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Waddington Chamber seeks members, volunteers

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WADDINGTON – The Chamber of Commerce is looking for new members.

The Chamber will host an open house at their office in the basement of the Old Town Hall, 38 Main St., from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The meet-and-greet session is open to new and current members, those interested in moving their business or organization to Waddington and those interested in starting a business, Chamber President John Steen said Wednesday.

“Some of our members don’t have to opportunity to meet with our volunteers, so this would give them an opportunity to talk directly with each of volunteers and learn about our offerings,” said Mr. Steen. “But an organization does not have to be a business to attend.”

The Chamber is hoping to tap over 30 remaining businesses and organizations in the community or those who may be thinking of starting a business or moving to Waddington.

There will be information available on restaurants in the community, guidance from SUNY Canton’s Small Business Development Center, day trip opportunities and an update on how the Chamber is working to further the business interest in Waddington.

“This is a great chance for potential small businesses to find out the benefits of belonging to an organization that is a voice of the small businessman,” said Director E. Jane Layo.

The Waddington Chamber of Commerce is an all-volunteer organization, made up of numerous businesses, organizations, and community advocates from the Waddington area.

Whether through tourism initiatives, special events, or business-to-business programs, the primary purpose of the Chamber is to promote business, Mr. Steen said.

“We try to find out which each business’s needs are and see if we can help them out with promotions,” Mr. Steen said. “We also give the businesses and voice in village and town, since we represent the businesses at both the village board and Town Council meetings.”

The Chamber also offers co-op advertising, bulk mailing and bulk rate postage and insurance through the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.

The all-volunteer chamber will post a sign-up sheet for those willing to volunteer “an hour a week to help the Chamber accomplish its goals” at the meeting, said Mrs. Layo.

The Chamber is looking for volunteers to help with upcoming promotions and events during the month of December, Mr. Steen said.

Light refreshments will be served at the open house. For more information, contact Mrs. Layo at 388-5967.

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