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Zachary Tarbell Receives Honor as Olean Area Young Professionals Member of the Year

November 30, 2018

OLEAN, NY — Growing up 30 miles south of Olean in Shinglehouse, Pennsylvania, Zachary Tarbell took frequent shopping trips to Olean. He fell in love with the area and was thrilled when he was offered a spot in St. Bonaventure University's technology department over two years ago.

Tarbell works as applications developer at St. Bonaventure and his day-to-day tasks include working with ...

Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce to Host Human Resources Workshop

OLEAN, NY— The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and a member business, Paychex, have scheduled a workshop on human resource topics for Dec. 4.

The session, set for noon in the chamber conference room, will include discussion of sexual harassment prevention training, family leave and minimum wage.

“By October 9, 2019, employers must provide sexual harassment ...

More than 54 Million Expected to Travel Nationwide, Highest Travel Volume since 2005

AAA forecasts more than 54 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving holiday, a 4.8 percent increase from the nearly 51 million that traveled in 2017.

The 2018 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005, when 58.6 million people traveled. The 2018 Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, November 21 to ...

Faith and Prayer Spark Success at Hall of Fame Barber Shop in Olean

OLEAN, NY – The barber shop is a place where one can get a fresh cut, a clean shave or a quick clean up. It is a place where people share life stories and hear the inside scoop of the town. But for Hall of Fame owner Tyrone Hall, the experience of the barber shop has a deeper, more faithful meaning.

“People don’t care how much you know until they know you care,” ...

National Federation of Independent Business Endorses Rep. Tom Reed

OLEAN, NY – The National Federation of Independent Business endorsed Rep. Tom Reed at Four Mile Brewing Thursday.

“It is very important we return pro small business candidates and elected officials to Washington like Congressman Reed,” Greg Biryla, the state director for NFIB, said. “Congressman Reed has a 100 percent voting record with NFIB. He’s been given the ...

Olean Business Owner Pleased About New Law Protecting Barbershops, Beauty Shops and Salons

OLEAN, NY – A small business owner says he feels legitimized because Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed a law protecting barbershops, beauty shops and salons from service theft.

“Without amendments like the one that was just passed, our profession is not legitimized,” said Leo Wolters Tejera, who co-owns WT Hair 124 N. Union St. with Elle Tejera. “I think it was ...

Cuomo Signs Bill to Protect Barbershops, Salons and Beauty Shops from Theft of Services

ALBANY, NY -- A bill that will protect barbershop, beauty shop and salon service providers against individuals who steal their services was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

The bill closes a loophole in existing law and makes the failure to pay for services provided by a barbershop, salon or beauty shop a class A misdemeanor.

The measure had strong support in the Greater ...

John Petruzzi to Open 2018-19 Lunch & Learn Series at Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce

OLEAN, NY –  John Petruzzi of the Petruzzi Insurance Agency will offer ideas on how to turn a business into an income-generating powerhouse when the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce resumes its regular Lunch & Learn workshop series Thursday at noon.

“This workshop is for any type of business from manufacturer to your home business,” Erica Dreher, ...

Allegany Merchants Fear Business Will Suffer Without Bonagany

ALLEGANY, NY – Some Allegany business owners are unhappy with the decision to move Bonagany out of the village because they fear losing business.

“The whole idea was to bring the village and the campus together, which was very successful,” said Crisanne Nevin, owner of the Burton on the corner of Main Street and Fifth Street. “I feel moving it to campus kind of defeats ...


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Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce Launches New Site for Purchasing Gift Certificates

November 30, 2018

OLEAN, NY — Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce gift certificates are a convenient way to make sure even the most particular person on your gift list isn’t disappointed during the holiday season.

Now, you don’t have to be local to buy them.

The chamber has launched a new website — — where gift certificates can be purchased ...