By Todd Tranum
President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier
As a tribute to the hard work and dedication of so many individuals and organizations, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce organizes an awards banquet each year. This year's event will honor County Executive Greg Edwards as Person of the Year; Lake Shore Savings Bank with the Economic Development Award; and will present Community Service Awards for each of the six Community Chambers of Commerce countywide.
The Person of the Year award is presented to an individual who is recognized by the entire region for their outstanding achievements and contributions, either within the past year or through a lifetime of service. Edwards has been a strong leader as county executive. He has been at the forefront of advocating for mandate relief, provided leadership when the county faced natural disaster, helped to navigate economic development projects, and has developed and implemented sound budget practices. All of these qualities are aligned with the Chamber's mission to improve our business climate in Chautauqua County.
Lake Shore Savings Bank is receiving the Economic Development Award. A locally-owned and operated bank, it has made significant investments in Chautauqua County. It supports local business and has played an integral role in supporting our local economy through lending. The bank supports the community through sponsorship of events and providing scholarships to local students.
The Dunkirk Community Chamber of Commerce is honoring Doug Fenton with its Community Service Award. He has served a number of organizations including the Dunkirk Chamber, town of Dunkirk Planning Board, the North County Counseling Service, Trinity Episcopal Church and the Dunkirk and Fredonia Rotary Clubs.
R. Timothy Eades has been selected as the Community Service Award winner for the Fredonia Community Chamber. He has been on numerous not-for-profit boards including Literacy Volunteers of Northern Chautauqua, Northern Chautauqua Tennis Club, Fredonia Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, Trooper Toys for Tots and the Chautauqua County Hospice Palliative Care Committee.
The Hanover Community Chamber of Commerce has selected Matt Bogosian for its award. He is a long-time member of the Silver Creek Board of Education and has also served the Lake Shore Hospital Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Silver Creek, Hanover Little League, The Resource Center's Laurel Run and the Silver Creek Festival of Grapes.
Media One Group broadcasters Terry Frank and Dennis Webster have been chosen for the Jamestown Community Chamber Community Service Award. Webster produces many special informational programs including the High School Bowl academic competition, the Farm Bureau Radio Show and The Resource Center program Share the Vision and is also dedicated to promoting and supporting local education and arts programs in the community. News Director Terry Frank hosts the Community Spotlight, a local public affairs program and provides extensive news coverage for the entire region.
The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber is honoring Access Channel 5, a local public access television station that works to educate and inform the public about important issues and highlights local events.
Nancy Hanks is being recognized by the Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber for her many years of active volunteer service including work at the Methodist and Presbyterian Churches, Boy Scouts, the Westfield Recreation Commission, Westfield Memorial Hospital and its Foundation, the Westfield YWCA and the Westfield Chamber of Commerce.
Everyone in Chautauqua County is invited to join Chamber members in saluting these very deserving award winners during the Chamber's Annual Awards Banquet, which will be held Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Williams Center on the SUNY Fredonia campus. This event is sponsored by: DFT Communications, Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York, Liazon Corp., the OBSERVER, The Post-Journal and the SUNY Fredonia. Reservations are required. You can register online at www.chautauquachamber.org or call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101.
With significant changes on the horizon in health insurance, the Chamber has invested time and resources to become knowledgeable about the Affordable Care Act and how it may impact your business and your employees. The Chamber will provide a series of open meetings to discuss not only its own Bright Choices Exchange options, but additional options available through the New York State Public Exchange as well.
These sessions will serve as Open Enrollment meetings for current subscribers, and also as informational sessions for any other business Chamber members and non-members alike. They are being sponsored by Blackstone Business Enterprises, Health Republic, KeyBank, and Univera. The meetings are scheduled throughout the county as follows:
Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 a.m. in Sarita Weeks Room, JCC, Jamestown
Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 5:30 p.m. in Sarita Weeks Room, JCC, Jamestown
Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 a.m. at SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator, Central Avenue, Dunkirk
Thursday, Oct. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator, Central Avenue, Dunkirk
Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at KeyBank, 369 East Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood
Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 a.m. at Tom's Family Restaurant, 935 Route 5/20, Irving
Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at Chautauqua Marina, 104 West Lake Road, Mayville
Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 a.m. at Community Bank, 1982 East Main St., Falconer
Thursday, Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Fredonia Place, 50 Howard St., Fredonia
Friday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 a.m. at Eason Hall, 20 Elm St., Westfield
The Chamber of Commerce is committed to helping you identify the health insurance plan that best meets your needs. If you have questions give us a call at 716-366-6200 or 716-484-1101 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.