Chamber Corner: September 10, 2012


Due Diligence Produces Justification that Now is Time to Sell

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

We applaud the fact that the County Executive and County Legislature have performed due diligence on the County Home, a clearly complicated and often emotional topic. As with any process of this nature our County leaders correctly sought the input of key stakeholders and based on this stakeholder input developed specific criteria that was sent out as part of the request for proposals (RFP) for purchase of the home.

Our County leaders hired a professional firm to help identify potential buyers for the home. Our County leaders had independent audits performed on the operations of the home. Our County leaders went above and beyond a standard business analysis and as part of their process they had a third party perform a study of the options available to the County in terms of the County home. The due diligence and analysis performed by our County leaders proved two things. First of all, the County Home is losing money and will continue to so under any scenario. Secondly, there is a market to sell the home right now.

There is consensus that the services provided by the County Home to our residents are important. There is consensus that the jobs and services at the County Home must be preserved. County leaders have gathered the facts. Now our County leaders need to make a decision based on the facts and take action to save both the jobs and the services at the facility. The legislature has the opportunity to move forward with sale of the home in an effort to save jobs, preserve needed services and lessen the burden on the County tax payer.  It is the right thing to do and the time to do it is now.

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier urge the legislature to vote in support of selling the County Home.

Thanks to All for Help on Major League Fishing

We are so fortunate to have individuals and businesses in this community that consistently step up to the plate to help pull off significant accomplishments.  Such is the case with the recent filming of the Major League Fishing, Summit Cup on Chautauqua Lake.  Long before the anglers and the camera crews arrived here, people and organizations were hard at work to make the stay of the production crew and professional anglers a positive experience and one that they, hopefully, will remember for a long time to come.

Special thanks go to Craig Robbins, local fishing guide and outdoor writer; Andrew Nixon and his staff at the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau; George Murphy and the staff at Chautauqua Institution; and Ken Shearer and his staff at Chautauqua Marina.  Thanks also to local sponsors who provided everything from lodging to food:  Chautauqua County Department of Economic Development, Chautauqua Suites, the Athenaeum Hotel, the Comfort Inn, 3 C’s Catering, Elegant Edibles, Pepsi Cola Company and the Watermark.

Chautauqua Lake has long been a destination for the sport of fishing.  Now, with the national exposure anticipated from this made for television event, we expect even greater attention to outdoor recreation in Chautauqua County.

Health Insurance for Business Seminar – September 13

The Community Chamber Development Corporation, a subsidiary of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, will hold a seminar for small businesses on Thursday, September 13 at Roberto’s at the Fenton Grill, 2 East Second Street, Jamestown.  Registration begins at 8am, with the presentation to go from 8:30-9:30am.  The session will focus on health care options for businesses, including possibly tax credits, affordable options, and the impact of the Affordable Care Act.  In addition the sponsor of this event, The Buffalo Agency, will provide an overview of Long Term Care Insurance.  This event is open to both Chamber members and non-members.  Please register by calling the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101, or visit our website at

Chamber’s Annual Banquet Returns to Williams Center

The newly renovated Williams Center at the State University College at Fredonia will be the setting for this year’s Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet.  Following months of major remodeling work, the facility is open to students once more, and is also available for large community events such as the Chamber’s Banquet.

The banquet will be held October 11th, with the cocktail hour at 6pm and dinner at 7:15.  Invitations to the event are in the mail.  A complete list of award winners will be announced shortly.

Banquet sponsors this year are DFT Communications, Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York, Liazon Corporation, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, and SUNY Fredonia.

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.