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We all know the familiar refrain of shoppers bemoaning the early onslaught of Christmas merchandise before Halloween. But retailers know how necessary it is to plan ahead. If they haven’t planned it yet, it may be too late. By now you’ve probably heard a lot about supply chain bottlenecks, shipping delays, and manufacturing issues. Businesses around the world are struggling to get the parts they need to produce and sell goods, and as a result, consumers around the world are concerned about getting the items they want or need.

So it’s a good thing that we have a choice, especially when it comes to buying gifts for family and friends. The easiest choice we can make is to support local retailers. Small businesses are really the backbone of the economy. When many national retailers were able to continue to operate as “essential” businesses during the pandemic shutdown last year, small local retailers were not in the same position. Many of them had to close temporarily. As they began to reopen, the calls for “Support the locals” were many. The importance of supporting local small businesses is just as crucial now, and these small businesses may have exactly what you want or need in giveaways this year.

Whether you are looking for toys, books, clothing, home decor, or supplies to keep you entertained, you can find these items at local Chautauqua County stores. We also have a long list of locally produced foods and drinks, not to mention locally grown Christmas trees. As a consumer, your options will be many when choosing to shop locally this holiday season.

As a small, local business, you can take action now to prepare for holiday shoppers. Stock up on merchandise now and consider sourcing items from local artisans and producers when possible. You can also make sure that you are prepared to offer gift cards to buyers who simply cannot decide on a specific purchase.

If your small business is not yet selling online, we strongly encourage you to take action now to provide this option. The Chamber of Commerce can help you! We offer our members the opportunity to participate in ShopLocalCHQ – a website designed to function as a “Local Amazon” where your purchases from over 70 merchants can be combined into one shopping cart.

The Chamber has a strong focus on supporting small local businesses to increase foot traffic and the Internet and help increase sales. Our ShopLocalCHQ Gift Card makes a great gift and can be used at over 140 local businesses for all types of purchases, from gifts to groceries.

The House is now preparing to help promote small business, especially Saturday, November 27 for Small Business, a national day dedicated to exceptional service and merchandise offered by small retailers.

If you would like to learn more about any of our small business focused room services, please call us at (716) 484-1101 or (716) 366-6200.


Enjoy an evening in Mayville with the Chamber of Commerce. The Chautauqua County and Mayville-Communauté Chambers of Commerce invite you to save the date for a double night on November 18!

After-hours business with the House will be from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Chautauqua Suites, 215 West Lake Road, Mayville. Business After Hours is a fun, free social event for two representatives from any Chamber member business, or just $ 15 for non-members. Enjoy networking, aperitifs and a cash bar. This Business After Hours event is sponsored by DFT Communications, Media One Radio Group, OBSERVER and The Post-Journal.

The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber committee will follow with its annual awards dinner which will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Captain Webb’s table at 115 West Lake Road, Mayville. Prior registration will be required for dinner.

Watch for details to be announced soon for these back-to-back events, including locations and more. Save the date: November 18!


The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will be accepting nominations for the Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award until November 1. This award recognizes a local person who has worked hard to bring groups of people together around a common goal or goal. This award is given to an individual who has helped move the region forward in a positive direction through collaboration and partnership building. The award is particularly focused on those who have done their work consistently and often in the background. A typical winner would be an “unsung hero” in the community. It is named in memory of Pam Lydic, the first President / CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. The award will be presented at the Chamber’s annual meeting on December 3.

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