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An update from Executive Director Gina Mintzer
New regulations mandate sexual harassment training and we will be offering one-hour trainings next week FREE OF CHARGE to Chamber members as a benefit. You may choose from several time slots available on either May 23 or May 24. Please select one of the one-hour time slots.

Here's more information about the class:

"There’s a New Law in Town: What Every Employer and Employee Needs to Know to Comply with New Harassment Regulations"

Did you know that all New York employers were required to have a Sexual Harassment policy in place as of October 2018?

Do you know that all New York employers are required to provide annual Sexual Harassment training to all staff to begin no later than October 2019?

This session will meet required training for your employees and ensure that they recognize the significance of new regulations and how to comply with your policy.

The following will be included in the one-hour interactive session:
· Background leading up to this new law
· Responsibilities of all employees and supervisors/managers
· Who is covered
· Definitions and examples of sexual harassment
· Retaliation
· Reporting and Investigations
Another New Law – accommodations must post information about Human Trafficking. Below is a rack card made by the Wait House. We have some of these rack cards available at the Chamber. Please call us at 518-668-5755, call the Wait House team at (518-798-4384), or email Margaret DeVries , Wait House Executive Director, for more information.

This important information for those hiring J-1 international students on J-1 Visas was supplied by InterExchange

  • SEVIS is the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, which U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement uses to track participants’ whereabouts while they are in the U.S. All participants need to check into their SEVIS account no later than ten days after arriving in the U.S and every 30 days thereafter. 

  • The I-94 arrival record is issued by the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Citizenship Services upon the participants' arrival in the U.S. The participants should go to the following website to retrieve the I-94 document. It indicates the day the student arrived, their admission number, passport number, and class of admission. We recommend that the participants print the I-94, and keep it for their records. They should bring it with them when they apply for their Social Security number. Get more information about the process here.

  • Every participant must apply for their Social Security card when they arrive in the U.S. Read all the information regarding Social Security here. Students may start working and can be paid prior to receiving their Social Security numbers. They should provide proof of application (a copy of the application receipt and/or a copy of the application for SS-5) to the employer.

  • All InterExchange students must pay federal, state and local taxes. Please send W-2 forms to students at their permanent addresses in their home countries. We recommend that you have students address envelopes with their permanent addresses at the time you have them fill out their W-4. Read more about it here.

 
The Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Labor (DOL) released the long-awaited rule which will provide an additional 30,000 H-2B visas for returning workers who have participated in the program one of the last three years (FY 16, 17 or 18). The release of these additional visas will significantly benefit both small and seasonal properties who rely on the H-2B program to meet their seasonal workforce demands.
Help your neighbors and the Lake George Region – post a review on Yelp, Google, Facebook and/or Trip Advisor!!!!
Congrats to Six Flags Great Escape, Lake George Steamboat Company, Gore Mountain, The Hyde Collection, Lake George Arts Project, for being in the 2018 top 30 Festivals and Tourist Attractions as tracked by the Albany Business Review. Click here to read about it!

Cheers!
RSVP Today!
Join us from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, for the annual Business After Hours Mixer at The Sagamore Resort.
You'll have a chance to purchase raffle tickets to enter to win great prizes donated by our members. Enjoy delicious food and drink as you network with fellow members of both Chambers of Commerce at the elegant Sagamore Resort.
Many thanks to the Holiday Inn Resort in Lake George for hosting this fantastic mixer! Our attendance was about 75 people. Their new Executive Chef Mickey and his team prepared a beautiful spread for us. We also introduced a new brochure "swapportunity" that allowed mixer attendees to bring their brochures and pick up others to help spread the word about what is new at their businesses. The Holiday Inn is the home of The Lake Theatre, which has an excellent season coming up with a The Hound of the Baskervilles from July 11 to Aug. 31. Thank you to everyone for joining us!
If you can't join us in person, you can follow along with our mixer programs on Facebook live.
Welcome New Members!
Ann Donnelly Digital Marketing - Fast Growth
P.O.Box 450
Glens Falls, NY 12801 
Phone: 518-223-9554
Website: anndonnelly.com
Email: admin@anndonnelly.com
POC: Ann Donnelly
 
Boston and Burke Floral Design
128 Schroon River Road
Warrensburg, NY 12885 
Phone: 518-232-4711
Email: Monika@bostonandburke.com
POC: Monika Boston
 
Description of business:  Boston and Burke Floral Design specializes in custom floral for weddings, events, and the hospitality industry. Sourcing locally grown materials whenever possible, we offer arrangements with a singular beauty and fresh appeal. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. We look foward to making your next event exceptional!
 
