Chamber grows and unveils upcoming programs

September 20, 2012 by  

The Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to this next year of program activities, as outlined at the Chamber’s kick-off luncheon this past week, and anticipates continued growth in its membership.

According to President Gary Epstein, current membership in the chamber is up to 127 businesses – a healthy increase over prior years. He made this announcement to about 50 people who had gathered at Plainview’s The Main Event restaurant for the annual event.

Past President Francesca Carlow, owner of Trio Hardware, told the group:

“We want to know what we can do better.”

For chamber officials, improvement means boosting community activism, promoting businesses, and offering more opportunities for business owners, political leaders, and aspiring entrepreneurs to network.

John Venditto, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor and keynote speaker at the luncheon, talked about the “quality of life” for people living in the area and the need to balance development efforts while preserving the overall residential nature of the town.

From the small retail shop to the local print company, new development is generally viewed as a positive sign of growth by business owners. Venditto noted that working through the chamber insures the concerns of this constituency will be heard when land use decisions are brought before the public.

To illustrate his point, he cited development plans for a portion of the extensive Charles Wang property off Old Country Road – a matter scheduled to come before town planners once again. A past proposal for the acreage sparked lively debate.

The next meeting is a breakfast session on Oct. 19 at 7:45 am at the Plainview Marriott.