Networking @ Noon:
Hospitality & Service Sector Insights
Thursday 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; Fred Bonn, Finger Lakes Regional Director for NYS Parks; and Mark Campagnolo, Owner of Boatyard Grill and Caio.
Zen & Zoom w/ Tompkins Connect
Wednesday, July 22 | 5:30-7:30pm

Feeling like you need more zen in your life? Join TC for an interactive virtual yoga session by local yoga teacher, Hannah Volpi! Hannah leads an all levels movement class with her goal being to get you comfortable, strong, and aware in your body. Her classes draw from various types of Yoga, and employs principles of Pilates and Functional Movement.

Tompkins Connect will cover the cost of this event and Tompkins Connect members can join for FREE! They'll add a networking component into the class as well.
Welcome Home Wednesday:
Virtual Summertime Grilling w/ Wegmans
August 5 | 4 - 5:30 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? Are you in human resources or recruiting, and want to help your new hire get networked quickly?

In the spirit of Summer, the Chamber and Wegmans are excited to offer a fun and interactive virtual Grilling Demo for August's Welcome Home Wednesday. Fire up those grills at home as Wegmans' Chef Mike guides us through preparing a delicious recipe of Grilled Flank Steak over Avocado Salad. For our vegetarian guests, we will also be preparing this with Grilled Portobello mushrooms!
Did you miss one of our recent L.E.A.R.N. Business Impacts webinars? You can watch them all right on our website.
Member News & Updates
Cal Walker, Campaign Chair; James Brown, United Way Executive Director; and Jason Moore, Chairman of the Board.
Congratulations to United Way on their Successful $2M Campaign!

During this challenging period in our community and beyond, United Way of Tompkins County (UWTC) is taking time to celebrate the caring and generosity that produced a successful Community Campaign. Through the volunteer leadership of Cal Walker (left), the organization raised $2,076,025 a feat made possible by committed of donors throughout the county and across the country.

Highlights of this year’s Community Campaign include: raising $2,000,000 in donations for the first time in 5 years and reversing a three-year trend in which the amount of funds raised through the annual campaign was lower than the year before. Another year of decline was predicted based on local and national giving trends, however, committed UWTC donors achieved this reversal as they responded to local needs.
Honk Your Horn: Celebrate! Musical! Theatre!

Saturday, July 25th at 7:30 p.m. EDT (virtual)
Directed by  Gerry McIntyre  &  Michael Barakiva

A streaming variety show highlighting the rich history of musical theatre on Broadway and at the Hangar Theatre. The show features an all-star group of BIPOC performers, all of whom have appeared in past Hangar productions. Featured is Austin Scott, who recently starred as Hamilton on Broadway! Tickets: 607.273.ARTS
VOTE for Experience! the Finger Lakes! and the Finger Lakes Wine Region in USA Today Competition

Experience! the Finger Lakes has been nominated as one of USA Today Readers' Choice 10 Best Wine Tour Companies!

Each and every vote counts until August 10 at noon ET. Help E!FLX & the FLX Region get to #1 and stay there by voting everyday!
Ithaca's Cideries Nearly Sweep 2020 Great American Cider Competition
Ithaca’s cideries nearly swept the top 3 categories of the 2020 Great American Cider Competition, including members South Hill Cider and Finger Lakes Cider House !

The Raise A Glass Foundation has organized 20 years of their Great American Competitions for wine, spirits, craft beer, and now cider. Ithaca cideries won 10 of the top 14 medals 
Smith Family Business Institute Offers A (virtual) Taste of Family Business
The Smith Family Business Initiative is proud to announce the (Virtual) Taste of Family Business series. Once each month, they'll feature a real-time experience with a family business and their product, be it wine, beverage or food. Each tasting and future pairings will be a unique experience with special access to each family business, their story and product. Registration is limited to the first 25 to ensure that all attendees have an opportunity to engage with each other as well as the featured family business. Donation suggested to support the businesses featured.

Thursday, August 27, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. EDT
Nova Cadamatre, ‘06, Founder, Trestle 31 and Master of Wine

New York State Covid-19 Updates
NYS Places Further Restrictions on Sales of Alcohol to Reduce Spread of Covid
The Governor announced Thursday that all restaurants and bars statewide will be subject to new requirements that they must only serve alcohol to people who are ordering and eating food and that all service at bar tops must only be for seated patrons who are socially distanced by six feet or separated by physical barriers. Under current law, only establishments that serve food are permitted to serve alcoholic beverages. Citizens who see violations or are concerned can report complaints, including photos, to the State Liquor Authority at .
NYS Releases Formulas to Determine School Openings/Closings in Fall
Schools can reopen if a region is in Phase 4 and if the region's daily infection rate remains at or below 5 percent using a 14-day average.
 Schools will close if the regional infection rate rises above 9 percent, using a 7-day average, after August 1.
New Travel Enforcement Program for Airports
A travel enforcement program began July 14th, at airports across the state to ensure travelers follow quarantine protocols.  Enforcement teams will be stationed at many airports - but not Ithaca - to ensure compliance with the mandatory State Department of Health traveler form, which is being distributed by airlines to passengers flying to New York State. An electronic version of the traveler form is also available. Travelers who fail to provide their contact information will receive a summons with a $2,000 fine.

Governor Cuomo has announced that the Special Enrollment Period for uninsured New Yorkers will be extended for another 30 days through August 15, 2020 . New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health's health insurance marketplace or directly through insurers. If you need assistance applying for health insurance coverage, Human Services Coalition navigators are available to help free of charge. Call 2-1-1 (1-877-211-8667) or go to  to make an appointment.
If Your Business is Open, You Should Follow Your Industry Guidelines and Submit an Affirmation to NYS Immediately
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: movie theaters, gyms, bowling alleys, 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 ** 
SBA PPP Loans Provided Significant Support to Tompkins County Businesses; Both EIDL and PPP are still available

Tompkins County Area Development released a summary of the SBA Paycheck Protection Program loans in Tompkins County.
TCAD reports that 1,255 local businesses approved for PPP loans in Ithaca and Tompkins County, with 12,739 jobs projected to be retained. READ THE PRESS RELEASE HERE

EIDL Updates
EIDL loan applications of up to $150,000 continue to be accepted and processed even though the Advance is no longer available. EIDL offers a 3.75% interest rate for small businesses and 2.75% interest rate for non-profits, a 30-year maturity, and an automatic deferment of one year before payments begin.

All eligible small business and non-profits are encouraged to apply for an EIDL.
Apply for an EIDL today:
Learn more about COVID-19 relief options for your business:

PPP Updates
On July 6th, the Paycheck Protection Program began accepting new loan applications in response to the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act. The deadline to apply is now August 8.

Find an eligible lender near you:
Learn more about PPP:

Woman-Owned & Economically Disadvantaged Business Certification Process Changed
Starting on July 15, the certification process for the Women-Owned Small Businesses and Economically Disadvantaged WOSB federal contracting program changed.

Learn how to get WOSB Ready:
Ithaca Promise Campaign
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! (Part 2)
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.
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

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
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


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.
July Meeting Schedule

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