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

Occasionally we here from a Chamber member who is considering dropping their membership because they don't see the value in being a member of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce.  I recently had such an email and I thought I would share with you my reply:
 
Click here to read more...
SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION IS NEXT FREE CHAMBER WORKSHOP
   
Want to learn how to get your business website listed higher on the page on Google and other search engines?  The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce's next Small Business Workshop will help you answer that question and show you how to increase traffic on your website.
 
"Search Engine Optimization" is scheduled for June 7 and is the latest in a series of Small Business workshops.  SBA workshops are held at the Chamber office and start at 7:30 a.m. with an informal networking session followed by the one-hour workshop at 8 a.m.  All SBA workshops are free to Chamber members and only $10 to non-Chamber members.  
 
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.
 
 For more information contact Kelly Bermingham at kbermingham@geneseeny.com or by phone at
585-343-7440 ext. 1026.
2017-18 BUSINESS DIRECTORY
 
It's time for the new 2017-2018 edition of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Business Directory.  All Chamber Members get a free basic listing in the directory however, to appear in the 2017-2018 Business Directory, your dues must be paid by June 9, 2017.  If you have not done so and would like to make arrangements for payment, please feel free to contact Kelly Bermingham at 585-343-7440, ext. 26,  and she will be happy to help you do so. 
 
We would also like to offer you the opportunity to advertise your business or organization at a higher level by purchasing a separate advertisement to appear on the same page as your listing!  This advertisement can be one of 4 sizes and can be either black and white, or in full color for maximum impact.  These business directories are targeted advertising... all Chamber of Commerce members receive copies of this directory, so you will be reaching all of the local business leaders and their employees!
 
If you choose to advertise in this year's Business Directory or would like to change your business category listing, contact Kelly Bermingham.   Send us your logo and we can design your ad for you!  Your ad will be submitted back to you for final approval before printing.  Don't miss this amazing opportunity to reach the Chamber Membership and enhance your business.  
SUMMER IS HERE - IT'S TIME FOR GOLF
(OR BOCCE)

The Chamber's 45th Annual Golf Outing  will be held Wednesday, August 2nd at Batavia Country Club and Banquet Facility.  A Bocce tournament has been added for those non-golfers who want to participate.   Golf is $100 per person while Bocce is $60 per person.  Both include lunch, dinner and prizes.  Dinner only is $30 per person.  
For more information click here !
ROUND 7 NYS CFAs NOW OPEN

If you are interested in learning how to submit a Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) for NYS funding, you're invited to register for the CFA Workshop session before applications are due July 28th.

FLREDC CFA Workshop on June 6th at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva.  Click here for register.

Click here to see applications that were successfully funded in Round 6. 
LOW INTEREST LOANS AVAILABLE THROUGH YOUR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

You may qualify for a low interest loan or grant through the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce's Microenterprise Loan Program.  Take advantage of free of charge direct one-to-one counseling with a consultant from the New York State Small Business Development Center who can assist with preparing your loan application.  For more information visit our website
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.
MAKING THIS CHANGE CAN HELP YOU TAKE BACK 40 PERCENT OF YOUR TIME EACH WEEK
 
Imagine spending two full days each week just sitting in meetings. Oh, wait--you already do. And, a Bain & Company study found, most leaders rate more than half of these get-togethers as ineffective. Yet the calendar creep continues: "The percentage of time an organization collectively spends in meetings has increased every year since 2008," says Michael Mankins, a partner at Bain and co-author of Time, Talent, Energy. When Mankins and his partners dove deep into this issue, they found the average manager spends just 6.5 hours a week on real work. "But when leaders treat time as a scarce resource," he explains, "they can liberate as much as 40 percent of unproductive time for executives and employees." Here's how to set your company's schedules free.  Click here to read more!
TOURISM NEWS

Visitor Center Extends Hours
The new visitor center began operating with extended seasonal hours on Friday, May 26th.   Weekdays the visitor Center is open at 8:30am-6:30pm and on weekends it is open 11am to 6:30pm and is staffed by community volunteers.  If you would like to display your tourism related information at the visitor center, please contact Lauren Humphrey.
 
2018 Visitor Guide Early Bird Discount Now Available.
Advertising  is now open for the 2018 Genesee County Visitor Guide.  Contracts and payments received by July 1st will receive a 10% rate discount.  Chamber members also receive $100 off advertising rates.  As we've seen an increased demand for this publication, we will be increasing our print quantity by 20,000 for a total of 100,000 distribution.  Please see the attached 
contract/rate sheet and be in touch with Kelly Rapone or Lauren Humphrey with questions or to reserve your space. Ad design is included in the rate. 

Peak Tourism Dates 2017
Click here to see dates that area businesses should expect to see an influx of visitors.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH

"It's all about the people at the end of the day."
                                 - Paul J. Sarvadi, CEO, Insperity Inc.
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

JUNE 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.

Looking for something to do? Check out the Community Events Calendar on the Chamber Website !


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.


The BEA is pleased to be offering our Summer Career Exploration Camps again this summer!  There are 7 different camps to choose from, each highlighting a separate career cluster.  The camps are $95 for day camps and include field trips, t-shirts, camp materials and lunch each day.  This low price is only possible through the generosity of sponsors in our local community.
 
Please help support these experiences for our youth...be a camp sponsor!  Click here for more details!
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