VOICE Newsletter

August 2016

Chautauqua County Fortunate to see the Return of Pro Golf

With a first successful year under our belt, Chautauqua County is poised for at least three more years of hosting the LECOM Health Challenge at Peek’n Peak Resort near Clymer.  If year one was any indication, we can expect great things from this event in the future.  On its first day, the web.com PGA tour event broke a spectator record, with 1,800 people turning out to watch high caliber golf on a Thursday.  Attendance numbers climbed daily during the event! 

The weather was terrific, the golf course looked spectacular, and the level of golf being played drew lots of attention.  Thousands of people lined the 18th fairway on the final day and crowded around the green as four players tied at 19-under par to force a sudden death playoff.  All four played the eighteenth hole two more times, until Rick Lamb, a 25-year-old from South Bend, Indiana, made a chip shot into the hole to break the tie and win the tournament.  The dramatic finish was carried live on the Golf Channel and was shown worldwide.  That’s the type of exposure you can’t even begin to purchase for a small, rural county in Southwestern New York!

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce shared an information tent with the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation during the tournament, where we spoke with many people who stopped to learn more about our region.  They were struck by the beauty of our area and eager to discover all Chautauqua County has to offer, including concerts, museums, parks, shops, and restaurants.  Every one of them insisted that they would return to spend more time discovering the other spectacular assets in our county.

We sincerely congratulate and applaud all of the organizers and sponsors of the LECOM Health Challenge including the Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation, the Web.com Tour, and Peek'n Peak Resort, for bringing professional level golf back to Chautauqua County and we look forward to three more years of the LECOM Health Challenge at the Peek!


Improved Airline Service a Boost for Business and Pleasure Travel


Southern Airlines has literally landed in Chautauqua County in a big way!  Their emergence as our new local commercial carrier is resulting in improved air travel to and from the Jamestown airport, with heavier planes for a smoother ride and an improved flight schedule that will guarantee four flights a day. Southern is offering very affordable pricing. You can see flight options and pricing at iflysouthern.com.

It was terrific to see more than 200 people turn out to welcome Southern Airlines to our community for its recent ribbon cutting ceremony and opening reception.  Stan Little, CEO of Southern Airlines, was pleased as well, “We are excited about serving Jamestown and Chautauqua County,” he said.  “There is so much to do here and the community is growing.  We want to be a part of that growth and provide excellent service.”

Local access to air transportation is important as business grows in Chautauqua County.  With construction of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown and the Athenex plant in Dunkirk, there will be more and more reasons for all types of travelers to make Chautauqua County a destination.  We look forward to working with Southern Airlines and watching them take off here in our community.

Increasing Business Traffic with Pokémon GO

Written by Todd J. Tranum, President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier


Something in the world of gaming has changed the landscape, for individuals and for businesses.  If it sounds like “just a game” to you, think again.  I personally noticed the change in early July when our four children started walking around, eyes on their phones, saying things like, “I just caught a Pidgeotto,” and “There’s a Jigglypuff.  Let’s go get him.”  “What are you playing?” I asked.  The answer was Pokémon GO.

My first thought was that I am really glad to see that there is an application that encourages people to get outside and move around.  My second thought was, “What the heck is this, how does it work, and how do I catch a Wiggly tuff?”  Thirdly, I wondered how this movement can help increase traffic to local businesses. 

Based on our understanding of the Pokémon GO application and through some research, we view Pokémon GO as another fantastic tool to drive foot traffic to your business. We encourage our local businesses to understand and leverage the application. Here are a few tips. First of all, you need to download the application, and if you are technologically challenged or, have an antiquated phone, grab a millennial to help you figure that out. Once you take that first step, find out if your business is near a Pokestop or a Gym.  These locations crowdsource Pokémon GO players, since they are places to gather rewards, advance your game, and enter battles within the application.  Once you have the application you can purchase lures, which draw players to your business.  Lures are affordable, and it may be worth the small expense to help bring foot traffic in your door.

Additional recommendations include running specials and promoting your business as Pokémon-friendly.  You can leverage your website and social media platforms to promote the presence of Pokémon at or near your business.  At least one local museum, the Fenton History Center, is promoting itself as a Pokestop, and is also offering half off the admission price to anyone who shows their Pokémon GO avatar.  This is a great example of how to use it to boost business.  We see this as the tip of the iceberg.  We expect to see more and more applications that blend virtual reality with the real world.  The possibilities are endless and we encourage business people to get on board now.

An important note to Pokémon GO players:  please be careful and aware of your surroundings while playing, and when you do enter a business to capture a Pokémon, be courteous and buy something.  Please support our local businesses. Along the way check out the incredibly interesting local attractions and museums where you’ll learn fascinating stuff about what life was like before handheld electronic devices.


