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Organized networking has been around for years, and while it has changed in many ways, the principle remains the same: bringing people together in the same space is simply good for business and for building careers.

The Chamber of Commerce has a long history of creating networking opportunities for business people. The type of networking we facilitate is primarily business-to-business, but it also creates consumer interactions where one business can find another business that could potentially buy their products.

Simply put, networking means making connections. These relationships can help you grow your business in a number of ways: by creating referrals, raising awareness of your products or services, and improving your overall business profile. On a personal level, networking can improve your professional skills and confidence.

On a recent sunny and pleasant evening in Lakewood, the Chamber of Commerce had the pleasure of hosting a Ther-Happy Group networking event where guests enjoyed special appetizers and a cash bar and mingled to each other in a relaxed setting after work. That’s the whole idea behind our Business After Hours events. We allow each business to present a little something about who they are and what they do, and are always happy to help introduce people to the business people in attendance.

There’s another Chamber networking event coming up this week as we present the Business After Hours Beach Bash. Held at the Sunset Bay Beach Club in Irving, this event will feature appetizers, happy hour bar fare, live music and one of the most remarkable views of Lake Erie in Chautauqua County. We hope you will join us for this networking opportunity on the beach on Thursday, June 9th. Bring your business cards and take the opportunity to discover other local businesses while promoting yours.

Chamber member companies can send two people to each Business After Hours event free of charge. The price is only $10 for non-members or for additional members above the first two. Be sure to bring business cards and be prepared to give a quick overview of your business so others can get to know you.

The Business After Hours Beach Bash is sponsored by Brooks-TLC Hospital System, AW Farrell & Son, LaBella Associates, M&T Bank, R. Mackowiak Funeral Home, Media One Radio Group, OBSERVER and The Post-Journal. Register online now through the Chamberás Events Calendar.

To register for the Chamberás Business After Hours Beach Bash, visit our online web calendar at


Each year, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce presents its Economic Development Award and Person of the Year Award at our Annual Awards Banquet held in October. Over the two decades that these awards have been presented, they have been presented to a variety of businesses, organizations and individuals from all areas of Chautauqua County.

The Economic Development Award is given to a business or organization that has made the greatest contribution to economic development, quality of life and stability in our region. This represents a price for the whole region.

The Person of the Year award is given to an individual who meets the following criteria: Recognized by the entire region for their outstanding achievements and contributions over the past year or throughout their lifetime. He is a special person who obviously stands out and would be immediately recognized by the region as a leader. Their contribution may be through their efforts in business, community service, political leadership, charitable service, or other areas of interest.

It is not necessary to be a member of the Chamber to submit a nomination for either of these awards. Nomination forms are available online now through the Annual Chamberás Awards Banquet calendar item on our October 6 web calendar. Download the forms to fill out, enter the required information, then return the completed form to Carrie Swanson at the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce at

If a person or organization is nominated but not selected, the Chamberás Board of Directors will retain those nominations for reconsideration in subsequent years.

And save October 6 for the annual Chamberás Awards Banquet now. It’s always a great event!


The annual Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is scheduled for August 18 at Peekán Peak. Early Bird pricing includes a $10 discount per player when you sign up before July 15.

The Chamber Golf Tournament is a great opportunity to entertain guests, reward employees, network with fellow golfers, and enjoy a round of golf on a beautiful, pro-level course.

The 2022 Chamberás Golf Tournament is sponsored by AES/Empire Solar, Chautauqua Patrons Insurance Company, Community Bank, Dahlstrom Roll Form, Lake Shore Savings Bank, Jamestown Container Company, Jamestown Mattress Company, LaBella Associates, Lawley Insurance and Shults Auto Group.

Register online now through the Chamberás web calendar event at

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