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Four appointed to Chamber's Board of Directors 


Four new members have joined the ranks of Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce’s leadership.

At the Chamber’s Board of Directors’ Reorganizational Meeting held earlier this month, Jason Crisafulli of Kinley Corp., Rick Moore of Olean City School District, Tim Smith of Hamlin Bank, and Eric Garvin of Community Bank assumed their roles as the group’s newest members. 

The four additions to the board were selected by Chamber members in a vote in November. The results of the vote were certified and accepted by the board in December during the Chamber’s Annual Meeting. 

“Each of the appointees make a fine addition to our board,” said Larry Sorokes, the Chamber’s CEO. “Their perspectives will be invaluable in the Chamber’s mission to serve the area’s business community and work with our local partners during this time of reinvestment and economic revitalization in the greater Olean area.” 

As part of the Reorganizational Meeting, board members also named Tim O’Keefe of Cutco as board president; Andrew Caya of Caya’s Canopies as vice president; Mari Howard of The ReHabilitation Center as secretary, and Vicki Blessing of Park Centre Development as treasurer. 

Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 301 N. Union St., Olean, has been the leading business organization in the greater Olean area since 1906. Its business plan reflects activities related to supporting workforce development, small business owners, large corporate entities, non-profit organizations, manufacturers, and area residents.


Ninth-annual Greater Olean Area Outdoor & Rec Sports Show deemed success 


Upwards of 2,000 outdoors enthusiasts  attended Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce’s ninth-annual Greater Olean Area Outdoor & Rec Sports Show held this weekend at Good Times of Olean’s Events Center.  The show featured 39 vendors, all specializing in different ways to enjoy the outdoors, from kayaking and hiking to hunting and fishing.

The winners of the Greater Olean Area Outdoor and Rec Sports Show raffles were: grand prize: Wicked Ridge Invader Crossbow Tom Barie of Olean; second prize: Hitachi Alpha LED 40” TV, Tom Bailfer of Olean;  additional prizes — CSO Tubbs Xplore Snowshoe Starter, Brian Graham Jr.; CSO Primus Profile Camp Stove, Hannah Woodring of Olean; Kabar Becker Crewman, James Rowe of Portville;  Cutco Gut Hook, Mike Ryan; and Kabar USMC knife  Bob Moser of Olean.

For many of the show’s vendors, the weekend-long event allowed plenty of opportunities to connect with new customers.

“The show was really great for us, we did a lot of good sales and kept really busy,” said Gordon Fox, owner of Foxy’s Knives. “While we saw (customers) we’ve seen at other shows, we were able to meet a lot of good people.”

Michael Guerin, Chairman of the Cattaraugus County arm of S.C.O.P.E. agreed. 

 “There was a great turnout of people,” Guerin said. “I liked that we were able to talk to a lot of like-minded people and it was great to connect with them.” 

Next up for the Chamber, the Home Show is set for April 13-15.  For more information on the Greater Olean Area Outdoor & Rec Sports Show or other Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce events and activities, call (716) 372-4433 or email  


Referrals accepted for YMCA Care Coordination Program


The YMCA Care Coordination Program is accepting referrals of those who could use a hand dealing with difficulties in life. 

Founded several years ago, the YMCA Care Coordination Program is a partnership between the Olean YMCA, the ReHabilitation Center and Swizzy’s Cause. The program is meant to link those who are in need of extra support in times of need with assistance. Those referred to the program meet with a coordinator at the YMCA. The program seeks to help individuals ages 18 to 31, but anyone is welcome to receive its services.  Referrals can be found at local mental health providers, recovery agencies, schools and Olean General Hospital. Self-referrals are also welcome. 

For more information on the program, call 716-701-1337  or email


Home Show set for mid-April


The Greater Olean Area Home Show is the go-to place for the latest in products and services for your home.  Each year business experts gather in one location with everything from kitchen and bath appliances to windows and siding. 

