Chautauqua Business Weekly – April 20

Your Chamber in a Time of Drastic Economic Change

The old adage that the only thing constant is change has never been more true. We are all seeking ways to adapt as we continue to navigate our new environments, whether that means restructuring the way we do business, learning how to work through the intricacies of new business loan programs, or dramatically limiting our social contacts. Flexibility is our new watch word as unforeseen circumstances have driven us to do more online and communicate in new ways.
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce remains committed to helping in all possible ways. For our business community the challenges are great. Not everyone has the capacity to work from home or to keep their businesses running at this unique moment in time. Whether your business is operating with limited hours, running full tilt, or somewhere in between, we stand ready to help.
Your Chamber has been focused on communication, connection, encouragement and reopening the economy. Much of our work has been dedicated to keeping you informed through regular emails, weekly video/conference calls, and social media. We have tried to be clear and concise, and to keep all our information updated on a regular basis. We have provided resources, links, and referrals to help businesspeople apply for loans and unemployment insurance and to learn about employee leave options. We have launched new initiatives to help promote local businesses that remain open as well as those that are closed and need to maintain relationships with their customers, all in an effort to support our local economy. Re-opening the economy has moved to the forefront as the Chamber and Manufacturers Association are working with a variety of partner organization and leaders across our region to strategize and take action.
The changes we have witnessed in overall public health and the economy have altered our way of life and our way of doing business. As we progress through the pandemic, day to day life, the workplace and running a business will be different than just a few months ago. However, we will adapt and will emerge from this and we will reopen our economy. Rest assured; your Chamber of Commerce will be here to help through all the change yet to come. We will come through this pandemic and we can be a stronger community by working together responsibly and by focusing on what made us great to begin with: our people, our local businesses, and the relationships that connected us to begin with. Stay strong.

Chamber State Legislative Breakfast to Be Held Online Friday

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to once again this year provide an opportunity for members to have a conversation with our local elected state representatives. Senator George Borrello and Assemblyman Andy Goodell will be our special guests for this online event at 8:30am, Friday, April 24.
You can register now through the Chamber’s online events calendar and we will email a link to the meeting to each participant. We encourage you to get up and get out and find your favorite local breakfast or coffee takeout restaurant, and then head home to join us online at 8:30am.

Shoptauqua: Buy Safe. Buy Small. Buy Local.

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and all six of its Community Chambers in Dunkirk, Fredonia, Hanover, Jamestown, Mayville-Chautauqua, and Westfield-Barcelona continue to encourage support of small local businesses that remain open even during this challenging time. There are numerous retailers that are still operating as essential services including grocery stores and pharmacies, and many local restaurants and some small independent retailers that are open for takeout or delivery only. Please visit our website at www.chqbuylocal.com to get the full list.
Our Community Chambers have now established the Shoptauqua Cash Dash program. The goal of this program is to bring sales to our businesses, especially at a time when our small businesses need it the most. Local businesses can participate and get more information by emailing their Community Chamber Coordinator. See the list on our website through the Contact Our Team page.
The Chamber has launched the Shoptauqua Marketing Program. This is currently a free service for local businesses that want to turn prospects into customers and turn customers into fans of your business. The program is designed to encourage new and existing customers to re-engage with your business, build your database of customers, enable targeted marketing and importantly track your return on investment. For more information reach out to Joanna Dahlbeck on our staff at jdahlbeck@chautauquachamber.org.

Amanda Brinkman TODAY on our Weekly Businesses Call

Join us TODAY, Monday, April 20 at 3:30pm when special guest Amanda Brinkman will give us all some tips to maintain communications with customers at this crucial time.
Amanda Brinkman, Chief Brand Officer, Deluxe and the creator, producer, and host of The Small Business Revolution will be our special guest on Monday, April 20 for the weekly Chamber Coronavirus and Business video/conference call. Amanda will focus on the important work of maintaining communication with your customers at this time through a variety of marketing sources. We look forward to not only her insights, but her unique ability to be a cheerleader for small business.
Ms. Brinkman will be joined by Jonathan Weston, the new Director of Member Marketing for the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. Jonathan has a proven record of using social media to engage customers and is now working with the Chamber to develop the Shoptauqua Marketing Program: turning prospects into customers into fans of your business.
Please join our meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
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On Monday, April 20th our special guest will be Amanda Brinkman, Chief Brand Officer, Deluxe and the Host and Creator of the Small Business Revolution series.
Any business or organization is welcome to join these meetings.

Chautauqua County Crisis Response Fund

Our local philanthropic community has established the Chautauqua County Crisis Response Fund: COVID-19. Through a partnership launched by the United Ways and Community Foundations of Chautauqua County, donations are being accepted and grants will be made to help fill critical needs. Grant awards will be made to non-profit organizations and will be designed to complement the work of government and expand local capacity.

The Census is Underway: Make Sure You’re Counted

By now, all local local residents have received Census reminder mailings. In fact, over 26% of Chautauqua County residents have already completed the 2020 Census. You may complete the Census online or mail back the questionnaire you received. Your information will be kept securely and privately.
Have questions? Here’s a link to the Census website where you can find answers.