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“First there was Black Friday. Then Cyber Monday. Now there is Small Business Saturday.”  Support Ticonderoga Area businesses on Saturday, November 25, 2017 for the 8th Annual Small Business Saturday.  The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce is participating in the nationwide initiative as the Neighborhood Champion via American Express in hopes to lend support and resources to area businesses.  Small Business Saturday falls on Thanksgiving weekend; between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, when most holiday shopping begins. 

Small Business Saturday is the day we all shop small. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Created by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated each and every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, Small Business Saturday is on November 25th. It’s the local community organizers, the small business owners, and the customers who make Small Business Saturday the busiest shopping day of the year for small businesses. Start getting involved now. Small businesses are the heartbeat of our communities. They’re the corner stores that create jobs. The retail shops and restaurants that help build our economy. And the mom and pop shops whose very presence makes a neighborhood, your neighborhood. The Shop Small Movement inspires people to shop with and support these small businesses, as well as give back to the places that have given their communities so much.

“The Chamber and area Businesses have participated in this event over the last several years which have been very successful in benefiting the local economy.  We are hoping to make this year bigger and better. Each of you has the power to make that happen. This day is also used as an occasion to recognize the importance of small businesses and their vital contributions to the economy, job creation, and local communities. Small Business Saturday is the perfect opportunity for community members to support Ticonderoga area businesses as well as giving small businesses an opportunity to take part in a nationwide effort. This movement while focused on only small businesses does correlates with the Chambers “Think Local” campaign with the tagline “Think Local! Shop! Spend! Support! Your Community – Your Future” This campaign encourages community members to spend their money locally in the Ticonderoga Area,” stated Matthew Courtright – Executive Director of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce.

The following businesses have registered with the Chamber to offer specials and promotions as participants in the 2017 Small Business Saturday. To receive the promotions you must have the Small Business Saturday Specials & Promotions flyer available via the Chamber, participating businesses, at www.ticonderogany.com or mention Small Business Saturday!

2017 Small Business Saturday Participating Businesses/Organizations: Best Western/Burgoyne Grill, Burleigh’s Luncheonette, Eddie’s Restaurant , First United Methodist Church Thrift Shop, Gunnison’s Orchard & Bakery, Hidden Treasures , Hot Biscuit Diner, Keith’s Market, LaChute Books, Libby’s Bakery Café, Montcalm Liquor, Nancy Frasier Photography , Pampered Chef with Debbie Barber, Riley’s Wishes, Ticonderoga Arts Gallery, Sentinel Grille, Star Trek Original Series Set Tour, Sugar & Spice Country Shoppe, The Country Florist & Gifts, Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, Ticonderoga Natural Foods Co-Op, Ticonderoga Paint & Decorating, TiNY Wellness Center, Vanity Hair, Wagon Wheel Restaurant and Your Quilt Shoppe.

Get your Small Business Saturday Passport from participating businesses. If you complete your passport by making purchases/visiting 6 participating businesses you can then return your passport to the Chamber office by December 4th for a chance to win a variety of prizes. Be sure to write your name and phone number on your passport.

The Chamber encourages everyone to support Ticonderoga Area businesses all year long. For a Ticonderoga Area business directory, additional information on Small Business Saturday, a copy of the specials and promotions, Small Business Saturday Passport information, calendar of events, or area information visit www.ticonderogany.com, call 518-585-6619 or visit the Chambers facebook page.

The Ticonderoga Fire Department will present the 2017 Parade of Lights as the newest addition to the 8th Annual Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas Celebration which is coordinated by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC). As part of the annual Holiday Shopping & Dining Night (First Friday In December) the Parade of Lights will take place on Friday, December 1st, 2017 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. The 1st Annual Ticonderoga Area Parade of Lights will take place throughout the Ticonderoga business districts & surrounding areas.

“Come out & enjoy the parade of lights along with holiday music. Businesses, organizations, and community members are encouraged to participate (vehicles, floats, etc.) We are excited to be partnering with the TACC to bring additional events to the area and promote their Think Local campaign,” shared Mary Cunningham – Ticonderoga Fire Department President.  

You must register with the Ticonderoga Fire Department. For more information or to register call Mary Cunningham at 518-586-6912 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All entries must be family friendly. The parade will start at the Fire Department, go down Montcalm St. up the Portage, over Alexandria Avenue, down Champlain Avenue, across Father Joques, up Lake George Avenue, across Alexandria Avenue, down Lord Howe Street, up Wicker Street, down Burgoyne Avenue, back up Montcalm Street, around Liberty Monument, and then return to the Ticonderoga Fire Department. 

