We were so glad to see the extraordinary push to shop local - on a regional and national scale - through the efforts of Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30. People were out in droves - you could see it on the streets of our downtowns, the arterials and on our rural roads, and read about it on social media as people "checked in" at local shops, or posted photos about their local purchases. Our efforts to get people to shop locally are heightened at this time of year, but please also be mindful that all year long we urge you to keep thinking local about everything you do - eating, shopping, entertainment, and so much more.
By now, most of you are immersed in all the trappings of the holidays - shopping, baking, wrapping, decorating, etc. with Christmas a little more than a week away. Some of you are wracking your brains to think of the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Well, the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce has the answer for you in Chamber Checks.
We feel that this could be one of the most prosperous years for the Chamber Checks program, with over $100,000 worth of Chamber Checks already in circulation in our region. If you are interested in purchasing the perfect gift for an employee, co-worker, boss, family member or friend, think about Chamber Checks.
You can buy these gift checks at Patriot Federal Bank branches in Johnstown, Amsterdam and Canajoharie, www.patriotfederalbank.com, and at Ruby & Quiri in Johnstown, www.randq.com, and at both of our chamber offices - 2 N. Main St. in Gloversville and 1166 Riverfront Center in Amsterdam.
See the list of redeeming merchants on our website at www.fultonmontgomeryny.org.
Shop locally and keep your shopping dollars, and sales tax revenue, in the Fulton-Montgomery region. May your holiday season by happy, healthy and prosperous.
The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome the following businesses to chamber membership:?The Bakery Cakes and Sweets, Gloversville; Erie Station, Fort Plain; The Sportsman's Den, Fort Plain; Anchor Agency Inc., Albany; Jackson Specialties, Gloversville; Dr. Shauna Glenn Zemken, Fort Plain; HFM Boces Digital Multimedia and Communications Program; Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth, Gloversville; Capstone Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, Amsterdam.
For more information about these and the other great businesses in our region that have made a great business decision with an investment in our Chamber and in our region, visit our website at www.fultonmontgomeryny.org.
Stay in touch with our Chamber and with our businesses by "liking" our Facebook page at or follow us on Twitter at FMChamberNY.
Mark Kilmer is the president and CEO of the Fulton Montgomery County Regional Chamber of Commerce.