News

Wondering what's happening with the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce? Scroll through our news below to learn more and be sure to click the links for more information!

  • Meet the Owner: Stephanie Specchio, Owner of Seneca Signature Scents ⇒ "Meet" Stephanie
  • Meet the Owner: Kristina Cummings, Distributor of Thirty One Gifts ⇒ "Meet" Kristina
  • September Friday on Franklin- Grand Prix Fun.  Enjoy wine tasting and live music while you sip and shop. The Grand Prix Festival put on by Watkins Glen Promotions will be occurring simultaneously, so make the most of the opportunity to enjoy both events! The Grand Prix Parade begins at 6:00pm. ⇒ Get the details here.
  • Meet the Owner:  Mark Simiele, owner of Seneca Harbor Station and Captain Bill’s Seneca Lake Cruise   "Meet Mark"
  • Samantha Moon, owner of Samantha Moon Photography "Meet Samantha"
  • Meet the Owner: Eric Hollenbeck, Board Chair of the Finger Lakes Film Society and Seneca Film Festival "Meet Eric"
  • Meet the Owner: Luke Leszyk, owner of Admiral Peabody’s Lakeside Lodging "Meet" Luke!
  • Meet the Owner: Glenn Allen, co-owner of Damiani Wine Cellars "Meet" Glenn!
  • Meet the Owner: Natasha Thompson of Food Bank of the Southern Tier "Meet" Natasha!
  • Meet the owner: Susan Conklin of FLX Collaborative  "Meet" Susan!
  • Meet the Owner: Bob MacBlane of the Seneca Cheese Company ⇒ "Meet" Bob!
  • MWBE and SDVOB Certification Workshops ⇒ Learn more
  • Meet the Owner: Kathy Paradiso of Paradiso's Village Bakery. ⇒ "Meet" Kathy!
  • Mixer Alert! Join us at our August After Hours Mixer at Hector Wine Company on Wednesday, August 15 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Time to mix and mingle with colleagues and friends as we wind down the summer! Snacks and wine will be served, and you can even take a tour! Be sure to bring your news to share during the program. ⇒ Learn more here
  • We all know what it’s like to finish a workday only to realize that our bodies are paying the price – big time. Join us on Tuesday, August 14 from 8:00am to 10:00am at the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce (214 N. Franklin Street, Watkins Glen) for a Think Tank dedicated to staying active at work and learning some techniques to better get your body through the work day. ⇒ Learn more here
  • August Friday on Franklin - The Dog Days of Summer. In addition to wine tasting and live music to enjoy while you sip and shop, we're also partnering with the Humane Society of Schuyler County to shine a light on their efforts. Bring a donated item from their wish list and receive $2 off your ticket! ⇒ Get the details here.
  • Meet the Owner: Georgie Taylor, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Schuyler County ⇒ "Meet" Georgie
  • Meet the Owner: Brett Brubaker, Vice President and Manager at Seneca Lodge ⇒ "Meet" Brett
  • The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce will host a brand new event to showcase area non-profits called Cirque du Caring on Thursday, October 4 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Watkins Glen Community Center.  This event is a fun, low-pressure way to raise awareness in the community about who the area nonprofit organizations are, what they do, and how individuals in the community can get involved. Now is the time to register your organization! ⇒ Learn more
  • View Other Happenings, our weekly e-newsletter. ⇒  July 2 Edition
  • Meet the Owner: Michael Harvey, Owner of Mike's Bikes ⇒ Learn more
  • Use time management to get the most out of life. Join us at our next Think Tank ⇒ Learn more
  • Meet the Owner: Alex Richmond, Owner of Quest Adventure Gaming ⇒ Learn more
  • Hall of Fame nominations - open now through July 27 ⇒ Learn more
  • Fireworks and Friday on Franklin - a double whammy of an evening in Watkins Glen on July 6 ⇒ Learn more
  • Make Connections at our next Chamber Connections Meeting on July 2! ⇒ Learn more
  • Meet the Owner: Julie Chevalier, Executive Director of Community Progress and the Village of Elmira Heights Urban Renewal Agency ⇒ Meet Julie
  • Meet the Member: Debbie Rohde, Lead Recruiter at Adecco and Chamber Ambassador ⇒ Meet Debbie
  • June After Hours Mixer at Summit to Stream Adventures ⇒ Learn more
  • Atlas 1 Year Anniversary Celebration ⇒ Learn more
  • June Think Tank: Storytelling for Marketing ⇒ Learn more
  • Meet the Owner: Bill Sitzman, Consulting Radio Engineer ⇒ Meet Bill
  • Meet the Owner: Stefan Senders, Co-Owner of Wide Awake Bakery ⇒ Meet Stefan
  • June Friday on Franklin - special for the Dads ⇒ Learn more
  • Ribbon Cutting at Quest Adventure Gaming on May 30 ⇒ Get the details
  • Meet the Owner: Charlene Johnson, Executive Director of CASA of the Southern Tier ⇒ Meet Charlene
  • 2018 Scholarship Winner! ⇒ See who won our $1000 scholarship
  • Chamber Announces TBEX Workshops ⇒ Make sure your business is ready!
