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 Talk about a hole-in-one: FOREth Corporate Golf Classic a success



The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce’s Corporate Golf Classic, held July 17, was again a great success. 

The annual golf outing, which pits businesses against each other, saw 26 foursomes compete, an increase of one team from last year. The event is the fourth of its kind for the Chamber. 

This year’s Classic winners are: Corporate Division, Iroquois Group, Community Division, Fox Financial.  Other winners included: Closest to Pin – Gary Wenke, Jody Spears, Char Dwaileebe, and Dan Dougherty; Longest Drive – Cindy Haas  and Kirk Windus. A putting contest was also held, with Brian Crawford winning  $200 in Shop Olean Gift Certificates.? 

This year, the Classic raised $250 to United Way of Cattaraugus County Endowment Fund program. The event was happy to be able to support this program and to help with our community’s quality of life through this donation.

The Classic’s organizing committee appreciates the corporate and business support in the FOREth Classic.  Although it was a competition to see who’s the best of the best, there was loads of camaraderie, networking and plain ole fun on the course!  Hope to see you around the greens in 2018!



Olean Area Young Professionals' August event set


            Olean Area Young Professionals has set its next networking event from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m., Thursday Aug. 3, at Union Whiskey, located at 184 N. Union St., Olean. Food will be provided and there will be a cash bar.

             Please register for the event here.


 Taste of Olean returns on Sunday, July 23


               The annual Taste of Olean returns this Sunday for the 27th time. 

               The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Olean’s War Vets Park. 

              There is something for everyone at the Taste: visitors can tour the various tent galleries, talk to the artists about their work or get something to eat and hear live performances on the stage. This is a family-friendly destination to spend the entire day.

              The Taste Of Olean is co-sponsored by the Commerce, National Grid Co., and GOACC’s 49 corporate sponsors. A dozen restaurants from the greater Olean area will be on site, selling “tastes” of items found on their menus. Sample prices range from 50 cents to $3.50.  Restaurants that will be appearing at the Taste include: Seneca Allegany Casino & Resort, AnnMarie’s Baklava, Mercado, Nutty Bavarian, Maple Ridge Bison, Certo Brothers, Sanzo Beverage, Pepsi Cola, Beef n’ Barrel Restaurant, Merritt Estate Winery, Mirchi, The Point Restaurant HammerBack Bar & Grill, and Sinfully Delicious.

              As part of the Taste, several new names will be added to the Hospitality Wall of Fame at 1:45 p.m. This year’s class of honorees include: Mike and PJ McAfee, Anthony Procacci, Ola Mae Gayton, and Paul & Lisa Marra. 

              Art in the Park, sponsored by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council is a juried fine arts show with a long-standing tradition of showcasing the finest art in southwestern New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.  The artists include: Donna Sallade, paper flowers; Jill Phillips, baskets; John Balacki, paintings; Black Raven Pottery; Jerry Cummins, photos; Wild Mt. Organics, soaps; Joyfulenergy, jewelry; Kumbha Moon Soaps; Jennifer Godbout, paintings; Southern Tier Symphony; Catt. Co. Arts Council; Realtime Photography; Miranda Turner, paintings; Betty Runkle, paintings; Maria Welka, jewelry; Earthology, artisan soaps; Heidi Jimerson, drawings; Wildheart Photography; Twin Tier Writers; Sharon Bushnell, fiber arts; Dutch Hill Pottery; Aeress Designs, jewelry; Michael Weishan, photos; Eileen Weishan, fiber arts; Pinnacle Pottery; Girl Scouts of Western NY; Mary Kay Worth, author; Jenny Bunker, paintings; Denise Drummond, drawings.

               Olean Theatre Workshop will be hosting a Taste of Talent showcasing local talent entertainment.  There is a children's area with inflatables from the Olean Family YMCA, -- The  Y will sell the all day jump wristbands for $5 each with a family pass $20 up to 5 kids. Eric Jones will be on site with his famous Caricature drawings. Face painting will also be available. 

              Also, Jamestown Community College Alumni Association will host the third Marketplace @ The Taste during the event. Marketplace is a way to showcase the best local food and catalog vendors.  It will be a great opportunity to showcase locally produced fruits and vegetables as well as packaged sauces, honey, mixes, jams, jellies, pies, cheeses, and more.

              The ReHabilitation Center will be hosting a lawn bocce ball tournament during the Taste.  The tourney will start at 11 a.m.  Registration is $50 per team of two, which includes $12 in Taste food/beverages. There will be a cash prize to the winning team.  For more information on the Bocce, please call 716-375-4730.

              Genesee Valley Central School will bring back ROBO-JAGs to the Taste. The team creates robots that are then entered into competitions.  The robots will be on hand at the event.

