Pete Bardunias

Chamber President and CEO Pete Bardunias

For those who follow the machinations of the area business community, there has been a lot to talk about lately.  Several chambers of commerce are making moves which will impact businesses in Saratoga County, as reported in various newspapers and online blogs.  

Perhaps hidden in the shuffle is a recent announcement by the board of the Malta Business and Professional Association that it will ask its members to affiliate with the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County (CSSC) beginning on January 1, 2020.

If ratified, this will be a momentous achievement. Never in recent memory has a small business organization in this county come together with a large one for the common good. This new union will ensure that the resources, staff and volunteers of the larger chamber will be able to concentrate, where most appropriate as defined by MBPA leaders, on the needs of the local businesses and residents of Malta.

An example of what’s in store can be found in the CSSC’s recent work to support and promote the Village of Round Lake, which also lies within the Town of Malta. In 2017 two new trailside benches were installed courtesy of volunteers and sponsors who participated in the Round Lake Community Business Alliance, a committee of the CSSC under its Saratoga County Community Development Program.  Graphic displays supporting the Markets at Round Lake and other events are on the TV at the Exit 9 Rest Area, and this year a new Kayak Hub was erected at the northwestern corner of Round Lake (visible from Route 9) providing unprecedented recreational access to the Lake. Those wishing to rent a kayak can use modern wireless technology to easily reserve the boats. For more information visit www.upstatekayakrentals.com.

But that’s just a taste of what is potentially in store. This new alignment coupled with a similar process between the CSSC and the Capital Region Chamber means that participants in the current BPA will not only steer resources to their community but connect with the regional business scene on a whole new level. Says Michael York, current BPA President: “The regional talks present a chance for Malta’s business community to impact the entire region but also bring business opportunity to us as well. Having access to new advocacy and support programs will be a huge advantage for Malta businesses and can help startups and entrepreneurs achieve success right alongside established businesses and local not-for-profits which will similarly benefit.”

This is a really exciting time to be doing business in Malta! Please visit www.maltabpa.org or www.southernsaratoga.org for more information and updates on the alignment process.

- Pete Bardunias, President/CEO, the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County

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