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Wednesday, August 12, 2020
A number of things have been issued related to PPP to share with you from OCA. It includes a new IFR (haven't seen one of those in a while); two new FAQ's; updated FAQ's regarding Forgiveness; and PPP summary as of close of the portal, and the answer to a special question.    SBA & Treasury have recently released additional guidance:   Interim Final Rule - Appeals of SBA Loan Review Decisions ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
To all of Sullivan County:   The clock is ticking, and it is getting louder and louder. The September 30 impending deadline to get a complete and accurate count of Sullivan County is just 50 days away and only 33.2% of our households have responded.    Yesterday, I spoke to one of your neighbors who was so concerned that he had not been counted because his home is hard to find off the main road ...read more
Categories: Community
Monday, August 10, 2020
Liberty Rotary Club Presents Three Paul Harris Fellows Liberty Rotary Club was proud to recognize three new "Paul Harris Fellows" at our meeting on August 5th, 2020.  District Governor Tony Marmo attended the virtual ceremony and spoke about the Rotary Foundation and Paul Harris Fellow recognition.  The three new "Fellows" are Barbara Carr, Charlie Mangini and Anthony Sinacore.  We wish sincere ...read more
Categories: Community
Friday, July 31, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 31, 2020  Census Takers BeginningLocal Visits on August 11Sullivan Remains at Bottom of NYS Response Rate  Monticello, NY – If you haven’t yet completed the 2020 Census form for your Sullivan County address, expect a knock on your door from a Census worker in a few weeks. Non-Response Follow Up, where Census Bureau employees go door-to-door for households that ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Chamber, Economic
Thursday, July 30, 2020
New York Forward Loan Fund WebinarThe Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development would like to invite you to the New York Forward Loan Fund Webinar on Wednesday, August 12th at 11:00 AM.  The New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, including Minority and Woman-Owned Business Enterprises ...read more
Categories: Weekly Business Article
Monday, July 20, 2020
4 Marketing Tips for Businesses with No Marketing Budget   You likely have heard the phrase, “you need to spend money to make money.” I'm not here to argue that from either side but digital marketing has allowed businesses with very small budgets to make a big impression. While it hasn't exactly leveled the playing field, it certainly has helped businesses gain a larger audience with very little ...read more
Categories: Community, Weekly Business Article, Chamber, Economic
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Press ReleaseHospital Spokesman: Rob Lee, Executive Director PR/Marketing (845) 333-2391                      July 16, 2020 – For Immediate Release:  Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills’ Grover M. Hermann Hospital Named as a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital  This is the ninth consecutive year Grover M. Hermann Hospital has earned this honor.     Callicoon, NY – Garnet Health Medical ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that schools can reopen if the region is in Phase 4 and if the region's daily infection rate remains at or below 5 percent using a 14-day average. Schools will close if the regional infection rate rises above 9 percent, using a 7-day average, after August 1. Read more about New York State's school reopening guidance here.   Guidance for Pre-K to Grade 12 ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Economic, Press Release, Community, Education
Monday, July 13, 2020
Change These 3 Things in Your Business Now for a Stronger Recovery  With numbers of COVID infections increasing daily in many states, people are wondering when it will end and when we can begin to start feeling confident in an economic recovery.  No one knows for sure when recovery will begin.  In the meantime, there are a few things we know about how business and customers have changed. You ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, Weekly Business Article
Monday, July 06, 2020
Addressing the COVID Customer’s Content Needs: yes, they’ve changed and you should too   If ever there was a reason to increase and alter your social media and blog posting, it’s COVID. At first, with so much of the workforce at home, there was a lot of traffic online. You may have been happy with the number of reactions and shares you were getting.   But let's face it, people were bored or ...read more
Categories: Weekly Business Article
Monday, June 29, 2020
5 Ways to Communicate Difficult Business Messages    If there's one thing 2020 has shown us, it's how to bolster our communication skills. We've had cause for a lot of really difficult conversations with our customers. Nobody ever wants to give bad news but 2020 seems like the year we have to keep reiterating and sharpening our communication skills with difficult messages.  But if you feel like ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, Weekly Business Article
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Childcare for Essential Workers in Sullivan County   Liberty:  By Executive Order, the public school districts of Sullivan County, New York have developed emergency child care plans for essential workers. Essential workers include first responders, healthcare workers, food manufacturers, supermarket workers, food preparation workers, commercial truck drivers, transit workers, carriers of critical ...read more
Categories: Community, Education, Chamber, Economic
Monday, March 23, 2020
Access Launches 24/7 Virtual Mental Health & Substance Use Urgent Care In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Access: Supports for Living Inc. has launched a Virtual Mental Health and Substance Use Urgent Care. Adults and children struggling with anxiety, depression, or any other mental health or substance use concern will have access to this new, virtual resource beginning Monday, March 23rd at ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community
Monday, March 09, 2020
Are You a 2020 Business?   If you are a business owner, you likely have learned quite a bit over the past decade. No matter what your industry, the way we do business has changed drastically. From internet sales to global competition,  social media to chatbots, search engine optimization to word of mouth marketing, the learning curve in business has been steep.   But these tools are not what ...read more
Categories: Weekly Business Article
Monday, March 02, 2020
The Sullivan County Chamber is a Good Neighbor in our Communities   Often assumed a business support organization only, the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce is a good neighbor in all communities in Sullivan County and the region! The Chamber of Commerce does have one certain common denominator with our fellow Chambers, and that is to encourage and promote local business. While individuals who ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Weekly Business Article
Monday, January 20, 2020
