Chautauqua Business Weekly – May 13

Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier


Chautauqua County Compiling Airport Usage Data
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier encourage all local business people to make your voices heard on re-establishing commercial air service to the Jamestown Airport. Chautauqua County is working to develop the data that will lead to reinvestment in county airports, and the input of business leaders and stakeholders is crucial in that effort. A quick, easy, and confidential survey is available online. With just a few minutes of your time, this valuable information can be compiled to help identify the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities at the Jamestown Airport, address capital improvement needs, and develop a customized plan to benefit the airport’s users and surrounding community.
Mark Geise, Deputy County Executive for Economic Development, points out that Chautauqua County has a viable proposal on the table from Boutique Air to re-establish a federally subsidized commercial air service between the Jamestown, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore-Washington International Airports. In the past, enplanements rates in this region demonstrated the need and usage of commercial air service when Jamestown was served by reliable carriers.
Restoration of commercial air service can only come through business and tourism traveler feedback. The survey will not only help to provide service again, but will also point out infrastructure improvements the federal government is poised to make if they are supported with credible market research. The County and the Industrial Development Agency hosted a meeting in March which demonstrated that both airports in Jamestown and Dunkirk are needed for all business sectors. But the supporting data must be captured in order to be included in a documented proposal for airport investment. If you are an airline traveler, a business that uses airline travel, or a tourism-related business in Chautauqua County, we strongly encourage you to complete the county airport survey online.
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. Access to the online compliance system is a quick and easy way for businesses to meet the state requirements. 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.
Mornings on Main Schedule
As part of its spring membership drive, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce will once again visit local businesses during Mornings on Main walking tours. Chamber staff and volunteers will conduct walking tours in several business communities to visit current members for conversations about how we can serve you better, and to talk with non-member businesses about what the Chamber has to offer. These events will take place May 14 in the Mayville-Chautauqua area, May 21 in the Westfield-Barcelona area, May 28 in Hanover, June 4 in Jamestown, June 11 in Dunkirk, and June 18 in Fredonia.
The membership drive will conclude June 20 with a 5pm Business After Hours cruise aboard the Chautauqua Belle, departing from McCrea Point in Jamestown. All new and current members are welcome to attend. For more information, see our online events calendar.
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.
Chamber County Executive Breakfast is June 7
Each year the Chamber of Commerce provides an opportunity for its members to meet directly with the County Executive and ask questions. County Executive George Borrello will be our special guest for this event, which will be held at 8:30am, Friday, June 7 at Chautauqua Suites, 215 West Lake Road, Mayville. We encourage businesses to come prepared with questions for the County Executive.
Our sponsors for this event are: Chautauqua Institution, DFT Communications, Jamestown Mattress Company, Lawley Benefits Group, the Law Offices of Sheila Starkey Hahn, Media One Radio Group, Nestle Purina PetCare, OBSERVER, Phillips Lytle LLP, The Post-Journal, Serta Mattress Company, Southern Tier Environments for Living, and UPMC Chautauqua. The cost is $18 for Chamber members or $21 for non-members. Advanced registration is appreciated. You can call the Chamber at (716) 366-6200 or (716) 484-1101 or sign up online.