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February 7, 2017 - 9:34am

Press release:

In celebration of Darien Lake Amphitheater’s 25th concert season, Live Nation, the amphitheater operator is partnering with Darien Lake Theme Park to offer an amazing deal to concert ticket buyers for this season. Each ticket purchased for a concert at the amphitheater will include complementary same-day admission into Darien Lake Theme Park. The offer will be valid for all tickets purchased for any concert at the amphitheater that occurs during the theme park’s operating schedule.

The 25th season lineup at Darien Lake Amphitheater is already shaping up to be one for fans of all types of music, including appearances by Luke Bryan, Green Day, Chicago & The Doobie Brothers, Train and many more to be announced in the coming months.

“This historic offer is a great way to honor the long history of the amphitheater, as well as its unique proximity to the theme park. This promotion is a great savings to the concert fan and thrill seeker alike – it truly is the deal of the summer,” said Jim Koplik, Live Nation president of Upstate New York and Connecticut.

In previous years, concertgoers wanting to enjoy a day at the Theme Park would have needed to purchase a combo ticket in advance or at the gate for a cost that has ranged from $9.99 to $19.99 plus fees.

“In celebration of our 25th season of concerts at Darien Lake, we’ve partnered with Live Nation to add some extraordinary value to the experience. Where else can you ride coasters all day and rock out all night with the greatest stars in the music industry?” said Chris Thorpe, general manager of Darien Lake Theme Park.

February 3, 2017 - 1:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in YWCA, batavia, news, business, Announcements.

Press release:

Each new year brings with it the opportunity to recognize more outstanding community members for YWCA’s Women of Distinction Awards. Worthy candidates not only exemplify YWCA’s mission and vision but also represent a wide cross section of people working toward the good of others.

These awards are about honoring women while also serving to acknowledge all of those deserving people, organizations and businesses that help to eliminate racism, empower women and/or encourage economic independence, healthy relationships and a community free from violence.

Your nominations are wanted. Nominations are due March 1 and may be emailed to: [email protected] or sent to YWCA of Genesee County, 301 North St., Batavia, NY, 14020. Please include your name and contact information, the award category, name of nominee, some background and reasons for your nomination.

“It’s hard to believe that we are here again seeking nominations for our six awards, but we are confident that this community is ripe with commendable candidates,” Executive Director Jeanne Walton said. “Please take a few moments of your time to think about those people, agencies and companies that cross your path. Have they made a difference? Is the community better for their good deeds? Then let us know!”

Traditionally a weekend event, this year’s Gala has been changed to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 15 at Genesee Community College, 1 College Road. The Women of Distinction Committee hopes that a weeknight will better suit people’s busy lives while still serving as a great time to showcase our local talent, dedication and philanthropic efforts, Walton said.

The selection committee is looking for nominations of men, women, companies and organizations that have gone above and beyond in the following categories:

Racial Justice: Supporting diversity through one's initiatives, philosophies and/or programs. This may include service in a leadership role, with commitment to racial justice and a high standard of courage, integrity and commitment to YWCA's mission to empower women and eliminate racism.

Economic Empowerment: Helping women to face the challenge of economic inequality or hardship. This is done with programs or initiatives that create opportunities for women to lift themselves from their current circumstances and gain more options to improve their lives.

Corporate Social Responsibility: Making a continuous effort to recruit, develop and promote a diverse work force and foster an inclusive  environment where women leaders thrive.

Military/Veteran: A veteran or related agency that has worked on behalf of veterans and continues to serve through civic, personal and/or professional improvements.

Advocacy/Civic Engagement: Working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. Promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.

Peace: Striving to make the world a better place by emphasizing the importance of kindness, compassion and peace.

For more information, go to ywcagenesee.org or call (585) 343-5808.

February 2, 2017 - 2:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in genesee county, tourism, business, news.

A weak Canadian dollar kept many tourists from the north out of New York and Genesee County, as a result, saw a decline of 3 percent in bed tax revenue, Tom Turnbull, president of the Chamber of Commerce, told county legislators yesterday.

Turnbull and tourism director Kelly Rapone provided a review of chamber and tourism activity at the Ways and Means Committee meeting.

