Business After Hours
Ugly Sweater Holiday Party & Toy Drive
Co-hosted by GIAC & Tompkins Connect
Wednesday, December 9 | 5-7 p.m.

Join us for our December virtual Business After Hours Ugly Sweater Holiday Happy Hour with co-hosts the Greater Ithaca Activities Center and Tompkins Connect. As part of our virtual Business After Hours we will be supporting the Annual GIAC/Tompkins Connect Toy Drive program.

Providing in a hope-filled environment to the underserved in the greater Ithaca area, last year, Tompkins Connect and GIAC collected and distributed toys to over 80 children, 100% of which were donated. Come join us in providing joy for one child this holiday season.

Click below to learn more about how to donate an item or two, participate in the Ugly Sweater Competition, and have fun with us at our last Business After Hours of the year!
Visit Ithaca Needs Your Support this Giving Tuesday

Through the impact of tourism, Visit Ithaca strengthens our community’s economy, providing benefit to all the people of Tompkins County.

The CVB has experienced a nearly 50% reduction in total funding from all sources in 2020, and expects similar impacts in 2021. Yet our team has continued to work hard to support our tourism partners and to attract and serve visitors to our community, which has a direct impact on small businesses and residents in our region.

We need your help. Whatever you might contribute, whether it is $25 or $2500, the CVB and Chamber promise to leverage your donation to benefit our entire community's economy, keeping important programming efforts alive, and helping our partners navigate these uncertain waters. We know you value the connections we build, and appreciate your consideration of a year end gift at this very challenging time.
Congratulations to our
Member of the Week!

Thanks for decades as a historic live entertainment, arts & cultural venue in the heart of our community!
The Member of the Week program is sponsored by:
Women in Business Roundtable
Virtual Holiday Season Gathering
Thursday, November 17th | 3-4:30 p.m.

We'll gather for a facilitated conversation with women business and nonprofit leaders from all throughout Tompkins County and our broader Chamber membership.

Important conversations, real-time brainstorming, and a supportive environment are the hallmarks of our regular Women in Business Roundtable gatherings - especially during the holiday season.
Healthy Workforce Network
On-the-Job Training Grant

This funding is intended to support people in recovery receiving educational and training supports, new job opportunities, and maintaining a recovery friendly employer base in Tompkins County and regionally.

Under this contract, training grants with a maximum payout of $2,000 will be available to businesses that are hiring a new employee or promoting an existing employee, and providing the training needed to be successful in their new role. The training grant will be used to provide the employee with the additional training needed in order to fulfill the job responsibilities.
Last Chance to Submit Deals; Remember to Support Your Neighbor!

The Tompkins Chamber team has partnered with members who are offering special discounts, coupons, and experiences to promote your offerings in a weekly newsletter to our members, and also through our social media platforms at least once per business during the holiday shopping season.

We hope our members will also share these opportunities, so we can all help support local businesses through this difficult time! Thank you in advance for your submissions, and sharing local shopping options with your networks!
SBA Webinars
PPP Loan Forgiveness Application & EIDL Request

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) is hosting four webinars on the topic of PPP Loan Forgiveness.
They have asked that those interested in attending send an email to SBA representative Man - Li requesting one of the below dates to attend.
  • Thursday, December 3 | 1:00 PM
  • Monday, December 14 | 12:30 PM
  • Monday, December 21 | 12:30 PM
  • Monday, December 28 | 12:30 PM

The webinars are FREE, but you must contact the SBA to pre-register.
2021 Annual Economic Outlook Survey
The key decision maker at your place of business should have received an email asking for your participation in an annual economic outlook survey. Your input will provide critical insight on the local business outlook, as well as our regional and state economy. A reminder email will come this week - thank you for participating!
Tompkins Connect Seeks Nominations for 2020 Superheroes in Fab5 Young Professional Awards

Tompkins Connect is excited to announce it is now accepting nominations for the sixth annual Fab5 Young Professional Awards sponsored by Tompkins Trust Company. The Fab5 Awards celebrate the achievement of young professionals ages 21-40 in Tompkins County.

The Fab5 Awards categories are: Entrepreneur of the Year, Not-for-Profit Leader of the Year, Businesses Leader of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Essential Worker “Hero” of the Year. Nominate someone or read more below!
Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca are hosting their final Community Voices Public Forum for community members to share perspectives and visions for reimagining public safety.

Officials from Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca will be present, and all input shared in public forums will be archived and shared with working groups developing the reimagining public safety plan.

A registration link for the final forum is listed below:

Additional opportunities for community input are available and are listed below, online, and on a document being distributed widely throughout the community:
·   Fill out this online form
·   Leave a voice mail with input by calling 607-274-5465

Members of the community who would like to receive updates on the process and announcements of future community forums via email can fill out this online form.
Local, Regional, and New York State COVID-19 Updates

  • Strategy 1: Manage Hospital Capacity to Enhance and Equalize Care
  • Strategy 2: Increase and Balance Testing Resources and Availability
  • Strategy 3: Keep Schools Open Safely
  • Strategy 4: Prevent Viral Spread from Small Gatherings
  • Strategy 5: Operationalize an Equitable and Safe Vaccination Program

Tompkins Chamber and CVB Property at East Shore Drive for Sale

Tompkins Chamber & CVB have announced that our property at East Shore Drive is listed for sale, after much consideration and decades of being headquartered at this iconic facility. We're excited to see what will come next for our organization, and for 904 E. Shore Drive. Click below for the listing information!
Did you miss one of our L.E.A.R.N. webinars or Networking @ Noon Industry Insights events?

You can watch them all right on our YouTube channel. Consider subscribing to receive updates every time we post a new video!

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.
December Meeting Schedule

Government & Community Affairs
2021 Policy Priorities
Monday, December 7th | Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Chamber Foundation Board of Trustees
Wednesday, December 9th | 9 - 10:15 a.m.

Admin & Finance/Executive Committee Meetings
Tuesday, December 15th | 8 - 9:30 a.m.

Board of Directors
Wednesday, December 16th | 8 - 9:30 a.m.

All meetings require advance registration & will be virtual until further notice. Register with Carly Hansen at
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
Jordan Herson, E-blasts, Chambergram ads, Member of the Week
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.