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Message from the President


One of the things I've learned in my short time as Chamber President is how much Chambers of Commerce have in common when it comes to conveying to their local business communities the value of joining their local Chambers.   One of the major challenges we all face is that while there is really no one, definitive reason to join our Chambers, there are many, many good solid reasons to become a member.


Betsy Demitropoulus of the American Business Magazine compiled a top 10 list of reasons why you should join your local chamber of commerce as supplied by 10 local chambers across the United States.  Not surprisingly, Betsy's top 10 list matches up pretty closely with the top 10 reasons for being a member of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce.  Here's the national list along with how your Genesee County Chamber of Commerce fulfills these benefits:


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The 43rd Annual Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, February 28 at the Clarion Hotel, Park Road, Batavia.  The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres, entrée tables and cash bar (no formal sit-down dinner to be served). The Award Program starts at 7 p.m. where desserts and coffee will be served. 


This year's honorees are Business of the Year - Applied Business Systems, Inc.; Industry of the Year - Muller Quaker Dairy; Agricultural Business of the Year - Corcoran Custom Services; Innovative Community Contribution of the Year - Merrill Lynch; Special Service Recognition of the Year - Genesee Cancer Assistance, Inc. and Geneseeans of the Year - Peggy Lamb of Oakfield and Bill Schutt of Basom.


This event is always the social highlight of the county's business community.  Tickets are $50 each or $450 for a table of 10.  Contact Kelly Bermingham at the Chamber at 343-7440 or by email at for more information.  



The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce will be holding a series of business workshops in 2015 designed to help small businesses improve their skills and grow their businesses.  The business workshops are FREE to all Chamber members and their employees and will be made available to non-Chamber members for a small fee. The 2015 schedule is as follows:  

  • February 11 - "Marketing Your Small Business"
  • March 11 - "Financing Your Venture" 
  • April 8 - "Home-Based Business Strategies for Success" 
  • May 13 - "Selling and Succession Planning"
  • June 10 - "Woman-Owned Small Business Workshop"
  • September 9 - "Holiday Marketing - Tips for Small Businesses"
  • October 14 - Profit Improvement Strategies"
  • November 18 - "Customer Service That Wins Sales".  

Look for more information regarding times, location and other details in the upcoming weeks.

Home Show Vendor Booths Filling Up Quickly!


Last call for vendors for the 2nd Annual Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Home Show to be held March 27-29, 2015 at the Falleti Ice Arena, Evans Street, Batavia.  Last year's inaugural Home Show was a smashing success with over 2,000 people attending. 


There are just a few vendor booth spaces remaining for this year's Home Show on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Cost of a booth is $375 for Genesee County Chamber members and $475 for non-Chamber members.  . Don't be left out - contact Kelly Bermingham at 585-343-7440 ext. 26 today! Click here to download the vendor application.

Did You Know?

You may qualify for a low interest loan or grant through the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce's Microenterprise Loan Program.  Take advantage of free of charge direct one-to-one counseling with a consultant from the New York State Small Business Development Center who can assist with preparing your loan application.  

Travel with the Chamber

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce is offering four incredible travel tours for 2015: 

  • National Parks of America on August 8-19
  • China (All New Itinerary!) on October 14-22
  • Thailand/Hong Kong on October 31-November 8
  • Spain's Costa del Sol & the Portuguese Riviera on  November 5-17

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



Many people hold the common belief that it takes luck in order to succeed at life, but Sammie U. Aysan is about to tell you why that belief is absurd. Luck has nothing to do with success in life. Rather, it's the daily habits and mindset of the individual which will determine whether they will succeed or fail. If you truly want to succeed in life then it's important that you identify bad habits and common pitfalls to avoid in order to set you on the right path towards success.


Quote of the Month

"Progress always involves risks.  You can't steal second base with your foot on first."


                                        -Frederick B. Wilcox

Your Chamber Resources:

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

Eve Hens, BEA Coordinator/Chamber Membership Assistant

Brena Hurlbutt, Tourism Assistant

Kelly Rapone, Tourism Marketing Director

Tom Turnbull, President
February 2015

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  





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.

Thank you

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Batavia, NY 14020
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