Annual Meeting & Celebration
w/ the Hangar Theatre (Virtual)
Thursday, September 10th, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Please join the Tompkins Chamber for an entertaining evening as we celebrate our accomplishments from 2019 and early 2020, recognize our annual award winners, and share our vision for moving forward and recovering our local economy, together.

Help us recognize:
* Key Person of the Year - Gary Stewart
* Entrepreneur of the Year - Elizabeth Classen Ambrose
* Nonprofit of the Year - Child Development Council
* Distinguished Business of the Year - Holt Architects

Your continued support of the Tompkins Chamber & CVB is truly appreciated. Numerous registration options are available for this exciting event!
With sincere gratitude to our wonderful presenting sponsors:
Thanks also to these generous sponsors:
  • Sciarabba Walker - Award Winner Recognition Sponsor
  • CSP Management - Venue Sponsor
  • Cornell Business & Technology Park - Attendee Gift Sponsor
  • Well Said Media - Media Sponsor
  • Sheldrake Winery - Wine Sponsor
  • Triphammer Wines & Spirits - Wine Sponsor
  • CFCU Credit Union, Sciarabba Walker, M & T Bank, Cornell University, and Visions Federal Credit Union - Virtual Table Sponsors
TOMORROW! Last chance to register.
NYS Mandated Sexual Harassment Training Course
w/ Linda Bryan
Wednesday, August 26th | Noon - 1 p.m.

With everything the last few months have brought, many employers may not have been focused on the need for this required training to be completed annually. The Tompkins Chamber has partnered with Linda Bryan to offer this important training twice between now and October 9th, which is the deadline to comply.
Did you miss one of our L.E.A.R.N. Business Impacts webinars or Networking @ Noon Industry Insights events?

You can watch them all right on our YouTube channel.
Welcome Home Wednesday
Virtual Wine Tasting w/ Damiani
Wednesday, Sept 2 | 5 - 6 p.m.

Have you relocated to the area in the past year to live or work in Tompkins County? Are you interested in learning more about what Tompkins County has to offer a first time resident or someone returning after years away? 

The Tompkins Chamber is inviting new residents to Live in Ithaca: Welcome Home Wednesdays with co-host Glen Allen, General Manager and Co-owner of Damiani Wine Cellars as we present a fun virtual Wine Tasting Experience. Invite your colleagues or new recruits!
Small Business Roundtable
Wednesday, September 16 | 8 - 9:30 a.m.

An open dialogue in a safe space for only owners of small businesses, we'll provide a platform for you to share your experiences, find mentorship, problem solve with your peers, and discuss impacts of COVID-19 on your business and our community.
Women in Business Roundtable - Virtual
Friday, September 18 | 3-4:30 p.m.

We'll gather for a facilitated conversation with women business and nonprofit leaders from throughout Tompkins County. Important conversations, real-time brainstorming, and a supportive environment are the hallmarks of our regular Women in Business Roundtable gatherings.
Healthy Workforce Network
On-the-Job Training Grant

The Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce a new iteration of its On-the-Job Training Grant through a United States Department of Labor funding award to the Healthy Workforce Network - a local network of organizations collaborating to support people in recovery and their employers.

This funding award differs from past OJT grant programs in that it is intended to support people in recovery receiving educational and training supports, new job opportunities, and maintaining a recovery friendly workforce and employer base in Tompkins County. All employers interested in being considered for this program must take our survey and be willing to comply with additional program requirements.
Congratulations to our
Member of the Week:

We're grateful to Challenge Workforce Solutions for the great work they do in our community, and their recent efforts to support area businesses and organizations with critical services, while also serving their clients and fulfilling their mission.
New Reduced Pricing Option for Employer/Business Clients

Cayuga Health System, our regional leader in COVID-19 diagnostic testing, has developed a reduced pricing option for participating employers who are requiring or supporting surveillance testing for their workforce.

Additional e-screening for your workforce is available:
·   Allows for ready access to telemedicine visits with a provider
·   Includes tracking and reporting back to the employer for return to work
For more information, or to explore options for workforce testing, please contact Tracy Gates, Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer at Cayuga Health System at 607-351-8487 or
Please Take Survey Regarding Your Testing Needs (coming soon)
The Chamber & Downtown Ithaca Alliance are interested in better understanding your testing needs as an employer, and how testing availability might impact your operations and reassure your workforce. A survey will come to all key decision makers/business owners in the next 24 hours. Please take the survey only once.