The Greater Olean Area Home Show, presented by Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and its 49 Corporate Sponsors, is an all-access pass to home specialists offering all the expert advice; solutions and inspiration for whatever home project you have planned this year.  The show will be held April 13 to 15 at the William O. Smith Recreation Center in Olean. 

“Business owners can reach many customers in the three day event, and their customers can see, touch, compare and buy your product.  Vendor booths are now available for the annual home show,” said Meme K. Yanetsko, the Chamber’s COO.  “Eighty of the area’s leading businesses are expected to exhibit their wares and services at the upcoming show.  The Home Show is a unique marketplace to shop, compare and save on a total selection of home-related products and services for building, remodeling, gardening and decorating.

The show will be open from 5 to 9 p.m., April 13; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 14; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 15. Vendors are encouraged to make booth reservations as soon as possible.  Chamber members will receive discount booth space.  For more information on the Home Show or other Chamber events and activities, call (716) 372-4433 or email


Chamber slates plenty of events

for spring, summer 2018


Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce has a full schedule of events this spring and summer. We hope you’ll be able to join us. Specific details, vendor applications, and participant registration forms can be found on the Chamber’s website,  Information on the Chamber’s other summer events: StrOlean, Gus Macker, Chamber Clambake and Taste of Olean will appear in future newsletters.  Here’s what’s coming up in the next few months:

The Community-wide Garage sale is set for Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Chamber is encouraging people to get up in their attics, basements, and garages and start sorting and cleaning. The event has grown in number of houses participating. Last year more than 250 maps were handed out.  We encourage residents to hold garage sales at their homes or join with neighbors to hold block sales.  Those interested in holding a garage sale at their home as part of the event need to register their address with the Chamber for a $3 fee.  The Chamber will need addresses and a short list of items that will be for sale. Registration deadline is May 16.  Maps displayin the locations of the garages sales will be available May 18 and will be handed out from Chamber’s office on the morning of the sales beginning at 7 a.m..

The Corporate Challenge 5k/Walk is scheduled for June 21  at the Jamestown Community College campus in downtown Olean.  The event was created by the Chamber to support companies in creating internal wellness programs.  The Corporate Challenge is about living healthy, but for some it's also about competition. The race is open to both corporate and community teams. The challenge concludes with "Olean’s Largest Office Party" following the race complete with awards to the Fastest CEO, the Fastest Team, The Most Spirited Team, T-Shirt Design Contest Winner among other awards.

The Corporate Golf Classic returns July 16 at the Bartlett Country Club in Olean.  What company foursome will reign supreme in the Golf Classic?  This event is in scramble format phase, but the Chamber invites corporations and the community to partake in this golf competition that is sure to be a classic.



Leadership Cattaraugus establishes scholarship

fund at CRCF 


More of Cattaraugus County’s future leaders will have access to the training and experiential education program Leadership Cattaraugus thanks to a new scholarship fund established at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

The Leadership Cattaraugus board of directors established the Leadership Cattaraugus Scholarship Fund at CRCF to make participation in the program more affordable for worthy future leaders in the community.

Leadership Cattaraugus’s goal is to identify future leaders of the area and help them develop the skills they will need to work more effectively for the betterment of all the people in Cattaraugus County.

Leadership Cattaraugus offers annual collaborative learning opportunities to a cohort of 20-25 individuals who work or live in Cattaraugus County and are dedicated to strengthening the state of the community in business, volunteerism and service.

“The Leadership Cattaraugus board of directors wants to cast the broadest possible net in terms of participants. We recognize that the cost of tuition may be a barrier for smaller employers, and we hope that the possibility of a scholarship might encourage them to consider us for their leadership training needs,” said Jodi Fuller, board president. “The board has been working on the scholarship fund for about a year, and we are thrilled that it is up and running in time for 2018 applicants to apply.”

The fund will provide scholarships that will cover the lesser of 25% of the cost of tuition or $400. The number and amount of awards may vary based upon the strength of applicants and availability of funding. 

