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The Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau serves our business members,
promotes our local assets, and shapes the future of our community.
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT
NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS 2022
SERRANO BROTHERS CATERING
14043 Business Center Dr NW, Elk River
M-F 9:00-5:00
800-WE-CATER

After using their catering services at Wild Marsh for the golf scramble these last two years, and more recently at our Annual Banquet at the American Legion, we are pleased to have Serrano Brothers Catering become a chamber member. Their food is top notch and their service can't be beat.

They service any big events, weddings, corporate events, graduations, funerals and more! They can drop off your meal nicely prepared and labeled, or they can have their staff serve the meal. They take great pride in what they serve and how they serve it, with family recipes, high quality food, and an array of options from Italian to Polish to a good old fashioned American BBQ.

I can speak from personal experience, as they catered a family member's funeral. It was dropped off, on time, nicely packaged, with great reviews from the guests, right down to their homemade rolls! We appreciate them being a Chamber member and look forward to their tasty eats at our Academic Luncheon next month!
CHAMBER EVENTS
GOOD AFTERNOON BUFFALO
TOMORROW, April 28th 4:30 p.m.

Join us for some tasty drinks and delicious eats at Applebee's! It's a great way to casually network with other business leaders and show our appreciation to one of our friendly neighborhood member restaurant!
CHAMBER F.E.E.D.B.A.C.C
Forums for engagement & educational development by the Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, May 10th 11:30 am
Huikko's/Bison Creek, 1207 Hwy 25 N
$30 - meal included

WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER?

I am excited to present our first training opportunity of the year!

Have you ever taken an Enneagram personality assessment? It's a fun, but very accurate way to learn your strengths and weaknesses. With the Enneagram test (we will be using Truity as our free resource) you get assigned a number and with that number comes your characteristics. This helps you understand how to relate better to others. A great tool to have in your leadership toolbox.

Once registered (see green button below), you will be given the link. Bring that information to the luncheon and let's have some good conversation! I am a 9 by the way!

Executive Coach, Tom Krause, from Five Capitals business coaching, is coming to share his expertise with us in how to understand ourselves so we can be good leaders.

We are already at 20 people! Let's fill the room!
SPRING WILL COME and THE GOLF COURSE WILL BE CALLING YOUR NAME!

Thank you to all of you who have sponsored the Golf Tournament, especially to our six - YES SIX Tournament Sponsors - that is a record! Our newest Tournament level sponsor is Whirltronics! Thank you for sponsorship, thank you for golfing, thank you for volunteering and thank you in advance for supplying prize donations! If you want to get a foursome together we are looking for more golfers to fill the roster - let us know or click here: https://business.buffalochamber.org/events/details/23rd-annual-chamber-scholarship-golf-scramble-9618

Let's talk prizes and auction items:
With the new interior arrangement at Wild Marsh, we will not be having a live auction, but a silent auction. We will be hosting this online a week or two in advance - so everyone - not just those at the tournament - can bid on some wonderful donated items! If you don't have an item that is auction worthy, we appreciate any gift cards, small items or cash to purchase small items for our raffle prizes. Our golfers are always eager to win a prize large or small!

Let us know if you have something to donate - we will be happy to come pick it up!
BUSINESS NEWS
LOCAL BUSINESS NEWS ENJOYED BY 80 MEMBERS!

If you missed the State of the City you missed a lot of information. But fear not - it was recorded and will be out on the City of Buffalo website soon! There are several City staff that are new, so besides hearing from Mayor Teri Lachermeier and City Administrator Laureen Bodin, we heard from Assistant City Administrator, Taylor Gronau, Community Planning & Economic Development Directory, David Kelly, and Utilities Director, Jason Meusburger about everything regarding City growth, residential and commercial building, utility and fiber improvements, road construction and more.

David Kelly wants to remind all business owners of the survey that was sent out a week ago. This is your opportunity to share your thoughts directly with the City and give them some input and guidance. All Buffalo business owners should have received one by email. You can print it off and email back or mail it back to the City offices at 212 Central Avenue or by email to David.Kelly@ci.buffalo.mn.us

Police Captain Andrew Johnson said we are now fully staffed with 18 police officers and Sheriff Deringer shared what a day in the life of their department is like in our County. Whew - lots going on. Overdoses continue to escalate and there are some dangerous drugs out there on the street - yes even ours! The day ended with Superintendent Scott Thielman sharing the news from our school district. Though COVID and civil unrest has caused some hiccups in all of our goings on in and around our community these last couple years, it was good to hear how we all work together to make Buffalo a great place to live and work! Thank you to all of our guest speakers and to all who attended!

There will be construction on Hwy 25 in 2023 which will take all of that summer and more. It will be from Division street to the round about at Settler's Park. This will cause some disruption to the downtown. To learn more see the link and get the details:

Above is the table of City staff. Present but not speaking was Police Chief John Harnois and Park & Rec Director, Lee Ryan as well as new HR Director Carmen Merrill. David Kelly showed us some residential growth highlights. Below is Police Captain Andrew Johnson and Sheriff Sean Deringer sharing what is happening in our local world of law enforcement and then Superintendent Scott Thielman wrapping up the luncheon with the status of our school district! Any of them welcome questions so if you need to get in touch with them let us know and we will connect you!
MEMBER/COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS
LADIES DAY OUT LAST SATURDAY

Just had to share these photos! Our army reserve men and women were taking a lunch break from training and blessed us with their presence at the food trucks that were out for Ladies Day Out! The town was a bustling! Thank you for supporting local!
This is the same day as our Academic Luncheon, but love the concept!
REFLECTIONS ON OUR WATERS
Tuesday, May 17th
Wright County Historical Society
2001 Hwy 25 N

4:30 pm - music by Dr. Andy and Amanda Burgdorf
5-5:00 pm - SCSU Professor: Darlene St. Clair (Dakota)

WCHS Curator: Hannah King
Light refreshments provided

Come see our local artist, Sue Davies Polzine, share her paintings inspired by our community's written reflections about our local lakes. Whether stories, poems, or memories, she has incorporated them into her work! Her art will be shown until July 15th.
KEEPING YOU IN THE KNOW

Quick-link to the recent City of Buffalo public meetings:
How do you know flowers are friendly? They always have new buds!
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Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce
763-682-4902
Sue@BuffaloChamber.org 
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