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News from the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce

October promises to be a busy and exciting month here at your Genesee County Chamber of Commerce.
Not only will we have our Annual Meeting luncheon and regular events such as ribbon cuttings and small business workshops, but we will be moving into our new Chamber offices and Visitors Center at 8276 Park Road - right next to the Quality Inn (Formerly the Clarion Hotel) and across the street from the Genesee County Sheriff's office.

As of October 31, the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce will be moving into our new office and visitor center.  Please change our mailing address to Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, 8276 Park Road, Batavia, NY  14020.
Come join the staff at your local Batavia Walmart as they kick off a new national training program known as Walmart Academy. Your Batavia Walmart houses an Academy training center that will train all hourly and salaried managers from twenty Walmart stores located in western New York. The Batavia Walmart will host visiting employees for several weeks at a time, who will shop local businesses while attending Walmart Academy. You are invited to join staff and vendors as they celebrate on Tuesday October 11th 2016 7:30am-4:30pm @ Walmart 4133 Veterans Memorial Drive Batavia, NY.  Ribbon cutting is scheduled for 7:30 a.m.
You are cordially invited to attend the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, October 26 at Rochester Club West at Bohn's, 5256 Clinton St. Rd., Batavia.  This year's meeting will feature the election of Chamber board members, a Year in Review of Chamber activities and keynote speaker Mark Peterson, President and CEO of the Greater Rochester Enterprise.
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with a buffet lunch beginning promptly at noon.  Cost is $25 per person. 
Contact Melissa George at 343-7440 ext. 27 or email to make your reservations.  
The final two Chamber Small Business Workshops of 2016 are scheduled as follows:  "Year-End Tax Planning Tips for Small Business" - October 12; and "Strategic Planning for Small Business".  Small business 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. 26.
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.   Click here for more details and nomination form. 
With the move to our new building at 8276 Park Road this fall, the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce is in need of some storage space to store some of our seasonal items (signs, decorations, etc.)  used for our annual events.  If any Chamber member has any extra space (100-200 sq. ft.) that they could donate to the Chamber, please contact Tom Turnbull at or by phone at 343-7440 ext. 29.  Your help would be greatly appreciated! 
The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce is offering two 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.  
The Chamber is also offering a Reflections of Italy tour 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.    A special PowerPoint presentation on the Reflections of Italy tour will be held on Monday, November 7 at 5:30 p.m. at our new chamber office at 8276 Park Road, Batavia. 
Please RSVP to Melissa George at 5858-343-7440 ext. 27.  For more information, visit the Chamber's website

What is UnionPay?
Last month, our tourism staff had the opportunity to attend the I Love NY International Marketing Forum.  We heard from representatives in the ILNY offices of UK, China, Germany and Australia markets as well as a presentation from China's UnionPay International representative.  The forum was very helpful in providing us with action steps to increase our international marketing efforts.
The Chinese market in particular is growing rapidly in our region, which is why we need to consider UnionPay.  This is the only national bankcard association in China established under the approval of the State Council and the People's Bank of China.  Therefore, it has 100% domestic Chinese familiarity.  Many of you are likely already set up to accept this form of payment - if your business accepts Discover, than you can accept UnionPay - your only action step would be to display UnionPay branding along with your other accepted forms of payment so that Chinese visitors feel confident in using their card at your location.  We are working with UnionPay International to acquire appropriate signage, but in the meantime we would recommend downloading this logo and taping it up with your other payment signage.  To learn more about UnionPay click HERE.

New Tourism Intern
Hi, my name is Jena DeFazio -
I am currently a student at Genesee Community College.  I am in my 2nd year of pursuing a degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management.  My plan is to graduate in May of 2017. As part of my program, I am interning at the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce in the Tourism Marketing department.  I love traveling; I especially enjoy cruising.  My hope is to eventually work for a cruise line, but I am interested in getting a feel for a little bit of everything in the field.  I would love to learn more about travel agencies, hotel operations, guest services, and more!

Looking Ahead to "The Move"
As we begin to plan out our visitor center displays and distribution materials, we would like for all of our accommodations, restaurants, retailers and area attractions to make available to us your "rack card".  Beginning this fall, Genesee County hospitality businesses will receive free marketing through our visitor center brochure racks.   Only 4 x9 (card stock) rack cards will be distributed at the information center.  To reserve your spot for your business please contact Kelly Rapone. We can also assist you in finding a professional designer, as well as sourcing printing quotes. Only pre-approved rack cards will be made available through the visitor center.  Once we have our list of designated slots we will be in contact with you to receive quantities.  Additionally, we are planning to develop the "mini menus" program for our restaurant partners. More information on that will be made available in the coming weeks.
Genesee County Business Education Alliance
Hand the Tools over to Our Future Workforce!

The Business Education Alliance (BEA), whose mission is to foster a partnership between business and education, and to assist students in preparing for the world of work, wants your tools! In order to educate our youth on the various pathways available to them within our county, the BEA needs several resources from all career fields. Programs such as Junior Achievement, business tours for students and teachers, job shadow opportunities, mock interviews, career exploration camps, career fairs and classroom speakers expose our young people to a variety of careers and workforce experience. Let's fill their toolboxes and create a future workforce that we can be proud of!
Local businesses, companies and organizations are encouraged to get involved in leading our next generation and providing them the tools needed for success. If you would like to be a Junior Achievement volunteer, offer a job shadow, allow students into your work place, or speak to students in their classroom please contact BEA Director Beth Kemp at 343-7440 x25 or    

When we come together and allow numerous opportunities for our youth to be exposed to careers in our area, we create a generation that will be more mindful, make more educated decisions and continue to make Genesee County great! What tools can you provide?
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 at .
11 Quotes on Winning
Regarded as Arnold Daniel Palmer, the pro golfing legend, passed away on September 25, 2016 at the age of 87. one of the greatest players professional golf has ever seen, he won a tremendous number of events on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour from 1955-onwards.
In addition to his winning ways, Palmer was famously quotable, and spoke a good deal on his secrets to winning. Here are some of his best quotes pertaining to winning and success that any business can apply to their pursuits -
11 quotes on winning
"The most important thing to do when you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging."                          - Warren Buffett
Your Chamber Resources:
Kelly Bermingham,  Director of Membership & Special Events
Ginny Elsasser , Staff Accountant
Melissa A. George , Executive Assistant
Lauren Humphrey Tourism Marketing Assistant

Beth Kemp
, BEA Coordinator

Kelly Rapone , Tourism Marketing Director
Tom Turnbull , President
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
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 
210 East Main Street, Batavia 
to pick up one, or two, or even three for your office!!! 

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 
210 East Main St., Batavia and pick up your copy.

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.

Connect with your Chamber:


210 East Main Street
Batavia, NY 14020
M-F, 8:00am-4:30pm