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By now you’ve probably had at least one friend who proclaims they’re ready for “Pumpkins spice up everything.” So while the calendar says it’s still summer, the air is cooler in the morning, the sun is setting earlier, and the kids are back in school. Fall is knocking on the door, and we’re about to let it in with a palette of fall colors and the scents of apple cider and ripe grapes.

What does all this mean for your business? This means transitioning, not just your merchandise and decor, but also your mindset. It also means preparing for the coming season: Christmas. Yes, we said it. Many big chains already stock Christmas items, and even if you don’t sell Christmas tree decorations, we urge you to think about what your Christmas sales will look like this year.

The economic changes facing our nation are very present locally. This means that consumer spending could be down during the traditional holiday shopping season. We recently heard from more than one local retailer who has already seen a shift in what customers buy. For those who mainly sell high-end products, they saw customers looking for more mid-range items. For those selling mid-range products, customers can purchase only discounted items.

Inflation has affected us all and is linked to persistent supply chain issues. As you prepare for the upcoming Christmas sales, we encourage you to act quickly to order the merchandise you need and want, and to consider diversifying your stock so you have options for consumers when they make difficult decisions for Christmas shopping.

The Chamber of Commerce has stepped up its Shop Small, Shop Local efforts over the past few years. Small local businesses are at the heart of our local communities and our economy. This year, we’ll be strengthening those efforts even more as we get closer to Saturday, November 26 for small businesses. Launched by American Express to encourage consumers to patronize small local retailers, Small Business Saturday is an additional opportunity to showcase the plethora of unique and exciting offerings. businesses right here in Chautauqua County. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks as the Chamber ramps up its Small Business Saturday efforts this year. In the meantime, enjoy your Pumpkin Spice Latte.



The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present an opportunity to meet with our newest Congressman, Joe Sempolinski, on Friday, September 23 at 8:30 a.m. at Moon Brook Country Club in Jamestown. Mr. Sempolinski fills a position left vacant by the resignation of former Congressman Tom Reed in New York’s 23rd congressional district. In addition to serving as chairman of the Steuben County Republican Party, he previously served as the head of the New York State-based congressional staff for the 23rd District. The House Congressional Breakfast is sponsored by Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Brooks-TLC-Kaleida Hospital System, DFT Communications, Forecon, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown Mattress Company, LaBella Associates, Law Firms of Sheila Starkey Hahn, Moon Brook Country Club, OBSERVER, Le Post-Journal, Small Business Development Center, and UPMC Chautauqua. The cost to attend the breakfast is $20 for Chamber members or $25 for non-members. Please reserve your spot online through the Chamber Events Calendar at by September 16.



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 members in addition to the two free ones. 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 Bemus Point Golf Club & Tap House, 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!





The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce will proudly recognize service to our communities by a number of individuals and organizations at its annual awards banquet on Thursday, October 6th. Being honored as Person of the Year is Steven Cobb, executive director of the Mental Health Association of Chautauqua County. In his role, he not only grew the organization, but played a key role in delivering vital services to those in need by working collaboratively with a wide variety of people and organizations.

The Economic Development Award will be presented to the Small Business Development Center at Jamestown Community College, which has dramatically increased the number of businesses it serves each year from 350 to 800. The SBDC helps small businesses looking to write business plans business, navigating processes, seeking financing, etc.

Each of our six Community Chambers of Commerce also named a recipient of the Community Service Award. In Dunkirk, the prize will go to Dan Palmer of WDOE radio; in Fredonia to Ian and Kyle Muldowney of Muldowney Brothers; in Hanover to Bill Merritt of Merritt Estate Winery, in Jamestown to Tom Benson primarily for his work with the National Comedy Center and the YMCA; to Mayville-Chautauqua to Fairlee Fischer for her efforts with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Thrift Store; and in Westfield-Barcelona to former chamber coordinator Sue Poster for her countless efforts with community organizations over the years.

The annual awards banquet will be held at the Williams Center at SUNY Fredonia and is sponsored by Ahlstrom Schaeffer Electric, Brooks-TLC-Kaleida Hospital System, County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency, Community Bank, DFT Communications, Forecon, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown Mattress, LaBella Associates, Lake Shore Savings, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, Media One Radio Group and National Grid. Advance reservations are required and registration is available at

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Elisha A. Tilghman