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Vote for Best of Columbia County

This year’s Best of Columbia County voting will close on Friday, April 24.  This allows Columbia County residents to make their voices heard in deciding the best of the best in a broad field of categories, including best bar, best burger, best plumber, best educator, best volunteer, best florist and much more.  It also helps [...]

April 10 Things to Do

Guided Full Pink Moon Walk The Columbia Land Conservancy invites you to a guided full moon walk on   Saturday, April 4th, at 7:00pm at their Greenport Conservation Area, 319   Joslen Boulevard, Greenport, NY. Wild ground phlox, aka pink moss, lends its   name to this month’s full moon, heralding spring’s arrival. The sweeping [...]

7 of the Best TED Talks for Small Business

One of the hardest things about running a business is finding the resources you need – be it human resources, financial resources, or educational resources. There’s no question you know your product, service or industry but what do you know about running a business or social media, or marketing, or sales? And how has it [...]

Color for Residential Interiors with Amy Krane Color - April 30

For most people, choosing paint colors can be overwhelming. Not only is it necessary to take the room’s furnishings into consideration, but paint finish, adjacent room color, sight lines, architecture and light sources, all play an important role in making an informed choice. This 60 minute talk (plus Q & A) includes over 50 examples [...]

Consumers Favor Chamber Members

A national survey of 2,000 adults reveals that being active in a local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy because two-thirds of consumers believe that such companies use good business practices, are reputable, care about their customers, and are involved in the community. The study, conducted by The Schapiro Group, an Atlanta-based strategic [...]

A big issue for small business.

COLUMBIA COUNTY – Steele Andrews, owner of the Silvanus Lodge on Route 22 in Hillsdale, believes he and other small business owners are being severely overcharged for their Workers’ Compensation Insurance costs. Workers Comp is a mandated cost, Andrews said, “which is good. It covers both myself as the employer, and my staff, should they [...]

Chamber Advocacy

Your membership helps support the Chamber Advocacy efforts for local businesses.  In the past month, Chamber President, David Colby spoke at two local planning board meeting to support member projects.  On May 14, David spoke at the combined meeting of the Claverack and Ghent Planning Boards to support the proposed Ginsberg’s Project.  A new building on Route 66 will help [...]