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Chamber sets one-day membership drive
The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting an one-day membership drive Thursday, May 18, 2017 as a way to reach out to businesses that are potential members of the Chamber.
“You might wonder why your business should belong to the local chamber of commerce. What is in it for your business?” said Terry Brairton, a GOACC board member and member of the Membership Committee. “I would like to say the answer is simple but in all reality it isn’t that simple of an answer. Different businesses get different things from belonging to the chamber, depending on what their needs are. There are direct and indirect benefits of belonging to the chamber. Some indirect benefits are economy, community betterment, education, and civic responsibility.”
The Chamber’s Membership Committee will gather at Paul Brown Chevy and call more than 200 business organizations. The one-day membership drive will include incentives when the businesses join that day.
“Another reason to join the chamber is simply because we need you. The chamber wouldn’t be a chamber if it weren’t for our members,” added Meme Krahe Yanetsko, GOACC’s COO. “Our members allow us to provide all of our services, whether direct or indirect. Some of these might help you, but some might help your clients. Either way, your membership helps local businesses in our community.”
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 301 N. Union St. in downtown Olean, has been the leading business organization in the greater Olean area since 1906. Its business plan reflects activities related to lobbying local and state leaders and developing programs, to supporting workforce development, small business owners, large corporate entities, non-profit organizations, manufacturers, and area residents.
Gus Macker looking for some assists
Olean’s Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, America's largest outdoor basketball tournament, will be held in Olean August 18-20. Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce has taken over as administrators of this year’s Macker. They anticipate having 300 teams and 10,000 spectators from a 100-mile radius to attend the three-day event and see this as a great opportunity to showcase Olean. Last year, 234 teams played with 936 registered players.
The Chamber is looking for businesses and/or individuals to sponsor the event. Sponsorship provides a host of opportunities and benefits of supporting the tournament, and proposes ways in which the local business community can become involved.
There are several in-kind sponsorships available as well. If you are a restaurant business, the event would love your gift cards to your restaurant in exchange for the cash to pay for the sponsorship level. Also, the event needs several items that your business may have in house or you may even sell them at your business. In exchange of the items, your business would receive a sponsorship level in the amount of the value of the donation. The items include cases of water bottles, cases of Gatorade, man-hours to scorekeep or to register; and sandwiches/subs or pizza to feed volunteers.
If you are a restaurant or a related retail store, there are vendor forms available to reserve your spot at the Macker.
Please consider participation through a sponsorship or as a vendor that best meets your needs and be secure in the knowledge that your sponsorship fee will be used directly to manage this event with excess revenue being brought back out to non-profit organizations,” said Meme K. Yanetsko, the Chamber’s COO. “The Chamber would like to thank its 50 corporate sponsors who have stepped up and funded the $10,000 tournament fee to Macker National for our 2017 event.”
Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball is America's largest outdoor basketball tournament. The Macker Tournament is designed so that anyone can play: male or female, young and old, short and tall, the most experienced or no experience at all. Since 1987, the Macker tour has expanded, holding a total of 972 tournaments with over 2.2 million players – male and female from 7 years old to 50+ - and more than 23 million spectators. For more information, please call GOACC at 716-372-4433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Chamber Home Show a success
The 46th Annual Greater Olean Area Home Show welcomed more than 2,838 visitors April 7-9 Eighty-eight vendors were on hand to display and demonstrate products from hot tubs, to gardening supplies, along with heating and cooling systems. The event, hosted by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, was co-sponsored by their fifty corporate sponsors.
“Coming to the home show really helped our business get started and get our name out there. We made some great new friends and heard lots of awesome stories about barns and other things we could reclaim,” stated Jesse Montgomery, of Reclaimed Past, LLC, located in Limestone.
The vendors at the Home Show were enrolled in a contest for “Best Booth” based on neatness, presentation, props, information, and theme-related. The theme this year is “#LOVEwhereYOUlive.” Winners for 2017 Greater Olean Area Home Show go to BEST USE OF THEME – VanDyke Agency of Great Valley, NY; BEST OVERALL BOOTH – Pfeiffer Nature Center, Portville, NY. Congratulations to both and thanks to the judges for their time and coordination. Prizes are discounts on 2018’s Greater Olean Area Home Show rental.
