Chamber News Releases & Announcements
A collection of news releases on programs, activities, and events of GOACC.

Also, the current cybernews will be listed below.

 

NEWS RELEASES • CYBERNEWS

Last Minute Holiday Marketing Tips

Handouts from Marketing Seminar

2021 Squirrel Calendar Now Available
November 28, 2020
Woodland in the City (Woodland) and the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce (GOACC) have created the fourteenth edition of the Woodland in the City Squirrel Calendar for 2021!  The calendar features local families who turned in photos with their relatives appearing with the squirrels throughout Olean. 

Once again, this edition includes information all the squirrels in town.  It also showcases National Squirrel Day, National Squirrel Awareness Month, and many ‘nuts’ days – peanut, almond, etc.  We just love the squirrels that populate the many professional sports fields.  A map depicting locations of all squirrels is inside. The calendar, sold at the GOACC office, sells for $9 or two for $16 with limited copies (120) are available.  The calendar is also available on the Chamber’s shop site.

In other squirrel news, GOACC has many squirrel items/memorabilia for sale.  The Chamber has peace love and squirrel tees, plush squirrels, a squirrel ornament, Woodland squirrel bookmarks, and the third printed edition of Woodland in the City Squirrel Guide Book.  Item prices range from $1 - $15.00.

The Chamber regular hours are 9 AM - 4:30 PM Monday-Friday.  GOACC will be open special hours on both Tuesday, December 15 and Wednesday, December 16 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  For more information on the squirrel retail items, please stop in GOACC at 301 North Union Street, Olean, or call 716/372-4433.

GO NUTS in OLEAN, NY

JOB POSTING 1-- JCC

JOB POSTING 2-- JCC

CYBERNEWS: November 25th

Holidays in a Glass Contest
November 24, 2020
Entries could warm even the grinches cold heart and are ready to be served! The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce’s Holidays in a Glass Contest will be starting on Wednesday November 25th to Sunday December 6th. The contest will be a friendly competition between our well-known local cafes, bars, and restaurants to encourage the Olean area residents and visitors to drink local and treat themselves to a much-needed cup of cheer! 

FAMILY FOUR PACK
November 23, 2020
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is selling Family Four Packs for the holidays. Bring a donation of a toy valued at $10 or more to the Chamber office and receive your pack.  The four pack includes four sets of holiday bulb necklaces and four holiday squirrel mask gaiters. “We had purchased them for the participants in the parade this year – lit necklaces and gaiters for visibility as well as social distancing,” reported Meme K. Yanetsko, GOACC COO.  “When we realized that the parade would not  go on we thought it would be a great idea to ‘sell’ these four packs for a donation of a toy for our local Toys for Tots.”
 

CYBERNEWS: November 20th - 12 Days of Deals

CYBERNEWS: November 12th

LeaderCast: Handout 1Handout 2Handout 3Handout 4Handout 5Handout 6Handout 7Handout 8

Santa Isn’t Coming to Town, Grinch Says ??
November 10, 2020
Yes, Virginia there is a Santa, but he will not be making his annual trip to Olean this November, thanks—or no thanks—to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We tried our best to make it happen this year, but the size of the crowds we always attract and the number of individuals on floats in the parade made it impossible,” Meme Yanetsko, chief operating officer of the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, said.  “Everyone we worked with—health officials, school personnel, law enforcement, our board—everyone wanted to continue the decades-old tradition of Santa Claus coming to Olean and lighting up Santa Claus Lane.  It’s just a logistical impossibility.”

LeaderCast: Handout 1Handout 2Handout 3 • Handout 4

GOACC Making Spirits Bright Series
November 3, 2020
Add last-minute holiday shopping to the list of time-honored traditions being upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Holiday shopping is going to be different this year and retailers are kicking off the holiday season earlier than ever in hopes of avoiding big in-store crowds.

The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is introducing a fun holiday LIVE stream series they will be hosting this year to help promote their chamber members for the holiday season throughout the months of November and December. “Our members as well as other locally owned businesses have been struggling throughout these uncertain times and we want to help them finish this year strong. We are all in this together and together we will bring out the best in our community this holiday season,” states Meme Yanetsko, Chief Operating Officer.  

GOACC has invited a handful of their locally owned members to help kick off this series by arranging to do a LIVE stream, from the member business, through the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page and engage the community in shopping, demos, and other services that can benefit them this holiday season. “Our goal is to encourage the community to shop local and to help promote the unique features these small businesses have to offer.” states Erica Dreher, Member Services Manager. The chamber also invites other members eager to show off their specialty items and services to contact the chamber so they can be involved as well. If you’re a non-member of the chamber, GOACC encourages your business to become a member to gain access to these promotional benefits.  This series will begin in November and continue throughout December leading up to Christmas and will include holiday hair tutorials, holiday gift ideas, baking, virtual crafts, holiday décor, wreath making, and much more all brought to you by your favorite local businesses!  

2019: NUB Public Outreach 4 Biz Owners

Napoleon received GOACC’s L.O.U.I.E.
October 28, 2020
Christopher Napoleon has been selected to receive the “L.O.U.I.E.” award from the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce.  Mari Howard, GOACC board president, said, “The L.O.U.I.E. is presented annually to an exceptional person who epitomizes the enterprising spirit and the qualities embodied in the life of Louis Marra; Chris personifies these traits in his personal, professional, and family life, and we are pleased to recognize his many achievements and contributions to the quality of life in the Olean area with this award.” GOACC’s L.O.U.I.E. Award stands for ‘Love of Olean United in Enterprise.’ Mrs. Howard added, “I cannot think of anyone more deserving for this award than Chris Napoleon.” full release

CYBERNEWS: October 29th

GOACC Members Promotion Benefits 
OCTOBER 24, 2020
The Greater Olean Chamber of Commerce has been the leading business organization in the greater Olean area since 1906. “It is our mission to be a member driven business organization that provides benefits, programs, services, and events to enhance the area’s quality of life and economic climate,” stated Erica Dreher, GOACC Member Services Manager. Becoming a GOACC member is a wise investment. What does your $215 base membership include? Being a Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce member means you gain strength in numbers, are provided entrepreneur support, marketing opportunities, member discounts, gain support local job and career growth, are motivated to buy local, and are able to establish policy. Another very beneficial tool gained through becoming a chamber member is attaining access to powerful networking.  

CYBERNEWS: October 23rd - Wellness Program

CYBERNEWS: October 20th - LeaderCast Workshops

GOACC unveils SHOP LOCAL Raffle
October 19, 2020
A fundraising raffle to help benefit the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and its program activities and events will be held the end of November.  GOACC strives to promote the economic well-being of the area and enhance the quality of life by providing enrichment activities and programs intended for the benefit of all area residents. Tickets are $25 each with the following prizes: $2,500, $2,000, $1,500 and (3) $500.  Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber office, 301 North Union Street, Olean or by connecting with GOACC volunteers and committee members.


2020 L.O.U.I.E. and Enterprising Business award winners named
October 13, 2020 
The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners of its L.O.U.I.E. and Enterprising Business awards.  Christopher Napoleon with Napoleon Engineering is receiving this year’s 2020 L.O.U.I.E. Award. The L.O.U.I.E. is given to an individual who symbolizes the enterprising spirit for the greater Olean community, qualities which were embodied in the life of Louis Marra.  Service Stores is this year’s winner of the Enterprising Business Award. The honor is presented to a business or a non-profit organization which exemplifies the unique “hometown” charm of the greater Olean area in manners of administration/operation, customer service, or display of inventory. 

 

CYBERNEWS: October 15th

GOACC wants your Squirrel Selfies! 
October 7, 2020
OLEAN: 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 2020 squirrel calendar. The Woodland in the City (Woodland) committee and the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce (GOACC) are sponsoring the Photo contest.  

BAH and Dinner Not to Be Held
October 5, 2020 
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.