  • Meet the Owner: Cathy Hendrickson, General Manager at Image Packaging ⇒ Meet Cathy!
  • After Hours Mixer and Grand Opening at Sunset View Creamery ⇒  Get the details!
  • May Think Tank on May 8. ⇒ Get the details.
  • May Chamber Connections Luncheon on May 7. ⇒ Learn more.
  • Friday on Franklin - Mom's Night Out on May 4. ⇒  Get the details!
  • Seeking vendors for the 2018 Job and College Fair ⇒ Learn more.
  • Meet the Owner: Debbie Mertisky and Marc Rotman from Black Sheep Inn & Spa and F.L.A.V.O.R. Studio. ⇒ Meet Debbi and Marc!
  • Vote for Watkins Glen, NY as the Best Small Town for Adventure ⇒ Learn more.
  • Chamber to host Customer Service and Hospitality Training. ⇒ Learn more.
  • Spring has sprung and construction has begun in downtown Watkins Glen! To help encourage visitation to downtown businesses during construction, the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce unveiled a Pedestrian Passport, full of deals and discounts from local businesses! Passports run on a monthly basis. ⇒ Learn more!
  • Meet the Owner: Marcus Dowd of the Idlwilde Inn. ⇒ Meet Marcus.
  • Chamber to welcome 66 new members at New Member Breakfast on May 4 ⇒ Learn more.
  • Join us at the Business Expo and After-Hours Mixer on April 19 ⇒ Get the details!
  • Becoming a Business Owner 101 with Alternatives Federal Credit Union on May 14 and 21 at the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce ⇒ Learn more!
  • Meet the Owner: Sara Goughan of Wine + Design Ithaca. ⇒ Meet Sara!
  • Meet the Owner: Bradley Gillett, Owner of Seneca Lake Brewing Company and The Beerocracy ⇒ Meet Bradley!
  • On-boarding new employees successfully can be challenging no matter what type of business you run or manage. Join us on Tuesday, April 10 from 8am to 10am here at the chamber (214 N. Franklin Street, Watkins Glen) for a Think Tank specifically about tips and best practices for on-boarding success. Learn more!
  • Meet the Owner: Mark Erway, Commander of the Seneca Sail and Power Squadron ► Meet Mark!
  • It's a Spring Fling for our April Friday on Franklin on April 6! ► Learn more!
  • Meet the Owner: Ann Bower, Watkins Brewery Vacation Rentals ► Meet Ann!
  • Chamber introduces Ambassador Josh Fuksman ► Meet Josh!
  • Learn more about the Better Business Bureau and how you can leverage their resources at an information session on March 27. ► Learn more!
  • Join us at our March After Hours Mixer on March 21 at Barry Family Cellars! ► Learn more.
  • Meet the Owner: Albert Joerger, Owner of Longview Farm ► Meet Albert!
  • The Science of Success - why do people do what they do. Join us at our March Think Tank on March 13 from 4-6pm. ► Learn more.
  • Chamber introduces Ambassador Morgan Brojakowski ► Meet Morgan!
  • Meet the Owner: Bruno Schickel, Owner of La Bourgade on Seneca ► Meet Bruno!
