Great Lakes Experience Will Return To Dunkirk

For the second year in a row the Dunkirk Community Chamber of Commerce is proud to be working with a coalition that will be hosting the Great Lakes Experience. This extraordinary festival will focus on the environment and ecology of the Great Lakes and the heritage of our region. The festival, to be held Saturday, June 21, will include family entertainment, environmental exhibits, food vendors, and lots of information about habitat, science, recreation, tourism, and fun. Reaching out to the youth of the region, to educate them about the natural sciences and the environment, is a primary goal.

The inaugural Great Lakes Experience festival in Dunkirk last year drew more than 1,000 people. This year, organizers expect that number will increase as they work to include even more entertainment and information in the day’s events.

The Committee organizing the Dunkirk event includes Denise Clay, outreach coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; John D’Agostino of the OBSERVER; Jason Ferguson of Star Media Group; Bob Fritzinger of the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator; Mike Jabot, a science education professor at SUNY Fredonia; Dave Kleparek of the Dunkirk Community Chamber; Lacy Lawrence, the deputy director of development and planning for the city of Dunkirk; Linda Liedke, co-founder of Great Lakes FX; Ellen Luczkowiak, First Niagara Bank; Gail Miller, community member; Andrew Nixon, Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau; Zen Olow, Chautauqua County sportsman; Gene Pauszek, outdoor columnist for the OBSERVER; Linda Prechtl, community member; Beth Smeader, executive director, Great Lakes Experience; Sharon Sprague, community member; Tammi Sullivan, SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator; and Jay Warren, Dunkirk Community Chamber of Commerce.

Organizers this year are working to tie in even more local businesses, restaurants and cultural attractions to the Great Lakes Experience, which will be held again at Memorial Park. The Great Lakes Experience is a not-for-profit organization for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The committee continues to work on plans for the event and is reaching out to the community to attract exhibitors, environmental demonstrations, and waterway-related vendors, sponsors, and other resources.

We look forward to learning more about this event as plans come together in the months ahead. If you would like to help or participate in some way, please contact Smeader, executive director, Great Lakes Experience at or Sullivan at or call Sullivan at 680-6009.

Social Media Learning

Opportunities For Business

Social media has quickly become a major driver for business communications. There are a couple of opportunities in the coming month to learn about LinkedIn for business and one for Google AdWords.

The Small Business Development Center and the Continuing Education Center at Jamestown Community College will offer another session of How to Build Profitable Relationships Using LinkedIn. The class will be a special offering through the Chamber of Commerce Business Over Bagels series and will be held Thursday, March 27 at 8:30 a.m. in the JCC North County Training Center, Dunkirk.

This class is tailored to using LinkedIn to help grow your business by creating a profile that works, making quality connections, finding leads, and starting or joining a LinkedIn group or company page. You are encouraged to bring a tablet or smartphone to enhance your learning experience. The instructor for both of these sessions is Curt Anderson, a business adviser at NYS SBDC at JCC. He is an e-commerce and Internet marketing consultant. He has been an entrepreneur for 23 years including 17 years in e-commerce. He is passionate about internet marketing and how it can help you reach out to new customers that you might not have reached through conventional marketing techniques.

The Chamber’s Business Over Bagels session is being sponsored by the SBDC, the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency, JCC’s North County Campus, and the Chamber of Commerce and is offered at a special price point. To register for the Dunkirk class at the special Business Over Bagels price of just $10 per person call 363-6585.

Using Google AdWords for Faster Lead Generation will show you how you can bring quality traffic to your website in minutes, and turn it into leads. This course will be conducted on Wednesday, March 19 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on JCC’s Jamestown campus. It will be taught by Josh Curcio, the owner of Protocol 80 in Bradford, one of the region’s only Google Partners. For more information or to register for the Google AdWords course, call 338-1024.

Chamber State Legislative

Breakfast April 11

Each year the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce provides opportunities for its members to have a direct conversation with elected officials from each level of government. This year, the State Legislative Breakfast will be held April 11 at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club, 433 E. Terrace Ave., Lakewood.

State Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean, and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, will provide their insights about legislation in Albany and be available for questions from the audience.

This event is sponsored by DFT Communications, Double A Vineyards, Fredonia College Foundation, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown Mattress Company, KeyBank, Nestle Purina PetCare, Serta Mattress Company, WCA Hospital, and Media One Group. The cost to attend is just $18 per person. To register call the Chamber at 484-1101 or 366-6200 or visit the Chamber website at