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Batavia Business Beat: Did January smack of deja vu? Watch out, Groundhog Day is coming!

With the December holidays in our rearview mirror and summer activities way off in the distance, it sometimes seems as though the winter months of January through March drag on. We take issue with that!

After all, the always fun Groundhog Day is coming soon – on Feb. 2 to be exact. Besides checking out whether the groundhog sees his shadow, you might want to rewatch the 1993 movie starring Bill Murray. Or perhaps you have tickets to the Paramount Theatre production of “Groundhog Day the Musical.” The Batavia Chamber of Commerce’s take on Groundhog Day is to encourage you to join our multi-chamber virtual event. If you’re a business who struggles to stand out on social media and feel like you see and post the same thing over, and over, and over, attend “Looking to Make a Bigger Impact on Social Media?” Batavia Chamber members can attend at no charge. Register at bataviachamber.org/events.

Other February events and meet new members

January smacks of pandemic event déjà vu as the Chamber chose to delay our largest indoor event of the year, Inspire: Celebrating Those Who Inspire Us!, to April, similar to a year ago. We also switched our in-person networking events to virtual. However, come February, we are going back to in-person networking events, including a Batavia Women in Business luncheon Tuesday, Feb. 8. At the event, Sunshine Social Media presents “Let’s Get Reels” about using Reels for small businesses, including a tutorial. Register online or call us at 630-879-7134.

A new event for February is the New Member Meet & Greet at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 17. This event will be virtual and will give everyone a chance to meet our newest members. Since the pandemic began, more than 90 members have joined the Chamber. So there are many new faces to meet. Please join us. We’ll have breakout rooms to build great connections.

Batavia Chamber by the numbers

People who are unfamiliar with chambers of commerce oftentimes ask, “What does a chamber do?” There really isn’t a stock answer for that question as every local chamber has its own spin on what it “does” for its community and membership. Unlike many chambers, the Batavia Chamber doesn’t function as the main tourism bureau for Batavia. However, we are always willing to answer inquiries about restaurants, shops, volunteer opportunities and community events.

If you want a snapshot of what we do concentrate on, head over to our homepage, bataviachamber.org, and look at our 2021 Year in Review. It is a year’s worth of activity – by the numbers. For instance, we participated in 33 ribbon-cuttings last year. We also awarded $2,000 to Batavia High School seniors in scholarships. We encourage you to head over to our website and check it out!

As always, we love it when you stop by our office to ask questions or just say hi. You’ll usually find us at 106 W. Wilson St., Suite 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can call 630- 879-7134 or text 478-CHAMBER and we’ll get right back to you.