Jackie Tyler Greene of Audio Care of Olean added, “The Olean Home Show gives us a great opportunity to educate the public about the effects of hearing loss; along with the chance to touch base with current clients and meet new ones.”
The winners of the Home Depot of Olean /Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce Home Show Door Prizes were GRAND PRIZE: -- NEXGrill 5-burner grill went to Delores Monroe of Olean, NY; SECOND PRIZE – BestUSA Smoker went to Mary Rixs; and THIRD PRIZES – $25 Gift Certificate to Miller’s Farm Market went to Pat Cline, Scio, NY and Anna Pinney, Cuba, NY.
The next GOACC events include the Community-wide Garage Sale, on May 20, and the Corporate Challenge 5K Run/Walk, on Thursday, June 22. For more information regarding Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce or events and activities, please call 716-372-4433 or email@example.com.
21st Annual Hospice Walk steps off on May 20
Help HomeCare & Hospice raise funds for area patients and families by participating in the 21st annual Hospice Walk & Run. The 2017 walk & run steps off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, on the Allegheny River Trail at St. Bonaventure University.
Participants can ask for pledges from family, friends and co-workers, and many walk in memory or honor of a loved one. Money raised from the event supports HomeCare & Hospice and helps the agency work at increasing awareness of available services and resources that the agency provides to the community.
Sign-in begins at 9 a.m. at the west entrance of campus. The three-mile course will accommodate strollers, wheelchairs, rollerbladers, bicyclists, joggers, walkers and pets. All are welcome.
The top pledge earners will be given the opportunity to win great prizes donated by area businesses, which will be revealed later in April. All registered participants will receive a gift compliment of HomeCare & Hospice.
Businesses, groups, clubs and families are encouraged to organize a team and walk as a group to compete for the “Hospice High Scorers Cup”.
Participants are encouraged to join us before and after the walk for more fun. Before the walk, you will have the opportunity to enter into the basket raffles, participate in some family fun activities, and, new this year, you can check out various vendors and businesses who will be represented at the walk! Post-walk fun will include an awards ceremony with refreshments, giveaways, a basket raffle, vendors, and kids’ games and entertainment.
Participants may register online at www.HomeCare-Hospice.org/HospiceWalk or by contacting the Communications Department at 1-800-719-7129 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leadership Cattaraugus launches new website
Officials at Leadership Cattaraugus are excited to announce the group has launched its redesigned website, complete with many new functions.
Key improvements to the site include:
• A calendar, blog and incorporation of Leadership Cattaraugus’ Facebook feed.?
• Leadership Cattaraugus alumni will now be able to log onto the site to access and share resources with one another. Alumni will soon receive a “New User Registration” email from WordPress that will contain a login and password. The login button can be located by scrolling to the bottom of the website. ?
• To stay in the loop on Leadership Cattaraugus news and local leadership trainings and classes, subscribe to the blog (http://leadershipcattaraugus.org/blog/). Users are also welcome to share leadership opportunities, articles and resources you think would be of interest to fellow alumni.?
• At the top of the page is a direct link to the Leadership Summit. The date has been set for this year — Thursday, Aug. 3, at St. Bonaventure University. The group will announce the conference speakers and registration details in May. ?
Leadership Cattaraugus officials are also planning a service day — dubbed Give Back Day — in May, and are considering some refresher classes for alums, such as on The Platinum Rule. Those interested in participating should email email@example.com.
Databranch, Inc. achieves blue partner status
Databranch, Inc. recently announced it has achieved exclusive Blue Partner Status with Datto, the leading provider of total data protection solutions for businesses around the world.
