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4/20/2017 Chamber News
Chamber Spring Membership Drive to Feature Special Events

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce will kick off its annual spring membership drive with some special events focused on small businesses countywide.  The membership drive will run from May 1 to June 15 and will include social media training for small businesses, a series of Mornings on Main coffee hours with small businesses, two Experience Chautauqua Business After Hours networking events, and discounted pricing during National Small Business Week.  For the first time, the Chamber will offer small businesses with ten or fewer employees a 20% discount off the price of their first-year membership, when they join during National Small Business Week, April 30-May 6.  This is a great opportunity for some of our smallest businesses to get a feel for how the Chamber works, both countywide and within our local Community Chambers.  To learn more about this special offer, call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101.

Small Business Week will kick off in Chautauqua County with a Business Over Bagels workforce development training on Monday, May 1.  Smart Social Medial for Small Business is the topic, and the session will run from 8:30-10am at the JCC North Training Center, Bennett Road in Dunkirk.  The presenter is Kate Moody, Business Advisor and Project Manager for Social Media Marketing at the Small Business Development Center at JCC.  This event is sponsored by Buffamante, Whipple, Buttafaro and M&T Bank.  The cost program is just $20 per person for Chamber member businesses or $25 for non-members.  To register call JCC’s North County Center at (716) 363-6500 or pre-register online at

Business people who join during the drive will have an opportunity to attend one of two special networking events for free.  The Chamber’s Cruise Aboard the Summer Wind is scheduled for 5pm, May 18 at a regular cost of $15 per member or $18 for prospective members, and the membership drive will close out with Experience Chautauqua Business After Hours at Johnson Estate Winery in Westfield on June 15, hosted by the Chautauqua County and the Westfield-Barcelona Community Chambers. 
In addition, Chamber staff and board members will be holding Mornings on Main coffee hours countywide on Tuesday mornings throughout the drive.  The first event will be held at 8:00am, Tuesday, May 2 at the Lakewood Diner, 48 Chautauqua Avenue, Lakewood.  All local business people, Chamber members and non-members, are invited to participate to talk about the joys and challenges of doing business in Chautauqua County.  We welcome all feedback.  Mornings on Main will be followed up with staff and board walking the community to meet and greet local business people.  Additional dates and locations will be announced soon.

All business owners who join during the spring membership drive will be entered into a drawing for special prizes including a second year Chamber Membership Free, dinner for two at Webb’s Captain’s Table in Mayville, a one-night stay at Chautauqua Suites, a LECOM Health Challenge PGA ticket four-pack, and a golf getaway package at Peek’n Peak Resort & Spa valued at over $300.  The drawing will be held at the Johnson Estate event June 15.  For more information about the Chautauqua County Chamber or any of its Community Chambers, please call 366-6200 or 484-1101.

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