Even More To Love In Chautauqua County

It’s been an amazing few months for everyone involved in promoting Chautauqua County, and we’re not done yet. Starting with the 100th birthday celebration for Lucille Ball last August, and moving into the Major League Fishing filming on Chautauqua Lake, then the Progressive gymnastics and skating show at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, our little corner of the world has received some amazing national attention. All three of these events garnered national television coverage – most recently an hour-long look at both the fabulous bass fishing available here, plus the beauty of Chautauqua Institution and Chautauqua Lake. In addition, the natural assets we have here continue to bring thousands of people into our county on a regular basis, including the Lake Erie Wine Trail which continually sells out its popular wine trail weekends.

Now, with the Lucy Town Half Marathon and 5K scheduled for this coming fall, we are poised for even more visitors to discover what Chautauqua County has to offer. If you are not up to marathon running, a series of Columbus Day weekend events will still have something to offer. The 5K event could provide just the impetus you need to begin training. Or you can volunteer to help out, or just attend the comedy show that weekend. The Lucy-Desi Center, Chautauqua Striders, and the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena are organizing the entire event and have enlisted some help from a major sponsor – Univera.

Races like this one in other parts of New York state often attract anywhere from 400 to over 1,000 runners. These are people who will be coming to our area just to participate in this event. But while they are here they are likely to visit some of our major attractions, stay in our hotels, and dine in our restaurants. They often bring friends and family along, who will be looking at our community through fresh eyes. Sign up to run or to volunteer through the event website at www.lucyrun.com.

Let’s continue to show visitors our best. We have a lot of practice with visitors flocking every summer to our beautiful lakes, Chautauqua Institution, and to the already well-known Lucille Ball Festival. Columbus Day weekend will give us a chance to show off our beautiful autumn foliage, too. Once again, we congratulate all who are so heavily invested in making Chautauqua County a fabulous destination for visitors, and therefore improve the business climate and quality of life for all of us who make this beautiful spot our permanent home.

Business Council To Hold Briefing Friday

Chautauqua County business people and leaders have a unique opportunity to learn more about the Business Council of New York State’s legislative agenda this coming week. The Business Council will provide an overview, including a question-and-answer session, at Roberto’s, 2 E. Second St., Jamestown, on Friday. The breakfast session begins at 9 a.m.

The leading business organization in New York state, the Business Council represents the interests of large and small firms, serving as an advocate for employers in the state political and policy-making arena, working for a healthier business climate, economic growth, and jobs.

The Business Council’s advocacy agenda for 2013 includes proactive initiatives intended to improve the state’s business climate and promote new private sector investment and job creation. Key topics being addressed are mandate relief, economic development, energy, health insurance, and more.

Ken Pokalsky, vice president of government affairs for the Business Council, will provide an overview of the governor’s proposed budget and will outline legislative priorities for this year. Ken has served on a number of state advisory panels and is currently a member of the state’s business taxpayer advisory committee. He is also the Business Council’s liaison with Empire State Development Corporation and the Department of Taxation.

We encourage all of our members and local business people to attend this informative session. Register through the Business Council website at www.bcnys.org or find a direct the link through the on the events calendar on the Chamber website at chautauquachamber.org.

Energy Seminar To Be Held At Jackson Center

A free energy seminar and lunch for business, not-for-profit and multifamily buildings will be held at the Robert H. Jackson Center, 305 E. Fourth St., Jamestown from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 28. The program is designed to help businesses and others learn about reducing utility costs as well as incentives to improve energy efficiency, free energy audits, and how to access low interest financing. This event is sponsored by Chautauqua County, County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Association, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Development Center, Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, America’s Natural Gas Alliance, Lime Energy, Piping & Service Industry Coalition, National Fuel, NYSERDA, and CNG for Upstate NY. Register online at renewchautauquacounty.org or call 1-866-495-2959.

SBAP?Can Help With Insurance

If you need help navigating your small business through the maze of the Affordable Care Act, the Community Chamber Development Corporation can help. An Affiliate of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, CCDC is helping to provide answers to insurance questions through the Small Business Assistance Program. SBAP is an initiative of the Community Service Society, a network of organizations across New York state that helps consumers and small business get affordable health care and health insurance. Through SBAP we can provide health reform information and training for employers and one-on-one consultations on insurance options, costs, tax credits, enrollment, regulations, and more. For more information, contact CCDC at 366-6200 or 484-1101.