The Value of Membership: Supporting Small Business

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Article Contributed by
Todd J. Tranum,
President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

As a member of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce you are part of one of the largest businesses associations in Western New York. The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is unique in that it has collaborative county wide presence in partnership with six community chambers in Dunkirk, Fredonia, Hanover, Jamestown, Mayville-Chautauqua, and Westfield-Barcelona. The Chamber coordinates over 100 community based events each year to help drive foot and internet traffic to our small business members and build business-to-business connections. Working with our six Community Chambers of Commerce, these events focus on programming that attracts residents and visitors to our local businesses.

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce works year-round to promote local businesses and reinforce the importance of supporting local business. Studies have consistently shown that shopping locally is good for our economy. When goods and services are purchased locally those dollars are dispersed through local wages and benefits, charitable donations, taxes that fund local services, and purchases of goods and services through other local businesses. And it’s not just shopping that makes a difference. When you work with local providers for professional services, real estate, healthcare, and finance, you are also contributing to gains in our local economy.

Last fall the Chamber launched the Shoptauqua Gift Card program, designed to encourage people to shop locally. More than 120 local merchants are now participating, so you can use a Shoptauqua Gift Card for everything from hardware to groceries to local wine and attractions. Call our offices for more information at (716) 484-1101 or (716) 366-6200.