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PLANS HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED -- the first time held but very popular event StrOlean will be back for #smallBUSINESSsaturday November 25, 2017. Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce will be sending out information to merchants on Union and State Streets in Olean as well as vendors wishing to POPUP that day! Stay tuned!






Calling All SQUIRRELS!
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is asking the community for photos of families, children, teenagers and seniors enjoying the Woodland in the City Squirrels.  Area residents and visitors are invited once again to send in their photos of the Woodland in the City Squirrels to be chosen and placed in the 2018 squirrel calendar.
The calendar will feature the local community in photos with the squirrels.  The photos should feature one of the Woodland Squirrels – maybe your youngster dressed up like an elf and with the Santa squirrel or maybe your son dressed up like a knight and is with the Knight in Shining Armor squirrel.  We do ask that those in the photo DO NOT sit on the squirrel for the photos.  Photos can be dropped off at the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce office, Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM, mail it to: Squirrel Photo Contest, c/o GOACC, 301 North Union, Olean, NY 14760, or email Please make sure you include your name, address, and home phone number. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY 4:30 P.M. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1st.  For more information on the photo contest, please contact GOACC at (716) 372-4433.

Brian Snyder receives L.O.U.I.E. Award



During his career, Brian Snyder’s work has been critical in community building.   

As a mainstay of nearly five decades in the local banking industry, Snyder has helped thousands of area residents get home loans or manage their finances. He’s also assisted local entrepreneurs in securing the financial support they needed to start a business or expand a company. 

For his dedication to the Olean area and support of its people and companies, the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce gave the CEO of the Olean Area Federal Credit Union the highest recognition it can, awarding him the L.O.U.I.E. (Love of Olean United in Enterprise) Award. Snyder received the honor at the Chamber’s 112th Annual Dinner held on Nov. 2 at Good Times of Olean’s Event Center.

The L.O.U.I.E. Award is bestowed upon an individual who symbolizes the enterprising spirit for the greater Olean community, qualities which were embodied in the life of Louis Marra.  Last year’s recipient was the late Walt Reisner, founder of Trans Am Ambulance Services Inc.  

“Brian’s dedication to our area is well-known and easily documented through his exemplary financial career, his commitment to community service, and most importantly, the personal attention he pays to customers, employees, and colleagues that he has been associated with,” said Larry Sorokes, the Chamber’s CEO. “Whether a financial transaction was large or small, individual or commercial, clients always had his undivided attention and support. The growth and expansion of the Olean Area Federal Credit Union is testimony to his strategic vision, but he has never forgotten the importance of servant leadership and building relationships, one customer at a time.”

Snyder began his career in the area's banking industry in 1972, first working as a teller for First National Bank, and later a bookkeeper and credit analyst. Seven years later he assumed the role of assistant branch manager for Empire of America Savings Bank. 

Snyder continued on his career’s trajectory when in 1981 he moved to Goldome Savings Bank, which became Key Bank in 1991. He served as the Goldome’s local branch manager and assistant vice president, and after its transition to Key Bank, its business development manager. 

In the years that followed, Snyder worked at First Tier Bank & Trust (now Five Star Bank) as its branch manager and vice president and commercial lender before transitioning to Olean Area Federal Credit Union in 2004 as vice president and commercial lender, actually founded the commercial lending department. He was promoted to the credit union’s CEO in 2010. 

At the helm of the credit union, Snyder oversaw a seven-figure investment in its Wayne Street headquarters which included the construction of a 7,500 square-foot, two-story addition to the building as well as many interior renovations. 

Though administrative-level work can often take a person away from serving customers directly on a daily basis, this is not the case for Snyder. 

Those who nominated Snyder for the L.O.U.I.E. Award point out he always put the customer first, regularly working beyond business hours to help process through a member’s loan request quickly or follow-up to an email. Snyder was also more than willing to explore every option available to help credit union members secure financing for things like home loans or starting a new business. 

“As he looks toward retirement, it is fitting that we add Brian to the list of outstanding leaders who have contributed so much to our community,” Sorokes said. 

