February Chamber News

Dear Rivertowns Chamber Members and Community,

It is my pleasure to take on the board position of President for the Rivertowns Chamber. Thank you to Nick Campbell who served as President for the past three years as we worked to grow the chamber from “Dobbs Ferry” into “Rivertowns.”

While 2020 was challenging, we can also see it as an opportunity to change the way we do things for the better. Perspectives and values are shifting and this is an opportunity for us to turn our businesses and our communities into what we’ve always wanted them to be. My goal for this year is to help our businesses head in the direction of economic recovery through embracing ideas and projects that will shape our community for the years to come. 

Something we discuss often between business partners at my family’s restaurants, Harper’s and Saint George, is the phrase “a rising tide lifts all boats.” Originally coined as a slogan of the New England Council, it has been used to justify a number of concepts in economic and business policy. For our small Rivertowns villages I take it to mean that if we work together we will come out stronger.

This year we have many new board members with creative ideas that I am very excited about putting into action. From lobbying for assistance, to helping businesses access funding, to working with other Rivertowns organizations, to driving customers to your businesses – there is much we can do to make sure our business community becomes stronger in 2021. I can promise you that our focus will be on utilizing the chamber as a resource to help businesses survive – but we can’t do it without participation from our members. 

We ask everyone to take on a small piece (or a big piece if you’re into it!) so that we accomplish our goals. Non-working members support the chamber with full dues so that we can bring on staff to manage the administrative work behind the scenes. “Working” members can serve on the board (big piece) or as a committee member (small piece).

If you are a working member, please take the time to fill out this “working membership” preference form by February 28th and let us know where you are interested in helping. 

Make sure to attend our monthly meeting on February 24th for updates from our board members on the work they’ve begun and where they plan to go. If you can’t attend, we will send out a recording after the meeting.


Michelle Adams
Rivertowns Chamber of Commerce President
WOW Awards
Westchester County Executive George Latimer invites you to celebrate the women who have lifted us up during the pandemic by nominating them for the first WOW AWARDS.

Thursday, Mar. 25 | 4 p.m. 

Submit a WOW Awards nomination here no later than Feb. 28th.
2021 Rising Stars - 40 Under 40 Awards
The Business Council of Westchester is seeking nominations for this year's Rising Stars Awards.
This annual awards program recognizes 40 young professionals who exceed expectations and set new standards for success.
Virtual Award ceremony is June 17, 2021

Submit a Rising Stars Award nomination here no later than March 31, 2021
Dine On Westchester

Westchester County Tourism & Film presents Dine On Westchester, highlighting Westchester restaurants in whatever way they are serving customers – take-out, curbside pick-up, delivery, outdoor dining, or other creative evolution. Additional safety and health measures will also be promoted.

To add your restaurant to the listings, fill out this form.
REGISTER NOW: Our next Monthly Chamber meeting is Wednesday, February 24th! 

Guest speaker is Hastings Mayor Nicola Armacost. 
Register now here

Are you a Chamber member who has an online event, webinar, or other virtual offering that you'd like to share with Chamber members to expand your audience? 

Submit your offering here for consideration.
Best of Westchester 2021 Voting Open Now!

Have you been voting for your favorites? Group 4 Food & Drink Voting is currently open. Vote here by Feb. 22nd.

Vote for Chamber members: Dave DiBari (The Cookery/The Parlor), Bread & Brine, and other local faves!
Welcome new members!

Chris Gomez, Climbing Wolf Coffee & Beer
David DiBari, The Cookery, The Parlor, Dough Nation
Connie Gallo, Howard Hanna Rand Realty
Jessy Rodriguez-Melendez, Sports Business Institute
Joanne Zeoli, Cagney's Hair Studio


'Barstool Fund' Offering Grants to All Small Businesses affected By Pandemic

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

Empire State Digital assists small businesses to digitize, expand and adapt to economic changes.

Ritual ONE, a commission-free online ordering tool helps Restaurants and other venues with public take-out options. 

Other Loan Opportunities

SBA Express Bridge Loans

Community Capital


Hebrew Free Loan Society




SCORE small business webinars and Coronavirus Resources 

Westchester Catalyst Events

Westchester County Association (WCA) Events and Resources

Women's Enterprise Development Center (WEDC) Events 

Business Council of Westchester Events and Resources

National Restaurant Association Events

New York State Restaurant Association Webinars and Covid-19 Resources

CitrinCooperman Restaurant Association Leaders Event 

Share your community news and business updates with the Chamber!
Have a suggestion for a local business who might be interested in becoming a member?
We want to hear about it!
Email Elizabeth Knell, Executive Director, at info@rivertownschamber.com
Have you friended Rivertowns Chamber on Facebook yet?
Got an idea? Email us!
Tag us on Instagram!

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