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



It's been a long, cold winter but it has still been a busy time at your Chamber of Commerce.  Last Saturday night the Annual Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Awards night was held at The Clarion Hotel.  Nearly 300 people attended as we recognized some of the outstanding businesses and individuals who make Genesee County such a great place to work and live.


March promises to be another busy and exciting month with two major events taking place.  On Saturday, March 21 the Celebrate Agriculture dinner will be held at the Alexander Fire Hall.  This event is always a sell-out and is exactly what its name entails - a celebration of the local agricultural community, Genesee County's number one industry.  And as you would expect, the food is plentiful and delicious!




Nearly 300 people attended the 43rd Annual Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Awards Night at The Clarion Hotel on February 28th.  For a glimpse at all of the nights festivities, check out these links:



"Financing Your Business Venture" will be the subject of a small business workshop to be hosted the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce on March 11.


This is the second in a series of business workshops for 2015 held in conjunction with the United States Small Business Administration and the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce.  The workshops are open to all Chamber and non-Chamber businesses and their employees and will offer expert advice from experienced business professionals designed to help small businesses succeed and grow.


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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.

New Restaurant Advertising Opportunity


Each season the Chamber updates and reprints the very popular dining guide for distribution to hotel and campground guests, sports teams, golf package customers as well as conference and convention attendees. 8,000 dining guides are printed each spring, and are distributed primarily through the hotels and campgrounds, the Batavia Sports Park, the Visitor Information Center as well as to each visitor who requests one through our web site.


This year, we are expanding the layout to provide area restaurants an opportunity to highlight their businesses with display advertising.  The Dining Guides will be complete and distribution will begin by May 1. (March 18th Deadline to participate)


Click here for more details and to sign up today! 



Call for Discounts & Deals for incoming Visitors

Each year, the Chamber is involved with welcoming thousands of incoming visitors who come here for sporting events, meetings, conventions, getaway packages and more. 


To assist these visitors with dining, shopping and attractions information, the Genesee County Chamber is collecting discounts and deals from area businesses that would like to capture more tourism-related spending. You can choose the groups that you would like to offer discounts to. Please see attached information (March 16th deadline to participate) 



2015 Visitor Guide Hot off the Press!


The 2015 Genesee Country Visitor Guide has arrived from the printer and distribution has already begun.  Thank you to all of this year's advertisers for supporting the development of this comprehensive visitor resource.  You may view the digital version of this year's guide here.    Area businesses who would like to have a supply of this (as well other tourism brochures that we produce) can request them here 


Did You Know?

The Chamber offers discounted electric and natural gas rates through Integrys Energy and National Fuel Resources to help lower your utility costs.  To receive a free quote go to our website at and download the application forms.  Or contact Melissa George at the Chamber at 585-343-7440 or by email for more information. 

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.



It's not easy being a Sales Manager. Some get promoted because they were the best sales rep, others the BDM who has the most seniority or worse the sales person who manages his managers the best. Good management skills need training, coaching and clear direction, and without these things, some managers simply don't realize how poorly they perform.

The following five statements are a sure sign of ineffective management, and are likely to have a destructive effect on sales culture and team members.



Quote of the Month

"Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work.  But if you're not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were."


                                                -David Rockefeller

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
March 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

Connect with your Chamber:


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Batavia, NY 14020
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