“We extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to the Ticonderoga Fire Department not only for their service all year long but for coordinating this amazing event which will greatly enhance the annual Holiday Shopping & Dining Night and the entire Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas Celebration,” commented Matthew Courtright – TACC Executive Director.

For more information on the 8th Annual Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas Celebration visit www.ticonderogany.com, call 518-585-6619, or check out the TACC facebook page. For additional details on the Parade of Lights you can also visit the Ticonderoga Fire Departments facebook page.

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) held their annual Community Appreciation Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Best Western Plus Ticonderoga Inn & Suites. The Community Appreciation Dinner and Awards Ceremony gave the Chamber & Ticonderoga Area community members a chance to honor and thank all those who give of themselves for the betterment of the Ticonderoga Area. Over 125 people were in attendance for the event. Assisting  TACC Executive Director Matthew Courtright as masters of ceremonies were Shana Macey of Bridge Point Communication (TACC Board President) and Kristin Thompson of Inter-Lakes Health (TACC Vice-President). In addition Assemblyman Dan Stec and Senator Betty Little assisted TACC Executive Director in recognizing all of the award recipients. The evening began with a brief welcome from TACC Executive Director Matthew Courtright

“Welcome everyone to the 2017 Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Community Appreciation Dinner & Awards Ceremony. We are honored and delighted to have you all here tonight. I would like to welcome all of our guests, volunteers, businesses, organizations, and committees who without your support and dedication so much would not be possible. I would also like to thank the Best Western Plus Ticonderoga for hosting us tonight. We would also like to welcome Assemblyman Dan Stec and Senator Little who are our special guests this evening. All award recipients tonight in addition to the awards given will be receiving citations from both the NYS Assembly and the NYS Senate,” shared Courtright.

Courtright also thanked the many businesses and organization who made donations for the event and then introduced Assemblyman Dan Stec and Senator Betty Little to say a few words. Both Assemblyman and the Senator thanked all of the volunteers and Chamber Members for their support of the community and the Chamber. They also shared how hardworking the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce is and that the Ticonderoga Area is well represented. All TACC staff, board members, ambassadors, and committee chairs were recognized prior to the award ceremony.

“All awards recipients were nominated and voted upon by Chamber members, the community and the Chamber Board of Directors. The results were then reviewed by the Chamber Staff and Executive Board. We encourage all of you to fill out nomination ballots in the future.  In addition to the awards they are receiving tonight Assemblyman Dan Stec and Senator Betty Little are also providing all recipients with citation certificates, stated Kristin Thompson.

2017 Business of the Year: Optics of Ticonderoga (Dawn Titus accepted the award)

“The 2017 Business of the year award goes to a business that is a wonderful support of not only the Chamber but of the Ticonderoga Area as a whole.  They quietly donate and always participate consistently in Chamber events, to community events/fundraisers, and charities. The recipient of this year’s award is consistently there when needed with continued dedication and support to the Chamber and the community. They also communicate regularly with the Chamber which is key to being a TACC Member. They truly showed their dedication to the Ticonderoga Area when circumstances beyond their control happened. They moved their business location, committed themselves to Ticonderoga, and are ensuring that we have quality eye care services available within the area. The business owner and staff always go above and beyond providing a leading example of what customer service should be. They never ask, want, or look for recognition and are excited to be part of the business community. For their continued commitment to the growth of the Ticonderoga Area and their business, for their positive contributions to the community, and for their unwavering support of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce staff, our mission and vision, and for being a true business leader, we are pleased to present the 2017 Business of the Year award to Optics of Ticonderoga,” said Kristin Thompson.

2017 Organization of the Year: Kiwanis Club of Ticonderoga (Kiwanis Members accepted the award)

“The 2017 Organization of the year award goes to an organization that is a wonderful support of the community. This organization works continually to provide events, community projects, and youth programs. They have been dedicated to the community for many years.  Their projects range from the yearly Easter Egg Hunt, Backpack program, and a variety of youth programs and projects. They also support many other events and projects in the community. This organization is always there when needed and is a TACC Member in support of all of our efforts. For their continued commitment through community projects and youth programs we are pleased to present this award to Kiwanis Club of Ticonderoga,” shared Shana Macey.

2017 Chamber Volunteer of the Year: Carolyn Ida

“Chamber volunteer of the year is an individual that has been actively involved with the Chamber, participates in and assists with functions and events, shows spirit, enthusiasm, and energy. The award recipient is always there when needed specifically for chamber events and supporting the Chamber staff. She never asks, wants, or looks for recognition and we are honored to work alongside her. For her dedication to the Chamber and the growth of the organization we are honored to present this award to Carolyn Ida, shared Kristin Thompson.

2017 Community Volunteer of the Year: Mickey Fitzgerald

“This award goes to a person that leads by example and is always there when needed.  Not only does he support many organizations, business, committees, and events but he volunteers in support of them and is always lifting their spirits. He is always promoting the community as well.

He does all of this without seeking or wanting recognition which is a true sign of a volunteer. He is truly dedicated to the betterment of the Ticonderoga Area.  In addition this person continues to provide random acts of kindness throughout the community. We hear he makes amazing blueberry muffins. For his dedication to Ticonderoga and others we are honored to present this award to Mickey Fitzgerald,” said Shana Macey.

2017 TACC Appreciation Award Recipients: North Country Small Business Development Center, Karen Hennessy, Ticonderoga EMS, Jill Spring, Mariann Rapple, Denise Huestis, James Cawley, Friends Comforting Friends, Snug Harbor Marina, Christopher Chevrolet Buick and The Wind-Chill Factory.

2017 Special Recognition Award: Sharon Reynolds

“We are honored to give a special recognition award to a person who has dedicated many years of services to the Ticonderoga Area community. As of yesterday, she has left her role as the Executive Director of PRIDE of Ticonderoga. For her unwavering dedication to PRIDE, their partners, and the entire community, for her leadership in bringing millions of dollars into the community, and for her significant impact on our future we are honored to present this Special Recognition Award to Sharon Reynolds,” said Kristin Thompson.

“Thank you to all of the amazing businesses, organizations, committees, and volunteers for all that you do for the Ticonderoga Area. Your support along with our Members and Partners allow the Chamber to live our mission and strive each and every day to reach our vision. You make all of our efforts possible.  I want to extend a special Thank You to all of the area businesses and organizations that donated the menu items to show their support and appreciation to all of the areas volunteers. I would also like to thank Lohr McKinstry who volunteered to take all of the photographs at the event,” shared Courtright.

The businesses and organizations that made donations to make this event possible included: Best Western Plus, Community Bank NA, Inter Lakes Health, Keith's Market, Sun Community News/Times of Ti, Walmart of Ticonderoga, Hot Biscuit Diner, AmeriGas, Gunnison’s Orchard & Bakery, Wagon Wheel Restaurant, Sugar Hill Manor B&B, Montcalm Manor, McDonald's of Ticonderoga, Libby's Bakery Café, Emerald's Restaurant, Glens Falls National Bank, Subway, Knights of Columbus, House of Pizza, Happy Star, Eddie's Restaurant, Christopher Chevrolet Buick, Century 21 Adirondacks, Ticonderoga Festival Guild, International Paper Company, Lohr McKinstry, Burleigh Luncheonette, Crown Point Citgo, Debro's On the Way Café, Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, PRIDE of Ticonderoga, Wind-Chill Factory, Bodette's Barbeque, and Optics of Ticonderoga.

For more information visit www.ticonderogany.com, TACC facebook page, or call 518-585-6619.

A Holiday Home & Business Decorating Contest is being held with a theme of “Getting Into The Holiday Spirit!” The contest is being sponsored by Century 21 Adirondacks and the Best Western Plus Ticonderoga in coordination with the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce. Even if you do not enter the contest all area businesses, organizations, and home are encourage to get into the holiday spirit by decorating.

Holiday Home Decorating Contest: Time to show your Christmas Spirit! Contest will be eligible for homes within the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce service area (Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Hague, Putnam, and Moriah). You may enter your home by contacting Century 21 Adirondacks. Call 518-585-2233, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send a facebook message to the Century 21 Adirondacks facebook page by 12/11/17. Judging will take place on 12/12/17 – 12/15/17. The home that lights the judge’s holiday spirit the most will win a Weekend Getaway at the Best Western Plus Ticonderoga and a $100 Burgoyne Grill Gift Certificate.

Holiday Business/Organization Decorating Contest: Time to show your Christmas Spirit! Contest will be eligible for Businesses/Organizations within the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce service area (Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Hague, Putnam, and Moriah). You must be a TACC Member to enter. Business and organizations are encouraged to decorate their storefronts. You may enter your business or organization by contacting Century 21 Adirondacks. Call 518-585-2233, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send a facebook message to the Century 21 Adirondacks facebook page by 12/11/17. Judging will take place on 12/12/17 – 12/15/17. The business/organization that lights the judge’s holiday spirit the most will win a $100 Burgoyne Grill Gift Certificate.

Judging will not be done by the TACC. The sponsoring businesses will be judging. For more information contact the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce at 518-585-6619, visit www.ticonderogany.com, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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