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CORNING – Corning Enterprises announced today that it will
match all Gaffer District business purchases on the new Shop
Corning online marketplace up to $5,000 per business,
beginning with Small Business Saturday sales, November 27,


On October 6, the Gaffer District and the Corning Area
Chamber of Commerce announced the online shopping
marketplace for small businesses in the Corning Area. The
new platform, Shop Corning (powered by,
enables area businesses to sell online and makes it easy for
customers to shop multiple Corning-area businesses through
one website.


The new grant is in addition to a grant already being offered by
the Gaffer District to cover the cost of membership to join the
Shop Corning marketplace. The funding from Corning

Enterprises will provide an additional stimulus in a dollar-for-
dollar match of purchases up to $5,000 per business (while

funds last). All Gaffer District businesses that participate in the
program are eligible for this funding.
Businesses must be signed up for the program and have their
gift cards, products, and services online by November 27,
2021, to be eligible for the funding. Matched funding will be for
the item purchase prices only. Tax or shipping costs will not be
eligible for matching funds.


Chris Sharkey, president of Corning Enterprises, said she is
happy that her organization can invest in the sustainability of
Corning's downtown businesses.


"The challenges for small businesses didn't end when they
opened their doors again," said Sharkey, "We realize most are
still facing supply chain and workforce shortages as well as
rising prices and COVID protocols. We hope this matching
program helps them to boost their holiday season and to
weather the slower months of January through March."
Coleen Fabrizi, executive director for Corning's Gaffer District,
added, "I continue to be astonished and immensely grateful
for the generosity and commitment shown by Corning
Enterprises to the future of our downtown. The matching
sales grant is an extraordinary way for consumers to
support our small, independently-owned businesses as they
shop local and truly make a significant difference one
purchase at a time!"


Further information on the Shop Corning marketplace can be
found at

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