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Olean Area Young Professionals sees early success, announces next events 

The area’s young professionals are invited to become part of a growing local network of their peers. 

The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce recently formed Olean Area Young Professionals, a network to bring young professionals throughout the area together for socialization, professional development, and community service. 

“Given the new trajectory of Olean’s economic future coupled with the Chamber’s work to help area employers attract and retain the next generation of the workforce, we feel it’s a natural step to create a group focused on engaging the recent college grads to the 30-somethings of our community,” said Christopher Michel, the Chamber’s director of marketing and communication who’s helping organize the group. “This new network provides an opportunity to young professionals that’s been missing in the Olean area for some time.” 

Similar to the Chamber’s monthly Business After Hours program, Olean Area Young Professionals meets once a month at different locations throughout the greater Olean area. 

Olean Area Young Professionals has already hosted two events. 

Its first was held at Good Times of Olean in early December. The event saw more than 100 of the area’s young professionals attend. Through their generosity, the group collected $303 and a bin of cold weather clothing donation, all of which was given to Genesis House of Olean. Olean Area Young Professional’s second event was held at St. Bonaventure University’s Rathskeller before the basketball game against George Mason University on Jan. 7. Around 25 young professionals attended and the event raised $50 for SBU’s Bona Buddies program. 

“A common story we’ve heard from young professionals who move to this area is that they find some difficulties in becoming a part of the community. At the same time, many of the young professionals already here have very busy schedules making it tough to connect with their peers professionally outside of the workday,” Michel said. “We’re hopeful young professionals from all of our area’s companies, no matter what size, will take advantage of this new group and use it as an opportunity to bridge gaps.” 

 The network’s organizers also plan on incorporating professional development and service components into Olean Area Young Professionals’ activities.

“While Olean Area Young Professionals provides an avenue for those working in the area to interface with one another, it’s also a great opportunity for its members to help out the community,” Michel said. “As we move ahead, we’re looking forward to pitching in with the many charities and service organizations that assist so many.”

The group has scheduled its next two events: 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. Feb. 8 at Four Mile Brewing and 5:15 tp 7:15 p.m. March 8 at Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce. More details on each event will be released in the coming weeks. 

For more information on the Olean Area Young Professionals Network, visit the group’s Facebook page, call 716-372-4433, or email


Downtown Olean get a new addition: Union Tea Cafe and Tea Shop

Tea time has come to Olean. 

Union Tea Cafe and Tea Shop officially opened to the public on Jan. 2. The cafe is located on the first floor of Olean Business Development’s headquarters at 301 N. Union St. 

The boutique eatery brings something unique to the Olean area. 

“The tea industry is something that’s booming right now,” said owner and founder Amy Sherburne. “When I’ve traveled, I’ve been to a lot of cafes where all they focus on is tea. There really isn’t anything like that in the Olean area, and we’re happy to give people an option for something different.” 

Taking center stage at Union Tea is an expansive selection of loose tea — everything from traditional favorites such as Earl Grey and varieties of green teas to rarer blends such as Dragonwell, Gunpowder and Silver Needle. All teas sold at Union Tea Cafe are on display with samples available for customers to smell and inspect. In addition, the cafe sells Utopian Coffee and have iced teas available.  

Working with Union Tea staff, customers can also develop their own custom blends of tea. 

Union Tea offers a breakfast menu boasting baked goods, bagels, a signature waffle sandwich, and fresh-baked scones among other choices. For lunch and dinner, the cafe’s menu features homemade soups, sandwiches, farm-to-table salads with house-made dressings, and daily specials.

“Our full menu is up on our website, and one of the great things our site allows people to do is order online,” Sherburne said. “People can also purchase gift cards through the site and have them text messaged or emailed to who they want to give them to.”

At 2 p.m. each day, Union Tea offers a “High Tea” service. 

“Just like the High Teas in London, we’ll offer a variety of small sandwiches, a quiche or hash brown bake, sweets and confectionaries, and a pot of tea, of course,” Sherburne said. “We’ll have a different baked good each day for the high tea, which will be something we come up with to keep variety. We think it will be a wonderful experience for less than $30 for two people.”

Union Tea maintains regular business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It’s also open for special events. 

For more information on Union Tea Cafe, visit or call 716-701-4014.

Zonta Club pitches in for fight against breast cancer

The Zonta Club of Olean held their Bingo for Breast Cancer in October. The event had 250 participants and raised over $6,000. This money will be distributed locally to those in our area  battling breast cancer and to continue raising awareness of this life threatening disease.

NEW WAY TO PAY DUES -- The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce now offers an automated ACH payment plan for your membership dues. 

Under this optional plan, you can elect to have your membership dues automatically deducted from your account on a monthly basis. When members switch to this option, GOACC will waive the first month payment for your dues (one-time only).

Member changes to plans must be made in writing at least 30 days prior to the effective date of requested change. The Chamber may adjust the payment on an annual basis with a written notice to members.  A $20 service charge will be billed for insufficient funds. 

The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes its newest members: 

Dz9 Power, a 3d modeling and printing company that works with businesses from concept design to completion providing prototypes, animation, interactive media, game design and mobile applications. Dz9 Power is located at 408 Wayne St. in Olean and can be reached by phone at 832-302-3266

Bradford Travel, located at 50 Davis St. in Bradford, Pa., Bradford Travel is a full service travel agency providing service for corporate, leisure, individual and group travelers, as well as single and multi-day journeys through Covered Wagon Tours. Bradford Travel can be reached by phone at 814-362-6925.

XPhobia Entertainment LLC, located at 452 N. Barry St., XPhobia  provides an immersive entertainment experience in which you and your team become part of the action, solving puzzles to break out of an escape room in 60 minutes or less. For more information, visit or  call 716-379-3393.

Bobcat of Olean, located at 3101 Constitution Ave., Olean. Call 372-4063.


Business After Hours continues to see strong attendance

Business After Hours is an opportunity for our members to meet once a month, from August to May, and meet fellow members. It also provides a great opportunity for networking.

Here’s our schedule for the remainder of the year:

• Feb. 22, 5 to 7 p.m., Paul Brown Chevy, 2808 Route 16
•March 22, 5 to 7 p.m.,  The ReHabilitation Center, location TBA.
• April 26, 5 to 7 p.m., Olean Physical Therapy, 3132 Route 417
• May 24, 5 to 7 p.m., Buckles Agency, 1224 E. State St.



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