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The Times
  • Herkimer Co. to support small businesses

  • The Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Herkimer County Legislature to spread the message to shop local.

    During a press conference at the Chamber office Tuesday morning Legislature Chairman Vincent Bono read a proclamation that announced the county would participate in the May 19 to 25 observance of National Small Business Week.

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  • The Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Herkimer County Legislature to spread the message to shop local.
    During a press conference at the Chamber office Tuesday morning Legislature Chairman Vincent Bono read a proclamation that announced the county would participate in the May 19 to 25 observance of National Small Business Week.
    “Since 1968, the Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce has been assisting businesses to grow and has created a positive environment for businesses as they create jobs, support taxes and plan local events. We want to thank them for all they do,” said Bono. “Small businesses are the cornerstone of our community and we should support them every chance we get. What makes them such a commodity is they help add a better quality of life for Herkimer County.”
    This year marks the second year for Small Business Week in Herkimer County.
    “Last year, Small Business Week wasn’t heavily promoted with as many events, but this year the county is making its first attempt at doing it properly,” said Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director John Scarano.
    “Small business in our community is paramount. Ninety-nine percent of the businesses in Herkimer County are considered small businesses and small businesses make up this county. They give to us and we need to give back to them. At least one week out of the year we need to show our support,” he added.
    “It’s an obvious point in economic development that small business drives the train,” said Herkimer County Administrator James Wallace.
    As a way for the county to show its support the Chamber is teaming up with title sponsor Herkimer County Community College and community sponsors Adirondack Bank, NBT Bank, the Herkimer Area Resource Center, Remington Arms and First Source Federal Credit Union to promote a week of events.
    National Small Business Week in Herkimer County will begin on May 20 with Main Street Monday, a day to shop at small businesses. May 21 will be Tidy-Up Tuesday with an 8:30 a.m. program at HCCC with Deb Cabral, the “declutter coach.” May 22 will be Wine and Dine Wednesday, a day to support local restaurants, and May 23 will be Thank You Thursday, an evening to find out how the college can help businesses. Finger foods and adult beverages will be served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at HCCC. May 24 will be Fun Friday, with coffee and doughnuts served from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Chamber office. It will also be an opportunity to receive additional information about Small Business Week.
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