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Chamber offering 2 promotions for consumers next weekend

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce has two great offers for consumers this coming weekend. For Small Business Saturday, November 26, you can enter to win ShopLocalCHQ Gift Cards whenever you shop at a small local business.

Then for Cyber Monday, November 28, you can take 20% off your purchase on ShopLocalCHQ.com. The Small Business Saturday event is convenient for anyone to participate no matter where they shop in Chautauqua County. Just post a photo and check-in at a small locally owned business on Facebook or Instagram and add #ShopSmallCHQ to your post and you will automatically be entered to win up to $500 in ShopLocalCHQ Gift Cards. The business does not have to be a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and no purchase is required for your entry.

The more times you check in and use the hashtag, the more entries you will get. Winners will be selected on Monday, November 28. Entries will be counted for Small Business Saturday, November 26 only.

Then on Cyber Monday, November 28, you can still shop online and support local businesses, and take advantage of a great offer! The Chamber is offering a 20% discount on products valued at $200 or less on our special web sales and marketing platform at www.ShopLocalCHQ.com. The transaction is easy for consumers – you just need to use the promo code CYBERMONDAY and you’ll get the discount. It’s seamless for the local participating merchant since the Chamber is covering the discounted amount. Discounts cannot apply to purchases made when you click through to other sites, only for purchases directly through the Chamber’s Shop Where I Live platform.

Across Chautauqua County, hundreds of small locally owned businesses are currently offering a tremendous variety of merchandise at all price points to help shoppers find just the right thing for everyone on their list. From clothing to toys to books, games, household items, decor and more, there are many options, and they are dotted throughout the county from Dunkirk to Jamestown and Cherry Creek to Ripley.

We encourage you to shop locally first this year, to find an outstanding array of items for everyone on your list. And for the person who has everything, you can still give a gift that supports local merchants.

The Chamber is proud to sell ShopLocalCHQ Gift Cards. ShopLocalCHQ Gift Cards can be purchased directly from the Chamber in any amount from $5 to $500, and can be redeemed at more than 160 participating businesses countywide for everything from a cup of coffee to unique gift items. More information and our full list of participating merchants is available online at www.shoplocalchqcard.com or call the Chamber of Commerce at (716) 366-6200 or (716 484- 1101 for more information or to place an order.

Local Businesses: Join us for Tuesday Talks 11/22 to Boost Holiday Sales

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce invites local businesses to a special edition of Tuesday Talks: Helpful Holiday Promos for Small Business Saturday and Beyond. This event will be held via Zoom meeting at 8:30am Tuesday, November 22 as we roll out some special tools to help your business gain customers. This event will take just one hour, but will be chock full of information to help your business in a variety of ways during this holiday season. Register online now through the Chamber’s web calendar to get the Zoom link. This event is sponsored by the Small Business Development Center.

Fiorella Chosen for Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has selected Larry Fiorella of Fredonia as the recipient of this year’s Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award.

While Larry chairs the Fredonia Community Chamber of Commerce Committee, he also heads up Festivals Fredonia. In a nomination letter submitted to the Chamber, committee member Sheila Starkey Hahn noted, “Larry not only spends countless volunteer hours on Festivals Fredonia events, but he takes the time to get to know his volunteer teams and business owners. He works collaboratively with everyone to ensure that Fredonia remains a vibrant community which continues to attract residents and entrepreneurs.”

Larry has been instrumental in bringing together volunteers from a cross-section of organizations in Fredonia to not only support the work of the Chamber of Commerce and Festivals Fredonia, but also as a champion for Small Business Revolution in 2020, and to forge partnerships comprising community organizations, the Fredonia Central School District, SUNY Fredonia, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House, the Village Council, and more. He is also the treasurer for Partners in Kind and Adjutant, Secretary, and Finance Manager for the Fredonia Memorial Post 59 American Legion.

In addition to his volunteer work, Larry is a financial advisor at HBKS Wealth Management. The award will be presented during the Chamber’s Annual Meeting, to be held at noon, Friday, December 2, at Webb’s Captain’s Table in Mayville.

CCIDA/CCPEG to Present at Chamber Annual Meeting

December 2

Representatives from the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency and Chautauqua County Partnership for Economic Growth will be keynote speakers for the Chautauqua County Chamber Annual Meeting, December 2.

The topic will be: Talent Attraction and Retention Efforts. The work currently being done to focus on the lifestyle available in Chautauqua County as a true asset to building business here is uplifting and engaging. We invite all local businesspeople to learn more about this important work and how it can positively impact our economy and communities.

A few new at-large members are on the slate to be elected to the Chamber’s Board of Directors. They are: Dr. Courtney Curatolo of the Small Business Development Center; John Felton, CEO of Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union; and Dr. Stephen Kolison, President of the SUNY College at Fredonia.

The Chamber Annual Meeting is sponsored by Brooks-TLC Hospital System, DFT Communications, Jamestown Community College, Law Offices of Sheila Starkey Hahn, Small Business Development Center at JCC, ServPro, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, and Artone. The price is $28 for a delicious lunch at Webb’s including soup, salad, and sandwich options. Register online before November 28 through the Chamber’s web calendar at www.chautauquachamber.org.

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