The annual Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet has become a much anticipated event over the years. It will be our honor to recognize a number of worthy individuals and organizations this year on October 7 at the Williams Center at SUNY Fredonia as we host a hybrid event this year with in-person and virtual participation options to meet the needs. . of the whole community.
In the interest of public health and the safety of all, new protocols will be put in place. In-person participation will be limited to just 200 people, with tables set sufficiently apart in the room. Tables will be reserved for up to eight guests. All in-person attendees must certify during online registration that they are vaccinated and will agree to wear a mask indoors (per SUNY requirements) until they are seated for dinner. Due to sanitary requirements, there will be no cocktail hour before dinner, but wine and beer will be offered at each table and a cash bar will be available in the dining room.
All guests must be pre-registered before September 30. Registration for the event will begin at 6.30 p.m., dinner and the program will begin at 7 p.m.
Price discounts can also be viewed online for those who prefer a remote option. The Zoom webinar link will be sent to all who register.
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce will present the Economic Development Award to Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care for the health services it provides throughout the county and for its extraordinary efforts during a pandemic to raise funds and expand its programming and her jobs through the construction of a very first local hospice home.
Two Personality of the Year awards will be awarded. John D’Agostino, editor of the Post-Journal and OBSERVER will receive the award for his active involvement in numerous community organizations over the years. Rochelle Mole, vice president of finance and operations for the National Comedy Center, will receive the award for her personal sacrifice and her foundational role over the past year in sustaining a nationally recognized and locally important institution for a very difficult time.
Each of our six community chambers of commerce will present a community service award. The Dunkirk Community Chamber has selected Kirk Frey who has been actively involved in the community through his company, Kirk’s Jeweler’s, and through numerous charitable contributions, for more than 40 years. The Community House of Fredonia chose Festivals Fredonia – an organization run entirely by volunteers and responsible for organizing several festivals in the community each year. The Hanover Community Chamber chose Aimee Rogers in recognition of her efforts with Imagine Forestville to encourage both the preservation of history and the development of new businesses in the hamlet. The Jamestown Community Chamber selected Lou Deppas for his many years of service to community organizations, including the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, the Jamestown YMCA and the National Comedy Center. The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber chose the Chautauqua Lake Central School District under the direction of Superintendent Dr. Joshua Liddell for providing full-time in-person instruction to 95% of the students in the district during the year school 2020-2021. The Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber recognizes the Patterson Library Hands, a group of volunteers who work diligently through hands-on maintenance and improvement projects that keep the historic building at its best.
Registration for this event is open online now at www.chamberrsvp.org
The Chamber Awards Banquet is sponsored by the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, Community Bank, DFT Communications, Jamestown Community College, Media One Radio Group, National Grid, OBSERVER and The Post-Journal.
House calls for caution as COVID impacts our economy
The past week continued to be difficult for businesses in Chautauqua County as we learned of a few businesses that have temporarily closed or reduced their hours due to illness and / or staff quarantine and for disinfect facilities. This is happening more and more frequently, especially in workplaces where employees are in close contact with each other throughout their shifts. It goes without saying that this is no way to have to run a business, especially at a time when it was difficult to find employees in the first place.
At the same time, local and regional hospitals have reported overcrowded conditions that are straining both staff and the space available to house patients. This may be the first time during the pandemic that hospitals have faced such critical levels. Kudos to the medical and auxiliary staff who work hard to care for patients even if they are juggling logistical challenges!
As our daily case count has returned to levels not seen since last January, we call for caution – for the good of our families, our communities and our economy. For several months, the Chamber of Commerce has encouraged local residents to be vaccinated against COVID-19. With the Pfizer vaccine having gained full FDA approval for adults, the vaccine is our best insurance for keeping our businesses and schools open and protecting the health of our communities as a whole.
Individual businesses and private organizations have full authority to set their own rules for employees and customers. As masking and other policies become more common again, we also continue to urge local residents to abide by the rules set by each site. It’s hard enough to run a business in “Ordinary” times, but perhaps now more than ever with the continuing pandemic, workforce challenges, and confusing government regulations. As these challenges persist, the Chamber of Commerce will relaunch its communications to businesses to help them understand and implement the often vague and confusing regulations and guidelines. Please watch out for these emails and never hesitate to contact us if you have any specific questions or ideas to help others with these challenges.