Grow Your Business with Chamber Services
As a member of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, is your business accessing all of the services provided? Are you making the best use of your membership? Our staff is available to help. The Chamber’s Five Point Focus is designed to help maximize your business investment by: driving foot and internet traffic to our members; increasing business to business connections; providing cost saving solutions for employee benefits and human resources compliance; advocating for positive change with a focus on reducing taxes; and supporting economic, workforce, and tourism development. To do all of this, we provide a series of programs, events, and services.
The increasingly popular Shoptauqua Gift Card is now accepted by 150 local businesses including restaurants, retailers, salons, wineries, specialty stores, museums, and service providers. Since the launch of the program, well over $100,000 worth of Shoptauqua Gift Cards were sold to local businesses and residents. That is money that comes into our member businesses, going back into the local economy. If your business isn’t participating, call the Chamber to learn more.
The Chamber’s referral system also drives business to our members. In the past twelve months, there was a daily average of 5,919 referrals from our online business directory. That includes businesses that are pulled in a list, such as an online search for “restaurants” or some other type of business, as well as clicks that take visitors directly to your website and social media pages, and direct Google Map views for the location of your business.
Our Community Chambers organize events throughout the year that help to drive traffic into local businesses. As an example, coming up this week the Jamestown Community Chamber offers Jamestown Cruise-In, a downtown classic car and hot rod show that brings thousands of people out on a Friday night to see a great display of vehicles, enjoy live music, and experience downtown Jamestown. Local restaurants often see an uptick in business from these types of community events.
Additional events organized by the Chamber help to build important business to business connections. Throughout the year the County Chamber works with our Community Chambers to provide Experience Chautauqua Business After Hours events that focus on networking as well as giving local businesses and landmarks an opportunity to show off their unique attributes. In the past year more than 2,100 people registered for Chamber events that offer business networking opportunities.
We invite all Chamber member businesses to take advantage of all the services we have to offer throughout the year and throughout the county. For more information, check our website at www.chautauquachamber.org or call our offices at 366-6200 or 484-1101.
Cruise-In to Jamestown: Aug. 16
Once again this year the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce presents Cruise-In in downtown Jamestown from 5-10 p.m., Friday, Aug. 16. This fun annual event is a great time for the whole family. Stroll through downtown, view hundreds of vintage and special autos, enjoy live music by The In Crowd, and visit our local businesses and street vendors.
Jamestown Cruise-In is proudly sponsored by Ahlstrom Schaeffer Electric, Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, LiteHouse Auto, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Elegant Edibles Catering, Five Star Bank, and Lake Shore Paving. For more information or to pre-register to display your vehicle in this show, visit our online calendar at www.chautauquachamber.org.
Register Soon for the Chamber Golf Tournament: Aug. 22
Some space remains for the 2019 Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament. It will be held Thursday, August 22 at Peek’n Peak Resort in Clymer, with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. The beautiful upper course at Peek’n Peak recently hosted the LECOM Health Challenge PGA event, and you can join fellow Chamber members to enjoy this beautiful and challenging course during the Chamber tournament.
The 2019 Chamber Golf Tournament is sponsored by Allied Alarm Services, Bush Industries, Community Bank, DFT Communication, Insurance Management Company, Lake Shore Savings Bank, Lawley Insurance, Jamestown Mattress Company, Koester Associates, National Fuel Gas, National Grid, Nestle Purina PetCare, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, and Shults Auto Group. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Tom Baressi Scholarship Fund through the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation. To register, call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101 or register online at www.chautauquachamber.org.
Mayville-Chautauqua Entertainment Series Continues
The next performance in the Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce summer Entertainment in the Park concert series will feature local favorites Randy Graham and Jamie Henderson. These perennially popular local entertainers provide a variety of musical genres with something for everyone. Their concert is Thursday, Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. on the floating stage in Mayville. Rainbow the Clown will be on hand to entertain children with creative balloon sculptures and face painting. This popular Thursday night series features free concerts. Performances are generously supported by the Village of Mayville and Town of Chautauqua. The Mayville Fire Department offers popcorn and water for donations, and the Maple Springs Fire Department sells barbecue dinners at each performance as well. Enjoy live music by the lake each Thursday evening through the summer season.