The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Business Show, Hats Off to Business, on Oct. 4 at the Owego Treadway. Ninety-five businesses took part in this year's show, according to Tioga County Chamber of Commerce President Marte Sauerbrey, making a strong statement that the small and large businesses of Tioga County which drive our local economy are back.

Many of those businesses have fought "tooth and nail to come back after the flood," Sauerbrey said. "What the chamber does is stir the pot," she continued, "creating opportunities is what it's all about." Opportunities to grow businesses, generate more income, and hire more employees.

"It's really good to be back" Sauerbrey added, noting that this was the first business show at the Treadway in two years because of the flood.

Many of the businesses at the show were hit hard by the flood. Joe Davis of the Tim Lounsbury Allstate Insurance affiliate in Owego pushed the new "awesome" rates for car insurance right now, saying they are "crushing the competition." Lounsbury's office at 82 North Ave. in Owego, N.Y. had four to five feet of water during the flood. Luckily, a sister office in Endicott was able to take in the Owego operation, which Davis said was obviously very busy.

"Customers are our first concern, we took care of all claims quickly," Davis said.

Another business hit hard by the flood was the Tax Ladies. The seven female accountants had almost three feet of water in their old offices, which they ultimately abandoned for their new home in the Washington Gladden building at 1277 Taylor Rd. in Owego, N.Y., according to Enrolled Agent Holly Klett.

Enrolled Agents have passed an IRS exam and have unlimited practice rights before the IRS. Klett said they are open year around, and have had lots of experience in casualty during the last year.

Klett had high praise for Sauerbrey and the Chamber of Commerce. "Marte contacted us and then got the news out after we moved to the Washington Gladden building," Klett said, speaking of their new office location. "She was right on top of things, I was really impressed."