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Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce’s Golf Committee met regarding its Chamber Golf Classic.  After much discussion, the Chamber is proceeding with the Golf Classic as scheduled on Monday, July 13th at the Bartlett Country Club.

Current COVID19 regulations for NYS golf courses will be intact.  They include: no rakes in bunkers; flagstick kept in hole; ball washers are not out on the course; normal scorecard system will be used; golf carts with single riders unless quarantined together; social distancing guidelines in place (distance, face coverings, no handshakes, etc.); boxed lunches on golf cart; dinner may be either served or boxed to go; and registration and other fees all collected as much as possible BEFORE the event.  Those guidelines may lessen, as we get closer to the event date.

“During the meeting, we thought we could go with tee times to reduce the number of people out on the course as well as number of carts needed.  This option would then eliminate an awards ceremony/dinner-networking event that has always been a part of our tourney.  We will proceed with the shot gun format and then social distance seating at the dining room at Bartlett,” stated Meme K. Yanetsko, GOACC COO.

The 7th Annual GOACC Corporate GOLF Classic will be held Monday, July 13, 2020 at the Bartlett Country Club, in Olean.  The format of the classic will be a scramble with a limit of 30 Teams and no handicaps.  Registration will open at Noon that day with a shotgun start set for 1 PM.  Dinner with awards and cash bar will be at 6 PM.

Erica Dreher, GOACC Member Services Manager, “The Classic features corporate teams and community teams.  Corporate Team consists of employees within the same physical company with current active employees who are full-time year-round.  Community Team is a team of friends, family, non-employment associates captained by a GOACC member.”

Mrs. Dreher added, “Last year, the classic had 22 teams – we are hoping to fill the course with 30 teams.  Back again this year: every team member’s drive has to be used at least twice, a putting contest before tee off at hole #17 will be held, no mulligans, and a 2-putt rule.”    

The classic player fee is $125 per player/$500 per team includes greens, golf cart, dinner.  Hole sponsorships will be available to business organizations at a $100 fee per hole.  GOACC will be putting together goodie bags for the players.  If you have 120 small items that you would like to place in the bag, please let us know.  Items could include pens, koozies, free drink token, etc.

Prizes from the pro shop will be awarded for Best scores in both divisions.  Overall winning teams will take home bragging rights and a traveling trophy to ‘show-off’ all year.  Other specials include skins, closest to hole and longest drive. The golf winners from the 2019 Chamber Golf Classic were for the Corporate Division, Dresser-Rand with teammates: Jeff Crouch, Rich Davis, Alex Fitzpatrick and Bob Forness; and for the Community Division, Fox Financial with Scott Derwick, Frank Higgins, Knut Johnsen and Tim Jones. 

History of this event: 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.

For more information on the Corporate Golf Classic, please contact Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 716-372-4433 or by email.



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Luigi’s Pane and Pasta
c/o 115 Times Square
Olean, NY
716-379-3206 • email
They make fresh artisan bread. All breads are made with natural ingredients meaning there are absolutely no preservatives in their bread.  They do not have a store front, however, they sell their bread online and in multiple locations throughout the area.  website


Rizzo’s Pizzeria
76 South Main Street
Franklinville, NY
716-676-3240 • email

Homemade pizza, wings, subs and more.  Community and family are their top priority.  They support local.  All cheese from Cuba Cheese Shoppe and wings from Wendell’s Poultry Farm.



OAYHA sets signups for 2020-21 Season: The Olean Area Youth Hockey Association plans on holding its 2020-21 season unless prevented by decrees related to coronavirus pandemic.  Registration is now open for coaches, players (born between 2007-2016), officials and volunteers on the new OAYHA website.  Registration is through USA Hockey, which may be accessed on the OAYHA site.  A scholarship program is available through the association, which has teams on the Peewee, Squirt and Mite levels.


CHECK OUT these great signs on CANVAS now available to be printed/purchased/ordered here locally at Sports Locker.  Shop our huge selection of custom canvas print sizes up to 48".  Perfect for graduation photos, wedding gifts, wall art and so much more. Visit Sports Locker today and talk to Justin to put in your order.

DINE Local, SHOP Local, ENJOY Local: Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is kicking of its office reopening to the public with the sale of We’re Open for Business / Shop Local bags.  These canvas totes made from 4-oz, 100% cotton sheeting material measure 15-1/2" x 15" with a large, open main compartment and a pair of 26" carrying handles.  They are on sale at the Chamber office and online for $10 for one and $18 for two.  For more information on the Chamber or to purchase the bag, please contact GOACC at 716-372-4433 or email.    #CelebrateAHOP


BIKE HELMET VIDEO: Safe Kids Southern Tier New York (SKSTNY) states it is important to remember that kids should wear a helmet when riding a scooter, skating, skateboarding or biking. It is the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bike crashes.
SKSTNY and Southern Tier Health Care System were able to partner with Planet Marcus and have a video regarding the importance of a wearing a helmet and fitting tips.  WATCH VIDEO


CONGRATS SHAVONNE: Shavonne Henderson has been named Branch/District Manager for Community Bank at the 201 North Union Street location.  Her contact information is 716-376-7220 and email.


