December 2018
2018 Recap
The Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce had another wonderful year in 2018!
Events this year, from monthly networking to the Annual Dinner, set attendance records. We are so excited and grateful that you, our members, are finding value in these opportunities to meet with each other face to face
This year we also launched a new member benefit, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) with HelpPeople. This benefit allows smaller employers to take advantage of a discounted bulk rate for this service, which can be a valuable employee retention tool. The EAP provides free and confidential assistance to your employees and their families, for everything from stress management and financial counseling to referrals for substance abuse treatment. If you are looking for your next employee retention tool, make sure to consider an EAP! And don't forget about the existing MEP 401(k) member benefit, which could help you reduce fees and increase rates for your 401(k) program, as well as save larger employers thousands of dollars on plan audit fees every year.
We've also welcomed some new team members throughout the year: Jessica Wrench as Education & Resource Coordinator, Teresa Auchman as Office Manager, and Beonca Louis as Communications Coordinator. We are so lucky to have them, so remember that the whole Chamber team is here to help with your business needs.  
Whether you are celebrating, growing, or facing challenges, don't forget all of the resources available here at the Chamber and 2 State Street. Chances are someone here can provide assistance or point you in the right direction. And we are just a phone call away!
As always, I'd like to extend my sincerest gratitude to staff, board and committee members, ambassadors, sponsors, and volunteers that make everything we do possible. Furthermore, a big thank you goes out to you for your continued membership and support! Here's to another successful year for all of us!
Tracy Verrier
Executive Director,  
Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce
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 Member News:
Congratulations to COAST Physical Therapy for being nominated for The Best Places to Work 2018! COAST PT was voted among the top 40 places to work in Central New York. They were entered into the Small Business category of 25 employees or less, and COAST PT placed 5th in their division!  
A big congratulations to owner
Dr. Chad M. Pens, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, CSCS and his amazing staff at COAST Physical The rapy for all of their hard work. This is a tremendous honor to receive such a distinguished award. Congratulations, COAST Physical Therapy!

NEW HIRE: Beardsley Architects + Engineers is pleased to announce that Christopher Kwasniewski, P.E., has joined the firm as Structural Engineer. 
Mr. Kwasniewski has over 20 years of experience i n struct ural engineering includin g project management; project planning and estimating; inspection, evaluation and repairs of structures ; an d extensive analysis and design of concrete, steel, masonry, wood, and cold-formed metal structur es. He ha s designed a wide variety of building  s and structures for industrial and municipal clients. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Engineering Institute.
For more information on Beardsley Architects + Engineers, visit
New Year FUN: WCNY, Auburn Public Theater, Octane Social House, and the New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center will host a free preview of "Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. A reception will be held prior to the preview of the film from 5 to 7 p.m at the Equal Rights Heritage Center located 25 South St. in Auburn
The preview takes places at the Auburn Public Theater located at 8 Exchange St. in Auburn. A Q&A will follow. While the event is free, RSVP is requested at or (315) 453-2424 

Registration is now open for  the 2019 Local Auditions with Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival/
Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre. Auburn, NY auditions are Jan 25, 26, and 7 (by appointment only).

Click here to request an appointment. 

Upcoming Events

January 19-26 

March 28th
State of Cayuga County & City of Auburn Luncheon
May 8th
Chamber Awards Luncheon 

June 28 
Chamber Cup 18-Hole Gold Tournament
The Chamber Foundation
Did you know?
The Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce Foundation is the 501(c)3 arm of the Chamber!
The Foundation was created in 1993, and it's
mission is:

"To develop and promote financial support mechanisms that sustain the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce's educational, charitable and leadership training programs, and support the Chamber's initiatives to enhance the quality of life and workplace in Cayuga County."

These career opportunities are provided to the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce by our members.  Please contact the individual listed with each description if you should have any questions about the position.
Chamber Members! Do you have a job opening you would like posted here? Email us the link to your online listing, and we will share it here!
Job listings are a free Member benefit.

If you have a job opening and would like the Chamber to post it on our website, please e-mail the following information to
  • Organization
  • Job Title
  • Whether the position is full-time, part-time, or seasonal
  • Link to full position details

The Chamber's mission is to advocate as the voice of the business community, provide value-added services to our members, and facilitate collaboration that supports economic development for the greater good of Cayuga County.

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