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Mornings on Main: Have coffee with the Chamber

May 16, 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

In a continuing effort to seek ways we can support our local business community, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is holding weekly coffee hours throughout the county over the next several weeks. Mornings on Main is designed to start a conversation with local business people about their needs and how the Chamber can help. The initial Mornings on Main session was held in Lakewood last week, and featured a good conversation about opportunities and challenges for local small businesses.

Additional Mornings on Main sessions will be held Tuesday mornings at 8 a.m., as follows:

May 16 - Domus Fare, 41 West Main Street, Fredonia

May 23 - Brick City Market, 101 West Fourth Street, Jamestown

May 30 - Parkview Cafe, 3 East Main Street, Westfield

June 6 - J & B Mayville Diner, 7 West Chautauqua Avenue, Mayville

June 13 Tom's Family Restaurant, Irving

If you are a business owner or manager interested in "heating up" your sales, join us for coffee! All local business people are invited, and you don't have to be a member of the Chamber to participate. The Chamber is buying the coffee, but breakfast is on your own.

Immediately following our coffee hour, Chamber staff and board members will be walking through the community to meet with local business people to touch base with members and prospective members.

Chamber Spring Membership Drive off to a strong start

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Spring Membership Drive is off to a great start! Businesses are recognizing the value that the Chamber can deliver. With several new members that joined during National Small Business Week, the Chamber is continuing to meet with prospective members who want to participate in all the Chamber has to offer. One outstanding reason to join is to boost your business' visibility. The Chamber's online business directory results in an average of 14,000 referrals and impressions per day for local, Chamber member businesses. Joining the Chamber also helps to boost Google search results for local businesses.

Those who join during the Membership Drive can participate for free in one of two Experience Chautauqua Business After Hours events for free: aboard the Summer Wind on May 18 or at Johnson Estate Winery in Westfield on June 15.

The drive will close on June 15 with a drawing at the Johnson Estate event. New members will be entered to win prizes including a two pack of LECOM Health Challenge Tour PGA tickets for this summer, dinner for two at Webb's Captain's Table, a one-night stay with continental breakfast at Chautauqua Suites, a second year Chamber membership for free, or a $300 value stay and golf package at Peek'n Peak Resort.

For more information about the value of membership in the Chamber, please call 366-6200 or 484-1101, or visit our website at

Grape Expectations Wine Festival Friday

The Dunkirk and Fredonia Community Chambers of Commerce invite everyone to attend the Grape Expectations Wine Festival from 6-8 p.m., Friday, May 12 at the Clarion Hotel, 30 Lake Shore Drive, East, Dunkirk. This tasting event will showcase wines from Chautauqua County and the Lake Erie Wine Trail. The cost is $15 per person, or two for $25, which will include wine tasting, light appetizers, music, a complimentary wine glass, and much more. You can register online at or call the Chamber at 366-6200. Tickets are available for pre-sale in the Chamber's office in Dunkirk at 10785 Bennett Road and will also be available at the door, or you can sign up online at and tickets will be held for you at the door.

Sail on the Summer Wind May 18

The Chamber's annual Experience Chautauqua Business After Hours event aboard the Summer Wind cruiser will be held Thursday, May 18. Space aboard the ship is limited, so we encourage Chamber members to sign up soon for this special evening, at a cost of just $15 for members or $18 for non-member business people. In addition, if a business joins during the membership drive, they would be eligible to attend free of charge with their new member complimentary networking passes. The evening includes lots of appetizers, a cash bar, door prize drawings, and a beautiful cruise on Chautauqua Lake. In addition, on this cruise, the Chamber's Spring Membership Drive prizes will be drawn. The Experience Chautauqua Business After Hours Summer Wind Cruise is sponsored by Affinity One Federal Credit Union, Infinity Resources, and M & T Bank, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, Star Media Group, and WJTN/SE-93/WKSN/WHUG/WQFX. Sign up now on the Chamber's website at or call 366-6200 or 484-1101. Dockside check-in will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the ship will leave the dock promptly at 5 p.m. and return at 6:30 p.m. Don't miss the boat!

County Executive Breakfast June 2

Each year the Chamber of Commerce provides an opportunity for its members to meet directly with the County Executive and ask questions. This year that date will be Friday, June 2 at Chautauqua Golf Club, Route 394, Mayville.

County Executive Vince Horrigan will be our special guest. Breakfast begins at 8:30, with registration opening at 8 a.m. The County Executive Breakfast is sponsored by: Chautauqua Institution, Compeer, DFT Communications, Jamestown Mattress Company, Lawley Insurance, Nestle Purina PetCare, Phillips Lytle LLP, The Post-Journal, Serta Mattress Company, Star Media, STEL, and UPMC Chautauqua WCA, and WJTN/SE-93/WKSN/WHUG/WQFX.

To make reservations, call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101, or register online at



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