Snyder’s work to improve the community extends beyond his professional life, as he has volunteered his time for many charitable and service organizations. Of note, Snyder served on NeighborWork’s Board of Directors, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and Finance Committee chair for the March of Dimes Walk America. He was also a board member and past president of the Olean Exchange Club. He also sits on the city of Olean’s Project Loan Committee and its Revolving Loan Committee, and serves on the Southern Tier Economic Development Organization’s Board of Directors as well. 

In addition to Snyder, MJ Painting Contractor Corp. and Good Times of Olean were each honored, receiving this year’s Enterprising Business Award.


Santa Claus Lane returns Nov. 24 


The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce has registered more than 25 units for the upcoming Santa Claus Lane Parade on Friday, Nov. 24, in which Santa and Mrs. Claus turn on thousands of lights and holiday displays in downtown Olean.  The ever-popular parade is the official kickoff to the holiday season in the area.

The Santa Claus Lane Committee encourages area organizations and businesses to participate in the parade with a float or display historical/public vehicles in the parade.

“Our gratitude and appreciation go to the City of Olean, National Grid Co. and Spectrum employees who have dedicated time and effort over the past 30 years to assist us in bringing joy and happiness to our residents and more importantly to our children during the holidays,” Meme K. Yanetsko, the Chamber’s COO, said. 

The parade will begin at Delaware Avenue and North Union Street, and proceed south on North Union.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will have their traditional countdown of the lights coming on at the intersection of State and Union.

Chamber officials have invited area residents to judge this year’s parade: Paula Snyder of Jamestown Community College and Max Bullers of Home Depot of Olean.  The judges will be  located on a Close’s Lumber truck on North Union near its Laurens Street intersection.

Winners will be announced the night of the parade.  Eight awards will be presented in the following categories:  The Blitzen Award, sponsored by Olean Times Herald, will go to the most photogenic float or unit; The Seasons’ Greetings Award, sponsored by Mallery’s Auto Body, to the best newcomer to the parade, and one that typifies a welcoming theme - this unit must be a first-time entrant; The Rudolph Award, sponsored by National Grid Co., for the float with the most or best use of lights; The Snowflake Award, sponsored by the Street Classics Car Club, for the unit with the most participants in the parade; Angelic Spirit Award, sponsored by Mandy’s Flowers, will go to the most spiritual/religious float or unit.  The Elves Award, sponsored by Good Times Events Center, will go to the float or unit that best typifies the holiday through the eyes of a child; Jingle Bells Award, sponsored by Microtel Inn of Olean, will go to the best theatrical (music/dance) float or unit; and The Sleigh Award, presented by Reisner Law Group, will go to the most decorated larger truck (fire truck, flatbed, utility vehicles, etc.)

Delaware Avenue closes to traffic at 6 p.m. with North Union Street closing to traffic at 6:45 p.m.   The city’s downtown parking lots will be open and free to park in.  Olean’s Municipal Building’s restrooms will be opened the night of the parade from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  Extra uniformed personnel of the Olean Fire and Police Departments will be on hand.  Lost children should report to the Chamber office at 301 N. Union St.,  and a wheelchair only section will be roped off in front of the Chamber office and the city’s Municipal Building.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

WPIG-FM will be the official emcees of the parade and will announce the parade line up at their official emcee booth near the intersection of Union and State Streets.

Although there is no official deadline for parade applications, the Chamber urges all participants to submit information by Nov. 20.  All parade participants must have a waiver signed and Chamber officials ask that all waivers be handed in by Nov. 24. 

The Chamber also encourages organizations to participate in these other Thanksgiving week events: Thursday, Nov. 23 -- Twin Tiers Striders Turkey Trot; and Saturday, November 25 – both Portville and Allegany will host their Holiday Celebrations. Also Small Business Saturday / StrOlean will also be held Saturday throughout the area.  For more information regarding Santa Claus Lane or other Greater Olean Area events and activities, please call 716-372-4433 or email



2017-18 Business After Hours continues with 'Business Before Hours' on Dec. 13


The Chamber’s Business After Hours program is back and again underway. Each month between August and May one of our members opens their doors for an evening of networking. All Chamber members and their employees are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The next gathering will be a change of pace. On Dec. 13, the Chamber is holding a Business Before Hours from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at our headquarters, located at 301 N. Union St, Olean. Immediately following will be the Chamber's Annual Meeting. All members are encouraged to attend. 