Please consider taking our quick, 5 minute survey ASAP when it arrives. Thank you!
Women's Opportunity Center Virtual Panel: Your Voice, Your Vote, Your Power
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 6 pm

Panelists are influential female leaders from the region: NYS Senator Rachel May, Deputy Mayor of Syracuse Sharon Owens, Historian Sue Boland and a representative from the Tompkins County League of Women Voters. 

Learn more about the Women's Opportunity Center:
Ribbon Cutting & Celebration with Serendipity
Friday, August 28 | 3:30 p.m.

Serendipity Catering is proud to announce the opening of their new outdoor restaurant and bar location, Serendipity’s Backlot, at 950 Danby Rd.

Serendipity will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, in conjunction with the Tompkins Chamber, on Friday, August 28th at 3:30 p.m. Social distancing and mask protocols, as well as gathering size limits will be maintained. RSVP's are required to attend.
The Cherry Arts Announces 2020-2021 Season

Making use of the great outdoors and their signature mix of low and high tech, the Cherry will create four productions that protect the health and safety of the community and artists, without compromising exceptional artistic quality.
Welliver Receives Zogg Awards for Two Projects

Welliver, provider of comprehensive construction services in New York State and Northern Pennsylvania, was presented with two 2019 Jeffrey J. Zogg Build New York Awards from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).
Coffee Talk:
A Peer Mentoring Business Circle from Alternatives

The September discussion topic is: 
The NYS MWBE certification process
September 9 | 9:15am - 10:30am

Darlene Kanuk from the SUNY Broome Entrepreneurship Assistance Center will join the group to talk through the New York State Minority and Woman Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) certification process including tips and tricks, benefits of obtaining the certification, navigating the application process and the support her office provides to applicants. 

Please RSVP hereThis session will be held online via Zoom. 
SBA Updates to PPP

The Small Business Administration & Treasury have recently released additional guidance on PPP loans, as well as reports regarding the impact of the program.

Summary of all PPP Loan Lending
Chambers of Commerce, DMOs, and Trade Associations Need Your Support so we Have Access to PPP

Help us advocate that Chambers, Destination Marketing Organizations, and other Trade Associations should have the same access to the Paycheck Protection Program as all other nonprofit organizations. Proposals have been created many times in both the House and Senate - but ensuring a workable fix to this SBA program is critical as Congress negotiates the final details of their Phase 4 relief package.
Local, Regional, and New York State COVID-19 Updates

This week's session will include Tompkins County Department Heads Lisa Monroe from Tompkins County Office for the Aging and Kate Shanks-Booth from Tompkins County Youth Services Department, along with County Administrator Jason Molino and Public Health Director Frank Kruppa.

The manufacturing industry is changing is some very exciting and profound ways thanks to the Industry 4.0 digital revolution. Visit the link above to learn more and register.

New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE.

Follow Your Industry Guidelines & Submit Your Affirmation:
Please visit the NY Forward website using the links below to find your industry sector guidelines whether you are an Essential Business, Phase 1, 2, 3, or 4. We continue to watch for new Guidelines and advocate for clarity for those sectors that weren't included in Phase 4. We will provide updates when we receive them.

** NYS has issued updates to existing industry guidelines. Please check back occasionally to your industry guidelines to ensure you're aware of any updates **


Tompkins County has a resource for your job posting called "Workforce Redirect", intended to match job seekers with those employers that are currently hiring.

Contact Workforce Development Board Executive Director Natalie Branosky to have your business added to this page.
August & Sept Meeting Schedule

Board of Directors
Wednesday, August 26, 8 a.m.

Tuesday, Sept 8 | noon

Government & Community Affairs
Monday, Sept 14 | noon

All meetings require advance registration &
will be virtual until further notice.
Register with Carly Hansen at
Have questions?
Our team is here to help.

Just call the Chamber at 607-273-7080, or email us at For specific need areas:

Ritza Francois, Membership Referrals & Support
Carly Hansen, Operations/Account Assistance
Diane Hemly, Bookkeeper - AP/AR Questions
Jennifer Tavares, Economic Recovery/Communications & PR
David Walton, Event & Program/Sponsor Inquiries

Note: Our offices are open by appointment - please reach out to Carly, Diane, or Jennifer if you need to visit us.