Chamber Corner

Community Chambers restructured for improvement

By TODD TRANUM

President & CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

In the past several months, several Community Chambers in Chautauqua County have been in the process of transformation. New coordinators have been hired and in some cases boards of directors have been reformed to breathe new life into our Community Chambers of Commerce.

Each of the six Community Chambers (Dunkirk, Fredonia, Hanover, Jamestown, Mayville-Chautauqua and Westfield-Barcelona,) has its own board of directors, and the presidents of each board sit on the Board of Directors of the Chautauqua County Chamber. The Community Chambers are affiliated with the County Chamber through the Community Chamber Development Corporation, which acts as fiscal agent for all six local entities.

These are exciting times for the Community Chambers. With a renewed focus on board development and with local coordinators serving them in new ways, each community will have the resources it needs to provide enhanced service to Chamber members and to run meaningful events and projects. This includes opportunities for growth such as the expansion of the Dunkirk Farmers Market, which was operated this past summer by the Dunkirk Community Chamber for the first time.

In addition, because of their affiliation with the Chautauqua County Chamber, each Community Chamber has the opportunity to improve its website presence and to market its projects and events to a wider audience.

We believe that these changes will enhance our Five Point Focus: driving foot traffic into local businesses; increasing sales and reducing costs for members; containing health insurance costs through pro-active solutions; advocating for positive change with a focus on reducing taxes; and supporting economic, workforce, and tourism development.

Often, leadership builds from the ground up. With our six Community Chambers of Commerce helping to lead the way, we will continue to make Chautauqua County an attractive place to live, work, and do business.

Dunkirk Community Chamber award winners announced

The Dunkirk Community Chamber of Commerce will honor a number of businesses during its Annual Luncheon on Jan. 16.

Add Lumber is being recognized as Business of the Year. Community Service recipients are Doctors James and Irene Strychalski of Lake Shore Orthodontics & Oral Surgery. The New Member award is going to Rookies on the Lake, while the Continued Years of Service Award will be presented to Kirk’s Jewelers & Gifts, Inc. A Special Recognition Award will go to Jamestown Community College.

The Annual Luncheon will be held in the Bayside Ballroom at the Clarion Hotel, 30 Lake Shore Dr. E, starting at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $20 each for this event. All current and future members of the Dunkirk Community Chamber of Commerce are welcome to attend.

You can register now by calling the Chamber office in Dunkirk at 366-6200 or by visiting the events calendar on the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce website at www.chautauquachamber.org.

Sign up for active rewards

Many of us start a new year with a fitness goal, and for those enrolled in Univera health insurance products through the Chamber of Commerce Bright Choices exchange, you may have an extra incentive to get or stay in shape this year cash back!

ActiveUnivera is a rewards program that makes it easy to receive cash back for simple healthy lifestyle decisions. You can earn up to $1,000 per family, or $500 for an individual, each year just for doing healthy things that fit into your daily routine; things like working in the yard, taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walking the dog. You simply track your healthy activities through the ActiveUnivera portal.

To learn more, visit www.univerahealthcare.com and click the link for ActiveRewards. It’s easy to get started and you can get cash back just for working to meet your fitness goals this year.

Liazon moves to e-statements

The Chamber of Commerce partners with Liazon, which offers the Bright Choices exchange to provide health insurance and other employee benefit products to our members. Liazon is moving to an electronic e-statement billing platform, effective March 1, and is imposing a new charge for paper billing starting with that billing cycle. Employers will be assessed a $2 charge for each paper monthly invoice. Liazon has been including this message on its billing notices since November.

This is a Liazon billing decision. In order to avoid the additional charge, members are encouraged to sign up for Liazon’s E-Statement system. Liazon representatives will be contacting clients to let them know how to make this change. For more information, please call Liazon’s billing office directly at 866-606-4042 with any questions or concerns.