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The Tompkins Chamber is pleased to announce a new partnership with The Business Council of New York State, Inc. – the Small Business Membership Alliance (SBMA). Through this partnership, all active members of the Tompkins Chamber (both for profit and non-profit businesses) now receive complimentary membership to The Business Council of New York State, for as long as the business has ten or fewer employees. This benefit comes at no additional cost; it is free while the businesses are a dues-paying member of the Tompkins Chamber.

“We are looking for new opportunities every day to enhance the benefits offered to our members. This partnership will provide our smallest entities with tools critical to function strategically and grow sustainably,” said Tompkins Chamber Member Relationship Manager Sarah Barden.

Eligible small businesses will now receive several valuable benefits, including:

·    Access to SBMA “members-only” content on the Business Council website

·    Updates and analysis on issues affecting small businesses in New York State

·    Participation in The Business Council of New York State’s e-advocacy program to get your voice heard at the State Capitol

·    Free access to the HR/Labor webinar series

·    Discounts on products and services through BCNYS affinity partnerships

·    Access to The Business Council of New York State, Inc. MEP 401(K) program designed for small businesses

·    Access to The Business Council of New York State’s Insurance Fund low-cost life, disability, and dental insurance programs designed for small businesses

“The Business Council has been a great partner to our Chamber for several years, as a key partner in Albany providing government affairs expertise and advocacy connections,” said Tompkins Chamber President Jennifer Tavares. “The Business Council also offers access to resources, benefits, and educational opportunities that our members can benefit from, and that exceed our annual programming capabilities. For these reasons, we’re so excited to bring our 280 small business and nonprofit members access to The Business Council at no additional investment.”

“We are proud to have a great relationship with the Tompkins Chamber and look forward to welcoming their small businesses interested in joining our membership,” said Heather Briccetti, President & CEO of The Business Council of New York State. “So many critical business issues begin in Albany and work their way down to our local communities, and that is why it’s important we all work together to create a better business climate to ensure small businesses have the opportunity to thrive.”