OLEAN — In 2011, the GOACC’s membership committee began hosting seminars every six weeks. Each seminar featured a topic of concern to our membership and were at no cost for Chamber members. The 2013-2014 schedule of seminars has now been set.

The first two seminars will take you Out of This World on Sept. 9 and 30, from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. This two-part series with take you to the Dresser-Rand Challenger Learning Center and to Mars! This personal enrichment lunch and learn will take you on the first manned mission to the Red Planet … the countdown has begun! Come spend an hour finding out what the REAL obstacles are when sending a manned mission to Mars — rocket power, staying alive, the human factor, search for life. This class will be held two different dates covering a variety of topics.

Back by popular demand, the photography seminars are scheduled for Mondays, Sept. 16 and 23, and Oct. 7 and 28.  Dan Jordan of Jordan Photography & Consulting will be hosting a four-day workshop on Digital Photography for the Non-Digital Generation. The workshop will be held at noon at the GOACC office. Space is limited. These classes will cover everything from the basics to semi-advanced! Class schedule is: Sept. 16 Basic Understanding of Digital, Sept. 23 How Do I Work this Darned Camera?, Oct. 7 Sharing My Photos & Printing Assistance, and Oct. 28 Bonus Content: How Do I Become a Better Photographer? The four seminars are $20 for GOACC members ($40 for non-members).

Future seminars include Managing Your Time Using New Technology instructed by John Stevens on Nov. 6 at noon. You will learn how apps on smartphones, iPads and laptops can help people stay on task.

Public Speaking:  More Confidence, Less Stress will be held Dec. 11 at noon and will be led by Anna Bush of Positive Moves Consulting.

Excellence in Wellness will take place Jan. 23, time announced at a later date. Kelly A. Stranburg will show attendees easy steps to creating a workplace wellness program.

Leadership Skills and Basic (Non-Social Media) Marketing Skills will be featured in seminars on March 5 and April 16.

The seminars, with the exception of the Mars program, are held at the Chamber office at 120 North Union St. in Olean, and are FREE for members, with a $10 charge for non-GOACC members (with the exception of the four photography courses).

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact GOACC at (716) 372-4433 or email betty@oleanny.com.