Chamber Corner – August 23, 2021

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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

Shop Local to Support Our Economy

It’s not a new concept, but it has renewed significance since many businesses had to close at the onset of the pandemic last year. The Shop Local movement is more relevant than ever. If you sincerely want to help boost your community and our local businesses, spend your money with local merchants and local restaurants.

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce has been stressing the importance of shopping locally for many years. We offer a local gift card that can be used at more than 140 merchants countywide. We have promoted Small Business Saturday, working to drive sales to local businesses at the start of each busy holiday shopping season. And in 2020 we worked with a number of partners to launch ShopLocalCHQ, an online sales and marketing platform that provides a convenient way to support local businesses through online shopping.

ShopLocalCHQ now offers over 400 products through 74 local merchants. It’s a fast and simple way to make a difference for local business while you’re shopping for things you need and want anyway. Just visit shoplocalchq.com and click on Shop Now to find a variety of products and service offered by local businesses. Shopping through this site is as easy as shopping on the big box online stores. You can aggregate all of your purchases in a single shopping cart and checkout is convenient. Whether you’re shopping for back to school or just looking for some great local merchandise, visit ShopLocalCHQ.com to support local business.

Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber to Hold Final Summer Concert

The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce will hold its final Entertainment in the Park summer concert on Thursday, August 26 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the gazebo in Lakeside Park. The band is No Consensus – a local featuring Rachel Curtin, Michael Starks, Ken Shearer and Todd Tranum. They describe their sound as “an alternative/dirty folk rock sound” and will be performing an eclectic assortment of both originals and cover songs. This is a free, family friendly program so come from near and far and have some fun!