PBA Newsletter - March 2014

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Inspiring Business Vitality   |   Exchanging Ideas   |   Building Connections

BUSINESS OF THE MONTH                               
AAA AAA of Western & Central New York    
2156 Penfield Road
(585) 377-8500
 http://westerncentralny.aaa.com/locations/penfield com     

AAA Western & Central New York is a not-for-profit, fully-taxpaying association serving nearly 860,000 members throughout Upstate New York.  As one of Upstate's largest member services organization, AAA provides its members with travel, insurance, financial, and automotive services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through its AAA Travel & Insurance Centers and online at www.AAA.com.
PBA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES                                          

Lunch Bunch at Rosey's Italian Cafe
2133 Five Mile Line Road
11:45am - 1:00pm 
Rosey's Italian Cafe 
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.

Registration is not required, but helpful for seating. Please use the Register Online button below or send an email. Bring your business cards to share with members attending.


Brian Geer
THURSDAY, MARCH 27         
Elmwood Inn   
1256 Mount Hope Avenue (map) 
5:45pm - 7:15pm 

Join us for an evening of magic and networking. Light hors d'oeuvres will begin at 5:45pm. Then, at 6:00pm Magician Brian Geer will begin a show that brings together magic and business for an evening full of fun, laughs, magic and connections.

Brian Geer has been professionally performing magic since 1989, at corporate events, tradeshows and VIP events.  He has lectured all over the country for magicians and has performed at President Bush's Inaugural Ball and the Pentagon 26 times. Brian has been featured in Newsweek Magazine, Business Strategies Magazine, Upstate Magazine and many television appearances.

Members - $25
Non-Members - $30
Premium Members - one person complimentary, additional attendees pay member rate.

or send an email letting us know you are mailing a check.  Checks must be received by Tuesday March 25.

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                                                
The Town of Penfield will be hosting "Green Drinks" on March 20th at the Harris Whalen Lodge.

This is a free event and is a program that has been in existence for more than three years. Each month 80-100 people interested in sustainability come together from 6-7:30PM, or some portion of that time, to network on matters involving sustainability.

Businesses from around the county (big and small), government, individuals and more come to this event. Penfield hosted the event several years ago and it was a tremendous success as it showcased the great things going on in Penfield. This year the Town is ribbon-cutting the new solar system installed on the roof of the lodge that will be covering 70+-% of our overall energy usage at this event.

Please feel free to stop in, and if any member of the PBA has a story from their business they want to share around sustainability, or ways they are protecting the environment, please call the Town for a table at the event to share the success and good story.

More info

The Penfield Players are busy finalizing their two-year 50th Anniversary Celebration Program. This is a great opportunity to attract new business to your company.

Your message will engage Penfield Players theater attendees throughout the 2014-2015 production season from May 2014 - November 2015. The deadline for placing advertisements in the program is March 15.

Additional recognition in Play Program inserts will be provided when props and/or materials from your business are used in a current production. The theater display area and 50th Celebration table is available to you for reaching Penfield's theater community.

Celebrate the arts and the Penfield community. For information about placing an ad, download the Advertising pdf, or call Don Bartalo at (585)734-4453 or email Don.

More info

Ray Isaac
Ray Isaac to speak at Penfield Rotary, April 1.

Ray Isaac, the third generation president of Isaac Heating/Air Conditioning will speak about "Culture, Leadership and team-building: Employees first!"


Ray not only studies leadership, but he has grown his company locally and statewide. He will explain why he believes that employees, not the customer, come first.


Penfield Rotary meets over lunch, $11.00, at Shadow Lake Golf Club, 1850 Five Mile Line Road: 11:45 registration; 12:00 buffet lunch is served; 12:15 Rotary business meeting; 12:35 Speaker Ray Isaac; 1:00 meeting concludes.  


Reservations are required by Friday, March 28, and are payable at the door. To make reservations, please email Jack Best.



PaperRozzi PaperRozzi Invitations & Stationery received a Carlson Craft Excellence award for 2013. This is the 5th one the company has received.

Each year Carlson Craft, the nation's leading wholesale printing company, presents only a few select businesses with this prestigious award for sales achievement and service to their customers.


PaperRozzi Invitations & Stationery specializes in invitations for weddings, parties and business events.


Congratulations Roz and Greg!


Eastside Business Expo - Sept. 17, 2014


Save the date for this year's Eastside Business Expo. More details about the location and reserving table space for your business coming soon!





FROM YOUR PBA BOARD OF DIRECTORS                                              



Thank you, thank you to so many of our members who have promptly renewed their memberships for 2014! It promises to be a great year and we are thrilled that several of you have upgraded to Premium Membership -- it really is a tremendous marketing value for your business.  


To continue 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 savings and marketing opportunity! 



Renewal invoices were emailed in December and mailed again in February. We hope all of you will continue to support business vitality in Penfield in 2014. If you need another copy of your invoice, just email us and we will send another. 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. They'll be glad you did!


NOTE: all businesses that do not renew their membership by March 15th will be dropped from active membership status.

Don't miss out - renew today!




Testimonials say it best. Tell us what PBA Membership means to you and has provided for your business. Did last year's Kudos Program drive a lot of traffic to your business? How did the Holiday Edition Newsletter work out for you? Was one of our workshops helpful for you, your business or your employees? 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 long-standing business community organization.


The Penfield Business Association
is the first and longest-running
business-focused association  
in the Town of Penfield.
We are dedicated to supporting
the growth and success of
our members
and building
business vitality
the community.

For more information visit us at www.penfieldbusiness.org

Welcome New Members
This newsletter is brought to you in part thanks to our Premium Members


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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!