President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Saturday is more than just a day of shopping – it’s a way to improve your own community. As a consumer, every time you buy a sandwich at a local restaurant or buy a gift from a local merchant, you are making a difference to 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.
So we’re asking all local consumers to make a plan now to support our local small businesses this coming holiday season. Gather your friends or family and plan a small business shopping experience on Saturday, November 27th. You don’t even have to start before dawn. You can quietly start your shopping experience around 9 or 10 a.m., visiting local stores that sell a wide variety of merchandise, including specialty items, locally made crafts, toys, books, soaps and more. candles, home decor and more. Take your time and browse the selection of products. When you shop for items made by local artisans, you will see the quality of each item and recognize the time and care that went into creating each product.
Stop for lunch or a snack at one of the many local restaurants that enrich our community and offer more than just a burger on the go. You’ll find a range of dining options from comfort food to local specialties in every community in Chautauqua County.
We will continue to share the message that local shopping IS an experience and can be one of the best traditions we share with friends during the busy holiday season. Mark the day on your calendar now: Saturday, November 27. Small Business Saturday is approaching. Make your plan now to enjoy holiday shopping again and keep our communities vibrant with the support of local businesses.
LIVE THE MAYVILLE EVENING WITH THE BEDROOM
Enjoy an evening in Mayville with the Chamber of Commerce. The Chautauqua County and Mayville-Communauté Chambers of Commerce invite you to save the date for a double night on November 18!
After-hours business with the House will be from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Chautauqua Suites, 215 West Lake Road, Mayville. Business After Hours is a fun, free social event for two representatives from any Chamber member business, or just $ 15 for non-members. Enjoy networking, aperitifs and a cash bar. This Business After Hours event is sponsored by Chautauqua Suites, DFT Communications, Media One Radio Group, OBSERVER and The Post-Journal.
The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber committee will follow with its annual awards dinner which will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Captain Webb’s table at 115 West Lake Road, Mayville. Prior registration is required for dinner before November 11.
Masks will be required for all participants in either event until they are seated to eat or drink.
Registration is open now for one or both events. Consult the Chamber’s calendar at www.chautauquachamberorg.
OPEN DOORS IN THE MAYVILLE REGION ON NOVEMBER 12-13 AND 19-20
Start your holiday shopping with the Holiday Open House organized by the Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce, November 12-13 and November 19-20. On both Fridays and Saturdays, you can visit participating local merchants and pick up a special punch card. Have your card punched at each participating business, then drop it off at your last stop to participate and win prizes from each participating business. 26 local businesses are participating in the Mayville, Chautauqua and Dewittville sectors. For a complete list of participants, find the event on Facebook through the Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce.
WESTFIELD-BARCELONA COMMUNITY FOCUS ON HOLIDAYS
Several community organizations in the Westfield area have come together to organize the Let There Be Light parade on Saturday, November 20 at 4:30 p.m. Local organizations interested in participating can complete the registration form available on the Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber Facebook page. The registration deadline is November 15th. All entries must have lights and a team of famous judges will determine the winner. The awards for the best entree are sponsored by Grace & Abe’s in Westfield. This event is part of Christmas in the Village and both are organized by the Village of Westfield, the Westfield Village Beautification Committee, the Patterson Library, the Westfield Development Corporation and the Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber of Commerce.
SAVE THE DATE: THE CHAMBER’S ANNUAL MEETING IS DECEMBER 3
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will hold its annual meeting on Friday, December 3 at noon at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel in Celoron. This luncheon will include the presentation of the Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award, as well as the election of board members and officers for the coming year. More details will be announced shortly.