World Juniors Hockey returns to Jamestown

The return of the World Juniors Exhibition Games to Jamestown this coming month is a tremendous accomplishment. The Northwest Arena is to be congratulated for this tremendous event!

This will be the first time that the World Juniors have returned to Jamestown since 2010, when they played three sold-out games. Spectators will see two days of world class competition. On Wednesday, Dec. 20, Team USA will play Belarus, and on Thursday, Dec. 21, Belarus will take on Slovakia.

This is top notch hockey. Several players from the 2010 World Juniors teams went on to have successful careers in the NHL.

Presented by DoubleTree by Hilton Jamestown, these exhibition games are for anyone who loves hockey, or anyone who has yet to discover this action-packed sport. Tickets are available at the Northwest Arena box office. You can stop by, visit, or call 484-2624.

We congratulate everyone who played a role in bringing this extraordinary event back to Chautauqua County, and encourage fans to attend the World Junior Exhibition games December 20 and 21.

Shop locally

this season

Shopping locally is good for our economy and good for our friends, neighbors and business climate. Time after time studies have shown that it does make a difference when people choose to buy from local merchants. A 2010 study by the Michigan State University Center for Community and Economic Development shows that for every $100 in consumer spending with a locally owned business, $73 remains in the local economy and is dispersed through local wages, charitable donations, taxes that fund local services and purchases of goods and services through other local businesses. The Michigan State study also shows that for each $100 spent with a non-locally owned business, just $43 remains in the local economy.

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce works to promote local business year-round because we see the importance of supporting our local business owners and workforce. We encourage everyone to shop locally this holiday season!

Chamber Will Recognize Dr. Amiran during Annual Meeting

Dr. Minda Rae Amiran, professor emeritus at SUNY Fredonia, will be recognized with the 2017 Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award presented by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce during its Annual Meeting on Friday, Dec. 8. Dr. Amiran has long been active in a number of community organizations. She has been an advocate and tutor with Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County and has been active with the League of Women Voters in Chautauqua County.

The slate of Chamber Board officers nominated is: Chair, Brian Bugaj, Nestle Purina PetCare; Vice Chair, Fred Johnson, Johnson Estate Winery; Treasurer, Neil Frederick, Bush Industries; Secretary, Ann Abdella, Chautauqua County Health Network; Immediate Past Chair, Curt Anderson, Standard Portable Inc. New members nominated for the board are: Michael Pucci, Pucci’s Carpet One Furniture and Vicki McGraw, Elegant Edibles Catering.

The 2017 Chamber Annual Meeting will be held at the Clarion Hotel, Dunkirk. It is sponsored by M & T Bank, Northwest Arena, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, Star Media Group, and Univera Healthcare Southern Tier. Registration begins at noon followed by lunch and the meeting at 12:15 p.m. Invitations, which include a proxy vote, are being mailed to all Chamber members. The cost is $20 for Chamber members or $23 for non-members. You can make reservations by returning the invitation form, by calling the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101, or online at

Shoptauqua Chamber Gift Cards: the Perfect Gift!

Even when you’re buying for someone who seems to have all they need, or someone with particular tastes, you can still give a gift that is meaningful and supports our local economy. The new Shoptauqua Chamber Gift Card can be used at more than 100 merchants throughout Chautauqua County for just about anything! Our participating merchant list includes antique stores, clothing stores, grocery stores, sporting goods, hardware, attractions and movies, salons, wineries, and much more!

For many years the Chamber offered a gift check program which helped support our local economy to the tune of over $2.5-million. In recognition of that important local economic sustainability, the new Shoptauqua Gift Card is proudly sponsored by the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency. For a full list of participating merchants, visit

Shoptauqua Gift Cards can be purchased for any amount up to $500. Call the Chamber for more information at 484-1101 or 366-6200 or visit our offices during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (closed holidays) at 512 Falconer St., Jamestown or 10785 Bennett Road, Dunkirk.