News from the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce
A lot has been going on at your Chamber of Commerce since our last newsletter. The big news is that we have moved into our new home at 8276 Park Road. While all of the work hasn't been completed for our new Visitors Center, we are settling in to the Chamber offices upstairs and watching with excited anticipation the progress on the Visitors Center downstairs on a daily basis. Construction of the Visitors Center is expected to be completed in early December and we will continue to dress up the interior with an anticipated Grand Opening - and ribbon cutting, of course - in early January.
NEW CHAMBER ADDRESS
Just a reminder, the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce has moved into our new office and visitor center. Please be sure to change our mailing address to Genesee County Chamber of Commerce,
8276 Park Road, Batavia, NY 14020. And feel free to stop in anytime and check out our new home!
P.W. MINOR LAUNCH PARTY - DECEMBER 15
The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a launc
h party for two new P.W. Minor brands - Batavia Boot & Shoe Company (Men's Fashions) and Abram's Boot Company (work boots). The launch party will be held at Charles Men Shop located at 200 East Main Street from
7:00 -10:00 p.m. on December 15
P.W. Minor is in the process of opening a retail store at the former Chamber office location at 210 East Main Street.
If you are a Chamber member and haven't yet received an invitation to the launch contact
at 585-343-7440 ext. 1027.
CELEBRATE AGRICULTURE DINNER TICKETS GOING ON SALE
Plans are already underway for the 15th Annual Celebrate Agriculture Dinner which will take place Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Alexander Fire Hall. This annual event is a celebration of Genesee County's number one industry - Agriculture. The highlight of the night is a delicious meal using locally produced foods prepared by Penna's Catering. The dinner is open to the public.
Tickets are now on sale at the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $30 each or a table of 10 can be purchased for $275. Sponsorship's are also available which help support agriculture educational events in Genesee County. Only 400 tickets will be sold. Order your tickets now as the event is known for selling out quickly. Tickets will not be available at the door. For ticket information contact Melissa at the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce at 585-343-7440 x 1027.
The Celebrate Ag Dinner is coordinated by the following partners: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County, Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, Genesee County Soil & Water Conservation District and Genesee County Farm Bureau.
SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPS FREE TO CHAMBER MEMBERS
The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce has set our workshop schedule for the first four months of 2017. They include January 11 - Technology Tips for Small Business - Greg Lindberg presenter; February 8 - Marketing and Sales in the New Millennium - Steve Martin presenter; March 8 - Social Media 3.0 - Improving your Social Media Marketing - Greg Lindberg, presenter; and April 5 - The Fundamentals of Negotiation - Steve Martin, presenter. All workshops are held in conjunction with the Small Business Administration. SBA workshops are held at the Chamber office and start at 7:30 a.m. They are
to Chamber members and $10 to non-Chamber members. For more information contact
or call 585-343-7440 ext. 1026.
ANNUAL CHAMBER AWARDS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at The Quality Inn & Suites, Batavia (formerly The Clarion Hotel).
At this time we will be presenting awards to deserving area businesses and individuals for their achievements in business,
community service and volunteerism.
Nominated businesses MUST be a Chamber Member in good standing. Deadline for nominations is December 30, 2016. Click here for more details and nomination form.
CHAMBER TRAVEL TRIPS -
CHINA IS BACK!
After a two-y
ear layoff, the Chamber is reviving its very popular China trip. The nine-day trip will take place from October 7-15, 2017 and includes round-trip 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!
The Genesee County Chamber has sent over 1,000 travelers to China and this once in a lifetime tour promises to be one of the best.
An orientation meeting will be held Monday, January 16 from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. at the new Chamber office, 8276 Park Rd., Batavia. Contact Melissa George at 585-343-7440 ext. 1027 for more information.
The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce is also offering two other fantastic travel opportunities in 2017. A special tour of
America's Music Cities - New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville
- is scheduled from April 23-30, 2017. Cost of the trip is only $2,899 per person for a double room and there are only a limited amount of reservations available.
Reflections of Italy
tour is scheduled for September 27 - October 6, 2017 and includes stops in Milan, Venice, Florence, Siena, Perugia, Assisi and Rome. Cost of the trip is only $4,119 per person for a double room and there are also only a limited amount of reservations available.
DECEMBER- TOURISM NEWS
New Visitor Information Center Volunteer Opportunity!
Do you love to tell people about all of the great things there are to see and do in and around Genesee County? Have the scoop on the best places to eat and unique places to shop? If so we'd like to invite you to serve as a Genesee County Ambassador at our new information center! Our volunteer opportunities are very flexible and you can sign up for as often as you like. Please see
the attached form
for more information or call
Have you sent us your brochures for the new Visitor Information Center?
As we prepare to officially open the visitor information center next month, we would like to highlight as many Genesee County hospitality businesses as possibly offering you free distribution of your "rack card". The rack space will be available on a first come, first served basis and is open to tourism related businesses: attractions, restaurants, accommodations, retailers, transportation, etc.
Only pre-approved rack cards will be made available through the visitor center. To reserve your spot for your business please contact
at the Chamber.
SAVE $$ ON YOUR BUSINESS' ELECTRIC COSTS WITH CHAMBER DISCOUNTS
Constellation Energy Services of New York, Inc. (formerly known as Integrys Energy Services of New York, Inc.) has been working with the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce and its members for many years. During that time, Constellation has provided the highest levels of customer service, competitive energy ricing and the most flexible energy product solutions that Southern Tier companies have needed to achieve their energy purchasing objectives.
Constellation has offices in Buffalo and its staff is all long-time residents of the region. When it comes to an energy organization that been in the market for many years focusing on the needs of the business community, there is no company that compares to Constellation, which is why your Chamber has continued to partner with Constellation to offer significant savings to our members.
Among the advantages of purchasing electricity from Constellation through the Chamber:
*Competitive pricing, local presence and a special
discount for Genesee County Chamber of Commerce
*Constellation Energy has a strong energy background
with local market expertise in upstate New York.
*Constellation Energy is endorsed by over 25 chambers of
commerce and associations statewide.
*Your choice of fixed or variable electric supply programs.
To learn more about how you can save money by purchasing your electricity from Constellation Energy through the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, fill out the
IF YOU WANT WORLD CLASS EMPLOYEES DO THESE SEVEN THINGS
Successful leaders recognize it's not enough for their team to work hard, pay their dues, and keep their heads down. This often leads to "middle box," average performance. Change your team's approach to work and have them become world-class employees.
It's easier than you think.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"Don't worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try."
Your Chamber Resources:
Director of Membership & Special Events
, Staff Accountant
Melissa A. George
, Executive Assistant
, Tourism Marketing Assistant
, BEA Coordinator
, Tourism Marketing Director
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.
|8276 Park Road
Batavia, NY 14020