November 2, 2022 | The Chamber Connection: Monthly Newsletter
RSVP for the November BAH Mixer!!
The Chamber's November BAH Networking Mixer will be Held at the historic Gould Hotel
Join us for our next BAH Mixer on Wednesday, November 9th from 5 - 7 PM at the Gould Hotel located at 108 Fall St., Seneca Falls, NY.

Attendees will enjoy an evening networking, sampling drinks and light fare and learning more about the historic Gould Hotel. A presentation and drawing for raffle and door prizes as well as a group photo will take place shortly after 6 pm.
Admission to the November BAH Mixer is included for any 2022 BAH Season Pass holders. For all other attendees, admission is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Business After Hours Season Pass Holders are also encouraged to use their guest passes and bring a co-worker or friend to this month’s BAH Mixer.

Attendees are asked to RSVP no later than Monday, November 7th, by contacting the Chamber at 315-789-1776 or emailing

In the heart of America’s Best Wine Region and adjacent to the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, the Gould Hotel in Seneca Falls builds upon the building’s rich history of social importance in the Finger Lakes Region with a unique and fresh feel. This modern boutique hotel and its exceptional restaurant have again become a vibrant social center and premier destination for guests in the quaint village of Seneca Falls.
The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Membership Harvest Celebration at an all-new venue on Wednesday, October 19 at Lincoln Hill Farms in Canandaigua. Member businesses and regional partners from various Finger Lakes communities attended the event with their employees and families.
Photo by Neil Sjoblom: The 2022 Membership Harvest Celebration Ambassador Committee. From Left to Right: Tim Stackus, Member Programs Coordinator for the Chamber; Chamber Board Member, Megan Finnerty of Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union/Pedulla’s Wine & Liquor; Chamber Board Member, Polly Clark of Canandaigua National Bank; Susan Schermerhorn, Ashton Place Senior Living; Tammy Weatherstone, Newark Walmart; Miranda Odell, Chamber President; Tamara Carter, Fairfield by Marriott; Jill Kemp, The Eye Care Center; Linda Sutherland, Wildflower Inn Bed and Breakfast; and Kelsey Journell of Lyons National Bank.
This year’s Harvest Celebration showcased a custom menu that Lincoln Hill provided, boasting a colorful farm-to-table harvest buffet. The event also offered the return of a Member Raffle, Silent Auction, and live music. Entertainment was provided by regional musician, Brent Bond, along with his band “Probable Cause.” Brand new this year was the addition of a seasonal, family-friendly activity- the inclusion of Lincoln Hill’s Halloween Walk. Part of the popular, ongoing “Halloweenfest” that takes place on weekends in October, the property opened their festive, outdoor walking trail, which featured various illuminated displays, characters, and pumpkin exhibits with photo opps for attendees to enjoy.
“This has grown to be a favorite event for our folks,” stated Miranda Odell, the Chamber’s President. Our Membership Harvest Celebration is meant to be a comfortable, laid-back, and seasonal event which offers our customers and their guests an opportunity to enjoy great food and drink with their friends or family in some really beautiful, and not to mention fun locations here in our region. Lincoln Hill Farms provided the perfect backdrop for this year’s event!” she added.

In previous years the event has been held at other member businesses, including Three Brothers Wineries and Estates, Bottomless Brewing, and Ravines Wine Cellars. The Membership Harvest Celebration is one of two primary fundraisers that the Chamber hosts annually, and it provides proceeds to sustain and build upon the programs and services offered to member businesses. 

This year’s event was made possible by the generosity of various sponsoring businesses that the Chamber would like to acknowledge. Community Sponsors included Casella Waste, Cornell Agritech, Four Winds Chimney, Seneca Lake Resorts and Wegmans of Geneva.

Tasting Station Sponsors consisted of the Chamber’s 2022 Annual Partners – Canandaigua National Bank, Community Broadband Networks, The Eye Care Center, Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union, Finger Lakes Partners Insurance, Generations Bank, Lyons National Bank, Pedulla’s Wine & Liquor, and Spectrum Reach. Additional Tasting Station Sponsors included Five Star Bank, Geneva Club Beverage, Kowalski Legal, Lakeview Geneva LLC, Littlejohn & Barbi Orthodontics, and Upstate Fiber Networks.
The Chamber would also like to extend a special thanks to this year's team of ambassadors that saw the event through from start to finish: Tamara Carter, Fairfield by Marriott; Polly Clark, Canandaigua National Bank; Megan Finnerty, Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union/Pedulla’s Wine & Liquor; Kelsey Journell, Lyons National Bank; Jill Kemp, The Eye Care Center; Susan Schermerhorn, Ashton Place Senior Living; Linda Sutherland, Wildflower Inn Bed and Breakfast; Tammy Weatherstone, Newark Walmart. Additional thanks to Sinicropi Florist & Gifts in Seneca Falls for donating this year's custom centerpieces.

