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Chamber focused on member value in 2017

January 11, 2017
By Todd J. Tranum - President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Sout , Westfield Republican

Business Associations are called on by their membership to do a lot of things. With a diverse array of businesses in our county, we work to develop programs and initiatives that are most essential to the majority of our members. In order to identify those needs, we conduct surveys and talk with our members to be sure we are hearing the voices of our customers. Information gathered from our members this past year has helped us set our priorities for 2017 and beyond. What we have learned from you is that workforce development, increasing sales, leveraging marketing resources and advocacy toward an improved business climate, are your priorities. In addition, many of our members continue to access health insurance through our services. We have aligned our five point focus with actionable objectives to be consistent with what you expect from us.

Point 1: Driving foot traffic and internet traffic into local businesses, fostering member business to customer connections. In partnership with six community chambers we produce events at the local community level, co-present events with our strategic partners to provide value to our members and bring consumers into our local communities. We coordinate a variety of promotional and advertising opportunities for our members to help them connect with consumers, and help our members improve their internet presence and maximize their search engine optimization.

Point 2: Increasing business to business connections for our members through services, events and seminars, fostering stronger ties among member businesses. The Chamber provides programs such as sponsorship and marketing/advertising opportunities members promote their business to other businesses, and produces networking events and a variety of opportunities to help foster connectivity between members.

Point 3: Containing health insurance costs through pro-active solutions. We offer health insurance coverage through the Bright Choices insurance exchange, the New York State of Health public exchange and access to a wide variety of ancillary benefits such as dental and vision coverage. We also partner with Lawley Benefits Group to provide insurance coverage and services to medium to large size employers.

Point 4: Advocating for positive change with a focus on reducing taxes. We advocate for our members whether it is in Washington, D.C., Albany, or the local level, in an effort to reduce the cost of government, encourage governmental efficiencies, achieve tax reductions and eliminate the structural barriers to economic development.

Point 5: Supporting Economic, Workforce and Tourism Development. We provide organizational support and structure for the Chautauqua County Education Coalition and the Dream It Do It Western New York manufacturing career campaign. We also support local economic development and tourism development projects.

To learn more about what the Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association are doing to help support local businesses visit us at or call 716-484-1101 or 716-366-6200.

DIDI and Young Professionals Hold Artone Event

Dream It Do It Western New York and the Jamestown Young Professionals will hold a joint networking mixer on Thursday, January 19 from 5:30-7pm at Artone, 1089 Allen Street, Jamestown. Attendees will get an inside look at the furniture being made at Artone. Light food and beverages will be provided, but space is limited. To register, visit Dream It Do It WNY on Facebook and find the Made In Jamestown event link.

Doors Open Jamestown is January 21

The very popular Doors Open Jamestown will be back again on Saturday, January 21. Doors Open offers free admission for the day to our local attractions, demonstrating the extraordinary tourism opportunities that are right here in our own backyard. Sponsored by the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, Doors Open has grown substantially since it first began. Participating venues are Jamestown Audubon Nature Center, Roger Toy Peterson Institute, Robert H. Jackson Center, Northwest Arena, Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum & Center for Comedy, Fenton History Center, Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, James Prendergast Public Library, Infinity Performing Arts Center, Lucille Ball Little Theatre, Busti Grist Mill, and Lucille M. Wright Air Museum. The hours are 10am 4:30pm for this FREE day at our local museums and attractions.

Chamber Networking at RTPI February 16

Take a fresh look at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, and get to know some of your fellow Chamber members as well! The next Experience Chautauqua Networking Event by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce will be held on Thursday, February 16 at RTPI, 311 Curtis Street, Jamestown. You will be networking with other Chamber members and see the Focus on Nature XIV exhibit, organized by the New York State Museum. The event will include complimentary appetizers, a cash bar, and an optional tour of the building. It is sponsored by Bellevue University. The cost is $11 per person for pre-registered Chamber members or $13 for walk-in members. To register, call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101, or sign up online at

30th Annual Winter Festival is February 17-19

The 30th Annual Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival is coming up February 17-19 at Lakeside Park in Mayville and we hope you'll join in the fun! One new addition this year is a scavenger hunt involving local Chamber member businesses. It will replace the long standing medallion treasure hunt and details will be announced soon. Weather permitting the festival will feature an ice castle, along with snowmobile rides, a snowmobile flare parade, and a giant snow slide. There will be food and craft vendors, horse drawn rides, fireworks and much more. Hosted by the Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce, this event relies on dozens of volunteers and sponsors. If you are interested in volunteering or sponsoring, please call the Community Chamber office at (716) 753-3113 or learn more about the festival at



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