Posted on: July 27, 2022 Posted by: TigerWebs Comments: 0

It takes more than luck for a business to be successful. It requires planning and work. Fortunately, there are a number of resources available locally to help give businesses the right start. From the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency to the Small Business Development Center to the Fredonia Technology Incubator, and many more, there are people available in Chautauqua County to help you get started in the business world and to help keep you on track.

No matter the type or size of your business, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce can help you launch on the right foot. The Chamber has a dedicated staff and processes in place to help your business plan and execute a grand opening complete with a ribbon cutting, media attention, local dignitaries in attendance, and more. Whether you are opening a restaurant, a retail establishment, an office, or a manufacturing firm, we can help you make decisions and lead you in the right direction.

Unless you are a professional event planner, you may not have considered what it takes to set up and host a meaningful opening event. We can discuss the many options with you, from small events for family and employees to large open house style events, the Chamber can provide you with some helpful hints. Among the items we can supply: a huge pair of working scissors and a very wide red ribbon that will both stand out in your grand opening photos and for any video you may choose to do. We partner with a number of other local organizations and keep up to date contact lists for local elected officials, media, and others that may be valuable guests at your event. We have done this many times and worked with businesses of all types throughout Chautauqua County. You do not have to be a Chamber member to seek our help with a ribbon cutting event – we are happy to assist start-up businesses!

In addition, if your business has been around for a while and you are planning an anniversary celebration, let the Chamber of Commerce help to publicize your event. Chamber member businesses can submit information for inclusion into our Chautauqua Business Weekly email newsletter and help spread the word to local media to invite attendees.

For a consultation on events your business may be planning, contact the Chamber staff at (716) 484-1101 or (716) 366-6200. Any of our Community Chamber Coordinators or in-office personnel will be happy to help you create a successful grand opening or other event.


Browse for bargains and support local businesses during the 30th Annual Silver Creek Yard Sales, Saturday, August 6!

For just $10 residents in and around Silver Creek and the Town of Hanover can register to participate and be listed on the sale map – where you’ll also find some great offers from local restaurants and businesses! Maps will be sold at the Village Park for $2 each on the sale day.

To include your sale on the map and get a printable Silver Creek Yard Sales sign, visit the Chamber’s web calendar and register online. Or you can register your sale in person at Den’s Antiques, 8 Main Street, or at Silver Creek Optical, 41 Main Street, Silver Creek. We request that all sales be registered by August 1st to get on the map.

Businesses that want to include special offers on the printed sale map may contact Dave Kleparek, Hanover Community Chamber Coordinator at [email protected]. Proceeds from this event support the Hanover Community Chamber of Commerce scholarship fund which provides a scholarship annually to one graduating senior from Forestville Central School and one from Silver Creek Central School.




Jamestown Cruise-In is back again this year! The Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce Committee has been planning for some time and this great annual community event will be held Friday, August 12. Working once again in conjunction with Der Kobblers – a local auto enthusiasts club – the Chamber is pleased to host this event now in its 29th year!

Jamestown Cruise-In will be held from 5-8pm along Third Street in Downtown Jamestown between Washington and Spring Streets and spanning the side streets between Second and Fourth. You can enjoy cool and classic vehicles, live music from In Crowd from 5-8pm, and food from local restaurants and from the Babe Ruth World Series vendor tent. Make a plan to stop in at the local businesses that will offer extended hours for this event. And when Cruise-In is completed, there’s MORE going on in Jamestown. The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra presents a first ever event at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts with a musical tribute to Aretha Franklin, or you can enjoy the third night of the Whirlybird Music & Arts Festival at several downtown locations.

Jamestown Cruise-In is sponsored by Cummins, AfterCare Nursing Services, Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Producto Corporation, Shults Auto Group, Cattaraugus County Bank, Dot’s Gift Boutique, Elegant Edibles Catering, LaBella Associates, Lafayette Corners, Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, and Media One Radio Group.

Drivers that want to participate can register online now through the Chamber’s web events calendar for just $10 per vehicle or can drive in and pay at the entrance at Third and Spring Streets between 3-5pm the day of the event.

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