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An update from Executive Director Gina Mintzer
Happy new year! I hope you enjoyed the holiday season to the fullest and 2019 is off to a good start for you!
In this new year we are continuing the focus on our three main goals that collectively boost the economic vitality and sustainability of the region: enhance member and partner participation and engagement, increase Lake George area year-round visitation, and expand the CVB. Throughout 2018 we were focused on these areas and accomplished quite a bit toward our goals. To name a few, the Chamber took on the Adirondack Craft Beverage Trail and has re-energized the initiative that began several years ago with the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce. This program now has 25 producers on the trail and a robust marketing campaign in and out of the market to drive visitors and overnight guests. We are grateful to serve all involved for this year-round effort that is not “lake centric” and is a truly regional program, that involves producers from northern Saratoga to Lake Placid. For more information, visit www.adkcraftbev.com .

As many have visited the new Adirondacks Welcome Center that opened September 20, not many know the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce operates the Taste NY Market which is a NYS Agriculture & Markets vending program focused on hyper-local products with the intention of growing small businesses. A range of products from Brooklyn to the northern Adirondacks and west to Ithaca feature local, New York made products that one can buy in the vending machines including: Martha’s Dandee Crème Cremewiches, Lake George Baking Company cookies, Coopers Cave sodas, Just Water and Caffe Vero coffee. Dairy products are offered from Argyle Cheese Farmer, Nettle Meadow, Battenkill Creamery and King Dairy and prepared foods from Samantha’s Café and J. Gallup Farm. Gift items are also available in the vending machines from “Love is on Lake George” key chains and Lavenlair Farm Tea to Goats Galore soaps. It’s been a real honor and privilege to work with local entrepreneurs and farmers to help grow their business in this new model. From the visitor perspective, our team are the feet on the street talking with visitors to understand their travel plans and help them want to explore the region. Visitors are wowed upon entering the facility, taking selfies in and outside the building, enjoying the zipline in the playground and letting their dogs roam the dog park. While locals have discovered the free car charge station, we are excited to spread the word about the boat wash station that will open this spring. 

In addition to the Adirondacks Welcome Center, the Chamber also operates the Lake George Village Information Center seasonally as well as the Chamber office year-round with visitor information. Throughout 2018, the Chamber team personally connected with more than 65,700 visitors at all three centers. We believe 2019 will be another strong year to connect with visitors and tell of the experience guests will enjoy in and around the region. 

Ribbon Cutting & Open House


Join High Peaks Hospice , Adirondack Regional Chambers of Commerce and the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting and open house at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 14, at the High Peaks Hospice Glens Falls office located at 454 Glen Street Glens Falls, NY 12801.
There will be refreshments, a raffle provided by Fidelis for a $25 Visa gift card and tours.
There are so many new and exciting changes happening at High Peaks Hospice, and they want to share them all with you!
Stop in their new office location at 454 Glen Street Glens Falls, NY 12801
Phone: 518-891-0606
LGRCC Ribbon Cuttings are sponsored by Kingsbury Printing. M&M Digital Printing sponsors ARCC Ribbon Cuttings.

RSVP Today!
It's a new year, and we're resolved to have a great time at our next networking event — a Business After Hours Mixer at Cool Insuring Arena ! Come for refreshments and great company. Stay for the hockey game if you like. All mixer attendees get $15 tickets including popcorn and soda, but please purchase the tickets ahead of time using this link . Please RSVP on our website as well if you plan to attend the mixer .
Submit You Specials!
Please tell us about your upcoming specials for Presidents Day, Winter Break, Valentine's Day and anything else coming up! We want to help promote your business. Please click here to submit your special!
If you're interested in advertising in our monthly consumer e-blast, the cost is only $50 per email. Please email Amanda Metzger at amanda@lakegeorgechamber.com for more details. This is sent to approximately 25,000 emails. The average Open Rate is 14% and the average Click Through Rate is 22 percent. If you're interested in promoting specials in February, the deadline for materials is January 18. That consumer email is scheduled to go out the week of January 21.
Welcoming New Members!
Please join us in welcoming these 24 new members! You'll find a variety of businesses and non-profits below that are now in your Chamber network.
Feel free to reach out to them and introduce yourself! Doing business with other Chamber members is a great way to make lasting connections. You're both members of the same organization. Who knows what else you may have in common! Please remember to use your Business Directory ! Click here for an online link or request a printed copy of the Member Directory any time.
16C Exchange St.
Glens Falls, NY 12801
Phone: 518-353-2121
POC: Kate Austin-Avon
 