ROOM at the INN: With a great location on the ski slopes and golf course, the Inn at Holiday Valley is OPEN and is a friendly and comfortable place to sleep, eat & drink and gather with friends or family. Rooms range from traditional hotel style with 2 queen beds to suites with fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs. The Inn is one mile from downtown Ellicottville. 


HOW TO USE THIS REOPENING GUIDE: The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide is a collective work by event industry professionals to help our peers who are planning to reopen during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. This document contains no “best practices” that apply everywhere – coronavirus creates different challenges depending on countless factors, including the size of the event, its geographic location, the physical space, and the anticipated attendees, to name just a few. Instead, in the order one would plan an event, they have identified reasonably foreseeable health risks and suggested options to mitigate them.  It is also suggested by GOACC that you connect with your local health department upon setting your events dates while we are still in a pandemic.




Chamber Membership

Chamber Membership--Membership with the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce stayed at approximately 575 members in 2019. That means the majority of area businesses throughout the greater Olean area are part of the Chamber. We welcomed many new businesses and organizations to our ranks.

During last year, members took advantage of many benefits the Chamber offers including member-to-member discounts; assistance with advertising, marketing and promotion; and guidance in exploring cost-saving measures like health insurance programs, energy saving incentives, and grants. Through various sponsorships or setting up booths at the many Chamber events during 2019, our members were able to promote their businesses and reach new customers.

Our weekly #MemberMonday posts on social media continued to perform well — and became a sought-after benefit. Each week, the Chamber highlighted a different member on Facebook with a boosted post to ensure it reached residents in the community.

That promo went over so well, the Membership Committee added Testimonial Tuesdays!  During #TestimonialTuesday, the Chamber looked for positive testimonials from the community about our members. Maybe you had a great meal, received top quality customer service, found the perfect item at a local merchant?  Whatever the experience... the community gave out kudos to our members -- it was great!

The Chamber’s Lunch and Learn series was a benefit taken advantage of by many of our members. The Chamber held one-hour sessions in which speakers presented on a variety of topics, such as Marketing 101; Self-Defense for Business People and Estate Planning for the Individual and BusinessOwner, pertinent to business owners.

GC - Gift Certificate Program

Gift Certificate Program -- The Chamber sold nearly $306,900 in gift certificates throughout 2019, with $162,890 sold in December (increase from 2018 figure $140,467). Of the gift certificates sold in 2019, thousands were redeemed at more than 233 local businesses. Beauty shops, restaurants, day cares, grocers, and stores of all sizes benefit from the program.

The Chamber instituted the Gift Certificate Program in 1995. During its first year, $9,000 in certificates were sold and 35 member businesses participated.

The uniqueness of the program is that it encourages redeemers of the certificates to discover products and services available at businesses in our area, businesses that support the chamber. Many of the gift certificates were sold via phone calls and emails to customers across the country buying gifts for local residents.

Online sales
The Chamber’s online shop site continued into 2019 with sales. The site allows the Chamber to sell its gift certificates, ornaments, other merchandise event tickets online.  The second season saw similar sales of 2018 in 2019 with $5,907.00.

MNE: Member networking events
For the 2019-2020 season, GOACC added CASH MOBS to its member networking events schedule. This schedule also includes a reduced number of Business After Hours (5). This opportunity (BAHs) to meet and network with other members is a valuable business resource. Call it networking, schmoozing; mingling whatever. All your member employees are eligible to attend.  The schedule can be found online.

The Chamber saw the addition of a new staff member, Abby Irvin as our staff intern. We are excited to welcome this former Allegany Limestone Central student and current JCC student to our team.

Workforce Development

Workforce Development--Since 1977, the Chamber has administered the Chamber On-the-Job Training Program, helping reduce the cost of training new staff for many of our area’s employers. The Chamber received another grant for the program totaling $100,590 for employee training in 2019. That money was used by 36 different local companies to train a total of 42 employees. The average hourly wage of those trained was $14.12.

Through an affiliation with the One Stop Career Center in Cattaraugus County, the Chamber provided assistance to another 30 companies across the county in training and hiring 49 new employees.  Companies benefiting from the program ranged from the area’s largest employers to smaller stores. 

Annual Dinner 2019
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce recognized four fixtures in the local business community at its Annual Dinner held on November 7 at Good Times of Olean’s Events Center.

Brian O’Connell, Jr. was awarded the 2019 L.O.U.I.E. Award. The L.O.U.I.E. Award is bestowed upon an individual who symbolizes the enterprising spirit for the greater Olean community, qualities which were embodied in the life of Louis Marra.

Both Henry H. Hill and Angee’s Restaurant were each given  the 2019 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 marketing efforts.

The Chamber’s Presidential Award, an honor given to a business, organization or individual that is iconic and integral to the fabric of the business community in the greater Olean area, was given to Olean Family YMCA.

Chamber Events

Chamber Events--The tenth-annual Greater Olean Area Outdoor & Rec Sports Show held January saw many visitors brave the snowstorm that hit that weekend. The show, which featured 34 vendors all specializing in different ways to enjoy the outdoors, was held at Daniel Carter Events Center.
The 47th-annual Greater Olean Area Home Show welcomed nearly 1,927 visitors in April. Seventy-two vendors participated, displaying and demonstrating products from hot tubs to gardening supplies, along with heating and cooling systems.