Take the Chamber-MAST Membership Survey and You Could Win $100


The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier are conducting a membership survey.  The data we compile will help us expand and improve the services we provide.  This simple online survey should take just 10 minutes to complete.  Information you enter is confidential.  If you choose to provide your contact information at the end, you will be entered into a drawing for $100 worth of ShopTauqua Chamber Gift Checks from the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce.  There is a direct link to our Membership Survey from our homepage at www.chautauquachamber.org.  We appreciate your feedback.


A Cappella Performance in Mayville August 11


The featured performers for the August 11, 2016 performance of the Entertainment in the Park Summer Concert Series will be ‘the lake effect’, an all-male a cappella group hailing from the Buffalo, NY area.  The concert will take place from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Lakeside Park, Mayville, NY, located along the shores of Chautauqua Lake.

Members of the group are Jamie Holden, Tenor; Matthew Sciara, Bass; Lou Shafer, Tenor/Vocal Percussion; Jeff Trenchard, Tenor; and Ron Veiders, Baritone.  This 5-member all-male a cappella group performs covers as well as original songs.  The band was formed some years ago so that new and intricate a cappella music of both original and popular tunes can be appreciated by audiences of all ages.  The group doesn’t use any musical instruments in their performances.  They are a very talented group of performers who give another definition to the term ‘the lake effect’.  To them it’s “a group of 5 men unified in one common goal; the promotion and performance of all-male a cappella music”.  They graced our concert stage two years ago with their unique, musical talents, and we are pleased to welcome them back this year for another great performance.

Rainbow the Clown (Jerry Stimson) will also be on hand to entertain the children with face painting and balloon sculptures.  Rainbow is a favorite with the children and they’re sure to have a great time as well.  The Entertainment in the Park musical performances are provided at no cost to the public through the sponsorship and support of the Village of Mayville and Town of Chautauqua.  In case of rain, the performance will take place at the Carlson Community Center also located at Lakeside Park, Mayville.  Remember to bring your own seating for the outdoor performance.  A 50/50 drawing will be held at each of the concerts this summer, the winner announced just before the end of the performance.  The Maple Springs Fire Department will be selling delicious BBQ dinners at each of our concerts this summer, benefiting their Fire Department.  The Mayville Fire Department also offers popcorn and water at each of the performances this summer on a donation basis, for the benefit of their Fire Department.  Your support of these two essential organizations is greatly appreciated. 

For more information on this annual summer concert series or the Mayville/Chautauqua area, contact the Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce (organizers of this concert series) at (716) 753-3113 or go to the web site at www.mayvillechautauqua.org.  Plan on coming to Mayville’s Lakeside Park on August 11th for a memorable and unique performance on the shores of beautiful Chautauqua Lake.  


Touch-A-Truck Now at Motor Mayhem August 12


Now in its third year, Touch-A-Truck has joined forces this year to be held along with Motor Mayhem in downtown Jamestown Friday, August 12!  Motor Mayhem, put together by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, features classic autos, motorcycles, modern classic cars, jeeps, vendors, live music, and local food.  Touch-A-Truck will add the opportunity for kids of all ages to get up close and personal with a variety of unique vehicles they may not have had a chance to see before, including emergency vehicles, construction equipment, and more.

Touch-A-Truck, hosted by the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce, runs from 5-9pm, while Motor Mayhem continues until 11pm including a slate of live bands performing at Winter Garden Plaza. 


Barcelona Day August 13


The Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber of Commerce presents Barcelona Day, Saturday, August 13, starting at 4pm.  You can walk the beach and lighthouse grounds, swim, fish, sail, and enjoy vendors, treats, and lives music.  The event will begin at 4pm at the Daniel Reid Pier in Barcelona with fireworks at nightfall!



Robert H. Jackson Center Presents An Evening with Mark Russell


The Robert H. Jackson Center is pleased to announce that American political satirist Mark Russell will make a special appearance to benefit the center on Sunday August 21, 2016 at 6 p.m. at Chautauqua Suites in Mayville.

A Western New York native, Mark Russell is best known for his political satire that plays for current headlines. Russell spent 30 years on public television as host of the “Mark Russell Comedy Specials.” With impeccable timing, twinkling eyes and shock-of-recognition insights into American politics, he draws merriment from the pomposity of public life. He recently attended the Republican National Convention and is currently attending the Democratic National Convention, so we expect he will have a treasure trove of new material.

Tickets are $100 each and include a cocktail hour with cash bar, dinner, and performance by Mark Russell. Proceeds benefit the Robert H. Jackson Center.  For more information, call the Robert H. Jackson Center at (716) 483-6646.  Seating is limited!


Oh My Aching Back at Chautauqua PT&OT


Chautauqua Physical & Occupational Therapy presents “Oh, My Aching Back,” a free workshop that reveals how to naturally address back pain and sciatica.  Presented by Jacob McBride, MPT, Senior Theerapist, this session will be held Wednesday, August 10, from 6-7:30pm at Chautauqua PT&OT, in the Riverwalk Center, 16 South Main Street, Suite 220, Jamestown. 

