The Business Wire                                                                                                      March 2013   

PBA Business of the Month                                 
MARCH BUSINESS OF THE MONTH     Family First logo 2012

Family First Federal Credit Union  
2520 Browncroft Blvd (Headquarters)
(585) 586-8225


Family First Federal Credit Union was originally founded in the Penfield area and has operated here for 44 years. It was first known as Penfield Central Federal Credit Union, operated out of the home of Penfield teacher Dick Dennison, and was chartered to serve employees of the Penfield Central School District and their families.  After a merger with BOCES Federal Credit Union in the 1980's, and the expansion of its membership to include social service agencies, small businesses and community groups by the mid-1990's, the name was changed to Family First Federal Credit Union in 2002 to reflect its philosophy to put "Family First." It currently operates as a not-for-profit financial organization owned by its members.  (more)  



Help Us Nominate the Business of the Month


Each month, the PBA Business of the Month committee selects a member business that is a positive influence and actively involved in building and strengthening our community. Some examples of how previous Business of the Month recipients have made a difference in our community are:

  • Serving as a volunteer on a Board of Directors for a charitable or other organization
  • Donating time and resources to various church groups, Penfield school programs or teams, community programs, etc.
  • Volunteering for, assisting or organizing fundraisers for not-for-profit entities in the area 
These are only a few examples of how Penfield businesses are making a difference. If you know of a member business that is actively involved in our community, send us an email nominating them for this award. Tell us a little bit about them and what they do for the community and we'll take it from there.


Upcoming PBA Events                                        
Final reminders for PBA Membership Renewals for 2013 were sent out last week. On March 15th we will begin removing directory listings for 2012 members who have not renewed for 2013. If you haven't renewed, we hope you'll decide this week to join us for an exciting year of workshops, networking events, and marketing opportunities for your business. (renewal info)

New ~ Kudos Program ~ A Marketing Opportunity for your Business with the Penfield Central School District

Recently the Penfield Business Association partnered with the Penfield School District's Parents Advisory Board to bring you an exciting new opportunity to promote your business while also recognizing the many outstanding educators who serve our community on a daily basis. The program is called "Kudos for Incredible School Staff" or "Kudos" for short.


To participate in Kudos, you create an offer, a "Kudo", unique to your business - an attractive offer such as a discount, a coupon, or a free entry into a prize drawing - which will be extended to all employees of the PCSD. Kudos will be in effect during Staff Appreciation Week, May 6-12, 2013 (or longer if you like). PCSD employees will visit your business and present their employee photo ID to claim their Kudo. It's as simple as that!


There are roughly 900 professionals employed by the Penfield Central School District. Many of these employees also live and raise their families in Penfield. This represents a tremendous marketing opportunity for you to raise awareness for your business and be noticed by the district's parent organizations - the representatives of the families of more than 4,000 students. For more information about the Kudos Program, including participation forms and FAQs, visit our website.




Member Center Tutorial Member Center
Penfield Country Club, 1784 Jackson Road
7:30am - 10:00am  

Take advantage of all the benefits the PBA website has to offer your business. Join us for a hands-on walk-though of the Member Center section of our website. Learn how to update your business directory listing information, add links to your social networks, add or remove employees from your membership, add Hot Deal (coupon) offerings and Member-2-Member Deals, add job listings, ask questions, get one-on-one help, and more!

FREE to all members and guests. RSVP required to ensure seating for all attendees.

Or send an email  with attendee names.


Performance Management: 5 Simple Steps to Driving Success with your Team and Yourself    
Joey's Party House   
11:30am - 1:00pm

It's cliché to say that leaders help people achieve extraordinary results. The question becomes - How? 

This workshop will present a proven 5-step method that can be implemented by anyone.  In fact, as a leader you are probably doing 2 or 3 of these things already.  But it's the mix of all five that is the secret sauce.  The mix taps into the intrinsic motivation of the team, encouraging them to perform at a level higher than you or they thought possible.

11:30 - 12:00 Networking & Registration
12:00 - 1:00 Presentation, Lunch & Speaker

Members $25.00
Non-Members $30.00
Premium Members - One person per business complimentary, additional attendees pay member rate

Pre-registration and payment is required.

Or send an email  with attendee names before mailing your check.


Additional PBA events are now listed on our website. Visit the Events Calendar to see what else we have coming up and "save the date".

New Member Highlights                
(New to the PBA? Send us a brief description of your business and your logo, we'll include it here)
LTHS Solar LTHS Solar logo


LTHS Solar provides Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Design, Installation and Service including:

  • Solar PV Site Survey data reports
  • Solar PV Engineering Design for Residential - Commercial - Industrial
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
  • Utility Interconnect Agreement preparation and submission
  • NYSERDA Incentive Application preparation and submission
  • Grant preparation and submission
  • Project Management from Design to Project Completion
  • Installation, Testing and Performance Certification

Their office is also the location is the first Electric Vehicle charging station at the Four Corners, available 24x7 for public use. All are welcome to park and charge their electric vehicles while visiting local businesses in the area.



Hampton Inn Webster Hampton Inn logo


The ultimate hotel for your lodging and meeting needs.


In 2012 it was recognized as being in the top 5% of Hampton Hotels nationwide by Hilton Hotels for their excellence in customer service and superior guest room accommodations.  It has been an award winning hotel for 4 consecutive years since its opening in 2008.


90 Spacious guestrooms & suites featuring, Cloud Nine beds, the NEW Hampton bed experience.


Over 1,000 square feet of meeting space, oversized indoor pool & jacuzzi, state-of-the-art fitness center, complimentary hot breakfast buffet daily, evening Manager's Reception, and complimentary high speed internet are just a few of the amenities offered.




