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Increasing the value of Chamber membership

May 22, 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 value of your membership in the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce increases all the time. With dramatic growth in social media, the way we do business has changed. Recognizing these changes, the Chamber took steps a couple of years ago to enhance our online offerings for all members.

Through the Chamber web site, all members have a web presence even if they don't have their own web site or Facebook page. Your Chamber membership makes your business automatically searchable in our online database. In addition, because your business name is included in the online directory, that makes your Chamber business page searchable through Google. It's the next best thing to having your own web site! A new feature this year allows you to add your social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and more) to your online data. Once you provide those links your page in our online directory will automatically show links to your social media sites.

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. There is no special app required, and it's a great way to find restaurants, retail outlets, Gift Check participants, hotels, and so much more - right at your fingertips!

The Chamber's Shop Chautauqua County Gift Check program easily pumps more than $100,000 a year into the local economy, while providing participating businesses with additional marketing exposure. This is another great option available to Chamber members to help them improve visibility and sales.

When it comes to making new business connections, the Chamber can help in a variety of ways. Local business people can meet other Chamber members through a series of Experience Chautauqua Networking Events held year-round. The Chamber can also assist with grand opening or open house events for its members, and business information displays are available in both Dunkirk and Jamestown.

Local businesses that have questions about health insurance and other employee benefit plans should also make the Chamber their first call. With a long history of providing health insurance plans, and with a thorough knowledge of insurance exchange programs and the Affordable Care Act, the Chamber is a key source for all businesses on this issue.

The Chamber helps to provide information and new ideas through its Business Over Bagels training programs, as well as its monthly online newsletter, Chautauqua Business Weekly email bulletins, and through Facebook and Twitter. The Chamber is the voice of business on issues of public policy and advocacy.

As always, if you have any questions about Chamber membership or any of the products we are able to offer, please give us a call at 366-6200 or 484-1101.

Chautauqua Tech Wars and MAST Annual Meeting May 20

Dream It Do It Western New York, the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and the Chautauqua County Education Coalition are proud to help present Chautauqua Tech Wars on May 20th on the Jamestown campus of Jamestown Community College. This extraordinary event will combine a number of activities for high school students and manufacturers alike. In all, an estimated 500 high school students from all over Chautauqua County are expected to attend. Tech Wars events, sponsored by technology teachers of Chautauqua County, will allow students to display or demonstrate their projects for the year in JCC's Physical Education Complex. The Hamilton Collegiate Center will house Science Olympiad informational sessions sponsored by Dream It Do It and hosted by local non-profits, while the nearby Carnahan Center will host local manufacturers for a career fair sponsored by the Chautauqua Leadership Network.

The mission of Dream It Do It WNY is to increase the skilled workforce pipeline entering manufacturing careers. Our vision is to be a catalyst for developing a workforce trained to meet the rigorous demands of manufacturers in the Western New York region. For more information about Tech Wars and related events, please contact Justin Hanft at DIDIWNY at 484-1101.

The day's events will also incorporate the annual meeting of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, to feature a walking tour of the student events, lunch, and a brief business meeting. The MAST Annual Meeting is sponsored by Blackstone Advanced Technologies, Chadwick Bay Broadcasting, and Jamestown Jammers Baseball, KeyBank, and M & T Bank. The cost of the lunch is $15. For information or to register call 484-1101.

County Executive Breakfast June 6

Each year the Chamber of Commerce provides an opportunity for its members to meet directly with the County Executive and ask questions. This year, with Vince Horrigan new in the role of County Executive, and with a number of important issues facing county government, we expect the business community to turn out in force for this event.

The County Executive Breakfast will be held Friday, June 6 at the White Inn in Fredonia. Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m., with registration opening at 8 a.m.

The event is sponsored by: Chadwick Bay Broadcasting, Chautauqua Institution, Crown Benefits Group, DFT Communications, SUNY Fredonia, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown Jammers Baseball, Jamestown Mattress Company, KeyBank, M & T Bank, Nestle Purina PetCare, OBSERVER, Phillips Lytle LLP, The Post-Journal, Serta Mattress Company, SKF Aeroengine North America, Southern Tier Environments for Living, Univera Healthcare, WCA Hospital, and WJTN/WWSE/WKSN/WHUG/WQFX. To make reservations, please call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101, or register online on the website at



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