Chautauqua Business Weekly – September 30

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

October is Manufacturing Month

Manufacturing remains the backbone of the regional economy. Manufacturers in the Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany County service area of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier produce $7.5 Billion USD in shipments annually. Manufactures pay out $837 Million USD in payroll. Large amounts of our manufacturing output is sold outside of our region, state and country, resulting in the movement of large amounts of new wealth into our area. Per the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), manufacturing has the highest multiplier effect of any major sector. The NAM estimates that for every dollar spent on manufacturing another $1.81 is added to the economy. The NAM estimates that for every manufacturing worker, there are another four employees hired elsewhere. Manufacturing workers on average earn approximately $82,023 annually while the average compensation in all nonfarm industries is $64,609.
Over the next month we take time to celebrate this critically important economic investments with a variety of activities that honor our rich history of making products, and highlight the technology of today that provides an important job base. The Manufacturers Association is working with Jamestown Community College to observe Manufacturing day, with a proclamation to be delivered on Friday, October 4 at the Manufacturing Technology Institute at JCC. In addition technology tours with school districts will be occurring in Cattaraugus County.
On October 17 MAST is sponsoring Manufacturing Marketing World, presented by protocol 80, Inc. at Chautauqua Suites. The mission of this event is to provide education to manufacturers that will help them reach more prospects and generate more sales. Through a day-long series of conferences and webinars, Manufacturing Marketing World will help companies to grow. To learn more or register, visit
October 18 is the perennially popular Tech Tours day, coordinated by the Manufacturers Association, Dream It Do It and JCC. Chautauqua County and Cattaraugus school districts will be sending students to tour local manufacturing companies throughout the day.
Additionally, the Technology and Manufacturing Expo will be held November 13 at the MTI facility in Jamestown, featuring manufacturing suppliers and vendors with a series of workshops. This event is coordinated by Allen Industrial Sales working with JCC, MAST, the SHIFT program, and Insyte Consulting.
For more information about any of these programs or events please contact Tim Piazza at

Register Now for the Chamber Annual Awards Banquet October 10

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize a number of local leaders, businesses and community volunteers during our Annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, October 10. The Chamber’s annual Economic Development Award is being presented to Lakeside Precision, Inc. in Dunkirk, while the Person of the Year Award will be presented to Bruce Erickson of Lakewood. Each of the six community Chambers of Commerce presents a Community Service Award during the Chamber Banquet. The Dunkirk Community Chamber has selected the late John W. (Bill) Farrell. The Fredonia Community Chamber chose Larry Fiorella for its Community Service Award. Sam Bova has been selected to receive the Community Service Award from the Hanover Community Chamber. The Jamestown Community Chamber selected Lucille Miller. The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber has chosen Bob and Joyce Mathews, and the Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber is presenting its Community Service Award to Jean McCausland.
This annual event is proudly sponsored by Bush Industries, County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Corporation, Community Bank, DFT Communications, Lawley Insurance, Media One Radio Group, National Grid, OBSERVER, and The Post-Journal. Online registration is available now through the Chamber’s online events calendar.

Workplace Sexual Harassment Deadline is October 9

One of the key roles of the Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association is to provide businesses with the resources they need to thrive in an ever changing environment. The New York State deadline for compliance with preventing sexual harassment in the workplace training is looming October 9, and the Chamber and MAST have a system in place to help all local businesses comply with the requirements.
Under state law, by October 9 all current employees of businesses in New York State must be provided with both a written policy regarding sexual harassment in the workplace, and with interactive training. Our web-based platform provides an easily accessible series of compliance tools and videos that can help employers meet the state requirements. There is no additional cost beyond the price of your membership, and the online portal allows employees to complete the mandatory video review, while the employer can track that completion.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious issue and businesses must pro-actively address it. With this new service, the Chamber and MAST strives to assist our members by fostering improved awareness, and access to tools that are needed to create a safe work culture and businesses to protect their own interests.
For more information, call our offices at (716) 484-1101 or (716) 366-6200.

Health Insurance Open Enrollment is Underway

Through the expansion of plan options and solutions available through the Chamber of Commerce, we can now provide even greater value to our members. To outline all of this, the Chamber’s licensed in-house broker, Kevin Sixbey, is focused on direct engagement with clients this year. He has been reaching out for discussions with all current groups that have December 1 renewal dates.Coverage is still offered through Blue Cross Blue Shield, Independent Health, and Univera, with a variety of plans to help meet the needs of different clients and groups. MetLife and AFLAC are our prime carriers for a variety of ancillary and voluntary plans, along with some new options recently added. In all cases, the Chamber features a broad array of products and solutions to meet the needs of local businesses and their workers. All employee group decisions will have to be finalized by October 31 to meet the deadline for renewed coverage by December 1. Most current clients will be hearing from our staff shortly to set up meeting times. If you don’t hear from us, please call or email Kevin Sixbey at 484-1101 or 366-6200 or
As a benefit of membership, the Chamber’s health insurance and employee benefits support is driven by our mission to provide our members with cost containment solutions for employers providing these as benefits to their employees