Not One but TWO Leadership Events will be held
October 2, 2020
The Workforce Readiness Program of Jamestown Community College and the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting two separate leadership events – LeaderCast: Positive Disruption on November 4th and LeaderCast: Ripple Effect on November 12th.

CYBERNEWS: October 1st

Visitor Guide Advertisement Form

Member REFERRAL FORM

Mileage on the Waterways 
September 23, 2020
A mileage on waterways brochure was created by Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce to give those who visit the river an idea of how far they want to paddle and choose the best suitable location for them to enter and exit the river.  “We hope the brochure will be an incentive for people to partake of the many amenities and be a way to not only bring people into our area but be an economic driver for the different restaurants, stores, and other local businesses” said Bob Fischer, who serves on several committees regarding the Allegheny River developments and planning. The brochure can be found on the following link. For more information on the Mileage on waterways brochure or other GOACC events and activities, please call GOACC at (716) 372-4433 or email

CYBERNEWS: September 22 - CTE Human Resources

CYBERNEWS: September 21st - Corporate Challenge

CYBERNEWS: September 17th

CORPORATE CHALLENGE DEADLINES 9/21
September 16, 2020
DEADLINE FOR CHALLENGE is September 21st for the 10th Annual Southern Tier Corporate Challenge.  For those registering for the challenge after September 21st the cost will remain $22, but you may not receive a challenge promotional item depending on availability. 

SQUIRREL CHALLENGE
September 16, 2020
Worldwide there is a public art craze built around oversized fiberglass animal statues.  Olean joined communities across the United States when four-foot high fiberglass squirrels sprouted up along city streets in June 2007. Olean is now the home to 26 squirrels scampering around the city.  The Squirrel Challenge: A local family completed the squirrel hunt and wants to challenge other families and classes to go out and visit the squirrels. While visiting each squirrel the family was joined by Olean Police Department Sargent, Lance Edwards. The chamber also encourages the community to visit the Woodland in the City’s newest squirrel member located at Eaton’s Cooper Power Systems.

ANOTHER GOACC EVENT for COVID 2020 in the BOOKS
September 13, 2020
As mentioned in a news release last fall when GOACC’s event committee unveiled a revamped and newly polished events schedule for 2020, excitement was brewing with staff, board and the volunteers!  Then March 2020 came and one by one, GOACC’s events were plucked off that superb calendar list!

Even with the threat of upticks in positive cases for Western New York, the FIRST Allegheny River Running Fest was held Saturday, September 12th, at least the running with the fest tabled for next year.  Erica Dreher, Member Services Manager, reported, “The first ARRF had 124 participants!  Originally planned and budgeted for a total of 250 runners pre-Covid, that number represents a great accomplishment!”

Traffic Stoppages Along the ARRF Route
September 9, 2020
When the GOACC Board of Directors approved a new event for 2020, the event didn’t even have a name!  They okayed an (a yet to be named) event to be held Saturday, September 12.  It will be a half marathon and a BBQ food festival. At that same time in October 2019, the Events Committee set a budget with 150 participants, 100 running the 10K and 50 running the half.
 
Fast forward to September 2020, after months of planning and also months of worrying if this event would even be held, or not even hitting our budget participant numbers, the now named event Allegheny River Running Fest is a go!

CYBERNEWS: September 8th - Allegheny River Running Fest

CYBERNEWS: September 3rd

#AHOPstrong SAVINGS in ONE BOOK
September 1, 2020
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce organized and is now selling an #AHOP Strong Coupon Book. This book contains coupons from businesses across the Allegany, Hinsdale, Olean and Portville Areas as well as our member companies throughout NY/PA. The coupons are in a tear away book, printed by GOACC member Register Graphics of Randolph.
 
For our member restaurants, they are advertising their weekly specials and offering an additional discount. For our member retailers and service providers, some are offering a percentage off, or straight savings on a certain total, even FREE item with purchase of set amount.  The GOACC office jumped in and offered a BOGO half price on its Santa Claus Lane ornaments.  Ornaments retail at $25 – this is a savings of $12.50.  The half price ornament is one of our past ornaments (2019 and before).  You can purchase the 2020 ornament at full price, but then the half off cannot be an additional 2020 ornament.

ARRF Route to Hit Olean and Allegany
August 31, 2020
The Allegheny River is a 325-mile (523 km) long headwater stream of the Ohio River in western Pennsylvania and New York.  The Allegheny River Running Fest (ARRF) running races will have participants running along the picturesque Allegheny River on the area's Allegheny River Valley Trail. In fact, the ARRF is one of few races that actually run along the Allegheny and is set for Saturday, September 12 in Olean.

25th Santa Claus Lane Ornament Now Available
August 27, 2020
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce has unveiled its newest Santa Claus Lane ornament, a depiction of the two locations of Tasta Pizza.  Through the ornament sales, holiday lights are funded and can be lit in Olean from November to early January.  The ornament, in a series created by artist Kathleen McDonald, is $25.00.

Nominations Sought for Annual Dinner
August 26, 2020 
The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce has set the date of Thursday, November 5, 2020 for its 115th Annual Dinner.  GOACC will again recognize one prominent citizen as well as a fixture of the local business community. The chamber is currently accepting nominations for its two most prestigious awards, the Love of Olean United in Enterprise (L.O.U.I.E.) Award and the Enterprising Business Award.  A nomination form must be completed and submitted to the chamber by noon on Sept. 18 to nominate an individual for the LO.U.I.E. Award or a business or non-profit organization for the Enterprising Business award. Forms are available at the Chamber office, 301 N. Union Street, Olean, and online at www.oleanny.com. For more information on the Annual Dinner, contact the
chamber by phone at 372-4433 or email events@oleanny.com.

JCC Workforce Readiness Fall 2020 Non-Credit Classes 2020

CYBERNEWS: August 20th

NO SPORTS EXPO next month
August 10, 2020
The Greater Olean Area Sports, Recreation and Fitness Expo planned for September 26, 27, 2020 has been canceled and will not be held in 2020. “Initially planned for May 30, 31 at Good Times Events Center, the expo was moved to the September date as GOACC moved its Home Show to the May dates. So the expo was a pinball being bounced around and finally COVID tilted this event too and it is canceled,” stated Meme K. Yanetsko, COO GOACC.

CYBERNEWS: August 6th

SEVEN YEARS, No Eighth Year for Chamber OJT
July 29, 2020
OLEAN – On April 1, 2019, the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce was awarded its 39th training grant, $112,000 for employee training through the Chamber of Commerce On-The-Job Training (OJT) Program.  That program which ended March 31, 2020; was the final program since its renewal in April 2013 (7 straight years). OJT provided a 50% wage reimbursement during training for new employees.  The skill level of the job(s) determined the length of an OJT program.  With OJT, the paperwork was a simple, quick process and the reimbursement prompt.
 
GOACC staff begin paperwork / voucher process for its assumed new year in the first quarter 2020.  It was around May 2020 that GOACC received word from New York State Labor Department, “Labor training awards and re-appropriation information is still pending (nothing provided yet or funding approved). Right now the primary focus has been on unemployment insurance assistance.”
 
June 2020, GOACC received word from Senator George Borello’s office that the Chamber did in fact receive an award for OJT for the 2020/21 year – including in the NYS budget citation for Chamber OJT funding.
 
GOACC followed up last week to both DOL and the Senator’s office.  Meme K. Yanetsko, GOACC Chief Operating Officer stated, “The senator’s office found out that we aren’t funded for the 2020/21 — they were looking at a past year’s funding.  I asked them about restoring funds and when would that begin for GOACC to lobby senators.  The office stated to connect back with them in Dec/Jan in regards to 2021 year but stressed that 2021 doesn’t look too good but it’s always good to check in.”
 
GOACC administered On-the-Job Training Programs since 1977 to help companies reduce the cost of training new employees.  For the past year’s program, 2019/20, GOACC assisted 21 companies with 42 trainees gaining full-time employment.  The average training reimbursement to the companies was $2,667 with average trainee wage $16.34. 
 