“Our deepest gratitude goes out to everyone that made this year’s event possible. From the event team volunteers to the dozens of businesses and individuals that sponsored the event or donated goods and services to our fundraising efforts, we truly appreciate their generosity and support,” Odell added. 
The next event for the Chamber will be the November Business After Hours Networking Mixer, which will be held at the Gould Hotel in Seneca Falls on Wednesday, November 9 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Attendees need to RSVP by November 7. To make a reservation please email
The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, membership-based organization with the sole focus of serving and representing its customers which are made up of member businesses and organizations located throughout the Finger Lakes. As a primary benefit of Membership, the Chamber generates awareness and provides exposure for its members by offering specialized Public Relations services and customized promotional programs. For more information about the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce and its programs, go to or call 315-789-1776.
Member Milestone: Relocation Ribbon Cutting Celebration for Kowalski Legal
The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce recently co-hosted a Member Milestone Celebration to honor the official Grand Opening and Relocation Ceremony of Kowalski Legal PLLC. The event took place on Thursday, October 13, and was held at the newly renovated office spaces in downtown Geneva. The business is located at 74 Seneca Street, occupying what was once the iconic Area Records building. Several Chamber members, community partners, friends and family members attended the event and took tours given by Jeff and Morgan Kowalski.
This is the third expansion and move for Kowalski Legal, who originally opened their doors in November of 2016. The firm specializes offering legal services for commercial and residential real estate transactions, serving the Finger Lakes and Greater Rochester communities.

The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, membership-based organization that focuses on promoting and representing its member businesses and partners from across the Finger Lakes region. As a primary benefit of Membership, the Chamber generates awareness and provides exposure for its customers by promoting the people, property, products, and services of each.

Member Milestone Celebrations are a benefit of Membership and a popular program that businesses can take advantage of. Among others, the celebrations include anniversaries, grand openings, or relocation-based open houses. For more information on Milestone Celebrations or other Chamber programs and business benefits that are a part of membership, please call the Chamber at (315) 789-1776, visit or email

Additional photos from the event can be found on the Chamber’s website and facebook page.c

Welcome To Our Newest Members!
Welcome our newest Member,
The Experience Center at The Dove Block!

The Experience Center at The Dove Block, located in historic downtown Geneva, NY, offers a glimpse into the life of Arthur Dove, one of the original American abstract painters and the building’s former owner.

The third-floor former studio space features a replica wall containing two dozen of Dove’s paintings positioned as they were in 1938. Today, this unique space offers a view into the past while providing an opportunity to create memories for the future as it is available to rent for special events and meetings.
Learn More: (585) 764-2609 
Our Chamber in the News
In case you missed it, check out a recap of all our local news coverage!

Special thanks to our members and media partners {Finger Lakes Times,, Finger Lakes Daily News and Life in the Finger Lakes Magazine} for continuing to bring our stories to your desktop and doorstep!
Member News & Updates: #MembershipMatters
{Want to learn more about what our Members are doing throughout the Finger Lakes region and what's going on in the communities that we serve? Check out the posts below or visit our website!}
BOOBerry Breeze is back for a limited time. Be sure to grab a bottle (or more!) before BOO disappears for the season!

Sunday thru Thursday ~ 10am-6pm
Friday & Saturday~ 10am-7pm
The Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars
Fall into savings this month with rates starting at $152.10 per night, Monday-Thursday.

*Mention “Fall Savings” when booking via phone or select rate code FALL from the rate menu online.

Ginny Ryan Joins
Canandaigua National Bank & Trust
Canandaigua National Bank & Trust (CNB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ginny Ryan as Senior Vice President and Director of Community Engagement.

Ginny joins CNB from News Channel 13, where she has spent over 30 years as a journalist and broadcaster. Her vast media experience and community connections will allow her to positively represent CNB in the community. She will focus her efforts on building positive relationships with the region’s businesses and community-based non-profit organizations. She will also direct CNB’s external public and media relations to support and enrich our brand in the community.
Member Pay-to-Play Options
Need something a little extra to give your message a boost or to promote your business? We have a program for that and are happy to help! Check out our Pay-to-Play Member Programs below to give your business that extra exposure.
Limited Availability: Window Advertising Member Program
No signage, no visibility, no downtown location? No problem! Sign up for our just-released 2023 Monthly Window Display Advertising Program.

This Member Program is ideal for members that are looking for additional visibility downtown. Take advantage of our busy downtown location by placing your ad in one of our office windows.
Digital Marketing Member Program
Want to see your Ad in our next Newsletter?

The Chamber continuously sees a consistent 30-32% open rate on all of its digital marketing communications, more than double the industry standard.

Take advantage of our successful email marketing campaigns by placing your ad in our weekly e-blasts and/or monthly newsletter.
A huge thank you to our 2022 Annual Partners!
Annual Partners are key stakeholders made up of valuable businesses throughout the region that we represent. These critical members support and participate in ALL major programming and events with their annual investments towards the services that the Chamber offers. 

THANK YOU to these dedicated members, for helping to strengthen our long-standing Chamber, and continuing to make these valuable programs and services possible for all Chamber customers to enjoy and benefit from. #ThankYou #MembershipMatters  

If you are interested in becoming one of the Chamber's Annual Partners for 2022, please click here.
*This program is time-sensitive and limited spaces remain.*
The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, membership-based organization with a sole focus of serving and representing its member businesses and organizations. As a primary benefit of membership, the Chamber generates awareness and provides exposure for its members by effectively promoting the people, property, products and services of each.