Databranch, Inc. has exceeded high standards of performance to qualify for Blue status in Datto’s partner program, the highest classification provided by Datto. The Blue status includes the utilization of VIP technical support services, marketing development funds, a hardware insurance policy, competitive and flexible pricing, early access to new products, and a complimentary pass to Datto’s annual partner conference. Datto Blue status represents the top 5 percent of partners, worldwide.
Databranch has been a Datto partner since 2012 serving clients regionally, nationally, and globally.
“Datto has been a lifesaver for us ever since we adopted the solution,” said Databranch company president David Prince. “It’s given me peace of mind knowing we can recover in any situation. Since we cover such a large geographical region, being able to get a client back up and running remotely has saved valuable time and money for our clients; especially when dealing with inclement weather or urgent issues.”
Databranch is excited to be recognized as a top Datto Blue partner and we look forward to utilizing our new benefits to better serve our current Datto clients and continue to introduce the Datto solution to businesses and organizations looking to protect their critical business data,” he added.
“It’s such a pleasure to see Datto partners excel in their businesses,” said Rob Rae, Vice president of Business Development at Datto. “Databranch, Inc. has demonstrated their extensive knowledge in the business continuity market, and has completed the requirements of this exclusive, top tier of our Partner Program. We welcome Databranch, Inc. to Blue status and look forward to growing our partnership even further.”
Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center
to open soon
The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford invites you to the grand opening of the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center on May 6 in Bradford. Ms. Horne will be on hand to help dedicate the 3,400 square-foot museum at 2 p.m. on Marilyn Horne Way in downtown Bradford with tours to follow. A free recital by soprano Julie Davies and bass DeAndre Simmons will be held at 5 p.m. in Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall on the Pitt-Bradford campus followed by light refreshments. The museum honors the life and career of Ms. Horne, a Bradford native and world-renowned opera singer, who donated her archives to the University of Pittsburgh. Museum displays capture the highlights of her life and career while interactive features will teach visitors about vocal music and opera. For more information visit www.upb.pitt.edu/marilynhorne.
Member-to-Member discount offered at Salamanca Holiday Inn Express & Suites
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES in SALAMANCA offers Chamber members for the month of April Sunday to Friday, the great rate of $79.99 and a nice room upgrade if available.
Come enjoy a delux complimentary continental breakfast, comfy beds and the Seneca Allegany Casino provided shuttle for food, drink and fun.
Friday and Saturday great rate is $99.99. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 716-945-7600.
DPB Realty joins Howard Hanna Professionals
A mainstay of the local real estate community has made a significant change. DBP Realty recently became part of Howard Hanna Professionals.
DBP’s founder and owner, Dennis Pezzimenti, offered a few words about the company’s future.
Q: Do you still own and operate the company?
A: Yes, and I plan to for a long time. I’m not retiring any time soon.
Q: Will your main operations be moving out of Olean?
A: No, we still fully operate in Olean and will continue to support the Olean community like we have since 2001.
Q: Will your staff and business be changing?
A: Our staff, work ethic, and core business will not be changing. We are the same people that have served the community for years and it will be staying that way. Howard Hanna and DBP Realty have very similar core values and virtually the same mission statement. We are focused on providing the best service to our customers and this change will allow us to maximize our ability to serve you.
Q: So, if nothing is going to change, then why would you make this move?
A: Howard Hanna has a very impressive presence in NY, PA, MI, VA and OH. They are the third largest real estate company in the country, and in my opinion they are the best at combining hometown values with corporate tools. They are bringing myself and my staff new tools and techniques that will allow us to do our jobs much more efficiently and allow us to focus on improving our clients’ real estate selling and purchasing experience immensely. We have teamed up with Howard Hanna Holt and they will be guiding us through the transition to becoming a Howard Hanna Office. We will be getting all the tools that their corporate offices have and we are going to bring them to the Olean Area.
Strauch named to statewide medical group’s
board of directors
Olean Medical Group CEO Daniel Strauch, MHA, has been selected to join the Board of Directors of the statewide New York Medical Group Management Association. He will assume the position of Secretary of the Board, and will be on a track to become President of the Board within four years. Strauch has served as the Chief Executive Officer at Olean Medical Group LLP for 4 1/2 years. He had previously worked in healthcare management for 18 years in New Jersey and served on the Board of the New Jersey MGMA for several years.
