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News from the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
2016 certainly was a monumental year in the history of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce.  The year's many events were dominated by the building project that saw the Chamber move from into our new home at 8276 Park Road in the Town of Batavia.  While the actual project took nearly 22 months from start to finish, the move represents the culmination of nearly 20 years of fulfilling the vision of Chamber boards throughout those years to better serve Genesee County by operating a visitor's center near the Thruway that could drive more visitor traffic deeper into the county's business communities. 

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GRAND OPENING AND RIBBON CUTTING
 
The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on January 19th for our new Chamber Office and Visitors Center at
8276 Park Road, Batavia.  The festivities will begin with a ribbon-cutting at 3 p.m. followed by a public open house
from 3-6 p.m. Please join us as we celebrate this historic event for the Chamber and Genesee County!
HOME SHOW VENDOR BOOTHS FILLING UP QUICKLY!
 
Plans are gearing up for the 4th Annual Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Home Show to be held March 31, April 1-2, 2017 at the Falleti Ice Arena, Evans Street, Batavia.  Last year's Home Show was a great success with over 2,000 people attending. 
 
Applications are now being taken for vendor booth space at a cost of $375 per booth for Genesee County Chamber members and $475 for non-Chamber members.  We are anticipating another sell-out this year so don't be left out - contact Kelly Bermingham at 585-343-7440 ext. 1026 or by email at kbermingham@geneseeny.com

Download the vendor booth application by clicking here
ARE YOU A PREMIER MEMBER?
 
For just $100 more than your base membership, you can increase the visibility of your business or organization through increased recognition at Chamber events and with Chamber services and products throughout the year.  For a complete list of Premier Chamber Member Benefits click here.
 
All Premier members are featured in every ChamberOnline newsletter.  Click on the link in the right column of this newsletter for a complete list of current Premier Chamber members.
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 FREE to Chamber members and $10 to non-Chamber members.   For more information contact Kelly Bermingham or call 585-343-7440 ext. 1026.
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. 

A 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.  
 
For more information on all of the Chamber trips, visit the Chamber's website at www.geneseeny.com/Trips.
January- TOURISM NEWS

The Chamber's Tourism program will be distributing Genesee County visitor information at the following consumer travel shows this month.
 
January 4-8: Cleveland, OH: Ohio RV Supershow, ohiorvshow.com
 
January 7-15: Pittsburgh RV Show, Pittsburgh, PA, pittrvshow.com

January 13-15: Cleveland Outdoor Adventure Show, Cleveland, OH, sportandtravelexpo.com

January 13-16: Boston, MA: Boston RV & Camping Expo, bostonrvexpo.com

January 20-22: New Jersey Trailer & Camping Show, Edison, NJ, gsevents.com

January 20-22: Northeast Recreational Vehicle & Camping Show, Hartford, CT, ctrvshow.com
 
January 20-29: WNY RV Dealers Show, Hamburg, NY, wnyrvshow.com
 
January 24-25: Snowbird Extravaganza Show, Lakeland, FL, snowbirdextravaganza.com
 
January 27-29: Pittsburgh, PA: Tri-State Outdoor Expo, tristateoutdoorexpo.com
 
January 28-Feb 5: Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia Auto Show, adagp.com
 
 
2017 Dining Guide -
Restaurant Advertising Opportunity
Each season the Chamber updates and reprints the very popular dining guide. 8,000 dining guides will be printed in February 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.
 
Again this year we are providing area restaurants an opportunity to highlight
their businesses with display advertising.  The Dining Guides will be complete and distribution will begin by April 1. (Feb 17th Deadline to participate)
 
  Click here for more details and to sign up today! 
 
   
2017 Visitor Discounts & Deals
If you would like to participate in our visitor discounts program for 2017, please fill out the attached form and return it to Lauren Humphrey at the Chamber by January 20, 2017.  We will distribute these special offers to incoming sports teams, conferences, golf package guests and other visitors to Genesee County this year. 
Click here for more details and to sign up today! 
YOUR MOST IMPORTANT RESOLUTION FOR 2017? FORGET ABOUT TIME MANAGEMENT AND DO THIS INSTEAD
 
As 2016 draws to a close and the New Year approaches, many of us take the time to reflect and make some resolutions to change our behavior or maybe even our way of thinking:
 
What went wrong that I can correct?  What can I do better?  What can I change to make me more effective?

QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself."                                                   - Eleanor Roosevelt
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
JANUARY 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 Genesee

 

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
New Members
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