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Smith named GOACC Volunteer of the year




 For his service to Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce in 2017, Tim Smith, loan department manager at Olean’s Hamlin Bank, was named the Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year.

         Smith received the award during a reception Sept. 18 at Woodside Tavern on the Range for all Chamber volunteers as part of the Chamber’s observance of Chamber Week. 

         The honor is presented to one of our volunteers who has shown extraordinary involvement in the Chamber and who supports the chamber to its fullest.  This person, selected by the GOACC staff, must be a volunteer for the entire fiscal year; must be active on one or more committees; and must be a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

         “We normally recognize a volunteer who has volunteered for the Chamber for many years,” said Meme Yanetsko, the Chamber’s COO. “ Tim began three years ago and has volunteered at every event, several programs and on committees. Starting in January at the Sports Show, the Home Show in April, the Corporate Challenge in June, Taste of Olean in July and Gus Macker in August, Tim has volunteered for all these events.  He says put him in where we need him.  He also serves on the Membership, Ambassador and Events committee and wants to one day become a Chamber board member.  It’s great that all of our volunteers gives to our office to us and these events – with their volunteering our events (the Chamber) succeed.”


2017-18 Business After Hours schedule announced


        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. 



Chamber seeks members' old photos 




        Starting soon the Chamber will launch a new weekly initiative on Facebook. Each Thursday we’ll feature old photos of our member businesses and organizations.

        The only thing we need is your photos. 

        Pictures can be of anything from your business or organization’s past, like of opening day or your first dollar to old photos of your staff, building, or equipment. We’ll also gladly accept photos of Olean and our downtown. 

        Email your photos to Please include a brief description of the photo (e.g. names, where it was taken, what’s happening in it), your name, and your organization’s name. 



SBU basketball tickets on sale now


        Bonnies fans, basketball season is almost here and season tickets are now on sale! Don’t miss any of the action in the Reilly Center as both the men and women’s teams will host a total of 14 regular season games plus one exhibition. Men’s tickets start at just $170 while women’s tickets are $45 for adults and just $25 for kids ages 12 and under. Visit or call 375-2500 to guarantee your seat in the Reilly Center today. That’s or call 375-2500 and Unfurl the Brown and White with the Bonnies this season!

        Bonnies Fans ages 12 and under are invited to be part of the action and join the St. Bonaventure Pup Club presented by Shults Toyota of Bradford. Pup Club members receive a Bonnies mini basketball hoop, member credential and lanyard, two free tickets to a men’s basketball home game, and free admission to all women’s basketball home games. Registration is just $20 for one child and $15 for each additional sibling. Visit register.



JCC's President's Roundtable Series memberships available 


        A membership drive is now underway for JCC’s 2017-18 President’s Roundtable series of speakers. The roundtable allows business and civic leaders to explore a variety of topics through presentations by thought-provoking speakers. In addition, memberships grant JCC the opportunity to share the speakers with students and the community through classroom and public presentations.

        All presentations include breakfast and discussion. Annual rates are $100 for individuals or $250 for businesses (three individuals). To join, or for information on speakers and dates, please contact Ann Nelson at 716.338.1023 or email


Nonprofit Networking Day approaching


         Journey L. Gunderson, executive director of the Lucy Desi Museum and National Comedy Center in Jamestown will deliver the keynote address at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation’s seventh annual Nonprofit Networking Day.

        “Journey Gunderson has been doing incredible things at the National Comedy Center, and we are lucky and proud to welcome her as this year’s keynote speaker,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Buchheit. “Journey is an engaging speaker with a lot of knowledge to offer along with, naturally, a wonderful sense of humor.”

        Nonprofit Networking Day brings together nonprofit organizations’ staff, board and volunteers for an opportunity to collaborate, learn and network.

        Gunderson has led the effort to make Jamestown a national jewel in the comedy world.

        Under her leadership, the National Comedy Center recently completed a $50 million capital fundraising campaign to construct a new, state-of-the-art center that will host some of the biggest comedians year-round for performances and talks— positioning Jamestown at the center of the art form.

        Already the National Comedy Center and Lucy Desi comedy festival have attracted the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Nick Offerman, Lewis Black, Martin Short and more.

        “Journey has quite literally helped build the comedy center in Jamestown from the ground up,” said Ms. Buchheit. “That type of experience is sure to make her keynote fun, enlightening and energizing for the nonprofit professionals and volunteers in attendance.”

        Prior to her tenure at the National Comedy Center, Ms. Gunderson, a native of Bemus Point and a Maple Grove High School graduate, served as the editorial director of the Women’s Sports Foundation, directing editorial and online media for the organization.

        Gunderson will draw on her background in marketing and media, nonprofit leadership and fundraising on October 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on the St. Bonaventure University campus. 

         There will also be breakout sessions on topics such as brand development, running a successful endowment campaign, fundraising with technology and a giving day in Cattaraugus County/Greater Olean Area following the keynote. 

         Registration is now open. To register, visit Contact the foundation at 716-301-2723 with any further questions.


Barkz to hold open house


        Barkz, one of the Chamber’s newest members located at 2100 Constitution Ave, Olean, is holding a grand opening party from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 30. 

        During the event, Barkz staff will offer tours to pets and their owners of the upscale kennel and grooming facility. Refreshments will be available, as well as free nail painting for dogs, games for children, and prize drawings. 

        A ribbon cutting is scheduled for 11 a.m. Peck’s chicken bbq will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. A dog training demonstration by Steve Phillips is set for 3 p.m. WPIG FM will be on site for a live broadcast. 

