PBA Newsletter - October 2015
Inspiring Business Vitality   |   Exchanging Ideas   |   Building Connections 

BUSINESS OF THE MONTH                              

Empire Storage &
Gated Parking, LLC  
1385 Empire Boulevard

The Meli family began the business as a trucking and construction company in 1941. Today the business focuses on mini self-storage unit rentals, trailer and van box storage, and contractor's garage and shop space rentals. There is also outdoor storage space for long-term parking of vehicles including boats, RVs, and campers, as well as large parking spaces for contractor vehicles and equipment. Customers can feel their belongings are secure protected within a gated property that allows 24-hour access with a private code. 
PBA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES                                          
with Heidi Zimmer-Meyer

Thursday Oct. 15th
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Joey's Party House
1793 Penfield Road

Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, President of Rochester Downtown Development Corporation will be the featured speaker at the Penfield Business Association meeting on Thursday, October 15.

Zimmer-Meyer will be speaking about her perspectives on the topic of downtown development and its link to healthy communities in Monroe County. Networking begins at 5:30 at Joey's Party House and will feature an appetizer selection of some of Joey's signature dishes. Cash bar will be available. Zimmer-Meyer will begin speaking at 6:00 p.m. and the meeting will conclude by 7:00 p.m.

This event is free for PBA Members. Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly. Guests pay $10 in advance.



Friday Oct. 30th
11:45am - 1:00pm

The 5 Mile Cafe
2084 Five Mile Line Road

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 
email confirmation is helpful for seating, or you may RSVP by using the "Register Online" button below.

Bring your business cards to share with members attending.


and the Fairport Perinton Chamber of Commerce

Thursday Nov. 5th
11:30am - 1:00pm

The Porterhouse Restaurant
400 Packetts Landing

Join us for this special lunch presentation hosted jointly by the Penfield Business Association and the Fairport Perinton Chamber of Commerce.

During his tenure as Rochester Mayor, Bob Duffy was widely recognized for navigating an economic crisis. His effectiveness in all of the phases of his distinguished career is to be commended.

Area Business Associations and Chambers of Commerce appreciate the changes he has made at the Rochester Business Alliance. He supports our missions, our communities and our members.

Join us as Mr. Duffy speaks to the future of the Rochester area, as he sees it as President of the RBA.

Seating is limited. Registration is being managed by the Fairport Perinton Chamber of Commerce and ends October 30.

$20 for FPCC and PBA members 
$25 for non members


with Jim Costello

Friday Nov. 13th
11:30am - 1:30pm

Penfield Country Club
1784 Jackson Road

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 2015-2016 candidates will be posted shortly, along with brief bios about each candidate. Candidate information will also be available at the meeting. 

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 Tuesday 11/10/15 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. 


Business of the Year 
Daniel Penfield Award 
Penfield Pride Award 

It's that time of year again - the Fifth Annual PBA Business of the Year, Daniel Penfield and Penfield Pride Awards. In order to make this selection truly representative of the community and the PBA we are seeking nominations for each award. 

Business of the Year Award 
This award is given annually by the Penfield Business Association to honor a local business that has significantly contributed to the vitality and success of the Penfield business community.

Criteria for the Business of the Year are:
  • PBA membership and involvement 
  • Headquartered in Penfield or maintains visible Penfield location 
  • Overall community involvement and contribution 
  • Demonstrated business vitality in terms of growth, sales/revenue, employment, innovation and/or admirable business practices.

Daniel Penfield Award 
This award is given annually by the Penfield Business Association to honor a local business person who has positively impacted the Penfield business community through his or her community involvement, business practices and overall character. 

Criteria for the Daniel Penfield Award are:  
  • Active community involvement 
  • PBA Member 
  • Visible dedication to the Penfield community 
  • Positive impact on local business 
  • Exemplary character; serves as a role model & leader

Penfield Pride Award 
Each year the Penfield Business Association recognizes a local business that rehabilitates an existing building, creates a vibrant new look and becomes a positive addition to Penfield's proud community.

To nominate a business for any of these awards, please complete and submit a nomination form by Sunday November 1st. Feel free to also include a letter of recommendation, testimonials or any other information that you believe would explain why the nominated business or person would be a good selection. 

Awards will be announced at the Annual Meeting on November 13th and celebrated at the Holiday Party (stay tuned for a date).

Deadline - November 1st
Nominate a business or person today!

Additional PBA events are listed on our website. Visit the Events Calendar to see what else we have coming up and "save the date".
(to have your business' events included, send us an email with the details and any available graphics)                                            

It took fifty years (and a few months), but the Special Edition Players' Golden Anniversary DVD's are finally ready! 

This historic DVD contains a professionally produced 30-minute documentary of the history of the Players, a 10-minute presentation, and candid footage taken at our Golden Anniversary dinner earlier this year. 

This DVD full of memories is now on sale for only $11.00. If you live outside the Rochester area and need to have the DVD mailed to you, please add $3.50 for shipping and handling. 

To reserve a copy, please mail a check, payable to the Penfield Players, to Jeff Moon, 110 Calhoun Avenue, Rochester, NY 14606.

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






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2015 PBA Board of Directors


Jen Novy  - Co-President 

  Frontier Communications

Michael Quinn  - Co-President 

  Pyramid Brokerage

Megan DeFranco  - Vice President 

  Eastside Family YMCA

Paul Dwyer - Treasurer  

  MetLife Auto & Home 

Emily Robbins - Secretary
  Barry York, Inc. 

Mike Smith  

  Penfield Country Club

Jeff Chapman

  Penfield Financial Group   

Jack Best 

  Retire In Time    

Jaime Dengal 

  Hampton Inn Webster    

Sandra Swanson 

  Sandra Swanson LMT    

Rich Klein 

  R&M Energy Services Group    



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