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Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber plans Small Business Stroll

By Eric Reinhardt


Seeks to support Oswego County shops, eateries   

OSWEGO — The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce (GOFCC) announced it’s planning an event that encourages consumers to support local Oswego County shops and eateries during the holiday season.

Small Business Stroll will continue between Nov. 29 and Dec. 6. The week-long program is designed to increase foot traffic to local Oswego County businesses and restaurants. Participating businesses will provide specials and deals throughout the week. 

“COVID-19 has had a profound impact on our local small businesses. These businesses are the lifeblood of our community and add the unique character and charm that make Oswego County a great place to live, work and play,” Katie Toomey, executive director of the GOFCC, said. “The owners of these shops and eateries are our friends and neighbors and need our support now more than ever. I encourage the community to not only shop safely this season, but to make sure the dollars they spend stay right here in our community to fuel its resurgence and growth.”

The GOFCC and Novelis have partnered with several large employers to “incentivize their employees” to shop local throughout the week, and encourages other businesses to “think how they can drive a similar impact as well,” per a Nov. 10 CenterState CEO news release. The GOFCC is a fully integrated affiliate of CenterState CEO.

“As the leading producer of flat-rolled aluminum products and the world’s largest recycler of aluminum, Novelis employs over 15,000 people across 33 operating locations in nine countries on four continents. While our global footprint allows us to serve our customers around the world, we are fiercely committed to investing in and supporting the communities in which we live and work,” Jeff Cruse, plant manager at Novelis, Oswego, said in a statement. “Central New York, and especially Oswego County, is an extension of ourselves. Our success is intrinsically coupled to the success of our valued community. We proudly invest in programs like the Small Business Stroll that support our community and the businesses within it because we believe that shopping local not only fuels economic development but strengthens the character, infrastructure and prosperity of our community.” 

All state regulations for visiting local establishments — such as face coverings and social distancing — will be encouraged. For more information or to participate in the Small Business Stroll, email Sara Broadwell at        

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