Dan Strauch has been a Certified Medical Practice Executive since 2008, as recognized by ACMPE. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of Wooster in Ohio and his Master of Health Administration degree from The Ohio State University. Dan and his wife, Carol, who works at St. Bonaventure University, live in Allegany and have two adult sons.
Olean Business Development to hold
talk on family business
Family owned businesses are a key component of any economy. understanding the uniqueness of such firms is critical to success.
Dr. Carol Wittmeyer is to slated present “Family Business: The World’s Dominant Business Ownership Structure” at 4 p.m., May 1, in Olean Business Development’s Carney Lecture Hall.
During her talk Wittmeyer will discuss the special attributes of family firms, offering activities for follow-up actions and accountability. She’ll focus on a host of topics such as transitioning a business from one generation to the next and maintaining its credibility to contributing to a family business’ success.
Owners, future owners, and those who work at family owned businesses are invited to attend this engaging and interactive talk.
Wittmeyer is an associate professor of management at St. Bonaventure University. She is the founder of SBU’s Family Business Club, one of the few in the world. She teaches for the Loyola Chicago Family Business Center Stewardship Institute and is a Smith Family Business Initiative Academic Scholar at Cornell University. Wittmeyer’s family owns three businesses in Western New York and Dallas.
Seating is limited to the first 35 to sign up. To RSVP, call (716) 701-4009 or email RSVP@oleanbd.com, by April 28.
The Chamber’s Lunch & Learn workshops continue
Between September and May, the Chamber has arranged for six different speakers who will present on a variety of topics of interest to businesses.
The Lunch & Learn schedule is as follows:
• May 16, noon to 1 p.m, Data Security/ Business Continuity. Adam Jester of Southern Tier Technical Services will cover a wide range of topics relating to small business technology and cybersecurity. Discussion points will include efficiencies created by technology, general data security practices, and business continuity planning.
The seminars are held at the Chamber’s office, 301 N. Union St., and is free for members to attend. Non-members must pay a $10 admission fee. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Chamber by phone at 716-372-4433 or by email, email@example.com.
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
The Reclaimed Past, LLC, a manufacturer of custom-made, rustic barnwood furniture and home decor. The Reclaimed Past is located at 1542 Route 219, Limestone, and can be reached by phone at 716-244-3192 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit them online www.reclaimedpast.com/
Orkin Pest Control, a firm with more than 100 years of experience in pest control and prevention, located at 2630 S. Work St., Falconer. Orkin Pest Control can be reached by phone at 716-664-5470 or by email at email@example.com. Visit them online at www.orkin.com.
Enchanted Valley Inn, located at 35 Temple St., Portville, a bed and breakfast located in a renovated Victorian Queen Anne home. The home features has 4 bedrooms with in room bathrooms. Contact them by phone at 716-378-4094 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Custom Carpet Center, located at 700 W. State St., Olean, a full service flooring company that provides low prices and impeccable customer service. Contact them by phone at 716-372-5676. Visit them online at www.customcarpetcenters.com
Grand Slam Grill, located at 3130 Route 417, Allegany, a new restaurant owned by Olean’s Sparky Granger featuring American cuisine. Contact them by phone at 716-379-8870. Visit them online at www.grandslamgrill.com.
Green Acres Cafe, located at 133 N. Union St., Olean, the place to go in Olean and enjoy a meal with friends in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Contact them by phone at 716-373-5670.
Gilberts Electrical Service, located at 8 Second Ave., Franklinville, is an electrical contractor and inspector. Contact them at 716-353-1631.
Olean Outdoor Fest announces new location
Business After Hours
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:
• 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.
Fore! Chamber Golf tourney returns
The Chamber’s Corporate Golf Classic returns Monday, July 17 at Bartlett Country Club. The annual event will feature corporate and community teams.
For more information or to download a registration form, click here.
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