Chamber Corner

Chamber to host County Executive Breakfast June 7

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual County Executive’s Breakfast on Friday, June 7 at the Chautauqua Golf Club. County Executive Greg Edwards will make a brief presentation, followed by an opportunity for questions and answers. The Chamber hosts this event each year in order to provide an opportunity for the business community to hear directly from the County Executive and to exchange questions and share concerns.

The event is sponsored by: Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro PC, Chautauqua Institution, Crown Benefits Group, DFT Communications, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown Jammers, Jamestown Mattress Company, KeyBank, Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York, M & T Bank, Nestle Purina PetCare, OBSERVER, Phillips Lytle, The Post-Journal, Serta Mattress Company, SKF Aeroengine, Southern Tier Environments for Living, State University of New York at Fredonia, Univera Healthcare, WCA Hospital and WJTN/WWSE/WKSN/WHUG/WQFX.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. To register, call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101, or register online 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 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 U.S. 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, call the continuing education office at JCC, either at 363-6500 or 338-1005.

Chamber Membership Blitz extended through May 31

The 2013 Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Membership Drive has been extended through the month of May. 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 (2014-2015 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.

Miles of yard sales courtesy of the Community Chambers

A number of Community Chambers of Commerce will be holding community-wide yard sales in the weeks ahead, and there is still time for residents to literally put their sale on the map.

The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber will hold its second annual event on Saturday, May 25. Mayville and Chautauqua residents are invited to participate and for $5 can have their location and sales description listed on the sale map. The deadline to be listed was May 16. For information, call the Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber at 753-3113. Local businesses are also encouraged to hold special sales, events or promotions on that day.

Three other Community Chambers will all hold their sales events simultaneously June 7-9 in the Westfield-Barcelona, Fredonia and Dunkirk areas. This represents substantial growth in the Attic & Seller Days, which will now become a more than 20-mile long community yard sale event. The cost for these map listings is also $5, and deadline for sellers to be listed on the maps is June 5. For information or to get listed, contact the Westfield-Barcelona Chamber at 326-4000, the Fredonia Chamber at 679-1561 or Dunkirk at 672-9873.