CCVB, Chamber Present Laught Out Loud

Written by Todd J. Tranum, President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

The Chautauqua County and Jamestown Community Chambers of Commerce are excited to be co-hosting a one-night only event in partnership with the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau and the National Comedy Center. Laugh Out Loud: a Sneak Peek Comedy Extravaganza will be held Thursday, June 7 at this brand new attraction at 211 West Second Street, Jamestown. This amazing evening will combine two events, giving guests the option of attending one, the other, or both. The evening will begin at 5:00pm in the main entrance lobby with a Chamber Business After Hours, offering networking opportunities, appetizers, a cash bar, and tours of the National Comedy Center, featuring exhibits that have never been available to the public before. This event gives Chamber members a chance to mingle and will provide recognition for businesses that are new to the Chamber experience. A highlight of the evening, at 6:00pm, guests will be led on an exclusive tour of the National Comedy Center with a chance to see this exciting attraction before it opens to the public. At 7:00pm, seating will begin for the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau Annual Dinner Meeting in the Train Station Rotunda. A brief business meeting will be conducted, followed by a buffet dinner and remarks from National Comedy Center officials. To cap off the evening, comedian Steven Rogers will leave dinner guests laughing! A New York City based comedian, he was named funniest clean comic at the Manhattan Comedy Festival, and has opened for national comedians like Rob Little, Rocky LaPorte, and Brian Regan.

The National Comedy Center is going to be a phenomenal, state of the art attraction and we are excited to be part of an event that will showcase it to our membership. It’s a pleasure to work with the CCVB to combine our events and partner with the National Comedy Center to pull together an evening of entertainment.

CCVB Executive Director Andrew Nixon said, “The Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau is eager to work with the Chamber of Commerce and others in preparation for the imminent opening of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, and we anticipate a great evening!”

Tom Benson, National Comedy Center Project Chairman added, “We are thrilled and proud to host this important event for our close long term partners, Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, Chautauqua County and the Jamestown Chambers of Commerce. We sincerely thank them for the strong support that we have received for many years that helped us to build a solid foundation for the development of the National Comedy Center and we look forward to working closely with them as we plan for the opening in August and for many, many years to come,” he added.

The National Comedy Center is set to open during the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival August 1-5. The new 37,000 square foot, $50 million facility tells the story of comedy from its origins through the present, with more than 50 immersive, interactive exhibits.

The Chamber’s Business After Hours event is sponsored by Affinity One Federal Credit Union, AFLAC, Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, David Snow State Farm Agency, DFT Communications, Infinity Resources, Jamestown Jammers, KeyBank, M & T Bank, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, Shawbucks Press Room, UBS Financial Services, and Univera Healthcare Southern Tier.

Space is limited for this spectacular evening, so make your reservations soon! The cost is $15 to attend the Chamber’s Business After Hours only, $35 to attend the CCVB Annual Dinner only, or attend both for a special price of just $45. Registration for both of these evening events is through the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. You can call the Chamber at (716) 484-1101 or (716) 366-6200 or find the event registration online at


By joining the Chamber, you are making an investment in your business. The Chamber offers a wide variety of services designed to meet the priority needs of local businesses including boosting sales and direct consumer contact, assisting with workforce development, connecting you to other business people in your community and our county, and more. All businesses that join during the Chamber’s Spring Membership Drive will be entered into a drawing for special prizes including a $300 value stay and golf package at Peek’n Peak Resort, a one night stay at Chautauqua Suites including continental breakfast, a second year Chamber membership free, a $50 Shoptauqua Gift Card, or one of two $25 gift certificates for Webb’s Captains Table.

The Chamber’s Mornings on Main series is also underway. Chamber staff and volunteers will be visiting with businesses, members and non-members alike, to get a sense for how we can better serve the local business community. Walking tours of local business communities are scheduled as follows: Tuesday, May 15 in the morning in Dunkirk and the afternoon in Hanover; Friday, May 18 in Westfield-Barcelona; Tuesday, May 22 in Jamestown; and Tuesday, May 29 in Fredonia.


The Dunkirk and Fredonia Community Chambers of Commerce will jointly host the annual Grape Expectations Wine Festival, Friday, May 11. This event will be held at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 30 Lake Shore Drive East, Dunkirk. It begins at 6pm. Several local wineries will participate, along with vendors featuring theme-appropriate products. There will be live music by Marshall Seddon, wine tasting, good food, and a complimentary wine glass for each attendee, as well as a chance to win prizes donated by local merchants. Grape Expectations is sponsored by: City of Dunkirk, Graf Realty, Hometown Insurance, Lake Shore Savings Bank, Larson-Timko Funeral Home, Matts News, and Putnam Record Insurance Agency. The cost is just $15 per person or two for $25. Tickets are available at the Dunkirk Chamber office, 10785 Bennett Road, from Chamber Board members, or you can call the Chamber at (716) 366-6200 or sign up online at


Each year the Chamber of Commerce provides an opportunity for its members to meet directly with the County Executive and ask questions. County Executive George Borrello will be our special guest for this event. We encourage everyone to bring questions for the County Executive. Registration will begin at 8am, with the program to begin at 8:30. Our sponsors for this event are: Chautauqua Institution, David Snow State Farm Agent, Jamestown Mattress Company, Lawley Benefits Group, Nestle Purina PetCare, OBSERVER, Phillips Lytle LLP, The Post-Journal, Serta Mattress Company, Southern Tier Environments for Living, and UPMC Chautauqua WCA. The cost is $18 for Chamber members or $21 for non-members. Advanced registration is appreciated. You can call the Chamber at (716) 366-6200 or (716) 484-1101 or sign up online at