“GOACC’s experience in administering the program and the track record of placing our residents in full-time positions gave us an edge over the other Chambers across New York State.  GOACC was one of seven Chambers selected to receive the training award throughout the forty-years,” added Mrs. Yanetsko.  For more information, please contact GOACC at 372-4433, email info@oleanny.com or stop in at 301 North Union Street, Olean.

The Southern Tier Corporate Challenge Virtual Run/Walk
July 27, 2020
Virtual meetings and events are becoming the “new norm” for our area and our annual Corporate Challenge is no exception for the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce. “We’re working hard to continue to promote good health and wellness within our community regardless of our circumstances and encourage all to come together to make the most of what we are permitted to do. It’s time to show off how those home workouts have benefited you!” reported Erica Dreher, Member Services Manager. Whether you are working from home, social distancing at the office or company plant, a runner or walker; here’s a race that inspires competition through TEAM racing! 

The tenth annual Southern Tier Corporate Challenge Virtual Run/Walk will be held from Thursday October 1st- Thursday October 8th 2020. Challenge hosts, the Olean High School Sports Boosters and the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce invite all organizations, businesses and companies to participate in this wellness event!

The tenth annual Southern Tier Corporate Challenge Virtual Run/Walk will be held from Thursday October 1st- Thursday October 8th 2020. Challenge hosts, the Olean High School Sports Boosters and the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce invite all organizations, businesses and companies to participate in this wellness event!

 

CYBERNEWS: July 23

SWEET RESULTS are in for CEREAL CHALLENGE
July 21, 2020
A big and sweet part of the GOACC’s Southern Tier Corporate Challenge 5K Run and Walk has always been the Cereal Challenge.  Although this year’s running race is rescheduled for Fall 2020, officials at the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the Corporate Cereal Challenge last month.

Results from this year’s cereal challenge were great again – 2,027 cereal boxes were donated in 2020.  Eleven companies participated in the challenge. There were 642 boxes of cereal donated from the employees at SolEpoxy and they were awarded the most cereal boxes donated award.  With an employee to cereal boxes ratio of 50.00 boxes, State Farm Insurance, Kristie Breda was awarded the most boxes collected per employee!

CYBERNEWS: July 1

CYBERNEWS: June 25

CYBERNEWS: June 17

Deadline is this WEDNESDAY for Community-Wide Garage Sale
June 15, 2020

The  deadline is Wednesday, June 17, Noon to enter this year’s Community-Wide Garage Sale.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 20, from 9 AM until 4 PM.  The Chamber is encouraging people to get up in their attics, basements, and garages and start sorting and cleaning.

For anyone who is interested in holding a garage sale at their home, they need to register their address with GOACC and will be place on the garage sale map for a $5 fee.  GOACC will need address, and a short list of items that the home would be selling. The week of the garage sale days, please stop back to the chamber and pick up your FREE Garage Sale sign that has space to list your address.  GOACC stresses for households hosting ANY GARAGE SALE to not place their garage sale signs in the public right of way.

CYBERnews: June 10, 2020 Additonal Info

Community-Wide Garage Sale Date Set to Go If WNY gets to Phase 3
June 5, 2020
The officials at Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce have gotten the green light for the Community-Wide Garage Sale on Saturday, June 20, from 9 AM until 4 PM IF Western New York enters Phase 3 by the scheduled date.  According to information provided by the Cattaraugus County Health Department and New York State, Phase 3 approves Yard sales or other non-essential retail such as “flea” markets or craft sales (social distancing required).   revised FORM

CYBERnews: June 4, 2020

CYBERnews: May 29, 2020 Additonal Info

CYBERnews: May 29, 2020 Reopening Guidelines, Phase 2

CEREAL CHALLENGE set for the month of June!
May 28, 2020
A big and sweet part of the GOACC’s Southern Tier Corporate Challenge 5K Run and Walk has always been the Cereal Challenge.  The ‘throw down the cereal spoon gauntlet’ began in 2013 as an idea proposed by community resident Joann Dombeck. This year’s running race is rescheduled for Fall 2020 (with date announced shortly).  Officials at the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce will still be hosting the Corporate Cereal Challenge in June.

CYBERnews: May 15, 2020 Reopening Guidelines

Knock on Wood: GOACC Brings You StrOlean Three Times in 2020
May 14, 2020 
When the events committee met last September in regards to the 2020 Events Calendar for GOACC, it was an unanimous agreement and approval of the slate and date of the events.  Major shift of the Gus Macker into June created a unique lineup where GOACC staff was stepping off April 24 with the home show and not resting until 141 days and 10 additional events later.
 
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is not alone in the aspects of literally tossing out the 2020 events calendar – at least for the first six months!  Meme K. Yanetsko, GOACC COO reported, “Like other organizations, we have had to change, reschedule and even postpone events to 2021.  The StrOlean, which began in 2017, has revamped its schedule and it will kick off the first edition of StrOlean on Saturday, August 15 (original), next up Friday, September 18th (this date replaces June), and will complete the trio of events on Saturday, October 3rd (original).”

cyberNEWS: May 11, 2020

CYBERnews: May 5, 2020

GOACC’s virtual Lunch and Learns set for 5/12
May 4, 2020
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its next virtual Lunch and Learn for Tuesday, May 12th, Noon.  The topic is Common Scams & Charity Review and will feature Lauren Kirchmyer and Melanie McGovern of the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York.

cyberNEWS: April 29, 2020

cyberNEWS: April 27, 2020 - PPP Resumes

Home Show Postponed until 2021
April 24, 2020
Last month, Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce staff rescheduled the Olean Home Show originally set for April 24-26 to May 29-31.  Now officials are postponing the entire event until April 16-18, 2021 due to the COVID19 restrictions.
 
Meme Krahe Yanetsko, GOACC COO reported, “We are actively working with our Health Department to ensure a safe place to host any and all of our events.  In regards to the home show, we were assuming that the restrictions would be lifted May 15th, but that doesn't mean there may be guidelines / additional restrictions for large events. Although this event attracts 3,000 people over three days, hourly there may be between 100-300 people in a 17,000 s.f. ice skating rink.”

Community-Wide Garage Sale Date Set
April 23, 2020
The officials at Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce have scheduled the Community-Wide Garage Sale on Saturday, June 20th from 9 AM until 4 PM. The tentative date for COVID19 restrictions to be lifted is Friday, May 15th, which is actually the day before the original 2020 Garage Sale Days date.

Southern Tier Catholic School Summer Camp Registration

GOACC’s Virtual Lunch and Learns set for 4/30
April 22, 2020
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its next Lunch and Learn for Thursday, April 30th, Noon.  The topic is Yoga at the Desktop, Personal Enrichment Hour and will feature Lisa Yohon from the Lavender Lotus Yoga.  This virtual class will be aired live on Facebook at Lavender Lotus Yoga!
 
Ms. Yohon stated, “Prolonged work on the computer strains the neck, shoulder and back muscles, which leads to tension and stiffness. Unless attended to properly, it could impact your ability to function effectively at the workplace, affecting your overall quality of life.”

cyberNEWS: April 21, 2020

cyberNEWS: April 20, 2020 - Home Show

13th Olean Macker Rescheduled to 2021
April 16, 2020
The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that the 13th annual Gus Macker event has been postponed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The event had been scheduled for the 1st weekend of June this year, but instead will now happen in 2021.  GOACC officials stated, "The Olean area has hosted a Gus Macker event for the last 12 years and the Chamber is committed to hosting year 13 and will do so in 2021. Our major sponsors have pledged their continued support and we look forward to hosting this wonderful community event June 5-6, 2021."

cyberNEWS: April 15, 2020 Leadercast CyberBlast

Leadercast Scheduled for WATCH LIVE link in May
April 13, 2020 
The Workforce Readiness Program of Jamestown Community College and the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the live broadcast of Leadercast’s Positive Disruption on Thursday, May 7, 2020.  This is the world's largest annual one-day leadership event that will be broadcast LIVE from the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, GA. 
 