SPCA's PAWtique opens Nov. 18 at Olean Center Mall


When the snow flies and Olean-area merchants decorate for this holiday season, you know it's time to look for the SPCA PAWtique.

This year, it's located at the Olean Center Mall, directly across from Cindy's Craft Co-Op, and opens on Nov. 18.  Business hours are 4 to 7 p.m., Fridays; 1 to 7 p.m., Saturdays; and 1 to 3 p.m., Sundays. The store will be open until 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve Day.

The PAWtique is jam-packed with beautiful and unique items, reflecting the labors and talents of area artisans.  Pottery, crochet, knit wear and Christmas wreaths are available.  "Jewelry by Judy" pendants and pins are one-of-a-kind, and the artist will be on-site to work with customers to design special orders. 

New and nearly-new items offered include everything from small vintage Japanese music boxes to large traditional student chair/desk combos.

Dogs will appreciate the store’s collection of the most unique (and ugliest) items:  turkey feet.  Locally sourced from Sprague's Maple Farm and smoked by SPCA volunteers, they're one huge treat to fill a pooch's stocking.

The "crowning glory" of the store’s "nearly new" goods is actually 60 years old and not even located at the PAWTique — a vintage Singer Model 201 sewing machine, on display at Olean Singer/Janome Sewing Center.  It's considered one of the best straight-stitch machines ever made, and it purrs along beautifully after Fred LaBella reconditioned it.  Ron Filjones is displaying it on his floor,  so shoppers can ask questions and buy with confidence.  Although it sells elsewhere for $200-300, it’s not priced.  Bids will be taken up to Dec. 17. Once this Singer sells, its selling price will be matched by an anonymous donor.

A  Cutco Galley Kitchen Knife Set, and Cutco Garden Tool Set with bag are among several baskets the SPCA will be raffling off.  Gift-wrapping is also available at the store. 

Always popular, SPCA cats will be on hand to meet our feline-friendly visitors, hoping to be adopted into loving homes.

The SPCA  invites musicians of all talents to perform in the store. Call Mimi at 372-4387 to line up a half-hour slot.  We're also inviting area singing groups to come caroling up and down the mall.  

Proceeds of  PAWtique will go toward the purchase and installation of an HVAC  system at the shelter. 


Santa Claus Lane ornament now available

        The latest addition to the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce’s holiday ornament series — the former Cloud 9 Park — is available for purchase.  Through the ornament sales, holiday lights are funded and can be lit in Olean from November to early January.  The ornament, created by artist Kathleen McDonald, is $25 and can be bought at the Chamber’s office (301 N. Union St.) or Seasons at the Olean Center Mall.  

       Many of the previously made ornaments are still available with a limited inventory.  The first to be unveiled was the Olean Municipal Building.  In 2000, the Fannie E. Bartlett House was depicted, followed in 2001 with St. Mary of the Angels Church.  Olean High School came next in 2002 (and is sold out at GOACC but is sold by the OHS Alumni Association), St. Stephen’s Church in 2003 (sold out), St. Bonaventure University in 2004, and in 2005, a depiction of Santa Claus Lane.  In 2006, the Olean General Hospital was created, in 2007, the ornament was the Olean Post Office, 2008 was Community Bank, NA with 2009 Ivers J. Norton.  The next ornaments are 2010 Castle Restaurant, 2011 St. Francis Hospital, 2012 Chuck Wagon Restaurant, 2013 Palace Theater, 2014 Boardmanville Elementary and 2015 Reds and Trudys.  Last year, GOACC had created depiction of North Union Street and of Olean Class Cars. These past ornaments are available at the Chamber office.

       Ornaments can also be shipped outside Olean for an additional $6 for shipping/handling charges per ornament.   For more information on the ornament or Santa Claus Lane activities, please call GOACC at 716/372-4433, stop in the office, or email

Shop local this holiday season 


Looking for that perfect gift for that special someone?  The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce reminds holiday shoppers they can find the perfect gift for everyone and shop local through the purchase of a Chamber Gift Certificate.  

