Professional Development

Employers must balance cost-savings with increasing needs for on-going staff development and training. The Chamber is dedicated to Members’ success in their business and professional life, and programs such as IGNITE (, Leadership Cayuga, the Small Business Development Center, Auburn SCORE, and various seminars and workshops can be strategically utilized to enhance skills, promote problem-solving, and motivate greater commitment.

Educational Opportunities at the Chamber


Educational Opportunities

The Chamber’s educational opportunities enable Member businesses and organizations to train and develop their employees, from new hires to seasoned managers. The Chamber offers specialized topics essential to business success today, and Members are encouraged to incorporate them into their training and development strategy as a cost-effective means to enhance their human resources.
Find upcoming seminars in our Weekly Email OR on the Community Calendar.

Educational Seminars

Educational Seminars are 1-2 hour events that center around a specific topic and allow you access to experts in the field of human resources, accounting, time management, leadership, marketing, and many more topics. These events are free for Chamber Members and only $20 for non-members.

Past Educational Seminar Topics include:
Networking 101
Paid Family Leave Act – What Employers Need to Know
The True Cost of Replacing an Employee
Understanding Your Financials

Have an idea for an Educational Seminar or want to share your knowledge?
Email Jessica Wrench at

Lunch and Learn 

Lunch and learn is an opportunity to showcase your knowledge to the business community. These can be run with either a brown bag lunch where attendees bring their lunch OR by having lunch provided by the speaker. These opportunities are kept to an hour to accommodate for the lunch hour.

Want to host a Lunch and Learn at the Chamber?
Email Jessica Wrench at


Workshops go deeper into a subject or topic, are 2-4 hours in length and allow for attendees to work on or collaborate on the topic. These seminars usually have a nominal cost and a discount is offered to Chamber Members.

Have an idea for a Workshop at the Chamber?
Email Jessica Wrench at


The SECURE Act - How this Legislation Affects Your Retirement Plan

Recent changes to Federal law, called the SECURE Act, will affect your retirement plan and your beneficiaries. Part of this new legislation also pertains to changes in the 401k plan marketplace and rules affecting these plans.

If your business is considering implementing a 401k plan, this webinar covers the tax credits your business may qualify for with regards to establishing a 401k plan under the new SECURE Act rules.

This webinar was recorded February 13, 2020, and hosted by the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce. The webinar was presented by Jeremy Caza of The Carta Group.
View the webinar