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News from the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce
It may be summertime but there is still a lot going on at your Genesee County Chamber of Commerce. 
I was fortunate to be able to attend the Chamber Alliance of New York State Summer Conference in June.  The conference was held in Livingston County and Livingston County Chamber President Laura Lane and her staff did a wonderful job of showing off the area to Chamber executives from all over New York.
These conferences are always a great way to get together and compare notes with other Chamber executives.    While each of us has distinct, unique challenges in our home markets, there are a great deal of commonalities that we all share as well.  These conferences allow us to share information and ideas that we can bring back and implement in our home markets.
"Identifying Drug Use in the Workplace - Then Knowing what to do Next" on Wednesday, August 3 is the next scheduled small business workshop available to Chamber members at no cost.  Additional workshops scheduled for the remainder of 2016 are as follows:   "Human Resources Tips for Small Business" - September 14; "Year-End Tax Planning Tips for Small Business" - October 12; and "Strategic Planning for Small Business".  Small business workshops are held at the Chamber office and start at 7:30 a.m.  They are free to Chamber members and $10 to non-Chamber members.
Contact Kelly Bermingham to register or if you have questions. 
As a convenience to area residents, the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce sells E-Z Pass tags. In conjunction with the New York State Thruway Authority, E-Z Pass tags are conveniently available at the Chamber for $25 each.
Here's how it works:  Stop by the Chamber and buy a prepackaged kit for $25.  Register the Tag. Install and use! Once registered, it can be replenished as needed.  Enjoy the convenience and savings (10%) by using E-Z Pass.

The new Genesee County full-color map is now available at the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce free of charge.  Stop by the Chamber office during regular business hours at
210 East Main St., Batavia and pick up your copy.
Constellation Energy Services of New York, Inc. (formerly known as Integrys Energy Services of New York, Inc.) has been working with the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce and its members for many years.  During that time, Constellation has provided the highest levels of customer service, competitive energy ricing and the most flexible energy product solutions that Southern Tier companies have needed to achieve their energy purchasing objectives.
Constellation has offices in Buffalo and its staff is all long-time residents of the region.  When it comes to an energy organization that been in the market for many years focusing on the needs of the business community, there is no company that compares to Constellation, which is why your Chamber has continued to partner with Constellation to offer significant savings to our members. 
Among the advantages of purchasing electricity from Constellation through the Chamber:
  • Competitive pricing, local presence and a special discount for Genesee County Chamber of Commerce members.
  • Constellation Energy has a strong energy background with local market expertise in upstate New York.
  • Constellation Energy is endorsed by over 25 chambers of commerce and associations statewide.
  • Your choice of fixed or variable electric supply programs.
To learn more about how you can save money by purchasing your electricity from Constellation Energy through the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, fill out the application on our website.

There is still time to sign up for the Chamber's 44TH Annual Golf Outing, which will be held Wednesday, July 27th at Batavia Country Club and Banquet Facility.  A Bocce tournament has been added for those non-golfers who want to participate.   Golf is $100 per person while Bocce is $60 per person.  Both include lunch, dinner and prizes.  Dinner only is $30 per person. More information is available here or contact Kelly Bermingham by phone at 585-343-7440 x26. 

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce is offering two fantastic travel opportunities in 2017.  

A special tour of America's Music Cities - New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville - is scheduled from April 23-30, 2017.  Cost of the trip is only $2,899 per person for a double room and there are only a limited amount of reservations available.  A special travel presentation on the trip will be held on Tuesday, September 13 at 5:30 p.m.  at the Quality Inn & Suites, 8250 Park Road, Batavia.
The Chamber is also offering a Reflections of Italy tour September 27 - October 6, 2017 and includes stops in Milan, Venice, Florence, Siena, Perugia, Assisi and Rome.  Cost of the trip is only $4,119 per person for a double room and there are also only a limited amount of reservations available. 

Please RSVP to Melissa George at 5858-343-7440 ext. 27.  For more information, visit the Chamber's website.

