Helming to speak at Chamber Holiday Party

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Helming to speak at Chamber Holiday Party

The Canal Connection Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Holiday Party on Friday, December 1, 6:00-9:00 pm at The Golf Club at Blue Heron Hills, One Country Club Drive, Macedon, NY 14502. NYS Senator Pamela Helming with be our speaker and special guest for the event.

Helming to Speak at Holiday Party

Pamela Helming, Holiday PartySenator Helming, who lives in Canandaigua with her husband, Gary, has more than 30 years of private business experience. She has worked in commercial building, regulatory affairs, and land use planning. Before her election as senator for the 54th District, she served as a Canandaigua town board member and Canandaigua town supervisor.

Reserve Tickets by November 20

Tickets are $35/person; $60/couple, available by contacting Shelly Conboy at 315-986-9681 or sconboy@bankwithlnb.com. In addition to Senator Helming’s presentation, there will be a silent auction and 50/50 raffle to benefit chamber programming. Auction items can be viewed at the Macedon Public Library the week before the party.

A buffet-style dinner will include appetizers, chicken French, pasta, vegetables, coffee, and dessert. A cash bar will be available.

 


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Silent Auctions Build Brand Awareness

Looking for a fun and inexpensive way to share the word about your business? Silent auctions are popular, and they can give your business a boost at a minimum cost. A great place to start is with the Canal Connection’s silent auction. It will be held at the Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party, December 1 at the Gananda Pub at Blue Heron Hills.

How does a silent auction work?

Silent auctions feature desirable services and products that are displayed beforehand for potential bidders. People bid by writing their name and bid on a piece of paper (increasingly, silent auctions are held online, and bidding is via an interactive web option) and placed in a box. At a predetermined time, all the slips are opened and the highest bid wins the object or service. Some silent auctions are less “silent”—the bids are public, and bidders can see what the highest bid is at any given time, helping to drive up prices. Silent auctions are usually held to benefit a non-profit organization, with all funds raised supporting that organization or charity.

How can it work for your business?

Business donate frequently to silent auctions. It’s a great place to be creative. Do you run a garden center? Fill a wicker basket with hand tools and colorful seed packets. Are you the owner of a hair salon? What about donating a coupon good for a free haircut rolled up and placed in a mug along with a few flavored teabags? An auto center could give a gift certificate for a free oil change—tied to a wrench.

The best part of silent auctions? You’ll be gaining exposure in two ways. First, everyone who views the items to be bid on will see your name and have the chance to explore (and want!) your offering. Your business’s name will be announced publicly when the winning bid is pulled. Second, you have the chance to gain a steady customer with your bid winner. Show him or her your best, and they’ll come back as a paying customer long after their coupon or product is used up.

There’s even a third benefit: you’ll feel great about helping out a worthy cause or organization through your donation.

How do I donate to the Canal Connection’s silent auction?

Bring your donation to the Macedon Public Library, the Macedon branch of the Lyons National Bank, or Macedon Auto Center during their regular hours. Mark your item with your name, the name of your business, your phone number, the approximate value of your donation and a short description of what you’re donating. You don’t need to be a member of the Chamber to donate—all are welcome! All items will be displayed at the Macedon Library in the weeks before the auction—providing even a broader reach for the businesses participating. Questions? Want help brainstorming ideas? Contact Chamber president Shelly Conboy at Lyons National Bank at 315-986-9681 or sconboy@bankwithlnb.com.

 


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Walmart Offers Grocery Pickup Service

Walmart of Macedon, a member of the Canal Connection Chamber of Commerce, debuted a new free service at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, May 3. Customers of the store, at 425 State Route 31, can now place their order online or via a smartphone app for grocery items. Items available include fresh produce, meats, and organic groceries. Orders placed before 10 am may be picked up on the same day, where it will be delivered right to your car.

Macedn Walmart manager

Macedon Walmart manager Celia Eimer explains the new service to reporters.

“This will be a very beneficial service to our community,” said Chamber President Shelly Conboy. “It’s especially useful for busy parents, individuals with a physical impairment, or anyone in heels! The people of Macedon Walmart share a passion to give back and work with the community. I am excited to bring them on as a new member to our Chamber. I look forward to partnering with them in the upcoming year on this and other initiatives.”

An Easy-to-Use Service

To participate, customers go to walmart.com/grocery or download the the Walmart grocery app to their smartphones, enter their zip codes to select their local store, and create their shopping list from more than 30,000 grocery items. During checkout, they select a time to pick up their orders. Highly-trained personal shoppers will select and bag their order. At the pick-up time, the customer can park in specially-marked parking spaces and call a designated number. An associate will retrieve the order and load it in the customer’s car. As an added bonus, customers may take $10 off their first order of $50 or more by using the code WOWFRESH during checkout.

 
The service is available every day from 8 am to 8 pm. “In the name of convenience people just like things that are fast and convenient and it’s another way we can provide excellent customer service through Walmart,” said store manager Celia Eimer.