Chamber Corner – February 27, 2017

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

Stem Wars: Bringing Students And Businesses Together

STEM Wars 2017 will be held on March 15 at the Jamestown Community College Physical Education Complex in Jamestown. This event has grown dramatically since it began four years ago. STEM Wars brings area middle and high school students together for a fun and educational event featuring a technology fair, a local manufacturing career fair, on-site team building, and leadership skills competitions. Last year approximately 700 students and 35 businesses took part.

STEM Wars is hosted by JCC and run by Dream It Do It WNY, NYSTEEA, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, and the Chautauqua County Education Coalition. Additional sponsors include Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, and Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant.

Because of the enormous growth of this event and the quantity of students we are working to serve, businesses are being asked to help sponsor it this year. Sponsorship packages begin at $75 for your business name and logo on the event T-shirt; a Bronze Package at $100 for a display table at the event; a Gold package for $200 for the display table and T-shirt recognition. One sponsor only will be eligible for the $400 Elite Package, which includes the T-shirt, display table, and an exclusive sponsorship of the live Facebook broadcast by WNY News Now, which will include live interviews during the event. Video content will be shared on a variety of Facebook pages. Non-profit organizations can have a display table at no cost.

STEM Wars runs from 9am-1pm on March 15 for school students. In addition, the general public is invited to bring resumes and speak with employers during a job fair which will run from 1:30-2:30pm.

If your manufacturing or other business is interested in participating or would like more information, contact DIDI Coordinator Jehuu Caulcrick by email at or by phone at (716) 484-1101.

Jamestown Chamber Salute to the Finest is March 15

The annual Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce Salute to the Finest awards celebration will be held Wednesday, March 15, at Moon Brook Country Club. This year’s awards are being presented to a number of Jamestown area businesses and organizations who have made a difference in their fields. Award winners are: New Business of the Year is Enchanted Mountain Spirits; Young Business Leaders of the Year are Jeffrey & Alexandria James and Frank Besse, the proprietors of Brazil and Labyrinth; Retailer of the Year, Farm Fresh Foods; Restaurant of the Year, Landmark Restaurant; Jamestown Economic Development Award, Borsari Food Co.; Business of the Year, Jamestown Awning, Inc.; and Pride of Jamestown, Jamestown Community College. The celebration will begin with a cocktail hour at 5pm, followed by a dinner at 6 and the awards presentations. The cost is $30 per person and advance registration is required by March 8. You may register online at or by calling 484-1101.