"People were not traveling as much," Turnbull said. "But talking with our friends in Buffalo-Niagara, we did better than them. They were down 10 percent."

The weak exchange rate for Canadians didn't keep too many golfers away, though, Turnbull said. Because the prices at local golf courses are so competitive, the chamber was still able to sell a number of golf packages.

Turnbull thinks the county's bed tax revenue will return to a level of $420,000 or higher in 2017 in a large part because this will be the first full year of operation for the new hotel at Batavia Downs and this year a new hotel should open on the north side of the Thruway in Batavia, the Fairfield by Marriott.

Group sales have continued to do well, if not better, Turnbull said. Genesee County continues to be a popular location for soccer, lacrosse and baseball tournaments. 

"That brings people into the hotels and they spend money and that’s what we’re looking for," Turnbull said.

Rapone shared copies of the new tourism promotional material the chamber has available. She also debuted the totally redesigned tourism website visitgeneseeny.com. The modernized website will make it easier for tourists to find information about visiting Genesee County, she said, and it will also make it easier on both golfers and staff to handle bookings for golf packages.

During the meeting, Legislator Ray Cianfrini also floated the idea of creating an entertainment tax. He noted that when he's gone to venues in other counties he's noticed the ticket price includes an entertainment tax, so he's been researching it. The tax, if implemented, would likely apply only to venues over a certain size, say with seating of 2,500 or more, and colleges would be exempt.  

The only current venue where such a tax might apply is Darian Lake Performing Arts Center.

"It might be another source of revenue," Cianfrini said.

January 31, 2017 - 1:42pm
posted by Billie Owens in genesee county chamber of commerce, business.

Press release:

“Marketing and Sales in the New Millennium” will be the subject of a small business workshop to be hosted the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 8.

This is the one of a series of business workshops 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.

“This workshop will explore why marketing in the new millennium presents new challenges and opportunities for small business,” said Tom Turnbull, Chamber president. “Learn what has changed and what has stayed the same and how to identify the proper strategies for your business today.”

All of these questions and more will be answered during this presentation with an additional question and answer session.

The workshops will be held at the new Chamber of Commerce office, 8276 Park Road, Batavia. The sessions will run from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Businesses may attend any one or all of the workshops. Cost for non-Chamber members is $10 for each attendee. Chamber members may attend all sessions free of charge but must make reservations to insure space for their employees.

To reserve a seat in any workshop or for more information, contact Kelly Bermingham at 585-343-7440 or by email at [email protected].                 

January 31, 2017 - 11:34am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Tencar, GCEDC, business, batavia.

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The GLOW region isn't exactly a hotbed of venture capital activity, so any founder might find it hard to get that first round of funding that is so critical to the success of a startup.

For a woman founder, statistically speaking at least, the odds of getting that early-stage seed backing is even higher. About 3 percent of all venture-backed companies are headed by female founders.

That makes Batavia's Georgann Carrubba pretty unique. She now has access to $200,000 in seed funding through Launch NY and Excell Partners.

Carrubba was awarded the first $100,000 last year in a startup competition hosted by Launch NY in Rochester. Yesterday, at a press conference at the Innovation Zone in the Med-Tech Center, Carrubba was able to announce that Launch NY and Excell have each agreed to put in another $50,000 apiece.

“We strongly believe our product will be life changing for colostomy and ileostomy patients,” Carrubba said. “These types of investments demonstrate we have a viable medical device that is close to being ready for pilot production. We are extremely grateful to Excell Partners and Launch New York for this investment in our company.”

Launch NY is a state-backed incubator for tech startups in WNY and Excell is venture capital fund created by the state.

The goal of both organizations is to identify promising startups that will be based in New York and have the potential to grow into big businesses that employ lots of people.

"We all know, economic development is a team sport and Georgann has a team behind her," said Theresa B. Mazzullo, CEO of Excell Partners. "We want to be the wind at her back and we want to see her succeed so that this same team is standing up together in the future ringing the bell at NASDAQ."

That kind of growth is certainly Carrubba's goal, who intends to keep her business based in Batavia and manufacture the device she's designed for colostomy and ileostomy patients that she believes will help them enjoy the kind of active lifestyle that can be difficult with current colostomy bags.

