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Thursday, February 25, 2021
Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, is a wordsmith with a sharp wit and a knack for good zingers and catchy rhymes. He’s one of the greatest children book authors of all time! See what I did there? Dr. Seuss also wrote words to make you think, feel inspired, and make your crazy dreams seem like they’re possible. There’s a reason Oh, the Places You’ll Go is such a popular gift for graduations. If ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, Weekly Business Article
Thursday, February 25, 2021
HPAC Connects presents:Isabella Rossellini’sSex and Consequences  The HPAC 2021 Season Opening and Fundraiser  Online March 5, 2021 at 8:00pm  SEX AND CONSEQUENCES is a 40-minute comical but scientifically accurate show for mature audiences on biodiversity and the multiple ways animals reproduce. The presentation will be followed by a 20-minute Q+A with the viewers.  Sex and Consequences kicks ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Keystone Associates architects, engineers and surveyors, LLC, HIREs NEW technician Binghamton, New York—February 23, 2021—Keystone Associates Architects, Engineers and Surveyors, LLC, is pleased to announce that Anthony Ambrosio has joined the firm as a Technician in the Architectural Department. Anthony’s duties include CADD drafting, design, field investigations, and conducting code ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Garnet Health Doctors Earns National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care  National Committee for Quality Assurance’s New York State Patient-Centered Medical Home™ standards emphasize enhanced care through patient-clinician partnership Middletown/Harris, NY – Garnet Health Doctors has received the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) New York State Patient-Centered Medical Home ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Monday, February 22, 2021
Agricultural Literacy Week to Reach Nearly 800 Students across Sullivan County SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Agricultural Literacy Week has been celebrated by New York Agriculture in the Classroom (NYAITC) for the past 17 years as a way to promote agricultural literacy and learning to students across New York State. Each year, with the help of county-based coordinators, thousands of volunteers visit ...read more
Categories: Press Release, Education
Monday, February 22, 2021
Garnet Health to Host Free Webinar on Heart Health  Middletown, NY- As part of its Community Health Self-Care Series, Garnet Health, formerly the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, will host a free webinar on Heart Health on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 655,000 Americans die each year from ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Monday, February 22, 2021
HPAC Connects presents: Hula For The Family  March 14, 21 & 28, 2021  FREE - suggested donation $15 per class   3 class sessions via Zoom.Explore the theme of Mālama Honua (to care for our planet Earth, in Hawaiian language) through mele and hula, the song and dance of Hawai‘i. All ages and levels welcome. This workshop, originally designed for grandparents and their grandchildren, is a ...read more
Categories: Press Release, Education
Monday, February 22, 2021
3 Marketing Mistakes to Avoid as We Move Toward Recovery   News stations are finally embracing the word that COVID numbers are going down and vaccine administrations are going up. That’s allowing people to see the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. If you have weathered the storm so far, you know your business is not completely in the clear. There are always unexpected challenges like ...read more
Categories: Economic, Chamber, Weekly Business Article
Monday, February 22, 2021
SBA Prioritizes Smallest of Small Businesses in the Paycheck Protection Program     Steps to Promote Equitable Relief for Mom-and-Pop Businesses    WASHINGTON – Building on a month of strong results, the Biden-Harris Administration and the U.S. Small Business Administration are taking steps with the Paycheck Protection Program to further promote equitable relief for America’s mom-and-pop ...read more
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Governor Cuomo Announces Indoor Family Entertainment Centers Can Open March 26, Outdoor Amusement Parks Can Open April 9 & Camps Can Begin to Plan for Summer Opening 25 Percent Capacity Limit in Indoor Family Entertainment Centers and Places of Amusement; 33 Percent Capacity Limit in Outdoor Amusement Parks  All Facilities Must Submit Reopening Plans with Health Protocols to Local Health ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Economic, Community, Press Release
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Call for Original Scripts  The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop is calling for original plays to be presented at the Rivoli Theatre1 May 7 through May 16, 2021. In the event that theatres are not allowed to open due to New York State covid restrictions, SCDW will present these plays in a virtual format. All plays chosen must meet the following requirements: Running time must be no longer than 10 ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Friday, February 12, 2021
Make a Lasting ImpressionSignage, Landscaping and Façade improvement Ideas for your Business [Liberty, NY] Sullivan Renaissance and Dorene Warner of W. Design, Barryville, NY will offer a free online seminar about the importance and impact of curb appeal for marketing your business. Elements of curb appeal include signage, landscaping, window treatments and the general appearance of your building ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Thursday, February 11, 2021
