PBC Newsletter - January 2018 
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JANUARY BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT                                  
SunCommon NY  
318 Timothy Lane
Ontario, NY 14519
SunCommon NY is proud to be PBC Business of the Month for January 2018.
SunCommon NY is a local, employee-owned solar company and was recently awarded the No. 1 spot on this year's Top 100 list of fastest-growing companies in the Rochester area. 
The company utilizes a community organizing approach to engage the community in dialogue about the solar opportunity here in Rochester-- which includes Residential, Community, or Commercial Solar at no upfront cost.  The Community Solar program is the first of its kind in the area and allows anyone with an electric bill to take advantage of the benefits of solar, even if you rent or own a home that is not viable for solar panels.

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PBC UPCOMING EVENTS                                         
Jeff Adair
Thursday, January 25th, 2018
11:30 am - 1:00 pm 
Shadow Lake Golf Club
1850 Five Mile Line Road
Penfield, NY 14526
On January 25th, the Penfield, Webster, and Brighton Chambers of Commerce will jointly host a lunch presentation by Jeff Adair, Monroe County's Chief Economic Development Officer and Executive Director of Imagine Monroe, Monroe County's Industrial Development Agency.   
Jeff will speak about Monroe County's economic development programs-- including the new "LadderzUP" job training program and the "Recruiting on the Road" job fairs.  
This presentation is also a great opportunity to discuss with Jeff issues that you encounter working for or owning a business in Monroe County.     
Jeff Adair is the Director of the Monroe County Department of Planning & Development, the Executive Director of Imagine Monroe, the County's Industrial Development Agency, as well as Executive Director of the Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation. (Read more about Jeff)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
8:00-9:00 AM   
Tim Horton's Cafe' and Bakery  
2230 Penfield Road 
Penfield, NY 14526
Start your morning with a spark!
Join us for the first networking event of the year at the Penfield Tim Hortons.   This event is an opportunity for members (and guests) to gather for informal networking and a cup of coffee.  Pop in before you head to the office.

No reservations are required but an email confirmation is helpful, or you may RSVP by using the "Register Now" button below.

TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2018 
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Join us for an evening of business awareness and networking with businesses from across the eastern suburbs.
Stay tuned for further details on sponsorship and registration. 
HansonMoneymax Group is a team of individuals possessing over 40 years of insurance experience.  We assist families and businesses in selecting the right insurance at the right price.  As a representative of over 15 different top-rated insurance companies, we can find the best coverage with the best company-- all at the best price for you, your family and your business.

By understanding their particular needs, we assist businesses of all sizes to secure commercial financing that best suits their individual situation. While banks and other institutions can provide many useful services, this generalized approach is not a perfect fit for every organization.  iCommercial Lending offers a wide range of business loans and other financing opportunities that help businesses achieve their short and long-term goals.

Ellison Heights Apartments offers 1 & 2-bedroom apartments for rent in Penfield, NY. You will love our luxury apartment homes, complete with stainless steel appliances and air conditioning. Our homes come with designed-for-you features and extras to make living here as easy as possible. Unwind in the quiet solitude of your apartment or take advantage of our community amenities, including a swimming pool, covered parking and outdoor terrace. Ellison Heights Apartments has the features you and your family are looking for to live well, both inside your home and out.

The Penfield Business Chamber is partnering with the Penfield Public Library for a series of programs dedicated to providing community members with information about a wide variety of personal finance-related topics.  Do you have an idea for our Community Series?  Email us at

Dawn Hampsey, CPA

Thursday, February 1, 2018
7:00-8:30 PM
Penfield Public Library/Ruth Braman Room
1850 Baird Road
Penfield, NY 14526

Dawn Hampsey, CPA, will give a presentation about the new tax plan.  The presentation will give an overview of the plan focusing on changes to the tax code that affect individuals and small locally-owned businesses: the personal exemption, the standard deductions, the 20% Qualified Business Income Deduction and more.  There will be time for questions and answers.
This program is free but registration is helpful for planning purposes.

Dawn Hampsey is a Certified Public Accountant, who specializes helping her clients understand the tax laws that pertain to their situation with advice on how to improve their tax liability.  She received her MS in Taxation from SUNY Albany and a BS in Accounting from Elmira College. She has served as an instructor for tax classes and has conducted numerous tax workshops. She is a member of the New York State Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs, and is active in many Rochester area nonprofit organizations.   


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Patty Flowerday Presents Original Ballet Jan 13
Patty Flowerday School of Dance presents an original ballet, "A Dog for Emily."  The premiere of this ballet occurs on Jan. 13th at 5PM at Penfield High School.  Tickets may be purchased for $10 online at or for $15.00 at the door. 
Additionally, the performance will support Woof2Hoof Canine Rescue and donations for the following items will be collected at the performance:  XL puppy pads, Puppy Food (Fromm, ProPac, 4Health), tough puppy toys, Natural Dog Chews (Himalayan chews, bully sticks, etc.) heavy food and water dishes, small dog beds, harnesses, collars, leashes, crates, dog sweaters, blankets, cat litter, cat toys.
Sponsorships are available for the performance.  Click here for more information. 

Penfield Players Announces 2018 Season
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Penfield Players is starting its fifty-third season and we couldn't be more excited to announce our slate of plays, loaded with
comedies, classics, and more!
  •  Winter Readers' Theatre: Fools by Neil Simon February 24-25 (2 pm @ the Community Room)
  • Spring Stage Show: Comedy of Tenors by Ken Ludwig April 27-28; May 4-6; May 11-12
  •  Summer Readers' Theatre: Robin Hood by Tim Kelly August (TBA)
  • Fall Stage Show: Over the River and Through the Trees November 2-3; November 8-10; November 16-17

Mark your calendars for these exciting productions! 

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Do you have some business news you would like to share with the community? A new location or a new addition to your staff? Maybe your business has been recognized recently?
Send us your news to share with the PBC community.  Email us at  





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Same for Community Hot Deals - you control the deal, when it's offered, what is offered, and you can change it at any time. You can even schedule a bunch of them to appear and disappear at certain times without having to remember to go back into the system.  The deals show up on your directory listing as well as the links to Hot Deals throughout our website.

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2018 PBC Board of Directors

Jen Novy  - President 
  Finger Lakes Technologies Group

Michael Quinn  - Vice-President 
  RE/MAX Plus Real Estate

Dennis Shew - Treasurer  
  Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate

Pat Caufield 
  Edward Jones   
Tom Dambra
  Family First of New York
Jaime Dengal 
  Hampton Inn Webster  
Bob Lewis
  Enterprise Performance Matters

Harry Gibbs
  Canandaigua National Bank

Noel Wilfeard  
  The UPS Store at Baytowne 
Marie Cinti 
  PBC Programs and Communications Coordinator 

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