CABA News

Below you will find a collection of press releases and event updates about the Chatham Area Business and Arts. Check back frequently for the latest news about upcoming events.

Chatham Area Business Alliance Gets New Name

Chatham Area Business and ArtsFor over thirty years, Main Street retailers and other local business have taken part in a member-based organization to promote the local economy in the Village of Chatham, known as the Chatham Business Area Alliance.

Now, under the leadership of President Tom Chulak (co-owner of the Chatham Book Store), the membership has re-named the organization Chatham Area Business and Arts to reflect the growing importance of arts-related businesses and organizations in the Chatham area.

The Chatham Area is defined as the Village of Chatham plus the surrounding towns of Chatham, Austerlitz, and Canaan — the area served by the Chatham School District.

CABA’s vision is a reinvented organization that brings together economic and community development through connecting member organizations with one another and to the larger community. To ensure that all stakeholders are represented and to expand connections in new ways, CABA membership will be open to not only businesses, retailers, and not-for-profit organizations, but also arts organizations, community-based organizations, religious institutions, culinary arts professionals, artists, artisans, farmers and local food processors, home-based business owners, and individuals.

CABA also represents its members’ interests with the local municipalities and the county. The organization’s goal is to enhance our community in ways consistent with the Comprehensive Plans of the towns and village and focused on economic and community development.

“The economic and cultural vitality of the Chatham Area is interwoven with businesses and the arts,” said Tom Chulak. “Our reorganization and new name reflect this reality. “

Currently the CABA Festivals Committee that plans three festivals a year in the village (SummerFest, WinterFest, and OctoberFeast) and the Marketing Committee promotes the Chatham area through VisitChathamNY.com and social media and hosts bi-monthly CABA breakfast for networking and learning. In addition, CABA is in the process of establishing an Education Committee that will focus on CABA’s relationship with the Chatham School District and the Columbia Greene Community College.

For more information, please contact Tom Chulak at 518.392.3005.

Learn About the CABA Reinvention

For the past three decades the Chatham Business Alliance, subsequently called the Chatham Area Business Alliance has been connecting businesses in the Chatham Area, promoting the area and its businesses, representing and advocating for local economic development, and organizing festivals for the community. In May of 2015 the CABA Board entered into a year-long process of reinventing itself, believing that the organization could become more effective. The following is a draft proposal that came out of those meetings to Reinvent CABA.


About the CABA Reinvention Plan

For the past three decades the Chatham Business Alliance, subsequently called the Chatham Area Business Alliance has been connecting businesses in the Chatham Area, promoting the area and its businesses, representing and advocating for local economic development, and organizing festivals for the community. In May of 2015 the CABA Board entered into a year-long process of reinventing itself, believing that the organization could become more effective. The following is a draft proposal that came out of those meetings to Reinvent CABA.

I. Name

It is proposed that we keep CABA as our acronym, but the letters shall stand for Chatham Area Business and Arts. The Chatham Area shall be defined by the boundaries of the Chatham Central School District.*

II. Mission

CABA is an organization of organizations that exists to vitalize the Chatham area.

III. Vision

To connect the organizations, support their development and attract people to the area

IV. Specific Goals (3 years)

  1. Secure Federal Tax exempt status 501c3
  2. Secure broader base of funding:contribution, grants,membership dues
  3. Engage with the full CABA membership through twice-yearly gatherings
  4. Actively and regularly communicate with the membership through digital media
  5. Develop a brochure promoting the Chatham Area updated every other year
  6. Coordinate the continued development and presentation of Summerfest and Winterfest and add an Octoberfest
  7. Hire a part-time executive director

V. New Opportunities

Explore through various means collaboration and cooperation with other community organizations and initiatives including but not limited to:

  • An educational program with Columbia-Greene Community College that convenes in the Chatham Area. Develop a partnership with Chatham schools focused on applied learning
  • Creation of Chatham Area branding and signage
  • Expanded lodging options
  • Economic development consistent with the comprehensive plans in all 5 municipalities in the Chatham Area
  • Outreach to Art Stakeholders as an affiliate of CABA; Harlem Valley Rail Trail; historical societies; projects for proposed visitors centers and home businesses.
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* The Chatham Central School District includes The Village of Chatham and parts of the towns of Austerlitz, Canaan, Chatham and Ghent.

More than 20 Chatham Businesses Earn “Best of Columbia County” Awards

Best of Columbia County 2016The third annual Best of Columbia County awards ceremony was held Thursday, June 23. More than 20 of the 90 categories were awarded to businesses, organizations and individuals from right here in Chatham, NY. Thank you to everyone who took the time to cast a ballot.

Congratulations to all of Chatham’s “Best of Columbia County 2016” Winners!

We invite you to come visit our little town and see why so many of our businesses were voted “Best in the County!” The awards were announced Thursday, June 23, 2016. See the list of all 90 winners.

Local Shopping

Building Supply Store: Ed Herrington, Inc. (Herrington’s)

Clothing, Shoes and/or Accessories: Browns Emporium, Inc.

Florist: Chatham Flowers & Gifts

Jewelry Store: RH Van Alstyne Fine Jewelry

Local Book Store: Chatham Bookstore

Lodging: Inn at Silver Maple Farm

Specialty Food Store: Bimi’s Cheese Shop

Local Food & Drink

Baked Goods: Our Daily Bread

Farm Stand: The Berry Farm

Local Beer: Chatham Brewing, LLC

Local Wine: Hudson-Chatham Winery

Nightlife

Happy Hour Spot: Destino

Community

Block in the County to Shop: Main Street in Chatham

Community Event Spring: Sean’s Run

Community Event Summer: Columbia County Fair

Managed Town: Chatham

Wedding Venue: Chatham Fairgrounds

Arts & Culture

Artist: Roger Mason

Local Live Theater: The Mac-HaydnTheatre, Inc.

Local Movie Theater: Crandell Theatre

Services

Alternative Energy: SunDog Solar

Architect: Kate Johns AIA

Financial Advisor: Edward Jones

Realtor: Beach & Bartolo, Realtors, Inc.

Web Developer: Trevellyan.biz

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