        Visit Barkz online at

Wheelchairs for Houston 


       Pictured in the photo, are three of Olean Medical Group's physicians who reached out to the greater Olean communities for financial help for the Bona Responds team.  Left to right is Dr. Gilbert Witte, Dr. Tressa Jordan, and Dr. Ricardo Ilustre, representing Olean Medical Group.  

        Where there is a tragedy, Bona Responds kicks in to action. The organization answered that call in Houston.  The hurricane and flooding left vast devastation in its wake and amongst the many tragedies, leaving many without wheelchairs.  They were either lost in the flash flooding or destroyed, and those who depend on them for mobility, are left with nothing.  It is the mission of the Bona Responds team to get wheelchairs to those in need. 

        "We want to get some wheelchairs down to the Houston area as soon as possible, said Dr. Gilbert Witte.  "Ramps have already been sent so now we need to follow up with chairs," he added.

        "We have all wondered how we could possibly help the victims in the Houston area, short of going there ourselves" said Dr. Tressa Jordan.  "Many people have already donated to the Red Cross or some other disaster relief agency but this is an organization in our midst, an organization we know, and we know what their goals are," she added.

        Olean Medical Group helped coordinate contributions but they can't do it alone, as the need is still so great.  The cost of a standard adult wheelchair is about $165. To make a donation, go to, or monetary donations in the form of cash or checks can be dropped off at any of Olean Medical Group's offices in Olean, Cuba, Franklinville, Ellicottville, and Salamanca. "Not everyone can afford to donate enough money for a wheelchair but we know how giving our greater Olean community is, so if enough of us can donate even $5 to $20, I bet we can purchase enough to help Bona Responds," said Dr. Ilustre.

        Tricia Henzel is coordinating the fundraising at the medical group offices.  Registration personnel at all Olean Medical Group offices will accept donations Monday through Friday, during open hours - either cash or checks made out to St. Bonaventure University, marked for Bona Responds. "No donation is too small, when you consider the devastation this hurricane has left,"  said Mrs. Henzel.  "The hurricane's effects will be felt for years and our hearts go out to them." 

        For more information, go to or email Mrs. Henzel at the Olean Medical Group at  


Olean Area Young Professionals pitch in for hurricane relief, next networking event set


        Olean Area Young Professionals held its September networking event on Sept. 7 at the St. Bonaventure University Golf Course Clubhouse. The event, which saw more than 40 attend, was sponsored by Leadership Cattaraugus and was open to all Leadership alumni. During the event, the group raised $60 for the Red Cross’ hurricane relief efforts. 

       Olean Area Young Professionals will next gather on Oct. 12 at St. Bonaventure University’s Quick Center for the Arts. Details about the event will be released in the coming weeks. 


Barkz to hold open house


        Barkz, one of the Chamber’s newest members located at 2100 Constitution Ave, Olean, is holding a grand opening party from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 30. 

        During the event, Barkz staff will offer tours to pets and their owners of the upscale kennel and grooming facility. Refreshments will be available, as well as free nail painting for dogs, games for children, and prize drawings. 

        A ribbon cutting is scheduled for 11 a.m. Peck’s chicken bbq will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. A dog training demonstration by Steve Phillips is set for 3 p.m. WPIG FM will be on site for a live broadcast. 

        Visit Barkz online at


Leadership Cattaraugus Class has Manufacturing Day 



       The 2017 Leadership Cattaraugus class visited several area manufacturers and heard from those on the front lines on the local manufacturing sector during its Manufacturing Day session. 

       The group gathered at Jamestown Community College’s Manufacturing Technology Building in Olean for a panel discussion on the state of local manufacturing. Speakers included Evelyn Sabina of Dream It. Do It., Keith Kranick of Jamestown Community College, Corey Witkor, Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency, and Steve Dieteman of BOCES. 

       After an engaging discussion about efforts to support and grow local manufacturing, the group visited and toured Mazza Mechanical Services and Pierce Steel Fabricators, Inc., InTandem Solutions, Napoleon Engineering, and Total Piping Solutions. 

       Officials from each business talked about their efforts to effectively lead their respective companies, the challenges they face within the industry, and where they see local manufacturing going in the future. 

       Leadership Cattaraugus will next gather for Justice Day on Oct. 17 

Lunch & Learn schedule set 


        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: Reputation Management

DATE/TIME:September 21, Noon

SPEAKER: Better Business Bureau of Upstate NY

LOCATION at GOACC: 1st Floor Conference Rm.

If you searched for your business online, what would come up? Do you know what’s being posted about you on review sites or social media? Join Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York for a seminar on managing your online reputation. Reputation management bridges the gap between how a company perceives itself and how it is viewed by others. They'll show you simple steps to make sure your customers see "the real you" online!


TOPIC: Social Media Marketing

DATE/TIME: October 24, Noon

SPEAKER: SBA, Greg Lindberg

LOCATION at GOACC: 1st Floor Conference Rm.


Are you using Social Media to help increase sales of your product or service Do you lack the basic knowledge to take advantage of the incredible marketing reach that social media offers? This course is designed to show you how to utilize social media marketing to grow your business. You will learn research processes and strategies to help you harness the power of social media marketing. 


TOPIC: Power Networking

DATE/TIME: December 7, Noon


LOCATION at GOACC: 3rd Floor Conference Rm.


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 network 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: January 16, Noon

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, Noon

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, Noon


LOCATION at GOACC: 3rd Floor Conference Rm.


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.


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