The Penfield Business Wire                                                         September  2013

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Inspiring Business Vitality.    Exchanging Ideas.    Building Connections.
Golf Tournament Thanks!

Thank you again to all who participated in the 3rd Annual PBA Golf Tournament to Benefit Shepherd Home, sponsored by Family First Federal Credit Union. Whether you were a golfer, a volunteer, a sponsor, a gift donor, or just came for all helped make this year's event a success. On Thursday, we presented Shepherd Home with a check for $8,180 ~ much needed funds to help the Home maintain its ministry to the dying and their families.

Golf Check Presentation
Left to right: Guy Taddeo - Family First Federal Credit Union; Channing Philbrick - Chairman of the Board of Directors at Shepherd Home; Betsy Inglis - Executive Director at Shepherd Home; Mike Smith - PBA President; Paul Dwyer - PBA Treasurer; and Jeff Chapman - PBA Vice President.

PBA BUSINESS OF THE MONTH                               
The last of summer vacation and back-to-school got the best of us, as well as the business we planned to highlight for September, so we decided to skip a month. This feature will be back in business in October, featuring a member doing good things in our community.  



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.


PBA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES                                          

Speed Networking with the RBARBA
RBA Headquarters, 5:00pm - 7:00pm 
Join members of other Rochester-area Business Associations & Chambers of Commerce for an after-hours speed networking event at the Rochester Business Alliance (RBA) headquarters.

Speed networking offers a twist to the typical meet-and-greet by offering an organized succession of brief conversations among participants that allow you to talk briefly with 20 or more people over the course of the evening.

This is a special members-only benefit. PBA Members can attend this event at the RBA Member rate of $15.   <more details>  



THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19    Robert Gerace 
Time Management Workshop
Joey's Pasta House, 11:30am - 1:00pm 
Not enough time in the day?
Do meetings drag on and nothing is resolved?
Do you need to do it yourself to have it done right?
Do you feel like you need to supervise others to get what you want?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then this program is for you!  <more details> 
Members $25  
Guests $30 
Premium Members - One person per business complimentary, additional attendees pay member rate


Lilian's Restaurant
Lunch Bunch Networking
Lilian's Restaurant & Party House
11:45am - 1:00pm 

Join us every month for lunch at one of Penfield's many lunch spots. This event is an opportunity for members (and guests) to gather for informal networking & lunch in support of PBA member restaurants.

No reservations are required but an RSVP or email confirmation is helpful for seating.


Federal Healthcare Reform - What do you need to know?
Penfield Town Hall, 7:00am - 8:30am 
HealthCareReform If you are an employer with under 50 employees you may believe you are exempt from the mandates and compliance provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That could turn out to be a costly incorrect assumption. EVERY employer needs to be prepared for the provisions of the ACA.
Learn what to prepare for and how be compliant and avoid costly expenses. This presentation will review the provisions of the ACA and help you understand how you could be affected.

This presentation will focus on sole proprietors and employers with under 50 employees. Afterwards there will be opportunity to ask questions specific to your circumstances.  <more details> 
Members $15  
Guests $20 
Premium Members - One person per business complimentary, additional attendees pay member rate


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

FROM YOUR PBA BOARD OF DIRECTORS                                              


ThePBAWantsYou Recently, two of our hard working and dedicated Board Members moved on to bigger and better things. Jessica Imburgia from Family First Federal Credit Union moved to Florida with her husband Mark and daughter Cecilia to support her husband's new job with a local police department near Tampa. Laurie Klein is shifting gears and letting go of some side projects to focus on her business planning and make some improvements to the services she provides.  


The Board of Directors would like to thank Jessica and Laurie for all the amazing and helpful projects they have worked on to support the PBA over many years. Both will be greatly missed.  And that's where you come in..... 


We are looking for a few good Board Members - committed individuals with some time to dedicate to building and supporting a successful Penfield Business Community. Our Board Members do more than just show up at a meeting each month - they get their hands dirty, take on projects, work on committees and are one of the many faces of the PBA in the community. If you think you've got what it takes, give us a call or drop us an email. We would like to talk to you! 




It's that time of year again, fiscal years are counting down and we're planning ahead for 2014. Renewal letters will be going out in a few months and we hope all of you will continue to support business vitality in Penfield in the coming year. In the mean time, if you know of a neighboring business that could benefit from being a PBA member - to take advantage of our networking events, for the added marketing exposure, for the educational opportunities, or for the good will that comes from being part of something larger than any of us could be alone...tell them about our New Member Drive.


Join the PBA between now and the end of 2013, and your full membership will be valid through December 31, 2014. That's 16 months for the price of 12 if you join now. No special codes needed, just sign up online or mail your registration form and check and we'll take care of the rest.  


This promotion is valid on both General and Premium Memberships for new members only. 2012 members who have not yet renewed their membership are excluded from this offer.  

MEMBER NEWS & EVENTS (send us your news)                                           
You spoke, we listened....our newsletters are getting a bit long and once a month is a long time in between. So we're splitting the newsletter in two. We will send one newsletter with PBA news - everything you need to know about what's happening at the Association level - and another shortly thereafter with everything that is happening in the Member Community.

This means Member Events and Activities will get more prominent and dedicated exposure each month, allowing you to share what you have going on with your business in a more focused communication. Please continue to take advantage of this excellent marketing opportunity by sending us your news and event information - we are happy to pass it along and post it on our website as well.

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in the Town of Penfield.
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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      

Ann Young      

   First Niagara Bank  

Tracy Dovi
  Shepherd Home 

Jennifer Novy
  Frontier Communications 

Brett Dawson 

  Dawson Law Firm    

Roseann Denoncourt 

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