She calls her product Choice Cap. Yesterday (pictures below), she showed off the latest design iteration, which is slimmer and more functional that earlier versions.

With the $200,000 in funding, she can begin production and marketing, but to really grow the company, she will need to find second- and third-round investors.  

The latest round of funding comes from a state grant dedicated to funding women-owned startups and Mazzullo said Tencar is the perfect business to receive the fund's support.

"Tencar and Georgann exemplify -- are the poster child for -- why this fund was created," Mazzullo said. "It’s an opportunity to invest in very promising technologies in the region that are women-owned in an area that is going to have job creation. It hits all the high-water marks for what you want in economic development in our region -- promising technology, women-owned, job creation."

Carrubba, a nurse by profession, first came up with the idea for Choice Cap in 2011 and got serious about developing a business in 2014. It's been a long process, she said, but worth the effort. She believes she will make lives better for patients and employ more people locally.  

She's been through tons of meetings, presentations and planning to get to this early-stage funding level, but that's not unusual said Marnie LaVigne, president and CEO of Launch NY. In fact, it's normal.

"A reporter asked me, ‘well, it’s been a long time,’ and, (she replied) 'well, no not really,' " she said. "This is what it is like and a lot of people don’t realize it. Entrepreneurship has become such a cool thing for people to do, but the hard work, and the 24/7, and the angst and the ‘Can I make it through the next step?’ that is something people don’t appreciate fully.”

Carrubba said she knows she's not done with the hard work, but yesterday's announcement was a milestone in the process so far.

"I'm ecstatic," she said. "There are so many strong, qualified, educated people behind me. I could not be happier. It could not have played out any better."

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Theresa B. Mazzullo, CEO of Excell Partners

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Marnie LaVigne, president and CEO of Launch NY

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January 31, 2017 - 10:49am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Notre Dame, business.

tomwoodruff.jpgNotre Dame High School (www.ndhsbatavia.com) announced today that Tom Woodruff (Batavia, NY) and Emily Patrick (Alexander, NY) have joined the administrative team.

Tom Woodruff is Director of Academic Advisement, College Placement, and Career Connections and comes to Notre Dame High School with over forty years of experience in education.  Most recently, Tom served as principal of Caledonia-Mumford High School where he worked with the Board of Education, administrative team, faculty, and staff to expose their students to a comprehensive education program that was the catalyst for each child feeling challenged, supported, and ultimately stronger positioned to realize their dreams.

Emily Patrick is Advisement Director and Grant Writer. Emily comes highly recommended to Notre Dame and is looking forward to working with the board, administrative team, alumni, and current families. Her energy, professionalism, and willingness to serve the multiple constituents of Notre Dame will help to develop innovative and exciting ways to celebrate Notre Dame’s past while continuing the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of the future.

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About Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame High School has served the community as a Catholic, coeducational high school for over fifty years. With a focus on academic excellence, strength of character and developing leaders who serve Notre Dame has been recognized as the #1 co-ed high school in the Genesee, Wyoming, and Orleans area for the ninth consecutive year by Buffalo Business First. 

Notre Dame proudly develops its academic programs to meet the needs of current students, offering over 55 courses, including 31 college and AP level courses.  In addition, Notre Dame offers 18 interscholastic athletic teams and 15 academic clubs, ensuring their graduates emerge as well-rounded and fully developed young adults, ready to manage the next step of college or work. 

January 27, 2017 - 4:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, Tompkins Bank of Castile.

Press release:

Tompkins Financial Corporation announced today that its Board of Directors approved payment of a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.45 per share, payable on February 15, 2017, to common shareholders of record on February 7, 2017.

Tompkins Financial Corporation is a financial services company serving the Central, Western, and Hudson Valley regions of New York and the Southeastern region of Pennsylvania. Headquartered in Ithaca, NY, Tompkins Financial is parent to Tompkins Trust Company, Tompkins Bank of Castile, Tompkins Mahopac Bank, Tompkins VIST Bank, Tompkins Insurance Agencies, Inc., and offers wealth management services through Tompkins Financial Advisors. For more information on Tompkins Financial, visit www.tompkinsfinancial.com.

