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Great Chamber member benefits online

February 20, 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

Many members of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce have recently taken advantage of some of the newer benefits available through the Chamber's web site. These include direct links to social media, google mapping, and the ability to add coupons to your business page on the Chamber site.

For local businesses that have no other Internet presence, a Chamber membership is incredibly valuable right now. The Chamber provides a page for each member online, which automatically includes contact information, category listings, a business description, and embedded Google mapping so that prospective customers can find you. It is easier than ever to keep your information updated with the Chamber, too. Simply log in through the Members Only portal and update your business information. If your business has moved, changed a phone number or web site, or added employees, you can easily keep that data up to date. There is no longer a need to wait for our once a year mailing to update your business information. Immediate updates in our database means immediate updates in our searchable online Business Directory.

The Chamber's business directory is also mobile! Just by visiting our web site through your mobile device you can search our Chamber member list online. It's a great way to find restaurants, retail outlets, Gift Check participants, hotels, and so much more right at your fingertips!

A new feature allows you to add your social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, Flickr, Google+, Instagram, and FourSquare) contacts to your online data. Once you provide the link, your page in our online directory will automatically show links to your social media.

In addition, your Members Only login allows you to pay open invoices online, take any surveys that we may offer, and track referrals through our web site.

Why are these things important for Chamber members? Because increasingly we are all competing in a global economy and these tools are vital for all businesses as they work to connect with new or current customers.

If you don't know your Chamber Members Only login, please call or email the Chamber for details. We will gladly send you a username and password so that you can keep your business information up to date. As always, if you have questions about any Chamber services, we encourage you to contact our office at 366-6200 or 484-1101. Thank you for your continued investment in the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. We trust these new tools will be advantageous for your business.

Salute to the Finest February 24

The Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Salute to the Finest award celebration on Monday, February 24 at Shawbucks Press Room, 212 West Second Street.

Receiving awards this year are: Manufacturer of the Year Artone, LLC; Retailer of the Year Everydays True Value; Community Service Award Terry Frank and Dennis Webster of Media One Group; Pride of Jamestown Award Chautauqua Striders; Business of the Year Jamestown Business College; Service to Humanity Award Chautauqua County Health Network; and New Business of the Year VIE for Fitness.

Registration opens at 5pm with complimentary hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment by Susan Waite and Tom Swanson of Red Letter Blues, and a cash bar. Dinner and the awards ceremony begin at 6pm.

Advance reservations are appreciated and this event is open to Chamber members or non-members. You can register online at or call the Chamber at 484-1101.

Business Over Bagels: Build Relationships Using LinkedIn

Do you have questions about LinkedIn? Have you thought about joining LinkedIn, but you are not sure if it would be right for your business? Do you really need to be on social media? How can LinkedIn help you grow your business? Curt Anderson from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Jamestown Community College will offer information on how LinkedIn can help your business.

LinkedIn Strategies discussed will include: how to create a profile that works, making quality connections, finding leads on business prospects and jobs, starting or joining a LinkedIn group, and creating a LinkedIn company page. Come join the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, SBDC, and JCC for a morning of good food and interested marketing ideas for your business. Bring your tablet or smart phone along to enhance the experience.

Curt Anderson is a Business Advisor at NYS SBDC at JCC. He is an E-Commerce and Internet Marketing Consultant. He has been an entrepreneur for 23 years including 17 years in E-commerce. He is passionate about internet marketing and how it can help you reach out to new customers that you might not have reached through conventional marketing techniques.

This informative event will be held March 27 at 8:30am at the JCC North Training Center, Bennett Road, Dunkirk. It is being sponsored by the Small Business Development Center and the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency. The cost is just $10. Please call the JCC Center for Continuing Education to register at 716-363-6585.



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