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Join us for  Breakfast on April 3, 2020

Friday,  April 3, 2020
8:30 to 10:00 am

Hancock House Hotel
137 East Main Street
Hancock, NY 13783
 
 

Cost: $15 per person. 

Start your day with a little productive and profitable networking!

Our monthly first friday eat & meet breakfast is a terrific opportunity to network before your workday begins. Make new business connections, brush-up your existing contacts, meet new and o ld friends, and keep current on what's happening in our region. 

The featured speaker for this event is the Community Foundation for South Central New York who will present the findings of an assessment of opportunities and challenges on fostering leadership in the Southern Tier.
 

The sponsor for this event is NBT Bank  - a bank you can believe in - where better banking starts with better checking.

At NBT Bank, balanced good, old-fashioned business sense is combined with forward thinking. NBT knows its communities and the people in them.

NBT understands that local businesses are the lifeblood of their communities. That is why NBT Bank works with businesses of all sizes to develop individualized plans that help foster their success.
Delhi Girl Scout Troop 30206 Talks Cookies on DelCo 360 - Local Matters


Delhi Girl Scout Troop 30260 is conducting its annual cookie sale fundraiser and joined Chamber staff for a taping of DelCo 360 - Local Matters, which will air on Delhi Telephone Company's Local 1 cable channel in the coming week!
Chamber Staff Lobby State Legislators in Albany

On Tuesday, March 10, Chamber staff traveled to the State Capitol to lobby for Chamber members and the business community on a variety of topics including: increasing funding for cellphone carrier expansion which is a public safety, workforce and tourism issue; amendments to criminal justice reform (Bail Reform) to adjust policy at the New York State Department of Corrections which requires mandated staffing numbers in jails and prisons as it relates to inmate capacity and for an increase in infrastructure funding for upstate communities to improve our roads among other things. 

(Above) From left: New York State Comptroller Representative Matt Martini, NYS Assemblyman Brian Miller, NYS Assemblyman Clifford Crouch and Chamber President Ray Pucci.

(Above) From left: NYS Senator Jen Metzger, Chamber President Ray Pucci and NYS Assemblyman Chris Tague.

(Above) NYS Assemblyman Clifford Crouch listens to Chamber President Ray Pucci ask for amendments to Medicaid Redesign as it relates to the proposed 2021 executive budget.
Chamber Releases It's 2020 Action Plan 

The Chamber released its 2020  strategic action plan detailing its goals for the year. Those goals include: advocating for a business-friendly policies; community and economic development; business training, mentoring and counseling; population recovery and creating value for members.

Delaware County Chamber of Commerce 2020 Priorities for Action
Delaware County Chamber of Commerce 2020 Priorities for Action

"The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce believes that healthy communities begin with healthy businesses. By focusing on key areas - community and economic development, advocacy, tourism promotion, and business engagement - and partnering  with municipal leaders, community organizations, and local companies, we present a unified voice of business for the improvement of our communities," said Ray Pucci, Chamber president. "We're stronger together."
2021 ARC Grant Opportunities

The Southern Tier 8 Regional Board and the Appalachian Regional Commissioner are hosting two informational seminars on 2021 grant funding opportunities geared toward municipalities, nonprofits and schools. 

Where: Broome County Public Library, 185 Court Street, Exhibit Room, Binghamton
When: March 24
Time: 1 p.m.

Where: Otsego Now, 189 Main Street, 5th Floor Training Room, Oneonta
When: March 25
Time: 1 p.m.

Registration is NOT required. For more information call 607.724.1327.
Chamber Check In!

Chamber Check In
Chamber Check In


This week we visited New York's Capitol to lobby state legislators for business-friendly policies and regulations and to oppose proposed measures in the projected 2021 state budget, such as Medicaid Redesign which will have a devastating effect on Delaware County residents and businesses, if passed. While we were in Albany, we bumped into FFA students from Delaware Academy at Delhi who were there for Maple Day at the invitation of New York Senator Jen Metzger, the Chair of state's Agriculture Committee. 

For more information visit the Chamber's website at delawarecounty.org.
FREE One-on-One Business Counseling Sessions in Delhi

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering FREE comprehensive programming to provide management and technical assistance to small businesses in Delaware County!

Specializing in  direct one-to-one counseling, the SBDC offers assistance in the following business areas:
  • Start-up assistance
  • Business Plan Development
  • Accounting and Financial Projections
  • Sources of Financing
  • Marketing
  • Business Expansion
  • Relocation and Agribusiness
There is  no cost for the counseling services of the SBDC.

Reservations are required for the one hour appointments. To make your reservation for Tuesday, March 31 (10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.) at the Delaware County eCenter, located at 5 1/2 Main Street, Delhi call 607.746.2281. 
Let Immigrants Meet Your Hiring Needs!

If you're the owner of a small business, it's highly likely that hiring employees will be part of your many job duties. Unfortunately, it's not as easy as just posting a job and immediately finding the perfect person to fill an open position. It can often be difficult to find a good employee, and you may want to look at hiring immigrant workers. Join Local Immigration Attorneys to Learn the Benefits and Steps to Hiring Immigrant Workers

When
Wednesday March 25 , 2020 from  8 to 10 AM
 
Where
Koffman Southern Tier Incubator
120 Hawley Street, 1st Floor Koffman Southern Tier Incubator
Binghamton, NY 13901

Learn how Immigrants/refugees can meet the needs of your growing workforce and what you need to know about hiring foreign workers.

For more information and to register contact Terry Stark at 607.761.5968 or email davidb6783@aol.com.
5 Hour Pre-Licensing/Defensive Driver Course in Delhi

2020 classes have been scheduled at SUNY Delhi for the New York State approved 5-hour pre-licensing course for drivers to learn the rules of the road and safe driving principles.

Classes will be held:

Tuesday and Wednesday, May 5 and 6 from 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Cost is $35 per person

Details about the location provided upon required registration with Office of Outreach & Workforce Development by calling 607.746.4545 or email outreach@delhi.edu
Chamber Now Offers Health Care Options!

Providing quality healthcare for employees can be a 
challenge.

Our members tell us that healthcare is a top concern for
their businesses. That's why the Delaware County Chamber has partnered with
the Small Association Leadership Alliance (SALA) to allow our members
access to a comprehensive and cost-effective alternative to traditional
insurance plans. The SALA Healthcare Program offers two preventative care plans
with a medical cost sharing program covering unexpected or catastrophic events.
Participants can expect to save as up to 60% when compared to traditional group
health insurance. Prescription drug and telemedicine programs are also
included. The SALA Healthcare Program helps businesses, who are unable to
provide group health insurance, offer their employees access to affordable,
high quality healthcare.

For more information visit us online at delawarecounty.org.
Your Business Featured Here (FREE)!

In our effort to help all businesses succeed, we want to feature YOUR business here and on our social media channels! If you've received a "Business Feature" email request  from our office with a short questionnaire, please answer the questions and submit a jpeg logo or photo that you think best depicts your business, and send to Lillian at info@delawarecounty.org.

If you have not received an email yet, please feel free to copy and paste the below-listed questions into an email, along with a logo or photo, and we will be happy to help promote your business!

Business Name:
Location:
Contact info including mailing address, website address, email and social media information:
Hours of operation:
Number of Years in Business/Year Business Opened:
What types of services or products does your business provide?:
How many employees do you have?:
Recent or Planned Changes in Operation:
What you want your (potential) customers or clients to know:
Tell others why they should join the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce:


Delaware County Chamber of Commerce
607.746.2281