January 27, 2017 - 4:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, Tompkins Bank of Castile.

Press release:

Tompkins Financial Corporation (NYSEMKT:TMP) reported record diluted earnings per share of $0.99 for the fourth quarter of 2016, a 7.6% increase from the $0.92 reported in the fourth quarter of 2015. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $15.1 million, up 9.1% compared to the $13.9 million reported for the same period in 2015.

President and CEO, Stephen S. Romaine said "We are very pleased to end 2016 with the best fourth quarter in our Company’s long history. Fourth quarter performance reflects the ongoing success of our business development efforts that have produced solid growth in net loan and deposit balances, which are up 12.9% and 5.2%, respectively over 2015. Growth in these key balance sheet categories gives us very good momentum as we head into 2017.”

Full year results reflect the best earnings per share in Company history. For the year ended December 31, 2016, diluted earnings per share were $3.91, an increase of 1.0%, over the $3.87 per share reported in 2015. The record results for 2016 are especially noteworthy given that results for 2015 included a non-recurring curtailment gain of $3.6 million after tax ($0.24 per share) related to changes to the Company’s pension plan, which was recognized in the second quarter of 2015. Refer to the table of “NON-GAAP MEASURES” included in this press release for additional details. Full year and quarterly results for 2016 reflect the impact of the early adoption of Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-09, Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting, which is more fully described in Footnote 10 of this press release.

SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS FOR FOURTH QUARTER:

  • Net interest income of $46.4 million for the current quarter was up 6.8% compared to the fourth quarter of 2015
  • Total loans of $4.3 billion at year end 2016 were up 12.9% over year end 2015
  • Noninterest bearing deposit balances of $1.2 billion at year end 2016 are up 8.6% over year end 2015
  • Nonperforming assets of $22.6 million at year end 2016, though up $3.3 million from the most recent prior quarter, reflect a decrease of 7.8% from year end 2015.
  • During the quarter, the Company announced that it will redeem approximately $20.5 million of 7% Fixed Rate Trust Preferred securities, effective January 31, 2017. For purposes of calculating regulatory capital, these securities were not included as part of Tier 1 capital at year end 2016.

NET INTEREST INCOME

Net interest income of $46.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 increased by $2.9 million, or 6.8% compared to the same period in 2015. For the full year, net interest income was $180.6 million, up $12.3 million, or 7.3% from the same period in 2015.

Growth in net interest income was largely driven by $447.7 million of growth in average total loans since the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of 12.1%. The loan growth was supported, in part, by a $212.7 million increase in average total deposits over the same period. The net interest margin was 3.30% in the fourth quarter, down from 3.31% for the most recent prior quarter, and 3.35% for the same quarter last year.

NONINTEREST INCOME

Noninterest income was $16.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, and was down $1.6 million or 8.9% compared to the same period in 2015. For the full year, noninterest income of $68.8 million is down from $71.9 million reported for 2015. Prior year-to-date results included net gains on the sale of other real estate owned of $946,000, which were higher by $860,000, when compared to the current year-to-date period. Fee based revenue for 2016 (including insurance, wealth management, and banking related fees), was relatively flat compared to the prior year.

NONINTEREST EXPENSE

Noninterest expense was $39.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, approximately flat, when compared to that same quarter in 2015. For the full year, noninterest expenses were $158.6 million in 2016, up $8.7 million, or 5.8% over 2015. The current full year results included $313,000 of expense related to the early termination of an FDIC loss share agreement, which was recognized in the third quarter of 2016; and $546,000 of deconversion expenses related to a core system conversion planned for 2017. The deconversion expenses include $306,000 of expenses that were recognized in the fourth quarter of 2016. Prior year noninterest expenses benefited from a $6.0 million (pretax) non-recurring curtailment gain (recognized in the second quarter of 2015) related to a change in the Company’s defined benefit pension plan.

ASSET QUALITY

Asset quality trends remained strong in the fourth quarter of 2016. Nonperforming assets were down $1.9 million or 7.8% compared to the fourth quarter in 2015; though they were up $3.3 million or 17.0% from the most recent prior quarter. Nonperforming assets represented 0.36% of total assets at December 31, 2016, compared to 0.32% at September 30, 2016, and 0.43% at December 31, 2015. Nonperforming asset levels continue to be well below the most recent Federal Reserve Board Peer Group Average1 of 0.77%.