Description: Advokate empowers artists, small businesses, nonprofits and startups with the marketing tools they need to be successful. That means web design, branding, illustration, logos, graphic design, marketing consultation, PR, web hosting and more.

The Big Moose General Store
3065 State Route 50- Wilton Mall             
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866                                    
Phone: 518-886-8789
POC: Jim Campione
 
Description: Located inside the Wilton Mall, we offer a unique array of Adirondack charm featuring gift items and quality made furniture. The Big Moose General Store is a great mix of local artisans who created that hard to find gift item. Looking for something different...stop by The Big Moose General Store.
 
Mount Royal Plaza
959 State Route 9                         
Queensbury, NY 12804                   
Phone: 518-636-5129
POC: Jim Campione
 
Description: Located in the Mount Royal Plaza, we offer made-to-order sandwiches or meat by the pound with Boar Head products. Coffee, Cappuccino, Pastries, Desserts, Party Platters for your event and Take-Home meals available as well. When quality matters, be sure to stop by Campione's.
 
Glens Falls, NY 12801
Phone: 518-796-3917
POC: Letizia Mastrantoni
 
Description: Local wedding & event planning for the Adirondack region and beyond. Services include:  full wedding planning, “day-of” coordination, destination wedding planning, corporate outings, conventions, tours, trade shows and more! Save time, energy and stress. Hire a local and professional to make your event flawless. Free quotes.  
 
524 Aviation Road                           
Queensbury, NY 12804                   
Phone: 518-741-7600
POC: Renee Jenkins
 
Description: Spacious Suites with full kitchens and abundant amenities will have you feeling right at home. Our state of the art fitness center, indoor saline pool, barbecue grill area, laundry facilities and patio with a fire pit are perfect for working, relaxing or mingling. We also welcome your pets.
 
283 Canada Street               
Lake George, NY 12845                                
Phone: 518-668-0363
POC: Carmela Mastrantoni
 
Description: A unique family-owned
business specializes in the freshest, purest, extra virgin olive oils from around the word. Also 18 year aged Balsamics from Modena, Italy. Sample flavors like Tuscan Herb, Sicilian Lemon, and over 50 more! Offering Wedding Favors, Corporate Gifts, Gourmet Gifts, Gelato & Espresso Bar, and Private Tastings. Busses are welcome!
 
380 Canada Street               
Lake George, NY 12845                                
Phone: 518-668-2810
Email for Public:  info@lakegeorgelakemotel.com
POC: Edrie Squires 
 
Description: Perfectly located in the heart of Lake George Village, with a beautiful pool-side view of Lake George. Cleanliness is very important to us. Our front desk staff all live locally and can help you plan your day! Visit us at lakegeorgelakemotel.com.
 
 
Lox of Bagels & Moor
89 1/2 Main Street              
Queensbury, NY 12804                               
Phone: 518-793-8681
POC: Lena Posniewski
 
Description: A family owned business since 1988, opened year round from 6:00am-3:00pm. Our bagels are made from scratch and baked fresh every day. We offer a 16-flavor cream cheese bar, bakery and Breakfast sandwiches. Fun and friendly staff. Best damn bagels... period. Catering and wholesale available.

398 Corinth Road                
Queensbury, NY 12804                              
Phone: 518-636-5108
POC: Jim Campione
 
Description: Open seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring Boars Head meats. Great home cooking in a relaxed atmosphere. When you need a great meal at a great price, Papa's Diner is the place!

4 Fritz Blvd
Albany, NY 12205
Phone: 518-869-8116
POC: Jaki Rainsberger
 
Description: The vibrant technology leader with a big heart, focused on service, integrity and true partnership. Offering and servicing the full line of Richoh Family Group desktop, multi-function, wide format and production printers. Service offerings include print and document management, cloud services, network monitoring and on-site IT support.
 