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
377 River Street
Troy, NY 12180 
Phone: 518-308-0401
Website: dinobbq.com
Email: Troycatering@dinobbq.com
POC: Kari Benson
 
Description of business:  Offering a wide variety of catering options.For parties large or small, we offer pick-up, delivery, drop off with servers, and full service (we bring our smoker to you!) including the Triple P Pig Roast.

DJ's Niteclub
89 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12846  
Phone: 518-685-3114
Email: djsniteclublg@gmail.com
POC: Debra Jordan
 
Description of business:  is the heart of Lake George nightlife and offers the best view of the village strip. Enjoy 3 bars, each offering a unique atmosphere: acoustic on our covered deck, live DJ on the dance floor or, mingle in the newly renovated "Signature Room". The Grill Cafe is open until 3am.
 
Docksider Restaurant, The
298 Glen Lake Road
Lake George, NY 12845 
Phone: 518-792-3534
Email: docksider298@roadrunner.com
POC: Christine Mozal
 
Description of business:  Open year round and located right on Glen Lake with plenty of parking available. This family friendly restaurant is open 7 days a week. Offering a covered and heated deck, outdoor seating for 100, full bar and cozy inside dining with fireplace for winter.
 
Friends of the Glens Falls Farmers' Market
16 Hudson Avenue, Unit 90
Glens Falls, NY 12801 
Phone: 518-745-5463
Email: info@GFMarketFriends.org
POC: David Porter
 
Description of business:  a 501 (c) (3) non-profit group of citizens working to support and enhance the Glens Falls Farmers' Market, a unique producers-only market, run by the vendors. This weekly market has been a reliable downtown Glens Falls event for 42 years.

Gaslight Restaurant
91 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845
Phone: 518-Pending
Website: Pending
Email: gaslightlg@gmail.com
POC: Frank Mineo
 
Description of business :  a Mediterranean Bistro offering numerous small plates and select entrees, prepared in our genuine wood fired oven. Full bar offers carefully selected craft brews, wines and specialty drinks. Relax by the fireplace, indulge at the chef's counter or, experience the Lake George strip on the full patio. Plentiful parking.

Lake George Massage & Day Spa
1851 State Route 9
Lake George, NY 12845  
Phone: 518-668-9180 Ext. 1
Email: lakegeorgemds@gmail.com
POCs: Joyce Azukas & Jennifer Rogers
 
Description of business: Located on Route 9. We have an awesome staff and offer a variety of Massages, Facials, Body Wraps, Body Scrubs, Spray Tanning, Manicures, Pedicures and Waxing. Come relax and enjoy your "ME" time.
 
Lake George History Tours
127 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845 
Phone: 518-791-5962
Email: erin@lakegeorgehistorytours.com
POC: Erin Coon
 
Description of business:  History abounds in the Lake George area! Your tour covers important historic sites that were instrumental in shaping the physical, cultural and economic stories of the Lake George area over the last 300 years. Tours are approximately 1 hour long and led by knowledgeable and friendly tour guides.
 
Ledgview Village & RV Park
321 State Route 149
Lake George, NY 12845 
Phone: 518-798-6621
Website: ledgview.com
Email: info1@ledgeview.com
POC: Patricia Green
 
Description of business:  Conveniently located near all of your favorite Lake George attractions, RVing is the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors. Immerse yourself in fresh air and lush green foliage while relaxing in the sparkling pool. Spend the evening roasting marshmallows at the campfire or enjoy a stroll through our wooded park.

