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The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce provides a broad variety of programs and services designed to help businesses in a number of ways. But we do recognize that some businesses utilize only a few of their member benefits, while others use many.

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is run by a local board of directors with local staff – all people who try to keep focused on the needs of local businesses. But that doesn’t mean we can’t miss something. In order to help provide the best possible service for our members, the Chamber has launched a quick survey to dive into the data.

The survey is a quick Google Form, accessible to anyone – whether your business is a Chamber member or not. You can find the survey link at the top of our home page at It will take just a couple of minutes to give us a quick review of how important Chamber services are to your organization.

Chamber members and non-members alike are urged to take the survey. This is a great way for us to get a feel for what may be important to your business — either something that we are already doing, or something we need to improve.


The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is launching its spring membership drive with a special offer for small businesses. Business or organizations that join the Chamber between now and May 8 can receive a $45 discount off their Main Street I, Main Street II, or Main Street III membership investment for the first year. That means a business that would normally join at the Main Street I level for $195 can get a one-time discount and pay just $150 for their first year of membership.

The Chamber provides a variety of services for businesses of all types and sizes and is a great investment for all businesses. Chamber programs and services include accepting the ShopLocalCHQ gift card which has a direct return into the local economy of over $80,000 annually, the online marketplace where members can market and sell their products even if they have no other online presence, cost-competitive Health and ancillary insurance products for your employee group through a private exchange that allows you to mix and match a wide variety of products through multiple carriers, easily comply with the state’s workplace sexual harassment law for all employees at no additional cost, get discounts on background checks or discounts for your employees on auto and home insurance, and much more.

When your organization joins the Chamber of Commerce, you can take advantage of the many programs and services offered and see a return value twelve times greater than your initial investment! In addition, Chamber membership dues are tax deductible for businesses. To learn more about the Chamber and its benefits, or to join online and take advantage of the discounted pricing now for Small Business Week, visit


Enjoy a great little spot in Lakewood as the Chamber brings Business After Hours to Group Ther-Happy, 103 Chautauqua Avenue in the heart of the village. Join your fellow Chamber of Commerce members for this networking event as you enjoy appetizers and a cash bar while you get to know other local businesspeople.

Chamber member businesses can send two people to each Business After Hours event at no cost. The price is just $10 for non-members or for additional member attendees above the first two. Be sure to bring business cards and come prepared to give a quick overview about your business so others can get to know you.

Business After Hours at Group Ther-Happy is sponsored by Group Ther-Happy, Media One Radio Group, OBSERVER, and The Post-Journal. Register online now!


Chautauqua Works is holding a South County Spring Job Fair! The event will be held Thursday, May 19 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Jamestown. It will begin with an Employer Registration and Breakfast from 8:30-9:30, followed by the Job Fair from 9:30-11:30am.

Your business can participate in person by signing up with Chautauqua Works. The cost is $100 which includes a table with chairs, table sign, 2 continental breakfasts, advertising and promotion, and job seekers from the region. A downloadable form is available on the Chamber’s web calendar. The deadline for sign-ups is May 6.

If you are a small business and cannot attend in person, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce will have a table and will be accepting applications that we will pass along to all interested Chamber member small businesses right after the event. Small businesses that are unable to attend in person are invited to sign up through the Chamber’s web calendar to get access to applications and resumes after the event.

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