A Night at the Races to Benefit the Annual Scholarship Fund
Your participation in our events and generosity has benefited many of our children over the years with tuition assistance. This year we decided to change thing up a little and do something new – A Night at the Races!!!
We would urge that every single business owner in our membership be present, regardless if you have a space on Route 6 or not, on Wednesday February 25th at 7pm.
Please be prepared to have constructive conversation with the TOC Board, the public and our vibrant membership.
The purpose of our attendance at the meeting on Wednesday night will be to uncover the motivations behind these proposed “Signage changes” while also seeking to understand or view what plan or vision this new and seemingly ambiguous code stems from. We will also be asking them to “keep the meeting open” as to hold more discussions after the meeting with Town Officials.
While nobody likes new rules and code for the sake of code, fees and regulation, we’re confident that some businesses feel they’d benefit from an investment in our town’s future…maybe this is going to end up being a good thing that this happened. Now…we’ll be heard.
Businesses in the downtown area of Mahopac are bleeding for metered parking, safer roads with less speeding, better lighting and better flow all coming forth from a comprehensive study and revitalization project for downtown Mahopac specifically…and THAT is what we feel ANY code change would come from: A plan. A real plan. What many businesses feel that, which is why we’re going to ask, this code has no plan behind it which has been communicated to the business community.
In the last 18 months since I took the role as CEO and Exec. Director, we have had zero input into these proposed changes—and to that end, I take responsibility. I should have known earlier, we should have intercepted this earlier…and we should have been involved sooner in the creative process for what seems to be a disjointed plan at best. That will no longer be the case. We, our membership, need to work alongside the town and show them what parts of this proposed code change are anti-business at best.
While the intentions may have been good, the business community is frustrated with how they found out: A notice in the Newspaper.
WE will be more diligent for you, moving forward, and we ask the community to invite anyone and everyone that would like to be part of a discussion to co-create a PRO-BUSINESS model for the TOC to be present on Wednesday night at 7pm at Town Hall.
Michael A. Bucci
The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Membership Drive is in full effect.
From Jan. 1 through Feb. 28 when you refer a business that joins the chamber you get a free dinner.*
You will also be a featured Member of the Month.
* No limit as to the number of members you can refer.
Complimentary dinner cannot be used for holiday party or special events.
Don’t forget to reserve your spot for the
Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce Member Appreciation Night.
It will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Route 6 Tap House, 728 Route 6 in Mahopac.
The complimentary admission is for members only and includes appetizers, salads and a hot buffet dinner. Cash bar.
Pre-registration is required. RSVP deadline is Thursday, Feb. 19.
Register online or call the office at 845-628-5553.
The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce awarded its 2014 Business Person of the Year (BPOY) award to Bill Zacotinsky, owner of East Road Motors in Carmel, at a ceremony held on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at the Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac. The annual honor is given to recognize the professional and community efforts of a long-standing chamber member.
There are four criteria that the business person of the year committee, which is made up of past award winners, takes into consideration when choosing an honoree. They are:
- You must be in business for at least three years.
- You must be a reputable and successful business person.
- The individual must be held in the highest regard by industry peers.
- The person must have a positive impact on the community by being a role model of involvement, sponsorship and activities in the Mahopac-Carmel community.
Marj Ciucci, the 2013 BPOY, who presented the award to Zacotinsky said that after reading the criteria that it was easy to identify who should receive the honor.
“When Bill Zacotinsky gets involved in an activity you know that you can put that activity on his shoulders and it will get done,” said Joseph Tock, a past BPOY honoree.
Zacotinsky, a former NASA engineer, opened East Road Motors a full-service vehicle, outdoor equipment and generator maintenance shop in 1987. The business has been recognized as a New York Shop of Excellence and was asked by John Deere to be its authorized service center in the area.
After joining the Mahopac-Carmel Chamber in 2003, Zacotinsky became an active member. He served six years on the Board of Directors—two of those years he served as the board vice chairman and one year he served as the board chairman. Additionally, Zacotinsky chaired the Mahopac Street Fair for five years, co-chaired the Shop Putnam Business and Home Expo and has led the parade float committee. He also participated on many other committees, attended events and engaged and mentored other members.
“I am humbled by this,” Zacotinsky said when he accepted the award. “The people on the BPOY committee are my idols. They are successful and they are superstars. Thank you.”
Zacotinsky was joined by his wife Pam and his sons JR, Andrew and Brad.
RSVP to the January Kick-Off Meeting and Business Person of the Year celebration on , 2015 by filling out the form below the article, or by calling our office at 845-628-5553.
- Date: Tuesday January 20th, (yes it’s the 20th, not the 28th)
- Investment: Admission is $35, as usual, and a delicious buffet dinner is included.
- Where: We’ve chosen Putnam County Golf Course as the venue for this prestigious event. We hope to see you all there!
- When: 5:30-6:30pm Networking Hour, 6:30-8:00 is Pass the Mic, New Members, Networking, Awards and more!!
Congratulations to Bill Zacotinsky
When Bill Zacotinsky walked into the Chamber of Commerce Board Room in early November–he thought he was being called in by the Chamber’s Exec. Director and CEO, Michael Bucci, to give his opinion and volunteer to help the 2015 Shop Putnam Expo committee for a specific task…what he found instead was 10 of his peers congratulating him for being selected for the highest honor bestowed upon a Chamber Member in our region: The Business Person of the Year.
RSVP to the January Kick-Off Meeting and Business Person of the Year celebration on Tuesday January 20th, (yes it’s the 20th, not the 28th), 2015 by filling out the form below the article, or by calling our office at 845-628-5553. Admission is $35, as usual, and a delicious buffet dinner is included. We’ve chosen Putnam County Golf Course as the venue for this prestigious event. We hope to see you all there!