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Affordable Care Act seminars set

January 9, 2014
By Todd J. Tranum - President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Sout , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

The Small Business Development Center is offering two seminars in the coming week on the Affordable Care Act: What you Need to Know. The seminars will cover such questions as: What is the Affordable Care Act? What tax credits are available for businesses? How will businesses be affected? And what resources can help you navigate the ACA?

The SBDC can cover lots of information about the ACA and how it will impact your business. The discussion will include tax credits, employer mandates, the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Exchange and rate reviews.

The seminar will be held from 2-4 p.m. today in the North County Training Center at JCC, 10785 Bennett Road, Dunkirk.

These sessions are being sponsored by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, Jamestown Community College, the Small Business Development Center at JCC, and the Small Business Administration. Registration is requested. Call the SBDC to reserve a spot or to get more information: (716) 338-1024.

Chamber can assist with the State Health Insurance Exchange

Your business may still have opportunities to make substantive changes in health insurance benefits that could have important financial implications. As you weigh your options, we encourage you to consult with our professional staff. Many questions remain for businesses around the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and the Chamber continues to enroll businesses and employees into the New York State of Health exchange. If you have questions, please contact the Chamber. Each scenario is different, based on employee and business structures. We would be happy to work with you to identify the health insurance plan that best meets your needs. If you have questions give us a call at (716) 366-6200 or (716)-84-1101.

Doors Open Jamestown is January 18

The very popular Doors Open Jamestown will be back again in 2014. The date has been set for Saturday, Jan. 18. 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, Doors Open has grown substantially since it first began. Locations participating this year are: Audubon Center and Sanctuary, Busti Historical Society and Grist Mill, Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, Fenton History Center, Gateway Train Station, Infinity Performing Arts, Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, Lucille Ball Little Theatre, Lucille M. Wright Air Museum, Lucy-Desi Center for Comedy, Prendergast Library, Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, Robert H. Jackson Center and Roger Tory Peterson Institute for Natural History. Many of the participating venues will offer specials in their gift shops or prize drawings, and local businesses and restaurants will offer Doors Open specials, as well. Watch for more details to come, but save the date January 18 for Doors Open Jamestown!

Fredonia Community Chamber Annual Meeting Jan. 30

The Fredonia Community Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual election and award banquet on Thursday, January 30. The event will take place at the White Inn, Fredonia. Cocktails are at 5:30pm with dinner at 6:30.

For more information or to make reservations, call Fredonia Community Chamber Coordinator Heidi Seddon at (716) 467-4321.

Experience Chautauqua Networking Event to help Kick-off Winter Festival

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Experience Chautauqua Networking Event at Webb's Year-Round Resort on Thursday, Feb. 13. This event will help to kick off the annual President's Day Weekend Winter Festival, which is organized by the Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce.

Providing networking opportunities with other members is a key component of the Chamber's work. Our goal is to give each business ample opportunity to market itself in one-on-one sessions with other like-minded business people. Our focus with these events is also to provide Chamber members with a glimpse of the fascinating business and tourism occurrences right here in Chautauqua County.

The cost of the networking event is just $10 for pre-registered Chamber members or $12 at the door. You can register online at or by calling (716) 366-6200 or (716) 484-1101.

Watch for more details coming soon on the variety of activities scheduled for the Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival in Mayville.



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