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Jamestown will host a conference this fall that has the potential to attract people from across the country, and possibly the world. The Retool WNY: Climate Technology Manufacturing conference will take place October 17-19 at the Northwest Arena, with a wide variety of other venues and local businesses to play supporting roles throughout the event.

This conference is open to manufacturers, entrepreneurs, educators, investors and leaders from the public and private sectors who have an interest in manufacturing climate technologies. It is part of a major economic development initiative – Retool WNY – supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority through a multi-year grant to the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities. To learn more about the conference or to register, visit their website at

This conference can be very useful for local manufacturers or investors looking to revamp their systems with an eye to the future. At the same time, it’s an opportunity to showcase the amazing resources and fabulous local businesses that make up our vibrant community. Special conference networking events will be held at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, the Robert H. Jackson Center and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. An opening dinner will be held at the National Comedy Center. There are also opportunities built into the conference program for attendees to explore local restaurants and shops.

A recent study by Meeting Professionals International for the Gebbie Foundation, which included a site visit, identified the greater Jamestown area as a great location to now host mid-sized conferences, with opportunities for growth and excellence in this branch of the hospitality industry.

Admittedly, not all communities have the capacity to accommodate 200 people at a conference like this. Here in Chautauqua County, we are fortunate to have several venues that can host major multi-day events such as this: in Jamestown as well as Chautauqua, Dunkirk, Fredonia and Mayville. In fact, the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau has in the past played a key role in helping groups such as National Fishing Tournaments and a Travel Writers’ Conference organize events in Chautauqua County.

For local businesses, this upcoming event will be another opportunity to shine with displays of exceptional merchandise, great food and exceptional customer service. If you think your business or organization needs help preparing for this event, please contact the Chamber of Commerce and we’ll be happy to help.

Regarding the longer-term impact of the conference, BPU Managing Director David Leathers noted that the information shared here will be “creating new opportunities for our regional manufacturers and hopefully attracting interest from outside companies to form new partnerships here.” When we reach out to invite diverse businesses into our community, the results are often a broader, stronger business base that boosts our regional economy, and that’s always a good thing.

Westfield celebrates First Fridays!

The Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber of Commerce Committee is pleased to once again present First Fridays this season. First Friday creates a street fair environment along Main Street in Westfield. It takes place the first Friday of every month from 5-8pm, with the next event taking place on Friday, July 1, sponsored by Westfield Nursery and Garden Center.

Additional First Friday dates are August 5, September 2, and October 7 (weather permitting) this year. Similar events will take place on the second Fridays in July for Westfield’s annual reunion weekend and in September for the upcoming Lincoln Festival.

If your Westfield area business is interested in participating in First Fridays, contact Anna Kelley, Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber Coordinator, at

Tuesday Talks: Get Your Business Noticed

The Chamber of Commerce is continuing its series of Tuesday Talks based on marketing avenues for small businesses. Coming in July, we’ll focus on how to get your business noticed through the use of local media as well as other tips. This session can be useful for all types of businesses, whether you are in a retail business or a service establishment.

We hope you’ll join us online at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19 for this informative roundtable. Our panelists will include Andrew Hill from Media One Radio Group and Meredith Patton from the OBSERVER in Dunkirk. Register now via our online calendar at This event is sponsored by LaBella Associates, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal and JCC’s Small Business Development Center.

Tuesday’s Discussions provide a convenient online forum for learning in a casual roundtable format. They’re taking place via Zoom so attendees across the county can connect, learn something useful, and then get back to their busy day. We hope you can join us.

Register for the 30th Annual Silver Creek Yard Sale

Registration is now open for the popular Silver Creek Yard Sales, scheduled for August 8th. Owners who wish to be listed on the map for this event can submit their entries online through the Chamber’s web calendar at or can register in person. at one of two Silver Creek businesses: Den’s Antiques, 8 Main Street, or at Silver Creek Optical, 41 Main Street. The registration cost is $10 per sale. Sales must be registered by August 1 in order to be on the map.

Garage sale cards will be sold in the Silver Creek Village Park on the morning of sale day. Proceeds from garage sales help support Hanover Community Chamber of Commerce scholarships to high school seniors from Forestville and Silver Creek High Schools.

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