The Dr. Robert R. Hesse Welcome and Business Center provides Chautauquans and guests with business services and a professional workspace located in the Main Gate Welcome Center. Outside the nine-week summer season, a gate pass is not required to use the Business Center facilities. The center is climate-controlled and provides complimentary business-grade internet and Wi-Fi. Fee-based business services include a state-of-the-art printer, scanner, photocopier and faxing equipment. Lamination services are also available.

A donation from the Dr. Robert R. Hesse family supported the renovations necessary to create this essential facility. Dr. Hesse served as Chautauqua Institution's 14th president from 1977 until 1983. He is credited by many as being a catalyst to Chautauqua’s recent success.

Work Space Options

There are two types of office spaces, each providing a professional business environment:

  1. Shared work space: Common office lobby space, available on a first-come basis. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Cellphone use is prohibited in the shared work space area.
  2. Private office suites: Professional surroundings, supplies and utilities. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; other hours by appointment (call 716-357-6263). The minimum rental period is 30 minutes. A laptop computer (Windows or Mac) can be rented for use in any of the private work spaces. Suite details below. Climate-controlled space; dress accordingly. Catering and technical services are available for a fee.

Notary Services

On-grounds Notary Publics are staff of Chautauqua Institution and are located on the grounds. Notaries are generally available during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. There is no fee for notary services.

Chautauqua Institution Notary Reference Chart


Services Fee Schedule

Office Services

Office Services

Xerox Machine
Black & white printing or copying (pricing is per side)

  • 8½" x 11" paper — $.25
  • 8" x 14" paper — $.50
  • 11" x 17" paper — $0.50

Color printing or copying (pricing is per side)

  • 8½" x 11" paper — $0.50
  • 8" x 14" paper — $1
  • 11" x 17" paper — $1

Fax Services

  • Fax Services (doesn’t include NYS tax): 
  • Credit Card
  • $1/fax
  • To receive a fax at: 716-357-5823
  • $5/fax (cash or credit, includes NYS tax) 
  • Pick up at Information Office

Lamination Services

  • Card size — $1
  • 8½" x 11" — $2