M&T Bank Great Big Chamber Auction

Our Silent Auction is open, and
runs through November 19th
Bid on nearly 100 fantastic items for yourself, friends & family, and even your business - donated by area Chamber member businesses, Board members, and Chamber staff!

It's a great way to start your holiday shopping early - all while supporting the Chamber and area businesses!

All proceeds support the work of the Tompkins Chamber & CVB, and help fund our efforts to support a vibrant local economy and sustained economic recovery.
Live Auction - November 19th!
6:30 - 8 p.m. | Virtual or Small Groups
Free from Home; $10 on Location

Join us for a fun evening of networking and bidding on great items from the comfort of your home! Or, gather your small group of co-workers, friends, family, or your "pod", and join us at one of our virtual gathering locations:
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Ithaca Beer Company
  • The Hotel Ithaca
  • Ithaca Marriott Downtown
  • The Canopy Hotel
  • Liquid State Brewery

Get your snacks & beverages ready, or enjoy the offerings at one of our partner sites. This year our auctioneers are Joey Steinhagen of Running to Places and Brett Bossard from Cinemapolis - a dynamic duo sure to entertain & make things fun!
Thanks to our generous Presenting Sponsor:
With gratitude to our Platinum, Gold & Silver sponsors:
Networking @ Noon:
Education & Professional Development
Thursday, September 12th | Noon - 1:15 p.m.

Our next Networking at Noon will focus on how the landscape of Education and Professional Development has shifted due to Covid-19, how the pandemic has made the Education field even more reliant on digital technologies, and what role higher education and leadership training have to play in accelerating recovery?

Panelists will include William Guerrero, Vice President for Finance and Administration Ithaca College; Dr. Jeffrey A. Matteson, District Superintendent and CEO, Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES; Mary Opperman, VP and Chief Human Resources Officer, Cornell University and Carrie Whitmore, Director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Tompkins Cortland Community College.
Small Business Roundtable
w/ guest Lindsay Wolf
Thursday, November 12th
8 - 9:15 a.m.

Join us for our next Small Business Roundtable!

Our Guest Speaker will be Lindsay Wolf, Business Advisor with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) based at Binghamton University. Lindsay will share more about the work she and her colleagues do at the SBDC and answer your questions during our Roundtable session!
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. Employers are eligible for grant support for new hires and promotion/advancement of existing employees, and program clients are ready for new opportunities as well!
Tompkins Connect Seeks Nominations for 2020 Superheroes in Annual 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. Judges will be encouraged to consider individuals in all categories who have been a 2020 superhero by showing strong leadership, resilience and creativity in a way that has benefited a social justice cause, helped the community during the pandemic, or has made an impact on society in a positive way this past year.

Nominate someone or read more below!
Loaves & Fishes Seeks Board Members

Food insecurity is one of the most pressing issues facing our community, especially during the last many months. If this is an issue you feel passionate about and you have time to consider Board service, you may be interested in becoming a member of the Loaves & Fishes Board of Directors. Learn more about the organization at their website, and click the button below to submit your interest.
Experience! the Finger Lakes Hosts Black Friday Wine Pairing Event

E!FLX is hosting an "FLXgiving" Black Friday Wine & Charcuterie Virtual Pairing Event on Friday, November 27th, from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM! This is an exclusive event with a limited capacity of 15 households, so order your kit before they're gone! Free pickup of kit orders from Triphammer Wine and Spirits or direct shipping to your home for an additional fee.
Women & Wellness with Tompkins Financial: Managing Your Finances During Periods of Uncertainty
Wednesday, November 18 | 10:00 a.m.
Virtually via WebEx

Join Tompkins Financial and women from the community to discuss and share experiences around financial well-being. Managing finances on a “normal” day is challenging enough, but what do you do when everything around you feels out of the “norm?” Join Tompkins and Wisdom Tree as they navigate the current climate, together.

Click below to learn more & register. If you’re interested in checking out future events, please visit their Women and Wellness page for more information.
Child Development Council has Funds to Help Essential Workers with Child Care Expenses

The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) has provided New York with $20 million in child care scholarships for children of essential workers. This newest round of scholarships will run through December 31, 2020 or until funds are depleted. 

New York State’s continued funding will ensure that the workforce that is needed to protect and care for the public during this ongoing pandemic have the child care they need. This scholarship will be administered through Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies. CCR&Rs are the child care experts and the conduit to accessing child care in New York State. The Child Development Council is the CCR&R for Cortland and Tompkins Counties.

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.
November & December Meeting Schedule

Admin & Finance/Executive Committee
Tuesday, November 17 | 8 - 9:30 a.m.

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

Chamber Foundation
Wednesday, December 9th | 9 - 10:15 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 chansen@tompkinschamber.org.
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. Consider subscribing to receive updates every time we post a new video!
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!
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
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.