Manufacturing Technology & Innovation featured in October

The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier and Dream It Do It Western New York are proud to participate again this year in National Manufacturing Month during October.

There are a number of events planned in observance, beginning with a professional development day on Friday, Oct. 6. Attendees will hear presentations from Dream It Do It and Jamestown Community College, watch cutting edge technology videos, tour the Manufacturing Technology Institute @ JCC, participate in building hands-on projects and tour manufacturing facilities.

Other events are planned for the month as well. Oct. 19 is Women in Manufacturing Day at Cummins and Oct. 20 is the Jamestown High School’s Academy Days. On Oct. 27 Manufacturing Month will include technology tours where students from a variety of school districts will tour manufacturing facilities in the County. Similar programming is being coordinated in Cattaraugus County throughout the month of October.

These events and programming are designed to celebrate modern manufacturing and inspire the next generation of manufacturing workforce. Dream It Do It WNY focuses on encouraging students to consider careers in manufacturing. The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier launched Dream It Do It to help address the workforce needs of manufacturers. Manufacturers have identified a skilled workforce as a critical component of supporting and expanding our community’s manufacturing base. For more information about Manufacturing Month in Chautauqua County contact Jehuu Caulcrick, Chautauqua County Coordinator for Dream It Do It, at 484-1101 or at jcaulcrick@didiwny.com.

Buy your Shoptauqua Gift Cards starting

this week

The new Shoptauqua Gift Card goes on sale this week and the list of participants is growing. The program is designed to boost sales at local businesses. It follows on the heels of a long tradition of Chamber gift checks that have contributed an estimated $3-million impact to the local economy over the year, and we expect the Shoptauqua Gift Card will do even more.

Shoptauqua Gift Cards can be purchased through the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce offices in Dunkirk and Jamestown. There will also be in a option to buy the gift cards online in the near future. These gift cards do not expire and can be purchased in any denomination the buyer chooses. They can be redeemed at local Chamber of Commerce member businesses that have signed up and where their point of sale systems have been activated to accept the card. That list so far includes grocery stores, wineries, restaurants, retailers, and more! You can find a complete list of participating businesses on the Chamber website at www.chautauquachamber.org.

The Chamber is phasing out the gift check program and will no longer be selling them as we transition completely to a gift card. If you have gift checks, please use them soon at any participating business.

For more information about purchasing Shoptauqua Gift Cards or about signing up your local business to participate, please call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101.

Sign Up to Honor Chamber Awardees

There is still limited seating available for the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet this Thursday, Oct. 5. The event will be held at the Williams Center on the SUNY Fredonia campus and will honor Fieldbrook Foods in Dunkirk with the Economic Development Award, and William Andrews of Monofrax in Falconer as the Person of the Year. Each Community Chamber also selects a Community Service Award recipient, recognizing those who are active and have contributed greatly to our area in the past or present. The Dunkirk Community Chamber of Commerce will posthumously present its award to Carol Kozlowski. The Fredonia Community Chamber of Commerce has selected town of Pomfret Historian Todd Langworthy. The Hanover Community Chamber will present its Community Service Award to Sue Briggs. John Williams, Parks Manager for the City of Jamestown Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, is receiving the Jamestown Chamber Community Service Award. The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce has selected the Chautauqua Lake Central School Manufacturers Club. Marion and Don Eno of Westfield have been chosen Community Service Award recipients for the Westfield-Barcelona Chamber. Online registration for this event is now closed, but you can call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101 by the end of the day Monday to reserve seats.

Do You Make Things?

The second annual Fredonia Mini Maker Faire will be held Saturday, Oct. 21 at the State University of New York at Fredonia. More than 80 makers representing STEM and the arts will participate. There will be demonstrations, activities, speakers, food trucks, and much more. The Fredonia Mini Maker Faire is a collaboration of SUNY Fredonia, the Fredonia Science Center, Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, and Makezine.com. To learn more visit fredonia.makerfaire.com.

Chautauqua County Restaurant Week Returns Oct. 16-22

Dine Often. Dine Local. Chamber member restaurants can sign up now to participate in Chautauqua County Restaurant Week, Oct. 16-22. Restaurant Week is all about celebrating local Chamber of Commerce member restaurants and keeping dollars in our local economy. Restaurant Week encourages consumers to be adventurous and sample a variety of local restaurants. A number of restaurants are already signed up and will be included in countywide media promotions. Interested restaurants can call the Chamber for more information at 366-6200 or 484-1101.

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 25, Sign Up Now!

Once again this year the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is a Neighborhood Champion for Small Business Saturday. That means we will be promoting Shop Small, Shop Local opportunities for small businesses on this national day devoted to supporting independent merchants in our community. Locally owned, non-chain, small retail businesses and restaurants that will be open on Nov. 25 may participate. Due to national regulations for this program we are not able to include pharmacies or those in the primary business of selling alcohol products. Please email Sheila Webster at swebster@chautauquachamber.org or call us at 366-6200 or 484-1101 to include your Chamber member business on the list. The deadline is Nov. 3 to be sure your business is listed in all of our advertising for Small Business Saturday.

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