Chautauqua Business Weekly – June 3

Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier
HR Compliance Tools Working to Protect Local Businesses
From Silver Creek to Ripley to Jamestown, and all points in between, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier are helping local businesses comply with the new state law that requires sexual harassment prevention measures in the workplace. Whether your business is in auto sales, insurance, manufacturing, or wine making, the Chamber has tools you can use. Since we launched our online HR library and toolkit just one month ago, more than 100 Chamber member businesses have implemented the program. These are businesses with as few as one employee and as many as 250 employees.
The Chamber and MAST are offering a human resources compliance toolkit that includes resources to meet the requirements of the New York State Workplace Sexual Harassment Law. This new online platform provides a round-the-clock human resources package featuring compliance recommendations, tools and video solutions for real world employee situations. Access to the online compliance system is provided to help member businesses simplify and control costs around compliance with 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. Furthermore, businesses utilizing these resources will be better positioned to protect their business exposure to DOL audits, ERISA violations, employment practices liability claims and more.
There is no additional cost beyond the annual membership investment to access the HR compliance tools and the sexual harassment compliance video. To begin using the platform today, call the Chamber offices at 366-6200 or 484-1101 and ask for Kevin Sixbey. For more information, visit the member benefits section of our website.
Chamber County Executive Breakfast is This Friday 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.
First Friday and Lincoln Festival Kick Off Friday
The Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber of Commerce begins its popular summer First Friday series June 7, and this time it will also help to kick off the rebirth of the weekend-long Lincoln Festival in Westfield. First Friday runs from 5-8pm featuring a street fair on Main Street with live music, games, wine, food, vendors, and much more. The large cutout decorated Westfield Wine Bottles will be unveiled. All are welcome!
Lincoln Festival also begins Friday night. Visit Lincoln displays at Patterson Library. All weekend long there will be historic reenactments, drills and demonstrations, horse drawn carriage rides, music, and more. Get your picture taken with Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. See the Lincoln and Grace Bedell meeting at Lincoln-Bedell Park at 11:15 Saturday, enter the Best Beard Contest, and hear Lincoln’s speech at 5:15 Saturday from the McClurg Mansion porch. Learn more on our web calendar.
Network with the Chamber on a Chautauqua Belle Riverboat Cruise
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce invite you to a special Business After Hours networking cruise aboard the historic Chautauqua Belle. This two hour scenic cruise will explore the wilds of the Chadakoin River, departing from McCrea Point in Jamestown on Thursday, June 20. Enjoy networking with your fellow Chamber members, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Space is limited, so sign up now.
This great evening is proudly sponsored by Affinity One Federal Credit Union, AFLAC, Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, P.C., KeyBank, Elegant Edibles Catering, ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals, Media One Radio Group, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, and Univera Healthcare Southern Tier. The cost is just $18 for members and $20 for prospective members. Please arrive early. Check-in begins at 4:30 and the boat will leave the dock promptly at 5pm. You can register online now or call the Chamber at (716) 366-6200 or (716) 484-1101 to reserve your space.