Chautauqua Business Weekly – June 22

Phase 3 Open for Business

Western New York has moved into Phase Three of the New York Forward plan, allowing restaurants to serve indoors at 50 percent of capacity, and personal service businesses to reopen such as massage therapy, spa services, tanning businesses, manicure and pedicure services, and tattoo and piercing services.
If you are a business owner and have questions, remember that the New York Forward plan is all available online at Under each Phase you will find your business sector, and under each business sector you will find a handy reference chart that provides Summary Guidelines, as well as the Detailed Guidelines. At the very end of the Detailed Guidelines for each sector there is a link to click, taking you to an Affirmation Form online. Each business must AFFIRM that they have read the detailed guidelines for their sector. This includes all businesses that have been open as Essential Services.
Cornell Cooperative Extension sent reminders out in the past week that all farms are also required to implement safety plans that cover issues surrounding employees, work environment, and processes. For assistance with farm planning please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 664-9502.
As our economy continues to move through the phased reopening process, we remind all businesses, employees, and customers to take precautions and follow the requirements of reopening. The new rules are designed for our public health and safety. In addition, the guidelines and rules provide each business with direction on how to mitigate the risk of employees and customers. As a reminder, COVID-19 is not gone, and we encourage precautions not just to protect our local residents, but to keep us from having to backtrack in what has already been a difficult process this year. Please wear masks and continue to social distance as needed – for the sake of our businesses and our entire community.

Chamber Congressional Meeting to Be Held July 16

Each year the Chamber of Commerce provides an opportunity to meet with our Congressman. This year that event will be held online at 8:30am, Thursday, July 16. Representative Tom Reed will be our guest and will answer questions from the audience.
We encourage all participants to get up and get out and pick up some breakfast or coffee from your favorite local restaurant, then join us online beginning promptly at 8:30.
You may attend for free, but we are also providing a registration option for a donation to the Chamber of Commerce if you are so inclined. Not unlike many businesses in our community COVID-19 has had a financial impact on our organization, so your donation is greatly appreciated.
The Congressional Breakfast is sponsored by Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Jamestown Mattress Company, Law Offices of Sheila Starkey Hahn, Media One Radio Group, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, University Advancement at the State University of New York at Fredonia, and UPMC Chautauqua. You may register online at any time.

Vote for Chautauqua in the USA Today 10 Best Poll!

Chautauqua has been nominated for USA Today’s Best Small Town Cultural Scene, and all local people are encouraged to vote! You can vote daily through June 29 by visiting You can also sign up for daily reminders to vote!
We have had some tremendous successes this year for local communities and attractions at Fredonia won the Season 5 vote in The Small Business Revolution, and the National Comedy Center won the USA Today Best New Museum poll. Let’s all work together to make this just as successful! Vote each day!