Welcome Home Wednesday:
Virtual Summertime Grilling w/ Wegmans
Wednesday, August 5 | 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Have you relocated to the area in the past year to live or work in Tompkins County? Are you interested in learning more about what Tompkins County has to offer a first time resident or someone returning after years away? Are you in human resources, and want to help your new hire get networked quickly?

In the spirit of Summer, the Chamber and Wegmans are excited to offer a fun and interactive virtual Grilling Demo for August's Welcome Home Wednesday. Fire up those grills at home as Wegmans' Chef Mike guides us through preparing a delicious recipe of Grilled Flank Steak over Avocado Salad. For our vegetarian guests, we will also be preparing this with Grilled Portobello mushrooms!

Get to know other newcomers and the Chamber network on a beautiful summer evening!
"Dine Out Downtown" w/ Downtown Ithaca Alliance
in lieu of Virtual Business After Hours
Wednesday, August 12 | 5 - 8 p.m.

The Chamber & DIA invite you to patronize the downtown restaurants and stores of your choice. Dine in or take out, help us make a big economic impact and wave hello to your Chamber Friends!

We encourage those who can to come see their Chamber/business friends and network from afar with an experience more interesting than Zoom at our desks. Visit your favorite Aurora Street, Ithaca Commons, Press Bay, or Dewitt Mall businesses to enjoy summer outdoor dining and shopping - one of the best things about Ithaca. Tables will be well spaced to comply with social distancing guidelines, face coverings are required when people aren’t eating, and appropriate sanitation guidelines will be followed per NYS requirements.

The first 15 people to register will receive a $5 Downtown Ithaca Gift Card to go towards your purchase on August 12th! Participate in our social media campaign that night and be entered to win a $50 gift card! All registration proceeds will help support the work of the Chamber & DIA.
Annual Meeting & Celebration
w/ the Hangar Theatre (Virtual)
Thursday, September 10th, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Please join the Tompkins Chamber for an entertaining evening as we celebrate our accomplishments from 2019 and early 2020, recognize our annual award winners, and share our vision for moving forward and recovering our local economy, together.

Help us recognize:
* Entrepreneur of the Year - Elizabeth Classen Ambrose
* Nonprofit of the Year - Child Development Council
* Distinguished Business of the Year - Holt Architects

Your updated invitation is coming this week!
Tompkins Chamber Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Federal Aid to State & Local Governments

Officials from Tompkins County, and leaders from TST BOCES, TC3, and the Human Services Coalition joined the Chamber Monday for an important discussion on the need for Federal aid to address the public health and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. You can also help advocate that 501c6 organizations like the Chamber & CVB receive PPP support like most other nonprofit and business structures!

Watch below, and you can make your voice heard and take action here if you'd like to support aid to our local community, school districts, nonprofit organizations, and more:

Call: 202-224-3121 for any Senator or Congressmember.
Reach the White House at 202-456-1111 or https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
Did you miss one of our L.E.A.R.N. Business Impacts webinars or Networking @ Noon Industry Insights events? You can watch them all right on our website.
Movies in the Park 2020 Canceled
The Chamber recognizes that the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the demands of hosting events, including new limits to total gathering sizes - which remain at 50. Additionally, other Drive-In Movie opportunities have recently been added in Ithaca. For these reasons, we’ve made the decision that hosting Movies in the Park is not feasible.

While we know this is disappointing, we hope you understand we're working hard to preserve resources and ensure everyone’s well-being. We look forward to Movies in the Park 2021!
Healthy Workforce On-the-Job Training Grant

The Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce a new iteration of its On-the-Job Training Grant through a United States Department of Labor funding award to the Healthy Workforce Consortium. This funding award differs from past OJT grant programs in that it is intended to support people in recovery receiving educational and training supports, new job opportunities, and maintaining a recovery friendly workforce and employer base in Tompkins County. Click to learn more!
Congratulations to our
Member of the Week:
The Watershed

Since opening in late 2016, The Watershed has done business differently than most "bars" and become an integral part of the fabric in downtown Ithaca. Creating a safe, engaging, and inclusive environment for important conversations and community work was always part of the mission for Proprietor Ashley Cake. Learn more below!
Member News & Updates
Let's Talk: K-12 Schools w/ Dr. Jeffrey A. Matteson, District Superintendent and CEO TST BOCES
Wednesday, August 5
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join the Community Foundation of Tompkins County for Monthly Let's Talk gatherings for the remainder of 2020 to connect you to leaders in various sectors. They hope that you join them for this quick and easy way to explore what is happening for mission driven organizations and how your Community Foundation is supporting them. 

Join their first guest, Dr. Jeffrey A. Matteson, District Superintendent and CEO Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES, for a 30 minute conversation on the issues K-12 schools are managing during these challenging times.
Congratulations to Member Serendipity for their New Business Expansion:
Serendipity Backlot!
Fridays & Saturdays | 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Serendipity’s Backlot, on the south lawn of South Hill Business Campus at 950 Danby Rd across from Ithaca College, is Serendipity’s brand new outdoor restaurant and bar space!