Keep an eye out for car clubs this July!
From July 9-17th Genesee County will play host to two major car clubs which will bring 200 people to Batavia. The Quality Inn & Suites will be the host hotel for both groups.
First we'll welcome the 1965-66 Full Size Chevrolet Club.  The 100 member club is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Impala, "Celebrating '66 in '16."  Their agenda includes a tour of Oliver's Candies and Kutters Cheese in Batavia and the JELL-O Museum in LeRoy. The group would also like to welcome the public to their show day on July 13 at Ken Barrett Chevrolet dealership in Batavia!  While in the area, they will also be cruising Letchworth State Park, having a show day at the local dealership, touring the Chevy plant, visiting the Carousel Museum, getting an exclusive tour of the Pierce Arrow Museum and visiting the Erie Basin & Waterfront Naval Park!
Next, the Western New York Regional
Group #3 of the Early Ford V-8 Club
of America will arrive on July 10th to celebrate their 50th anniversary. 
This particular group is centered in Rochester. They feature all Ford products produced from 1932-1953 and are the second oldest active regional group in the world.  In 2006, we hosted the Eastern National Meet which brought in 300 vehicles and over 1,000 people!  This year the club is taking a 5 day National Driving Tour around the Finger Lakes with approximately 50 vehicles.  This tour starts in Batavia on the 10th, and will end here as well, on July 15th.  Some families plan to extend their stay through that weekend. 

Be sure to wish them a warm, Genesee County welcome if you happen to meet any of them!

The Dirty Girl Mud Run is a 3.1 mile, 14 obstacle muddy event built to inspire fabulous females to run, walk, climb, jump, and laugh their way, hand in muddy hand, to an unabashed sense of accomplishment.  Dirty Girl Mud Run brings its muddy merriment across the country, cementing its place in history as the World's Largest Women's Only Mud Run. This year Genesee County will host the event at Area 51 Motocross on July 16 starting at 9am.  There are approximately 250 women that participate in the race at all levels of experience, and the event is expected to draw 1,000 participants and spectators with 96 overnight rooms booked in Batavia throughout the week of July 12-17.  For more information on the run click HERE

Save on your 2017 Genesee County Visitor Guide ad placement - 10% discount ends July 15th.
Area businesses that would like to earn additional customers in the coming year can advertise your goods and services to thousands of visitors by placing an advertisement in our high quality Genesee County Visitor Guide. Advertising space can now be reserved for the upcoming issue.  Save 10% off rates when your advertising agreement and payment are received by July 15th.  Click here for the form and contact Kelly Rapone at the Chamber for more information.  You can view the digital version of the 2016 Visitor guide by clicking here.

Hello from our Summer Intern - Kaleigh Hinkson
My name is Kaleigh Hinkson and I am very excited to be a summer intern at the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce. I have lived in Genesee County for my whole life and graduated from Alexander Central School in 2012. I currently work as a waitress at a local restaurant in Batavia which helped me decide my major in college. As a waitress, it is my job to create an unforgettable experience along with an inviting atmosphere for people to dine in, which lead me to realize my passion for hospitality and the experience people get through the service we give. I attended Genesee Community College right after high school, and graduated in May of 2016 with a degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management.
I chose to do my internship at the Chamber of Commerce because I am interested in promoting tourism in my hometown and learning more about how to bring in tourism and business to the Genesee County area.

Note: Kaleigh has indicated that she is especially interested in event planning.  If any of you member businesses have upcoming events that she can assist you in the planning, please give us a call or email Lauren Humphrey at  No event is too small and we hope that she can  experience different aspects of event planning.
Every single day we find ourselves stuck in some form or another: Stuck on hold for an hour. Stuck in a job we don't like. Stuck across town because a meeting was cancelled. Stuck with an obligation that someone else signed us up for. Stuck in a failing company.
We're stuck-we don't have a choice about that. But we do have a choice about something else: What will we do with this time?

"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor." -Vince Lombardi
Your Chamber Resources:
Kelly Bermingham, Director 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
July 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
Looking for something to do? Check out the Community Events Calendar on the Chamber Website!
Darien Lake Tickets are now available at the Chamber of Commerce during normal business hours - $30 for chamber members
(includes parking!).  
Stop in or call for more details!

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