The Penfield Business Wire                                                         November  2013

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PBA BUSINESS OF THE MONTH                               
Mathnasium of Penfield
1802 Penfield Road
(585) 203-1717  
The Mathnasium in Penfield franchise has been open since July of 2012.  Owner, Aline Nguyen, began working for Kodak in her twenties. Aline says "I will always be thankful for such a wonderful opportunity because I learned so much from working there. But I walked around with this unexplainable entrepreneurial spirit that I could not suppress. One day, I promised myself, I would own my own business.  That business, whatever it is, has to be about kids and education. Since I initially struggled with math then became adept at it, I chose Mathnasium because I would have empathy for kids who are going through what I did." READ 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.


PBA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES                                          

Annual Membership Meeting &
Economic Development Presentation with Jim Costello
Penfield Country Club, 11:30am - 1:30pm 
Jim Costello, Director of Economic Development for the Town of Penfield, will present the current state of economic development in Penfield and share upcoming projects on the horizon. Each of Penfield's business districts will be discussed during the presentation and there will be opportunity for Q&A at the end.
In addition, elections for our Board of Directors will be held. The slate of 2013-2014 candidates will be available, along with brief bios about each candidate.

Only current PBA members may vote. Please make sure you are current on your dues prior to the event if you wish to vote. New member applications and renewal forms will be available at the door.

Networking begins at 11:30am. Members are encouraged to bring literature for the member information table.  Lunch and Program will be begin at 12:00pm.

Kindly RSVP by Friday 11/08/13 using the "Register Online" button below. If you prefer to register by mail, please send an email with the names of attendee(s) before mailing your check.

Members $25  
Guests $30 


Holiday Party
MacGregor's Grill & Tap Room
1129 Empire Blvd, Penfield
6:00pm - 9:00pm 

Come join your fellow PBA members in celebrating the 2013 holiday season at MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room. A cash bar and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. 

Meet new friends and other Penfield and surrounding community business owners, or catch up with other Members over some holiday cheers. We will have an info sharing table as well, so bring your flyers and business cards to spread the word about your business.

This event is $10 per person with all proceeds to benefit the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf.

We will also be accepting non-perishable donations for the Food Shelf. Please consider bringing one of the following needed items:
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Campbell's Chunky Style Soups
  • Boxes of Rice and Pasta
  • Cereal
  • Canned Vegetables
***RSVP is required as space is limited***

All RSVPs must be paid in advance. If paying by mail instead of online, kindly send an email with guest names before sending a check.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Members and Guests $10 per person 


Member Center Demonstration & Training
Mathnasium of Penfield
7:45am - 9:00am 

Have you taken advantage of all the FREE MARKETING opportunities available to you as a Member of the PBA?


Well you sure should! What sort of smart business owner or employee leaves "FREE" on the table?

The Member Center on the PBA website lets you describe your business offering, add keywords so people can search for you based on what they are looking for, schedule community Hot Deals (coupons), Member-to-Member Deals, and even post job openings ~ all for FREE as part of your Membership Dues.

What's even better is that it's super simple to use and we are offering a FREE demonstration workshop to show you how it works and answer your questions. So whether you are a current PBA Member or are considering membership, mark your calendars now and stop by the Member Center Demonstration & Training Workshop to learn more about this valuable marketing opportunity for your business. 

FREE for Members and Prospective Members


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

MEMBER NOTES & REQUESTS                                                
Are you looking for a quiet place to hold a meeting or small group gathering? Consider renting space at Mathnasium of Penfield. While the kiddos are in school, the space is available for small groups and includes a kitchenette for minor food prep/storage and restroom facilities. For more information, email Aline Nguyen or call (585) 203-1717.  

Special Holiday Newsletter Edition coming up....

Is your business running holiday specials over the next two months? Do you have an event or promotion you would like to share with our members?

Send us your holiday specials and not only will we cross-promote them on our website and Facebook page (which both get a lot of traffic by the way), but we will put together a special Holiday Newsletter Edition to be released on November 18th.

So get your promotions in now...deadline to be included is Friday November 15th!

FROM YOUR PBA BOARD OF DIRECTORS                                              


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!  


2014 Board Member elections will take place at our Annual Meeting & Economic Development Presentation on Thursday November 14th. To be included on the ballot, email us by Monday November 11th. 




It's that time of year again, the year is counting down and we're planning ahead for 2014. Renewal letters will be going out in a few weeks and we hope all of you will continue to support business vitality in Penfield in 2014. 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 14 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.  

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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    





That you can add Member-2-Member Deals to your directory listing on our website using your Member Center login. You can even change them from time to time.

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.

If you have forgotten your Member Center login or password, simply go to the Member Center link and click on "Forgot Password". An email will be sent to you with your password or a link to reset your password.

All of this is a FREE ADVERTISING benefit to you as a member of the PBA. And who doesn't like free???

If you need assistance with the Member Center at any time, simply email or call us and we will have someone contact you to help. We even make on-site training visits, just ask!