Chamber Corner

Chautauqua In June in its third year

By TODD TRANUM

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

Chautauqua In June is back! For the third year in a row, Chautauqua In June is proud to provide a two-week festival of learning that features a broad range of classes from food to photography. You can enjoy a farm-to-table culinary adventure, become a brewer for a day, or learn about other creative pursuits or outdoor recreation. More than 20 workshops are offered to suit a wide array of tastes and interests. Chautauqua In June was founded as an extension of the Chautauqua: The World’s Learning Center branding initiative. Promoted regionally in Buffalo, Erie, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh, the festival courses have seen anywhere from 35 to 58 percent of attendees from outside of Chautauqua County. In addition, the learning festival has spawned a subsequent Colors of Chautauqua event in autumn.

These festivals are just one way Chautauqua County has been working to improve its standing as a tourism destination, not just during the peak summer season, but all year round. If you are interested in taking one of the classes, sign up quickly. Some of them do sell out. Chautauqua In June this year runs from May 31 to June 16. You can learn more on the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau web site at www.tourchautauqua.com or call the CCVB office at 716-357-4569.

Chamber hosts County Executive’s 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 on line 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 8:30-10:30 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. 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.

Chamber Membership Blitz continues 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. 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.