The ennead (9 in total) of speakers, who are leadership experts, will address leaders from all levels to shake up the status quo and drive opportunities for innovation.  Leadercast Live 2020 will explain why disruption is the best way to make positive, lasting change in your company.  The speakers include: •Amy Jo Martin — Digital Media Pioneer and Best-Selling Author; Matt Wallaert — Behavioral Scientist and Chief Behavior Officer, Clover Health; Andy Stanley — Best Selling Author and Leadership Communicator; Rahaf Harfoush — Digital Anthropologist and Executive Director, Red Thread Institute; Bozoma Saint John — Chief Marketing Officer, Endeavor; Richard Montanez — VP of Multicultural Sales & Marketing, PepsiCo North America; Dr Henry Cloud — Psychologist and Leadership Expert; Sangram Vajre — Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist, Terminus: Account-Based Marketing; and Earvin "Magic" Johnson — Basketball Hall-of-Famer and Entrepreneur.

Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus

cyberNEWS: April 13, 2020

Leadercast Bios: May 7, 2020

DREHER PROMOTED, CARPENTER JOINS, HOWARD LEADS
Date: April 2, 2020
OLEAN – The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has announced staff promotion, staff addition and its slate of officers. Erica Dreher, who joined GOACC in May 2017 as member services coordinator has been promoted to member services manager effective February 1, 2020.  Mrs. Dreher’s position’s primary focal point is on the needs of the chamber members. This includes counseling, provision of information services, membership retention and expansion, networking, and other direct membership activities including facilitation of major events that benefit members.  She also has taken over organization of the Chamber’s Olean Area Young Professionals and will lead the One Stop Operator oversight for the Workforce Development Board.

CYBERnews: April 6, 2020

cyberNEWS: April 1, 2020

Two GOACC Events Have Rescheduled Dates
March 30, 2020
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce staff have officially rescheduled two of its vendor events.  The Olean Home Show originally set for April 24-26 will now be held May 29-31 at the William O. Smith Recreation Center, in Olean.  The Sports, Recreation, & Fitness Expo will be moved to September 26th and 27th and will be set at Good Times Events Center in Olean.
 
Meme Krahe Yanetsko, GOACC COO reported, “Our intentions were to continue as much as business as usual with any of our events at the Chamber until getting additional directives from NYS.  Although the Governor (NYS) hasn’t given the date to the end of April (stay home), we feel that it will be coming.”

CYBERNEWS: March 27, 2020

cyberNEWS: March 20, 2020

CYBERNEWS: March 18, 2020

CYBERNEWS: COVID March 16, 2020

CYBERNEWS: COVID March 13, 2020

1, 2, and 3….. GOACC Brings You StrOlean Three Times in 2020
March 11, 2020 
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce held its first ever StrOlean August 2017.  This new event was defined as an event to be held in downtown Olean; event goers were able to saunter, amble, wander, walk North Union Street; and able to enjoy food, music, fine arts, classic cars and fun for all ages.
 
The first StrOlean was a huge success with more than 70 organizations uptown selling or organizing an event.  The Chamber’s Events Committee recently met and will host three StrOleans in 2020 Friday, June 5; Saturday, August 15 and Saturday, October 3.

GOACC’s Lunch and Learns set for 2/25
March 9, 2020 
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its next Lunch and Learn for Thursday, March 19th, Noon.  The topic is Say it Right! Personal Enrichment Hour and will feature Nancy Phillips from the Olean Toastmasters.
 
These one-hour Lunch and Learns are also known as "learn at lunch" or "brown bag" events. GOACC wants to create these sessions as an office of communication, collaboration and learning.  The sessions make excellent use of time, which is already limited throughout the day. The brief informal setting allows a better channel for understanding and getting the direct point across.

CYBERNEWS: March 5, 2020

LOGO Contest open to all ages!
March 3, 2020
This year, the Taste of Olean, organized by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, celebrates its 30th event.   It will be held Sunday, July 26th at War Veterans Park, Olean.

In honor of this occasion, the Chamber and the Tri-County Arts Council are hosting a design contest.  Anyone from the greater Olean area – Allegany, Hinsdale, Olean and Portville will be eligible to enter – anyone – any age.

Come Discover Your Inspiration at the Home Show
February 24, 2020
Each year, the Greater Olean Home Show has a show theme and show colors.  The Home Show committee has chosen the theme of Come Discover Your Inspiration at the Home Show! 

Logo Contest Deadline Looms
February 24, 2020
This year, the Taste of Olean, organized by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, celebrates its 30th event.   It will be held Sunday, July 26th at War Veterans Park, Olean.
 
In honor of this occasion, the Chamber and the Tri-County Arts Council are hosting a design contest.  It will be open to all school districts in the greater Olean area with their respective art departments.  Anyone from grades K through 12 would be eligible to enter from school districts in Allegany, Hinsdale, Olean and Portville.

SAVE THE DATE: Cash Mob is set for 2/26/2020
February 21, 2020
The membership committee at Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce have begun hosting cash mobs at its members locations. Erica Dreher, Membership Outreach Associate stated, “What is a Cash Mob: Inspired by ‘flash mobs,’ a cash mob occurs when a group of people assembles to make purchases in support of local businesses and the overall community.  This is a great way to encourage our community to shop small and raise awareness about the importance of supporting local businesses.  A cash mob is the perfect way to rally our community, create excitement, and drive sales.”

CYBERNEWS: February 20, 2020

cyberNEWS: February 17, 2020 Events Sponsorships

CYBERNEWS: February 6, 2020

GOACC Needs Your Events!
February 3, 2020
The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing its May 2020 through January 2021 Events and Activities brochure.  Events located in Cattaraugus, Allegany counties in New York State, as well as McKean and Potter counties in Pennsylvania are encouraged to send in information about their events.   Needed information should include event name, date, location, telephone number and event details. 

TASTE OF OLEAN CELEBRATES 30 YEARS IN 2020!
January 31, 2020
This year, the Taste of Olean, organized by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, celebrates its 30th event.   It will be held Sunday, July 26th at War Veterans Park, Olean. In honor of this occasion, the Chamber and the Tri-County Arts Council are hosting a design contest.  It will be open to all school districts in the greater Olean area with their respective art departments.  Anyone from grades K through 12 would be eligible to enter from school districts in Allegany, Hinsdale, Olean and Portville.

SQUIRREL COLORING CONTEST
January 29, 2020
The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce has announced its organizing an Olean Complete Count Coloring Contest featuring one of Olean’s very own squirrels.  GOACC has been working with Jason Eastman with the 2020 Census in getting the word out to not only household and business owners, but to all age groups. “The 2020 Census as all census’ that have been completed generate valuable statistics – population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing federal funds which— impact housing, education, and more.  We want to get how important this counting is to the younger populations – the ones that would be partaking in 2040 census and beyond,” stated Meme K. Yanetsko, GOACC Chief Operating Officer.

LEADERSHIP CATTARAUGUS: January 29, 2020

NEW MEMBERSHIP DUES LEVEL at GOACC
January 28, 2020
The board of directors and the membership committee at Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce have approved a new level of membership at the Chamber – side gigger.    According to the US Federal Government, about 13 million U.S. workers have more than one job. These steady numbers of American workers have more than one job because either they need extra income or they want to gain more experience or explore different interest.  It also shows that they have a talent in time management.

GOACC’s Lunch and Learns to begin in February
January 24, 2020
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its first Lunch and Learn for Tuesday, February 11th, Noon.  Come watch and learn about the bald eagles from Western New York.  Dan Jordan is the Eagle Whisperer having taken more than 60,000 photos of bald eagles throughout the area.  Learn about their near extinction in the 1960s to their recovery in the new century.  Dan monitors three dozen nests and would love to share his love of eagles with all.