Applicants must live in and/or work in Cattaraugus County and be employed by a small (fewer than 100 employees) government entity, nonprofit or small business independently owned and operated in Cattaraugus County.

Applicants will be judged by criteria including, but not limited to, the following:

The individual is an existing or emerging leader as demonstrated by:

• Holds a leadership position in his/her organization or expects to move into a leadership position within his/her organization in the next six to 12 months.

•   Serves as a formal or informal leader in his/her community. Examples include:

•  Serving as an elected official.

•  Leadership in a civic or faith-based activity outside of the workplace.

•  Coaching a sport.

•  Coordinating a community activity/fundraising effort, etc.

• Has a vested interest in creating sustainable vibrant Cattaraugus County communities as demonstrated by community volunteerism and other similar activities.

• Engages in or expresses willingness to engage in community service activities (volunteerism, community campaigns, service on a board, etc.)

The application is available at Applicants must email their completed application to by Feb. 16 to be eligible. The CRCF Scholarship Committee will review the applications and recommend the awardees each year. Scholarship applicants must also apply for admission to the 2018 Leadership Cattaraugus class at The 2018 program begins in March.

The public is invited to support the scholarship fund. Donations can be made to the Leadership Cattaraugus Scholarship Fund at CRCF, 301 North Union St., Suite 203, or online at


YMCA, Thoughtful Plan partner for financial literacy program for kids 


Mark Ziemba II of Thoughtful Plan, Inc. and the Olean YMCA will be presenting an after school program, Financial Literacy for Students.  The program will be held Feb. 7, 21, March 7, 21, and 28 at the YMCA in Olean. 

The classes are intended to be cumulative, but students can join at any point.  There will be a classroom section followed by a physical challenge and then wrap up each session.  There will also be pizza and prizes with the end-goal to be a small-business plan development contest.  

The classes are open to any students in grades six to eight who are enrolled in the free afterschool program and are Y members.  All sixth graders are afforded a free membership to the Y and seventh  and eighth  graders can join with the student rate of $24/month. 

Mark R. Ziemba II, AIF is founder and financial planner of Thoughtful Plan, Inc.  The company is a Buffalo-based finance firm on a mission to empower our community to live better lives through education and thoughtful advice.  

For more information, please contact Kyle Swanson at the Y, 716-373-2400.



Member Focus: Cupcaked Bakery & Events Planning 


Business Name: Cupcaked Bakery & Event Planning

Address: 22 Monroe St., Ellicottville, NY

Phone: 716-378-8850 Fax: 716-945-4082


Please briefly describe your business:

Gourmet cake and dessert bakery specializing in event planning. 

How long have you been in business?

One year. 

How do you work with the Chamber to promote your business?

We’ve partnered with the Chamber to be part of Olean area events and meet its customer base. 

What are your business hours?

Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Tell us something about you or your business we might not know:

 We can help with organization’s fundraising activities. 

Please list discounts given to Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce members:

Five percent off purchases. 

How has your business benefited from membership with the Chamber?

Our membership has provided a gateway to business opportunities in the Olean area. 


Welcome new members


Thoughtful Plan Inc., 1207 Delaware Ave. STE205, Buffalo, 716-570-2574,

Cupcaked Bakery + Event Planning, 22 Monroe St., Ellicottville, 716-720-1843,

Aquaria Salon, 400 N. Union St., Olean, 716-372-0376,

Belle Ruche Christie’s Boutique, LLC.,  119 N. Union St., Olean, 716-600-0119. 


Lunch & Learn season continues March 1


The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce's 2017-18 Lunch and Learn program continues on March 1 at noon. That day, Lisa Yohon of Lavender Lotus Yoga will present “Yoga at your Work Desk,” in which she’ll teach various yoga positions you can do at your desk to get  a mental breather and make sure your neck, back, arms, & hips remain in good working order.

The seminar is held a t the Chamber office. It’s free for Chamber members and $10 charge for non-GOACC members.

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact the Chamber at 372-4433. 





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