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By Daniel J. Heitzenrater

President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce

Volunteers make things happen here in Chautauqua County – and often it’s big things! For example, this weekend is the Mayville Winter Festival at Lakeside Park on Route 394 in Mayville, and none of this would have been possible without volunteers. In fact, the entire effort was volunteer-led this year, with some staff support closer to the event.

We won’t attempt to name every individual or group that helped make the Winter Festival a reality – the first since 2020 – for fear of omitting anyone. But the entire event, from building the ice castle to soliciting sponsors and vendors, setting up tables and parking visitors, was led and implemented by volunteers. Community members, business leaders, students and others all helped make the event a reality. We couldn’t be more proud and we send our hats off to them all!

The Chamber of Commerce, like many other non-profit organizations, is run by volunteers. We have a small paid staff who keep the office running, manage day-to-day operations and ensure that our member companies can access the services they need and rely on to run and improve their businesses. But the Chamber of Commerce relies heavily on volunteers. Our board of directors is made up of local volunteers and the six community chamber committees in Dunkirk, Fredonia, Hanover, Jamestown, Mayville-Chautauqua and Westfield-Barcelona are all made up of volunteers. These crucial volunteer groups not only set the agenda and tone of the projects the Chamber undertakes, but they also tackle the hands-on work to get things done and juggle some exceptional community events.

New volunteers are always welcome. If you are a businessperson looking to get involved in programs and events that help drive traffic to your business, the Chamber of Commerce may be the right volunteer opportunity for you. Perhaps you would like to volunteer for the annual Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament at Peek’n Peak in August, or one of the many events hosted by our community chambers throughout the year. ‘year. Do not hesitate to contact us to participate or obtain more information. Email office assistant Carrie Swanson at [email protected] and she’ll direct you to the right person.

Congratulations to all the volunteers who give their time, effort, creativity and expertise to do great things in Chautauqua County!


The Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce its list of winners for Salute to the Finest 2022! Each year, Salute to the Finest honors local businesses and organizations that make a difference in the local community – through services, meeting vital needs or helping to create the city’s unique flavor by providing merchandise. , food, or other products.

This year’s winners are: New Business of the Year, ART Cloth + Craft; Young Business Leader of the Year, Linnea Carlson; Manufacturer of the Year, Supporting Companies; Restaurant of the Year, HotSpot Café; Retailer of the Year, Dot’s Gift Boutique; Service to Humanity Award, UPMC Chautauqua; Pride of Jamestown Award, Roger Tory Peterson Institute; Legacy Award, Lind Funeral Home; and Business of the Year, Shults Auto Group.

Salute to the Finest will take place on Monday, March 14 at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club. The evening will include a cocktail reception from 5-6 p.m. with assorted hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, and the program will begin at 6 p.m. The cost is $25 per person. Registration is now open online through the Chamber’s Events Calendar at www.chautauquachamber.org.


Businesses with 50 or fewer employees in Chautauqua County can apply for a marketing grant, through a collaborative effort of the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, the Jamestown Community College Small Business Development Center and the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. Together, our organizations announced a small business marketing grant program with American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds received by Chautauqua County. Grants of up to $10,000 per business can help you tell your story and invest in a wide range of improvements and initiatives. Interested businesses should start with the JCC’s Small Business Development Center. To learn more or to apply, visit www.sbdcjcc.org.

Manufacturers with 500 or fewer employees may also be eligible for funding to conduct an ESG (environmental, social, governance) assessment that can help attract and retain employees. Insyte Consulting is also a partner in this important workforce development effort.


Fourteen local attractions will participate in this year’s Doors Open Jamestown, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. Doors Open is a day of free admission to local museums and attractions. Participating attractions are Audubon Community Nature Center, Busti Grist Mill, Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, Fenton History Center, James Prendergast Public Library, Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum*, Lucille M. Wright Air Museum, Martz-Kohl Observatory, Marvin Community House * , National Comedy Center*, Northwest Arena, Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, Robert H. Jackson Center and Roger Tory Peterson Institute. The asterisks indicate those that will require prior registration.

Marvin Community House will take pre-registrations by phone at (716) 488-6206 or by email at [email protected]

Advanced online pre-registration will be required by the National Comedy Center and the Lucy Desi Museum at ComedyCenter.org/DoorsOpen. Pre-registration for both museums opens on 02/22/22 at 2:00 p.m., with limited availability due to health and safety protocols.

This year, the Doors Open scavenger hunt will be done by text message. When you visit a participating attraction, search for that attraction’s text keyword and use your mobile device to easily submit an entry. A number of local Chamber member businesses will also be giving away keywords, giving you even more chances to win when you stop for lunch or shop as part of your Open House program for the day. The more keywords you submit, the more likely you are to participate. The Chamber of Commerce is assembling prize packages that include ShopLocalCHQ gift cards and merchandise from local attractions.

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