The Chamber instituted the Shop Olean Gift Certificate Program in 1995. During that first year, the Chamber sold $9,000 in certificates, with 35 member businesses participating in the program.  There are now more than 242 member businesses participating in this year-round certificate program.  The certificates are sold only at the Chamber’s office at 301 N. Union St., Olean, in increments of $5, $10, $20, $25 and $50.

"This program keeps people shopping with our Chamber members,” said Erica Dreher, the Chamber’s Membership Outreach Coordinator.  “This unique program encourages shoppers to discover all the products and services available from our local area businesses.  You may be surprised at what you will find. After all, it is good business to do business with Chamber members.”

How does the Shop Olean Gift Certificate Program work?  Anyone can buy these gift certificates is given a listing of all the Chamber members who accept certificates.  There is no cost to the members or the people who receive them.  

The 2016 program saw $320,700 in certificate sales, with the December sales totalling $161,040. 

Purchasing Shop Olean Gift Certificates is one of the best ways to ensure that the money is spent locally and also helps increase local, county and state tax dollars.   The gift certificates are the right gift for everyone, they won’t be returned, and they won’t be the wrong color or size.  Local companies purchase them as holiday gifts for their employees, retirement presents, and even, workplace incentives.

The Chamber’s regular hours are 9 a.m. to  4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  

For more information on Chamber gift certificates, please stop by the Chamber’s office at 301 N. Union St., Olean, or call 716-372-4433.

DePerro installed as new SBU president



Considering it an “awesome privilege,” Dr. Dennis R. DePerro was formally installed Nov. 3 as the 21st president of St. Bonaventure University.

Almost 1,000 people attended the Inauguration Ceremony in the Reilly Center Arena.

DePerro visited St. Bonaventure often when he was a student at Bishop Timon in Buffalo and always dreamed of attending the university as an undergraduate.

“God had other plans for me,” said DePerro, a 1981 Canisius College alumnus. “In those plans, however, I could have never imagined, in my wildest dreams, that today I would stand before you as the 21st president of this historically rich and beautiful institution. Words can’t express how humbled and honored I am.”

Delegates representing more than 50 colleges and universities, three past presidents, faculty, friars, religious sisters, and university trustees, administrators and student leaders took part in the ceremony.

Robert J. Daugherty, chair of the university’s Board of Trustees, was the last of 13 speakers to welcome DePerro and had the honor of officially installing him as president by placing St. Bonaventure’s presidential medallion around his neck.

“We know Dennis received tremendous guidance and mentorship from the Jesuits at Canisius and Le Moyne. He’d be the first to admit he wouldn’t be here today without their belief in him,” Daugherty said. “But I can assure you, at his core, he is Franciscan. We wanted someone who breathes it, lives it, exudes it — and I know he will do all of that for us and so much more.”

Dr. Gerard Rooney, president of St. John Fisher College and a longtime friend of DePerro’s, was effusive in his praise of SBU’s new president.

“Today, the St. Bonaventure University community installs a man with abundant gifts, steadfast commitment, and a strong vision,” Rooney said. “It is my hope and prayer – and my sincere belief — that he will find purpose for his gifts, and that his tenure as president will be blessed by God’s grace.”

DePerro looked down the road at what he hopes his legacy at St. Bonaventure will be.

“The legacy I will one day leave as president of this university will probably not be in bricks and mortar, but rather in rebuilding and reinvigorating the infrastructure of this university so it can celebrate its bicentennial and provide a distinctive Catholic Franciscan education for many, many years to come,” DePerro said.

Inauguration activities began Nov. 2 with a student-driven Day of Action that included service projects on campus and in the community, a fundraiser for BonaResponds, and an awareness campaign and public panel discussion on inadequate local housing.

Students and faculty in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts showcased their musical and theatrical talents Thursday night at the Quick Center for the Arts to honor the president’s inauguration.

DePerro took office as president June 1, 2017. Committed to the liberal arts in a Catholic setting, DePerro has spent his entire 35-year career in higher education administration.

