ALBANY — The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce provided an opportunity for members to network and learn more about what the chamber has to offer during a Breakfast with the Chamber event Tuesday.

‘Twas a morning of delicious food and great people, the brewing coffee drawing early risers’ attention as participants mingled and chatted about their latest projects.

As a first-timer, I realized that these businessmen and -women were just everyday people trying to make a difference in our small/big world. An awakening came over me as I walked around, taking a glimpse at the smiles of newly awakened faces. Early in the morning, I would expect to run into a grinch or two.

However, that was not the case. To my surprise, everyone was humble and proud to talk about where they do business. I thought I’d join the crowd by sharing the same fulfillment that I get at work.

After everyone was settled and comfortable, the director of communications at Southern Point Staffing — and a chamber ambassador — Brewer Turley offered insight on what the chamber entails and offers to businesspeople who are interested in becoming members.

The opportunities the chamber offers to its members include extensive exposure, credibility, networking, committee luncheons, advocacy, meeting space, lunch-and-learn events, and a business web page, among many.

Business development officer for Albany Community Together Tonita McKnight and Daniel Gillian, president and CEO of the Albany Area YMCA, both spoke about what brought to the chamber from their businesses’ perspective. McKnight touched on successful ways to achieve a business loan with Albany Community Together, while Gillian gave information about Albany’s Veteran Affairs.

The information was very much current and relevant to nearly everyone in the room, whether someone was interested in making an investment in their business or in themselves.

For more information on becoming a member of the Albany Area Chamber or participating in one of its events, visit

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