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News from the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce

For the past decade, the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce has earned a reputation as a premier partner on travel trips to China.  The Chamber has sent over 1,000 travelers to China to experience the culture and economy in the world's most populous country. 

In keeping with the Chamber's tradition of offering educational travel experiences that you may not have considered previously, we are excited to announce our newest destination in 2016 - Cuba!



"Social Media Marketing" will be the subject of a small business workshop to be hosted the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce on August 26.


This is the sixth 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.


Social media is a great way for your business to market itself at a lower cost. In this program, participants will understand the difference types of social media and how they are used, learn to choose the social mediums that best fit the needs of the business, learn how to define social media strategy and recognize common mistakes made on social media.


Other workshops on the 2015 schedule are as follows:  September 9 - "Holiday Marketing - Tips for Small Businesses"; October 14 - Profit Improvement Strategies"; and November 18 - "Customer Service That Wins Sales.





The Chamber's 43rd Annual Golf Outing will be held Wednesday, July 29th at Terry Hills Golf Course and Banquet Facility. 
A Bocce tournament has been added for those non-golfers who want to participate.   Golf is $125 per person while Bocce is $60 per person.  Both include lunch, dinner and prizes.  Dinner only is $30 per person.  More information is available at by clicking here!


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.  



The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce has added a number of new travel trips for 2015 and 2016.

The Chamber is offering a Tournament of Roses Parade trip December 29, 2015 to January 2, 2016.  The tour includes round trip air fare from Buffalo to Los Angeles, hotel accommodations, reserved seating at the Tournament of Roses Parade, a New Year's Eve gala celebration and optional trips to Las Vegas and San Diego.

The Chamber also announced its travel trips for 2016.  The first ever trip to Cuba will take place March 2-8, a Canadian Rockies train trip will run April 21-29 and a tour of the Alpine Countries of Austria, Germany and Switzerland from September 15-27.


A few spots still remain on the Chamber's Thailand and Hong Kong 2015 tour that will depart on October 31 and return November 8. Travelers will experience the culture, famous landmarks and architectural details that Thailand and Hong Kong have to offer.  The trip includes air fare, four and five-star hotel stays, three meals each day, deluxe bus tours, English-speaking tour guides, admission tickets to all tourist spots and airport taxes.


More information on both tours is available on the Chamber's website  or by contacting the Chamber at 585-343-7440. 

Summer TV Campaign Kicks off June 29th

The 4-county GLOW region tourism agencies (Country Byways of Greater Niagara and the Finger Lakes) collaborate on many tourism initiatives in order to expand our reach and pool resources.  Beginning June 29th our 6 week TWC summer advertising will begin airing in select markets within a "close to home", 2-hour radius. You can view the summer spot here.  

Outer market advertising for Genesee County has been ongoing since March.


Save 10% on your 2016 Genesee Visitor's Guide Ad

Advertising is now open for the 2016 visitor guide.  Save 10% off your display ad when your contract and payment is received in full by July 31, 2015.  Please see the Contract and Rates sheet.  

Production, including layout will begin in September and the guide will go to print in December. 90,000 copies will be printed for year-round distribution. 

This year's distribution includes:

  • Info Centers: Angola, Pembroke, Warners, Platekill, Sloatsburg, New Baltimore, Rt. 81 Northbound in Kirkwood,  Rt.  81 Southbound in 1000 Islands, Scottsville, Schuyler, Rt. I-86 Bemus Point and Chautauqua Lake Rest Area, Preble Visitor Center - Syracuse.
  • Distribution Providers: Yankee Doodle -Niagara Falls to Syracuse Zones; Brochures Unlimited - Southern Ontario; Forge Ahead Promotions - Chautauqua Alleghany area
  • AAA/CAA offices within 3 hours
  • 25,000 dropped in the local market through GVPS, as well as area hotels and major attractions
  • Consumer Travel Shows: February - Erie, PA Golf & Travel Show
     February - Toronto Golf Show
     February - Erie Sport & Travel Show
     March - WNY Sport &Travel Show
     March - CNY RV & Camping Show
     March - Greater Philly RV Show
     March - AAA Southern New England Travel Show
    March - York, PA Campers World RV Show
     March - AAA Travel Marketplace Long Island
     March - Travel & Vacation Show Ottawa
     April - Escapemaker Food &Travel Show
     May - Daytrips & Destinations Show CT 
     June - Empire Brew Fest, Syracuse
     July -Syracuse Nationals
     Aug- Great NYS Fair
     Sept. - Hershey RV Show
     Sept. - NYS RV Show , Syracuse
     Oct. - Super Dirt Week, Syracuse
     Nov.-Junior League of Syracuse Holiday
             Shoppes, Syracuse

The Tourism Agency has completed the update to the online calendar that includes all tourism related county-wide events  collected through December.  The online calendar continues to be the number one visited section of our tourism web site.  Click here for the events "at-a-glace".   Additional events can be submitted by filling out this form



You cannot write a line of code or design a business process rule that requires an employee to delight a customer. The employee has to want to delight the customer. This is one of the most important considerations in delivering a better customer experience, but it's often overlooked, in favor of better automation, tighter scripts, or more rules and procedures.
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Quote of the Month


"Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. 
Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it."

              -William Durant, co-founder of General Motors

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

Linda McCormick, Tourism Marketing Assistant

Kelly Rapone, Tourism Marketing Director

Tom Turnbull, President
July 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
Looking for something to do? Check out the Community Events Calendar on the Chamber Website!

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.


Connect with your Chamber:


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