CYBERnews: January 23, 2020

cyberNEWS: January 9, 2020

Home Show Set for mid-April, Sports Show end of May
January 7, 2020
Two vendor shows hosted by Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce are scheduled for the second quarter 2020.  The Greater Olean Home Show is set for April 24-26; with the Sports, Recreation, & Fitness Expo May 30, 31.  Both shows are in Olean.

CYBERnews: December 30, 2019

cyberNEWS: December 12, 2019

Chamber seeks new event name from public
Dec. 3, 2019
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a new event on Sept. 12 — a half marathon race that will feature a BBQ competition. In planning for the event, the Chamber could use a hand from the public. Chamber officials are now accepting suggestions for the event’s name. “Our Events Committee has kicked around some names,  such as ‘Stampede of the Squirrels,’ ‘BBQ Battle,’ and even ‘Squirrel City USA Fest,’” said Meme Yanetsko, the Chamber’s COO. “While decent suggestions, none have yet resonated with us yet. We’re hoping that someone from the community can help us nail down a name that captures the essence of this event.”

CYBERnews: November 29, 2019

Chamber Announces Parade Winners
November 29, 2019
Fifty-two units and more than 846 adults and children were in the 34rd Annual Santa Claus Lane Parade Friday, November 29 in downtown Olean. Paula Snyder, Jamestown Community College; Max Bullers, Home Depot of Olean, and Eric Garvin, Community Bank, did judging for this season’s parade.  More than 2,200 people watched the parade go down both sides of the street.

cyberNEWS: November 26, 2019

Santa Claus Will Officially Open Santa’s Cottage
November 26, 2019
Santa and Mrs. Claus are Back in Town!  Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Olean will host the ‘Visit with Santa’ at their newly built cottage in Olean’s Lincoln Park.  The Claus’ will visit with the children from 6 - 8 PM on Wednesdays, December 4 and December 11.  Some elves in training from the Olean Intermediate Middle School Student Activities Council will be assisting them with the visitors. 

Right Down Santa Claus Lane                                                
November 25, 2019
The ever-popular Santa Claus Lane Parade in Olean, NY is the official kick-off to the holiday season in the area in which Santa and Mrs. Claus light thousands of light bulbs in the skylines and snowflakes and stars in downtown Olean.  The parade will begin Friday, November 29 at 7 p.m. at the intersection of Delaware Avenue and North Union Street.  As Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce considers the roadway North Union Street -- Santa Claus Lane during the holiday season, it’s pretty neat to note the song's origin, "Here Comes Santa Claus."  It is a Christmas song originally written by Gene Autry.  Autry got the idea for the song after riding his horse in the 1946 Santa Claus Lane Parade (now the Hollywood Christmas Parade) in Los Angeles, during which crowds of spectators chanted, "Here comes Santa Claus".

GOACC Reminds You to Shop Local This Holiday Season
November 15, 2019
Looking for that perfect gift for that special someone?  The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce wants to remind holiday shoppers that they can find the perfect gift for everyone AND shop local.  Please help support our local businesses with the purchase of their gift certificates!
 
GOACC instituted the Shop Olean Gift Certificate Program in 1995 and that year, certificates totaling $9,000 were sold with 35 member businesses involved in the program.  The Chamber now has more than 282 member businesses are participating in this year-round certificate program.  The certificates are sold at the GOACC Chamber office at 301 North Union Street, Olean, in increments of $5, $10, $20, $25 and $50.

cyberNEWS: November 14, 2019

YULE LOVE THIS PARADE!
November 12, 2019
In the beginning back in 1929, downtown Olean merchants collectively strung fresh pine together to form garlands across North Union Street, Olean’s downtown.  It didn’t take them long to realize that lights were an intricate part of the decorating scheme, so they began to include strands of holiday light bulbs.
 
Santa Claus Lane has come to mean more than just a parade and the night that the lights are turned on.  It has become six weeks of “celebration and song,” throughout our community.  Lights are  included in Lincoln Park, War Vets Park, and on two bridges, and people from all of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania view the displays as they attend the numerous concerts and activities included in Santa Claus Lane. 

CYBERnews: 2020 Corporate Sponsorship Form

cyberNEWS: October 31, 2019

CYBERnews: StrOlean III

cyberNEWS: Annual Dinner Invite

DownBeat Perscussion at the Santa Claus Lane Parade
October 18, 2019
Organizers of the annual Santa Claus Lane Parade are giving area residents another reason to participate or witness the holiday event with the addition of Downbeat Percussion, the official drumline for the Buffalo Bills, scheduled to make an appearance.  The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce Santa committee coordinates the parade, scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, November 29 in Olean.

“Downbeat Percussion performs at Buffalo Bills games and throughout the area,” stated Eric English, advisor for the group.  He added, “Their first performance with the Buffalo Bills was during the 2013 Christmas halftime show.  Since then we've been their official drumline performing at every home game. During home games, we play in the parking lot for all the tailgaters and those entering the Ralph Wilson Stadium.”

CYBERnews: Cyber Summit II October 18, 2019

CYBERnews: October 17, 2019

Cyber Summit in Olean
October 11, 2019
Silo City IT of Buffalo, Acme Business of Olean, and Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce are celebrating National Cybersecurity Awareness Month! They are hosting a Cyber Summit for businesses & non-profit organizations of all sizes to focus on cybersecurity preparedness, prevention and response.  The summit is Thursday, October 24, at Jamestown Community College, Cutco Theater and Magnano Room in Olean.

“Cyber-Attacks are ever evolving and difficult for organizations to prevent. As many have said, in today’s world it’s not if you’re going to be hacked but when. Investing in proactive approaches is the only way to prevent cyber incidents from shutting down your organization,” stated Jeff Rathmann, President/CEO, Silo City IT.

The summit features Daniel P. Greene, Esq. with Beckage Law Firm as its keynote speaker. Mr. Greene is a seasoned trial attorney with significant data breach experience for clients in emerging/non-traditional markets.  He represents clients in breach and privacy litigation and in software and other technical disputes.

CYBERnews: Cyber Summit October 7, 2019

Changes and one Addition to the GOACC Event Lineup 2020
October 7, 2019
The events committee of the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce met recently and has approved the event schedule for 2020 with two date changes and one new event.   Normally held in January for the last 5 years, the Sports, Recreation, and Fitness Expo (new name) is back at the Good Times Events Center and will be held May 30, 31.  Gus Macker Basketball Festival is now the first June weekend, June 5-7, moved earlier from a third weekend in August.  The events committee also approved (a yet to be named) event to be held Saturday, September 12.  It will be a half marathon and a BBQ food festival.

cyberNEWS: October 3, 2019

CYBERnews: October 2, 2019

2019 L.O.U.I.E., Enterprising Business, Presidential award winners named
September 25, 2019
Three businesses and one individual are receiving the highest recognition bestowed by Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber is pleased to announce the winners of its L.O.U.I.E. and Enterprising Business awards, as well as our 2019 Presidential Award.

Brian O’Connell Jr., with The Brian O'Connell Jr. Law Firm, PLLC is receiving this 2019 L.O.U.I.E. Award. The L.O.U.I.E. is given to 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 Jack Whipple of Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro.

Both Henry H. Hill and Angee’s Restaurant are this year’s winners of the Enterprising Business Award. The honor is presented to a business or a non-profit organization which exemplifies the unique “hometown” charm of the greater Olean area in manners of administration/operation, customer service, or display of inventory. Fox Financial and Granger Family Businesses were last year’s recipients.

Taking home the Presidential Award is the Olean Family YMCA. The award is given to a business, organization or individual that are iconic and integral to the fabric of the business community in the greater Olean area.  Recipients are selected by the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Last year’s recipient was Red’s and Trudy’s.

