Chamber Newsletter – April 2021 – Updates on Events, Member Benefits, & COVID

See all the wonderful things the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce is doing for its members and the community! From events to new benefits to strategic planning, the Chamber is constantly working to bring broaden its scope and offerings in order to help our community and local businesses grow!

Click below to view our latest newsletter. It contains information on upcoming events, new member benefits, COVID updates, new PPE offerings, and a message from Gary Grote, our Executive Director.

Chamber Newsletter April 26 2021

Local Businesses join with Chamber for unique Pay It Forward event & ITAC Fundraiser

Local Businesses join with Chamber for unique Pay It Forward event & ITAC Fundraiser

Local Businesses join with Chamber for unique Pay It Forward event & ITAC Fundraiser

Gift Card Raffle to help support struggling area businesses

 Several local businesses are joining forces with the Greater East Auror Chamber of Commerce to host a new and unique “pay it forward” event focused on helping fellow business owners who have struggled during the pandemic while also supporting ITAC – It Takes A Community Drug & Alcohol Prevention Coalition.

The Chamber’s new 2021 Snowflake Gift Card Raffle is going on now through Friday, Feb. 12.

According to Victoria Sturman, Associate Director of the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber wanted to create an event that would directly help the businesses that are struggling most – specifically those in the restaurant, retail, and health & wellness industries.

“Some of our members have been asking us what they can do to help their fellow business owners, who they see fighting to keep their doors open,” Sturman said. “After lots of discussion and brainstorming, we decided to create a new event where business owners who weren’t as badly affected by the pandemic could reach out – through the Chamber – and support those who are facing challenges.”

How does it work?

Businesses sign-on to be a sponsor of the event – there are five levels. As a sponsor, that business gets to choose a business or businesses (depending on the sponsorship level) to support through the purchase of a $50 gift card(s). Part of their sponsorship investment goes toward the purchase of those gift cards.

“The response from sponsors has been fantastic. It really shows how close-knit a community the Greater East Aurora region is and that, when it comes down to it, we’re all in this fight together. It’s so great to see businesses who normally compete coming together to help each other out, “ she said.

The gift cards are bundled into “virtual baskets” worth $100 or more. These “virtual baskets” will then be raffled off LIVE on the Chamber’s Facebook page (@EastAuroraChamber) at noon on Friday, Feb. 12. ITAC will receive a percentage of the net profits from this event.

Raffle tickets are on sale now through the Chamber’s website or at the Chamber office, 652-8444. The “virtual baskets” can also be viewed online.

There are still sponsorships available for any business wishing to offer support. Please contact the Chamber at 652-8444 or visit its website for more information.

The drawing will work similar to a door prize drawing – all tickets go into one basket and the winners are chosen randomly. But rest assured, Sturman says, there is someone thing for everyone!

The winners will be drawn LIVE on the Chamber’s Facebook page at Noon on Friday, Feb. 12. Winners will be notified via email.

The Chamber wants to thank all of the businesses who have stepped up to this point sponsors this event and their fellow business owners: 

Blizzard Sponsor
West Herr Buick BMC Cadillac

Snow Storm Sponsor
General Physician

Snow Day Sponsor
Bartsch’s Auto Service
Great Erie Federal Credit Union
Metamorphosis Pilates & Bodyworks
Philipps and Brooks, CPAs
Vision Development of WNY

 

Snowflake Sponsor

FMV Tax Professionals
Hartloff Benefit Solutions LLC
Holland Hardware
Independent Nursing Care
Loptr, LLC

 

Donations

Bartsch’s Auto Service
Hampton Inn
ITAC
Marilla Country Store
Mary Karlis
The Bank
Tom Petrie

Share joy! Shop Small on November 28!

Share joy! Shop Small on November 28!

Share Joy! Shop Small on November 28!

Saturday, Nov. 28 is Small Business Saturday, and this year, more than others, it’s important to support our local businesses!

The COVID pandemic, and the recent upgrade of micro-cluster zones, have taken a harsh toll on our local businesses and we need to show our support.

As we enter the holiday season, please support your local business community

If it’s safe for you, come out and shop. All of our businesses have safety procedures in place and, due to restrictions, are only allowing a certain number of shoppers inside at one time. We understand it can be frustrating, but we ask that everyone remain patient if you have to wait to enter a shop.

Also, please make sure to wear masks, wash your hands, and stay socially distant.

