The Business Wire                                                                                                      July 2013   

PBA Business of the Month                                 

Don's Original Restaurant & Pub Don's Original
2055 Nine Mile Point Rd
(585) 377-1040

John & Karen Cipro have been the proud owners of Don's Original Restaurant and Pub in Penfield since February of 2005 when they initially opened just the "Restaurant" side.  In April of 2007 they opened the "Pub" side and their sales doubled in only a few months.  The front of the restaurant is counter service fast food.  The back is a family friendly sports pub.  The Pub caters to clientele who want to have a drink with dinner.  Being able to serve two different demographics has helped them be successful.   (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                                        

Golf2013 3rd Annual PBA Golf Tournament to Benefit Shepherd Home, sponsored by Family First Federal Credit Union

Last call for golfer registration and sponsorships!

We are down to the wire and getting ready for a fantastic day of golf, fun and prizes. If you haven't joined us yet, now is the time ~ deadline for registration and sponsorships is tomorrow, July 2nd.

There are several sponsorship opportunities still available, including Dinner Sponsor,  Flag and Tee Sponsors, and advertising in the Tournament Program. Gift items for the raffles, auction and live-auction are always needed and most welcome. We've got some great prizes lined up, but can never have too many. Call or email us, we'll come pick up whatever you have to offer.

This is a well-attended, highly visible event and a great opportunity to promote your business or spend an enjoyable day of golf with clients, colleagues or friends. 

Please recognize and thank our current sponsors with your patronage:
  • Family First Federal Credit Union
  • Dick Ide Family of Dealerships 
  • Frontier Communications
  • Don's Original Restaurant & Pub
  • Penfield Country Club
Visit our website  for more information, to register online, or to download a brochure.


Desserts Desserts on the Deck
T-Bones Steakhouse
5:30pm - 7:30pm 

Start your summer off right with a delicious sampling of desserts and networking with fellow PBA members on the deck at T-Bones!

T-Bones Steakhouse will provide Amaretto Cake, Caramel Apple Walnut Cake, and Pistachio Cheesecake.

New PBA Member 5 Mile Cafe will provide Peanut Butter, Buffalo Chip and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. 

Penfield Phone Book will provide a variety of cheesecakes.

Soft drinks and water will be provided and a cash bar will also be available. In the event of rain, we will move the desserts and networking inside.

Feel free to bring a guest and your marketing materials.


Discover Rochester!
Shadow Lake Country Club
8:00am - 9:30am 

There's so much more to Rochester than meets the eye!

This presentation will focus on why and how VisitRochester, Monroe County's official tourism promotion agency, touts Rochester as a place to visit-for a day, a week or a lifetime.  

Did you know that in 2011 visitors left a $1 billion economic impact on our county?  Did you know that each year, the area hosts almost 2 million visitors? That's nearly double our metro population.

Find out what measures VisitRochester uses to attract visitors, meetings and convention attendees, and how the agency is working to encourage local residents to invite family and friends to visit. Learn how you too can become an ambassador for Rochester, Monroe County and the Finger Lakes region..


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

Recent Events                                              
Lunch Bunch at Royal Dynasty    


Our monthly Lunch Bunch gatherings are a great way to network with other Penfield business owners in a casual setting while exploring all of the lunch spot offerings available in the area.


Last month, a great crowd of 15 gathered at the location of the 2012 Penfield Pride Award winner ~ Royal Dynasty ~ for some of the best Chinese food in Penfield.


Join us this month on Friday, July 26th at Penfield's newest steakhouse ~ Angus House and Lounge. Reservations, although not required, are very helpful for seating and greatly appreciated.





Community News (send us your news, we'll include it in this section)                                           
Does your business have a Summer special coming up?  


If so, tell us about it, we'll include it on our Facebook Page and in our August Newsletter. 


July 13th

1769 Penfield Road 

12:00pm - 7:00pm


There will be a Chocolate and Candy buffet for Free sampling . Shopping, food, beer and wine for purchase (21 and over), over 12 art and craft vendors, food vendors, and LIVE MUSIC!   