  • Chamber Introduces Chamber Ambassador Eldon Cummings ► Meet Eldon!
  • It's a Makers Market in March for Friday on Franklin on March 2! The theme is "Makers Market in March" which will bring together wine and craft spirit tasting, plus a wide range of products from local “makers” ranging from cheese to cigars to art (all available for purchase!). Learn more!
  • Meet the Owner: Tony Fraboni, Branch Manager at Community Bank, NA. ► Meet Tony!
  • Chamber Connections Luncheons are a benefit that the Chamber is offering to both potential and current members. These luncheons are relatively short and informal, but they offer powerful opportunities. Join us on March 5. ► Get the details here.
  • Meet the Owner: Kathleen Clark, Business Development Manager at Alternatives Federal Credit Union. ► Meet Kathleen!
  • Meet the Owner: Phil Cherry, Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension, Schuyler County ► Meet Phil!
  • Join the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce for the February After Hours Mixer on Wednesday, February 21 from 5-7pm at Castel Grisch (3380 County Road 28, Watkins Glen) co-hosted by the Hector Area Lions Club. After Hours Mixers are a complimentary benefit for members of the chamber and offer great opportunities to network, make connections with fellow Chamber members and the community at large, as well as learn more about local businesses.
  • Cover Photo Contest for our official Watkins Glen State Park Welcome Brochure. Deadline is February 19. Get all of the details here!
  • For many years, the Business and Education Committee of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce has offered a $1,000 scholarship to any graduating senior who is a resident of Schuyler County or attends Bradford, Odessa-Montour, or Watkins Glen Central School Districts. To apply, students must complete an application and submit a response to one of the three topics selected by the committee by March 30, 2018. Read more here.
  • Meet the Owner: Josh Fuksman, Owner of Finger Lakes Sign & Design. ► Meet Josh!
  • "The Top 10 OSHA Violations: how to avoid them and make your business safer" will be presented at the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce (214 N. Franklin Street, Watkins Glen) February Think Tank on Tuesday, February 13 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The session will be led by Roseann Cole, President of the Technology Research Council (TRC).
  • Are you in need of a professional, high quality headshot for business purposes? The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce will provide this opportunity exclusively to its members on Thursday, February 22! Time slots are available every 15 minutes from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.Learn more!
  • Quintus Gallery is one of the newest art galleries in the Finger Lakes! Located on Salt Point Road in Watkins Glen, it's lakefront location makes it the perfect place to experience art, host your next special event, or even teambuilding/coaching sessions. ► Meet the Owners, Joseph and Kathleen Quinn-Matus to learn more!
  • February Friday on Franklin - A Taste of Romance - features the chance to taste local wine, sample local cheese, enjoy live entertainment by Nate Marshall, the opportunity to shop for local products from Seneca Sunrise Coffee and Finger Lakes Soap, and even an art display at Franklin Street Art Gallery by Dan Gallagher. ► Get all of the details here.
  • Farmer Buyer Networking - on Monday, January 29 the Harvest Schuyler Committee will be hosting a networking event – Farmer and Buyer Speed Networking – to bring local farmers and producers together to meet local restaurants, bed and breakfast owners, and chefs. THis event is sponsored by Alternatives Federal Credit Union and the Schuyler County Farm Bureau. Learn more!
  • Get important 2018 updates to labor laws at our upcoming seminar with Matt Burr from Burr Consulting on January 31 from 12-2pm. We'll be discussing the significant labor and employment law changes in 2017 that will impact 2018, any potential changes we could see in 2018 and how it will impact your organization.  He will talk about what steps leaders need to take to manage the changes accordingly. ► Get all of the details here.
  • Meet the Owner, Frank VanVolkinburg, Owner of 401 Espresso ► Click here to "meet" Frank!
  • Meet the Owner, Jen Oliver, Independent Consultant, Arbonne ► Click here to "meet" Jen!
  • Chamber to Honor Award Winners at Winter Gala on January 20 ► Click here for details.
  • Make connections and learn more about the Chamber at Chamber Connections on January 8 from 12-2pm ► Click here for details.
