Business After Hours for July:
Virtual Spa Day the BAH Way with Rasa Spa
July 15 | 5 - 7 pm

Join the Tompkins Chamber and Business After Hours co-host Rasa Spa , as we present Spa Day the BAH Way a virtual interactive presentation on the importance of self-care. Led by Rasa Spa staff, learn about stressors and the mental and physical impact of stress, and different methods of stress management including techniques with Massage Therapist Dex White, everyday Rasa Blend aromatherapy Assistant Spa Director and Massage Therapist Cynthia King and at-home facials with Esthetician Ariel Corl.

We'll also do a "Working Together During Stressful Times" activity to explore ways that we can manage stress with the support of those around us. To fully participate in our virtual spa day, purchase your choice of one of the two at-home spa kits, that will be featured during the event. Click below to learn more, order your Spa Day Kit, and register!
Join Us for a Women in Business Roundtable
July 9th | 3 - 4:30 pm

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.

Thanks to sponsor BorgWarner for their generous support!
Networking @ Noon:
Hospitality & Service Sector Insights
July 23rd | Noon - 1 p.m.

Join us on Thursday, July 23rd from Noon - 1:00 pm to explore industry insights in the Hospitality & Service Industry sector. Our panelists will share insights and advice for businesses and tourism partners in dealing with both internal and external stakeholders, as well as community messaging and responses to public health and economic crises.

Our panelists will include: Peggy Coleman , VP Tourism & Community Relations at Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention & Visitors Bureau; Teri Tarshus , CHA and General Manager of Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown Ithaca; and other industry partners.
Members in the News
Hear from several members and community leaders about where things stand in our community as we moved into Phase 3.
Odyssey Bookstore starts a new chapter in Downtown Ithaca Odyssey Bookstore, an independent community bookshop, opened on June 23, three months later than initially planned.
Summer camp, childcare programs adapt to COVID-19 Hear from members Child Development Council, Ithaca Children's Garden, YMCA, Tompkins County, and others about this key issue.
Ithaca Promise Campaign Launched Last Week

The Ithaca Promise is a message and promise of commitment among the following community partners: The City of Ithaca, The Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, Local First Ithaca, and the Downtown Ithaca Alliance.

The Ithaca Promise is more than just following guidance to safely reopen, but a dedicated commitment to the process. Businesses work to ensure they are doing everything they can to conduct business with health and safety of their customers as their primary concern. Customers and the community at large must also follow guidance.
W ear a Mask, Tompkins County!

Numerous partners collaborated with Flair Communications to create engaging public service announcement style videos to encourage widespread adoption of and adherence to face-covering culture in Tompkins County. The videos will be be shared across numerous social media platforms, websites, and email marketing campaigns by the partners - and hopefully, the community.

The Tompkins Chamber, Visit Ithaca, Downtown Ithaca Alliance, and Tompkins County Area Development were funding partners for the project, who also had the support and collaboration from the City of Ithaca and Tompkins County Public Health.

Please share the video within your personal or corporate social media networks!
Did you miss one of our recent L.E.A.R.N. Business Impacts webinars?

You can watch them all right on our website.
Join the Ithaca Rotary Club Each Week for Taste of Gorges

Featured this week: Taste of Thai Express
July 9 - 13th

This week board a plane to THAILAND and support Ithaca's own Taste of Thai Express - another www.rotarydozendinnerdraw.org sponsoring restaurant - by supporting them through these challenging times!

Address: 209 S Meadow St, Ithaca, NY 14850
Temporary Hours: MON - SUN11:00AM - 9:00PM
Are you looking for a fun and creative event? The Clay School is open and invites you to a Friday night "Try-It" workshop. Ten participants (max) will learn to make pottery on the potters' wheel each Friday night 6:30-8:30 this summer. 

