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Keeping our businesses and communities attractive is an important part of attracting customers and creating sales opportunities. Many business owners make substantial investments in the appearance of their business from the outside in order to create a welcoming atmosphere and encourage foot traffic.

We have seen exciting activity around business and community beautification in recent weeks in the Village of Fredonia. Led by our Fredonia Community Chamber of Commerce Committee and Coordinator Denise Szalkowski, the group launched the online My Fredonia Beautification Contest – calling on business owners and landlords who are taking extra steps to make their properties attractive and welcoming. The nominees have been highlighted through Facebook posts, and a committee of House leaders and citizens will select the “winners” for commercial and residential properties. It is clear to us that they are all winners, chosen from a group of exceptional representatives.

The example of Fredonia especially stands out because over the next two weekends the student body will begin to return to the State University of New York campus at Fredonia. Keep in mind that it’s not just students who come to northern Chautauqua County, it’s families. Often these families can get a first impression of the community, and the goal should always be to make sure their impression is good. Business plays a key role, as visitors from everywhere will dine at local restaurants and shop at local stores when they drop off their students for the new semester. The traffic is similar to tourist traffic with one twist – college student families are very likely to return multiple times during their students’ training at SUNY Fredonia. These families will look for their “favorite” local places when they return and can also get a taste of new places, but like the campus itself, each company and the whole community strives to create a welcoming atmosphere.

Fredonia is just one example of how communities can be encouraged to create and maintain a welcoming character. Each year, Chautauqua County welcomes visitors of all types throughout the year as people seek out our summer recreation, including golf, fishing, Chautauqua facility programming, and more – and our winter playground for skiing and snowmobiling. Is your business up to the challenge of welcoming people?

Last weekend, Jamestown hosted the National Comedy Center’s Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. Crowds of people attended block parties, visited the two major local comedy museums and saw performances at the Northwest Arena, the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, the Lucille Ball Little Theater and the Robert H. Jackson Center. These same people dined at local restaurants and shopped at local stores.

We recently focused on the value of place-making – the unique places that make a community special and stand out. Placemaking is a year-round endeavor. Making and keeping our communities beautiful is part of this process. Congratulations to everyone who has worked hard to make their businesses and neighborhoods look great this summer! Your efforts are making a difference to our local businesses and the local economy.



The Community Chambers of Commerce of Dunkirk and Fredonia are proud to present Hops and Pops, a great evening of beer and wine tastings, which will be held on Thursday September 15 at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 30 Lake Shore Drive East in Dunkirk .

Enjoy local wines, beers and appetizers! Samples will be available and you can buy by the bottle or by the case during your stay. Plus, there will be five $100 raffles throughout the night for a total of $500 – plus additional raffles and giveaways.

The cost is $15 per person or two for $25. Proceeds help support the Dunkirk and Fredonia Community Chambers of Commerce scholarship funds. Hops and Pops is sponsored by Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Farrell Roofing and LaBella Associates. Purchase tickets through the Chamber’s web calendar at or call the Chamber at (716) 366-6200 or (716) 484-1101 for the box office nearest you.



Join your fellow Chamber of Commerce members for a Business After Hours networking event and visit this lovely place in Bemus Point! The Bemus Point Golf Club & Tap House is located at 72 Main Street in Bemus Point. Enjoy appetizers and a cash bar while you network with other business people.

Chamber member companies can send two people free of charge. The price is $10 for non-member business people or for additional member attendees beyond the free two. Be sure to bring business cards for our sweepstakes and be prepared to give a quick (30 second) overview of your business so other attendees can get to know you. The sponsors of this event are DFT Communications, Media One Radio Group, OBSERVER and The Post-Journal.

Register now through the Chamber’s Web Events Calendar at We look forward to seeing you there!




Mark your calendar now for this great annual event as the Chamber of Commerce presents its annual awards banquet on Thursday, October 6th. The banquet highlights Community Service Award winners selected by each of our Community Chamber Committees in Dunkirk Fredonia, Hanover, Jamestown, Mayville-Chautauqua and Westfield Barcelona. In addition, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Economic Development and Personality of the Year awards. All winners will be announced shortly. The annual Chamber Awards Banquet will once again be held at SUNY Fredonia’s Williams Center.

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