Chamber OnLine
News from the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE 

This past month has been a whirlwind of major events at the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce. 
 
We started off on March 5 with the 44th Annual Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Awards Ceremony at the Clarion Hotel.  Over 400 people attended this sold-out event as we honored worthy businesses and individuals for their accomplishments. 

FREE CHAMBER SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPS
 
"Reputation Marketing" will be the subject of this month's Genesee County Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Workshop on Wednesday, April 13.  The workshop will deal with the fundamentals of keeping a good reputation in today's electronic environment and how to use your reputation to gain sales.
 
These Chamber business workshops are designed to help small businesses improve their skills and grow their businesses.  The workshops are FREE to all Chamber members and their employees and will be made available to non-Chamber members for $10. Other 2016 workshops scheduled include:  May 11 - "Public Speaking Tips for Business" and June 8 - "Leading vs. Managing Change".  A workshop on "Dealing with Drugs in the Workplace" has also been added at a date to be determined this summer. 
 
All business workshops begin at 7:30 a.m. and last for approximately 1 hours.  For more information, contact Kelly Bermingham art 585-343-7440 ext. 26 or by email.  
ARE YOU A PREMIER MEMBER?
 
For just $100 more than your base membership, You can increase the visibility of your business or organization through increased recognition at Chamber events and with Chamber services and products throughout the year.  For a complete list of Premier Chamber Member Benefits click here.   
 
All Premier members are featured in every Chamber OnLine newsletter.  Click on the link in the right column of this newsletter for a complete list of current Premier Chamber members. 
PARENTING: BALANCING WORK & CHILDREN

Many people around the world find it difficult to balance work and family. here is a great saying: "No success can compensate for failure in the home." The most basic organization in any society is the family unit. Without strong families, nations become weak. We have to make a choice to forego many distractions or even enticing financial rewards, if we are pulled away from our families.

April Tourism News:
 
New Visitor Information Center Volunteer Opportunity!
As we plan for our move this fall, we are now welcoming additional volunteers to assist us in serving our visitors to the information center. 
 
Do you love to tell people about all of the great things there are to see and do in and around Genesee County? Have the scoop on the best places to eat and unique places to shop?   If so we'd like to invite you to serve as a Genesee County Ambassador at our new information center!   Our volunteer opportunities are very flexible and you can sign up for as often as you like. Please see the attached form for more information.  We will also be holding an orientation meeting later this summer that you will be invited to attend.  
 
Hello from New Staff
I am pleased to introduce myself as the newest member of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce.  My name is Lauren Humphrey, and I have lived in Genesee County for the majority of my life. I graduated from LeRoy High School in 2006 after which I attended Genesee Community College while working full-time at LeRoy Central Schools as a tutor.  By 2011, my husband and I began to look into purchasing our first home and decided to remain in LeRoy.  It is home to us, and Genesee County is where we are happiest. 
 
Throughout high school I was involved in various service projects and volunteerism.  Once I planted my roots I really plugged in and have been involved in several organizations, events and projects throughout the county to include the Rotary Club of LeRoy, Oatka Festival, LeRoy Christian Community Project, and more.  Volunteering has allowed me the flexibility to stay home and raise my 3 young children while gleaning valuable skills, experience and connections that aided me in my search for employment.  When my job hunt began, I was very dedicated to continuing service to Genesee County.  For this reason, I am thrilled to have accepted the Tourism Marketing Assistant position.  I understand the great benefit the Chamber provides our county, and I'm excited to be part of the team. 

2016 Area Dining Guide Now Available! 


We have just completed the update to this year's Genesee County Dining Guide. 8,000 guides were printed for distribution to our hotel and camping guests, incoming sports teams and other visiting  groups and travelers.   The free brochures are also available at our office and visitor information center.
 


Consumer Travel Shows:
The Genesee County Visitor Guide has been distributed at 34 northeast consumer travel shows since the beginning of this year. This month, we'll be reaching potential visitors at a camping show and a very large consumer travel show in Ottawa.
 
April 1-3    Big East Camping & Outdoor Show, Turning Stone
April 9-10  The Travel & Vacation Show, Ottawa, Ont.
Summer Career Exploration Camps
The Business Education Alliance is offering 8 Career Exploration Camps this summer to include: MST Camp, All About Dogs (2 sessions), Animal Science/Vet Camp, Medical Camp, Camp Hard Hat, Culinary I and Culinary II, and WNY Aviation Adventure Camp. The camps will serve 230 youth in grades 6-11.
 
Registration for camps opens on April 15th and is available online at www.beagenesee.com or by stopping in to the BEA at the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce.

The BEA is seeking sponsors to offset cost of supplies as well have the opportunity to offer scholarships to low-income families that may not be able to afford the camps. For the cost of $95 campers get a week long camp, all supplies and materials, camp t-shirt, lunches and snacks every day. Please consider becoming a sponsor for this great opportunity!

For further information contact Beth Kemp @ 343-7440 or bkemp@geneseeny.com.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
 
"Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they're supposed to help you discover who you are."
                                        -Bernice Johnson Reagon
Your Chamber Resources:
 
Kelly BerminghamDirector of Membership & Special Events
 
Ginny Elsasser, Staff Accountant
 
Melissa A. George, Executive Assistant
 
Lauren HumphreyTourism Marketing Assistant

Beth Kemp
, BEA Coordinator

Kelly Rapone, Tourism Marketing Director
 
Tom Turnbull, President
April 2016

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
Premier Members
 
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