And, if you’re coming into East Aurora on Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28 there’s no need to worry about parking!

The Chamber reached out to Fisher-Price, which graciously agreed to let the public utilize its parking lot, located at Riley Street and Girard Avenue, for FREE! The lot provides quick access to much of the village business district.

If you can’t come out and shop in person, please remember many of our local businesses offer online shopping through websites and social media and will be offering curbside delivery or shipping. So make sure to check out your favorite shop or restaurant online!

Another way to #shoplocal is to buy gift cards from your favorite store or restaurant.

You can also purchase a Chamber Gift Certificat that can be used at a wide variety of businesses in our area. Chamber Gift Certificates can be purchased online, at www.eanycc.com, where you can also find a current list of participating businesses. You can also call us at (716) 652-8444.

Make sure to tune into 
WBBZ TV on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. for our first-ever televised Carolcade 2020 Holiday Special. It will re-air on Saturday, Dec. 5 at noon and again on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 10:30 a.m. You can find WBBZ at cable channel 5 & antenna channel 67.1 on most carriers.

We hope you all stay safe and healthy this holiday season. And please – #SupportLocal!!!

2020 Taste of East Aurora brings a new twist to an annual foodie favorite

2020 Taste of East Aurora brings a new twist to an annual foodie favorite

2020 Taste of East Aurora brings a new twist to an annual foodie favorite

Taste of EA Restaurant Week begins Sept. 21 

Once again, the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce is thinking outside the box to reinvent its annual events in an effort to help local businesses survive the pandemic.

First, it was the 2020 Virtual Street Festival & Sidewalk Sale.

Now the Chamber is putting its resources behind a new spin on its annual Taste of East Aurora foodie festival: Introducing the new Taste of East Aurora Restaurant Week, Sept. 21 – Sept. 26. 

The Chamber will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17 on The Roycroft Campus, across from The Roycroft Inn, 40 South Grove Street in East Aurora, to discuss details on the Taste of East Aurora Restaurant Week. Attending will be local officials, chamber representatives, and some participating food vendors. There will also be a small sampling of some of the foods available.

“So many festivals and special events have been canceled this year and the effect on local communities is crushing. Our mission as a chamber is to support and promote our members – as well as all of the communities we serve,” said Sandy Grunzweig, Chamber Board of Directors President and owner of the Marilla Country Store. 

“Businesses are still hurting, most especially our local restaurants. Canceling our annual Taste of East Aurora was not an option we wanted to consider. So instead of throwing in the towel, we worked hard to reinvent it. Instead of a one-day festival along Main Street, we’re inviting people to come and experience our fantastic restaurants first hand for an entire week. We have more than 25 restaurants participating this year and they are ready to welcome you,” she said.

This new weeklong event will take place at participating area restaurants starting Monday, Sept. 21, and running through Saturday, Sept. 26.

“As we wade through these unprecedented times, it makes me so proud to live and work in East Aurora. The restaurant community here has taken extraordinary measures to not only guarantee the safety of our guests but to ensure that every person dining in our town has the

great hospitality experience for which we have become famous,” said Dan Garvey, Inn Manager of the Roycroft Inn. The Roycroft Inn is a sponsor of the Taste of East Aurora Restaurant Week.

“It will be so wonderful to have this new Taste of East Aurora for all of Western New York to enjoy. As Elbert Hubbard said, ‘East Aurora isn’t a place, it is a State of Mind’.”

Like typical restaurant week events, each participating restaurant is offering diners a special Taste of East Aurora Menu for those six days only. Menus cover a wide range of options and prices – choose from $10, $20, or $30 options.

Restaurant Week menus are available on our Participating Restaurants web page.

Also, visit the Taste of East Aurora’s Facebook page for daily updates from the Chamber and participating restaurants. Please note that some menus may change throughout the week of Sept. 21 to Sept. 26.

We are proud to have this event sponsored by several of our local businesses: Absolut Care Aurora Park – Title Sponsor; West Herr Buick GMC Cadillac of East Aurora and Bee Group Newspapers – Presenting Sponsors; and the following Supporting Sponsors – Fieldstone Private Wealth, Greater Erie Federal Credit Union, The Roycroft Inn, Tops Markets, and UPD Dental Associates.

For more information on this event or the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce, the chamber at 652-8444 or eachamber@eanycc.com.