The provision for loan and lease losses was $1.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, up from $1.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Full year provision expense was $4.3 million in 2016, up from $2.9 million in 2015. The year-over-year increase in provision expense is primarily due to loan growth, as well as higher net recoveries in the prior period. Net charge-offs for 2016 were $571,000 compared to net recoveries of $62,000 reported in 2015.

The Company’s allowance for originated loan and lease losses totaled $35.6 million at December 31, 2016, and represented 0.92% of total originated loans and leases at December 31, 2016, compared to 0.95% at December 31, 2015. The total allowance represented 165.0% of total nonperforming loans and leases at December 31, 2016, up from 146.7% at December 31, 2015.

CAPITAL POSITION

Capital ratios remain well above the regulatory well-capitalized minimums. The ratio Tier 1 capital to average assets of 8.41% at December 31, 2016, compared to 8.82% reported for December 31, 2015. Total capital to risk-weighted assets at December 31, 2016 was 12.22%, compared to 13.03% reported at December 31, 2015. Contributing to the decline in capital levels in the fourth quarter of 2016 was the exclusion from Tier I capital of $20.5 million in 7% Fixed Rate Trust preferred securities, which the Company plans to redeem in January 2017.

ABOUT TOMPKINS FINANCIAL CORPORATION

Tompkins Financial Corporation is a financial services company serving the Central, Western, and Hudson Valley regions of New York and the Southeastern region of Pennsylvania. Headquartered in Ithaca, NY, Tompkins Financial is parent to Tompkins Trust Company, Tompkins Bank of Castile, Tompkins Mahopac Bank, Tompkins VIST Bank, Tompkins Insurance Agencies, Inc., and offers wealth management services through Tompkins Financial Advisors. For more information on Tompkins Financial, visit www.tompkinsfinancial.com.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform of 1995:

This press release may include forward-looking statements with respect to revenue sources, growth, market risk, and corporate objectives. The Company assumes no duty, and specifically disclaims any obligation, to update forward-looking statements, and cautions that these statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks, and uncertainties, all of which could change over time. Actual results could differ materially from forward-looking statements.

For more details, click here.

 

January 26, 2017 - 2:45pm

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The sound of the words themselves is scary. Just think of the horror that arrives when these “diseases” actually infect a person’s computer.

Safeguarding one’s computer from uninvited software and/or criminal activity should not be taken lightly, according to two longtime Batavia businessmen who specialize in computer sales, repair and data protection.

Paul Marchese (top photo) of Marchese Computer Products on Ellicott Street and Marc Johnson (bottom photo) of Millennium Computers on Washington Avenue gave almost identical responses when it comes to protecting computer files.

“Backup, backup, backup,” Marchese said, “and always back to more than one place, such as separate external hard drives or recovery systems. And never, and I repeat never, use DVD or flash drives as primary backups. Both of these devices fail on a regular basis.”

Johnson agreed.

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“It’s important to save multiple iterations of the files – local backup and offsite (Cloud) backups,” said Johnson, who, like Marchese, offers managed offsite backup along with anti-virus, anti-malware and critical update services.

Backups of a computer’s (or network of computers’) programs, data files and hard drives are essential should a computer crash or be infected by viruses or a devious hacker.

For those not familiar with the terminology:

-- Malware is software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems.

-- Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.

-- Viruses are types of malicious codes or programs written to alter the way a computer operates and are designed to spread from one computer to another. They can be spread through email and text message attachments, Internet downloads, social media scam links, mobile devices and smart phones – and can be disguised as attachments to such things as funny images, greeting cards, or audio and video files.

A necessary first step, Marchese said, is to install top-rated virus and spyware software on your computer.

“Symantec, BitDefender and McAfee are the top three,” he said. “In our industry – more than most – you get what you pay for. Free anti-virus does not do much more than what is built in, and that is not good.”

Both Johnson, whose business is in its 20th year, and Marchese, who opened in 1981, said they have been busy restoring individuals’ and business computers from viruses, phony messages and from hackers purporting to be from Microsoft, Facebook or other legitimate companies claiming they have information that the computer is infected.

