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News from the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Whew!  This past month is the busiest on the Chamber's calendar with a number of major events.
 
We started off the month with the 45th Annual Awards Ceremony in which we honored Liberty Pumps as Business of the Year, Foxprowl Collectables as Entrepreneurial Business of the Year, Stein Farms as Agricultural Business of the Year, Red Osier Landmark Restaurant with Special Service Recognition of the Year and Steve and Lisa Grice as Geneseeans of the Year.  Over 300 people attended this beautiful evening to recognize these worthy recipients.

YOUR CHAMBER NOW OFFERS LICENSED PROFESSIONAL NOTARY PUBLIC SERVICES

We are now offering licensed professional notary public services!

Why do documents need to be notarized?

A notary public acts as an impartial third-party witness to not only the signature of a document, but also that all parties who signed a document did so willingly and under their own free will.

Types of documents that may require notarization:
     * Wills
     * Trusts
     * Deeds
     * Contracts
     * Affidavits

Be Prepared:   Bring your UNSIGNED document and a valid, government issued photo ID with you when you visit for notary services.

*This service will be free for Chamber members;
$2 for non-members.
SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPS FREE TO CHAMBER MEMBERS
 
Constant Contact and Search Engine Optimization are the subjects of the next two Small Business Workshops.
 
These business workshops are held in conjunction with the United States Small Business Administration and the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce.  The workshops are open to all Chamber and non-Chamber businesses and their employees and will offer expert advice from experienced business professionals designed to help small businesses succeed and grow.
 
The Constant Contact Workshop is scheduled for May 10 and Search Engine Optimization is scheduled for June 7.  SBA workshops are held at the Chamber office and start at 7:30 a.m.  They are free to Chamber members and $10 to non-Chamber members.   For more information contact Kelly Bermingham at   kbermingham@geneseeny.com or by phone at 585-343-7440 ext. 1026.
CHAMBER TRAVEL TRIPS - CHINA
 
The most popular destination the Genesee County Chamber has ever sponsored - China - is being offered again this year after a two-year layoff.  The Chamber has sent over 1,000 travelers to China and this year's tour promises to be one of the best.   The nine-day trip will take place from October 7-15, 2017 and includes roundtrip airfare, 4-and 5-star hotel accommodations, 3 meals each day, deluxe bus tours, fluent English-speaking guides and entrance fees for attractions - all for just $2,199 per person!  
 
For more information on the China trip, visit the Chamber's website at www.geneseeny.com/Trips.
DID YOU KNOW? 
 
Chamber members can take advantage of exclusive  discount programs including our Member 2 Member Discount Program. Members are offered discounts to area businesses not only for your business but for your employees as well. Click here for more information and to view the current list of discounts.
APRIL TOURISM NEWS

201 7 Vacation Planner Now Available:
The 2017 Vacation Planner is produced each year by the Chamber to showcase the wide array of activities and attraction s that visitors can enjoy while visiting our area.

This year's cover features the Blast Off ride at Darien Lake and conveys the fun that visitors can expect to have in our county.  Special features of this years' guide include the City Canvas Art Trail, Batavia Brewing Company, and The Ramble music festival. 
 
The visitor guide is a great planning tool for visitors, but is also very informative for our area residents who may be unaware of the leisure and recreational opportunities that we have right here in our own county.  We hope that residents will plan fun, local outings when welcoming visiting friends and family this year.
 
The Chamber produces 80,000 copies for distribution at key tourism locations and consumer and trade travel shows throughout the Northeast US and Canada.  
  • In addition, 30,000 black and white tear-off city/county maps have also been produced and includes listings and plotting's of those businesses that have advertised in our visitor guide.  The map pads are popular with hotel front desks and area gas stations.
You can view the digital version here.  

2017 Dining Guide Now Available: 


Each season the Chamber updates and reprints this very popular dining guide for distribution to hotel & campground guests, sports teams, golf package customers as well as conference and convention attendees. 8,000 dining guides are printed each spring and are distributed primarily through the hotels and campgrounds, the Batavia Sports Park, the Visitor Information Center as well as to each visitor who requests  one through our web site.
 




