Chamber Corner

Chamber extends Membership Blitz

By TODD TRANUM

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

The 2013 Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Membership Drive has been extended through the month of May. Due to increasing interest, the program will continue for three more weeks, through May 31. Initially, the special offers and promotions surrounding the Membership Drive were set to run for just through May 10, but because phone calls and interest has increased we have decided to allow even more new Chamber members to participate.

Benefits of joining the Chautauqua County Chamber include tools to increase profits such as Shop Chautauqua County Gift Checks and discounts on services; connections to new customers through networking events, sponsorships and business promotion opportunities; representation where it matters through legislative events and advocacy; and information and new ideas including weekly updates, monthly e-newsletters, training and development, and guest speakers.

New members who join during the drive will be entered into a drawing for a number of special prizes. The Chamber itself is offering substantial member benefits as prizes including a Sapphire GEM sponsorship ($1,000 value), membership paid for the year (2014-15 dues), and two free Chamber event passes for the year ($216 value, excluding the Annual Banquet, Golf Tournament, and Community Chamber events). In addition, a number of Chamber members and friends of the Chamber have offered additional prizes.

If you have not been contacted by a volunteer or a staff yet and are interested in joining the Chamber, please call one of our offices at 366-6200 or 484-1101 or join online at www.chautauquachamber.org.

Experience Chautauqua: Networking May 16 at Lawson Boating Center

The brand new Lawson Boating Heritage Center will be the site for the next Experience Chautauqua Networking Event coming up May 16. The center is the former LS Aero Marine at 73 Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point. A non-profit organization, it is dedicated to preserving, displaying and presenting the boating history of Chautauqua Lake. While the museum is still in its infancy, the building has a venerable heritage as a center for boating on Chautauqua Lake.

This networking event offers Chamber members an opportunity to view the museum and learn more about the boating history on the lake, while also getting to know other Chamber business people. It is sponsored by: Affinity One Federal Credit Union, Chautauqua Marina Inc., Jamestown Jammers Baseball, M & T Bank and UBS Financial Services.

The cost for this event is $8 for pre-registered guests or $10 at the door if you have not registered. For more information or to register, call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101 or visit our events calendar online at www.chautauquachamber.org/events.

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 help 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.

Grape Expectations May 17

The Fredonia and Dunkirk Community Chambers of Commerce invite you to Grape Expectations! This annual wine tasting and networking event will bring together eight member wineries in one place for tastings. It will be held at the White Inn, 52 East Main St., Fredonia.

The cost is just $12 for pre-registered guests or $15 if you are not registered. It includes complimentary appetizers and a souvenir wine glass from Grape Expectations. Wine purchases will be available from the participating wineries.

To register, call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 679-1565, or visit our website at www.chautauquachamber.org/events.