  • How Are You (For Real)? Our first Think Tank of 2018 promises to be engaging, informative, and interesting. See you on January 9 from 4-6pm. ► Click here for details.
  • Meet the Owner: Amy Brennan from Custom Geekery. ► Click here to "meet" Amy!
  • New year, new skills, new you! Join us at the 2018 SPARK! Leadership Conference ► Click here for details
  • Meet the Owner: Michel Ray of Visions Federal Credit Union. ► Click here to "meet" Michel.
  • Meet the Owner: Delian Lincourt from Silver Key Yoga Studio ► Click here to "meet" Delian
  • Extra Festive Mixer this month at the Harbor Hotel ►Click here for complete details
  • Meet the Owners: Lisa Kessler and Tina Scriven of Flower Divas of Montour Falls ► Click here to "meet" Lisa and Tina
  • December Think Tank: Tips and Tricks for Increasing Business in the Winter Months ► Click here for details
  • Announcing Ambassador Ted Peet ► Click here to meet Ted Peet
  • Meet the Owner: Debbie MacDonald of Catholic Charities of Chemung and Schuyler Counties ► Click here to "meet" Debbie.
  • Friday on Franklin and Village Christmas. Come kick off the holiday season in style! ► Click here for details.
  • Become a Mentor... Change a life! ► Click here to learn more.
  • Meet the Owner: Jennifer Sweet of Hidden Valley 4-H Camp. ► Click here to "meet" Jennifer.
  • Meet the Owner: John and Kimberly Maloney of Namaste Event, Spa, and Wellness Center. ► Click here to "meet" John and Kimberly.
  • November Think Tank: Networks 101. Join us on November 14! ► Click here for complete details.
  • The Watkins Glen DRI Local Planning Committee (LPC) is seeking proposals for private projects for DRI funding. The DRI plan will likely include a combination of public and private projects to help revitalize downtown. ► Click here to learn more
  • Friday on Franklin returns to Watkins Glen on November 3 ► Click here for details
  • Meet the Owner: Norman Ashley of Green Parasol Group ► Click here to "meet" Norman
  • Make connections at our next Chamber Connections Luncheon on November 6 ► Click here for details
  • Meet the Owner: Cheryl Davis of the Red Kettle Inn Bed & Breakfast ► Click here to "meet" Cheryl
  • Seeking Annual Award Nominations ► Click here for details
  • Meet the Owners: Celine & Sebastien LaSeurre of Domaine LeSeurre Winery ► Click here
  • Join the movement to #ShopSmall throughout the season! ► Click here to learn more!
  • A Taste and Tour of HIstoric Montour Falls - join us for our October After Hours Mixer! ►Click here for more.
  • La Bourgade on Seneca to celebrate Open House and Ribbon Cutting on October 12 ► Click here for details.
  • Friday on Franklin returns to downtown Watkins Glen on October 6. ►Click here for details.
  • Prepare yourself and your business for the unexpected. Attend our next Think Tank on Tuesday, October 10 - "Emergeny Preparedness for Businesses from A to Z". ► Click here for details.
  • Gathering Hill Farm Ribbon Cutting and Open House on October 2. Join in the fun! ► Click here for details.
  • September Mixer at Painted Bar Stables on September 20. Join us! ► Click here for details.
  • Jerlando's Turns 20 - join us on September 13 to celebrate! ► Click here for details.
  • Friday on Franklin - September 1! ► Click here for event details.
  • Human Resources Issues - Big and Small. Join us at our Think Tank on September 12. ► Click here to learn more.
  • Cyber Security for Manufacturers Seminar on September 12 ► Click here for details.
  • Chamber Connections on September 5  ► Click here to read more.
  • Ribbon Cutting at Local 62 ► Click here to read more.
  • New Strategic Declaration Unveiled  ► Click here to read more.
  • Chamber Announces partnership with Better Business Bureau. ► Click here for details.
  • The Multi-Generational Workforce: join us at our August Think Tank! ► Click here to learn more.
  • Change the Trajectory of Your Life with Transformative Leadership. ► Click here to learn more!
  • Ribbon Cutting at Lake Country Kennels on July 28. Join us to celebrate a great local business! ► Click here for details.
