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Now that the season has officially passed fall, can Christmas be far behind? While it may seem like we are rushing the seasons to many, in the world of retail there is a lot of planning and upfront work to be done before any Christmas merchandise is even on the show floor. .

We are already seeing a lot of articles about online shopping at the start of this year due to supply chain issues and the expectation of extended delivery times. But don’t worry, because there is a good way for you as a consumer or businessman to avoid these issues. Buy locally!

The Chamber of Commerce is here to help you! We provide an online sales and marketing platform for our local member businesses. It’s a place where you can list items for sale and be a part of this great, user-friendly system. Since the pandemic closures of spring 2020, online sales have exploded. In the United States alone, online sales jumped 33% to just under $ 792 billion! If your business isn’t selling online now, you’re missing out on sales. provides a place where our local Chamber member merchants can sell products, services or gift cards. The system works by aggregating all of a consumer’s items into one shopping cart, so it’s easy for the buyer. It’s simple to use and easy to participate. Even if you already sell online, you can easily link to your own website and continue to harness the marketing power concentrated around local shopping. If your business is not one of the 74 merchants already on the platform, just visit and click on “start selling” to start the process. If you are already a member of the Chamber, we will quickly approve your participation and you can prepare to start selling. If you are not yet a member of the Chamber, we will be notified of your interest and our staff will contact you to become a member.

In addition, the Chamber always offers a local gift card! Throughout its many years of existence – first in the form of a gift certificate and more recently in the form of a card – the local economic impact of this program is approximately $ 3 million. This is money that has been spent at local retailers and restaurants, and is being fed back into the local payroll, commercial space, and local programs funded by local businesses. This program serves over 140 local Chamber member businesses, so the card can be used for everything from local wines and restaurants to entertainment, retail and more. Very soon, our ShopLocalCHQ gift card will be getting a makeover, so watch our unveiling!

If your business is already participating in these programs, we ask that you double check the merchandise you have listed on and make sure it is up to date and ready for Christmas sales. If you have recently changed your business’s POS system and are participating in the ShopLocal Gift Card, please let us know so we can keep you updated on the system.

Local shopping benefits our entire community, and with the holiday shopping season ahead, we remind everyone to support the local businesses who have worked hard to stay open and a vital part of our communities for the past eighteen years. month.

Register now for the annual Chamber Awards Banquet

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be able to host its annual in-person awards banquet this year, but space has been limited to just 200 people. We ask all those who wish to attend the dinner on October 7 to register online by September 30. This year’s dinner will once again be held at the Williams Center in SUNY Fredonia. Viewers also have the option to watch the award shows online if they wish.

Each year, the House is pleased to honor a number of individuals and organizations in Chautauqua County. This year, special protocols are in place to ensure that the event is safe and enjoyable for all participants. Tables will be appropriately spaced throughout the room and will be reserved for a maximum of eight people. All in-person attendees must certify during online registration that they are vaccinated and will agree to wear a mask indoors (per SUNY requirements) until they are seated for dinner. Due to sanitary requirements, there will be no cocktail hour before dinner, but wine and beer will be offered at each table and a cash bar will be available in the dining room.

Registration for the event will begin at 6:30 p.m., dinner and the program will begin promptly at 7 p.m., when online viewers will be invited to participate via the Zoom webinar.

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce will present the Economic Development Award to Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care for the health services it provides throughout the county and for its extraordinary efforts during a pandemic to raise funds and expand its programming and her jobs through the construction of a very first local hospice home.

Two Personality of the Year awards will be awarded. John D’Agostino, editor of the Post-Journal and OBSERVER will receive the award for his active involvement in numerous community organizations over the years. Rochelle Mole, vice president of finance and operations for the National Comedy Center, will receive the award for her personal sacrifice and her foundational role over the past year in sustaining an institution nationally recognized and locally important for a very difficult time.

Each of our six community chambers of commerce will present a community service award. The Dunkirk Community Chamber has selected Kirk Frey who has been actively involved in the community through his company, Kirk’s Jeweler’s, and through numerous charitable contributions, for over 40 years. The Community House of Fredonia chose Festivals Fredonia – an organization run entirely by volunteers and responsible for organizing several festivals in the community each year. The Hanover Community Chamber chose Aimee Rogers in recognition of her efforts with Imagine Forestville to encourage both the preservation of history and the development of new businesses in the hamlet. The Jamestown Community Chamber selected Lou Deppas for his many years of service to community organizations, including the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, the Jamestown YMCA and the National Comedy Center. The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber chose the Chautauqua Lake Central School District under the direction of Superintendent Dr. Joshua Liddell for providing full-time in-person instruction to 95% of the students in the district during the year school 2020-2021. The Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber recognizes the Patterson Library Hands, a group of volunteers who work diligently through hands-on maintenance and improvement projects that keep the historic building at its best.

Registration for this event is now open online at If you have any questions, please call the House at (716) 366-6200 or (716) 484-1101.

The House Awards Banquet is sponsored by the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, Community Bank, DFT Communications, Jamestown Community College, Media One Radio Group, National Grid, OBSERVER and The Post-Journal.

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