Small Business Week

By Allison Norlian

HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - In an effort to promote local businesses Herkimer County is implementing small business week for the second year in a row. The week will include day to day activities and promotions to help promote shopping local.

The chairman of the county legislature presented a proclamation in support of small business week to the chamber of commerce. Jim Wallis, the Herkimer County Administrator said small business week is important because "small businesses drive the train."

According to John Scarano, the Executive Director at the Chamber of Commerce, ninety-nine percent of businesses in Herkimer County are considered small businesses and small business week is a way to give back to them for all they do.

Scarano said, "These are the people that support our communities, they pay the school taxes, county taxes and they create jobs in the summer for our youth. They are here for us, support our chamber of commerce, many of these small businesses are members of our chamber. The chamber recognizes along with the county that at least one week a year we need to support these people by getting the word out to shop local."

Each day from May 19th until May 25th has a special meaning. The twentieth is considered main street Monday in support of shopping locally. Tuesday the 21st is tidy-up Tuesday. Deb Cabral, a de-clutter coach will speak at Herkimer County Community College at 8:30 in the morning about de-cluttering your workspace. Wednesday is wine and dine Wednesday in support of local restaurants. The 23rd is thank you Thursday with a reception held at Herkimer County Community College. Lastly, the 24th is fun Friday where you can stop in the chamber office and recap on the weeks events.

Ryan Jaquish, General Manager of Hummel's Office Plus, says small business week means more business.

Jaquish said, "It helps to showcase local businesses are here and we can offer that special touch that other places can't."

The hope is to expand small business week and get more businesses and people involved to make it an annual event.

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