This is part of the FREE Helping You Help Yourself Seminar series.  Don't miss your chance to hear this passionate health care professional as he answers all of your questions about back pain and sciatica.  RSVP by calling (716) 488-2322 today as seats are limited.  Light refreshments will be served.


Chautauqua Gran Fondo is August 27


The second annual Chautauqua Gran Fondo is a community event designed to promote health and well-being for bicyclists of all skill levels while raising funds for local non-profit organizations. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Chautauqua Lake and its surrounding historic destinations on one of 4 scenic routes. There will plenty of rest stops, photo ops and full support on the road.

Social riders can enjoy a peaceful ride around the lake on our 20 Mile Route, complete with a trip across the lake on the nostalgic Bemus Point–Stow Ferry. Fitness enthusiasts can challenge themselves or compete with friends on a 40.7 Mile Route around Chautauqua Lake.  There are also two Challenge Routes this year:  a 37-Mile Challenge or a 58-Mile Challenge, which will let riders climb the Chautauqua Ridge with an elevation change of over 1,500 feet and then relax on the Bemus Point-Stow Ferry.  All routes feature full support and refreshment stops along the way.

The event will raise funds for local charities including the Southwestern Schools Education Foundation, the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County, and the Chautauqua County Veterans Endowment Fund.  Both teams and individuals are welcome to sign up and ride.
The Gran Fondo will conclude with an after-party at Webb’s Captains Table including a live band and a for-kids-only free ice cream sundae station.

For more information or to register visit chautauquagranfondo.com.


1st Annual Beer and Wing Festival


The First Annual Beer and Wing Festival presented by the Media 1 Group and the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena is coming to the JSBA on Saturday, August 27 from 1-5pm. The event will feature wing tasting and craft beer sampling from the Southern Tier’s best, as well as business vendors from around the area.

Attendees can expect to taste the finest wings from Farm Fresh Foods, Bair’s Pizza, Wing City/Village Casino, The Q, Honest John’s, Shawbucks, Gametime Sports Bar & Grill, The Cherry Lounge, and more. Local breweries who will be providing craft beer samplings include Southern Tier Brewing Company, Ellicotville Brewing Company, Hamburg Brewing Company, and more.

The event is expected to sell out, so get your tickets today. Only 600 spots available. Each ticket holder will receive five free wings. Tickets are $30 for those intending to sample craft beers and $15 for designated drivers. Non designated driver ticket holders will receive a commemorative Beer and Wing Festival drinking glass with logo. Must be 21 years of age to attend. Visit www.jamestownarena.com, call 716.484.2624, or stop by the JSBA’s Landmark Chevrolet Box Office to reserve your tickets today.


Social Media Marketing Certificate Program


Combining instruction, discussion, hands-on labs and one-on-one guidance, this non-credit course teaches proven strategies to effectively market your business using social media. Coordinated by the Small Business Development Center at JCC and the Center for Continuing Education, the series begins with a look at the foundations of internet marketing, then assess your current social media presence, set goals, develop a plan and begin creating valuable content.

Learn which social media platforms your business should be using and how to effectively market you products or services on each platform. The first seven hours covers Social Media Marketing Strategy (required). The remaining six hours are students’ choice of three 2-hour platform courses from these options: Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter Earn 1.3 CEUs (Platform courses can be taken individually if space allows.)

The cost of the certificate program is $215 and it is offered on JCC’s campuses in Jamestown, Dunkirk, and Olean.  Classes begin September 15, and vary based on location.

For more information or to register, call the JCC Center for Continuing Education at (716) 338-1005.

Management Development  Series at JCC

In today’s fast changing and ever evolving world of business the importance of management skills are of paramount importance. The Center for Continuing Education at Jamestown Community College presents a Management Development Series, which is a continuation from the supervisory training series to help further expand your skills.

The courses in this series will explore topics at a deeper level to assist you in performing in your management role. The five-week series will cover the following topics: recruiting the right employees; emotional intelligence; effective communication; team building; and positive discipline. The series is taught by three experienced professionals from various employment sectors.

Classes are Wednesday mornings, beginning September 21 and continuing through October 19.  The total cost is $249.  For more information or to register, call the JCC Center for Continuing Education at (716) 338-1005.


Learn Basic Chinese at JCC



How much do you know about the country of China, its language and culture? In this course you will explore 5000 years of China’s history. This course will open a window to many aspects of oriental culture, together with a fun and easy introduction to the language. Come and expand your world knowledge, and discover this ancient country. Class meets two hours a week for six weeks.

Instructor Kelly Chen has earned a Master's degree in English Linguistics and Literature in 2001, from SISU (Shanghai International Studies University). She was an interpreter for President George W. Bush and US Secret Service during the APEC meeting in Shanghai, 2001. Kelly will teach you some basic Mandarin phrases and help you discover the Chinese culture.

Classes begin September 14.  For more information or to register, call the JCC Center for Continuing Education at (716) 338-1005.






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