BAH and Dinner Not to Be Held

Two more events will not be held/hosted by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce in the 2020-2021 calendar. Both the Chamber’s Executive Committee and its Annual Dinner committee met last week.  On the table were two events: the Chamber’s Annual Dinner normally held in November and its networking event Business After Hours.  Each was unanimously canceled.

The Annual Dinner, slated for November 5th was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Although technically an event, the attendance at this event was governed by the capacity (50%) at one of our member restaurants.  Initially plans were discussed to host this at two member restaurants with the zooming/taping capabilities between the two facilities.
“Although our member restaurants who had bid on the event are safe and sanitary work environments, both committees agreed that maintaining the health and well-being for our event goers, staff, volunteers and the restaurant staff is the number one priority.  The only way that we could prevent transmission between people at this gathering was to not host it,” reported Meme K. Yanetsko, COO of GOACC.
GOACC’s Business After Hours which began in 1993 as a social/networking event was scheduled to begin this month at the Old Library Restaurant.  The normal season for BAH is from August to May and it gives attendees the chance to visit a Chamber member business and network with other business leaders.
“BAHs normally attract between 50-70 each event.  We were all set to do the COVID guidelines with masks, seating, 50 people capacity, etc., but felt that we may be opening a door to an increase of positives by having these.  As the season runs into 2021, it was decided to cancel the entire season and regroup to begin hosting August 2021,” stated, Erica Dreher, GOACC Member Services Manager.
On a good note, GOACC’s Annual Dinner and Executive Committees will still be recognizing both a L.O.U.I.E. and an Enterprising Business. John Bartimole, from the dinner committee stated, “To not award a LOUIE this year is to deny this year’s president, Mari Howard, the truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to inform the recipient that this community thinks so highly of her/him that it is bestowing its highest award to that person.  That truly is a moment to remember.” 
He added, “Moreover, not recognizing someone, even in this pandemic era, might signal to the community that the committee could not determine a worthy recipient.  That is certainly not the case, as this year’s recipient, as the community will soon learn, has gone above and beyond to enrich the lives of so many who call the Olean area home.”
Details of Santa Claus Lane Parade and the Chamber’s Visits with Santa are being discussed and details of these two remaining 2020 events will be out shortly.  For more information on GOACC, please contact 716-372-4433 or email.



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The Greater Olean Area has a wide range of events for all seasons and all ages!!  Please use the arrow buttons to search through to the month you are visiting our area.  Click on a specific event to get more information on that event if it has been provided.  Please contact the event organizers or GOACC ahead of time to ensure the accuracy of the events before you make any plans.  To add your event, please send all event information to GOACC by mail GOACC, 301 North Union Street, Olean, NY 14760; fax (716) 372-7912; or by email