He came to St. Bonaventure from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, where he served as vice president for enrollment management for 18 years before becoming the inaugural dean of the Purcell School of Professional Studies in 2013. He also served as a professor of management in the Madden School of Business.

DePerro worked for eight years (1982-1990) in admissions and alumni relations at his alma mater Canisius College, and for five years (1990-1995) as dean of admission and financial aid at Marietta College in Ohio before going to Le Moyne in 1995.

DePerro holds a doctorate in higher education management (2006) from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s in educational administration and supervision (1988) from Canisius, and a bachelor’s in biology from Canisius (1981). His research has focused on integrated marketing and strategic planning in higher education.

DePerro’s wife, Sherry, is a vice president at Cadaret, Grant and Co., a national financial advisory firm headquartered in Syracuse. They have two sons: Andrew, a 2017 graduate of Providence College who now attends Columbia University, and Matthew, a sophomore at Providence.


StrOlean returns for Small Business Saturday



       The newest event for downtown Olean is coming back in November. 

       StrOlean is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 25 along North Union Street to bolster Small Business Saturday. Businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate and sign up as a pop up market, event organizer, or food provider. 

       “The Chamber has received four complete vendor applications and much interest since announcing StrOlean’s return,” said Erica Dreher, the Chamber’s membership outreach associate. “StrOlean is a part of this year’s Small Business Saturday… we want everyone to visit and shop our community with the small businesses that make it special. StrOlean and Small Business Saturday celebrates and helps you discover small businesses.”

       Here’s a breakdown of how you can register to participate:

       POP UP MARKET: If your business is a brick and mortar store, the Chabmer would like for you to host an event outside your store, host sales/info table inside/outside your store, or if you are a restaurant, we would like you to vend outside your store.  As an existing storefront, there will be no fee to participate, but we would like you to fill out the application. For those wishing to vend on North Union/State Streets, the pop up ,arket will include arts & crafts, artisans, catalog/home party, farm market stands, artwork, jewelry and more!  There will be two options for booth locations — outside on North Union/State or inside at the Olean Center Mall.

      EVENT ORGANIZER: Is your organization looking for a fundraiser event?  The Chamber is also encouraging organizations to come on down and create an event that would benefit their organization.   StrOLEAN would love to have organizations host events during the day such as: candlelight walk, storytime, hot chocolate bar, snowshoeing, holiday movies, 5K/1K fun run, outside Zumba class, strolling chorus, or children’s activities. Events are suggested as free of charge and would be included in the overall promotion, poster, Facebook, etc.  

      FOOD SPOT: The Chamber is encouraging food vendors to come and serve up some food...Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, gingerbread cookies, plum pudding?  There is an application for those businesses wishing to open a food spot during StrOlean. An existing restaurant will still need to fill out the food application.

       The Chamber held the first StrOlean in August and saw more than 70 organizations and businesses participate. The inaugural event brought droves to the downtown shopping district for an evening of fun. 

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

Member briefs


Janice Randall Agency celebrates new location 

Congratulations to the Janice Randall Agency, which officially opened its newly relocated agency to 732 Front St. in Olean. Randall and her team are here to take care of your auto, home, commercial, life and other insurance needs. The building is also home to a branch of the ERA Team VP Real Estate and Vacation Rentals. Best wishes for continued success.

Bantelman receives recognition

Joseph A. Bantelman of The Bantelman Agency was recently award a certificate  from the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors recognizing his more than 15 years of participation as a certified insurance counselor (CIC). Each year, Bantelman must complete training to maintain the certification. 

State program helps businesses “go green” 

The New York Green Business (NYGB) program provides recognition and benefits to businesses and other organizations that have a commitment to sustainable operations. It is free and voluntary to participate in. For more information on NYGB requirements and to download a copy of the NYGB application visit the NYGB website: Applications can be submitted via email to


Outdoor & Rec Sports Show set for Jan. 20, 21 


Booths are now available for the eighth-annual Greater Olean Area Outdoor & Rec Sports Show scheduled for Jan. 20, 21 2018 at Good Times of Olean Events Center.  