              Cattaraugus County Arts Council is also holding a public chalk art contest. Contest categories include: Youth: ages 10-15 yrs. And Adult: age 16 and older.  Please register at War Vets Park basketball court at 10 a.m. to participate  The fee $5 per person with chalk provided for first 28 entries or, bring your own chalk. Judging begins at 3 p.m


11 a.m., Taste of Olean / Art in the Park opens

11 a.m. - 2  p.m.,  Genesee Valley Central School ROBO-JAGs

11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Girl Scouts of WNY will be doing kids' art projects

12 p.m., the STAR program, School House rock

12 - 4 p.m., Catt. Co. Arts Council will be doing kids' art projects

12:30 p.m., Olean Area Irish Dancers

12:30 - 2 p.m., The Mountain Radio live remote boradcast

1-4 p.m., Chalk Art Contest at the basketball court

1:45 p.m., Hospitality Wall of Fame Award Ceremony

2 p.m. Olean Theater Workshop with Sweeney Todd

2 - 5 p.m.,  Eric Jones caricatures 

2:45 p.m. Neighborhood School of Dance

3 p.m., Olean Community Theater performance 



Let's take a stroll 




              Downtown Olean’s newest event is coming up.

              On Aug. 18 the Chamber and City of Olean will host the first annual “StrOlean.”

              The one-night event is meant to showcase downtown Olean, with businesses and organizations from across the greater Olean area hosting events and specials all along North Union Street.  Event goers will be able to saunter, amble, wander, walk North Union Street; and will be able to enjoy food, music, fine arts, classic cars and fun for all ages.

              “Our community members should be very proud of North Union Street, after two and a half years of construction, we now have what is probably the most interesting and beautiful business district in Western New York.  Strolean, a walkable event, is a great way to showcase this investment in our community,” said Mayor Bill Aiello.

              Early participants for strOlean included Anthony from Angee’s Restaurant and Jim with Beef ‘n’ Barrel.  Both establishments will have outdoor dining with music entertainment.  They will also have drink and food specials.  Events that were established early on include Tire Flipping III Competition at Eade 24/7; Lavender Yoga’s yoga class on the front lawn of the city building, Olean Area Federal Credit Union will bring their inflatable movie screen to show Disney’s Moana in the evening hours; and the Olean Public Library is planning on special activities.

              In June and July, additional organizations jumped on board and are hosting events throughout the street: Canticle Farms Storytime, Cattaraugus SPCA, Enchanted Mountain Roller Derby with a track for bouts at the Olean Center Mall parking lot, Handmade by Shelby class at Ray’s Barber Shop, LouAnn Hurtle Make and Take Craft Class, One Ball Foundation Whiffle Ball tourney, JCC Alumni Volleyball tourney, StreetMasters Car Show, Mix 101.5 Battle of the Lips, Miles for Mercy Flight Walk, and Pfeiffer Nature Center’s StrOlean Witty Scavenger Hunt.

              “We have also added a PopUp Marketplace where we encourage arts & crafts, artisans, catalog/home party, farm market stands with an endless line of products including but not limited to artwork, ceramics, clothing, furnishings, jewelry, plants, flowers, textiles and more,” said Meme K. Yanetsko, GOACC COO. “We also invite those that have a brick and mortar place to come on down and do a Pop Up for the day.”  

              There is a $25 fee for 10x10 space and $40 for a 10x20 space for vendors to come down to Union Street. 

              The Chamber encourages organizations to come on down and create an event that would benefit their organization.  There would be no charge to run the event. The event would be included in the overall promotion, poster, Facebook, etc. However, GOACC still suggest they do some small promotion on their separate event and market to their captive audience.

              For those retail businesses along North Union Street, we encourage them to create an event that showcases their products/services and gets them into your store!  Jim Lee with Lee’s Beer and Wine Supplies will be hosting a “Moonshiners” Mashing 101 right at his store.

              For more information, registration forms and more details, please call the Chamber at 716-372-4433 or email

Leadership Cattaraugus Class has Agri-Business Day 



              Members of the 2017 Leadership Cattaraugus class met at Jamestown Community College’s Olean campus for an informative session featuring Brian Davis with the Cattaraugus County Soil Conservation Department, Kim LaMendola with Southern Tier West, Jim Finch of Eco Valley Farm, and Sister Melissa Scholl of Canticle Farm. Each speaker discussed the role their organization plays in the area’s agriculture sector and the challenges they face. They also touched on different attributes they use as leaders to meet the challenges faced by their respective organizations.

