In October, I commenced my administration with a vision- to grow the Chamber and make it financially sustainable.
The first six months were a tad disparaging. Then the sun shone bright with April's arrival. My goal of a 25% increase in membership was achieved, plus more, when Doug from Maptoons advised us we had 162 new members!
July 4th's fireworks exploded early when Kelleen Guyer offered the Chamber first dibs on her 100,000 hits a month site- patchogue.com. The Executive Board all agreed that we HAD to find a way to purchase this explosion of opportunity. It would bring our Chamber to a level we all had only imagined. Instead of our Website remaining as mainly a members to members perk- we would now have a portal on the Web for the Community, where we could highlight our own websites, business deals, job opportunities and all local events.
And so I found a way to buy our hope. With the support of the Knapp-Swezey Foundation, and my profits from last years - we have now entered the big leagues on the Web. If you haven't taken a moment- please take a peek, WE ARE NOW - www.patchogue.com
At this moment, we are shy $2000, which is due in September. And this is where I need the Community's support. The Chamber will be selling raffle tickets for a huge basket filled with gift certificates and merchandise at each Alive After Five this summer. WE NEED YOUR HELP- Please either stop by the Office (15 North Ocean Avenue, Patchogue) and PURCHASE a few raffle tickets- $1 each or 6/$5 or you may purchase them at the Chamber Table the next 3 Alive After Five's. (Friday's- July 20, Aug 10 and Aug 17th)
Contributed by Mindy Skura, President of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce.