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    The Chamber is pleased to welcome The Covation Center as a new Member, and share some exciting news about an upcoming learning opportunity, the ”Engage Main Street” Virtual Cohort Program.

    The arts have a way of healing. They promote critical thinking, social skills, physical fitness and creativity and, in many cases, offer a positive form of stress relief. Especially during this very stressful time, it is important to focus on something positive. 171 Cedar Arts Center is pleased to announce that they have $20,000 in scholarship funds available for those may not be able to afford lessons. Beth Landin, Executive Director of 171 Cedar Arts Center, offers the following information to those

    New York Times Best-Selling Author Jen Mann visited the Corning Area Chamber of Commerce via Zoom on August 13, 2020 to talk about her book, "Working with People I Want to Punch in the Throat." See the full recording from this event here.

    In the COVID-19 pandemic, there is so much information being broadcast that it is difficult to keep up with the various rules and regulations surrounding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). However, Staff Leasing has put together this helpful article about how to account for your PPP funds and how to ensure your business is compliant and your loan forgiven.

    From Rick Maxa: I’m pretty certain, if asked, most people in the Southern Tier area would have no idea what our company, DXP Enterprises, does unless you are in the manufacturing world. I wanted to take this opportunity to shed some light on “who we are,” share our story as an essential business and the role we are able to play to help businesses through this pandemic.

    Last month, two of our graduates from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) featured updates to their work. Jaden Burchard has capitalized upon his YEA! idea, "Convenience To Go," during the Covid-19 pandemic to help people who are unable to go out and shop. Angelea Collins started a project to help local businesses find access to masks so they can continue to operate safely.

    As many of us settle into our home offices, we may be experiencing some aches and pains that could be due to having a less than ergonomic workspace. If you find yourself in a midday slump or super sore after a long day's work, please read this article from Michelle Z. Cilip, CEO of AgeLess SPA, who gives us great ideas on setting up ideal workspaces and avoiding injury.

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is understandable that many people will find themselves anxious, overwhelmed, and feeling isolated. Jennifer Close, LCSW, of Clinical Associates of the Southern Tier offers some ideas and coping mechanisms to help you weather this unpredictable, often scary, storm.

    With the financial and socioeconomic repercussions this pandemic has brought us, it is important to consider all options, be frugal, and get creative to keep your business afloat. Local entrepreneur Barry Nicholson has summarized steps a business can take to create a Small Business Action Plan to give your business its best chance at surviving these uncertain times.

    This week's "Five Things" honors culture and history. We are lucky to have many wonderful organizations who provide a rare glimpse into the past and provide access to history and music, and these two Member organizations are some of the finest. If you are looking to enjoy a unique experience, please see Five Things you Don't Know about the National Soaring Museum and the Corning Painted Post Civic Music Association.

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