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HR services now offer enhanced value

Almost two years ago the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier rolled out a new online service that allows our local member businesses to comply with the state requirement to provide annual workplace harassment training for all employees. Now we are able to offer even more value through our Human Resources platform.

We work with Zywave, a trusted software partner with a long history of providing service in human resources and employee benefits programs. Zywave has recently enhanced its offerings, and that means we can provide better service for our local member businesses.

This expanded offering now allows Chamber and MAST member businesses to access centralized tools to provide the resources needed for compliance and HR. Built into the package is a single login now for both the Zywave Learning compliance resources and the always-updated library of resources that allows members to build employee handbooks and stay current on the most recent human resources laws and trends.

In addition, as COVID-19 impacted all businesses in the past eleven months, the Chamber and MAST were able to add online course materials for all of our Zywave participants that address vital needs such as proper use of personal protective equipment, workplace health issues, and more.

By aggregating these services in this way, the Chamber and MAST have worked to meet a broad variety of specific needs for our members. We look forward to continuing to provide the best possible level of programming for our local businesses, regardless of their size. Whether you have four employees or 400, the Chamber and MAST maintain a commitment to providing cost saving solutions for all employee benefits and human resource compliance.

To learn more, visit our website at www.chautauquachamber.org or email swebster@chautauquachamber.org for HR tools or hmcbride@chautauquachamber.org for insurance services.

TUESDAY TALKS: NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

Our Tuesday Talks series of webinars continues on February 16 with Michael Schmidt, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. He will begin by reviewing the proposed Executive Budget for 2021-22 and will also answer questions from our members. If you have a question you can pose it either during the event online or in advance by email to swebster@chautauquachamber.org.

This event will be held at 8:30am, Tuesday, February 16 and is sponsored by OBSERVER and The Post-Journal. Please register through our online calendar to receive the WebEx event link.

TUESDAY TALKS: WHY YOUR BUSINESS NEEDS A WEBSITE AND HOW TO MAKE IT HAPPEN

In our next Tuesday Talks event the Chamber and MAST will present a special hour-long event aimed directly at small businesses that may have some social media presence, but don’t have a website. There are numerous reasons why a website is crucial, and they will be discussed in this session. In addition, there are several ways businesses can get a website either by using a local developer or through a simple do-it-yourself plan. Building a website can be an easy process, and the Chamber can also help to integrate your site with our new ShopLocalCHQ online sales and marketing platform so you can sell products and services online.

Our presenters will be Brian Rovegno with the Small Business Development Center and Jonathan Weston, Director of Member Marketing for the Chamber. This event will be held at 8:30am, Tuesday, March 9. It is sponsored by OBSERVER and The Post-Journal.

Register now through the Chamber events calendar at www.chautauquachamber.org where you can also watch for other upcoming events. We always encourage participants to get up and out to support local businesses and get some takeout breakfast or coffee to enjoy while you view our online event.

FOLLOW THE RED BRICK ROAD FOR A VIRTUAL SCAVENGER HUNT

Even while some doors remain closed or restricted for local attractions, the tradition of showing off our myriad local museums, institutions, and recreational facilities goes on! Doors Open Jamestown will be held online this year, featuring a fun and engaging online scavenger hunt.

The theme is Follow the Red Brick Road! Viewers will have an opportunity to enter the scavenger hunt searching for Wizard of Oz themed items strategically placed in each video from each local attraction. There will be chances to enter each time you spot a special item in the video. The more entries you have the better your chances of winning a prize. Prize packages are being donated by the local attractions, in addition to Shoptauqua Gift Cards from the Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to the focus on non-profit attractions, this online event will highlight many of our local businesses. Watch for more details to be announced soon including links for viewing this unique event beginning at 12:00 noon, Saturday, February 27. Viewing opportunities will be available on Facebook and YouTube.

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