Educational Opportunities

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The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce mission includes advancing economic vitality by education, among other things. In furtherance of this mission, the Chamber hosts a number of educational events and opportunities throughout the year. Download our 2018 Chamber Events Calendar and be sure to save the date for the events that pique your interest! Keep reading to learn more about our educationally opportunities, specifically.

Think Tanks

These events are held on the second Tuesday of each month. In odd months, they will take place from 4-6pm, and in even months, from 8-10am. Think Tanks always have an educational component (typically the first hour or so of the program) and end with a round table discussion. You can find all of the details on upcoming Think Tanks under the Events section of our Facebook page and on the News page of our website, just look for the latest Think Tank press release.

SPARK! Leadership Conference

The Annual SPARK! Leadership Conference takes place in March at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel. This conference offers incredible speakers and break-out session topics that help attendees sharpen their professional skills, learn cutting-edge techniques from industry leaders, and position themselves to the best leader they can be!

FAIR (Fundamentals of Alcohol Intoxication Recognition) Training - Spring 2019

We partner with the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department for a special education forum entitled FAIR Training (Fundamentals of Alcohol Intoxication Recognition) which is hosted each spring, typically in May. The forum is open to the public and taught by Schuyler County Sheriff Bill Yessman and Undersheriff Breck Spaulding. The training features a power point presentation, lecture, and question and answer period. A guide book will be provided by EC Cooper Insurance. The forum will provide training to those businesses in the community that serve alcohol. Most insurance companies require a seminar of this caliber. A certificate will be provided to participants upon successful completion of this presentation. Details will be announced in the early spring of 2019 for the next event.

TALES Customer Service and Hospitality Training - Spring 2019

The TALES Customer Service and Hospitality Training, presented by the Chamber’s Tourism Taskforce. TALES stands for Tourism and Leisure Exchange Summit and our theme is, "Your town is their adventure"! This action-packed day of informative seminars will focus on the keys of providing great customer service, outstanding hospitality, and building customer relationships. Happy, satisfied customers spend more money, make more return visits, and tell their friends about their experience with businesses they love. Attendees will leave with the tools they need to provide a stellar experience to all guests and thereby increasing their business' bottom line. Details on the 2019 event will be coming in the late winter 2019.

Leadership Schuyler

Leadership Schuyler is an intensive leadership development course. Participants take courses on varying topics taught by leaders in their fields from throughout the region. The goal is to build leadership qualities and characteristics in tomorrow's leaders. Details for 2018 are coming soon! In the meantime, you can call Chamber President and CEO Rebekah Carroll for additional information: 607-535-4300.