6th Annual Hudson Valley Gives Online Giving Day Planned for May 19Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan hosts initiative to support hundreds of nonprofits MONTGOMERY, NY (February 11, 2021) – With nonprofits unable to host traditional revenue-gathering events like galas and walks due to social distancing, never before has online fundraising been more important. The Community Foundation is ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Monday, February 08, 2021
National Park Service Implements Mask Requirement Across All Parks and Federal BuildingsBeach Lake – To protect the health of those who live, work and visit our national parks and facilities, and in support of the President’s Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing, the National Park Service (NPS) implemented a mask requirement for employees, visitors, ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Thursday, February 04, 2021
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES ArtsThrough the Rural Arts Initiative, the LAURA JANE MUSSER FUND hopes to assist nonprofit arts organizations to develop, implement or sustain exceptional artistic opportunities for adults and children in the areas of literary, visual, music and performing arts. In recognition of Laura Jane Musser's life-long commitment to excellence in the arts, and with awareness that ...read more
Categories: Community, Chamber, Economic
Thursday, February 04, 2021
DVAA Hosts Two New Art Exhibits"Love in the Time of Covid-19" and Sariah Park’s “Threadbare” WHAT:    “Love in the Time of Covid-19,” a group exhibit, and “Threadbare,” featuring works by Sariah Park WHEN:    February 13 – March 27, 2021, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm                                        WHERE:    DVAA, 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY 12764NOTES:    Free and open to ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Tuesday, February 02, 2021
Catskills Food Hub is Growing!New Retail pick-up open in Narrowsburg [Liberty, NY]  The Catskills Food Hub that announced a new retail pick up location has opened at Catskills Curated in the Narrowsburg Union; bringing the total number of locations to five.  The Catskills Curated pick up is on Thursdays 3pm-6pm. This latest location is in response to a growing interest in the regional products ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Tuesday, February 02, 2021
Hudson Valley Animal Shelter Fund Announces up to $5,000.00 Available Through the Community Foundation of Orange and SullivanOrganizations dedicated to rescuing, sheltering and defending animals are encouraged to apply for funding  MONTGOMERY, NY (February 2, 2021) – TheHudson Valley Animal Shelter Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, is now accepting ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Catholic Charities to Partner with St. Joseph’s Parish and Food Bank of HV to Feed Hungry Neighbors in Orange, Sullivan & UlsterLaunch of Drive-Thru Pantries will Increase Size and Frequency of Food DistributionNEWBURGH – Remnants of Tuesday’s snow and cold temperatures were reminders of just some of the challenges faced by the marginalized and vulnerable. Add in a pandemic, high unemployment, ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Thanks to generous funding from Lowe's, small business owners in rural communities are invited to apply to the next round of the Rural Relief Small Business Grants program.Before you apply, please note:·         Only businesses located in rural communities are eligible to receive a Rural Relief Small Business Grant. Review eligibility information here. ·         This program is separate from ...read more
Categories: Community, Chamber, Economic
Thursday, January 14, 2021
The updated list of upcoming webinarsWe have scheduled webinars on four titles of SBA’s Coronavirus Relief five programs.Please see the descriptions of the topics and scroll down to the “The updated list of upcoming webinars in Jan. and Feb., 2021” to register the one(s) meet your needs.  We also are including webinars to help entrepreneurs start, grow and succeed. Let 2021 be your Year of new ...read more
Categories: Education, Community, Press Release
Tuesday, January 05, 2021
$420 thousand in Scholarships Available for Class of 2021 through Community Foundation of Orange and SullivanStudents are encouraged to apply for available scholarships by April 15 deadline MONTGOMERY, NY (January 5, 2021) – A total of nearly 150 scholarships worth nearly $420 thousand will be awarded this spring to students in Orange and Sullivan counties. High school seniors and adults ...read more
Categories: Education, Press Release
Tuesday, January 05, 2021
SBA Extends COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application Deadline through Dec. 31, 2021 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced that the deadline to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for the COVID-19 Pandemic disaster declaration is extended to Dec. 31, 2021.  The deadline extension comes as a result of the recent bipartisan COVID-19 ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Monday, December 21, 2020
Bring in Last-minute Shoppers with These 4 COVID Precautions As I write this, we are a few days away from Christmas. And while it may feel like the holiday season has already been decided with everyone from the post office to mail-order businesses saying there's no way they can meet Christmas deadlines, now is the time that local small businesses can shine. You have an advantage at this point ...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
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: Chamber, Economic, Community, Education
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, 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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