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


As you probably already know, the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce serves as Genesee County's designated Tourism Promotion Agency.  Your Chamber promotes and markets throughout New York State and beyond on a daily basis all the great reasons to visit our wonderful county.



Member to Member Discount Program


This is a FREE voluntary program that will help you increase your business!  It is as simple as filling out this form with the discount you would like to offer your fellow Chamber Members and we do the rest.


To see what offers are currently available, click here!



"Selling and Succession Planning" will be the subject of a small business workshop to be hosted the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce on May 13.


Do you know what your retirement looks like?  If it's "my business is my retirement" then you need a plan. Attract and retain key employees, provide peace of mind, maximize your retirement and prevent unnecessary losses.  This program will feature a presentation and time for questions and answers to your succession and exit planning strategy questions.


This is the fourth 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.



Genesee County Dining Guides
now available


Distribution is now underway of the 2015 Batavia and Genesee County Dining guide. 
The dining brochure is distributed primarily through the hotels to overnight guests, conferences , sports teams and other groups who meet in Batavia.  8,000 copies were printed and reprint will occur as needed throughout the season. Thank you to those who supported our first time advertising opportunity within the brochure!



Visitor Discounts & Deals 2015

Area discounts for all visitors to Genesee County is now available as a pdf that can be posted on your web site and downloaded per visitor.  If you have out of area business contacts or are welcoming visiting friends and family this season, please share this coupon sheet.  The deals are a free promotion open to any Genesee County tourism partner.  This sheet will be inserted into all hotel packages booked by the Chamber, as well as made available to sports teams, conferences and hotel guests. 


Visitor Information Center Re-opening  

It's a sure sign that summer is around the corner when the "booth" opens for the season!  The Chamber will host its volunteer orientation on May 27th for those who staff the seasonal visitor center and the booth will re-open on Friday June 5th.   If you are a tourism related business and would like to have your information available at the booth, please contact Kelly Rapone at the Chamber.



JELL-O featured at New York State 

Tourism Conference 

Taste Of NY was the theme for the opening dinner during New York State's Tourism Conference last week in Albany.  JELL-O Shooters were served on passed trays and our JELL-O Gallery Museum was highlighted throughout the dinner.   


Travel with the Chamber

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

  • National Parks of America August 8-19 - space limited!
  • Thailand/Hong Kong October 31-November 8
  • Spain's Costa del Sol & the Portuguese Riviera
    November 5-17. - space limited!

Don't miss out - Click here for more details:  


Your Chamber has a number of resources to help you run your business more effectively - and at NO COST to you! The conference room at the Chamber office is available for Chamber members to use for off-site meetings, interviews and training. There is no charge for Chamber members to use the room - just be sure to call ahead to reserve the room. We also have resources such as a laptop projector, Main St. window display and even our Chamber "big scissors" for ribbon-cutting ceremonies. Our Chamber staff is always ready and willing to help you find the resources and information you need to run your business. So remember to make the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce your "go-to" business partner when you are looking for the resources you need for your business.



Check out the list of phrases in this link and note any that pop up in your daily lexicon. Eliminating them from your speech will go a long way to eliminating the negative thoughts that go along with them and help you believe that you can succeed.



Quote of the Month

"If you don't value your time, neither will others.  Stop giving away your time and talents.  Value what you know and start charging for it." 


    -Kim Garst, Founder and CEO of Boom! Social

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

Kelly Rapone, Tourism Marketing Director

Tom Turnbull, President
May 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  


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.

Thank you

Darien Lake Tickets
for Sale!      


 Discounted Darien Lake Amusement Park tickets are available for purchase at the Chamber office.  Adult tickets are only $30.00 for Chamber members and include parking.  Non-member tickets are $33.00 each. Just stop by the Chamber office anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to purchase.



Business After Hours
June 25th, 5-7pm at O'Lacy's Irish Pub, 5 School Street, Batavia

43rd Annual Chamber Golf Outing
July 29th, 
Terry Hills Golf Course 
More details to come! 

Connect with your Chamber:


210 East Main Street
Batavia, NY 14020
M-F, 8:00am-4:30pm