The Penfield Business Wire                                                         December  2013

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PBA BUSINESS OF THE MONTH                               
The UPS Store
1900 Empire Blvd
BayTowne Plaza
(585) 787-0160  
The UPS Store has been in the BayTowne Plaza since 1989.  In 2000, the store was purchased by Ed Dickenson, who is the current owner.  The primary service is to pack & ship for businesses and individuals, however there is a wide array of other services offered, ranging from mailbox & postal services, digital printing, color copying, laminating and binding, fax services, shredding services, passport photos, moving supplies, notary, and scanning. READ MORE



Nominate a 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. 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                                          

Tree Lighting & Holiday Party
Four Corners & MacGregor's Grill & Tap Room
1129 Empire Blvd, Penfield
5:00pm & 6:00pm - 9:00pm 

Join your fellow PBA members in celebrating the 2013 holiday season. We will start with a Tree Lighting at the Four Corners at 5:00pm, and then make our way to MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room at 6:00pm for our annual Holiday Party. A cash bar and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. 

Meet new friends and other Penfield and surrounding community business owners over some holiday cheer. We will have an info sharing table, so bring your flyers and business cards to spread the word about your business. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, with some fantastic prizes, with all raffle and entry proceeds to benefit the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf.

This event is FREE for Members and $10 per person for all non-members and guests.

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***

We prefer all RSVPs be paid in advance, however, we can accept a few payments at the door - please bring a check or exact change if you can.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Members FREE
Non-Members & 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 (more coupons), 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


Board of Director's 2014 Planning Retreat   
Your PBA Board of Directors will be spending a day in retreat, planning 2014 activities and events and discussing concerns of our membership. If you have an idea or interest you would like us to discuss, or want to stop in to present an idea or concern - let us know - call us at (585) 348-8360 or email us - and we will gladly accept your comments or make arrangements for you to stop by. We are here to serve you - the business owners and residents of Penfield and surrounding communities. Let us know how we can help you! 

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 & EVENTS                                                
Many of our Members are offering Holiday or Year-End specials....check out our special Holiday Edition Newsletter for more details about each offering!

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.  

Don's Original Restaurant on Rt. 250 is hosting a FREE Breakfast with Santa on Sunday Dec. 8th from 8:30am - 11:00am. Bring a canned good or food donation to benefit the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf to participate. Be sure to thank John & Karen for once again hosting this special fundraising event. More info.

Brunch in Penfield? You bet!  5-Mile Cafe is the hot new weekend (and weekday) breakfast spot in Penfield with the best Italian Macaroon coffee in town. Recently they opened for Friday evening Fish Fry and have plans to expand into opening for dinner. Their space is also available for meetings on Mondays when they are closed. Stop in and see Jen, she's got good things cooking right here in Penfield.

Affaire de Chocolat has moved to Fairport. Go check out their new location at 98 North Main Street, behind Canalside Jewelers. The PBA would like to thank Debra for her support of the PBA mission over the past few years while she was located here in Penfield, and wish her the very best of luck in her new digs. Great things ahead Debra!

Welcome new Premium Member M&T Bank!

"M&T Bank has long operated as a community bank. We understand the vitality of our communities is crucial to our continued success. That's why M&T Bank - and our employees - take active roles in our communities. The M&T Charitable Foundation funds a wide range of community-based organizations. In 2011, M&T contributed over $17.4 million to more than 4,100 organizations. M&T employees also participated in 5,100 volunteer service events to benefit others in our communities.

Understanding the vitality of our communities, we recognize the crucial role local businesses play in ensuring the success of those communities. Now more than ever, small businesses need the support of strong, stable banks to succeed. When you partner with M&T, not only will you benefit from local decision making, you'll have one of the nation's leading SBA lenders on your side. For 20 consecutive years, M&T has been the #1 SBA lender in Rochester with loans made through the U.S. Small Business Administration's 7(a) lending program. When it comes to business, we understand what's important".

Some of you may remember former PBA Board Member Chris Herlong and his company - Gooey Cat. Chris is still in the "development" world, in Southern California, and has created a new Mobile App that is a kid-friendly shape and pattern recognition game. Check it out.  
FROM YOUR PBA BOARD OF DIRECTORS                                              



Testimonials say it best. Tell us what PBA Membership means to you and has provided for your business. Did this year's Kudos Program drive a lot of traffic to your business? How is the Holiday Edition Newsletter working for you? Was one of our workshops helpful for your business? Did you meet a few good contacts at our networking events? Are our Economic Development and Business Vitality presentations the highlight of your year? Send us an email with your thoughts and we will feature it in a future newsletter, on our website, or at our upcoming events. Help others see the value of this terrific business community organization.




It's that time of year again, the year is counting down and we're planning ahead for 2014. To provide our members the best value for your membership & marketing dollars, the PBA Board of Directors has voted to hold 2014 Membership Rates steady for the coming year. General Membership will remain $100 and Premium Membership will remain $250. If your business attends many of our events and activities, or needs additional marketing exposure, the Premium Membership is a great deal!



Renewal invoices will be emailed today 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 us.


Join the PBA between now and the end of 2013, and your full membership will be valid through December 31, 2014. That's 13 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.  


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in the Town of Penfield.
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2014 PBA Board of Directors


Mike Smith  - President 

  Penfield Country Club

Jeff Chapman - Vice President

  Penfield Financial Group   

Paul Dwyer - Treasurer  

  MetLife Auto & Home 

Jennifer Novy - Secretary
  Frontier Communications 

Megan DeFranco

  Eastside Family YMCA 

Tracy Dovi
  Shepherd Home 

Brett Dawson 

  Dawson Law Firm    

Emily Robbins
  Barry York, Inc. 

Brett Dawson 

  Dawson Law Firm    

Jean-Paul LaClair 

  M&T Bank     

Michael Quinn 

  Pyramid Brokerage    

Jack Best 

  Retire In Time    






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!