Featuring comfortable socially distanced seating and rotating live music to complement a full menu of local foods and beverages.
The Hangar Theatre Company:
Sense And Sensibility
Saturday August 8th | 7:30 p.m.

By Kate Hamill. Directed by Shirley Serotsky.
Hosted and curated by Kate Hamill & Jason O’Connell!
Tickets: $20, Students: $10 with promo code LEARN.

Kate Hamill’s bold, boisterous, and timely take on Jane Austen’s classic novel. Kate is a Hangar and IC alum, and has become one of the top 3 most-produced playwrights in the country. Hangar subscribers will recognize her writing from past productions Pride & Prejudice (2018) and Little Women (2019).
Welcome Odyssey Bookstore, Cayuga Nail Spa, and Kimchi Korean Restaurant!
The DIA, City of Ithaca and Tompkins Chamber welcomed these businesses to the area during a series of special outdoor ceremonies on Thursday, July 30.

While the Chamber & DIA have begun to host ribbon cutting ceremonies again, they will be invitation, with limited capacity, and follow strict guidelines. Please contact Ritza if your business has need for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in the next few months.

New York State Covid-19 Updates
If Your Business is Open, You Should Follow Your Industry Guidelines and Submit an Affirmation to NYS Immediately
Please visit the NY Forward website using the links below to find your industry sector guidelines whether you are an Essential Business, Phase 1, 2, 3, or 4. We continue to watch for new Guidelines and advocate for clarity for those sectors that weren't included in Phase 4: movie theaters, gyms, bowling alleys, and more. We will provide updates when we receive them.

** NYS has issued updates to existing industry guidelines. Please check back occasionally to your industry guidelines to ensure you're aware of any updates **
Member Businesses with PPE, Supplies, and Services to Support Your Business or Organization's Recovery

Our Covid related service listing will be moving to our Covid-19 web page after this week. Thanks to all who have contributed to making your products & services more available to members during this difficult time! Many of these members have additional items - visit their website or call. Submit your listing here.
PPE, Hand Sanitizer & Supplies
Adminders PPE Store - Masks, gaiters, thermometers, sanitizer, sneeze guards, & much more
Cooper Electric - Masks, shields, thermometers, sanitizer, cleaning supplies, stickers & signage
Ecolectro - Local startup manufacturing hand sanitizer
Hickey's - Face shields offered in 10 packs
Myer Farm Distillers - Locally made hand sanitizer in 12.7oz glass bottles
Safeguard - Masks, thermometers, sanitizer, gloves/booties, sneeze guards, custom logo items
Staples - Masks, face shields, signage, cleaning supplies, and more

Business & Succession Planning
Alliance for Manufacturing & Technology - Comprehensive business growth, expansion, and management services with a focus on the manufacturing and technology sectors
Integrated Business Ventures - Consultants offering business valuations, turn-around, and exit planning services
Ksenia Trikoz Consulting - Operations and systems consultant to help streamline & get back on track
Small Business Development Center - Reach out to Lindsay Wolf to discuss revitalizing your business plan
Cleaning Services
Castle Cleaning Services - Regular CDC compliant cleaning; surface misting, carpet & fabric extraction
Challenge Workforce Solutions - Cleaning teams with additional training, supplies & equipment to address CDC guidelines
Servpro - Viral pathogen cleaning & disinfecting, air filtration equipment rental, and other emergency or regular cleaning services

Reopen/Safety Planning
Absolute EHS - Environmental, Health and Safety Consulting and Support Services
All-Mode Communications - NYS compliant Covid-19 employee health reporting service
Moylan Safety Services - Return to operations” strategies, procedures, and training in compliance

Marketing, Outreach, & Signage
Communique Design & Marketing - Offering support with consumer messaging and marketing strategies, creating branded signage, and more.
Flair Strategic Communications - Support with new online stores, sales tools, product photos, marketing & communicating to customers.
Tompkins County Moving Forward Signage - Click to download county signs for your business


Tompkins County has a resource for your job posting called "Workforce Redirect", intended to match job seekers with those employers that are currently hiring.

Contact Workforce Development Board Executive Director Natalie Branosky to have your business added to this page.
August Meeting Schedule

Ambassadors Meeting
Monday, August 10th, noon

Admin & Finance Meeting
Tuesday, August 18th, 8 a.m.

Executive Committee
Tuesday, August 18th, 9 a.m.

Board of Directors
Wednesday, August 26, 8 a.m.

All meetings require advance registration &
will be virtual until further notice.
Register with Carly Hansen at chansen@tompkinschamber.org.
Have questions?
Our team is here to help.

Just call the Chamber at 607-273-7080, or email us at info@tompkinschamber.org. For specific need areas:

Ritza Francois, Membership Referrals & Support
Carly Hansen, Operations/Account Assistance
Diane Hemly, Bookkeeper - AP/AR Questions
Jennifer Tavares, Economic Recovery/Communications & PR
David Walton, Event & Program/Sponsor Inquiries

Note: Our offices are open by appointment, and our team is on reduced hours due to Covid-19 budget impacts. Please be patient if our response time is longer than usual.