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Mark your Calendars for Many Great Upcoming Webinars:

Please join Mary Gibbons, Financial Wellness Specialist with KeyBank, and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, in presenting a series of seminars focusing on informational financial wellness topics, ranging from Student Loan Debt, ID Theft, Home Buying/Refinancing and Managing Debt, to name a few.  These seminars have been developed to address concerns and questions, putting you in a position to make sound and confident financial decisions.  They will all be held at 9:00 am.  Watch for future emails with WebEx Details.

Contact the Chamber with any questions at 518-828-4417 or email –

10/21Protecting Your Identity: Learn how to protect yourself and what to do if you become a victim  of ID theft.

11/04Planning for Healthcare Costs: Offers Guidance on how to appropriately plan for health care costs, with an overview of the Health Savings Account as a smart option for savings.

11/18 Spending and Saving (Budgeting): Everyone, in some way, has been financially impacted by COVID-19.  This is an introduction to getting on a savings plan, with important statistics about why saving is important and guidance to help build the appropriate amount of emergency savings and offers guidance on setting a budget to avoid spending more than they earn each month.

12/03  Managing Debt (Holiday Season): Offers tips and guidance on manageable debt pay-down strategies.

12/17Understanding your Credit Score and Credit Options: Dives into the components of credit scores and how they’re used to determine credit worthiness.   Offers tips on how to improve scores or maintain high scores, and provides an overview of credit options.

01/06/21  Student Debt (College students are home/informational for students & parents; covers partnership with Laurel Road)  Take Control of your Student Loan Debt.

01/20 Home Ownership/Refinancing: (rates historically low).  Reviews the ins-and-outs of purchasing a home, with a focus on determining a budget and why building equity is important.   Should I refinance – and reviewing options.

02/03 Saving & Investing (start off 2021 with a plan): Provides an overview of saving

Job Postings!  List Them and Find Them!

  • Have you visited our Job Posting page on the Chamber website?  Click here to see some of the great opportunities that member businesses currently have posted. 
  • If you are interested in posting a position, you can use the login you may have previously created, or connect with Carol Patterson at 518-828-4417 or, who will help get you set up.
  • And finally, if you know anyone looking for a job, please refer them to our website at  Just click on the big red “Search for Jobs” button on the righthand side of our homepage.

**********************Chamber Members Interested in Hosting a Webinar via Zoom?
As we are unable to meet in-person at this time, we are open to ideas for webinars via Zoom.  If you have a webinar you would like to host, please reach out to Amy Kneller at  

Columbia Economic Development Annual Meeting
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | 8:30am – 9:15am

Join us as we review last year’s accomplishments and take a look at what’s ahead in 2020.  

View CEDC’s 2019 Annual Report


Columbia Comeback
Visit us for news updates, an upcoming meeting schedule, and the latest information and resources for helping businesses safely and successfully re-open.

Questions About Reopening?  Contact Us!


More Companies Eligible for NY Forward Loan Fund
Small businesses that received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less are now eligible to apply for low-interest loans from the New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF), which provides COVID-impacted companies with working capital to cover expenses associated with reopening. Learn more here


Columbia and Greene Counties Partner to Launch
2020 Junior Career Institute
Interactive sessions offer practical soft skills training, career awareness and leadership development to local high school students.

CEDC and Greene County Economic Development Corporation (GCEDC), in partnership with Columbia-Greene Community College and the Columbia and Greene County Chambers, have launched the 2020/21 Junior Career Institute, in a virtual format because of the coronavirus pandemic. Sessions began on September 26, 2020, and will run through November 21. For the first time, this has been expanded into a two-county effort. The 2020/21 class has a total of 18 students from 10 school districts.  More

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