  • July Think Tank: get ready for NYS Paid Family Leave! ► Click here for details.
  • Sample local wine, food, and spirits. Plus live music and art as it happens! Friday on Franklin July 7 ► Click here for details!
  • Join us for a Grand Re-Opening Celebration at Simply Your Best on July 6! ► Click here for details!
  • Chamber Connections Luncheon coming up on Monday, July 3. Free to attend! Come and meet your fellow members, learn more about the Chamber, ensure you are maximizing your benefits, and more! ►Click here for details.
  • Celebrate the newest shop in Watkins Glen! Join us at a ribbon cutting at Country Home and Gifts on Friday, June 23. ► Get the details here.
  • 4th of July Fireworks set in Watkins Glen for Friday, June 30! ► Click here for details!
  • Golf Tournament Sponsorships Just Announced! ►Click here for details!
  • June After Hours Mixer at Parmenter, Inc. in Montour Falls ► Click here for details and be sure to share with friends!
  • Learn about the Small Business Administration, its programs and opportunities at our June Think Tank on June 13. ► Click here for details.
  • Announcing Ambassador Debbie Rohde. ► Click here to learn more about Debbie.
  • Celebrate our Leadership Schuyler Graduates and join us for networking and refreshments at the May After Hours Mixer at Welliver on May 17. ► Click here for details and RSVP information.
  • Focused and Calm: Reigniting Inspiration for Your Life and Business. Join us at our next Think Tank on Tuesday, May 9. ► Click here for complete details, including information to RSVP.
  • Join us at the 2017 Health and Wellness Fair. Free to attend, interesting and informative seminars, visit with health and wellness-related vendors, shop for wellness products, a great opportunity for Mother's Day shopping, outdoor activities for kids (weather permitting), free samples, and so much more! ► Click here for more info.
  • Chamber Connections Luncheon coming up on May! ► Click here for complete details.
  • Learn about the latest and greatest tourism attractions in Schuyler County. Join us at the Brochure Exchange on Friday, April 28. ► Click here to learn more and view the list of attending businesses!
  • Updates on the Watkins Glen State Park entrance renovation project. ► Click here to learn more.
  • Fundamentals of Alcohol Intoxication Recognition Training. The Chamber is partnering with the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office to host this important training. ► Click here to learn more!
  • Join us at the Business Expo - visit with local businesses, learn about the goods and services available in our area, plus take advantage of some great offers, promotions, and chances to win prizes! ► Click here to learn more!
  • Chamber to welcome 83 New Members at New Member Breakfast in May ► Click here for complete details!
  • Job & College Fair on May 18! ► Click here for details!
  • April Think Tank: Multi-Generational Work Force ► Click here for more information!
  • Ribbon Cutting at Southern Finger Lakes Equipment Rental on April 6. ► Click here for complete details!
  • Chamber to host Hospitality Training Summit. ► Click here to learn more!
  • April Chamber Connections Luncheon Coming Up! ► Click here to read the press release!
  • Chamber Announces Strategic Plan ► Click here to read the press release!
  • Brochure Exchange Registration Now OPEN! Deadline is April 19. ►Click here for details. Click here to learn more about why your business or organization should attend!
  • Now Hiring Seasonal Visitor Center Assistants for Summer Season! ► Click here for details. Click here to download our employment application.
  • March After Hours Mixer at Grist Iron Brewing on Wednesday, March 15! ► Click here for details.
  • March Think Tank on Tuesday, March 14 will feature a seminar on Facebook Advertising. ►Click here for details.
  • Business Expo Registration Now Open! Deadline is March 31.Click here for details and click here to download the registration form.
  • Introducing Chamber Ambassador Matthew Sharpe ►Click here to read the press release!
  • Valentine's Day Specials & Experiences offered by Chamber Members! ►Click here to download the full list!
  • 2017 Scholarship Topics Announced! ►Click here for more info!
  • Have your professional head shot taken! Space fills quickly. Get all of the details ►Click here
  • Chamber Members: download our printable events calendar ►Click here
  • Join us for world-renowned speaker and performer Robin Crow! ►Click here for details.
  • What has your Chamber been up to? ► Click here for details.
