Chautauqua Business Weekly – May 6th

Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier
Chamber Open House is Today!
The Chamber will launch its spring membership drive TODAY with a pair of simultaneous open houses from 11am-1pm at its offices in the JCC North Training Center at 10785 Bennett Road, Dunkirk, and at the manufacturing Technology Institute at JCC at 512 Falconer Street, Jamestown. Local business people, Chamber members and non-members alike, are welcome to come and learn what’s new at the Chamber and how we offer value to businesses of all sizes. Attendees can enter a drawing to win a $50 Shoptauqua Gift Card. This event will also be a celebration of National Small Business Week. Staff members will be available at both locations to chat about how we serve businesses and the community.
During National Small Business Week, businesses with ten or fewer employees can join the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and get a 20% discount off their first year membership investment. For those with five or fewer full time equivalent employees their membership investment will be $144 for their first year, compared to the regular $180 cost; while for those with six to ten full time equivalents their membership investment will be $193, compared to the regular $241. You can take advantage of this special price by joining through our online special event.
Chamber/MAST Help Members Comply with Sexual Harassment Law
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier are pleased to provide a new resource that offers New York State compliant workplace harassment guidance and tools, and much more. By providing an online platform, the Chamber and MAST can offer a round-the-clock human resources package that provides compliance recommendations, tools and video solutions for real world employee situations.
New York State required that all workplaces, no matter their size, implement a policy around sexual harassment by October of 2018. That policy must be shared with every employee. In addition, by October of 2019, every employee must participate each year in an interactive exercise that demonstrates what comprises sexual harassment and how to prevent it and report it. The state Department of Labor has recommended that this exercise become part of the hiring and on-boarding process for every employee.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious issue and businesses need to move pro-actively to address it. With this new service we will help businesses comply with New York State requirements and help foster improved awareness and prevention of harassment in the workplace. In addition to creating a safe work culture it is important for businesses to take steps to protect their own interests. This is a quick and easy way for businesses to work through the platform and is a true value-added product for our member businesses.
Access to the online compliance system is an added benefit for all members of the Chamber and MAST. There is no additional cost beyond the annual membership investment to access the HR compliance tools and sexual harassment compliance video. For more information about the program, contact the Chamber or MAST at 484-1101 or 366-6200, or visit the member benefits section of our website.
We were proud to introduce this new member benefit during a news conference at Pace’s Pizzeria in Jamestown, with participation from Pace’s owners Joe and Alyvia Town and with Matt Churchill from Water Street Brass. Both businesses are among the first to sign on with the new program.
Wine & Dine Chautauqua Celebrates our Lake Erie Region May 10
Wine & Dine Chautauqua will be held May 10 at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Dunkirk, incorporating the Dunkirk and Fredonia Chambers’ Grape Expectations wine tasting event and Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau Annual Meeting.
Grape Expectations will be held as a social hour from 5-6:30pm in the Lighthouse Ballroom. This portion of the evening will feature local wineries, vendors, appetizers, and prizes. Sponsors for Grape Expectations are: The Chautauqua Center, City of Dunkirk, Fredonia Technology Incubator, Hometown Insurance, Jamestown Community College North County Center, Lake Shore Savings Bank, Larson-Timko Funeral Home, and Putnam Record Insurance Agency.
The CCVB Annual Dinner meeting will begin immediately afterwards in the Bayside Ballroom and will include a short business meeting, a buffet dinner, and a presentation by keynote speaker, Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas, who will discuss economic development in Dunkirk.
The cost to attend just Grape Expectations is $15 and advance registration is strongly encouraged. The cost to attend the CCVB Annual Dinner Meeting is $35 and reservations are required for the dinner. To attend both events the cost is just $45 per person. To register for either or both events, please contact the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce at (716) 366-6200. Or register through our online events calendar. Space is limited.


Hanover Chamber Hosts Beach Party Business After Hours May 23
The Chautauqua County and Hanover Community Chambers of Commerce will host a Beach Party Business After Hours, Thursday, May 23 from 5-7pm at Cabana Sam’s Sunset Bay in Irving. The event will include a live band, the Kokomo Time Trio, playing from 5-8pm. The cost is $13 for pre-registered Chamber members and $15 for non-members or walk-ins, which includes appetizers, door prizes, and a first drink free followed by a cash bar with two for one drinks. Sponsors are the Law Offices of Sheila Starkey Hahn, Media One Radio Group, OBSERVER, and The Post-Journal. To register call the Chamber at (716) 366-6200 or sign up online now.


Mayville-Chautauqua Chamber Community Wide Yard Sales May 25
The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Community Wide Yard Sales on Saturday, May 25. All residents are invited to participate and the deadline to be included on the sale list is May 11. Yard sale addresses and a map will be available at local chamber member businesses where a yard sale poster is displayed. Those businesses will be listed at the Mayville-Chautauqua Chamber Facebook page. For more information contact Debby Marsala at (716) 753-3113.
Fredonia Chamber Attic & Seller Days
May 31-June 1
The Fredonia Community Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for its annual Attic & Seller Days community-wide yard sales! Fredonia residents can register to be listed on the sale map for just $5, by stopping at either of our local business partners: Pucci’s Carpet One, 112 West Main Street, or Sir PrintsAlot, 6 Park Place. Sale registration is also open online. All participating sales must be registered by 5pm, Tuesday, May 28 to be listed on the map. Sale maps will be available for $2 in the information booth in Barker Commons on sale days. For more information, call the Chamber at 366-6200.