Buy Madison held the first annual Business Speed Dating event and it was a success! Everyone left with smiles and full of new energy as well as with some new business connections! We love our business community! This networking event, which was organized through Madison County’s ‘Buy Madison’ Program, helped local businesses make connections by creating an opportunity for quick interactions.
The free event was held at The Kallet Civic Center in Oneida on April 18 from 6-9pm and was open to all businesses located in Madison County. Cash bar and hors d’oeuvres by Madison Bistro were included.
The evening began with presentations from two Madison County businesses who have found success in working with other local companies. Madison Bistro, a restaurant in Wampsville, shared how it is able to regularly source meats and produce from local farms for their menu. Kriemhild Dairy from Hamilton also presented on their success with local marketing. Kreimhild’s high end dairy products, including their Meadow Butter and Crème Fraiche, can be found in stores all over the northeast.
It’s not just food industry businesses who can benefit from this event, said Mark Scimone, County Administrator for Madison County. “This event has real potential to inspire collaboration between some of the best businesses Madison County has to offer. Between the shops in our village centers, our natural agro-tourism industry, unique and historic hotels and B&Bs, our strong recreation tourism industry, the robust antique scene, and the emerging hops-based economy, it feels like there are a lot of connections just waiting to be made.”
After presentations, there was a planned a round of “business speed dating.” Participants lined up on either side of a table and sat down for a brief conversation about how their businesses might work together. After a few minutes, time was called and one side got up and shifted down a seat. The goal was to get local businesses talking to as many other local businesses as possible in a quick yet meaningful way. Be sure to watch for next year’s event and sign up to make your “business connections.”
The Buy Madison program works to strengthen the local economy by providing free support to Madison County businesses and by educating county residents about the benefits of buying local.
Play Now Through December 24th. You may win one of two $25 Gift Cards from local Madison County businesses. Below are five hints about local Madison County businesses that are part of the Buy Madison Program. To find the answers, go to the Buy Madison Business Directory Listing on our website at http://www.buymadisonny.com/business-directory/ Then hurry and email your answers, along with your contact and address information to email@example.com by December 24th. The first individual to email the correct answers will win their choice of gift cards we have available. But there is still a second chance for you to win, the remaining individuals that have emailed the correct answers by December 24th will be entered into a drawing for a second gift card. Winners will be announced December 25th and posted on our website and Facebook page! Gift cards will be mailed to winners or you may pick them up […]
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The Buy Madison County campaign announces its first annual Buy Madison Week running from May 4 through May 11th. Madison County, Madison County Tourism and chamber offices from Cazenovia, Hamilton and Oneida have joined forces to promote local businesses during the first annual Buy Madison Week. Events happening during the week include: -GCADD Poker Walk, May 4th from 1-4pm -Cazenovia Champagne, Tea & Fashion Show, Lincklaen House, May 4th, 4pm -Bailey’s Taste of Oneida, Kallet Civic Center, May 7th, 4-9pm -Shop Hamilton, May 4-11th Event fees may apply. During the Buy Madison Week, visit one of the many businesses participating and ask for a scratch-off ticket for your chance to win 1 to 15 gift cards to local businesses.
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According to the New York State Office of State Comptroller, Madison County had a 5.1% increase in sales tax collected from 2012 to 2013. This is the largest increase of any county in Central New York and translates to $1,217,146 more sales tax collected within Madison County for a total of $25,077,929 in 2013. In comparison, the average sales tax growth across Upstate New York was only 1.7%. This news means more purchases are being made here at our local Madison County businesses and more money is staying in our communities!
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To generate more awareness on where to shop local, Buy Madison has created a Business Directory with the goal to create a comprehensive list of every business in Madison County. Customers are encouraged to use this directory to help find local businesses for shopping and services. Any business in Madison County can submit a listing. It is free to do and only takes a couple of minutes. Organizations and non-profits can join the directory too (see below). To get your business listed on the Business Directory – Simply go to the Buy Madison Business Directory and click on “submit listing.” Enter in your business information. At the bottom of the listing, it will ask you to create a username and password so you can change or update your listing at any time. There is also a line where you can enter in your Buy Madison Debit Card Promotion or Discount. […]
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The Holidays are right around the corner…only 5 weeks until Christmas. Yes, only 5 weeks! So Buy Madison would like to help you out. We are giving away two $50 Gift Cards. One to swank in Hamilton and one to Fisher Bay Restaurant LLC in Bridgeport. So help us get the word out to share and like our Facebook page. Just share and like our Facebook page. Everyone who “Likes” or has already liked our page will be entered into the drawing. One Gift Card per person. Gift Certificates will be awarded before Christmas. Gift Card can either be mailed to the winners or they may be picked up at the Madison County Planning Department. PLEASE SHARE AND LIKE BUY MADISON FACEBOOK PAGE. And good luck to everyone! www.facebook.com/CalculatetheAdvantage
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Buy Madison has teamed up with Oneida Savings Bank to produce and distribute a Buy Madison Debit Card. This is a unique opportunity to generate excitement and rewards for buying local! The card will be tied to the user’s banking account like a typical debit card but will offer discounts and incentives to its user. These debit cards should be available at Oneida Savings Bank in the next few weeks! The cards will be free of charge to all Oneida Savings Bank members. Businesses are encouraged to go to the “For Businesses” tab and submit any promotion or discount they would like to offer to customers using the Buy Madison Debit Card. These promotions and discounts will be posted and shared on the Buy Madison website and Facebook page.
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