Delaware County Chamber of Commerce 
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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.
Advocating for Delaware County in the State 2021 Budget

Chamber President Ray Pucci joined Delaware County supervisors and others for a presentation on the state's proposed 2021 budget on March 5 in Hamden. Pucci opposed the expansion of prevailing wage, the slashing of the number of work-hours before over-time kicks in under the Farm Labor Law and the shift of costs from the state to counties if there is growth of more than 3% annually as part of Medicaid Redesign. On behalf of Chamber members, Pucci praised the proposed reduction of the small business tax rate from 6% to 4% and the allocation of $57.7 million to boost statewide tourism.

Pictured, from left, Governor's Office of Regional Affairs Representative Carly Norton, Chamber President Ray Pucci, Governor's Office of Regional Affairs Director Phillip Rumsey, Delhi Council member Janet Tweed, and Hancock Supervisor Jerry Vernold.
DelCo Supervisors, State Representative to Hold Q & A on Economic Development on March 24

The public is invited to attend a Delaware County Chamber of Commerce sponsored roundtable discussion on the state and future of Delaware County and how to remove barriers to community growth, on Tuesday, March 24 at 11:30 a.m.

Omar Sanders, Director for Intergovernmental Affairs at Empire State Development, Mark Tuthill, Delhi Supervisor and Vice-Chair of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors, and Dennis Valente, Davenport Supervisor and Chairperson of Delaware County Economic Development Committee, will share their insights on the progress of local economic development efforts.

The event includes a luncheon buffet prepared by SUNY Delhi culinary arts students at Bluestone at the college golf course, followed by an informative discussion by our panelists and a question and answer session.  Come prepared to join the conversation.

Reservations are required. Space is limited. Cost is $25 per person. 

To reserve your space click here.
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Maplewood Farm & Orchard 

Meet Duane and Karen LaFever of Bovina who operate Maplewood Farm & Orchard. Maple syrup making is underway and Maplewood Farm & Orchard is one of the stops on Delaware County's Maple Weekend in the Catskills on March 21 & 22 and 28 & 29.

During maple weekend you will be able to see boiling demos, take a sugar bush tour and purchase maple syrup and products.

Maplewood Farm & Orchard
Maplewood Farm & Orchard

For more information visit or call 607.746.6339.
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 visit or call 607.724.1327.
Employer/Chamber Member Feedback Requested from SUNY Delhi

SUNY Delhi is developing a new degree in Applied Communication.

As part of the development process, the SUNY Delhi team is seeking feedback from potential employers-specifically regarding future jobs available for our graduates.

As you may know, excellent communication skills are among the most sought after skills in nearly every field or industry today.

The degree in Applied Communication will require students to become interdisciplinary thinkers. Graduates will take courses in communication, business, humanities, and computer sciences, and complete three field experiences or internships. They will be equipped to work in any job requiring exceptional communication skills, such as positions in administration, outreach, public relations, social media, writing and publishing, and others.

Please take a few moments to complete the questionnaire in the link below and help provide the college with  valuable data that could significantly shape this degree.

Click here for link

For more information about this new degree in Applied Communication, contact Dr. Joe Piasek at 607-746-4486 or
Chamber Check In!

Chamber staff were hard at work for members this week!   Take a look at what we've been up to and what we have planned in the coming weeks:

Chamber Check In
Chamber Check In

For more information visit the Chamber's website at
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

Wednesday March 25 , 2020 from  8 to 10 AM
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
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:

Monday and Tuesday, March 9 and 10, from 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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
Chamber Now Offers Health Care Options!

Providing quality healthcare for employees can be a 

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
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

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:
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