The Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce held its Spring Soirée and Annual Meeting, presented by AFC Urgent Care Burlington, on May 4th at the Archer Hotel Burlington. This event is a seasonal celebration of membership with more than 150 business professionals from the Burlington area community in attendance. Guests from member organizations experienced an evening of delicious food, drinks, and socializing, and took advantage of the opportunity to showcase their businesses, services, and commitment to the BACC. Premier sponsors of the event addressed the crowd to give brief remarks about the work their businesses are doing in the community and highlighted their partnership with the BACC.
Robin Hutton, Director of Sales at the Archer Hotel Burlington welcomed everyone to the event by saying,"We are thrilled to see this room packed here tonight. If you can believe it, it's been a couple years since we've all been in this room together, and we're really excited that the Spring Soiree has returned to Archer Burlington. Thank you to Rick and the Chamber and everyone in this audience for your support. We turned 5 years old in February and we're thrilled to be here and look forward to partnering with many of you and we thank you all!”
AFC Urgent Care Burlington was the presenting sponsor of the event, and the BACC is appreciative for their continued support and partnership. AFC President Dave Adams noted "We've been here for nearly a decade, and it's been an awesome experience!” Dave went on to credit Chamber leadership for their hard work and passion for helping businesses through the pandemic and the banking crisis. “This is not your father's Chamber, you've heard us say that before, this is a very special place and we keep being a part of it, as AFC Urgent Care because we believe in Rick and because we believe in this group of businesses.”
Many of the sponsors took their time to thank the BACC, and President, Rick Parker, for the hard work and dedication that went into planning and putting together this event, including Bob Buckley, Senior Partner at Riemer & Braunstein and Co-Chair of the BACC Board of Directors. "The town is very lucky, the membership is very lucky," he said, "you may not see it every day, but trust me, your dues, your involvement is being utilized to make it better for everyone."
BACC President Rick Parker also described this work by saying, "There's a lot of things that go on in this Chamber, and you might think it's only the networking in the morning that you go to, or networking at night or the women in business group, or government affairs, or reaching out to our State Representative or Senator to try to get things done. The pandemic was hard on everyone and especially on non-profits and those doing work in our community. Our first event back was the Black Tie Gala to support those that were really struggling to help the neediest people in the community."
Parker also talked about the importance of BACC members coming together and making connections with each other "Now more than ever, it's important to get out and meet people," he said, "If you're not in a room with somebody now, making that connection, your business, your organization will fall behind. We look forward to going forward and getting people back out and making connections, just like what's happening in this room." Dave Adams echoed this sentiment as well, by giving examples of how making connections through the Chamber, "Our accountants came through this Chamber, our payroll company came through this Chamber, our insurance agents came through this Chamber, and I would encourage everyone in this room to look around this room and find someone you're going to do work with. It doesn't matter if you are doing that work with them personally or professionally. If you need to get fit, there are fitness-oriented Chamber members. Find a Chamber member in this room and support them, because that's what makes us strong.”
Aimee Martin, Building Site Manager at Oracle closed out the speeches by saying, "It really goes back to all of you. Small businesses and any business in the Burlington community that wants to partake and be in a community, and that's what we're all here for, it's really great to see so many faces, hopefully everyone is interacting, and I would say try to reach out to people you don't know, this is a good time to reach out, make contacts, and just make sure that if you need something within the community of the Burlington Area Chamber, everyone is here to support you."
The Spring Soirée included the business portion of the Annual Meeting, where the slate of officers and new nominees for the Board of Directors were unanimously approved by the chamber membership. The newest additions were: Jeff Kuczynski of Wegmans, Jose Alejandro of Cambridge Savings Bank, Justin Feldhouse of the Burlington Mall, and Brian Comeau of Boston Marriott Burlington.
As the speeches wound down, the night then continued on with dessert and conversing in the Archer's beautiful function room, as well as the announcements for winners of the raffle baskets donated by a multitude of BACC Members. After a great night of eating, drinking, and celebrating, it's safe to say that the Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Spring Soirée was a success, building on the momentum gained from the Black Tie Gala benefit in February, and paving the way for the variety of upcoming events and initiatives from the BACC in the near future.
The BACC would like to thank our generous sponsors and raffle donors for their support of this event. All area businesses benefit from the efforts of our work, but it is the support from members like these that allow us to address the key issues impacting area businesses.