December 2017
2017 was another banner year for the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce. There has been so much to celebrate that we even themed this year's annual dinner "Celebrate Cayuga". This past year, we created and revived numerous programs. We kicked off the year with our first ever Restaurant Week, which was a huge success (mark your calendars for Restaurant Week 2018: January 20-27). We reinvigorated our educational offerings with a new seminar series, and restarted our Advocacy Committee. We also refreshed a couple of our annual events by making some adjustments, such as combining the Phyllis Goldman Award presentation into the Annual Awards Luncheon. These adjustments really helped to create new energy.
In 2018, we will continue these efforts and continue to find new ways to provide value to our members and community. We will focus on rebuilding a Member-to-Member Discount program and collaborate with local and regional partners on advocacy and strategic initiatives. The Chamber Foundation will also be considering new ways to support the Chamber's charitable and educational programs in the year ahead. Please continue to keep an eye out for opportunities to provide input, and continue coming out to events and seminars. It's always nice to see you, and we truly enjoy bringing everyone together.
There are many people working behind the scenes to accomplish all of this, so I'd like to extend my sincerest gratitude to staff, board and committee members, ambassadors, sponsors, and volunteers. May you have and create another wonderful year!
-Tracy Verrier
Executive Director 
Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce 
In This Issue
Leadership Cayuga
Upcoming Events
Member News:
Job Opportunities
Leadership Cayuga  
Class of 2018

IGNITE will be holding an IGNITE Membership Party on Friday, January 26th at the Case Mansion from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Admission will be $20; which will include an IGNITE membership for one year, food, drinks and access to informational talks at the event.
IGNITE is always interested in increasing membership and thought a membership party was a great idea to kick off the new year. Not everyone is aware of what IGNITE is and does for the community; so I thought I would take the time to do a brief history to answer some of these questions.  READ MORE
Upcoming Events
*Look to your weekly email for more information
January 10  - Business at Noon  -  Auburn YMCA

January 20-27 - Restaurant Week (click here for details)

  February 8 - Business After Five - New Hope Mills
 Member News:
FLX Gateway Realtors and affiliates, a GRAR
Chapter, contributed locally to the community through two different charitable campaigns this holiday season.  Lead Representatives include Kim Gage and Deb Clark and agencies including Riordan Realty and Emmi Realty have taken the time to spread holiday cheer to local seniors as well as children who were in Golisano Childrens Hospital.  READ MORE
Generations Bank was again named to the Best Places to Work in Central New York, by Central New York Business Journal, ranking 14th for companies with 51-150 employees. The award was presented at the 5th Annual CNY Best Places to Work event in Syracuse, N.Y.  SVP/CFO Shelley Tafel accepted the award on behalf of all employees.  "We are thrilled to be recognized as one of the best places to work in Central New York for the third year in a row," said Generations Bank President and CEO Menzo Case. "To be considered among the best places to work in our region continues to be testament to the culture we have built at Generations. I could not be more proud and excited for all of our employees."  READ MORE 
ARISE Cayuga/Seneca has moved into a new home to accommodate its growth and its clients. 
The nonprofit independent living center, which works with people who have disabilities, has packed up its Auburn location on Genesee Street and moved into 21 Lincoln St., also known as Lincoln South.
Regional Director Kate Budlong said it's an exciting time for the organization. Serving individuals since 1979, the Auburn branch of ARISE opened up about four years ago after merging with the former Options for Independence. The office serves about 2,000 people per year in both Cayuga and Seneca counties through individual services, advocacy and information referrals. READ MORE

On November 14th, Cayuga County Habitat for Humanity volunteers and board members celebrated with another family in our community the completion of their home at 4 Adams Street.  The Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Michael Quill attended to help recognize the hard work of the many volunteers and donors in our generous community.  To help raise money for the next home project on Grant Street in Auburn, Cayuga County Habitat for Humanity is bringing back Hooley for Habitat on March 9th at The Lodge.  The event will include dinner, Irish dancers, silent auction and a costume contest.  READ MORE
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."

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Chamber Member Job Opportunities
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  • 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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