The show dates and times are Saturday, January 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, January 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The Outdoor & Rec Sport Show is offering outdoor retailers, associations & outfitters the best opportunity to sell merchandise, secure leads, book trips and interact with the outdoor community. Use this show to establish relationships with current and new  customers.

The Chamber’s 2017 Outdoor & Rec Sports Show saw more than 2,000 visitors and 50 vendors. 

Exhibitor space is limited. You can secure your booth(s) for the event with a deposit of $100. GOACC members will receive discount booth space as noted on the application.  For more information on the Greater Olean Area Outdoor & Rec Sports Show or other Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce events and activities, please call GOACC at (716) 372-4433 or email


Leadership Cattaraugus Class visits 

human services agencies 


The 2017 Leadership Cattaraugus Class held its Human Services program day on Nov. 14. 

During its morning session, the group held a panel discussion featuring Steve McCord, the county’s Veterans Services director; Lenny Liguori of New Directions in Independent Living; Tony Evans, director of the county’s Youth Bureau; Cathy Mackay, director of the county’s Department of the Aging; and Tony Turano, deputy commissioner of the county’s Social Services Department. Each panelist offered insights into what their respective organizations provide to county residents. They also discussed the many misconceptions of their work. 

The class then traveled to Randolph and visited the Randolph Children’s Home where the group was given an overview of the services the facility provides. 

Afterwards, the group visited Cattaraugus Community Action in Salamanca. While there, CEO Tina Zerbian discussed poverty throughout the county and the obstacles those living at the poverty line face. The class also pitched in at Community Action’s food pantry, handing out Thanksgiving meals to those in need. 

The group’s day ended at The Pines in Olean, a county-run nursing home, where they were given a tour of the facility. 

The Leadership Cattaraugus 2017 Class’ next program day will be Dec. 12 and focus on education. 


Lunch & Learn season continues Dec. 7 


        Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the Lunch and Learn workshop series from September – May. Lunch & Learns are FREE educational workshops on a variety of topics that will enrich your employees’ business and personal skills. These one hour workshops are educational, interactive, fun and includes lunch. To register, call 372-4433 or email 


TOPIC: Power Networking

DATE/TIME: Dec. 7, 12 p.m.


LOCATION at GOACC: 3rd Floor Conference Room

Networking, in person and one to one, is one of the most important and fundamental aspects of growing your business. A good networker is able to quickly share who they are and listen and learn about who the other person is. Networking is a great way to build your in-person network of peers. Plus, by networking effecitvely you can find your next hire, connect with your next client or start the beginning of your next joint venture. You will learn how to network effectively and efficiently on line and in person. Learn to make the most of your networking events.


TOPIC: Reducing Stress at Your Workplace

DATE/TIME: Jan. 16, 12 p.m. 

SPEAKER: Positive Moves Consulting, Anna Bush

LOCATION at GOACC: 3rd Floor Training Room

Workplace stress relievers are helpful for difficult days, and exercises you can perform at your desk can be a lifesaver. High stress levels and spikes in anxiety impair concentration and creativity. Relaxing for a few minutes before you make that sales call, or calming yourself down before you give an important presentation, could be key to peak performance.


TOPIC: Yoga At Your Work Desk

DATE/TIME: March 1, 12 p.m.

SPEAKER: Lavender Lotus Yoga, Lisa Yohon

LOCATION at GOACC: 3rd Floor Training Room

There are effective moves you can do right at your desk, ones that will help you get a mental breather and make sure your neck, back, arms, & hips remain in good working order.


TOPIC: Website Basics

DATE/TIME: April 17, 12 p.m. 


LOCATION at GOACC: 3rd Floor Conference Room

According to recent statistics, 81 percent of B2B purchases begin with a Web search, and 91 percent of consumers go online when they want to find local businesses. Web searches drive sales: Google reports that one-third of customers who search on a computer and over half of those who search on a mobile device visit a business right after doing the search. 

If you don’t have a business website, those potential customers won’t find you. Fortunately, creating a business website is easier than ever. You will learn and create a basic online presence to market your business. Learn how to do it yourself well but inexpensively. Learn what a website should look like.


