In the spirit of driving activity to the small businesses of Chatham, NJ during the COVID-19 crisis, Keep Chatham Thriving in tandem with the Economic Development Advisory Committee of Chatham Borough has launched the “Chatham Challenge”, a series of contests that inspire residents to visit establishments in town that they have never visited before.

Residents are urged to visit merchants (e.g., shops, restaurants, salons, etc.), post about their experiences on their Facebook and/or Instagram pages and tag @keepchathamthriving. They can enter as many times as they would like, and with each tagged post, they will automatically be entered to win a basket of local goodies.  A winner will be drawn each week for the next three weeks, with the first winner announced on Saturday, October 31st at 12PM on the Keep Chatham Thriving Facebook page.

Keep Chatham Thriving is a 100% volunteer initiative launched by 2 residents, Michelle Lease and MJ Morgan. It focuses on supporting and promoting Chatham’s small businesses during the pandemic and keeping the importance of doing so top-of-mind for residents. Lease and Morgan are also members of the Economic Development Advisory Committee of Chatham Borough, a team formed by Chatham Borough Mayor Thaddeus Kobylarz, dedicated to helping businesses navigate financial challenges during the COVID-19 crisis.

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According to Lease, “We urge everyone to visit somewhere new and take the Chatham Challenge. The small business community really relies on local residents to survive. That may sound dire, but it’s reality. Especially as we enter flu season and prolonged COVID period, our small businesses will need us even more. Many may seem ‘OK’, but some are just barely holding on. This cannot be sustained. Let’s all get out there and show these wonderful businesses some love when they need it most.”

Morgan adds, “We hope these contests build excitement and maybe even pique curiosity as residents think about local spots they have not visited before. As we move toward the holidays, it’s a perfect time for all of us to be reminded to shop local instead of heading to the big chain stores and shopping online. Gift cards to restaurants and shops in town make great gifts, and by purchasing them, we are helping the families behind these businesses tremendously.”

Please follow Keep Chatham Thriving at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/keepchathamthriving

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keepchathamthriving