Incoming Groups
The Magician's FFFF Convention returns to us once again on April 26-29. There will be over 250 people from 21 different countries attending this most prestigious gathering of close-up magicians. The Quality Inn is the headquarters but they will be visiting our local restaurants and shops while in town. There is an event open to the public on Sunday April 30th, hosted by MAWNY (Magicians Alliance of Western New York). This International Evening Show starts at 6:30 (doors open at 6:10) and the cost is $13 for adults, and $10 for children 10 and under and is at the Quality Inn, 8250 Park Road. www.mawny.org

Our sporting events kickoff with a tournament April 29-30 held by the NYWODP (New York West Olympic Development Program) at the Batavia Sports Park and has 500 soccer players competing throughout the weekend. In total that weekend, we expect to have over 1,500 visitors to the county. The following two weekends, the Empire Cup Soccer College Show case is held at the Batavia Sports Park. This year Empire Cup has partnered with Elite Tournaments along with the US Youth Soccer Region 1, this change has grown the tournaments significantly. The boys weekend is May 6-7 and the girls weekend is May 13-14, each weekend our hotels have over 300 rooms booked and we are expecting over 2,000 visitors to the county.  
 BUSINESS AND SCHOOLS CONNECT THROUGH BEA PROGRAMMING

The  Business Education Alliance (BEA) is housed at
 the C
hamber of Commerce. 
 Connecting business  members with our schools,  the BEA creates and delivers programs that are designed to create a stronger future workforce for the businesses in Genesee County. 
 
The Mission of the Business Education Alliance is to foster a partnership between business and education, and to assist students in preparing for the world of work.  This is accomplished through programming such as Junior Achievement, business tours for students and educators, mock interviews, career exploration camps, career fairs, job shadows, and more.  Business members are afforded the opportunity to interact with local students through in-school programs as well as community based programs. 
 
This Summer, 250 middle school students will explore a variety of careers through the interactive BEA Summer Career Exploration Camps!  From culinary arts to construction, student will learn about potential careers, and about careers available here in Genesee County by creating, experiencing, and interacting.  The camps are subsidized through donations, sponsorships, and volunteerism to keep them affordable for our students. 
 
The BEA is a member organization that relies upon the support of the business community and the local schools to fund its programming.  If you are interested in becoming a member of this organization, or sponsoring a program or event, please contact Karyn Winters at (585) 343-7440 or kwinters@geneseeny.com.
 
Join us today to create a stronger workforce tomorrow!
THE NUMBER 1 SECRET TO PRODUCTIVITY!
 
What is the key to productivity? How do some people consistently produce large quantities of groundbreaking work? It's not magic. They all utilize this one simple secret.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

"Our emerging workforce is not interested in command-and-control leadership.  They don't want to do things because I said so; they want to do things because they want to do them."                                               - Irene Rosenfeld
Your Chamber Resources:
 
Kelly Bermingham,  Director of Membership & Special Events
 
Ginny Elsasser , Staff Accountant
 
Melissa A. George , Executive Assistant
 
Lauren Humphrey Tourism Marketing Assistant

Kelly Rapone , Tourism Marketing Director
 
Tom Turnbull , President

Karyn Winters, Business Education Alliance Director
KWinters@GeneseeNY.com
APRIL 2017
Thank you
Chamber
 Champions!
 

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank our Chamber Champions:

 

Alex's Place  

 

Clark Patterson Lee

 

Freed Maxick

              

Lawley

 

National Grid

 

Terry Hills Golf Course, Restaurant, & Banquet Facility

 

Turnbull Heating & Air

 

Tompkins- Bank of Castile/

Tompkins Insurance  

 

United Memorial
Medical Center

 

These businesses have taken the lead role in investing in our Chamber's mission of enhancing business and community development in Genesee County.  To find out how your business can become a Chamber Champion, contact Kelly Bermingham 

at 585-343-7440.

Thank you
 
Welcome
Looking for something to do? Check out the Community Events Calendar on the Chamber Website !
                
2016 - 2017 Chamber Business Directories are now available. 
 
Stop on by the Chamber Office at 
8276 Park Road, 
to pick up one, or two, or even three for your office!!! 


GENESEE COUNTY MAPS AVAILABLE 
AT THE CHAMBER
 
The new Genesee County full-color map is now available at  the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce free of charge.  Stop by the Chamber office during regular business hours at 
8276 Park Road, Batavia and pick up your copy.

E-Z PASS TAGS AVAILABLE AT THE GENESEE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
 
As a convenience to area residents, the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce sells E-Z Pass tags. In conjunction with the New York State Thruway Authority, E-Z Pass tags are conveniently available at the Chamber for $25 each.
 
Here's how it works:  Stop by the Chamber and buy a prepackaged kit for $25.  Register the Tag. Install and use! Once registered, it can be replenished as needed.  Enjoy the convenience and savings (10%) by using E-Z Pass.

Please note our new address: 
 
Genesee County Chamber & Visitor Center
8276 Park Road
Batavia, NY 14020

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8276 Park Road
Batavia, NY 14020
M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm
585-343-7440