Yanetsko Named GOACC Volunteer of the Year
September 23, 2019
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates Chamber Week, September 21 to 28.  It provides the Chamber an opportunity to celebrate its many accomplishments and achievement, and an excellent time to thank the many people who make them happen.
 
Each one of GOACC’s programs and activities is an orchestrated effort of numerous volunteers.  Many of them have been serving on their committees or working on an event for a long time.  Their efforts and dedication make each happening a reality.  During Chamber Week, GOACC presents the Volunteer of the Year Award to a volunteer 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.
 
This year, Tom Yanetsko, supervisor with Dresser-Rand Co., received the designation.  

Archbishop Walsh Academy is a SCL Ornament for 2019!
September 23, 2019
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce has unveiled its newest Santa Claus Lane ornament, a depiction of the Archbishop Walsh Academy.  Through the ornament sales, holiday lights are funded and can be lit in Olean from November to early January.  The ornament, in a series created by artist Kathleen McDonald, is $25.00.  The ornament of Archbishop Walsh will join with the Beef ‘n’ Barrel restaurant ornament as the 2019 Santa Claus Lane ornaments. 

cyberNEWS: September 19, 2019

CyberNEWS: Strolean September 16, 2019

This Week Starts GOACC’s MNE Season
September 16, 2019
This Wednesday, September 18, Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce will host its first MNE of the Season, Member Networking Event with Business After Hours.  The September BAH (Business After Hours) is scheduled for this Wednesday at the Field of Dreams facility, 3293 North 7th Street, Allegany, from 5 to 7 p.m.
 
Business After Hours are opportunities for our members to meet and network with one another – a valuable business resource.  “Call it networking, schmoozing, mingling, whatever – all your member employees are eligible to attend for free,” stated Erica Dreher, Membership Outreach Associate.

GOACC wants your Squirrel Selfies!
September 16, 2019
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 2020 squirrel calendar.  The Woodland in the City (Woodland) committee and the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce (GOACC) are sponsoring the Photo Contest.

Cyber Security Workshop Next Month
September 10, 2019
SAVE THE DATE — Silo City IT of Buffalo, Acme Business of Olean, and Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a CYBER SECURITY Workshop at Jamestown Community College, Olean, Thursday, October 24, 2019.    "The month of October is Cyber Security Month and what better way for all sizes of businesses/non profit organizations than to focus on their cyber preparedness, prevention and processes at this workshop,” stated Meme K. Yanetsko, GOACC COO.

Final of 3 StrOlean Scheduled for October
September 9, 2019
Introduced in August 2017, StrOlean was defined as an event to be held in downtown Olean; event goers were able to saunter, amble, wander, walk North Union Street; and able to enjoy food, music, fine arts, classic cars and fun for all ages.  The final of the three StrOleans in set for Saturday, October 26.

Deadline for Annual Dinner Nominations 9/12
September 8, 2019
The deadline for nominations for Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce’s two most prestigious awards, the Love of Olean United in Enterprise (L.O.U.I.E.) Award and the Enterprising Business Award is this Thursday, September 12, 2019.  The awards recognize one prominent citizen as well as a fixture of the local business community.  The 114th Annual Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the Good Times Events Center in Olean.

CYBERnews: September 6, 2019

Has Your Employees Gone Through the Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training?
September 3, 2019
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its first Lunch and Learn for Wednesday, September 18th, Noon.  As summer begins to fade away, an Oct. 9 deadline looms on sexual harassment prevention training for all employees.  Late last year, New York employers were given a nine-month extension from an original Jan. 1 state proposed deadline.  Now employers are encouraged to not delay.   All employers regardless of size must train their workers, experts say.

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, Right down Santa Claus Lane !!!
September 3, 2019 
The Santa Claus Lane Parade is always the highlight of the holiday season, attracting loads of people of all ages to downtown Olean.  The parade will be held on Friday, November 29, in downtown Olean, beginning at 7 PM.  The Santa Claus Lane committee encourages area organizations and businesses to participate in the parade with a float, send in a musical unit, or display historical/public vehicles in the parade.

CyberNEWS: August 22, 2019

Twelfth Annual Macker in Olean Was a Soaking Success!
August 19, 2019
The 12th Annual Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball in Olean was a SOAKING success under the direction of the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce. One hundred seventy two teams played this weekend.  The tournament had 688 registered players.

Basketball event info to help all those from here, coming here
August 13, 2019
Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball, America's largest outdoor basketball will be held in Olean August 16-18, 2019.  The 3-day event, organized by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, is open to players of all ages and experience levels who are computer-matched by age, height and experience so that all participants can be competitive. The event, first held in Lowell, Michigan in 1974, is a family festival with food and music along with the basketball competition.

Macker Opening Ceremonies Scheduled
August 12, 2019
Each year at every Gus Macker held throughout the nation, the opening ceremonies of the tournament occur on Saturday of the weekend activities at 8 a.m.  It’s to open that particular festival, to ramp up the competition, the fun, and the excitement.
 
Olean’s Macker has had a number of opening ceremonies with some neat activities – the first year of Macker in 2008, when it was held in conjunction with the Rally in the Valley, the late Louie Magnano drove on his motor trike the basketball and the Macker mascot to the top men’s court for the ceremony with a parade of other motorcycles from the Rally committee.  We have also had Mayor Aiello, Don Scholla, Colleen Taggerty among others do the do or die shot; there has also been the basketball blessings by Sr. Regina Aman and Fr. Greg Dobson; and the national anthem sung by Leslie Moffet and Kirk & Kellen Gilbert.

Complete Gus Macker Olean Schedule
August 9, 2019
Brackets, basketballs, backboards and bragging rights are all part of the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball tournament held the weekend in Olean August 16-18.  The 3-day event, organized by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, is open to players of all ages and experience levels who are computer-matched by age, height and experience so that all participants can be competitive. The event, first held in Lowell, Michigan in 1974, is a family festival with food and music along with the basketball competition.

CyberNEWS: August 8, 2019

Nominations Sought for Annual Dinner
August 8, 2019
The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce has set the date of Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the events center at Good Times of Olean for its 114th Annual Dinner.  GOACC will again recognize one prominent citizen as well as a fixture of the local business community. The chamber is currently accepting nominations for its two most prestigious awards, the Love of Olean United in Enterprise (L.O.U.I.E.) Award and the Enterprising Business Award.  

Four and Half Hours of a Great Event!
July 28, 2019
Olean, NY -- A Taste of Olean 2019, presented by Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, National Grid Co., the Chamber’s 47 Corporate Sponsors, was again a success at War Veterans Park.  “There was a few rain drops as the event was setting up this morning, and then four and half glorious hours of fabulous food, magnificent music and artistic artisans.  Napoli Pizza and Good Times / Hammer Back ran out of food around 3:15 p.m.  Then the skies open and the rains came and continued.  The Chamber notified many of the vendors of the incoming rains and then the event was going to continue.  But most of the crowds dispated one the lightning and thunder came rolling in,” stated Erica Dreher, GOACC Membership Outreach Associate.

cyberNEWS: July 24, 2019 -- Taste of Olean / Art in the Park

CYBERnews: July 24, 2019

Groove to the tunes and savor the flavors
July 22, 2019
If the way to a person’s heart is through the stomach, then Olean is a destination visitors are sure to love on July 28th! Time to loosen that belt a few notches, gather family and friends and head down to the 70th Annual Art in the Park and the 29th Annual Taste of Olean on July 28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at War Veterans Park, 551 East State Street, Olean. The Taste Of Olean, co-sponsored by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, National Grid Co., and GOACC’s 47 corporate sponsors provides an affordable and enjoyable festival in a socially responsible manner for families of the greater Olean area, enhances the quality of life in Olean, and promotes downtown. The Taste of Olean is a festival filled with great food and entertainment. Admission to the event is free. Pay as you eat!

cybernews: July 19, 2019 - OAYP Awards

cybernews: July 11, 2019

Three More Additions to the Olean Hospitality Wall of Fame
July 11, 2019
The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and its Taste of Olean Event Committee have announced its thirteenth class of inductees to the Taste of Olean Hospitality Wall of Fame Awards program: D.J. Butchello, John Cappelletti, and the late Larry Chiarenza.  The Hospitality Wall of Fame recognizes individuals and/or businesses who have made a significant contribution and given exceptional service to the food service/ hospitality industry in the past and who may continue to do so.  All have succeeded in excelling at all the most important elements of a great restaurant - inviting atmosphere, friendly staff and impeccable food in its stylish artistic presentation and its innovative flavor combination.

