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Dear Members,




Business After Hours at SUNY Oneonta, Tuesday December 10, 2013

SUNY Oneonta invites representatives from your organization to learn more about our internship programs. Join us for a Business After Hours networking reception in collaboration with the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 4:30p.m.-6:00p.m. at Le Café in the Morris Conference Center. We would like to show our appreciation for organizations that continue to provide quality experiential learning opportunities and offer support and partnership to organizations new to experiential learning! Please RSVP by Friday, December 6 to Megan Ackley (607) 436-2534 or e-mail at [email protected]



To shop local means investing in and building our local economy and affecting your “quality of life,” MOST OF ALL, IT’S A GOOD DEAL! Give local businesses a REAL chance to earn your dollars! It will be returned to you many times. From Richfield Springs to Unadilla, from Cherry Valley to Morris, from Worcester to Edmeston and from Cooperstown to Oneonta.


THINK LOCAL FIRST Kick off event –
The Power of your Purchase in our Local Community –
A Dialog and Panel Discussion

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
8:00 am – 9:30 am
Springbrook – North Campus Cafeteria

Main Entrance – 105 Campus Drive, off of NY Route 28
between Cooperstown and Oneonta

Jeff Haggerty, Ace Hardware
Betsy Westad Cunningham – Artware
Chad Welch – Smith Cooperstown
Scott White – Bank of Cooperstown

Bob Harlem- Oneonta Block Company

Rebecca Lloyd- Pickett Building Supply

Join us for a kick off and thought provoking discussion on the importance of supporting small business in our region and for the first is a series of events for THINK LOCAL FIRST,  a collaborative awareness campaign in support of local business and our economy by the Cooperstown and Otsego County Chambers of Commerce.   Panelists will share their personal and professional viewpoints on shopping and supporting local business and will welcome your thoughts and questions.   This is a timely program as holiday shopping is in full stride.

THINK LOCAL FIRST cling window decals will be available for the first time and distributed to participants.
A continental breakfast will be served featuring coffee by Stagecoach Coffee and a selection of delicious breakfast pastries and treats from Schneider’s Bakery, both long standing, small businesses in Cooperstown.
Please invite your employees, your family and friends – this is a dialog for all who live and work in our region!

Tri-County Young Professionals Holiday Party!
Come join the Tri-County Young Professionals on Wednesday, December 11th, from 6-8pm on the fifth floor of the Chamber building at 189 Main Street Oneonta. There will be young professionals from both Otsego and Cooperstown Chambers in attendance. Come enjoy great music and food. You will have the chance to meet other YP’s and usher in the Holiday’s two weeks early! We encourage you to bring your significant other or a friend. Please bring a gift under $5 to exchange and any donation you can make at the door would be greatly appreciated! Please RSVP to the event by calling Steve Campbell of the Morgan McReynolds Group at Morgan Stanley at 607-431-2271 or by email at [email protected].


Marlee Hinchey is offering Holiday Specials that last until January 1, 2014

30 min – 35$

60 min -65$

90 min- 95$


Also, save and buy three 30 min massage gift certificates at $100. They are great holiday stocking stuffers!



State of the State Breakfast sponsored by Community Bank, NA.
Save the Date! Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center from 8:00am to 10:00am. Cost per person is $25. Networking and meet and greet with your elected officials from County, State and Federal Governments at 8:00am followed by breakfast beginning at 8:30am.  Come listen to the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce’s public policy agenda and the call to action from our Legislators.  To RSVP contact Shelly Giangrant by Friday, January 3, 2014 at (607) 432-4500 ext. 207 or email [email protected]

St. James Retirement Community, Inc. invites you to their annual open house is Sunday, Dec. 15th from 3 – 5.

Eight is Eneuf – A cappella group singing music from the early 1600’s t the do-wop era of the 60’s to the Beatles to Billy Joel. Jack Stahl will be at the piano with all your favorites and Big Chuck will be here with a live remote. We are collecting food for the St. James Food Pantry as well. Thanks


Sloan’s New York Grill is currently offering a Holiday Gift Card promotion.

With the purchase of $100.00 in Gift Cards, customer receives an additional $15.00 Gift Card free. With the purchase of $50.00 in Gift Cards, customer receives a free homemade dessert coupon. We have also added a new $7.00 lunch section to our lunch menu which features hot roast beef and gravy, hot turkey and gravy, homemade Quiche, chili con carne, BLT’s, and many other options all for $7.00 each. A reminder of our new Happy hour specials Mon-Thurs from 4-8pm. Sloan’s New York Grill wishes you Happy Holidays  – and remember “local is better”


Chris Sloan

Owner – Sloan’s New York Grill


[email protected]


Small Business Saturday Success

The numbers are in and you have again contributed to an amazing success story for small businesses across the country!

  • According to the second installment of the 2013 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, released Monday, consumer awareness of Small Business Saturday across the U.S. jumped to 71 percent from 67 percent during the same period a year ago.  Of those aware, 46% said they shopped on Small Business Saturday.
  • This year, consumers who were aware of Small Business Saturday reported spending $5.7 billion with independent merchants on the day, an increase of 3.6% from a strong $5.5 billion in 2012.
  • For a third year in a row President Obama shopped at a local bookstore on Small Business Saturday.
  • More than 346,000 free online tools and materials were accessed by small business owners to help get the word out about Small Business Saturday.
  • In November alone, more than 352,000 tweets were sent in support of Small Business Saturday.

To date, more than 3.3 million Facebook users have “liked” the official Small Business Saturday Facebook page.


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