Chamber membership drive gets a strong start

It’s been an incredible few weeks here at the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. Our team has been actively engaged in a variety of projects, all while working on our annual spring membership drive, and it has paid off in a huge way. To date, we have 55 new members of the Chamber of Commerce!

Many of these recently joined businesses are new. For others, it may be the work we are doing to strongly promote new businesses through ribbon cuttings and grand openings, or maybe it’s our renewed commitment to promoting support for small locally owned businesses, or maybe it’s our return to in-person networking events, or maybe the myriad of other services the Chamber has to offer. All these things, and more, have sparked an interest in membership and for that we are grateful.

Dozens of these businesses chose to join the Chamber at this time because of our focus on Small Business Week. But that one-week focus is just a reminder, apart from our major drive for Small Business Saturday in November and the Christmas holiday shopping season.

In addition to small local retailers and restaurants, Chamber member businesses come in all types and sizes. Our membership includes the largest companies and organizations in Chautauqua County, as well as dozens of sole proprietorships. We serve retailers, insurance companies, attorneys, manufacturers, distributors, restaurants, agri-business, adult care homes, hospitals, artists, banks, credit unions, and much more.

The Chamber’s spring membership drive continues through the month of May. Every new member that joins during the drive will be entered into a drawing for one of two prizes: a second year Tier One membership for free (a $195 value) or two tickets to our Chamber Annual Awards Banquet held in October (a $130 value).

All our new members are being listed in our Chautauqua Business Weekly email newsletter as they join, and each one will be posted to our Facebook page in the near future when we get a moment to catch up. For now, I would like to thank each business that has joined, and our entire staff for their extra efforts. This has truly been a team effort, as we all work to create deeper connections within our local business community.


MAY 25

The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber Committee hosts the Mayville Farmers and Artisans Market throughout the summer months at the Village Park, corner of Routes 394 and 430 in Mayville, each Thursday from noon-4pm. This year the market will begin May 25 and run through September 7. Vendor spots are available now and you can sign up online. For more information or to register as a vendor, visit the Chamber’s online calendar at www.chautauquachamber.org.


Each year the Chamber is pleased to host our elected representatives from the county, state, and federal levels for a breakfast designed to focus on emerging issues that face local businesses. This year the Chamber’s County Executive Breakfast is set for 8:30am, Friday, June 2 at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel in Celoron. County Executive PJ Wendel will be on hand to answer questions from the audience. We invite all residents to attend and come prepared with any questions they may have.

The Chamber’s County Executive Breakfast is sponsored by Brooks-TLC Hospital System/Kaleida Health, Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, Chautauqua Institution, County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency, DFT Communications, Jamestown Mattress Company, LaBella Associates, Media One Radio Group, National Grid, OBSERVER, Phillips Lytle LLP, The Post-Journal, Small Business Development Center, and Southern Tier Environments for Living. The price is $25 for Chamber members or $29 for non-members. Advanced registration is required. You can sign up now through the Chamber’s online calendar at www.chautauquachamber.org.


The Hanover Community Chamber of Commerce Committee is hosting a summer kickoff Beach Bash, Thursday, June 15 at the Sunset Bay Beach Club in Irving. Enjoy live music by Two Towns, food, beverages, door prizes, and a chance at the basket raffle, from 5-7pm. The whole community is invited!

The price is $12 for Chamber members or $15 for the general public and your ticket includes your first drink free. Tickets are available at Dave’s Outlet Store in Silver Creek, Hey Jude Custom Signs in Silver Creek, or Tavern on the Mall in Forestville, or you can register through the Chamber’s online calendar at www.chautauquachamber.org. Sponsors are Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Cabana Sam’s Sunset Bay Grill, Community Bank, Dave’s Outlet Store, DFT Communications, Hanford Country Market, H & R Block, Imagine Forestville, Kuppel Tires, and M&T Bank. Proceeds will support the Hanover Community Chamber scholarship fund which provides scholarships for graduating seniors from Forestville and Silver Creek Central Schools.


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