Zippo Car to Appear at StrOlean August
July 9, 2019
The first StrOlean ever held in August 2017 featured a classic car show on Laurens Street with more than 30 vehicles.  GOACC staff has been working since that one to try and bring another show to one of its events.  The local car clubs hosts their weekly cruises and other fundraising events and were unable to host one for the StrOleans due to time constraints.

Bob Fischer, long time Portville resident, is organizing the car show this weekend during the Portville Heritage Day.  Bob and his wife Holly have stepped up to be organizers of the August StrOlean Car Show!  “Any event, big or small, is a big time commitment.  As we have Gus Macker that weekend in addition to StrOlean overall, we needed an organization to coordinate these separate events that occur during StrOlean,” stated Erica Dreher, GOACC Membership Outreach Coordinator.

Erica and GOACC staff has secured their first flaming hot fiery participant for the car show with the commitment of the Zippo Car from GOACC member Zippo Manufacturing.  The Zippo Car has appeared at other Chamber events including our Chamber Clambake in late 90s and the History Channel Great Race.  GOACC officials are also working with Cutco Cutlery on appearance of their sharp looking automobile!

BIG WINNER was All the CHILDREN having CEREAL this Summer
June 27, 2019
OLEAN – GREAT SUCCESSES ALL AROUND The unofficial run/walk count was 852 participants (787 last year) representing 38 companies.  The BIG RESULTS were a 2878  jump in boxes of cereal donated for the Cereal Challenge with 7061 cereal boxes donated total (last year was 4,183  boxes).

Slam Dunk Sign Ups
June 26, 2019
THE MACKER IS BACK in Olean!  Entries are now being accepted for the Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament, to be played August 16-18 on Delaware Avenue in downtown Olean.  The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and its 54 corporate sponsors are co-sponsoring this Gus Macker 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament to Olean.

GOACC Golf Classic Set for July
June 25, 2019
Four Chamber members met with GOACC staff back in the Fall 2013 regarding the highly successful Corporate Challenge 5K. Ledgie DeRose, Jeff Crouch, Frank Higgins, and Scott Derwick all have participated (or their companies) in the run/walk but wanted to add another dimension to the corporate challenge. That day, the 1st GOACC Corporate GOLF Classic was developed!   The idea behind the golf teams would be employees/spouses of participating employers similar to registration guidelines of the challenge.

cyberNEWS: June 20, 2019

GOACC READYS, SETS, GOES for FITNESS!
June 20, 2019
The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and the Olean High School Sports Boosters have more than 728 participants representing 37 companies registered for the Southern Tier Corporate Challenge Run/Walk on Thursday, June 27 at the Cattaraugus County Campus of Jamestown Community College. The event was created by GOACC with the goal of supporting companies in creating internal wellness programs.  This challenge is where local companies go head-to-head in a friendly competition.  Last year’s unofficial attendance was 787 participants from 41 companies.  2017’s Challenge had 821 participants.

CYBERnews: June 13, 2019

cyberNEWS: June 6, 2019 - Woods, Mud and B-ball

Gus Macker Looking for Some Assists!
May 22, 2019 
46 years, 2.7 million players, Gus Macker still a hit in 2019.  This all began when a teenager, Scott McNeal (aka Gus Macker) had an idea during the NCAA basketball playoffs. He thought it would be pretty cool to host his own March Madness in his family’s driveway, eventually coming up with the idea of hosting a 3-on-3 half-court tournament.
 
Little did Gus know at the time that event held on a driveway in Lowell, Mi. was about to start something that would become his life’s passion. And his life’s passion became the passion of 46 years worth of 3-on-3 basketball.

Area Restaurants to Serve Up Scrumptious Fun in July!
May 22, 2019 
Restaurant applications for this year's Taste of Olean are now being accepted.  Over 50 restaurants in the greater Olean area have been mailed applications for the 29th Annual Taste of Olean scheduled for July 28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the fan favorite location – War Veterans Park, 551 East State Street, Olean.   The Taste of Olean is co-sponsored by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, its 47 Corporate Sponsors, and National Grid Co. The Taste of Olean is a festival filled with great food and entertainment. Admission to the event is free. Pay as you eat!

CYBERnews: May 21, 2019 - Chamber Clambake

Chamber Clambake Back at War Veterans Park
May 21, 2019 
OLEAN -- Officials at Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce have set the 51st Annual Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce Clambake for Chamber members and guests for Wednesday, June 12th, at War Veterans Park, 551 East State Street, Olean. Erica Dreher, GOACC Membership Coordinator states, “This festive gathering represents the traditional start of the summer season in our community and offers fun, fine food and prizes.  Music, clams (and a bunch of other food), and loads of fun are also a part of the Clambake.”

Chamber One-Day Membership Drive
May 21, 2019
The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting an one-day membership drive Thursday, May 23, 2019 as a way to reach out to businesses that are potential members of the Chamber and invite them to join.  The Chamber membership committee will be gathering at Paul Brown Chevy on May 23rd and direct calling 200+ business organizations.  The one day membership drive will include incentives when the businesses join that day.

NOMINATIONS FOR 2019 Taste Wall of Fame 
May 20, 2019
The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce (GOACC) and its Taste of Olean Event Committee are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Taste of Olean Hospitality Wall of Fame Awards program.  The Hospitality Wall of Fame recognizes individuals and/or businesses who have made a significant contribution and given exceptional service to the food service/ hospitality industry in the past and who may continue to do so. The winners of the Taste of Olean Hospitality Awards will be announced on June 24 and recognized during the 29th Taste of Olean, to be held July 28, 2019 at War Veterans Park, 551 East State Street, Olean.  The deadline for this year's awards nominations is June 17, 2019.

CORPORATE CHALLENGE Routes Announced
May 20, 2019
The ninth annual Southern Tier Corporate Challenge Run/Walk will be held Thursday, June 27 at the Cattaraugus County Campus of Jamestown Community College.  Challenge hosts, the Olean High School Sports Boosters and the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce invite all organizations, businesses and companies to participate in this wellness event!

The event was created by GOACC with the goal of promoting team-building, fitness and friendly competition.  "The Corporate Challenge allows local businesses to compete in a participative and competitive basis, while promoting fitness and corporate camaraderie," said Erica Dreher, GOACC Member Outreach Associate. Mrs. Dreher added, “The running route is exactly like last year with the start to the finish line sprint ending behind the technology building at the campus of JCC.”

cyberNEWS: May 16, 2019

Deadline is May 15th for Community-Wide Garage Sale
May 9, 2019
The deadline is Wednesday, May 15, Noon to enter this year’s Community-Wide Garage Sale.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, from 9 AM until 4 PM.  The Chamber is encouraging people to get up in their attics, basements, and garages and start sorting and cleaning.

CYBERnews: May 8, 2019 - Corporate Golf Classic

cyberNEWS: May 2, 2019

CYBERnews: April 29, 2019 - June StrOlean

CORPORATE CHALLENGE and CEREAL CHALLENGE SET FOR JUNE!
April 24, 2019
Here’s a race that inspires competition through TEAM racing! Compete on teams to prove once and for all that your company is the fastest. Don't have a team?? No problem, the Chamber Challenge 5K is open to individuals as well.