Since 1983 attorneys at Ciminelli & Ciminelli have successfully practiced law in the Greater Rochester, New York community. Their attorneys are devoted to providing superior legal services and counsel to clients with the utmost standards of professional responsibility and business ethics.

Areas of Practice include: Business Representation, Estate Planning & Business Succession, Commercial & Residential Real Estate, Probate, Civil & Criminal Litigation, Military & Veteran Law, and Appellate Practice.

Community News (send us your news, we'll include it in this section)                                           
BayTowne Plaza Developments

Did you know there is a website dedicated to the new BayTowne Redevelopment Project where you can see artists' renderings of what the new site will look like and stay in touch with the latest news about the project? Visit for the latest developments in this exciting new project coming to Penfield.


Spring Euchre Fun Night to Benefit Shepherd Home 

Thursday March 14th

Penfield Country Club, 1784 Jackson Road

5:30pm - 8:00pm


Like Euchre? Get a couple friends together for the Shepherd Home's first Euchre Fun Night of the year. All players welcome regardless of skill level.


The evening will start with a buffet of cheese and fruit, salad, different varieties of pizza, chicken wings, monte cristo sandwiches and more. Tables and partners will rotate throughout the evening. There will be no formal score keeping to keep this a very social and welcoming event. There will be a 50/50 raffle and door prizes.


$25/person, 21 and over only please.


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Penfield Football Casino Night Fundraiser 

Friday March 22nd

Penfield Country Club, 1784 Jackson Road

7:30pm - til


A night of food, fun and prizes...and a little gambling mixed in. All proceeds benefit the Penfield Football Booster Club.

Prizes include: a TV, Overnight at The Woodcliff Hotel, Autographed Bills & Sabres items and much MORE!!

$40/person, $75/couple includes hearty hors d'oeuvres, desserts and gaming chips. Cash bar will be available.

21 and over only please.


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Small Business Expo & Networking Event 

Wednesday April 10th

Burgundy Basin, 1361 Marsh Road, Pittsford

5:00pm - 8:00pm


The Pittsford Chamber of Commerce's Third Annual Small Business Expo, sponsored by The Bird House, is a chance for area businesses to showcase what they can provide for the local community. Many of the exhibitors will be members of the Pittsford Chamber, however, other area businesses are invited to participate and gain exposure for their business.


Non-member exhibitor fees are $75 and there are sponsorship opportunties available as well. Attendance at the event is free and open to the public. For more information or to register as an exhibitor/sponsor, visit the  Pittsford Chamber website.


U.S. Chamber of Commerce: America's Small Business Summit
Monday April 29 thru Wednesday May 1st

Washington, DC


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's annual event-America's Small Business Summit- empowers you to make a big impact.  By uniting with small business owners, managers, and entrepreneurs from across the country you will have the opportunity to learn, network, and discuss common legislative and management concerns.


The event will allow you to access the experience and perspective of hundreds of small business owners facing the same challenges you face and get the tools, strategies, and best practices to compete successfully in today's rapidly changing business environment. You will boost your impact with ideas from successful entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, top caliber keynoters, and chamber executives.


America's Small Business Summit delivers more impact than any other event.  Make your voice heard - register today!


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Message from the PBA Board of Directors                                          

PBA Event Reservation Payment Notice


We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your incredible support in attending our events! We appreciate your enthusiasm and participation in our workshops, networking and community events.


In the past, the PBA has absorbed any expense for members who registered for events but were unable to attend for various reasons. Unfortunately the cost for holding events has increased and it has become necessary for us to change this practice. Going forward, the PBA will need to charge you for any reservation you are unable to fulfill unless we receive a cancellation notice 48 hours prior to the event. We are sensitive to the fact that last minute schedule challenges occur and we encourage you to send a substitute in your place if you find yourself unable to attend.


For all PBA meetings requiring reservations and a meeting fee, we have always extended a "pay at the door" option to our members and guests and will continue to do so. We also offer the option to pay by credit/debit card or PayPal on the PBA website.  


Again, thank you for your tremendous support! We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events!

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Welcome New Members

  Ciminelli & Ciminelli
  Attorneys and Counselors
  at Law

  (Paul Ciminelli)

   Europa Deli
   (Albert Beyder)

   H&R Block
   (Susan DeVuyst)

   Hampton Inn Webster
   (Jaime Dengal)

   Menchies Parkside Commons
   (Chris Hogan)             

Member Center Tutorial
Penfield Country Club  
7:30am - 10:00am

RBA Alliance Headquarters  
150 State Street
7:30am - 9:30am 

Joey's Party House 
11:30am - 1:00pm

T-Bones Steakhouse
11:45am - 1:00pm

Deadline to participate in the Kudos Program 
Special Thanks to our Premium Members
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Dawson Law Firm

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Social Networking


2013 PBA Board of Directors


Mike Smith  - President 

  Penfield Country Club

Jeff Chapman - Vice President

  Penfield Financial Group   

Paul Dwyer - Treasurer  

  MetLife Auto & Home 

Megan DeFranco - Secretary

  Eastside Family YMCA      

Laurie Klein

  Your Local Phone Book     

Ann Young      

   First Niagara Bank 

Susie Dillon

   Seibold Security 

Tracy Dovi
  Shepherd Home 

Jennifer Novy
  Frontier Communications 

Brett Dawson 

  Dawson Law Firm  

Jessica Imburgia Cole 

  Family First Federal Credit Union