Get The Answers You Need On Paid Family Leave

New York State’s Paid Family Leave Law takes effect January 1, and all employers need to understand it and be prepared to administer this new employee benefit. Chautauqua Works is holding a seminar on Thursday, November 9 at the Willow Bay Theatre in Jamestown on this topic for anyone who needs assistance understanding the new law and how it will affect their workplace.

Topics will include an overview of the regulations, questions about coverage, eligibility and waivers, funding the benefits, best practices, and more. The presenter will be Daniel Forsyth, Esq., of Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC. He is a labor and employment law attorney who represents National Labor Relations Board proceedings and has extensive experience in labor arbitration and collective bargaining.

Whether your business is private or non-profit, and you have employees you need to understand how the New York Paid Family Leave law impacts your business. We encourage all business owners, managers, and human resource professionals to learn about these regulations and what they will mean to your organization.

The seminar will begin at noon with a buffet lunch, followed by a two hour program, and will conclude with time for questions and answers. The cost is $25 per person. For more information or to register, please contact Jody Cheney at Chautauqua Works at (716) 487-5171.


The Chamber’s very popular Experience Chautauqua Business After Hours at Southern Tier Brewing Company is set for Tuesday, November 14. We strongly encourage Chamber members to sign up early, because space is limited and it will fill up quickly!

This event is a great way to celebrate the fall, sample amazing November-Fest foods. The cost is just $12 for pre-registered Chamber members, or $15 for non-members or walk-ins at the door (if there is still space available) to cover the cost of appetizers. The cash bar features all of the terrific Southern Tier Brewing Company varieties of beer, plus their regular offerings. Be sure to bring your business card to enter the door prize drawings, and come prepared to network and build your business.

You can register online at or call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101. This networking event is sponsored by Affinity One Federal Credit Union, Anderson Cleaners, Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, Northwest Arena, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, and Media One Group.


Buy your Shoptauqua Gift Cards now, or reserve an order for the upcoming holiday season! The brand new Shoptauqua Gift Card is easy to use and redeemable with local businesses across Chautauqua County. The Shoptauqua Gift Card is perfect for any occasion: for employee bonuses or rewards, or for personal gifts like birthdays, weddings, or graduations. Shoptauqua Gift Cards can be purchased through the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce offices in Dunkirk and Jamestown.

The cards can be purchased in any denomination the buyer chooses. They can be redeemed at dozens of local Chamber of Commerce member businesses including restaurants, retailers, grocery stores, specialty stores, entertainment venues, and lots more. Our list of participating merchants is growing daily and can be found at

In recognition of this program’s benefits to our local economy, it is proudly sponsored by the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency. Please call the Chamber for more information at 366-6200 or 484-1101.


Once again this year the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is a Neighborhood Champion for Small Business Saturday. That means we will be promoting Shop Small, Shop Local opportunities for small businesses on this national day devoted to supporting independent merchants in our community. Locally owned, non-chain, small retail businesses and restaurants that will be open on November 25 may participate. Due to national regulations for this program we are not able to include pharmacies or those in the primary business of selling alcohol products.

Please email Sheila Webster at or call us at 366-6200 or 484-1101 to include your Chamber member business on the list. The deadline is November 3 to be sure your business is listed in all of our advertising for Small Business Saturday.



The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is now partnering with Rolling Hills Radio, a live recorded musical entertainment program. A creation of producer/host Ken Hardley, it is an ongoing series featuring live musical performances from local, regional, national and internationally recognized artists exploring, celebrating, and performing grassroots Americana music. The first show for this new season is Monday, October 30 and will feature Austin “Walkin” Cane and Bess Greenberg. This series of live musical performances is recorded and broadcast over community radio station WRFA-LP 107.9 in Jamestown and available as a streaming podcast around the world at Now in its eighth season, the program has moved its live recording venue to Shawbucks, 212 West Second Street, Jamestown, and is partnering with the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is selling tickets at its office at 512 Falconer Street, online at, or by phone at (716) 484-1101. Please join us and enjoy the music as an audience member or by listening to the podcast.