWCA as an extension of her service to the community. She will continue her efforts on workforce and business development focused on the individuals served by the YWCA and helping them achieve sustainability and self-sufficiency.
The success of the first Social Enterprise initiative known as the Catering Crew at Carolyn’s House in Niagara Falls has allowed the YWCA to expand into the Niagara Falls International Airport Café, and the concession at the Cornerstone Ice Arena in Lockport.
“I look forward to finding creative ways to enhance the mission-driven programming that has already impacted so many,” said Deanna Alterio Brennen.
There is a search committee involved in a recruiting process for the next President and CEO. The anticipation is to accomplish the search within the next few weeks with the goal to have the new president and CEO in place as soon as possible.