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Chamber offers discounts during National Small Business week

May 1, 2017
Westfield Republican

By Todd J. Tranum

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

As the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce kicks off its spring membership drive, it will offer an unprecedented 20 percent discount for the smallest businesses in Chautauqua County to join. Businesses with five or fewer full time equivalent employees will pay $144 for their first year membership, compared to the regular $180 cost; while those with six to 10 full time equivalents will pay $193, compared to the regular $241.

"This special offer is designed to help support the smaller businesses in Chautauqua County," stated Chamber President and CEO Todd Tranum. "We want these small businesses to have an opportunity to experience the high value we can provide them while also lowering any financial barriers to membership. We know that small businesses face challenges, and we want to support them in ways that are meaningful."

The Chamber works year-round to drive foot and internet traffic to small businesses in order to help them improve sales. One of the ways we do that is through referrals, both online and in person. Chamber member referrals are growing exponentially because of Google search engine optimization tied to the Chamber website. Individuals searching for a business in Chautauqua County are more likely to find a Chamber member business online, thanks to our business directory category listings, searchable keywords, and social media links.

In 2016, there were 14,000 direct referrals and website impressions per day for Chautauqua County Chamber member businesses. Google mapping is embedded in our site, so that businesses are easy to locate. In addition, the Chamber website is mobile friendly so it's easy to search for member businesses from any device.

The Chamber has also stepped up its promotions for small member businesses through our engagement with the national Small Business Saturday campaign and through sales of our Shop-Tauqua Chamber Gift Checks. Chamber Gift Checks are designed to keep spending local to help support our local economy and to boost business for local restaurants and retail businesses. The Shop-Tauqua Gift Check program has made a more than $2 million impact on the local economy since its inception. The program is sponsored by the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency so that participation is free to all local Chamber members.

To learn more about the value of joining the Chamber, or about other aspects of our Spring Membership Drive, call our offices at 366-6200 or 484-1101.

Chamber State

Legislative Breakfast April 28

This year, the State Legislative Breakfast will be held April 28 at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club. You can register online at or call our offices at 366-6200 or 484-1101.

MAST Annual Meeting is May 4

The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier will hold its 2016-17 Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 4, with a catered dinner at Artone, LLC, 1089 Allen Street, Jamestown. The guest speaker for the evening will be Ken Pokalsky, Vice President of Government Affairs with The Business Council of New York State. This year, a national award will be presented to a local individual who has made a difference in manufacturing. The Manufacturing Institute?s STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards recognize manufacturing women who exemplify leadership within their companies. Lori Jafarjian, Senior HR Generalist at Cummins, will receive a STEP Ahead award, to be presented during the MAST Annual Meeting. This event is sponsored by Buffamante, Whipple, Buttafaro, PC; Enchanted Mountain Spirits; Lumsden & McCormick, LLP; OBSERVER; Star Media Group; and The Post-Journal. Reservations are requested by April 27. The cost is $30 and you can call MAST at 366-6200 or 484-1101, or register online at



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