Olympian Village Resort
3716 Lake Shore Drive
P.O. Box 127
Diamond Point , NY 12824
Phone: 518-665-5405
Email: OlympianResort@gmail.com
POC: Wendy Yost
 
Description of business : In the heart of Diamond Point, located directly on the water's edge and close to the most exciting activities in Lake George! Our spacious, remodeled, furnished suites offer one, two or three bedrooms. Come, relax on our deck, swim in our Olympic sized swimming pool and enjoy all the Olympic Village Resort has to offer.
 
  RGI Catering
255 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845 
Phone: 518-745-5463
Email: kmehalick@rainersgourmet.com
POC: Rainer Mehalick
 
Description of business:  Providing specialty and gourmet catering services for more than 29 years. Our catering team is dedicated to creating delicious cuisine while our catering team maintains impeccable standards to deliver distinctive experiences for every social gathering.
 
Tri County United Way
696 Upper Glen Street
Queensbury, NY 12804 
Phone: 518-793-3136
Website: tcuwny.org
Email: dvaughn@tricountyunitedway.org
POC: Duane Vaughn
 
Description of business: A non-profit organization which works with dozens of agencies and charitable organizations in Warren, Washington and Northern Saratoga Counties to pool efforts in fundraising and support. By partnering with a network of local non-profit organizations, Tri County United Way delivers critical services and increases the power of our local charities.
 
Wedding Barn at Lakota's Farm
99 County Route 62
Cambridge, NY 12816  
Phone: 518-677-3140
Email: events@lakotasfarm.com
POC:  Kimberly Finney
 
Description of business:  Offers one of a kind, made to order weddings that reflect the couple's individual personalities and passions. With seating for up to 250 guests, Lakota's Farm provides ample space and unparalleled flexibility. An Adirondack cabin with a beautifully appointed salon, adjoining Luxury Suite, cozy gas fireplaces and a 75-year-old chandelier, are just some of our unique features.


Submit You Specials!
Please tell us about your upcoming specials for Memorial Day! We want to help promote your business. Please click here to submit your special! (For example, check out The Queensbury Hotel's Memorial Weekend special! -->)
If you're interested in advertising in our monthly consumer e-blast, the cost is only $50 per email. Please email Amanda Metzger at amanda@lakegeorgechamber.com for more details. This is sent to approximately 25,000 emails. The average Open Rate is 14% and the average Click Through Rate is 22 percent.
Plan a Ribbon Cutting!
If you're adding to your business, opening a new location or celebrating an anniversary, we'd like to help publicize your great news! If you'd like to have a ribbon cutting ceremony at your business, click here for our form.

The Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cuttings are sponsored by Kingsbury Printing .
Members only Facebook Group!


We have a new Facebook group for members ! Please request to join this group so you can network online with other Chamber members.

News
By the end of March the CVB was at 42% of its goal for room bookings for the entire year! Stay tuned for more on the economic impact of your Convention & Visitors Bureau, which is bringing weatherproof events and business to our area.
We are looking for restaurants and dining facilities who would be interested in participating in our Dine Around programs for the following upcoming sporting event:

Firecracker Baseball Battle of the Borders  - July 16-21. 50 teams, 2000+ attendees.  DEADLINE: June 1

If you are interested in offering group/team discounts for these athletes, participants and families, please email Kristen Hanifin at Lakegeorgecvb@gmail.com   with the name of your establishment, location and offer. We will then include your business in our official Dine Around program for these events. Please pay special attention to the deadlines to provide information to us for these events.
Host a musician!
Every August, families in the Lake George area open their homes to Lake George Music Festival musicians. While some hosts are Festival volunteers or board members, many are local residents who just love music and musicians, or simply want to help bring something special to Lake George.

No meal cooking or transportation required. All members of your household will receive a free festival season pass. All hosts receive a substantial in-kind tax deduction.
Please join us for a familiartaiton tour of Fort Ticonderoga! You may choose from one of two dates: May 29 OR June 21. 

