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Spring membership drive taking place from April 1 to May 19
March 31, 2016

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The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is launching its spring membership drive this coming week! By joining during our drive, businesses will be entered into a drawing for several terrific prizes including a second year membership for free and a Stay & Golf Getaway package at Peek'n Peak Resort and Spa, which includes overnight accommodations, an eighteen-hole round of golf for two, and use of the pool and hot tub, with a value of over $300. In addition, all Chamber members are eligible to participate in our next Experience Chautauqua Networking Event Cruise aboard the Summer Wind on Thursday, May 19. This event is for members only and provides a unique opportunity to enjoy an evening on Chautauqua Lake with complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. New members can attend for free by using their complimentary networking passes for this great early evening cruise.

Joining the Chamber of Commerce is an effective way to build all businesses. Whether your business is small or large, the Chamber provides tools to help business people increase profits and connect to new customers, offers information and new ideas, as well as representation as the voice of business on important public policy issues. With six Community Chambers, the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, and Dream It Do It all affiliated, the Chamber provides networking and recognition events throughout the year, workforce development assistance, and health insurance and other employee benefits packages. Even if you have no other Internet presence, the Chamber of Commerce provides each member with an easy way to be found online and to drive prospective customers to your doorstep. Chamber membership is affordable and valuable! For more information, call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101, or goonline at www.chautauquachamber.org.

2016 Business Builder Source Book sent

to members

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce has distributed its 2016 Business Builder Source Book to all members by mail. The Business Builder Source Book includes our Chamber member handbook, outlining the many benefits of being a Chamber member. It also includes our membership directory white pages, an alphabetical listing of members; as well as our important yellow page buyer's guide section that can be very helpful when you are looking to do business with other members. Data for the print directory was pulled at the beginning of January and it is possible that some of the businesses listed have seen changes since that time. Please rest assured that the most up to date information for all Chamber members is always available in the searchable Business Directory on our website. If you see something that you would like to have changed in your listing, please call or email the Chamber so we can update our database. Please support the businesses that helped to make the print directory possible. Limited additional copies of the Business Builder Source Book are available in our office or if you just need the 2016 Community Profile color pages section you may call us at 366-6200 or 484-1101.

Chamber's State

Legislative Breakfast planned for April 15

Each year the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce provides opportunities for its members to have a direct conversation with elected officials from each level of government. This year, the State Legislative Breakfast will be held April 15 at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club. Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell will provide their insights about legislation in Albany and be available for questioning from the audience. This event is sponsored by Affinity One Federal Credit Union, Chautauqua Institution, Cummins, Inc., DFT Communications, Jamestown Mattress Company, Nestle Purina PetCare, Serta Mattress Company, State University of New York at Fredonia, and WCA Hospital. The cost to attend is just $18 per person. Advanced registration is requested.

Jamestown's Salute to the Finest April 13

The annual Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce Salute to the Finest awards celebration will be held Wednesday, April 13 at Moon Brook Country Club with a social hour beginning at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 6 p.m. We hope you will help to celebrate our award winners: Community Service Award, George Panebianco; New Business of the Year, Harvest Cafe; Manufacturer of the Year, Fancher Chair Company; Restaurant of the Year, Gialy's; Retailer of the Year, Brick City Market & Cafe; Young Business Person of the Year, Bill Thomas; Young Community Leader of the Year, Kris Sellstrom; Pride of Jamestown Award, Lucille Ball Comedy Festival; and Business of the Year, Weaver Materiel Service. The cost is $30 per person or $225 for a table of eight. Advanced registration is required by April 8. You may register online at www.chautauquachamber.org/events or by calling 484-1101.

Hanover Chamber Member Appreciation Luncheon April 21

The Hanover Community Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Member Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, April 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Colony Seafood and Steakhouse, Main Road, Irving. Kelly Borrello, Hanover Community Chamber President, will give a brief introduction and some opening remarks. The guest speakers will be Sam Hoyt, Western Region President for Empire State Development, and Kevin Sanvidge, CEO, and Kristine Morabito, Business Development Manager, for the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency. We encourage all Chamber members to attend. This event is sponsored by Ecolab and Pinewood Cottages Bed & Breakfast. The cost is $19 and you can make reservations online at www.chautauquachamber.org/events or call 366-6200.

Business Over Bagels set for April 27

More and more employers are learning about potential hires online, but is that a good thing or a bad thing? Have you wondered what your rights are as an employer when it comes to hiring in this era of social media? Explore this topic when the Chamber and Jamestown Community College Continuing Education host the next Business Over Bagels session on Wednesday, April 27 at the JCC North Training Center, Bennett Road, Dunkirk. This informative session on "Human Resource Practices in the Era of Social Media" will be held from 8:30-10am, featuring instructor Lisa Powell Fortna, Certified Human Resource Professional. The cost to attend is just $25 for Chamber members or $30 per person for non-members. To register, call JCC Continuing Ed at (716) 363-6500.

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