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Month: December 2020

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Chamber!

It has been a trying and challenging year for everyone, one that we never would have imagined at this time last year.

The determination, patience, and resourcefulness of the local business community in 2020 is to be applauded. You rallied and persevered, exercising the entrepreneurial muscle needed to survive in a harsh and ever-changing environment.

No one knows what’s in store for 2021, but I’m confident that we will continue to learn, grow, and connect. And maybe we all will have gained something from our challenges – better perspective, an appreciation for the small things, more humility or just the comfort of feeling like you were part of a community who could lean on each other.

May you and your family have a joyful and safe holiday season. If you have lost someone this year, as many have, please know that our thoughts are with you and we hope you find peace in knowing that family, friends and fellow members share in your loss.

Happy Holidays,

Tricia Maple-Damewood
Chamber President

Announcing “Ohio Valley Shop Where I Live”: Online Shopping Platform for Members

75% of people shop online at least once a month. Amazon currently accounts for over 47% of all e-commerce sales. E-commerce is growing 23% per year, yet 46% of American small businesses still don’t have a website. These numbers are important to think about if you are a small business owner. It’s crucial that you have an online presence if you are to survive and thrive. And the Chamber just made it easier than ever to do just that.

Next week, the Chamber will launch its “Shop Where I Live Ohio Valley” website featuring an online shopping platform for members to utilize free of charge. Shoppers will be able to browse and purchase products and gift cards from our local businesses, pay online and have their purchases shipped or schedule them for in-store or curbside pick up. You may even make purchases from multiple businesses and check out in one transaction. In addition, non-retailers may participate by offering coupons, downloadable purchases and receiving online inquiries about their services.

“This has been a long time coming,” commented Chamber president, Tricia Maple-Damewood. “This platform will allow any local business, from a home-based retailer to a restaurant, franchise or service business to promote themselves AND bring in sales, 24/7 and with no cost to them. This not only allows them to compete with big box stores and other online retailers but also provides a means to bring in crucial dollars during a time when in-store shopping is limited due to Covid.” The site will not just be for the holidays but remain a permanent, highly-promoted advertising and sales tools for Chamber member businesses year-round, accessible through the Chamber’s website. Non-members may participate as well by paying a monthly selling fee.

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