Chautauqua Business Weekly – May 20

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



Running a Business Made Easier Through the Chamber
With its spring membership drive underway, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is on record pace for new member participation. We are talking to businesses all across the county about how and why to become a member. The “how” is simple: you can join online or call the Chamber at (716) 366-6200 or (716) 484-1101 to get a membership form. The “why” may be different for each business, but here are some key reasons to consider joining now.
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest business associations in Western New York. With more than 900 business members, we provide a variety of tools to help each business run smoothly. Whether you have a sole proprietorship or hundreds of employees, the Chamber can help to drive foot and internet traffic to your business, increase business to business connections, provide employee benefits and compliance resources, advocate on behalf of the business community, and support economic, workforce, and tourism development.
Through our newest offering, the Chamber and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier 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. Many businesses may not realize that the New York State Sexual Harassment Law applies to them, but it is crucial that all businesses comply under the state Department of Labor regulations. There is no additional cost beyond the annual membership investment to access the HR compliance tools and sexual harassment compliance video. Our staff is happy to discuss this in more detail and you can learn more here.
The Shoptauqua Gift Card is one of the Chamber’s tools to directly drive sales for our local member businesses. With more than 130 local businesses participating, this is a growing program. In 2018, the Chamber saw a 100% increase in sales of the Shoptauqua Gift Cards. Overall the program has had over a $3 million dollar impact on our local economy. That’s money that is returned to local businesses to benefit our local economy. The Chamber also directly drives business to local companies and organizations through referrals. Last year online and in-person referrals to Chamber member businesses totaled more than 469,000.
As Chamber staff and volunteers visit local businesses in the next few weeks we will be happy to explain more about how the Chamber makes a tangible difference for each member business and for our local economy. You can also visit us online to learn more.
Mornings on Main and a Riverboat Cruise Highlight Membership Drive
As part of its spring membership drive, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is once again visiting 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. This past week we were in the Mayville-Chautauqua region. On May 21 we will visit Westfield-Barcelona, with additional tours planned for May 28 in Hanover, June 4 in Jamestown, June 11 in Dunkirk, and June 18 in Fredonia.
The Chamber’s spring membership drive will conclude with a very special Business After Hours cruise aboard the Chautauqua Belle on June 20. Departing from McCrea Point in Jamestown at 5pm, the two hour cruise will include hors d’oeuvres provided Elegant Edibles Catering and a cash bar. The cost is just $18 for preregistered members or $20 for non-members or walk-ins (if space is available.) All new and current members are welcome. This event is sponsored by ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals. You can register online or call the Chamber at (716) 366-6200 or (716) 484-1101 to reserve your space.


Beach Party Business After Hours Thursday at Sunset Bay
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.