August 2, 2021 Weekly Digest
Chairman's Circle Members
Happenings in and around the Chamber!
Happy Monday!

Wow - a blink of the eye and July is gone! With the beginning of August, we all know that school will be starting soon. We hope that you and your family have enjoyed a great summer so far.

PPP Loan Forgiveness

Last week, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the opening of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) direct forgiveness portal. The new portal was created to streamline applications for loan forgiveness for loans of $150K or less. With more than 6.5 million businesses falling into this category, the SBA hopes this move will get relief to the smallest of businesses quicker. However, lenders must first opt-in to the program through https://directforgiveness.sba.gov. Borrowers can begin to apply on Wednesday, Aug. 4, according to this SBA news release. Check with your lender before trying to access the direct forgiveness portal. Borrowers that need assistance or have questions should call (877) 552-2692, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. EST.

Chamber Members Helping Each Other

We know this happens more than we are aware of, but this week we learned about how one of our Batavia Chamber of Commerce members stepped in to help Lazarus House. Gold member Innovative Telephone & Data Solutions learned of the need for a phone system at the nonprofit homeless shelter. They donated a new phone system and monthly service.

In the words of Lazarus House, "They have been so professional and were able to change us over so smoothly to our new system. We cannot thank them enough!! Truly amazing company!"

Mayor's Weekly Update

Many of you enjoy these updates; here is a link to watch the video recorded on Friday, July 30.

We continually update our home page, bataviachamber.org when new resources and information comes out. Also, check our calendar for new events from us and the community. With summer heating up, there are many great new events from the community and our members. Make certain you check the calendars regularly!

As always, we are now, and will be in the future, here for you.

Most sincerely,

Margaret, Patti and Shirley
Your Batavia Chamber of Commerce Staff
Congratulations to Mike Burke -
Our July 2021 Ambassador of the Month!
The Batavia Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce that the July Ambassador of the Month is Mike Burke! Mike is in her third year as a valued Chamber Ambassador and is the reigning Ambassador of the Year! She is a go-to person for the Chamber staff, often being one of the first to say yes when we need volunteers. Mike is a frontline representative for the Batavia Chamber at public and Chamber sponsored events and activities. She aids in the promotion, volunteer support and development of various Chamber-sponsored events. Mike generously speaks highly of our organization and helps recruit new members and donations for our raffles.

Besides being engaged with the Chamber, Mike is an active member and the past-president of the Batavia Women’s Club. She also serves on the Batavia Parks Foundation board and is a past major supporter of Batavia Youth Baseball and many other organizations supporting the vitality and strength of Batavia.

Mike, as an Ambassador, your dedication and efforts are appreciated and highly valued by the Board of Directors, Chamber staff and membership! Thank you!

The Batavia Chamber of Commerce is manning the beer tent at the Windmill City Festival on Saturday, August 28. Our share of the proceeds and all tips received during our scheduled time will benefit the Batavia Chamber's Inspire Scholarship Fund. 

We need trained volunteers from 4:30 to 11 p.m. Two shifts are available: 4:30 to 7:45 p.m. (at least 17 volunteers) or 7:30 to 11 p.m. (at least 20 volunteers). Learn more and sign up to help on our Sign Up Genius page. This is great fun and benefits our Scholarship Fund, so please join us!
Mark Your Calendars Today!
Events are continually added, so keep checking our website calendar of events for updates.
Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings
Mark Your Calendars and Join Us!
The BWIB Progressive Luncheon is back!
Batavia Women in Business council is excited to invite you to attend this fantastic event. Bring plenty of business cards and marketing materials and join us in August. Because of the format, walk-ins cannot be accommodated. Make certain you register by this Thursday, August 5th!
Congratulations to Tuffy Tire & Auto Service!
The Batavia Chamber of Commerce was excited to celebrate the grand opening of Tuffy Tire and Auto Service with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Batavia auto shop moved to their new location, 301 S. Randall Road, in early July. The event was part of a bigger celebration that included a mini car show, music, food and much more. 

Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke presided over the celebration, along with owner John Piaskowy. Among the well-wishers were his business partner, Tuffy’s district manager, employees, family and friends. A special guest was Gary Urwiler, executive director of Mooseheart, along with other Mooseheart employees and students. Mooseheart unveiled a banner and thank you proclamation for all that Tuffy in Batavia does for the school. Other attendees were Margaret Perreault, president and CEO of the Batavia Chamber; Shirley Mott, Batavia Chamber communications and membership coordinator; Chamber ambassadors and friends.

Tuffy Tire & Auto Service offers a full range of automotive services, including auto repair, brakes, exhaust, transmission, radiator, suspension, electrical, engine, fuel system and more. Customers who fill out their online quote form can expect a response within 24 hours. Current hours for this Tuffy location are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. They are closed on Sundays. For more information, including a full list of services; or to look for money-saving coupons, visit Tuffy in Batavia’s website, tuffybatavia.com. Or call (630) 879-9941 to make an appointment.
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They are perfect for friends, family, teachers, coaches, colleagues, employees...everyone!
We update our list of participating merchants as we receive new merchants. Do you want to add your business? Call (630) 879-7134.
Stop by the office to purchase your Chamber Bucks today!
News and Updates from Our Members

The Batavia United Way is thrilled to announce Barn Party 2021 will be held on September 11, 2021! 

This 21 & older event will feature live music from the Hillbilly Rockstarz, along with an open full bar including signature cocktails from Whiskey Acres. Attendees can also try their hand at Splinters mobile ax throwing and take memorable photos with all the themed props in the fun photo booth, and much more. Read the entire press release to learn more.

The Batavia United Way is hosting the 8th annual Halloween-themed Bat Race 5K/10K on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, on the lovely Fox River Trail bike path.

This chip-timed event is designed for runners of all ages and abilities. The races begin at 8:30 a.m. with the 10K starting first and the 5K beginning shortly after. The children’s fun run will begin at 9:30 a.m. Read the entire press release to learn more.
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