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

Being a member of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce is one of the best investments your business can make.  There are so many benefits - free business counseling and financial assistance, networking and professional development opportunities, exclusive discounts for your business and your employees and a strong, unified voice to represent your interests in Albany.   We can even save your business money on electricity and natural gas costs!

SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPS FREE TO CHAMBER MEMBERS
   
"The Power of Your Inbox" 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 Power of Your Inbox" is a Constant Contact workshop and 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  or by phone at 585-343-7440 ext. 1026. 
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.
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.

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 members.
  • 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 application on our website.
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. (link to Premier membership benefits). 
 
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.
MAY TOURISM NEWS

Thank you!

The New York State Travel Industry Association would like to thank the following Chamber members for their generous donations to the Destinations of NYS Travel, Tourism, Hospitality & Culinary College Scholarship Fund.  The "getaways' auction raised nearly $11,000 for NYS Tourism Scholarships, up from $6,000 in 2016.  Kelly Rapone chaired this year's scholarship auction committee. The auction was held on April 25th at the Lake Placid Olympic Complex during the Empire State Tourism Conference.  
  • Alex's Place
  • Batavia Country Club
  • Darien Lake Amusement Park
  • Genesee Country Village & Museum
  • Hidden Valley Animal Adventures
  • Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises
  • Medina Railroad Museum
  • Palm Island Indoor Waterpark
  • Sleepy Hollow Lake Campground
  • Subway (Batavia)
  • Terry Hills Golf Course
 
New partnership brings increased event participation in tournaments at Batavia Sports Park

The 2017 Empire Cup College Showcase has teamed with Elite Tournaments and US Youth Soccer Region 1 to bring the Eastern Regional League to Batavia, NY. Over the next two weekends (May 6-7 and May 13-14) Genesee County will host over 3,000 soccer players, plus coaches, families and fans, as the tournaments are played at the Batavia Sports Park and Genesee Community College fields.

Historically this tournament draws teams from throughout New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Canada. With this new partnership, the event has shown significant growth and the influx of visitors and the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce estimates that this event will create over a $1.1-million-dollar economic impact during the span of the two tournament weekends from both hotel stays as well as visiting local restaurants and shops. The tournament will generate over 1200 room nights at area hotels.

This tournament invites all USYSA and US Club Soccer affiliated boys and girls U13 through U19 teams to participate. Players not only get the opportunity to play with and against the top teams in Region 1; they also get the chance to showcase their abilities and talents to recruits at the collegiate level.

The Genesee County Visitor Center will be open to assist visitors in finding local destinations by providing the new dining guide, maps, visitors guide and area coupons from participating merchants.
 
 
Visitor Coupons Now Available

Our 2017 Discounts and Deals booklets have arrived!  Thank you to all of this year's participants. 3,000 copies of this have been printed and distribution will be exclusive to the area hotels, key area attractions, the Batavia Sports Park and at the Genesee County Visitor Center.  The booklet includes over 30 coupons with over than $150 savings to our visitors. This is a free promotion provided to area businesses by the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce.   For information on how to be included in future promotions such as this, please contact Lauren Humphrey, visit@geneseeny.com .
WHAT TICKS CUSTOMERS OFF, WHAT MAKES THEM HAPPY?
 
Here's the good news: It's just as easy to make customers happy as it is to tick them off. The tough part is doing the right things more often.  MarketingSherpa  researchers recently asked customers what made them most satisfied when they did business with a company. 

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it."                                          - Maya Angelou
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
MAY 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 !
                
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