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


So I just got finished reading a research study by The Schapiro Group entitled "The Real Value of Joining a Local Chamber of Commerce".  Wait, I know what you're thinking - "BORING!!!"  I can almost hear your collective yawns as I write this.  But stay with me on this.


One of the most frequently asked questions we get from Chamber members or a potential Chamber member is "why should my business spend our heard-earned money to be a Chamber member?"  Read more...   

Annual Membership Meeting - November 6

You are cordially invited to attend the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, November 6 at Bohn's Restaurant, 5256 Clinton St. Rd., Batavia.  This year's meeting will feature the election of Chamber board members, a Year in Review of Chamber activities, and keynote speaker Vincent Esposito, Empire State Development Finger Lakes Regional Director.  Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with a buffet lunch beginning promptly at noon. Cost is $20 per person.  Click here for the reservation form or contact Melissa George at 585-343-7440 ext. 27 to make your reservations.  

Glenn Shepard's Manager's Handbook Available to Chamber Members

The Chamber has acquired a copy of Glenn Shepard's Manager's Handbook that is now available for loan to all Chamber members free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Glenn's handbook is an indispensable toolkit for supervising people and includes everything you will need to deal with employees on tardiness, insubordination, absenteeism, and managing problem employees.  Contact Melissa George at 585-343-7440 ext. 27 if you would like to borrow the handbook from the Chamber's business reference collection. 

Key Dates for the Health Insurance Marketplace


Are you ready for the next Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period? Open Enrollment is the time when you can apply for a new Marketplace plan, keep your current plan, or pick a new one. Click here for four key dates you should know.

Spain's Costa Del Sol & The Portuguese Riveria Special Travel Presentation

Learn all about this magnificent trip at a special presentation at the GO-Art! Building, 201 East Main St., Batavia on Tuesday, October 21 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.  The Costa Del Sol and Portuguese Riviera tour will take place from November 5-17, 2015 and will visit Madrid, Prado Museum, Cordoba, Granada, Alhambra, Seville, Lisbon, Mafra Palace & Monastery, Sintra, Fatima and other famous landmarks.  Please RSVP to Melissa at 585-343-7440 ext. 27 if you plan on attending this presentation.  


Click here for more information on all of the Chamber's travel trips.

Did you know?

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce offers several ways to help promote your business including free use of our Main Street window space, free e-mail blasts to our membership, free postings on our Chamber Facebook page, hosting a Business After Hours event, and our Member 2 Member Discount Program.  Contact Melissa George or Kelly Bermingham for more information.

Seeking Gift Certificates for Visitor Center Volunteers


Would your business like to send along a "thank you" to the men and women who volunteer at our Visitor Booth all summer?  If so, please consider sending a gift certificate that we'll use as giveaways as part of our Volunteer Appreciation Event which is being held on Thursday, October 22nd.   Please send your gift to the Chamber office by October 13th (Attn: Dawn Ireland-Monsees, 210 East Main Street, Batavia NY 14020).  Thank you to all who will!

Looking for things to do this fall?


We're rounding up the best fall weekend events and posting them at, a new section of the tourism web site.   Be sure to enjoy the festivities that we have right here in Genesee County!

How to Motivate People with Low Self-Esteem

People with low self-esteem will whine about never getting raises and being passed over for promotions, but won't do anything to earn them.  This is because these negative outcomes fit their low self-image. They'll remain underachievers until they change their self-image.  This begs the question, "How do you give someone high self-esteem?"  Click here to read more.

Quote of the Month

"Life doesn't reward you for staying busy, it rewards you for staying productive."   


-Glenn Shepard 

(Author & Speaker)

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
October 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


Healthcare Reform & Your Business Seminar

Clarion Hotel Batavia

Tuesday, October 14th 


Annual Membership Meeting

Bohn's Restaurant

Thursday, November 6th


Thank you Premier Members!

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