Good BusinessAs the economic outlook in Sullivan County continues to be bright, more and more businesses are popping up in Sullivan County’s villages and towns.  This means existing businesses are working harder than ever to remain competitive.  One such way to remain viable in our county’s new business market is updating retail interiors.  Accessibility renovations have become de rigueur of the ...read more
Categories: Weekly Business Article
Monday, January 06, 2020
6 Law Changes That May Affect Your Business in 2020   Ahhh 2020. A year in which the futuristic movies Blade Runner and Back to the Future are both now set in the past. If that doesn't blow your mind, you’re either under 25 or not one for movies. Not impressed? Then how about some of the big changes that are taking effect for small business this year? Many of these were signed into law a ...read more
Categories: Weekly Business Article
Monday, December 09, 2019
Johnny the Bagger: a Customer Service StorySeveral years ago,  a motivational speaker at a convention shared the story of “Johnny the Bagger.” The presenter was hired by a large supermarket chain to lead a customer service program, and she shared that experience with us.In her presentation to the employees of this supermarket she said, “Every one of you can make a difference,” and she challenged ...read more
Categories: Weekly Business Article
Monday, November 18, 2019
As we are moving into the holiday gift giving season and onto a brand-new yearn have you thought about giving yourself and your business a gift? Most of us will spend a few weeks looking for the perfect gifts for loved ones, employees, clients, pets, teachers, and a host of others. It’s time you shift that generosity to yourself and your business with these gifts you should be giving and ...read more
Categories: Weekly Business Article
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Help Your Customers Fall in Love Even If Your Brand Isn't George Clooney Customers want to do business with companies they know, like, and trust. You've likely seen extremely dedicated fans of the Fortune 100 brands. They wait in ridiculously long lines for product roll-outs; they refuse to buy from a competitor; and they think every other brand in that category is inferior.  But how can you ...read more
Categories: Weekly Business Article
Monday, November 04, 2019
Chamber Membership: Getting Out What You Put InThere’s a saying in chamber circles that a chamber membership is like a gym membership. You get out what you put in. You can’t join a gym, never go, and expect to have abs like Ryan Gosling. But is a chamber membership really like going to the gym? That depends on whether you like going to the gym or not.Getting Out What You Put in to ...read more
Categories: Weekly Business Article
Monday, October 28, 2019
6 Popular Misconceptions About the Chamber That Could Be Limiting Your Business   Chamber membership is good for business because it influences the community's perception of you. However, many business owners don't know exactly what the chamber does and so they don't take advantage of the help and resources it offers. For a minimum investment, the chamber can help your business grow in ways ...read more
Categories: Weekly Business Article
Monday, October 21, 2019
Experience Is the New Marketing Gimmick I've worked with many businesses in creating content for their website. When I do, one of the questions I ask is what makes them different from their competition. Almost always they answer their customer service and their willingness to stand behind their product or service. Perfect. Except…   Every business thinks they have these things. And even if they ...read more
Categories: Weekly Business Article
Monday, October 07, 2019
How to Prepare Your Site for Holiday Traffic If you have a brick-and-mortar location, chances are you're doing some sort of decorating for the holidays. Even if you don't celebrate, it's likely your customers do so in order to spread the holiday cheer you get festive.   The same should be true of your website. While you don't need to decorate per se, you do need to prepare for holiday traffic. ...read more
Categories: Weekly Business Article
Monday, September 23, 2019
31+ Social Media Posts to Improve Your Holiday Marketing The fall and early winter are a treasure trove of holidays.  It seems like we go from one to the next. That's why it's incredibly important to make sure you're using these momentous occasions in your marketing.     Have you ever noticed how retail goes straight from one holiday to the next? One of the reasons for that is because holidays ...read more
Categories: Weekly Business Article
Monday, September 09, 2019
5 Ways Your Customers Win with You as a Chamber Member A chamber membership is an investment in your business. As an investment, you undoubtedly expect a return. While it’s easy to look at what you paid for membership and how many new customers were sent you way through the chamber and calculate your return that way, there’s more to it than just that. For instance, did you know that your ...read more
Categories: Weekly Business Article
Tuesday, September 03, 2019
4 Ways a Chamber Membership Can Balance Out Seasonal Business If your business is seasonal, it probably feels a lot like feast or famine. You may love your seasonal crowds but hate the fear you won’t last long enough to see your next one. Seasonal businesses or businesses in towns with a seasonal draw struggle with year-round consistent revenue. While you might not ever achieve revenue equality ...read more
Categories: Weekly Business Article
Monday, August 26, 2019
5 Ways the Chamber Can Help Make You a Better Networker Networking opportunities are everywhere. You no longer must leave your house to be able to network, but studies now show that online networking doesn’t hold the same power as in-person networking. Networking is critical to landing a job, learning about opportunities before they are broadcast, and getting more sales for your business. You ...read more
Categories: Weekly Business Article
Monday, August 19, 2019
Do you track the number of sales you make along with the revenue? Of course you do. How do your numbers look? Are you increasing or remaining the same? Hopefully you’re not down this year but if you are, these may be some of the reasons why and what you can do to fix them: You Can’t Compete on PriceI’m making a broad generalization here, but as a small business you can’t compete on price with the ...read more
Categories: Weekly Business Article
Monday, August 12, 2019
9 Tips For Improving Your Listing In Voice Search   Just when you thought your website was search engine optimized and then mobile search optimized we have another challenge--voice search optimization. Yes, that’s right. According to Bright Local’s Voice Search for Local Business Study, 58% of consumers used voice search to locate information about a local business. Nearly half of that number ...read more
Categories: Weekly Business Article
Thursday, August 08, 2019
In a recent survey by Daysmart Software, 54% of small business owners admitted to being worried about making enough money. Making money is a common concern because not only does it factor in bringing in enough clients or customers but also ensuring your products or services are priced right and negotiating any cash flow problems.   Small business owners have lots of stressors as they follow ...read more
Categories: Weekly Business Article

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