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An opportunity for the Saranac Lake business community

May 12, 2012
Editorial by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Publisher Catherine Moore, Managing Editor Peter Crowley

Saranac Lake has always been a community made up of people with great enthusiasm to make positive ideas become reality. That's the spirit in which we think people should take recent changes with the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. It's a new opportunity.

With chamber Executive Director Sylvie Nelson resigning, the board has expressed that it is interested in hearing from chamber members as to the direction the organization should take. We see that request as a positive sign that they care about the membership and are willing to listen. It says, "You matter," as members and those interested can be part of the change.

As each local business receives its membership request or invoice, the owner or manager might ask, "What do I get from belonging to the chamber?" We see many benefits of being a member if the group commits to being a full-fledged chamber of commerce that is accountable to the needs of its members and works hard and well to promote what its name promises - commerce. Going forward, it's a new day, and many individuals have been working hard on projects that are part of what a chamber of commerce does. Now is the time for a unified effort.

We would like the chamber to be the ambassador for Saranac Lake that energizes growth and participation. It should be the hub that coordinates efforts in marketing, promotion, events and tourism, all of which feeds commerce and therefore business in general, as well as prosperity and quality of life.

That is why we encourage business people in and around Saranac Lake to become involved in the chamber, discussing and acting on issues that affect all of us. We don't encourage the chamber to commission another survey or study that will sit on a shelf, but instead to engage in joining forces with the many positive projects that will soon come to fruition because everyone is on the same team of promoting commerce. By joining the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and having a voice as a member, you can be a part of what makes this community a great place to live, work and play.

Chamber President Joe Riccio has stated that your input is critical for strategic planning session on Friday. As this important group enters a challenging new phase, Mr. Riccio welcomes you to share comments, ideas and support by emailing him at or dropping a letter off at the chamber office and visitor center inside the North Elba Town House on River Street.



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