Manufacturing right here in our backyard

The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST) and Dream It Do It Western New York (DIDIWNY) have developed a local manufacturing video titled “In Your Backyard,” designed to excite, inspire and engage the future generation workforce to pursue manufacturing careers.

The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier is a strong advocate for manufacturing and manufacturing careers. The strength of our economy depends, in large part, on manufacturing products here that can be sold worldwide. Across the southern tier, our manufacturers are making the products of the future and are responsible for creating the jobs of today and tomorrow.

MAST and DIDIWNY are educating students, educators and the public about the importance of manufacturing, the future of manufacturing and the great career opportunities available in manufacturing. It is important for students, educators and parents to see the advancements in manufacturing, such as 3-D printing, photonics, robotics and nanotechnology. When the technological advancements occurring in manufacturing are brought into a site of students, they begin to generate excitement about the future.

MAST and DIDI work diligently with students and educators to “connect the dots” between attending school, doing well in school, participating in STEM courses, completing school, going on to technical training or college and ultimately starting a career in manufacturing. There are a significant number of local career opportunities available in manufacturing.

“In Your Backyard” is a short video that provides a quick glimpse into local manufacturing opportunities. This video is meant to be a resource for educators and parents to excite, inspire and engage students about what manufacturing entails. Manufacturing often has the misperception of being a dark, dirty and dangerous career field, but as you can see from this video, that could not be farther from the truth.

You can view the video on our Dream It Do It WNY Facebook Page or YouTube Page.

Thank you to Justin Hanft, DIDI Chautauqua coordinator, and Evelyn Sabina, DIDI Cattaraugus coordinator, for initiating this project. We also thank the local videographers at Kranky Plate Productions for their creativity, high-quality craftsmanship and easy-to-work-with disposition during this project. And finally, we send our appreciation to the manufacturers who opened up their facilities for the filming of footage for this video.



The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting has been rescheduled for Friday, Jan. 20.

It will still be held at a luncheon at noon at Shorewood Country Club, Dunkirk, and we are still expecting Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul as our keynote speaker. In addition, the Chamber will install board members for the coming year and will honor Carol Lorenc with the Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award.

This event was sold out when we were forced to cancel due to poor weather early in December. We are asking all previously registered guests to call the Chamber by Jan. 6 to let us know if they can still attend on our rescheduled date.

If guests cannot attend, that will create space for other Chamber members to participate.

We are asking all guests to call the Chamber no later than Jan. 6 at 366-6200 or 484-1101 to let us know if they are able to attend.


The very popular Doors Open Jamestown will be back again in 2017. The date has been set for Saturday, Jan. 21.

Doors Open is designed to give area residents a look into our local attractions, with free admission for the day to demonstrate the many tremendous tourism opportunities right here in our own backyard.

Sponsored by the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, Doors Open has grown substantially since it first began. Participating venues are Jamestown Audubon Nature Center, Roger Toy Peterson Institute, Robert H. Jackson Center, Northwest Arena, Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum & Center for Comedy, Fenton History Center, Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, James Prendergast Public Library, Infinity Performing Arts Center, Lucille Ball Little Theatre, Busti Grist Mill and Lucille M. Wright Air Museum.

The hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for this free day at our local museums and attractions. Many of the participants will offer specials in their gift shops, and local businesses and restaurants will offer Doors Open specials, as well.

Spend Jan. 21 discovering Jamestown!



Three non-credit marketing certificate programs are being offered in the Spring Semester by the Small Business Development Center and Jamestown Community College’s Continuing Education, with the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce co-sponsoring.

Did you know that your website is 53 times more likely show up first on Google if you have a video embedded on your website? The Video Marketing Certificate is a 12-hour course where students will learn to plan, create and edit videos and photographs that enhance the company’s website and social media presence. The six-week series of classes begin Jan. 19.

Email is consistently ranked the most profitable and effective marketing channel in today’s digital world. The Email Marketing Certificate is a 10-hour course where students will develop an email marketing strategy, gain subscribers, design effective emails and create sequential campaigns that generate revenue. The class meets weekly for five weeks beginning March 2.

The Social Media Marketing Certificate program combines classroom instruction, discussion, hands-on labs and one-on-one guidance in proven strategies to effectively market your business using social media. The class will meet weekly beginning March 24.

These courses were developed with a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to assist manufacturers in growing their in-house digital marketing expertise. See the Continuing Education website for full details and registration information or call Kate Moody at 338-1338. Chamber member discounts apply for these classes through JCC Continuing Education.