New York State Covid-19 Updates
If Your Business is Open, You Should Follow Your Industry Guidelines and Submit an Affirmation to NYS - ASAP
Please visit the NY Forward website using the links below to find your industry sector guidelines if you are an Essential Business, Phase1, 2, 3, or 4. We continue to watch for Guidelines and advocate for clarity for those sectors that weren't included in Phase 4: movie theatres, malls, gyms, and more. 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 ** 
Essential Businesses need to read and affirm the appropriate industry sector guidance.
 This applies to all retail and transaction based Essential Businesses - focus on complying and updating procedures ASAP. If you don't see a close industry sector match, review and follow the Retail Master Guidance.
Shared Work Program may be a Worthwhile Tool to Bring Your Team Back Gradually
If you are ready to reopen but cannot have 100% of your workforce report full time, are struggling to attract employees back after layoff, or are still experiencing reduced revenues - one program you might consider is Shared Work. Individuals on Shared Work receive Unemployment Benefits and the additional $600 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance - while reducing payroll costs to employers.
Gatherings of Up to 50 Now Allowed in Phase 3 Regions
Governor Cuomo announced last week that gatherings of up to 50 are now allowed in all Phase 3 Regions, which includes Tompkins County. Those participating in these gatherings should continue to follow social distance, mask wearing, hand hygiene, and guidance to stay home when symptomatic.
Member Businesses with PPE, Supplies, and Services to Support Your Business or Organization's Reopening
Many of these members have additional items - visit their website or call.
Submit your listing here .
PPE, Hand Sanitizer & Supplies
Adminders PPE Store - Masks, gaiters, thermometers, sanitizer, sneeze guards, & much more
Cooper Electric - Masks, shields, thermometers, sanitizer, cleaning supplies, stickers & signage
Ecolectro - Local startup manufacturing hand sanitizer
Hickey's - Face shields offered in 10 packs
Myer Farm Distillers - Locally made hand sanitizer in 12.7oz glass bottles
Safeguard - Masks, thermometers, sanitizer, gloves/booties, sneeze guards, custom logo items
Staples - Masks, face shields, signage, cleaning supplies, and more

Cleaning Services
Castle Cleaning Services - Regular CDC compliant cleaning; surface misting, carpet & fabric extraction
Challenge Workforce Solutions - Cleaning teams with additional training, supplies & equipment to address CDC guidelines
Servpro - V iral pathogen cleaning & disinfecting, air filtration equipment rental, and other emergency or regular cleaning services

Reopen/Safety Planning
Absolute EHS - Environmental, Health and Safety Consulting and Support Services
All-Mode Communications - NYS compliant Covid-19 employee health reporting service
Moylan Safety Services - R eturn to operations” strategies, procedures, and training in compliance

Marketing, Outreach, & Signage
Communique Design & Marketing - Offering support with consumer messaging and marketing strategies, creating branded signage, and more.
Flair Strategic Communications - Support with new online stores, sales tools, product photos, marketing & communicating to customers.
Tompkins County Moving Forward Signage - Click to download county provided signs for your business

Business & Succession Planning
Alliance for Manufacturing & Technology - Comprehensive business growth, expansion, and management services with a focus on the manufacturing and technology sectors
Integrated Business Ventures - Consultants offering business valuations, turn-around, and exit planning services
Ksenia Trikoz Consulting - Operations and systems consultant to help streamline & get back on track
Small Business Development Center - Reach out to Lindsay Wolf to discuss revitalizing your business plan


Tompkins County has a new 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.
July Meeting Schedule

Monday, July 13, Noon - 1 p.m.

No Admin & Finance or Executive Meeting
No Board Meeting

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

Just call the Chamber at 607-273-7080, or email us at info@tompkinschamber.org . For specific need areas:

Ritza Francois, Membership Referrals & Support
Carly Hansen, Operations/ Account Assistance
Diane Hemly, Bookkeeper - AP/AR Questions
Ryan Shehu, COVID-19 Resource Provider
Jennifer Tavares, Economic Recovery/ Communications & PR
David Walton , Event & Program/Sponsor Inquiries

Note : Our team is on reduced hours due to Covid-19 budget impacts. Please be patient if our response time is longer than usual.