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Leadership Cattaraugus Class has Agri-Business Day 



              Members of the 2017 Leadership Cattaraugus class met at Jamestown Community College’s Olean campus for an informative session featuring Brian Davis with the Cattaraugus County Soil Conservation Department, Kim LaMendola with Southern Tier West, Jim Finch of Eco Valley Farm, and Sister Melissa Scholl of Canticle Farm. Each speaker discussed the role their organization plays in the area’s agriculture sector and the challenges they face. They also touched on different attributes they use as leaders to meet the challenges faced by their respective organizations.

              The day continued at Sprague’s Maple Farm in Portville. While at Spragues, the group had a guided tour by owner Randy Sprague. During his talk, Sprague shared the history of his maple farm and how he grew the business into a regional attraction. He also talked about the various partnerships and expansions he’s made to lead the maple farm into the future, such as venturing into the bottled water sector through Asarati Water or working with the Cornell Cooperative Extension. 

              Agri-Business Day concluded at Never Ending Alpaca Farm in Portville. Farm owners Jerry and Kathy Scutt presented to the Leadership cohort on the still burgeoning alpaca industry. The Scutts also let the group into their alpaca pasture to meet some of their animals.  


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              Glow Salon, 1206 W. State St., Olean NY 14760, 716-375-4690

              Bradford Regional Medical Center, 116 Interstate Pkwy., Bradford PA 16701, 814-368-4143

              Omega Family Medicine, 401 N. 8th St., Olean NY 14760, 716-379-8113


Olean Outdoors Fest coming up


              OLEAN – Kayakers and outdoor enthusiasts can look forward to the event of the summer just weeks from now: The Olean Outdoor Fest, a charity event featuring a river regatta, archery competition, 5K color race, camping, food and wine tastings, a beer tent, live music and comedy, fireworks, tons of door prizes, and plenty of great company.

              The festival is hosted by Jamie Hamed of Amped Up Events, LLC. This year’s event will be held from Friday, August 25, to Saturday, August 26, at Bradner Stadium in Olean. Admission is only $5 for adults, $3 for kids 8 to 16 and free for kids under 8, with $2.00 off presale tickets available at GOACC. Camping spots and extra parking are available in Forness Park.

              The festival will kick off on Friday with the “In Jest” Comedy Show by Dan Viola and Nels Ross and live music provided by Vapor.  The night will close with a massive display of pyrotechnics provided by the notorious Skylighters Fireworks of New York.

              The fun doesn’t stop there — on Saturday, festivalgoers can run in a 5K Color Race for bikers, runners, walkers or skaters, this will be followed by a regatta for kayaks, canoes or tubers along the 6.75-mile dice run river regatta, right on the beautiful Allegheny River. Meanwhile, hunters and competitive archers can challenge their skills with the archery shoot. Prizes will be awarded to contest winners for all events. When hunger strikes from a day of activity, everyone can get a bite to eat and a drink at the Best Chicken Wing Contest and wine tasting.  

              Hamed plans to wrap up the festivities on Saturday with live music from Darkwater Duo, alongside a bonfire.

              Younger members of the family will have a blast all weekend at the Kids Zone, featuring three large bounce houses and face painting.

              Come on out and bring the whole family for a ton of fun while supporting area charities such as The Rehabilitation Center, Homecare Hospice, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and more.  

              All festival volunteers can raise $5 per hour of work toward the cause or fund of their choice. Volunteers will also get a free T-shirt, admission for the day and admission to a free afterglow party on Sunday from 12 to 3.

              Area businesses have been very supportive of the event, but additional sponsors would be great. “All but one of the area radio stations have agreed to help promote the festival,  Caya’s Canopies has really helped with tent rentals, Cabela`s has donated $1000.00 in prizes and Simmons Rockwell Ford Has donated $2500.00 to help us” according to Hamed.

              In closing Jamie Hamed had this to say, “Olean deserves the best, that’s what this festival is all about. What other event can you go to and get live music, a live comedy show and a huge fireworks show for 5 bucks or less. We have a beautiful city to showcase; this festival will draw people into Olean, increase sales, and provide a ton of fun for the people. Now all that is left is for you the people to hear about the festival and start signing up for all the action. Now till August 1st. we are offering $10.00 off all activities and camping. We are also offering package deals just email for details. I`m counting on you Olean, please don’t let me down.”

              To sign up for any of the events, to volunteer or to be a sponsor, please visit the website or email


Member focus: Custom Carpet Center


               Member Focus: Custom Carpet Centers

               700 West State St. Olean, NY 14760

              (716) 372-5676

              Tell us about your business: Custom Carpet Centers is a full-service flooring retailer offering carpet, vinyl, laminate, hardwood, or tile at the lowest prices and largest selection. The company provides professional installation from our experienced installers.

               How long have you been in business? Company founded in 1965, Olean location opened in 1988

               What are your business hours? Mon-Wed, Sat: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Thu, Fri: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sun: Closed

               What’s something about you or your business that the community might not know: We are Western NY’s #1 volume floor covering dealer. Outside of New York City we are the largest in the state.

               What are discounts given to Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce Members: Members will receive 10% discount on all products. Any member referral which leads to a sale will result in a referral payment to the member of 10% of the sale up to $100.

               How has your business benefited from membership in the Chamber? So far the Home Show provided leads and we are hoping for additional networking.




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