  • February Think Tank to focus on press releases  - learn all there is to know ►Click here for details.
  • Our February Chamber Connections Luncheon is coming up! Join us! ► Click here for details.
  • Join us for Chamber Night at the ICE Bar! Special offer for members! ► Click here for details.
  • Bolstering the connection between local farmers/producers and local restaurants with a networking event. ► Click here to read more.
  • Read The Portal - 4th Quarter 2016 ► Click here!
  • Utilize the Chamber's Public Events Calendar to market and publicize your events! ► Click here to learn more.
  • Learn how to write and send press releases that count at our January Think Tank on January 10. ►Click here to learn more!
  • Chamber unveils new networking opportunity - Chamber Connection Luncheon! ► Click here to learn more!
  • Introducing Chamber Ambassador Jerakah Heady! ► Click here to read more.
  • 2016-2017 Leadership Schuyler Registration open now! ► Click here to learn more.
  • Farm Sanctuary recognized on FlipKey's list of where to "Travel and Give Back with These Top Volunteer Vacations". To read the article, please click here.
  • The December After Hours Mixer will be a wonderful celebration at the Harbor Hotel. ► Click here to view the details.
  • The December Small Business Think Tank will feature news and updates from our valued members! You don't want to miss it! ► Click here to learn more.
  • Our Annual Membership Meeting was held at Red Newt Cellars & Bistro on November 16. ► Click here to view the presentation.
  • Small Business Saturday is November 26. Our local businesses have come together with some great offerings and incentives for shopping local. ► Click here to learn more!
  • Applications are now available for 2017 Leadership Schuyler. ► Click here to learn more.
  • We are seeking nominations for our 2017 Awards. ► Click here for the details.
  • Our November After Hours Mixer and Annual Membership Meeting will be held at Red Newt. ► Click here for complete information.
  • We'll be hosting a seminar on changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act on November 15. ► Click here for more information.
  • Welcome Chamber Ambassador Cathy Hendrickson! ► Click here to read the press release.
  • Congratulations to the September Curb Appeal Contest winner! ► Click here to see the winner.
  • Registration now open for the 2017 SPARK! Leadership Conference. Click here to learn more!
  • Childcare Aware of Steuben & Schuyler County, the Corning Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce come together to present Child Care Forum. ► Click here for complete details.

 

  • 2017 SPARK! Leadership Conference registration open now! Register today for this great opportunity. ► Click here to read all about it.
  • 2017 Travel Guide Cover Photo Contest coming to a close soon! Enter today! ► For details, click here.
  • October After Hours Mixer with a twist - hosted in Montour Falls. ► For details, click here.
  • October Friday on Franklin features wine, beer, spirits, gourmet popcorn, local cheese, delicious baked goods, locally-roasted coffee, and more! ►Click here for the full list of participants.
  • Maximize your presence on our website. Learn more at our Small Business Think Tank in October. ►Click here to learn more.
  • Schuyler County Hall of Fame to induct three distinguished individuals. ► Read the full story here.
  • Team from Arrowhead Creek wins 2016 Donald Brubaker Memorial Golf Tournament. ► Click here for the full results.
  • October Small Business Think Tank - maximize your presence on our new website! ► Click here to learn more.
  • Expedia names the village of Watkins Glen one of the Top 55 Beautiful Destinations in the world! ► Click here to read all about it.
  • Alex Gibson unveils Eagle Scout project at Gifford Park ► Click here to read all about it.
  • September After Hours Mixer at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards - The Oasis ► Click here to read all about it.
  • State Farm & Tobey's Ribbon Cutting ► Click here to read all about it.
  • Golf Tournament Call for Teams & Sponsors ► Click here to read all about it.
  • Best of the Twin Tiers Awards ► Click here to read all about it.
  • July Curb Appeal Contest Winner - Rose's Cuttin' Up ► Click here to read all about it.
  • August After Hours Mixer at Lakewood Vineyards ► Click here to read all about it.
  • Ambassador Kim Wilson ► Click here to read all about it.
  • El Rancho Ribbon Cutting ► Click here to read all about it.

More Chamber-related news coming soon!