Wine & Dine Chautauqua celebrates our Lake Erie Region

Chamber Corner

For the second year in a row the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau and the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce are pleased to partner on a major event. Wine & Dine Chautauqua will incorporate the Chamber’s traditional Grape Expectations wine tasting event and the Visitors Bureau Annual Dinner meeting, to be held back to back on Friday, May 10 at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Dunkirk.

The Dunkirk and Fredonia Community Chambers and Chautauqua County Chamber will host Grape Expectations as a Business After Hours/social hour from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Lighthouse Ballroom. This portion of the evening will feature local wineries, vendors, appetizers, and prizes. Sponsors for Grape Expectations are: The Chautauqua Center, City of Dunkirk, Fredonia Technology Incubator, Hometown Insurance, Jamestown Community College North County Center, Lake Shore Savings Bank, Larson-Timko Funeral Home, and Putnam Record Insurance Agency.

The CCVB Annual Dinner meeting will begin immediately afterwards in the Bayside Ballroom and will include a short business meeting, a buffet dinner, and a presentation by keynote speaker, Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas, who will discuss economic development in Dunkirk.

The Chamber is pleased to work in partnership with the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau. These two events will provide an evening of sampling some great products made right here in Chautauqua County, along with some valuable information about the importance of tourism in our communities.

The cost to attend just Grape Expectations is $15 and advance registration is strongly encouraged. The cost to attend the CCVB Annual Dinner Meeting is $35 and reservations are required for the dinner. To attend both events the cost is just $45 per person. To register for either or both events, please contact the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce at (716) 366-6200. Or register through our online events calendar at Space is limited.

2019 Business Builder Source book released

By now all Chamber member businesses should have received a copy of the 2019 Business Builder Source Book by mail. This year’s book includes a Year in Review section and an expanded Chamber Membership Handbook with helpful tips on how to strengthen your businesses internet presence and utilize your Chamber membership to boost sales. Each of our six Community Chambers of Commerce is highlighted, along with informational sections on Working, Learning, Living, and Vacationing in Chautauqua County. The Business Builder Source Book also includes a white pages Membership Listing section, and a yellow pages Buyers Guide, to help our member businesses better connect with one another. This annual publication is distributed to each member business. In addition, the full color section is published separately as the Community Profile. Limited quantities of these publications are available if your member business needs additional copies. Please call our office for information. As we begin to prepare for next year’s publication, we hope you will take just a couple of minutes to answer a few quick survey questions online at: This will help us determine how better to serve Chamber members in the future. Thank you!

MAST to welcome dynamic speaker Bob Roitblat

TED Talks speaker and consultant Bob Roitblat will be the keynote speaker for the Annual Meeting of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, to be held Thursday, May 2, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Jamestown. Mr. Roitblat is the CEO of Mainsail Consulting Group, where he has combined his experiences in business and as a competitive sailor to draw parallels between winning a yacht race and building a winning business. He has more than 30 years’ experience running companies from all phases of their existence, from start-up to sale. He also has consulted with and supported enterprises across a broad range of industries including technology, distribution, manufacturing, NGO’s, and professional services. The MAST Annual Meeting is sponsored by Insyte Consulting, M & T Bank, Media One Radio Group, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, and Univera Healthcare Southern Tier. The cost to attend is $50 per person. Meal selections are an eight ounce center cut sirloin, pan seared salmon, or pasta primavera. The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required by April 25. To register, please call the Chamber/MAST office at (716) 484-1101.

Hydronics for High-Efficiency Biomass Boiler training April 25 at MTI

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is offering a full-day design-focused workshop on Thursday, April 25 on Hydronics for High-Efficiency Biomass Boilers at the Manufacturing Technology Institute at Jamestown Community College. This course will combine best practices for modern, high-efficiency wood-fired boilers with hydronic distribution systems, explore operating characteristics, and help you learn how to combine heat sources and distribution techniques into stable, efficient, and reliable systems. The training is being coordinated by the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier in cooperation with NYSERDA and hosted by Jamestown Community College. Sincere thanks to County Legislator Mark Odell, Chair of Planning and Economic Development and head of the Legislative Subcommittee on Energy for helping to make vital connections for this project and helping to promote the event. The cost is $149 per person. A group rate is available for three or more employees from one company, and currently registered college students and staff are just $50 per person. For more information or to register, call (518) 465-7085, extension 142 or register online at