Chamber Corner

Join now for special opportunities

By TODD TRANUM

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

Heading into its third week, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Membership Blitz is going strong. A number of new members have already joined the Chamber, while volunteers and staff are working with many others.

If you have considered all of the benefits the Chamber of Commerce has to offer, but still haven’t joined, now is the time. 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.

New members who join 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). Dozens of additional prizes have been donated by friends of the Chamber as well. All of the prizes will be awarded during an upcoming Experience Chautauqua Networking Event in May.

If a staff member or volunteer has not called on your business yet, you can still become a part of Chautauqua County’s premier business organization. For more information, call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101, or find us online at www.chautauquachamber.org. Chamber membership is affordable and valuable.

Business After Hours a key part of Membership Blitz

Three Business After Hours networking events are planned throughout Chautauqua County this coming week, especially for Chamber of Commerce members and prospective members. They will be held in a variety of areas around the county for the convenience of all, and will provide a unique opportunity for non-members to come together with Chamber members to learn more about the benefits of membership. All of these events are free of charge.

The first will be held on Tuesday, April 30 in Sully’s Pub inside the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena. In addition to a valuable networking opportunity, attendees will have a chance to tour the Arena or the newly remodeled Gateway Train Station across the street. This event is hosted by the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce.

The second event, hosted by the Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber, is Wednesday, May 1 at the Athenaeum Hotel at Chautauqua Institution. This is a prime opportunity for those who may not have visited this historic and regal building on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution. The Athenaeum provides a glimpse into our county’s past, while catering to the present.

The third event will be held Thursday, May 2 in the friendly atmosphere of Applebee’s in Dunkirk. It is conveniently located for anyone who may want to attend from the northern part of the county and is hosted by the Dunkirk and Fredonia Community Chambers.

All of these events are open to any business person in any part of the county and are free to attend. Each will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and will include free appetizers and a cash bar. There will be a brief presentation on the value of Chamber membership. Pre-registration is not required, but is recommended. You can register through the Chamber’s online events calendar at www.chautauquachamber.org.

Business Over Bagels: Promoting your business

Looking for new and improved ways to promote your products or services? The next Business Over Bagels session is for you. Business Over Bagels: Promoting Your Business will be held on Tuesday, June 4 at the JCC North County Training Center, Bennett Road, Dunkirk, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Trainer Bill Prieto will held businesses explore internal and external marketing, why they are both important, different types of advertising and new ideas to promote your business. After his service in the US Army, Prieto completed a bachelor’s degree in Communications from SUNY Fredonia. He was a salesman for Tri-State Outdoor Media, and then was one of the partners who formed Advertising Advantage. He is a consultant and a Certified Google Partner, helping small to midsize businesses create marketing plans and use technology to prepare for growth in their markets.

The cost for this session is $25 for Chamber members or $30 for non-members and includes a continental breakfast. To register, please call the continuing education office at JCC, either at 363-6500 or 338-1005.