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Corporate Challenge draws hundreds of walkers, runners 



The eighth-annual Southern Tier Corporate Challenge Run/Walk, held June 21, was a great success all around. 

This year saw 787 participants representing 41 area companies. Perhaps the biggest win of the event was a 60 percent increase in the number of boxes of cereal donated during the event for the Corporate Cereal Challenge. In all, 4,183 boxes of cereal were collected for the Olean Food Pantry. 

The Corporate Challenge Run/Walk was hosted by Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and the Olean High School Sports Boosters.  The 3.1-mile road race ran throughout downtown beginning and ending at Jamestown Community College’s campus on North Union Street .  

The event was introduced to the community by the Chamber with the goal of supporting companies in creating internal wellness programs. The race was open to both corporate and community teams. The challenge concluded with "Olean’s Largest Office Party" with music by The Mix 101.5 / WMXO and Bobby O. 

"As race organizers, we were happy of the support from Jamestown Community College, the Olean Food Pantry, and the city of Olean’s Police and Streets Departments,” said 

Erica Dreher, the Chamber’s membership outreach coordinator. “Once again, this event couldn’t have happened without their support and the support from the volunteers.”

Chris Napoleon of Napoleon Engineering Services repeated again this year and was named fastest CEOs in the annual Southern Corporate Challenge. The FASTEST MAN was presented to Tim Chichester of Hedley Brook Agency and the FASTEST WOMAN Rachel Guyer of Olean Area Federal Credit Union.

Team Awards include: Fastest Male Team, Corporate Division – City of Olean: Ed Jennings, Paul Gonzales, Bob Bell, and Bob Ring; Fastest Male Team, Community – St. Bonaventure University: Zac Donner, Tim Geiger, Dean Whitcomb, and John Gordnier; the Fastest Co-ed Team, Corporate Division – Iroquois Group: Ted Branch, Janine Fodor, Robin Prince and Robert Devling; the Fastest Co-ed Team, Community Division –  Allegany Limestone Central District: Owen Barber, Denise Straub, Sam Filbert and Dale Flanders; and the Fastest Female Team, Corporate Division –  Olean City School District: Cindy Johnson, Barbara Kelley, Marni Finch, and Lauren Caya.

Other specials awards include the Most Spirited Team – Olean Wholesale Grocery Coop; Most Walkers – The ReHabilitation Center; and Logo Design Contest Winner  —a KelKur Electric.

With an employee to cereal boxes ratio of 1 to 18:43, SolEpoxy once again was awarded the most boxes collected per employee.  In total, SolEpoxy donated 1,414 boxes of cereal.

Complete race results for individuals and teams will be posted online at by Monday, June 25th.  Sponsors for the run/walk include the OHS Sports Boosters, OMNIS Technologies, BlueCross/BlueShield of Western New York, The Mix 101.5 / WMXO, Sanzo Beverages, Pepsi Bottling Company of Jamestown, Constellation and the Chamber. 

The next event for the Chamber is the Chamber Golf Classic onJuly 16.  For more information, call the Chamber at 716-372-4433 or by


Chamber Golf Classic set for July   


The fifth-annual Chamber Corporate Golf Classic will be held July 16 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 with a shotgun start set for 1 p.m.  A steak bake with awards and cash bar will be at 6 p.m.

“The Classic features corporate teams and community teams,” said Char Dwaileebe, the Chamber’s administrative associate. “Corporate teams 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.”

“Last year the Classic had 26 teams participate, and we are hoping to fill the course with 30 teams,” Dwaileebe said.

The Classic player fee is $100 per player/$400 per team includes greens, golf cart, steak bake.  Hole sponsorships will be available to business organizations at a $100 fee per hole.  If you cannot make the golf Classic but want to attend steak bake, dinner tickets are available for $30.   

Prizes from the pro shop will be awarded for top 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.

For more information on the Corporate Golf Classic, call the Chamber at 372-4433 or email  Information can also be found on the Chamber’s website, and facebook page,


Upper Allegheny Health Systems unveils new logo 


Upper Allegheny Health System’s (UAHS) member hospitals, Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) and Olean General Hospital (OGH), recently announced new logos to further reflect their affiliation with Kaleida Health. The logos reflect the health system’s connection to Kaleida Health while illustrating the commitment of BRMC and OGH to their respective communities.

“Our new logos reinforce our integration with Kaleida Health and enhance our branding as a premier healthcare organization in the communities we serve while recognizing the individuality of our hospitals and health centers,” said Timothy J. Finan, president, chief executive officer, UAHS, BRMC and OGH. “The affiliation, now represented in a new brand, is part of our commitment to continue to provide our region with world class healthcare.

