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Chamber active with events, gift checks in coming months

November 21, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

By Todd Tranum

President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the South

Oktoberfest At Southern Tier Brewing Company Is


Be sure to join your fellow Chamber members for one of the year's most popular Experience Chautauqua Networking events. Oktoberfest is back at Southern Tier Brewing Company on Wednesday. This after work event will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Brewery at 2072 Stoneman Circle in Lakewood.

This is a tremendous opportunity for Chamber members to enjoy each other's company while learning all about the making of delicious craft beers at one of Chautauqua County's fastest growing companies. The beers are unique and the setting is beautiful. You can relax, meet with others, and possibly win some prizes. This networking event is sponsored by Affinity One Federal Credit Union, Blackstone NEY Ultrasonics, Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, Casella Waste Services, DFT Communications, the Jamestown Jammers, Jamestown Mattress Company, Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, Liazon Corporation, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal and UBS Financial Services.

You can register online now at or by calling the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101.

Duckworth To Keynote Chamber Annual Meeting Dec. 6

The new president of Jamestown Community College will be the keynote speaker for the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce 2013 Annual Meeting. Dr. Cory Duckworth was inaugurated as the eighth president of JCC during a ceremony at the Jamestown campus on Nov. 1.

Duckworth to keynote Chamber Annual Meeting

Prior to his August appointment to JCC he was vice president of student affairs and strategic planning at Utah Valley University and vice president for university advancement and marketing at Ferris State University. He is a graduate of the University of Utah College of Law. He worked as a political science instructor and pre-law advisor at Southern Utah University where he was later assistant director of development. He later worked at Minot State University in North Dakota as executive assistant to the president for Planning and Development, director of the St. Cloud State University Foundation in Minnesota, and associate vice president for Institutional Advancement at UVU.

This is a tremendous opportunity for the community to hear from Duckworth about his goals for Jamestown Community College and its important role in Chautauqua County. The Chamber's Annual Meeting will be held at noon on Friday, Dec. 6 at Shorewood Country Club, 4958 West Lake Road, Dunkirk. This event is sponsored by Artone, ConAgra Private Brands, Jamestown Community College, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal and Serta Mattress Company. The cost for lunch is $18 for Chamber members or $21 for non-members. You can make reservations through on the Chamber's website or by calling the Chamber offices at 366-6200 or 484-1101.

Shop Small. Shop Local. Win Chamber Gift Checks

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce works to help drive foot traffic into local businesses, and has added a new initiative this year to improve those efforts. On Small Business Saturday - Nov. 30 - you have a chance to win $300 in Shoptauqua Gift Checks just by visiting local Chamber member businesses.

Entry forms will be printed in local newspapers and can be downloaded from the Chamber's website at There is no purchase necessary. Shoppers simply need to take the form in to a small Chamber member business on Saturday, Nov. 30, and have it signed and dated by an employee of that business. You can find a full list of Chamber members in the Business Directory on our website. The business must be small and must be open on Small Business Saturday to qualify. Forms must then be returned to the Chamber either by mail or in person at one of the following addresses: 10785 Bennett Road, Dunkirk or 512 Falconer St., Jamestown. You can enter more than once, as long as each entry form is signed by a different Chamber member business. The prize drawing will be held Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Chamber's Experience Chautauqua Holiday Networking Event at Webb's Year Round Resort.

Since its inception, the Chamber's Shoptauqua Gift Check program has had a more than $2 million impact on the local economy. Gift Checks are good at more than 75 businesses countywide including stores, restaurants, spas, and much more.

Studies show that between 50 and 60 percent of the dollars spent with local small businesses are reinvested locally in the goods and services required by those small businesses. In contrast, your purchase of products online sends 100 percent of that purchase outside of our local economy. Recirculating spending into our local economy helps sustain and create jobs and makes a stronger more viable local economy. Support our local business, support local jobs and support our local economy, buy local this holiday season.

Chamber Gift Checks Make Great Gifts

If you are interested in purchasing Shoptauqua Chamber Gift Checks as part of your holiday season giving, we encourage you to call the Chamber to place an order. Calling in advance means that your order will be prepared at either Chamber office when you walk in the door. Because processing time is needed to complete Gift Check orders of any size, we strongly encourage advance phone calls. For corporations choosing Chamber Gift Checks to give employee bonuses or incentive gifts this season, a Corporate Order Form is available on the Shoptauqua Gift Checks page of the Chamber's website.

For more information, or to place your order, call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101, or visit our website at



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