Batavia Business Beat: Shop small, shop local and make it special!

As you pore over online and print ads for Black Friday shopping, we remind you to shop our small businesses first! They are well-stocked with holiday décor and great gifts for anyone in your family.

Batavia Chamber Bucks

We’d also like to remind gift givers that Batavia Chamber Bucks are available to purchase. If you don’t know what to get someone, let them decide with Chamber Bucks. More than 80 area businesses accept these $10 certificates. By giving the gift of Chamber Bucks to family, friends, teachers, colleagues and employees, you support local businesses. To buy Chamber Bucks, stop by the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, 106 W. Wilson St., Suite 15, Batavia.

A Holiday Chamber Bucks promotion is underway. In-person purchasers will receive a free match by the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, up to $50 a resident. In other words, the first $50 worth of Chamber Bucks purchased receives $50 Holiday Bucks for free. Holiday Bucks expire at the end of March. There is no expiration date for regular Chamber Bucks. In support of our community’s businesses, the $5,000 promotion is a donation from the Chamber to inject money into the local economy. This exciting matching promotion ends once $5,000 in Holiday Bucks are issued. The Chamber always has regular Chamber Bucks available.

Holiday Luncheon: ACCESS Toy Drive and Adopt A Family

Every year, the Batavia Women in Business hosts a festive holiday luncheon in December benefiting two special holiday gifting programs in Batavia. The group is thrilled the event is back in person this year. All proceeds from the event will benefit Batavia Access Toy Drive and the Batavia United Way Adopt A Family program. Raffle themes are a Snowy Day, In the Kitchen, Family Fun, Good Morning, Holiday Cheer and Self-Care. Contributions to the raffles are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the Chamber office. Or give us a call and someone can stop by and pick it up.

Batavia Women in Business is conducting a toy and gift card drive for the programs. New toys can be dropped off in the decorated box in the Chamber’s lobby, 106 W. Wilson St. Gift cards and donations to the raffle baskets should be brought into the office.

The luncheon takes place at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Enticing Cuisine Banquets, 1117 N. Washington St. in Batavia. Everyone is welcome. Register by calling 630-879-7134 or go online at

We sincerely thank you for supporting our local businesses and families in need during the holiday season.

The Batavia Chamber of Commerce can be reached by calling 630-879-7134 or email