Chamber Corner

The Value of Membership: Information and new ideas


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

In this age of information, it’s not surprising that we often feel inundated. So much information comes to us in so many ways that it really is hard to keep up with all of it.

But how do you separate the truly valuable information for your business from the “good to know, but does it really help me” stuff? One key way is to consider the source. When you gain information from the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, you can be certain that it is important for business people.

The Chamber provides a monthly online newsletter, packed with information about Chamber services, items from our six Community Chambers of Commerce, and Chamber Member news. In addition, we write and distribute the Chautauqua Business Weekly email to all Chamber members – providing a quick reference point for key items and coming events and always with direct links to additional web-based information.

The Business Over Bagels series of workshops each year provides trainings for Chamber members seeking to improve specific skills. The trainings are designed for businesses of all size, often focusing on human resource issues, marketing and more.

Guest speakers invited to the Chamber’s main events always offer interesting and worthwhile information. Most recently, the Chamber hosted a vice president from The Business Council of New York state to discuss state budget issues related to business tax and regulatory items. We have also featured speakers recently on issues as varied as compiling a business plan for hydraulic fracturing and what it was like to win an Olympic gold medal. These presenters offer all types of insights for business people, including some that may provide pure motivation.

In an effort to utilize current technology to its fullest potential, all of the Chamber’s weekly articles online can be part of an RSS subscription to help you as a business person keep on top of trends. Our information is also posted to Facebook and Twitter, for the convenience of our members. Now, thanks to an integrated web-based database, each time the Chamber gets a new member it will be automatically posted to our Facebook timeline.

Whether your business is seeking training for staff, information on advocacy issues, or just wants to stay in the know on how and when to network with other like-minded business people, your Chamber of Commerce is here to keep you connected. For more information, visit our website at

State Legislative Breakfast set for April 19

Each year the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce provides opportunities for its members to have a direct conversation with elected officials from each level of government. This year, the State Legislative Breakfast will be held April 19 at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club. Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell will provide their insights about legislation in Albany, and be available for questions from the audience.

The State Legislative Breakfast is sponsored by Affinity One Federal Credit Union, DFT Communications, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown Mattress Company, KeyBank, Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York, Nestle Purina PetCare, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, Serta Mattress Company, the State University of New York at Fredonia, WCA Hospital and WJTN/WWSE/WKSN/WHUG/WQFX.

The State Legislative Breakfast is just $15 per person. You can register online through the Chamber’s web site and online events calendar or call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101.

Hanover Community Chamber sets annual meeting

The Hanover Community Chamber of Commerce will honor three local businesses during its Awards Luncheon and Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 21. The event will be held at the Colony Restaurant and Lounge, 876 Main Road, Irving, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Award winners this year are: Business of the Year, Newbrook/Excelco; Community Service Award, Lake Erie Regional Health System of NY; and Continued Years of Service Award, Benchley Contracting & Rental.

The cost to attend is $15 per person. For more information, or to register, contact Hanover Community Chamber Coordinator Kevin Lowther at 366-6200 ext. 304.