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

Small Business Saturday Focuses on Shop Local Movement

Once again this year the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is a Neighborhood Champion for Small Business Saturday. We whole-heartedly support the move to Shop Small and Shop Local, and for our county we add the tagline “Shop-Tauqua.” For every $100 shopping dollars spent at a locally owned business, $68 goes back into the local economy. Our objective, always, is to drive foot traffic into local business and to help boost the sales of our local, Chamber member businesses. These businesses are the life-blood of our local economy. They include small retailers, local restaurants, specialty shops, agri-businesses, wineries, artists and galleries, and many others. Watch for our special ads listing Chamber member businesses that will be open on Small Business Saturday, November 28.
In addition, as the holiday season approaches, we remind you that the Chamber’s Shop-Tauqua Gift Checks make perfect thank you gifts for employees, friends, and family. They can be used just like cash at over 80 local businesses, and help to support our local Chamber member merchants and restaurants.

Shuttle to the Stars December 8

Sun Air Express will present a free informational reception for local businesses and residents to learn about flights between Jamestown and Pittsburgh. This event will be held on Tuesday, December 8, from 5-7pm at the Robert H. Jackson Center, 305 East Fourth Street, Jamestown. It is presented by the Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation. We encourage you to attend to learn how this service can benefit local business travelers.

Development Strategies for Jamestown to Be Presented

The global planning firm AECOM Technical Services will share findings of its strategic studies for downtown Jamestown during two pending meetings. The studies were done to help maximize the positive impact of the National Comedy Center on the region. Findings for attractions, businesses, and community members will be presented on Tuesday, December 1, at 7pm at the Robert H. Jackson Center. Information specific to real estate and business investment opportunities will be shared at 11:30am, Wednesday, December 2 at the Lillian Vitanza Ney Renaissance Center.
We encourage all interested parties to attend these important presentations to learn more. For more information, contact the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency, or the Gebbie Foundation.