Business & Finance

July 1, 2020

OLEAN, NY — The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce will go ahead with its Chamber Golf Classic at the Bartlett Country Club July 13, following COVID-19 regulations for golf courses in New York State. Those regulations include no rakes in bunkers; flag sticks kept in hole; ball washers not on ...

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OLEAN, NY — A big and sweet part of the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce’s Southern Tier Corporate Challenge 5K Run and Walk has always been the Cereal Challenge.  Results from the 2019 cereal challenge were significant: 7,061 cereal boxes were donated, a jump of 2,878 boxes from 2018. The ...

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"Olean's looking good," Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul told Mayor William J. Aiello after they greeted each other in front of Christie's Boutique on North Union Street. Hochul mentioned a bit of traffic on her way in and recalled entering downtown Olean on North Union sometime in 2014 when the road was ...

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Starting Thursday, New York State will allow outdoor dining at restaurants in regions that are in Phase 2 of the reopening process, Gov.  Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday. The Western New York Region, which includes the Greater Olean area, entered Phase 2 Tuesday. According to a press release ...

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OLEAN, NY — "Opening up is exciting," The Sports Locker co-owner Jason Palumbo told Rep. Tom Reed, who was about to enter the West State Street shop from the back door off the parking lot on South Sixth Street. Reed, who represents the 23rd congressional district, asked co-owner Tom Palumbo, if ...

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Reopening across New York State needs to move as quickly as possible, Rep. Tom Reed said in a media call Wednesday. Reed, a Republican who represents the 23rd Congressional district, referenced a Siena College Research Institute poll released Wednesday that showed the majority of respondents ...

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ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — The university will furlough 80 employees beginning on June 1 in an effort to cut costs over the summer, SBU’s Chief Communications Officer Tom Missel confirmed to TAPinto Greater Olean Wednesday.  According to Missel, about 60% of those to be furloughed are hourly ...

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Government, business and education leaders from the Greater Olean area are disappointed that the state will not allow Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties to reopen on Friday. The state is taking a regional approach to reopening. New York’s Western New York region, which includes the ...

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OLEAN, NY – The Hampton Inn and Suites being built at 1404 Buffalo St. will not open this summer because of construction restrictions in place for the coronavirus pandemic. Andrew Cuomo's March 7 executive order stated all nonessential construction sites must safely shut down, and that ...

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will disburse $1,031,061 in grants to expand coronavirus testing in the 23rd Congressional district, which includes the Greater Olean area. The Southern Tier Community Health Network in Olean will receive $252,604, the Chautauqua Center in ...

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OLEAN, NY — Lauren Kirchmyer and Melanie McGovern of the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York will speak about finding trustworthy businesses, brands and charities during the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce’s virtual “Lunch and Learn” event on Tuesday at noon. “BBB will show you how ...

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OLEAN, NY — The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is moving its Community-Wide Garage Sale from the end of May to June 20 and is encouraging signups be completed after May 15, after it confirms with the Cattaraugus County Health Department that the event can proceed. “Our office has the ...

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CUBA, NY — The Chamber of Commerce has canceled 2020 Dairy Days because of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a post on the Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page: "Some restrictions may be lifted by then, but this event would happen very early in the timeline of opening up businesses and ...

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Rachel Askey does not dispute the need to cover mouths and noses during the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s impossible to be in any store or shopping situation and not be within six feet of people, especially for cashiers,” the owner of Askey’s General Supply Company in Olean said. “So it is really ...

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The Center for Elder Law & Justice and the Alzheimer's Association have partnered to present two sessions of a virtual workshop titled "Legal and Financial Planning for Dementia." Attorney Jesslyn Holbrook will discuss New York’s laws and practices, as well as the new state budget and how it ...

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Cattaraugus County Public Health Director Dr. Kevin Watkins said he understands that people are experiencing cabin fever during the coronavirus pandemic and that they worry about the economy. But he cautioned that before the economy can reopen, widespread testing must occur. For now, Watkins ...

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New York's statewide unemployment rate rose to 4.5 percent in March, reflecting the state’s largest drop in private sector jobs since 2009. According to a report released by the New York State Department of Labor on Tuesday, 43,000 jobs were lost in the private sector in March. A total of ...

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OLEAN, NY — The Workforce Readiness Program of Jamestown Community College and the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce will host the live broadcast of Leadercast 2020: Positive Disruption on May 7 from the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Georgia, directly to attendees' home or work ...

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The most striking statistic coming out of Western New York in a new Siena College Research Institute survey is the high percentage of CEOs who had already laid off workers, Don Levy, the institute’s director, said Friday. Fifty-seven percent of the Western New York CEOs who took part in the ...

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Business leaders’ support for relaxing COVID-19 restrictions is higher in Western New York than other parts of upstate New York, according to survey released Thursday by the Siena College Research Institute. The survey found that 43% of Western New York CEOs feel New York state should plan to ...

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The Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism is conducting a survey to learn how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting businesses in the county. Businesses can take the survey online at https://www.CattCo.org/COVID-19-business-survey or by phone at ...

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The federal stimulus bill will provide $350 billion in loans to small businesses, but that allocation could increase, Rep. Tom Reed said during his media call Tuesday. “It is very clear to me that there is broad bipartisan support for upping that $350 billion limit,” Reed said. “We are seeing ...

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OLEAN, NY –  The Olean Area Federal Credit Union announced Thursday it will transition to drive-thru and ATM services only until further notice effective Monday. All branch lobbies will be closed to the public, but loan and account services will be available by appointment as needed. The ...

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 OLEAN, NY —The Jandoli Institute will sponsor “Working with Local Media,” a workshop for community organizations, on Thursday, March 19, at the Olean Public Library. The session, scheduled for 7 p.m., is designed to help participants learn what editors look for in press releases and how they ...

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 OLEAN, NY –Jeff Zewe has been appointed president and CEO of Upper Allegheny Health System (UAHS), Olean General Hospital (OGH) and Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC), effective March 15. Zewe has been senior vice president and chief operating officer at UAHS since 2015. “I am honored ...

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OLEAN, NY – Tim Lyons plans to be at work Sunday just to "see how things go." Lyons, who manages the Tops on West State Street, was among employees and owners at three local supermarkets weighing in on how the New York Bag Waste Reduction Law, in effect starting Sunday, will affect grocery store ...

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OLEAN, NY – Michael P. Schneider, CEO/COO of Southern Tier Security of Olean, will be the presenter at the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Lunch and Learn” event on Tuesday at noon.  The topic of the workshop is workplace safety and prevention. “Businesses and organizations that ...

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OLEAN, NY – The Hampton Inn and Suites being constructed at 1404 Buffalo St. is expected to open in June. David Hart, president and CEO of Hart Hotels, said materials have been arriving on time and the project in on track. Hart Hotels of Buffalo and Krog Group of Orchard Park are developing the ...

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Sabrina Dunning walked into the Giant Food Mart of Cuba at 5:15 p.m. Saturday prepared for the store to be busy. Not only was it the first of the month, which is usually busier than other days, but it was also the day before the Big Game.   And busy it was. As she walked in from the ...

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OLEAN, NY – Dan Jordan, professional photographer and “eagle whisperer,” will host the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce’s first “Lunch and Learn” event of the year on Feb. 11 at noon. The topic of ​his workshop is bald eagles from Western New York​, and Jordan will discuss their near ...

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