Chamber Corner

Golf Tournament date changed to August 15

By TODD TRANUM

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

It is no secret that summer feels like the shortest season in Chautauqua County. In our pursuit to make the most of this wonderful time of year there are many organizations plugging a lot of events into this precious time of year. Organizations do their best to schedule their events so that they don’t fall on the same dates. That is not always possible, or realistic, in a county where we are fortunate to have so much going on to appeal to so many different interest groups.

This year, the committee planning our Annual Golf Tournament purposely set out to make some changes in order to spark some renewed interest and make it more fun for our golfers. One of those changes was a decision to move the date, so a late July date was chosen – nearly six weeks earlier than we have traditionally held this event.

Just this past week, our committee learned that the date chosen conflicts with another charity golf tournament at a different country club. So the committee quickly re-grouped and determined a date change was in order. The new date for the Chamber Annual Golf Tournament is Thursday, August 15.

We are so grateful to the organizers at Peek’n Peak for the easy transition in making this date change. The staff at the Peek has been gracious and professional and we look forward to working with them over the next few months as this event comes together. The tournament will be played on the Peek’s prestigious Upper Course, a championship caliber, par 72 course which offers optimum playing conditions in a spectacular setting. The Peek has earned a 4.5/5 star rating from Golf Digest and is a past host to the PGA Nationwide Tournament.

Also new this year is a format change. The Chamber tournament has always been a scramble, but we have had some interest in offering a Two Best Ball tournament. So we have compromised this year and are offering both. Golfers can choose the way they prefer to play. Both will be played simultaneously, and the purse will be divided with prizes awarded for each format.

The Chamber Golf Tournament is being sponsored this year by DFT Communications, Community Bank NA, Cummins, Inc., Fredonia Place, Lake Shore Savings Bank, Lawley-Tradition LLC, National Fuel Gas, Ed Shults Chevrolet, Inc., the OBSERVER, and The Post-Journal. For more information or to register, visit the Chamber website at www.chautauquachamber.org, or call 484-1101 or 366-6200.

Three Business After Hours events planned

As part of its 2013 Membership Blitz, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is working with all of its affiliated community chambers to hold Business After Hours networking events. These events will be hosted by the community chambers, but are open to anyone in any part of the county. There is no registration fee and each event will include free appetizers and a cash bar. There will be a brief presentation at each event on the value of membership. Otherwise, attendees can simply enjoy the company of other Chamber members or prospective members.

Business After Hours events are scheduled as follows: Tuesday, April 30 at Sully’s Pub in the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, hosted by the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce; Wednesday, May 1 at the Athenaeum Hotel, Chautauqua Institution, hosted by the Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce; and Thursday, May 2 at Applebee’s in Dunkirk, hosted by the Dunkirk and Fredonia Community Chambers of Commerce.

Pre-registration is not required for these events, but is recommended. You can register through the online events calendar at www.chautauquachamber.org.

Has your business joined yet?

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce this week kicked off its 2013 Membership Blitz. New members who join the Chamber before May 10 will be entered into a drawing for these prizes from the Chamber: a Sapphire Gem Sponsorship valued at $1,000, their next year’s membership free, or a free pass to all Chamber events for a year (excluding the golf tournament and annual banquet). Additional prizes have been donated by dozens of friends of the Chamber. The prizes will be awarded during the Experience Chautauqua Networking Event at the Lawson Boating Heritage Center in Bemus Point on May 16.

The Chamber of Commerce provides tools to help businesses increase their profits and connect to new customers, and offers information and new ideas as well as representation as the voice of business on important public policy issues. The Chamber’s Shop Chautauqua County Gift Check program easily pumps more than $100,000 a year into the local economy, while providing participating businesses with additional marketing exposure. With a long history of providing health insurance plans, and with a thorough knowledge of insurance exchange programs and the Affordable Care Act, the Chamber is a key source for all businesses on this issue. The Chamber is also the voice of business on issues of public policy and advocacy. These are just a few of the benefits of Chamber membership.

Chamber membership is affordable and valuable. We encourage you to join this network of more than 1,000 businesses in Chautauqua County and become a part of all the Chamber has to offer. For more information, call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101, or find us online at www.chautauquachamber.org.