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News from the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce
Message from the President


Summer is supposed to be the time that things slow down but we've been extremely busy at the Chamber office.  We were fortunate to be involved in the grand openings of the new Reed Eye Associates building and Sports Plus Physical Therapy's new location in Batavia.  We were also on hand for the uplifting announcement of the continuation of P.W. Minor thanks to Chamber members Andrew Young and Pete Zeliff.  These events continue to validate the upswing in our local economy that has been happening in the past few years.  Read more...   

Best Selling Author to Speak in September

Best-selling author and speaker Glenn Shepard will present the half-day seminar "How to Supervise People and Lead a Team", based on one of his books, How to Manage Problem Employees.  The seminar takes place at the Genesee Community College, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020 on Wednesday, September 10 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.  Read more...

New Look at the Chamber Office


If you haven't noticed yet, the Chamber sign on our office has received a facelift.  Watch for more sign improvements in the near future to help increase our visibility!


Join us for our Agricultural Business Tour - September 23rd

The Chamber's Agricultural Committee will be hosting its annual Agricultural Business Tour on Tuesday, September 23rd.  The tour runs from 8:00 a.m. to noon and will visit area agri-businesses in Genesee County.  The Ag Committee would like to strongly encourage all area business and community leaders to attend this very informative tour!  


Click here for more information and to see the tour agenda.


Contact Melissa at the Chamber office at 585-343-7440 ext. 26 if you would like to attend.

National Parks of America Special Travel Presentation
Learn all about this fantastic trip at a special presentation at the Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia on Tuesday, September 9th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.  The National Parks tour will take place from August 8-19, 2015 and will visit the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks, Old Faithful, Mt Rushmore and other famous landmarks.  

Please RSVP to Melissa at 585-343-7440 ext. 27 if you plan on attending this presentation. 

Did you know?

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce has available a micro-enterprise loan program for small businesses located in Genesee County.  The program is designed to augment private funding sources or provide capital when other funding sources are not affordable or unavailable. 


Genesee Tourism Leads State-wide Initiative


Last fall, the Chamber launched a state-wide paranormal tourism trail across New York State with 12 partnering tourism promotion agencies.  The Haunted History Trail of New York State was developed to promote Genesee and partnering counties to a niche market of ghost-enthusiasts.  In 2014, the program has grown to 21 counties and two more have signed up to join for 2015. Rolling Hills Asylum, in East Bethany is ranked 2nd most haunted place in the country by Haunted North America and was the inspiration for this new paranormal tourism initiative by our office.  Read more...

Attention Restaurants!


The Chamber's tourism program is updating its image library and would like to have an assortment of photography that includes folks enjoying a meal in Genesee County restaurants.  If you would like our hired professional to photograph your dining establishment, please contact Kelly Rapone to assist in coordinating a shoot date this fall. 

Don't miss these upcoming tourism-related events!
Why the "Ice Bucket Challenge" is So Smart

Four marketing lessons to learn from the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge":


Quote of the Month

"Quality means doing it right when no one is looking."   


-Henry Ford

Your Chamber Resources:

Kelly Bermingham, Director of Membership & Special Events
Ginny Elsasser, Staff Accountant/Health Insurance
Melissa A. George, Executive Assistant

Eve Hens, BEA Coordinator/Chamber Membership Assistant

Elissa Leuer, Tourism Sales & Marketing Manager

Dawn Ireland-Monsees, Tourism Information Coordinator

Kelly Rapone, Tourism Marketing Director

Tom Turnbull, President
September 2014
Thank you Chamber Champions!

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank our Chamber Champions:

Alex's Place  


Clark Patterson Lee


Freed Maxick


Lawley Genesee


National Grid               


Terry Hills Golf Course, Restaurant, & Banquet Facility


Turnbull Heating & Air


The Bank of Castile/

Tompkins Insurance  


United Memorial

Medical Center


These businesses have taken the lead role in investing in our Chamber's mission of enhancing business and community development in Genesee County.  To find out how your business can become a Chamber Champion, contact Kelly Bermingham 

at 585-343-7440.

Member 2 Member Discount Program


Support other Chamber Members and save money when you take advantage of Member to Member Discounts!  Click here for details.

Upcoming Events


Glenn Shepard Seminar

Genesee Community College

Wednesday, September 10


Agricultural Business Tour

Various Locations (Genesee County)

Tuesday, September 23

Thank you Premier Members!

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