Holiday Party/Annual Business Awards
Thanks to all who attended the PBC Holiday Party on Thursday, January 10th at Glendoveers. A special thanks to our event sponsors Heathwood Assisted Living, Spectrum-Steve Conger and Dawson Law Firm, PC.
At the holiday party, PBC recognized the following Annual Business Award winners:

Bach to Rock was recognized as our Business of the Year for significantly contributing to the vitality and success of the Penfield business community.

Joe Gatt's Food and Cocktails was presented with the Penfield Pride Award for rehabilitating an existing new building to create a vibrant new look and enhancing the Penfield Community. Located in Penfield's Four Corners, Joe Gatt's specializes in lunch, brunch and catering along with speciality cocktails.

Past PBC President Jen Novy of FirstLight was presented with our annual Daniel Penfield Award. Each year, the PBC honors a member who has positively impacted the business community through his or her business involvement, business practices and overall character.

View photos from the party on our Facebook page.
Thank You from Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf
The Chamber received the following thank you letter from PEFS for the donations that were collected at our Holiday Party:

Thank you for partnering with us.
Dear Penfield Business Chamber Members,
 
It is tremendous to know there are such caring individuals in our community. We are grateful for your generosity in supporting the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf . Your food donations are very important because they offer immediate resources that are directed to current hunger needs here in Penfield. Ii's heartwarming to see our shelves fill up.
 
Because of people like you, our Penfield neighbors have a place to turn to when a family has limited or uncertain access to adequate food and has to choose between food and utilities, transportation, medical care, housing, or education.
You are making a difference.
 
From our clients:
  • “If the pantry did not exist, I honestly don't know how I would eat healthy foods I need on my medical diet.
  • “I want to say thank you so much for caring and making my life easier."
  • "I was hesitant at first to seek food assistance. My limited budget is now more manageable."

What Your Gifts Support:
  • 98 Penfield families receive food each week.
  • Supplemental kid-friendly food is distributed to 50 families and over 100 children during the summer.
  • Over 250 different Penfield families visit the Food Shelf each year.
  • With your help we are able to provide fresh meat, produce, eggs, cheese, and milk.
  • Together we provide 485 holiday dinners each year. 

On behalf of our Board of Directors and the clients we serve, thank you for caring and collaborating with us. Please contact us if you or your family or friends would like a tour of the Food Shelf.
Upcoming Events
PBC Smart Seminar: Resources to Help Your Business Grow, Feb. 22
Claudia Burcke from the Great Rochester Chamber of Commerce will present our upcoming Smart Seminar:
 
In partnership with local, regional, and statewide economic development agencies, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Economic Development and Grant Support serves as a confidential connector between businesses and the information, resources, and programs leading to company growth and expansion in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region. Our business retention and expansion efforts focus on businesses that are already here and contributing to the region’s economic health.

Topics@12: Bistro 1778, Feb. 27
Join us for our Topics@12! In addition to our usual networking lunch, Topics@12 will feature an informational component from either the PBC or one of its members.

Topics@12 is also an opportunity for members (and guests) to gather for informal networking & lunch in support of local restaurants. 

No reservations are required but an  email confirmation  is helpful for seating. You can also register using this link. 

R eservations are required by using the " Register Now " button. Bring your business cards to share with members attending.
Community Events
Customer Appreciation Party, Feb. 4th
Bistro1778 is hosting a Customer Appreciation Party on Monday, Feb. 4th from 4pm to 8pm, There will be free food and a cash bar.

Join them at 1778 Penfield Road, Penfield.
Penfield Rotary Hosts Penfield Schools Superintendent Putnam, Feb. 12th
Dr. Thomas Putnam, Superintendent of Penfield Central School District, will be the featured speaker at Penfield Rotary's Monthly Club Meeting on Feb. 12 at Noon at Baywinde Senior Living. Dr. Putnam will be speaking about "Building Emotional Resiliency in Students". Please contact the Rotary President if you wish to attend the Feb. meeting.
Penfield Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert, Feb. 25th
For ticket information, click here
7:30 PM - Penfield High School Auditorium
Adults $15, Seniors $12, Students Free

Overture to Candide - Bernstein
Poem for Orchestra - Still 
Symphony No. 2 in D-flat major, Op. 30, W45, "Romantic" - Hanson 
Grand Canyon Suite – Grofé
Penfield Rotary Holds Brew & Dinner Event, Feb. 28th

The Penfield Rotary Club will hold a Brew & Dinner fundraiser event on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 28th at Penfield Country Club . K2 Brewing will pair their craft beers with a four-course gourmet meal created by the Penfield Country Club Executive Chef. Proceeds benefit Honor Flight Rochester and Camp Haccamo. Event info and ticket information can be found here .
CNB Hosting Wellness Event, March 9th

Canandaigua National Bank Penfield office is hosting a health and wellness event on Saturday March 9th. The workshop will teach you to manage Low Back Pain and Sciatica without medication, injections, or surgery. For more information or to register, click here.
Fairport Savings Bank Star Mortgage Program

Service members, Teachers and Responders, Fairport Savings Bank is offering $500 off closing costs   when you get your mortgage with us! Learn more... ( read more )
 
New Chamber Initiative - Member Referrals
Have you visited a business in Penfield lately that is not a Chamber Member? If you refer them and they join, your business can earn $25 (up to $125 annually) towards your membership renewal!

Not sure who is a member? Check out the Member Directory .

For additional information, please see the PBC referrals web page.
Call to Action
We need your input!!! The PBC Events Committee is planning for the 2019 calendar year.
  • What programs would help your business grow?
  • What ideas do you want to discuss or learn about?
Please send us your ideas!! Email the Penfield Business Chamber so we can support you.
Welcome New Members
The goal and mission of PerformAthletix is to provide a fun and exciting health and wellness experience to all walks of life. We use a functional fitness methodology because of its way of improving fitness through a community environment. Also, by teaching clients correct movements life qualities can be improved dramatically. Injury prevention and rehabilitation are a major component of who we are. Let’s become as durable as possible so we can live the best life possible.
PBC Member Notes
News from Just Solutions
Just Solutions has announced all of their seminars for 2019!

Social Engineering Attacks, Common Techniques & How to Prevent an Attack
Thursday, March 28th at 7:30am
Microsoft's Fairport Office - 375 Woodcliff Dr.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly on VoIP Phones & Services
Wednesday, June 19th at 7:30am
Location TBD

Securing the Cloud: Office 365 Security Best Practices
Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:30am
Location TBD

For more information or to register for any of these seminars, click here
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Jen Novy , PBC Past President
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