Chamber Corner – February 18, 2019

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

STEM Wars Brings Manufacturers and Schools Together on March 14

On March 14th manufacturers and schools from throughout the region will come together for STEM Wars. STEM Wars provides students an opportunity to showcase their science, technology, engineering and math talents and projects. STEM wars features a variety of competitions and an opportunity for students to meet with area manufacturers to learn about their companies and products. The event takes place at the Jamestown Community College Campus in Jamestown.
STEM Wars bring together over 800 students from around the region to participate in a fun and educational event, featuring STEM activities, competitions, local manufacturing technology companies, and on-site team building/leadership skills projects. Middle school and high school students are invited to participate each year, and work for weeks in advance to prepare their projects for competition.
This year, Stark Technologies Group has signed on as an Elite Sponsor for STEM Wars. Stark Technologies offers single sourcing of world-class facility control products, systems and support across upstate New York and northwestern Pennsylvania. They focus on HVAC, lighting, security, energy, conservation, commissioning and related construction fields. Stark Technologies has been privately owned and operated since 1988 and offers individualized and committed customer support.
STEM Wars is co-presented by Dream It Do It Western New York (DIDIWNY) & the New York State Technology and Engineering Educators’ Association (NYSTEEA) Chautauqua County Chapter.  STEM Wars is produced with support from the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce (CCCC), Jamestown Community College (JCC), The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST) and Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH).
Additional sponsors include Fancher Chair Company and Anderson Precision Inc. as Diamond sponsors. Cummins Inc., Weber Knapp Company, and Blackstone Advanced Technology as Gold Sponsors. Allen Industrial Sales, SKF Aeroengine, and Artone LLC as Silver sponsors. Jamestown Container as Bronze Sponsors.
There is still room for local manufacturers to participate in the career fair, and room for more schools to sign up. For more information, contact Carly Abbate, Coordinator of Dream It Do It in Chautauqua County at (716) 483-1833 or visit

Jamestown Chamber Salute to the Finest is March 4

The Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce will honor a number of local businesses and individuals during its annual Salute to the Finest, Monday, March 4 at Shawbucks. These awards are presented annually and pay tribute to some of the outstanding organizations and people who make the Jamestown region special.
This year awards will be presented as follows: New Business of the Year, Chautauqua Harbor Hotel; Manufacturer of the Year, Cummins Inc.; Retailer of the Year, Wegmans; Restaurant of the Year, Lena’s Pizza; Young Business Persons of the Year, Joe and Alyvia Town the new owners of Pace’s Pizzeria; Service to Humanity Award, UCAN Ministry; the Pride of Jamestown Award, Reg Lenna Center for the Arts; and Business of the Year, Lake Shore Paving. Salute to the Finest is sponsored by Ahlstrom Schaeffer Electric, Elegant Edibles Catering, and Shawbucks. A cocktail hour with cash bar begins at 5pm, with dinner and the program to start at 6pm. The cost is $32 for Chamber members and $35 for non-members, or $240 for a table of eight. Several meal options are available. Reservations are requested by February 22. Seating is limited so please register soon on our website at or by calling the Chamber at 484-1101.