EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NOTES
Hi Everyone!

This week I've been focusing on member recruitment. It's incredibly important to the organization that we are supporting as many businesses as possible. With more members comes more opportunities for all!

I've noticed many former members saying they left because they didn't feel like they were getting enough out of the membership to make it worth it. Believe it or not, I love to hear this because it means we have so much more potential for growth and improvement! Our board and committees are actively working to improve our member benefits, so if you have any ideas on this, please send them my way.

I've also been taking meetings with a few businesses to discuss how I can help advertise their business, and I've been able to give them advice on how to improve their own marketing initiatives. It's been so much fun, and I want to keep doing this as much as possible!

As I mentioned last week, I started collecting student email addresses, and I plan to start a regular student-specific email in the near future. If you know any students who might be interested in this, please have them sign up for the newsletter using this form! And if you're a business looking to offer a special deal to students, let me know and I can include that in the email!

Again, I'd love to speak with you about what I can do to help you and your business, so please stop in to the office Monday - Friday 9am - noon, or email me at director@potsdamchamber.com to set up a time to meet. And make sure you like our page on Facebook, join our new Members Only Facebook group!

All the best,

Maggie McKenna
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CHAMBER NEWS & EVENTS
FRIGHT FEST 2018
Friday October 26 and Saturday, October 27, 2018
Some of you have already reached out to let me know you'll be involved. We don't have all that much time to put this whole thing together, so we will be charging a small involvement fee for participating businesses and street vendors - $20 for chamber members and $30 for non-members. Please fill out this form no later than October 1 to let us know what you're going to be doing, and so your information is included in our advertising! It's important to know which businesses will be staying open late and if you'll be offering any special deals, discounts or holding an event.

Here's the plan so far:
Friday
5 - 8 PM: Late night shopping ( please fill out the form to let us know you'll be involved ), haunted walking tours, and advertising haunted house events around town
8 PM: Bonfire at Garner Park (with Fire Dept and Village DPW)

Saturday
8 - 10 AM: Costume Run/Walk with kids race (fundraiser for SLCCDP)
10 AM - 4 PM: Market St closed off with vendors and activities ( please fill out the form ) If we have enough vendors, we will also have vendors in Ives Park
10 AM - 12 PM: Potsdam Rotary book giveaway
10:30 AM: Story Time with Potsdam Childrens' Librarian Rebecca Donnelly
11 AM: Ragamuffin Parade and fire truck runs (with Kiwanis and Fire Dept)
1 PM: Costume Contest
UPDATE YOUR INFORMATION

We are still missing information from a number of members, so if you haven't done so already, please fill out this form so we can update your directory listing. If your business is not on our website, please fill out this form and we'll be able to add all your information. The form may take a few minutes to fill out - we appreciate your participation.
CHAMBER MEMBER NEWS
Five Guys Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting
79 Market St, Potsdam
Monday, Sept 17 at 10:30 AM

Join us as we celebrate the grand opening of Five Guys Burgers & Fries. They knocked down a former gas station and rebuilt completely. We'll be taking out those big scissors again, so we hope you can come down on Monday for the picture and to get some lunch!
4F Running Ribbon Cutting
75 Market St, Potsdam

We had a lovely time at the ribbon cutting for 4F Running last week! If you haven't already checked out their store, do head in there. They have a nice selection of running sneakers and accessories combined with excellent customer service. It's difficult to buy the right sneakers, and having a store to walk in to that will help you figure out what will work best for you is incredible - we're so lucky to have this in Potsdam!

They accept Potsdam Chamber gift certificates and also have their own gift cards now. They're also starting a beginning running club tomorrow (Saturday, Sept 15 at 8 AM).

Visit their website 4frunning.com and their Facebook page.
COMMUNITY EVENTS
Saturdays Aug 25 - Sept 29 at 6 PM unless noted Ives Park, downtown Potsdam.
Saturday, Sept 22 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, Sept 23 at 3 PM
Snell Music Theatre at SUNY Potsdam
Community Performance Series opens their 2018-19 season with the return of Crane alumna Lisa Vroman.
Sun, Sept 23, 2018 - Remington Trail @ Par tridge Run, Canton
For more information, visit GardenShare.org
Tues, September 18, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Potsdam Public Library

Friday, September 21, from 5-7 pm.
Meet-the-Artist event: Meet artist Kasarian Dane of Madrid, NY and view his encaustic paintings. Art lecture starting at 5:30pm. At Town Hall, 18 Elm St. Free & open to everyone, wheelchair accessible. Info: 315-265-6860, http://slcartscouncil.org/event/kasarianexhibit/

September 21 - November 9th: Mondays - Fridays 9 am - 4 pm
Art exhibit on display: encaustic paintings by Kasarian Dane of Madrid, NY. Sales benefit artist and SLC Arts. At Town Hall, 18 Elm St. Free & open to everyone, wheelchair accessible. Info: 315-265-6860, SLC Arts Council.org
Thursday Food Samplings
3:30 - 5:30 PM
Calendar of Events and Calls for Artists
CHAMBER MEETINGS
Board Meeting - 3rd Tuesday at 8:00 AM
Events & Festivals - 1st Friday at 8:30 AM
Membership & Marketing - 2nd Thursday at 8:30 AM
Town & Gown - 4th Thursday at 8:30 AM

All chamber members are welcome to attend any meeting.
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Potsdam Chamber of Commerce
24 Market St
Potsdam, NY 13676

315-274-9000
fax 315-274-9222
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
9 AM - 12 PM or by appointment