              The day continued at Sprague’s Maple Farm in Portville. While at Spragues, the group had a guided tour by owner Randy Sprague. During his talk, Sprague shared the history of his maple farm and how he grew the business into a regional attraction. He also talked about the various partnerships and expansions he’s made to lead the maple farm into the future, such as venturing into the bottled water sector through Asarati Water or working with the Cornell Cooperative Extension. 

              Agri-Business Day concluded at Never Ending Alpaca Farm in Portville. Farm owners Jerry and Kathy Scutt presented to the Leadership cohort on the still burgeoning alpaca industry. The Scutts also let the group into their alpaca pasture to meet some of their animals.  


Welcome to our newest members


              Glow Salon, 1206 W. State St., Olean NY 14760, 716-375-4690

              Bradford Regional Medical Center, 116 Interstate Pkwy., Bradford PA 16701, 814-368-4143

              Omega Family Medicine, 401 N. 8th St., Olean NY 14760, 716-379-8113


Olean Outdoors Fest coming up


              OLEAN – Kayakers and outdoor enthusiasts can look forward to the event of the summer just weeks from now: The Olean Outdoor Fest, a charity event featuring a river regatta, archery competition, 5K color race, camping, food and wine tastings, a beer tent, live music and comedy, fireworks, tons of door prizes, and plenty of great company.

              The festival is hosted by Jamie Hamed of Amped Up Events, LLC. This year’s event will be held from Friday, August 25, to Saturday, August 26, at Bradner Stadium in Olean. Admission is only $5 for adults, $3 for kids 8 to 16 and free for kids under 8, with $2.00 off presale tickets available at GOACC. Camping spots and extra parking are available in Forness Park.

              The festival will kick off on Friday with the “In Jest” Comedy Show by Dan Viola and Nels Ross and live music provided by Vapor.  The night will close with a massive display of pyrotechnics provided by the notorious Skylighters Fireworks of New York.

              The fun doesn’t stop there — on Saturday, festivalgoers can run in a 5K Color Race for bikers, runners, walkers or skaters, this will be followed by a regatta for kayaks, canoes or tubers along the 6.75-mile dice run river regatta, right on the beautiful Allegheny River. Meanwhile, hunters and competitive archers can challenge their skills with the archery shoot. Prizes will be awarded to contest winners for all events. When hunger strikes from a day of activity, everyone can get a bite to eat and a drink at the Best Chicken Wing Contest and wine tasting.  

              Hamed plans to wrap up the festivities on Saturday with live music from Darkwater Duo, alongside a bonfire.

              Younger members of the family will have a blast all weekend at the Kids Zone, featuring three large bounce houses and face painting.

              Come on out and bring the whole family for a ton of fun while supporting area charities such as The Rehabilitation Center, Homecare Hospice, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and more.  

              All festival volunteers can raise $5 per hour of work toward the cause or fund of their choice. Volunteers will also get a free T-shirt, admission for the day and admission to a free afterglow party on Sunday from 12 to 3.

              Area businesses have been very supportive of the event, but additional sponsors would be great. “All but one of the area radio stations have agreed to help promote the festival,  Caya’s Canopies has really helped with tent rentals, Cabela`s has donated $1000.00 in prizes and Simmons Rockwell Ford Has donated $2500.00 to help us” according to Hamed.

              In closing Jamie Hamed had this to say, “Olean deserves the best, that’s what this festival is all about. What other event can you go to and get live music, a live comedy show and a huge fireworks show for 5 bucks or less. We have a beautiful city to showcase; this festival will draw people into Olean, increase sales, and provide a ton of fun for the people. Now all that is left is for you the people to hear about the festival and start signing up for all the action. Now till August 1st. we are offering $10.00 off all activities and camping. We are also offering package deals just email for details. I`m counting on you Olean, please don’t let me down.”

              To sign up for any of the events, to volunteer or to be a sponsor, please visit the website or email


Member focus: Custom Carpet Center


               Member Focus: Custom Carpet Centers

               700 West State St. Olean, NY 14760

              (716) 372-5676

              Tell us about your business: Custom Carpet Centers is a full-service flooring retailer offering carpet, vinyl, laminate, hardwood, or tile at the lowest prices and largest selection. The company provides professional installation from our experienced installers.

               How long have you been in business? Company founded in 1965, Olean location opened in 1988

               What are your business hours? Mon-Wed, Sat: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Thu, Fri: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sun: Closed

               What’s something about you or your business that the community might not know: We are Western NY’s #1 volume floor covering dealer. Outside of New York City we are the largest in the state.

               What are discounts given to Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce Members: Members will receive 10% discount on all products. Any member referral which leads to a sale will result in a referral payment to the member of 10% of the sale up to $100.

               How has your business benefited from membership in the Chamber? So far the Home Show provided leads and we are hoping for additional networking.




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