We have had such a great time celebrating York’s Small Business community these first 10 days of May! We started off the fun with the annual Sip & Stroll. There were over 350 residents and guests that spent last Thursday evening strolling, shopping and visiting throughout the downtown area. Relationships were started or enhanced at local investment/insurance firms and potential new clients came through the doors at the law firms and dental offices. Retail stores reported there was quite a bit of shopping going on that evening and return visits have been regular this week.

Our office staff sat down Monday morning and pulled together our notes from the evening and comments from participants and ticket holders. Several great ideas were brought to us and we will be looking at the logistics of implementing those ideas. Most importantly at this point anyway, is that we set the date for next year. Sip & Stroll, 2020 will be on Thursday, April 30! Mark your calendars now for this fun evening.

We used this year’s Sip & Stroll as York’s kickoff to National Small Business and National Economic Development week. Each day this week there have been events or videos released on our social media pages. All things have been centered around celebrating our providing educational opportunities for our small businesses. Because both Small Business and Economic Development week are at the same time, it only made sense to partner with our officemates at York County Development Corporation.

Over 50 business men and women joined us for coffee Monday morning at Captain Red Beards. What a terrific way to start off a busy week than with a great cup of coffee and wonderful company! On Tuesday, YCDC hosted tours of four businesses that recently opened or expanded. The owners proudly shared their stories of how they came to be where they are now. On Wednesday, Gary Kebbel shared with business owners some tips on how to engage their audience through social media. We are finishing the week off with an after-hours event thanking our owners for choosing York as the hometown their business.

You will not see much for events out of our office for the rest of the month of May. We try very hard to respect that there are several graduations, confirmations, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. Time spent with families is very important and we want to encourage that. During this time, we are busy gearing up for all the things that will be coming up in June and July.

Before we know it the days of summer will be here and Firecracker Frenzy will light up the sky on Wednesday, July 3, at the York County Fairgrounds! Make plans to join the York community for this family-friendly event as we celebrate our country’s independence. We have confirmed that the Wild Hawgs will be doing the concessions during the show. If you plan to remain in the parking lots that surround the fairgrounds, don’t worry, they will be loading up their gators and coming to you!

Firecracker Frenzy is an event that is only possible with generous donations from both businesses and families alike. Over 12 years ago, a group of committed individuals worked hard to secure a professional firm to come in and execute the show. From there, they sought donations to help fund the show. Each year we continue to fund ask for donations because we want the show to continue. The costs for the show and the overall event are $25,000 each year. We will be distributing donation boxes around town and would welcome any contribution. In addition, donations are being accepted at the Chamber Office or they can be made on-line at yorkchamber.org/firecracker-frenzy.

July is really looking like it will be a very busy time for York. All of the ball fields will be packed with tournaments and Legion ball. That always brings many people to town. As we come to the middle of July, ESI Camp will get started. Area students will spend a week with us, YCDC and York Public School members to work on launching their business ideas. Students will learn about how to calculate cost, evaluate the viability of their product and how to market their business. All of this leads them to their sale day that will be on Saturday, July 20. Participants look forward to sharing their sales pitch and showing off their products on this busy day. July 20 is also the annual Sidewalk Sales day. Downtown will certainly be a busy place. In the coming weeks we will bring you the full schedule of activities for July 20, Balloon Day! You can make sure that you don’t miss anything that is going on by using the calendar at https://yorkchamber.org/community-events/.

Our office staff congratulates all of the area students that are graduating from both high school and college. We are very proud of your accomplishments to this point and wish you much success for your future.

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