Welcome new members


Niagara Scenic Tours/ Covered Wagon Tours, 502 N. Barry St., Olean, 585-438-3063,,

Southern Tier Interiors Inc., 55 W. Main St., Allegany, 716-373-1020

Country Fair, 2251 E. 30th St., Erie, Pa., 814-898-1111,

Lularoe Jillprince, 3991 Birch Run Road, Allegany, 716-244-0353,

WT Hair, 124 N. Union St., Olean, 845-499-3805,

A.S.A.P. Glass of Olean, 138 N. Union St., Olean, 716-904-3040,

Sherwin Williams, 11-12 Delaware Park Centre, Olean, 716-372-9470

Ellicottville Events, 8-10 Washington St., Ellicottville, 716-378-0086,


CRCF to lead county-wide giving day


For 24 hours on Nov. 28, the community will have the opportunity to support more than 35 nonprofits in Cattaraugus County during the first-ever day of giving in Cattaraugus County, Cattaraugus Gives.

The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation will lead Cattaraugus Gives as part of the highly successful #NYGIVESDAY program, which last year raised over $11 million across New York State.

Organizations and CRCF funds registered to participate include:

·         Community Fund (CRCF)

·         Saving Grace Outreach

·         Healthy Community Alliance

·         Cornell Cooperative Extensions in Cattaraugus County

·         Blount Library

·         Cattaraugus County Arts Council

·         St. Elizabeth Mission Society

·         Canticle Farm

·         Renodin Foundation

·         Olean Food Pantry Inc.

·         Cattaraugus County Suicide Prevention Coalition Fund

·         Meals on Wheels of Cattaraugus County/Friends of Aging Fund

·         The ReHabalitation Foundation

·         YMCA of the Twin Tiers

·         HomeCare & Hospice Foundation

·         Pink Pumpkin Project

·         Olean City School District Foundation

·         Olean Theatre Workshop

·         African American Center for Cultural Development

·         Olean Community Theatre

·         Interfaith Caregivers

·         Southern Tier Symphony

·         Allegany-Cattaraugus-Chautauqua Fund For Women

·         Olean Parks Beautification Fund

·         Rural Revitalization Corps

·         Parent Education Program

·         Southern Tier Health Care System

·         CAReS (Council on Addiction and Recovery Services)

·         Pfeiffer Nature Center

·         Olean Business Development 

·         Citizens Advocating Memorial Preservation (C.A.M.P.)

·         Olean General Hospital Foundation

·         Southern Tier Catholic School and Archbishop Walsh Academy

·         Empire Animal Rescue Society (EARS)

·         Joyful Rescues

Donors can give easily and quickly online at all day on Nov. 28 to any of these organizations. Donors can search for organizations by name and location.

A gift to any participating organization on Nov. 28 may also help them win monetary incentives, up to $5,000, being offered by CRCF. Those incentives are as follows:


·        Most unique donors ($1,500) Second place ($1,000)

·        1st gift prize – for organization that receives the first gift on giving day ($250)

·        Early bird prize – Most unique donors between 7 and 8 a.m. ($500)

·        Morning Coffee Prize – most unique donors between 9 and 10 a.m. ($500)

·        Happy hour prize – most unique donors between 4 and 6 p.m. ($500)

·        Last hoorah prize – most unique donors between 11 and 12 p.m. ($500)

·        From a donor far away – awarded to organization with gift from farthest away based on credit card billing address ($250).

According to CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit, the board of directors decided to offer incentives to celebrate the work of area nonprofits and the spirit of giving. 

“We try to support our area nonprofits year-round in any capacity we can – whether it be as a grantmaker, an advisor or a community collaborator,” said Ms. Buchheit. “We are always amazed at what these agencies do to help the community, and this is our opportunity to give back to them.”

 “We trust that the community will come forward and lend its support to the organizations who work so hard to provide essential services,” Ms. Buchheit added. “Cattaraugus Gives is about raising money, but it is just as much about giving Cattaraugus a stronger future.”

Donors can give to any of the participating organizations on Nov. 28 simply by visiting




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