3 Atrium Drive
Albany, NY 12866
Phone: 518-459-4665
POC: Sherry Finkel Murphy
 
Description: The Office of Sherry Finkel Murphy, MS, CFP®, RICP® at Northwestern Mutual is a comprehensive financial security planning practice. We provide small business solutions for business continuity planning, employee benefits, growth/exit strategies, professional financial plans, retirement income planning and distribution for both individuals and families.
 
906 State Route 9
Queensbury, NY 12804
Phone: 518-955-3000
POC:  Rachel Duell
 
Description: Comfortable and stylish guest rooms include microwaves, refrigerators and wi-fi. Hot breakfast buffet, indoor pool, guest laundry and business center on site. Convenient location on Route 9, close to shopping, dining and attractions. We're confident our guests will get a good night's rest for the day ahead.

742 Bay Road                       
Queensbury, NY 12804                               
Phone: 518-761-8200
www.queensbury.net
POC: John Strough
 
Description: Located conveniently off Northway (I-87) Exits 18-29, is home to several restaurants, attractions, shops, lodging, six golf courses, seven parks, big brand stores, unique boutiques, a mall, outlet center, antique shops, RV parks, car dealerships, supermarkets and more. An excellent year-round destination, you'll find something to do in every season.

50 Gurney Lane
Queensbury, NY 12804
Phone: 518-743-0734
POC: Teri Podnorszki
 
Description: The mission of Warren County Historical Society is to educate about, preserve, and promote the history of Warren County, New York and its environs. Chartered in 1997 by the State Education Department, the non-profit organization offers programs, exhibits, historical collections, a Resource Center, a quarterly journal and a Book and Gift Shop.
Show Time!
We're ready to go for our three January Travel Shows including the following: the New Jersey RV & Camping Show from January 18-20; the New York Times Travel Show from January 25-27; and the Canadian Snowbird Show in Lakeland, Florida from January 29-30.

There is still time for your business to benefit from sending brochures with us to our February and March shows including: the Springfield Sportsman Show in Massachusetts; the New York Women's Expo in Siena College; the AAA Southern New England Travel Show in Foxborough, Massachusetts; and the National Women's Show in Montreal, Quebec. Take a look at the Trade Show Co-Op sheet for buy-in cost and deadlines.

These addditional Travel Show opportunities are also available:

  • Sending someone from your business to attend with us and help out in our booth. The Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce will pay for the booth registration, you would be responsible for travel, meals and lodging for your staff member.
  • Donating a gift certificate for an overnight stay, admission tickets for attractions, gift cards for meals or services,etc. to be included in our "Get-Away, Give-Away" package given away at each show. 

Please contact Kim Saheim at (518) 668-5755 if you are interested in participating in our 2019 Travel Show Co-Op program.
Adonis Ribbon Cutting
We had a wonderful time celebrating the new location of Adonis Hair Salon & Boutique, now in the Mount Royal Plaza in Queensbury. Thank you to Supervisor John Strough for joining us and saying a few words. Congratulations to the owner Lisa DePalma and her talented team! Adonis offers haircuts for women, men and children as well as color, highlights and lowlights, balayage, perms, keratin straightening, blowouts, hair extensions, waxing, and salon-named products at discounted prices. The boutique includes jewelry, clothing, apparel, and bath and spa items. There are also home items and an array of products for children and men.
If you're adding to your business, opening a new location or celebrating an anniversary, we'd like to help publicize your great news! If you'd like to have a ribbon cutting at your business, click here for our form.

The Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cuttings are sponsored by Kingsbury Printing .
Adirondack Christkindlmarkt
The Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce, Lake George Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Adirondack Folk School would like to thank the incredible volunteers on the committee and the business community for their generous support of the inaugural Adirondack Christkindlmarkt. 
Special thanks to:
Lake George Outlets, CVB, Glens Falls National Bank & Trust/Upstate Insurance, Courtyard Marriott, CDPHP, SUNY ADK Community College, Inn At Erlowest, Fort William Henry, Price Chopper/Market 32, Dunhams Bay Resort, AWS, Lake George Mirror, Town of Lake Luzerne (printing), Surfside Hotel & Conference Center, 42 Degrees, Pioneer Bank, and Hampton Inn!
The event was a great success, with attendance close to 5,000, fantastic weather and more than 34 vendors. This year, the event will take place December 6-8, 2019, at Festival Commons in the Charles R. Wood Park again.
If you are interested in being a vendor at the 2019 Adirondack Christkindlmarkt — or helping on the planning committee — please email Lakegeorgecvb@gmail.com for more information. 


Adirondack Christkindlmarkt's organic social media reach was excellent! The event reached approx. 247.8K people and had 13.6K responses.
Follow Adirondack Christkindlmarkt on social media for updates! We'll be announcing information about 2019's event soon!
Member News
Lake George RV Park was recently named the best place to stay with your RV in NY State on  MSN.com.  
We congratulate them on this great news!
The Adirondack-Albany Wedding Association's Winter Wedding Show is tomorrow (January 12) from 2 to 4 p.m. at Dunham's Bay Resort. Join them for a day filled with information, prizes, and fun! Some of the area's top wedding pros will be on hand to answer all your planning questions. Don't miss out!
  • 2 pm - 4 pm: Wedding Show (free!) - Meet pros and talk about your wedding planning. Door prizes & samples throughout, grand prizes awarded at 4 pm. Must be present to win.
  • 11 am - 1 pm: Luncheon Wedding Education (EDU) - Prizes and education while you eat! Fee applies for lunch. Contact Dunham's Bay directly at 518-656-9242 to reserve your spot. ($18 per person paid to resort)
Register for the Legislative Kick-off Networking Reception  HERE
Register for Breakfast Meeting/Tourism Action Day  HERE


Thank you Dunham's Bay Resort for putting together a wonderful holiday mixer for us in December! Thank you to everyone who attended. Our members generously donated enough toys for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks to fill two bins, plus several bags!
SAVE THE DATE!
Our St. Patrick's Day Weekend Vendor Fair returns this year on Saturday, March 16, 2018, at the Holiday Inn Resort in Lake George.
Stay tuned for a vendor application.
Save the date to attend! You're sure to find great deals just as good as a pot of gold at this 2nd annual vendor fair.
  • The new Adirondack Craft Beverage Trail maps are in! If you're interested in picking some up for your location, please call the Chamber at 518-668-5755. Stay tuned for an announcement about a revamped website for this program as well.
  • We're looking for bloggers to photograph and scribe their tales from the Adirondack Craft Beverage Trail. If you're interested, email Amanda Metzger at amanda@lakegeoregchamber.com.
SUNY Adirondack Continuing Education is offering the following Business & Career Training: (Pre-registration is required. Call 518.743.2238 or email conted@sunyacc.edu  to register today.)

SERVSAFE FOOD SAFETY CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP
Local hospitality and food service businesses seeking certification for employees are invited to register for a workshop.
January 26
Saturday | 8am to 6pm | Queensbury Campus
Course #20086
Registration closes on  Monday, January 14
or
April 29
Monday | 8am to 6pm | Wilton Center
Course #20087
Registration closes on  Monday, April 15

LEADING IN HOSPITALITY
Learn about or advance your skills with customer satisfaction-focused leadership through this two-session course focused on current and future leaders in the hospitality field. 
April 25 and May 2
Thursdays | 6:30pm to 8pm | Wilton Center
Course #20085

Learn more under  Professional Development  at  www.sunyacc.edu/continuing-education-catalog
EVENTS
We'll be a vendor at Winterfest at Erlowest on Saturday, January 26! Check out more about all four days of this event and many more upcoming winter events including Ice Bars around the area on our Events Page. Don't see your event posted? Click here to submit it!
If you're a member and have news you'd like us to include in the next newsletter, please email Amanda Metzger at amanda@lakegeorgechamber.com or call the office at (518) 668-5755.
Not a member yet? Contact Kim Saheim at membership@lakegeorgechamber.com or call the office. Thanks for reading!