The ninth annual Southern Tier Corporate Challenge Run/Walk will be held Thursday, June 27 at the Cattaraugus County Campus of Jamestown Community College.  Challenge hosts, the Olean High School Sports Boosters and the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce invite all organizations, businesses and companies to participate in this wellness event!

First Up of Three StrOleans planned for 2019
April 24, 2019
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce held its first ever StrOlean August 2017.  This new event was defined as an event to be held in downtown Olean; event goers were able to saunter, amble, wander, walk North Union Street; and able to enjoy food, music, fine arts, classic cars and fun for all ages.
 
The first StrOlean for 2019 will be held Saturday, June 15, 2019 throughout the greater Olean area.  The events committee chose this weekend as it’s also the 136th Alumni Reunion for Olean High School. “Activities are planned throughout the weekend for former and current residents of Olean.  What a great idea to give them loads of activities, retail options and food opportunities then to plan StrOlean at the same time!” stated Meme K. Yanetsko, GOACC COO. 

Workshop for NYS Law on Sexual Harassment
April 23, 2019
Every employer in the New York State is required to adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy.  The legislation was signed into law on April 12, 2018. All are required to adopt written sexual harassment prevention policies and institute annual anti-harassment training for employees by October 2019.

Home Show Great Kickoff for home/garden renovation projects
April 14, 2019
The 48th Annual Greater Olean Area Home Show welcomed more than 1,927 visitors April 12-14 (about 563 less than last year).  Seventy-two 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 fifforty-nine corporate sponsors.

Does Your Business have an Estate Plan?
April 4, 2019
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its next Lunch and Learn Thursday, May 2nd, Noon.  The workshop will be Estate Planning for the Individual and Business Owner and will allow you to see the necessary process of anticipating and arranging during a person’s life as to better manage the estate after their death.

cyberNEWS: April 4, 2019

Events Brochure Now Available
March 29, 2019
The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce has unveiled its May 2019 through January 2020 Events and Activities brochure.  Events located in Cattaraugus, Allegany counties in New York State, as well as McKean and Potter counties in Pennsylvania are listed.  This brochure is delivered to over 200 locations in a 200-mile radius of Olean with additional distributions to locations throughout the Pittsburgh area. It is also sent to both regional visitors center in New York, and one in Pennsylvania.

8 WEEKS to RUNNING a 5K in JUNE
March 22, 2019
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce created the Southern Tier Corporate Challenge 5K Run and 2.1 Mile Walk in 2011 with the goal of supporting companies in creating internal wellness programs. The Corporate Challenge allowed local businesses to compete in a participative and competitive basis, while promoting fitness and corporate camaraderie.  That first year, the event had 302 participants, 102 more than anticipated.  The challenge has been a success every year since, with an average of 695 participants.  This year’s Challenge is set for Thursday, June 27, 2019.

Chamber OJT is Refunded for Seventh Year in a Row
March 21, 2019
The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce has been awarded its 39th training grant, $112,000 for employee training through the Chamber of Commerce On-The-Job Training (OJT) Program.  OJT occurs while the participant is engaged in work, which provides knowledge or skills essential to the full and adequate performance of the job.  The grant runs from April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020.

CYBERnews: March 21, 2019

One-Stop Shop at the Home Show
March 19, 2019
The home show committee will dedicate space to bring demonstrations, seminars to the show again this year. Topics include: Water Testing for Your Home, Gardening Techniques, Wine Pairing for Any Occasion, Saving and Protecting your memories, Decorative Tips for any home and budget, and more. The Home Show has always been a one-stop shop where attendees can shop and compare for many home and garden products and service. Now we can attract ‘do-it-yourself’ers to the show with the demo room. The term “do-it-yourself” has been associated with consumers since at least 1912 primarily in the domain of home improvement and maintenance activities. The phrase “do it yourself” had come into common usage (in standard English) by the 1950s, in reference to the emergence of a trend of people undertaking home improvement and various other small craft and construction projects as both a creative-recreational and cost-saving activity.

cyberNEWS: March 14, 2019 -- #8weeks2running5K

Check Out Online eResources at OPL
March 13, 2019
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its next Lunch and Learn Thursday, March 21st, Noon.  The workshop will be OPL Online eResources and will cover the Olean Public Library’s digital tools that await you with a clicks on your phone or computer. Sheryl Soborowski, OPL’s Outreach librarian stated, “Always on the move, super busy and no time for pleasure reading? Nonsense! Learn how to access the library’s digital eBooks, eAudio, and eMagazines instantly at your fingertips!”

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Check Out Online eResources at OPL
March 1, 2019
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its next Lunch and Learn Thursday, March 21st, Noon.  The workshop will be OPL Online eResources and will cover the Olean Public Library’s digital tools that await you with a few clicks on your phone or computer.

2019-2020 EVENTS Brochure: February 25, 2019

CYBERnews: February 21, 2019

2019 StrOlean Information: February 12, 2019

Not Once, Not Twice, but GOACC Brings You StrOlean Three Times in 2019
February 13, 2019
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce held its first ever StrOlean August 2017.  This new event was defined as an event to be held in downtown Olean; event goers were able to saunter, amble, wander, walk North Union Street; and able to enjoy food, music, fine arts, classic cars and fun for all ages.
 
The first StrOlean was a huge success with more than 70 organizations uptown selling or organizing an event.  The Chamber’s Events Committee recently met and will host three StrOleans in 2019 all Saturday, June 15; Friday, August 16 and Saturday, October 26.

Home Show Vendor Information: February 12, 2019

cyberNEWS: February 7, 2019

GOACC Needs Your Events!
February 4, 2019
The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing its May 2019 through January 2020 Events and Activities brochure.  Events located in Cattaraugus, Allegany counties in New York State, as well as McKean and Potter counties in Pennsylvania are encouraged to send in information about their events.   Needed information should include event name, date, location, telephone number and event details.
 
This brochure is delivered to over 150 locations in a 100-mile radius of Olean. It is also sent to both regional visitors center in New York, and one in Pennsylvania.  Send your information by February 16 by phone to 716/372-4433, fax to 372-7912 or email to tourism@oleanny.com.

THANK YOU 2018 Corporate Sponsors: February 1, 2019

CYBERnews: January 24, 2019

Home Show Set for mid-April
January 24, 2019
The Greater Olean Home Show is where to go for the latest in products and services for your home! Each year, in one location, business experts gather with everything from kitchen and bath appliances to windows and siding.  Hundreds of homeowners will walk through the doors of William O. Smith Recreation Center looking for ideas and trends designed for their biggest investment- their home.  A jam-packed event complete with exhibitors and giveaways, homeowners will find everything they need all in one weekend.

Self-Defense for Business People Lunch & Learn Set
January 24, 2019
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its next Lunch and Learn Thursday, February 7th, Noon.  The workshop will be Self-Defense for Business People and will cover real-world techniques, concepts and strategies to aid in resolving violent confrontations both in and out of the workplace. This is a no-nonsense program that can save your life.  Barry A. Broughton, PhD Founder/Grandmaster of AKT Combatives Jujitsu, will lead it.

Show Went On!
January 20, 2019
The 10th Annual Greater Olean Area Outdoor & Rec Sports Show was held this weekend although the area received a foot and more of snow Saturday evening/Sunday.   Normal attendance for the two day show is around 1,800 – however the 10th edition had 1/3 of that normal total – 650 visitors.

CyberNEWS: January 15, 2019

Outdoor Show Highlights Exhibitors, Products & Experts
January 13, 2019 
Whether coming off the big game season, enjoying winter sports, gearing up for spring fishing or looking to spend a fun day with family, everyone will enjoy the 10th annual Greater Olean Area Outdoor & Rec Sports Show. It brings the whole of great outdoors under one roof!  The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Sports Show at the Daniel Carter Events Center in Allegany, Saturday, January 19, 10 AM to 4 PM, and Sunday, January 20, 10 AM to 3 PM.  The show features 34 vendors.

CYBERnews: January 10, 2019

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