LIVE Music provided by:
            12:00 - 2:00pm - Patrick Jaouen
            2:30 - 4:30pm -  Light Blue - Rhythm and Blues
            5:00 - 7:00pm - Hard Road  


Part of the proceeds will benefit Love146, an organization that combats child sex slavery and exploitation. Check out:, for more information on this group.

Vendors include: 930 Studios, Steve's Gourmet Blends, The Barn Owl, Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Just Your Style Jewelry, Mary Kay, Gold Canyon Candles, Cookie Lee Jewelry, Bubba BowWow dog coats, and more.  


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WFSS Issues Penfield Challenge to Drill Well   

Through July 31st


WaterForSouthSudan Water for South Sudan, a not-for-profit organization located in Penfield, is planning a town-wide effort to dig a well in Africa. WFSS is partnering with a number of Penfield organizations and businesses, including the Penfield Public Library, The Barn Owl, Starbucks and Penfield Sport and Fitness Club to raise $15,000 - the full cost of a single well.

WFSS will partner with the Penfield Library for their Summer Reading Game (June 24 through July 31) whose theme this year is "Dig into Reading." A generous Penfield supporter has allowed a donation to be earmarked for children participating in summer reading game; children who fulfill their reading contracts will get to "earn" money toward a well to be drilled for the Penfield community.

They already have $5,000 committed to this, thanks to the library program donor and would like to open the project up to other Penfield businesses. Consider placing a change jar at your place of business to collect much needed funds to help dig water wells for clean drinking water, or contact them to discuss other possibilities for fundraising at your business. Visit their website to learn more about the project and for contact information.


Professional Development Classes at Monroe Community College   

Summer 2013 ~ July

Improving Business Performance
Lead to Succeed - Supervisor Basic Training - July 9 and 11, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Chamber Chatter Monthly Conference Calls

Last Wednesday of the Month ~  July



The Small Business Majority is pleased to announce a monthly discussion series with representatives from the White House on the most important policies impacting small businesses.

These free calls, taking place on the final Wednesdays of May, June and July, will feature the White House's Ari Matusiak, Special Assistant to the President and Director of Private Sector Engagement. From everyday small business issues to the latest policy developments, Ari will cover what's being done at the federal level to help keep U.S. small businesses thriving.

A question and answer session will follow the discussion.

<more info & registration> 


RBA's Rochester Top 100 Program Now Accepting Nominations    

Through Friday July 12th


Rochester has always been known as a region of innovation spurred by a strong entrepreneurial spirit. In recognition of that spirit, each year the Rochester Business Alliance and KPMG LLP present the Rochester Top 100, a program that recognizes the fastest growing privately owned companies in the Greater Rochester region.

As part of the Rochester Top 100 program, all companies will be honored at a celebration luncheon on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. In addition, on Friday, November 1, 2013, the Rochester Business Journal will publish a special supplement honoring the companies of this year's Rochester Top 100 program.

The RBA and KPMG also invites companies to sponsor the Rochester Top 100 celebration luncheon. Sponsorships are available at a variety of levels ranging from $2,500 to $20,000.

 <more info> 


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 plaza 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.
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

   Dick Ide Family of Dealerships 

   (Valerie Ciffa)

   The 5 Mile Cafe 
   (Jennifer Henry)

   Centra Financial Group  
   (Luke Stewart)

JULY 8   
T-Bones Steakhouse
1778 Penfield Rd
5:30pm - 7:30pm     
JULY 15    
Penfield Country Club
1784 Jackson Rd
10:30am - 8:00pm     
JULY 25    
Shadow Lake Country Club
1850 Five Mile Line Rd
8:00am - 9:30am     
JULY 26    
Angus Steak House
2126 Five Mile Line Rd
11:45am - 1:00pm     
Special Thanks to our Premium Members


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Dawson Law Firm

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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  

Tracy Dovi
  Shepherd Home 

Jennifer Novy
  Frontier Communications 

Brett Dawson 

  Dawson Law Firm  

Jessica Imburgia Cole 

  Family First Federal Credit Union