Private & Public Sectors Launch Survey to Determine COVID-19 Impact on WNY Business

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce (GEACC) is joining forces with The Buffalo Niagara Partnership and Visit Buffalo Niagara – as well as other chambers of commerce and other business advocacy groups- to assess the full economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses throughout our region. 

This will be conducted through the launching of the WNY COVID-19 Business Impact Survey on Tuesday, April 14. 

GEACC members should also be on a lookout for an email from Mower Research (noreply@qemailserver.com) with a link to the survey. If you do not receive an email by the end of business on April 14 and would like to participate, please request a survey

The information gathered from the survey will be essential to better understanding how the public and private sectors can work together to address potential gaps in available resources now and during the inevitable economic recovery period that lies ahead. 

 “The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce feels strongly that this survey and the responses we receive back from our members will be vital in helping the businesses in our community recover from the COVID-19 situation and assist them in growing stronger in facing future challenges,” said Gary Grote, GEACC Executive Director. 

The survey will ask employers to weigh in on a variety of topics including lost revenue, workforce impacts, and their ability to operate remotely. 

This survey represents an unprecedented coming together of strategic partners from both the public and private sectors, according to Buffalo Niagara Partnership President & CEO Dottie Gallagher. 

“Now more than ever, real-world data and insights from the business community have the power to inform necessary decisions in both the public and private sectors. This has been an incredibly challenging time for our region’s employers,” she said. The survey will help guide the region in how to “to best assist businesses when our community can pivot to recovery,” she added. 

COVID-19 has had a particular impact on the area’s tourism – affecting retail, restaurants, and hospitality businesses here in East Aurora and across WNY. 

“Travel and tourism have become an integral part of the Buffalo economy, providing more than 32,000 jobs within Erie County and generating more than $ 1.8 billion annually in visitor spending. The unprecedented public health crisis we’re facing right now has ground travel to a halt and put the businesses and workers who rely on visitor spending in peril, endangering livelihoods and potentially undermining much of our collective progress,” explained Cindy Kincaide, Visit Buffalo Niagara’s Director of Industry Relations.

 “The travel industry businesses that help define the Buffalo experience to our visitors and set our city apart – from boutique hotels to neighborhood coffee shops and pubs, independently owned restaurants and boutiques – simply cannot weather this storm on their own and that is why Visit Buffalo Niagara is pleased to join the Buffalo Niagara Partnership in the collaborative effort.”

 For more information, please visit our webpage – WNY COVID-19 Business Impact Survey.

 

 

Chamber named NYS Essential Service

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce has been designated, along with other Chambers from across New York State, as an essential business.

This designation allows us to keep operating at our office but we’ll be adhering to the state order and some of our staff will be working remotely if and when possible.

During this current situation, we have continued and will continue to communicate and update vital information to our businesses and community members.

We have ongoing two-way communication with our members, the local communities we represent, essential community services, state officials and other Chambers from across the State to utilize information and ideas we might be able to put into place locally.

We are still waiting to hear on any financial assistance that might be available from Local, State or Federal sources.

This is all being worked on as we speak.

We will pass along any helpful information we receive immediately, just as we have been doing over the past week.

The Chamber will continue to carry out this essential work as we have done in the past and into the future.

Thank you for your support!

Gary Grote

Executive Director

Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Provides Covid -19 Business Action Plan

Dear Members,

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce is working to provide you with the most updated information regarding COVID-19 and the resources available to you to help you best manage your business during this challenging time.

In addition to the Covid-19 Business Action Plan and a World Health Organization corona virus video, here are some quick suggestions that you can take advantage of to help you along:

  • Share with us what you are doing!
  • To your customers practicing social distancing but who still want to support your local businesses here’s a tip – Have them call or go online and buy a gift card or gift certificate from your business. This is immediate revenue for you and they can enjoy the benefit of the gift card at a later date.
  • If you haven’t liked the Chamber’s Face Book page do it right away. We will re-post your postings on our site to help you reach our growing social media network.
  • If you do on line business/shopping let your customers know. Also, notify the Chamber and we can track and share that information to encourage shoppers who might not be willing, at this time, to go out into the public.
  • Are you changing or limiting your hours or is it business as usual? Are you postponing/canceling events? What steps are you taking to disinfect your location?
  • We want to share your information with the public. So please, let us know!

Message us on Facebook or email us at EAChamber@eanycc.com.

Also, with President Trump authorizing the Small Business Administration (SBA) “to exercise available authority to provide capital and liquidity to firms affected by the corona virus” by making available an additional $50 billion in low interest loans to businesses, the Chamber will continue to keep open the lines of communication with the local Buffalo SBA office, gathering information and sharing that information with our members.

If you have questions or concerns you would like us to address with the SBA or appropriate governmental agencies, please let us know.

Take Advantage of These Free Programs to Increase Your Business Sales!

This coming Thursday, February 20th, 8:30 am at the East Aurora Hampton Inn, in case you missed it last time or you would like to refresh your efforts in promoting your business, the Chamber will have presentations from Visit Buffalo Niagara and our Chamber webmaster, providing information on how to increase the awareness and outreach of your business to local and international consumers.

Cindy Kincaide from Visit Buffalo Niagara and Jeff Surdej from Surdej Web Solutions will discuss the opportunities available to promote your business to a larger audience at no cost.

Learn to take advantage of these free programs to increase sales for your business!

This is also a great opportunity to network and share with other business owners.

Please see the attached agenda.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Gary Grote, Executive Director

652-8444

Business Tourism Council Meeting

Thursday, February 20, 2020

8:30 – 9:30am

@ East Aurora Hampton Inn

Agenda

  1. Welcome/Self Introductions
  2. Visit Buffalo Niagara – Extra Net Presentation – Cindy Kincaide, VBN
  3. Chamber – Manage Your Membership Listing Presentation – Jeff Surdej, Surdej Web Solutions
  4. Oakwood Avenue/Tannery Brook Culvert Construction Update
  5. Heartland Travel Showcase – Target Cleveland 2021
  6. Upcoming Events
  7. New Business/Community Updates/Information Exchange – Bring flyers, posters, promotional pieces of your upcoming activities and events.

 Next Meeting Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020 – 8:30am @ Auctions International, 11167 Big Tree Rd., EA – Hosted by Russ Scherrer, Auctions International & Pam Forge, Explore NY/Forge Ahead Productions

 Continental Breakfast Provided