There are only a couple spots left! Tours include a boat ride. For more information, please email Jennifer Kraft. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, May 15!
A&J Radio Group , a radio station member of ours based in Plattsburgh, has approached us in hopes of teaming up with our local businesses to help them reach their listening audience in the Plattsburgh and Montreal areas.

They have 3 stations: 97.9 The Moose — Real Country; WPLB AM 1070 and FM 103.7 — Mid-century Radio; and 107.1 WPLA Plattsburgh Rocks.

We hope this will help spread the message of our area’s year-round economy to another market!





Restaurant Week is coming up June 9-15!
If you are a restaurant and want to participate, please call or email Christine Molella at (518) 668-5755 or christine@lakegeoregchamber.com
Longtime Lake George Dinner Theatre actor and director, Jarel Davidow has been named as the Lake Theatre Production's new Artistic Director. 
Said LTP's outgoing Executive Producer Terry Rabine, “Jarel has been a core member of the Lake George Dinner Theatre's artistic team since 2012 and has always been deeply involved in the success of the company. So as the theater prepared to reorganize, Jarel was an obvious candidate to oversee the company’s artistic vision.“
 Mr. Davidow is familiar to Lake George Dinner Theatre audiences for his onstage roles in THE LOVE LIST, MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS, THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED), and LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS. He also directed 2016’s ALMOST MAINE and 2017's THE GREAT KOOSHOG LAKE HOLLIS MCCAULY FISHING DERBY, and last season's JERRY FINNEGAN'S SISTER and THE LONG WEEKEND.
 
Davidow also brings significant experience with him to this new position, having been a member of the Oberon Theatre Ensemble and Resonance Ensemble in New York City. His credits also include The Know Theatre in Binghamton, NY; the Bickford Theatre in New Jersey; the New England Shakespeare Festival and The Great American Melodrama in California. Davidow is a member of Actors’ Equity, the union of professional actors and stage managers.  
 
Mr. Davidow will will direct both of Lake George Dinner Theatre’s 2019 season's dinner theater productions: Canny & Nicholson's comedic adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's THE HOUND OF THE BASERVILLES and Sam Bobrick's romantic comedy, LUNCH WITH MRS. BASKIN. 

The Lake Theatre's annual fundraiser is THIS FRIDAY!
Details below:

Join us for a hysterical evening of FUNdraising with Comedian STEVE VAN ZANDT - All proceeds to benefit Lake George Dinner Theatre's 52nd Season (produced by Lake Theatre Productions, Inc. - a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization).

Serving up festive, filling food stations along with wine, beer, & soda — plus a cash bar, fabulous silent auction, & lots of laughter! See you there!

Wait, WHERE?!? Holiday Inn Resort, Lake George, that's where!

Tickets: $75 advance purchase / $85 @ door

Advance ticket purchase & information: 518-879-6218

The 5th Annual Adirondack Wine & Food Festival is back again this year with 40 percent more vendors than last year!
The name says wine and food, but there is so much to enjoy at this festival including craft beer, spirits, culinary demos and more.
Plus part of the proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Get your tickets now, because this year’s festival is projected to attract more than 7,000 visitors to the Lake George area. The festival takes place the last weekend in June — June 29 & 30, 2019.
EVENTS
May is packed with great events in the area! This weekend in particular is full of animal-themed happenings. The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile (pictured above) as well as Green Mountain Dock Dogs will be part of Tails and Ales happening at Adirondack Pub & Brewery this weekend. Pet Fest in Glens Falls is this Saturday.

Plus there is a special treat for fans of David Cassidy — our CVB has been helping a group from out of town organize a big memorial tribute to him happening this Sunday that benefits several animal organizations. They are raffling off a boat owned by David Cassidy as well as other licensed memorabilia. The band 45 RPM will be performing all the Partridge Family hits.

If you're a member and have news you'd like us to include in the next newsletter, please email Amanda Metzger at amanda@lakegeorgechamber.com or call the office at (518) 668-5755.
Not a member yet? Contact Kim Saheim at membership@lakegeorgechamber.com or call the office.
Thanks for reading!