As we safely reopen Watkins Glen and all of the Finger Lakes, we look forward to safely welcoming you to our communities. Please remember to call ahead: our restaurants, wineries/breweries/distilleries, and attractions have developed location-specific procedures and protocols to ensure that our community, visitors, and employees remain safe and healthy.

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Small Business Saturday

 

 

JOIN US FOR 26 DAYS OF SHOPPING SMALL!

The benefits don’t end on November 28th! Between November 29 and December 24, patrons can use their 26 Days of Shopping Small Passport to continue supporting local businesses. Patrons will visit and shop at as many participating small businesses as they can. Once shopping is complete, mail your passport to the Chamber for the chance to win a gift basket filled with products from Small Business Saturday participants!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND DOWNLOAD PASSPORT!

 

 

 

Put your $ Where your <3 is

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES AND DOWNLOAD PASSPORT OF PROMOTIONS!

 

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY DAY OF ACTIVITIES!

NOVEMBER 28, 2020!

Come #shopsmall with us!

 

The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Shoppers’ Welcome Station and Pop-Up Shops our Visitor Center and Offices at 214 N. Franklin Street! Stop in and enjoy the festive spirit! Pick up your shopping passports and coloring pages for the kids! Extra masks and a hand sanitizer station will be available.

 

WINK 106 Logo

Scott and Ally of WINK 106 will be joining us for a LIVE broadcast on Small Business Saturday at the Chamber’s Visitor Center! Tune in to WINK 106 to learn all the ways you can #shopsmall this holiday season!

The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce has been invited again by American Express to participate in Small Business Saturday as a Neighborhood Champion #AmexSBSChampion! Our job is to unite shoppers and small business in our community, and inform you on how you will be personally and positively affected if you #shopsmall!

 

Why should I #shopsmall and how does it affect me?

I’m glad you asked…because small businesses are the backbone of our local community, and now more than ever, we need to put our money where our hearts are and #shopsmall!

Look at the Main Street in “your” local area and imagine if there were no small business…there would be no character or individuality to our cozy towns and quaint villages. Not only does it give us the sense of community, it makes us a unique place for visitors to explore and get a sense of what our community is really all about! And let’s face it, there is something special at every turn here for locals and visitors alike!

Think about all of the organizations or service groups you and your family are a part of. Most of those organizations or groups are donation based, right? Well small businesses support their communities by donating to local charities, youth organizations, service groups and food pantries.

Do you ever walk into a local business and see another business owner inside purchasing something, or see their products for sale there? Well that’s because small businesses tend to support other local small businesses! And it’s not just for convenience or that they like their products and services, it’s because they know supporting local small businesses will create a thriving local economy and create that sense of community we cherish. 

Local jobs. Local jobs? Local jobs! Shopping local and small businesses means creating LOCAL jobs! This will promote the local economic cycle, because those who are employed by these local jobs, will ALSO spend their money in the local economy.

I’m sure some of you have heard about the DRI (Downtown Revitalization Initiative) …old buildings are being remodeled and repurposed, and our downtown area is becoming more walker/biker friendly, and environmental friendliness is on the rise! Our towns and villages just seem to be healthier with small businesses around.

Small businesses pay local taxes to the town/county with funds being used for improvements in schools, green spaces and roads. Our mixed-use downtown area already has the infrastructure required to support these small businesses and our local economy.

 

So, here are some numbers for you:

  • Approximately $68 of every $100 spent at a local small business stays in our local economy!
  •  Local small businesses donate 250% more to local non-profits and community causes.
  • If every family in the U.S. spent an extra $10 a month at locally owned, small businesses, over $9.3 billion would be directly returned to our local economies.
  • Every $1 spent at a small business creates an additional $0.50 of local economic impact.

 

Okay, so now you know why it’s important to #shopsmall… now it’s time to find out how!

Small Business Saturday takes place Saturday, November 28, 2020!

 

We are also extending the #shopsmall holiday shopping season into December with 26 Days of Shopping Small!

 

Join the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce for the 3rd year and pledge to #shopsmall this holiday season! It’s simple, save the below photo. Post it on your Facebook page stating that you are taking the pledge to #shopsmall and put your $$ where your <3 is! Encourage your friends to do the same! Don’t forget to use #shopsmall #SmallBizSat and tag the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce!

2020 Shop Small Pledge

JOIN US FOR 26 DAYS OF SHOPPING SMALL!

The benefits don’t end on November 28th! Between November 29 and December 24, patrons can use their 26 Days of Shopping Small Passport to continue supporting local businesses. Patrons will visit and shop at as many participating small businesses as they can. Once shopping is complete, mail your passport to the Chamber for the chance to win a gift basket filled with products from Small Business Saturday participants!

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