“The community will begin to see the new logo very soon on everything from stationery, to marketing materials, to uniforms and eventually building signage,” Finan said. “The logo changes will also identify our satellite locations and physician practices under the Kaleida brand including Foothills Medical Group, Omega Family Medicine, Cuba Family Health Care and Bradford Regional Medical Services,” he said.

Kaleida Health’s logo was designed in 1998 to symbolize its broad spectrum of healthcare services and to show how numerous hospitals came together and the diverse communities the organization serves.

“The branding of UAHS, Olean General Hospital and Bradford Regional Medical Center under Kaleida Health is a further demonstration of our partnership and commitment to patients across the region,” said Michael Hughes, chief of staff, Kaleida Health.   “The partnership is a key element in ensuring that residents of the Twin Tiers receive the finest high quality healthcare at UAHS hospitals and healthcare centers now and in the future. At the same time the affiliation provides greater access and service availability to Kaleida Health facilities and specialists,” he said.

UAHS began its relationship with Kaleida Health in 2013 when a jointly operated interventional cardiac catheterization laboratory opened at OGH and jointly established a home care agency, the VNA of Northwestern Pennsylvania in Bradford.

The relationship resulted in an affiliation between Kaleida Health and UAHS in July 2017 when Kaleida Health became the parent organization of UAHS and its member hospitals.

Under the affiliation, Upper Allegheny Health System now provides financial, integrated technology, human resources, revenue management and marketing support to Kaleida Health’s Twin Tier emerging affiliates including Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc., and Cuba Memorial Hospital.



Olean Business Development announces Microenterprise Program for startups


Olean Business Development (OBD) and the city of Olean have received funding from the NYS Office of Community Renewal through the Community Development Block Grant Program for its new Microenterprise Grant Program. Through the program, OBD and the city will have small grants to administer to those starting a new business or to companies in operation for less than six months.  

Informational sessions on the program and how to apply are scheduled for 12:15 and 5:15 p.m., June 26, at OBD’s Erick J. Laine Board Room. Those interested in attending one of the sessions should contact OBD by emailing 

Eligible applicants are: 

• New and existing businesses with fewer than 5 employees, including the owners. 

• Companies that employ or are owned by low/moderate income individuals. 

Eligible uses of funds include: 

• Purchasing equipment, computer hardware and software, and inventory. 

• Working capital. 

Business training in areas such as marketing, financial planning, and business plan development is required and will be provided to those selected for the program. 

For more information on Olean Business Development’s Microenterprise Program, call 716-701-4009 or email 


Signups for Macker now open 


Entries are now being accepted for the Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament, to be played August 17-19 on Delaware Avenue in downtown Olean.  The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and its 53 corporate sponsors are co-sponsoring  the annual tourney.

Entry deadlines for teams interested in this year’s tournament are July 27 for applications that are submitted by mail to the Chamber and July 30 for internet entries.  The entry fee for a four player teams is $132.  More than 3,000 registration postcards will be mailed this month to team captains from tournaments held in Norwich, Hornell, Warren, Buffalo, and Olean last year.

The three-day festival of basketball begins on Aug. 17 with a Corporate Cup Basketball Contest and early registration. The tournament continues through the weekends, concluding with the division championships on Aug. 19.

The tournament 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 tournament, based on basketball played in driveways throughout the U.S., will include players who have no experience to those who have played college and semi-professional basketball.  

Every player in the Macker is guaranteed at least three games. Those who do make it on to the championship rounds can look forward to trophy presentations for first through third places. A special sportsmanship medal is also awarded at each court for the team that exemplifies good sportsmanship.  All registered players also receive t-shirts for participating in the event, which is made by possible by area sponsors.

In addition to the Chamber’s 53 corporate sponsors, other major support for the event is provided by Sparky’s Pizza, Third Base Bar & Grill, Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham, Adams’ Service, State Farm: Michael Conroy, Pepsi Cola, Universal Primary Care, Niagara Scenic Tours, RPJ Ready Print and the Jamestown Jackals.  Additionally, the important roles of media sponsorships are being provided by WMXO-FM and WPIG-FM.

Registrations forms are available online Forms can also be picked up at the Chamber’s office at 301 N. Union St.

Taste of Olean returns July 22 


Come hungry to the 69th annual Art in the Park and the 28th annual Taste of Olean scheduled 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 22 at Olean’s War Veteran’s Park on East State Street.

The Taste of Olean is co-sponsored by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, its 53 corporate sponsors, and National Grid Co. The Taste is a festival chock full of great food and entertainment. Admission to the event is free. Attendees are to pay each vendor for the food they enjoy.

THE TASTES: Participating restaurants will present "tastes" of foods, not whole meals or sandwiches — smaller portions with affordable costs between 50 cents and $3.50. Restaurants are encouraged to promote their famous dishes and introduce a new menu item or a specialty drink.  

