One of the Chamber’s strategic objectives is to drive foot traffic into the door of our member businesses. To that end the Chamber invested in an improved web-based directory and referral system over a year ago. In the past year the Chamber has tracked 34,000 referrals via either direct referrals to our members or referrals through our web-site. In addition, the Chamber has implemented a variety of strategies to help support our members. For example, since its inception the Chamber’s gift check program has had an over $2 million local economic impact. Through referrals, the Shoptauqua buy local initiative, the Chamber’s gift check program, local events and promotional activities, the Chamber is helping our members increase their sales.
As we move closer to Thanksgiving, Chautauqua County residents start thinking more and more about holiday shopping. This year, the Chamber ofCommerce encourages everyone to think about making purchases from local merchants.
We are encouraging Chautauqua County residents to get out there and support our member small businesses on Small Business Saturday, November 30th and qualify to win $300 in gift checks through the Chamber of Commerce. Entry forms will be printed in local newspapers promoting Small Business Saturday. Shoppers can take that entry form to a Chamber member business and have it signed and dated, and then return the form in person or by mail to the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce office either at 10785 Bennett Road, Dunkirk or at 512 Falconer Street, Jamestown.
We will accept more than one entry as long as they are signed and dated by different Chamber member businesses. For a list of Chamber members visit the Business Directory section of the Chamber’s web-site at www.chautauquachamber.org.
Studies show that between 50 and 60-percent of the dollars spent with local small businesses are reinvested locally in the goods and services required by those small businesses. In contrast, your purchase of products online sends 100-percent of that purchase outside of our local economy. Recirculating spending into our local economy helps sustain and create jobs and makes a stronger more viable local economy.
Support our local business, support local jobs and support our local economy, buy local this holiday season!