Chamber Corner for Oct. 14, 2012


Speak Up for the Sale of the County Home

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

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is encouraging everyone who supports the sale of the County Home to contact their County Legislators now and speak up.  In addition, we would encourage people – both residents and business owners – to attend the special meeting of the County Legislature on Thursday, October 18th to make their voices heard.

This is a critical decision for county lawmakers and requires a super majority vote.  Seventeen legislators must vote in favor in order for the proposal to move forward.

Our focus is on improving the business climate in our county, and maintaining the high quality of life here which we all enjoy.  To that end, we view the sale of the County Home to a private entity, as an opportunity to take some of the tax burden off of our property taxpayers, expand the tax base and create a means to keep the home open so it can continue to provide for the needs of current and future residents as well as maintain important care giver jobs in Chautauqua County.

If you agree, please speak up now.   Call or email your County Legislator, and turn out for the special meeting in Mayville this week.


Oktoberfest at the Southern Tier Brewing Company

Southern Tier Brewing Company offers unique, specialty beers in a beautiful setting!  Join your fellow Chamber members for a relaxed and fun event during Oktoberfest, Wednesday, October 17 from 5:00 – 6:30pm.

This networking mixer is sponsored by:  Affinity One Federal Credit Union, Anderson Cleaners, Blackstone NEY Ultrasonics, Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, Community Bank, DFT Communications, Jamestown Jammers Baseball, Jamestown Mattress Company, Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, Liazon Corporation, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, Rainbow International, UBS Financial Services, WDOE/96KIX, and WJTN/WWSE/WKSN/WHUG/WQFX.

You can register online now for this event at or by calling the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101.


Open Enrollment for Bright Choices Insurance Products

Open Enrollment meetings for the Bright Choices Benefits Exchange were held last week.  Now, those who are current Chamber insurance clients have until October 26 to make decisions on any changes.  There will be substantial changes in Univera plans and rates for the 2012-2013 year.  If you are currently enrolled in the program and were not able to attend one of the meetings, please call the Chamber to make an appointment to review the plans.

In addition, anyone who will be joining the Bright Choices benefit exchange for the plan year which begins December 1st, is encouraged to call to get information now.  Chamber staff will be happy to meet with you.  Call the Chamber at 484-1101 or 366-6200.


SBAP Can Help Small Businesses with Insurance

The Community Chamber Development Corporation, an Affiliate of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, is helping to provide answers to insurance questions through the Small Business Assistance Program.  SBAP is an initiative of the Community Service Society (CSS), a network of organizations across New York State that helps consumers and small business get affordable health care and health insurance.

Through SBAP we can provide health reform information and training for employers and one-on-one consultations on insurance options, costs, tax credits, enrollment, dispute resolution, and more.

If you have a small business and are looking for direct answers to questions about insurance, including new regulations surrounding the Affordable Care Act, tax credits, and more, please call CCDC at 366-6200 or 484-1101 for more information.


Federal Congressional Luncheon Set for November 9

Just days after the November election, the Chamber of Commerce will provide an opportunity to local business people and residents to meet their new Congressman.  The Chamber’s Federal Congressional Luncheon will be held November 9 at Moon Brook Country Club.

Republican Tom Reed and Democrat Nate Shinagawa are out campaigning now for the new 23rd Congressional District, which stretches from Tompkins County across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes region into Chautauqua County.  Each candidate has agreed to participate in the event, depending upon the outcome of the election on November 6.

The Chamber annually provides this opportunity for local people to meet with their Congressional representative to discuss critical federal legislation that affects our area.  To register for this event, please call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101.