PBC Newsletter - October 2016
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Penfield Volunteer Emergency Ambulance
1585 Jackson Road   
(585) 872-6060

Penfield Volunteer Emergency Ambulance is Penfield Business Chamber's Business of the Month for October, 2016. Karen Manetta is the President, and Dan Riordan is the EMS Manager. March of 1966 was the Ambulance's first call.  Dan and Karen believe the Penfield Volunteer Ambulance was started through the Lions Club. The start of the first ambulance was almost like a Ghostbuster mobile, according to Dan. In 2000, they saw a need, and a home was renovated into the building that houses the Ambulance today.

PBC EVENTS & ACTIVITIES                                          


with Jim Costello

Wednesday November 9th 
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 2016-2017 candidates will be posted shortly, along with brief bios about each candidate. Candidate information will also be available at the meeting. If you are interested in a position on the Board, please contact us in the next few weeks to discuss your candidacy.

Only current PBA members may vote or are eligible to serve on the Board. 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 11/04/16. If you prefer to register by mail, please send an email with the names of attendee(s) before mailing your check. All RSVPs must be prepaid in advance.


Friday, October 28th
11:45am - 1:00pm
Canandaigua National Bank    
1816 Penfield Road     
Join us every month for lunch at one of Penfield's many lunch spots and businesses. This event is an opportunity for members (and guests) to gather for informal networking & lunch in support of PBA member.  

As a special treat, this month's Lunch Bunch will be held in the community room at Canandaigua National Bank and include a luncheon prepared by Mark's Pizzeria in Penfield, as well as a brief presentation and facility tour following the meal.  
No reservations are required but an email confirmation is helpful for seating.

Bring your business cards to share with members attending.

Business of the Year 
Daniel Penfield Award 
Penfield Pride Award 

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

Business of the Year Award 
This award is given annually by the Penfield Business Chamber 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:
  • PBC 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 Chamber 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 
  • PBC 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 Chamber 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 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 and celebrated at the Holiday Party (stay tuned for a date).

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

The PBC is looking for a new Marketing / Technical Liaison to help with website and database management as well as marketing & brand management tasks, including newsletters, emails, and social media management. Interested or know someone who may be? Email us for a more detailed job description and further information. This is a part time paid position reporting to the Board of Directors.

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

Catalyst Health Group (CHG) is a 3500 sq.ft. facility offering Crossfit, Chiropractic and Massage Therapy. Their mission is to provide health and fitness for everyone from the extreme athlete to the weekend warrior. They offer acute care, group Crossfit classes and individual coaching.

There are no treadmills or elliptical machines at CHG. Instead you will find pull up bars, kettlebells, barbells and space for squatting, jumping and lifting - in other words, a place to move like you are meant to move. Classes are only one hour, they are open 7 days a week, and are available for one-on-one training.

CHG recently moved to a new space in Panorama Plaza - same plaza, newer/larger space around back. Look for a Grand Re-opening announcement soon!

(to have your business' events included, send us an email with the details and any available graphics)                                            

It's never too early to start collecting items for holiday food baskets! Even if you can't collect the entire amount, any amount towards the goal will be helpful.

Besides, chickens and turkeys, they will need the following items for EACH of the next two holidays:
  • 210 cans gravy
  • 210 cans broth
  • 330 boxes stuffing
  • 210 boxes cake mixes
  • 330 cans green beans
  • 210 cans mushroom soup
Your family, neighborhood, club, team or business can simply collect items and deliver it to the Food Shelf.

If you'd like more information, send an email to penfieldfoodshelf@gmail.com.

It's time for the annual Family First Harvest Festival!

This year's Harvest Festival will be on Saturday, October 15th from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Penfield Branch at 2520 Browncroft Blvd.

This is a FREE community event open to all. There will be free pumpkins for the kids, along with cider, donuts and apples. Hang out with some cool creatures from the Seneca Park Zoomobile, meet some other furry friends from Joyful Rescues pet adoptions, and soar through the air in the YMCA Bounce House.

Adults can bring in documents to put in secure shredding bins.

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Learn to Salsa Dance at Itacate

Wednesdays, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Itacate Penfield

Where is the best place to learn how to Salsa Dance in Penfield? At the best Mexican Restaurant in Penfield of course! 

Stop in to Itacate Penfield on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm - 9:00pm for FREE Salsa Dancing Lessons. 

No cost, no RSVP needed. Just bring a friend and dance the winter blues away! 

Itacate Penfield - 1859 Penfield Road, near the Four Corners

SHARE your Y with Friends and SAVE

You and your friends can save big! Help your friends get the support they need and help them get it at a 20% lower member-referred rate. It's easy to invite friends and family to join. Invite as many friends as you want. When a friend joins, you'll both receive a 20% reduced rate on your monthly membership dues at the Y. All you need is an email address, YMCA keytag number, and a friend who is ready to join the Y.

More info


Are you a member of the PBC looking for a way to give back to your business community? Consider volunteering to serve on the Board of Directors to help with one of many aspects of running your local business chamber.

The work of the PBC is accomplished through the dedication and hard work of our Board of Directors and the committees they chair to manage different projects throughout the year. As with all volunteer organizations, our success depends largely on the willingness of our membership to serve as Board Members and make things happen. If you would like to volunteer your time and skill-set to serve your business community, contact us and we will connect you with the Executive Board to discuss your candidacy in our upcoming Board of Directors election in November. We have several openings and all business skills are needed.




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 PBC. 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!


Welcome to the Penfield Business Chamber!
The Penfield Business Chamber is now the only business-focused association in the Town of Penfield. With the combining of the Penfield Business Association and Penfield Chamber of Commerce, The Penfield Business Chamber is the largest, business-focused association in the Town of Penfield. We are committed to helping area businesses prosper through marketing support, educational enrichment, business mentoring, and networking opportunities.

The organization was founded by a group of civic-minded business leaders who believed that businesses in the area could benefit from an organization dedicated to their business needs.The Penfield Business Chamber offers several opportunities each month for networking and learning. Additional information and a calendar of events can be found at penfieldbusiness.org

The Penfield Business Chamber
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  
Welcome New Members

Did you know that as a Member of the PBC, you are eligible to give and receive Member 2 Member Deals?

Visit these PBC Member businesses and receive the discount or offer indicated:

Don's Original
15% off your bill for PBC members


Free registration fee to The Gymnastics Training Center of Rochester when signing up to any of our programs offered. This includes Botsford School of Dance and Fit by Five Preschool. $30 value per child.

Get One Month FREE when you rent any storage space for six months or more.

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

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2016 PBC Board of Directors

Jen Novy  - Co-President 
  Frontier Communications

Michael Quinn  - Co-President 
  Mission Commercial Realty

Megan DeFranco  - Vice President 
  Eastside Family YMCA

Paul Dwyer - Treasurer  
  MetLife Auto & Home

Sandra Swanson - Secretary
  Sandra Swanson LMT  
Jeff Chapman
  Penfield Financial Group
Jaime Dengal 
  Hampton Inn Webster 
Rich Klein 
  R&M Energy Services Group

Matt Rollins 
  Five Star Bank

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