THE ARTS: Cattaraugus County Arts Council currently accepting applications from regional artists to participate in the 69th Annual Art in the Park celebration, to be held in conjunction with the Taste. Art in the Park will also be hosting a chalk drawing contest.

MUSIC TO YOUR EARS: Olean Theatre Workshop will be hosting a “Taste of Talent” showcasing local talent entertainment.  

FAMILY FUN: A children's area with inflatables from the Olean Family YMCA will be set up. The Y will sell the all day jump wristbands for $6 each with a family pass $20 up to five kids. Eric Jones will be on site with his famous caricature drawings.  Face painting will also be available. 

SHOP @ the TASTE: Jamestown Community College Alumni Association will host the fourth Marketplace @ The Taste during the event to showcase the best local food and catalog vendors.  It will feature locally produced fruits and vegetables as well as packaged sauces, honey, mixes, jams, jellies, pies, cheeses, and more.

AWARD CEREMONY: The the newest additions to the Hospitality Wall of Fame will be announced at the Taste.   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.

BACK THIS YEAR: The ReHabilitation Center will be hosting a bocce ball tournament during the Taste.  The tourney will start at 12 p.m.  Registration is $30 per team of two, which includes Taste food/beverages. There will be a cash prize for the winning team.  For more information on the bocce tournament, call 716-375-4730, ext. 562.

The cost for a restaurant to vend at the Taste of Olean is $225 for Chamber members and $275 for non-Chamber members.  The Chamber will not be selling taste tickets for the food/beverage; each vendor will handle the cash transactions at their booths. For more information on the Taste of Olean, call the Chamber at 716-372-4433 or email


CRCF Community Fund grants $5k in support to nonprofit projects, health and safety 


The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation’s board of directors recently approved five grants totaling more than $5,000 from the Community Fund to support special projects and initiatives at area nonprofits.

The Food Bank of WNY received a $1,000 grant to support the purchase of a new, refrigerated truck to directly deliver food to 34 member agencies across Cattaraugus County.

The Food Bank of WNY currently delivers food to three agencies that serve as distribution centers to other food pantries in Cattaraugus County: Olean Food Pantry, Cattaraugus Community Action and Delevan Community Food Pantry. 

The new vehicle will allow the Food Bank of WNY to deliver to member agencies, easing the work on volunteers at distribution centers and increasing efficiency for Cattaraugus County food banks, which together assist 9,241 individuals a year.

The Franklinville Central/Ten Broeck Academy School District received $1,560 to support the school’s efforts to offer First Aid/CPR/AED training to all high school students (approximately 200 students).

The Community Fund grant will allow two teachers to receive certification to provide instruction to students.

After the initial Community Fund grant allows for certification training, the school district will be able self-sustaining in providing the classes and regularly scheduled recertification classes to ensure students retain their certification.

“We are so pleased to have received the Community Fund Grant from CRCF that will provide the financial support to train and certify all of our 9ththrough 12th grade students in CPR, AED and First Aid,” said Franklinville/TBA Superintendent Michelle Spasiano.

“The knowledge, skills and confidence that these students will gain from this training will empower them with a mindset of safety and security that will have a lasting impact in our community for years to come,” she added.

A $1,000 grant to the Challenger Learning Center will allow installation of new flooring in the center’s New World 2.0 space to ensure visiting students the highest level of comfort.

The space has students suit up and voyage to a new planet to search for signs of life, while learning all about science and technology. In 2018 alone, the S.P.A.C.E. academy had visits from 50 school groups. 

The Cattaraugus County Health Department’s Veggie Wheels initiative received $1,500.

Veggie Wheels, formerly known as Veggie Mobile, provides fresh, local vegetables and produce to low-income individuals and families in Cattaraugus County who face diet-related health problems such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes at very high rates.

“Each Community Fund grant cycle is a reminder of all of the essential work that nonprofits are doing in our community,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit. “The Community Fund allows our board of directors to directly invest in getting these projects off the ground or ensuring their completion by filling a funding gap.”

Donations can be made to the Community Fund at 301 North Union St., Suite 203, or online at


Welcome new Chamber members!

Little Bugs Pest Control, 311 Market St., Warren PA 16365, 716-640-5006

Zippo Manufacturing Company, 33 Barbour St., Bradford PA 16701, 814-368-2983

Conkeys Automotive, 1160 E. State St., Olean NY 14760, 372-7871

Neff Landscaping LLC, 1304 E. State St., Olean NY 14760, 716-790-2700

Olean City School District Foundation, 410 W. Sullivan St., Olean NY 14760, 716-640-3505

Droney 24/7 Fitness, 3134 NYS Route 417, Olean NY 14760, 372-3488

Arcade Senior Services, 7 Rugby Place, Jamestown NY 14701, 716-701-1614

Trinity United Methodist Church, 131 N. 9th St., Olean NY 14760, 716-372-5067






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