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Our Holiday Giveaway has been a great success, not only giving away $660 worth of Canton Gift Certificate to very happy people, but it keeps them shopping local. The boxes and entry slips will be distributed in November.  There were several businesses that had the boxes in their stores last year, if you would like to be added to the list, please call the Canton Chamber at 386-8255.  We average around 3000 entries, great way to bring people into your store and keep people shopping local. Winners have sent thank you notes saying they look forward to the drawing and shopping in Canton. There is no work for the businesses, the entries are picked up once a week, with the last drawing being in December giving the winners plenty of time to shop for the holidays. Only Chamber members can participate, and only Chamber members can redeem the Canton Gift Certificates. Let’s keep people “Shopping Local”  Please contact the canton Chamber via email, FB or phone if you would like to participate




The FISU World University Games will play preliminary hockey games in Canton and Potsdam (Western Venues), January 11-19, before heading to the finals in Lake Placid. As host communities, we look forward to welcoming new visitors and want them to feel the warm North Country hospitality! As hosts, we also want the Games organizers to see how supportive we are by filling the stands for all of the games!

Local Business Opportunities to embrace the Games!
Take some time to feel the spirit and get your business and community involved in hosting athletes, visitors, media and more from around the world to Canton and Potsdam for preliminary hockey games of the 2023 FISU World University Games in January 2023!

Get started here and reach out to your community leaders to for more on plans to create a Festival Village!

Opportunities For Businesses are organized by the Lake Placid Business Association, for host community businesses to embrace:

1) Order a complimentary Official Games Poster to display in your business

·     The Adirondacks Sports Council is providing all local businesses with a framed copy of the official games poster to display in their place of business

·     Contact: The Bookstore Plus, 2491 Main St, Lake Placid, NY 12946, (518) 523-2950,

2) If you are a Craft Beverage Producer or bar/restaurant, sign up for the Pint Glass Scavenger Hunt

·     In partnership with the New York State Brewer’s Association, a set of 6 Games themed pint glasses have been created. Chris Ericson, President of the Brewer’s Association, is coordinating with breweries in the three regions where the Games are being held to ask them to include one of their brews in the promotion. They will then invite the bars and restaurants that serve the selected local brews to participate. When a customer orders a beer from a participating brewery, they get to keep the commemorative glass. The goal is too collect all five.

·     If you are interested in taking part in the pint glass scavenger hunt, please contact Chris Ericson at

3) Adopt a delegation and make your business front embrace that nation!

·     We are inviting all local businesses to adopt a delegation for the Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games. This might include flying that delegation’s flag outside of your business, decorating your establishment to represent that delegation, to offer specials or promotions themed to that delegation, or any other idea that you come up with.

·     To adopt a delegation, please fill out a form with your top three choices. While we hope everyone gets their first choice, we want to include as many delegations as possible. Form HERE (Ignore the asterisks, as they apply to Lake Placid)

·     See what teams will be playing in Canton and Potsdam – and get your tickets while you’re at it! HERE

4) Provide incentives to be included in the volunteer packages

·     There will be many volunteers who are generously donating their time to make the 2023 FISU World University Games a success and to positively represent our communities to visitors. To thank them for their time and work, we would like to offer them a menu of offers from local businesses.

·     If you would like to participate, please fill out a form. You do not need to provide specifics of your offer now; we are just seeking to get a measure of interest and the types of promotions that businesses might offer. Form HERE

5) Restaurants:

·     If you would like to be included in the ‘voucher program’, officials will be provided with meal tickets that can be used at your place. You will then submit for payment.

·     Contact Logan Reynolds at

6) Volunteers:

·     230 volunteers are needed for the Canton/Potsdam Games alone, with many more for the Lake Placid and Gore locations. Submit a form as soon as possible Form HERE

·     If you have a group who would like to volunteer together, contact Bethany Valenze at

·     She will create a code for your group so that you can work shifts together, if that is desired. *Each volunteer will have to fill out an individual registration.*

7) Get informed and share with your employees and guests:

·     Print, read and review these talking points. We will update this as more details come along. Open File.

8) Follow the Games and share the excitement on Facebook and Instagram

For more information about the games:

If your business would like to offer a discount to anyone showing proof of attending a game in the last 48 hours, please contact the Canton Chamber of commerce to be added to our list.  You may also complete this form and send it in. FISU TICKET STUB DISCOUNT FORM  Participating businesses will be listed on the Western Venue Event page on
If you have any events or activities happening January 11-19th that you would like promoted to fans, volunteers and residents during the games, add them HERE.  The Games feel far away, but people traveling to the area to play, watch or volunteer are already making their plans! Don’t wait – join the fun! Game schedule and tickets are HERE – get creative with after game entertainment, mid-day features based on certain countries, etc!
To learn more about the FISU World University Games, with specifics to what is happening in Canton and
Potsdam and how you can be more engaged. This will be a virtual call in – or log in with your computer, tablet or smart phone. There will be some special visuals, so it is ideal to Zoom in with a screen!
FISU World Games Information Session, hosted by the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, November 23 nd at 10:00am : RSVP required  Click here

Anyone and everyone from the community is welcome to join this call! It will be recorded, so if this time is not the best for you, please register as we will send the recording to all who have registered.

To find out other ways that your business can get involved in the games, click here. 
This promotion and local activities are being organized by the St. Lawrence CountyCanton and Potsdam Chambers of Commerce.
WINTERFEST 2023 will be coming SOON!
February 9th-19th
Winterfest buttons will start selling January 1st.  Look for amazing prizes and local discounts for all that purchase a  button.  This years buttons will be designed the same as previous years  by a Canton central student design contest winner.