The Chamber Clambake, held in June at War Veterans Park, in Olean. More than 550 attended and enjoyed an evening back in one of its mainstay locations.  Grand Slam Grill served up a delicious menu.
The sixth-annual Corporate Golf Classic, held in July at the Bartlett Country Club, had 22 foursomes compete. Tournament winners were Dresser-Rand in the Corporate Division and Fox Financial in the Community Division. Through its 50/50, the Classic raised $400 to the Mental Wellness in Cattaraugus County Fund.

D.J. Butchello, John Cappelletti, and the late Larry Chiarenza were named as the 2019 Taste of Olean Hospitality Wall of Fame Award recipients. 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.

To mark the 2019 holiday season, the Chamber released two ornaments depicting Beef ‘n’ Barrel Restaurant and the Archbishop Walsh Academy.

2019 Chamber Volunteers

Chamber Volunteers-- Rachel Askey • Adam Jester • Bill and Patty Aiello • John Ash • Mark Baker • Ellen / Bill Bathurst • Bob Bell • Al Bernstein • Vicki Blessing • Tim Smith • Bonnie Babcock • Abbey Bowser • Sarah Bradley • Terry Brairton • Suzy Broadbent • Scott/Christie Brook • Maria / Dan Brooks • DB & Bob Busan • Anne & Andy Carlson • Trisha Carney • Andrew Caya • Michelle/Mike Caya • Ruby Constanza • Wayne / Sue Cooper • Kelly Crandall • Jason Crisafulli • Jeff and Anne Crouch • Daniel DeMarte • Scott Derwick • Trista Dickerson • Jon Blade • Wendy Eaton • The Thompson Family • Tim Finan • Eric Garvin • Leslie Morey • George Nasuta • John Gerringer • Matt Gnan • Kathy Grandusky • Char Granger • Jesse Gugino • Patti Gulnac • Lynn & Mike Gumtow • Sarah Hagg • Sue Hannon • Dave & Barb Hastings • Kelly Hendrix • Frank Higgins • Mari Howard • Megan Jennings • Matt Kahm • Vicki Kearns • Chris Kenyon • James & Sandy Keough • Lynette Korsa • David/Irene Krahe • Heather / Monica Krotz • David Kwiatkowski • Randy & Kate Langdon • Steve / Eileen Lanza • James Lee • Lori / Chuck Lee • Tim Lemon • Sue LeRoy • West Long • Joyce Louser • Carol Mahoney • Danni & Katie • Mike Martello • Cora Martin • Chuck Massaro • Joann McAndrew • Laurie McCarthy • Sue Mccauley • Michiko/Earl McElfresh • Joan McGonnell • Paul Melfi • Shauna Miller • Rick Moore • Ginger & Tom Moser • Amy & Brenda Murphy • Cam Myers • Mike / Sally Nenno • Tim O’Keefe • Rotary Club of Olean • Deb / Randy Opferbeck • Roxanne Padlo • Bob Parker • John Petruzzi • Steve Piccirillo • Amber & Keith Pierce • Joan & Richard Pingitore • Steve Pokrzyk • Brent Raabe • Anna/Phoenix Reisner • Mary Rich • Nate Rodgers • Dominic / Jen Rogers • Fred Saradin • Anita Schmidt • Amy Schneggenburger • Frank & Birdie Skrobacz • Tammy Skrobacz • Sandy Sleggs • Mary Smith • Mike Smith • Paula & James Snyder • Bill / Cindy Sorokes • Kim / Craig Southard • Jeff and Jody Spears • Tracey Spears • Audra Stevens • Colleen Taggerty • Charles/Sharon Talbot • Otto Tertinek • Ryan Wheeler • Kelly Wilber • Krissy Williams • Linda / Gil Witte • Donna Woodruff • Ann Marie & Dennis Wright • Ken Wright • Tom, Mack Yanetsko • Lisa Zlockie

2019 Volunteer Of the Year

Tom Yanetsko
2019 Volunteer Of the Year--In 2019, Tom Yanetsko, supervisor with Dresser-Rand Co., received the designation.  Meme Krahe Yanetsko, Chief Operating Officer stated, “We appreciate all of our volunteers, but are especially thankful for Tom and how he steps right in to whatever volunteer job we hand him, takes charge and organizes that particular job duty!”  

“It goes hand in hand that a husband and wife help each other, but Tom goes above and beyond with his behind the scenes work here at the Chamber,” added Mrs. Yanetsko, Tom’s wife.  “I cannot think of one event that Tom hasn’t volunteered for at the Chamber… Taste of Olean – brew serving; Sports Show – working the ticket booth; Golf Classic – placing the hole sponsor signs out, Home Show – wine / beer serving; Corporate Challenge – directing runners; Santa Claus Lane – directing traffic; and other job duties include – decorating for Christmas, placing signs out for the events, setting up for Gus Macker, delivering event items, hanging signs, the list goes on and one.”









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