Bring joy to your holiday shopping! It’s easy to do when you explore and shop local small businesses.
It’s Small Business Saturday, and dozens of local small businesses dot every corner of Chautauqua County and are full of gift items that will fit your list and budget. Whether you are looking for games, books, toys, home decor, clothing, handmade soaps, local wines or more, you will find these products at small local businesses right here in our own communities.
Gather your friends or family and make it a day. Savor the experience of small shopping and enjoy a lunch or dinner break at a small local restaurant. A quiet shopping experience will make you feel good about your choices. Gifts made by local hands let you see the quality and care taken in each piece.
Small Business Saturdays are more than just a day of shopping – it’s a way to help keep our communities vibrant and active. As a consumer, every time you buy a gift from a local merchant, you are making a positive impact on people right here in Chautauqua County. The purchases you make from local small businesses are reinvested in our communities. A store owner can use this income to pay the salaries of employees who, in turn, use it to pay for their children’s dance lessons or buy gifts from another local business. Studies have repeatedly shown that local retailers put 52% of their income back into the local economy, compared to just 14% for national retail chains.
Also, keep in mind that as Cyber Monday approaches, you can still support local small businesses when shopping online. The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce made it easy, providing www.ShopLocalCHQ.com. This local market is a buying and marketing platform for local small businesses. For the consumer, it is easy to explore local products and add them to a single shopping cart for purchase. Your payment experience is therefore quick and easy!
Currently, there are over 70 local merchants listing over 300 products for sale on ShopLocalCHQ.com. Here you will find creative handmade objects, local products, books, art, local wines and much more.
In addition, the Chamber still offers a local gift card that supports small businesses. The appearance of the map is being updated, but it still works the same. Over 140 local merchants accept the card, and it can be purchased in any denomination up to $ 500. Visit www.ShopLocalCHQcard.com to learn more about how to get hard-to-buy gift cards for friends and relatives.
Buy locally this holiday season. You will find something special and enjoy the experience!
The Chamber’s annual meeting is December 3
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2021 annual meeting on Friday, December 3. The lunch meeting will begin at noon at the Chautauqua Harbor hotel in Celoron. Registration for lunch will close at noon on Monday, November 29, so register now at www.chamberrsvp.org. The annual meeting will also be broadcast via Zoom for those who prefer to attend virtually.
The list of Board members and House officers for the coming year is as follows: Chairman of the Board, Fred Johnson of Johnson Estate Winery; Vice-President, Heather Brown of the Resource Center; Treasurer, Kris Maytum of DFT Communications; Secretary, Emily Reynolds of Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Past President, Brian Bugaj of Nestlé Purina PetCare. The new board members on the post are Kim Carlson of Pea Pod & Juniper and Ben Webb of Webb’s Captain’s Table. Past board members are Robert Manning of Manning’s Fireside Manor and Kristofer Sellstrom of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, as well as the chairs of each of the six committees of the Community Chamber of Commerce. A proxy vote is available for any member of the House unable to attend at www.chamberrsvp.org.
The opening speech will be presented by the presidents of the two SUNY institutions in Chautauqua County. Dr. Daniel DeMarte, president of Jamestown Community College, and Dr. Stephen Kolison, president of the State University of New York at Fredonia, will discuss new collaborations between the two colleges.
The Chamber will present the Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award for 2021 to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the North Chautauqua Community Foundation and the North and South United Way of Chautauqua County. The four organizations are recognized for their fundamental role in the development of the Chautauqua County Intervention Fund.
The Chamber of Commerce annual meeting is sponsored by the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, DFT Communications, Jamestown Community College, Media One Radio Group. OBSERVER, and The Post-Journal. The cost of lunch is $ 28 per person. Masks will be compulsory until lunch.
Businesses urged to take extra precautions against COVID
The Chautauqua County Board of Health strongly recommends immunization reminders for all eligible people and recommends that everyone, regardless of their immunization status, wear a mask in indoor public places, wash their hands frequently and stay at home and away from others in the event of illness. These recommendations follow a standard weekly report that shows 50 people are currently hospitalized in Chautauqua County with COVID-19. The most recent report shows 663 new cases of the virus in a single week, with a high community transmission rate of 9.1%.
As this phase of the pandemic continues, it’s important to assess your operations and policies, as we’re all doing our part once again to slow the spread and avoid the potential need for new restrictions or mandates. Stability and predictability are good for business, but the increased transmission of COVID-19 and the strain on the healthcare system is creating uncertainty and fear, both for business owners and consumers. In addition, as employers, it is important that you have information regarding current government policies on quarantine and isolation, so that you are fully aware of the requirements and procedures if and when your workforce can. be affected. Any business can require face masks inside its facilities for employees and customers.
We urge all residents of the county to do everything possible to protect the health of our families, communities and economy.