“They’re all fake. No one from these companies ever will call you because your machine is infected,” Marchese said. “These unscrupulous people just want access to your machine so they can encrypt and force you to pay to get the key.”

Computer pop-ups can create havoc as well.

“Oftentimes a message will pop up on your screen, stating that the computer is infected and that a call needs to be made to Microsoft to fix it,” Johnson said. “This illicits an emotional response and the user will call the number and let the person remote into their computer.”

This usually opens a Pandora’s Box for trouble, resulting in anywhere from the computer being encrypted and locked (ransomware) to personal passwords and account information being stolen.

Marchese said the best response to an unsolicited call is to tell them “my computer guy is coming in an hour to install my new printer, so I’ll have him take a look at it. Never go to your machine – tell them it is off if they keep pressing you.”

Johnson also mentioned a virus known as “locky,” which can come as an attachment to an email stating that a shipment is delayed or one with a similar message.

“Once you open the email, the virus basically encrypts all your documents,” he said, “and you can’t decrypt them unless you pay them to get the key. You’re held ransom.”

Some other measures people can take to protect themselves are as follows:

-- Updating operating systems and software on a regular basis;
-- Enabling Microsoft product updates;
-- Installing anti-malware, anti-spyware, firewall and anti-exploit technology;
-- Destroying all personal info on hardware you plan to sell (erasing the hard drive);
-- Avoiding Wi-Fi that is not password protected;
-- Placing passwords on all devices, including desktops, laptops, phones, smart watches, tablets, cameras, etc., and using the fingerprint lock for the iPhone and passkey or swipe for Android.

January 25, 2017 - 3:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in alexander, agriculture, business, news, Announcements.

Tickets are still available for the 15th Annual Celebrate Agriculture Dinner! The dinner will take place Saturday, March 18 at the Alexander Fire Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m.  This event is a celebration of Genesee County’s number one industry – Agriculture. The highlight is a delicious meal using locally produced foods prepared by Penna’s Catering.

The dinner is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased at the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce (8276 Park Road, Batavia) for $30 each. A table of 10 can be purchased for $275. Sponsorships are available for $350 and help to support agriculture educational events in Genesee County. Tickets will not  be sold at the door.

The Celebrate Ag Dinner is coordinated by the following partners: Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County, Genesee County Farm Bureau and Genesee County Soil & Water Conservation District. Many local farms and businesses sponsor or donate products to this event.

For ticket information contact the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce at 585-343-7440, ext. 1027 or [email protected]

January 25, 2017 - 3:38pm

Press Release: BATAVIA – Krysia Mager has been promoted to assistant vice president, marketing officer of Tompkins Bank of Castile.

“Krysia’s marketing expertise has helped Tompkins Bank of Castile grow in Western New York,” said Gregg McAllister, vice president of marketing communications. “In addition to local advertising and public relations, Krysia also executes marketing programs for other affiliate banks of Tompkins Financial Corporation in New York and Pennsylvania. She is an important contributor to our corporate strategy.” 
Mager has been with Tompkins Bank of Castile for more than eight years. She was a member of the inaugural class of Tompkins’ Professional Development Program, which was an 18-month masters-type program enhancing cross-departmental expertise within the Tompkins Financial Corporation. She is enrolled at Marist College for a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications.

Mager is very active in the community. She served as the chairperson of the City of Batavia Centennial Celebration, on the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Awards Night committee and volunteers at various downtown events presented by the Batavia Business Improvement District, where she previously was a member of the Board of Directors and Promotions Committee.

She and her husband, Jonathan, reside in Batavia and have two daughters, Emersyn and Evelyn.

Tompkins Bank of Castile is a community bank with 16 offices in the five-county western New York region. Services include complete lines of consumer deposit accounts and loans, business accounts and loans, and leasing. In addition, insurance is offered through an affiliate company, Tompkins Insurance Agencies. Wealth management, trust and investment services are provided through Tompkins Financial Advisors. Further information about the bank is available on its website, www.bankofcastile.com. 

585-493-2576 • 90 Main Street • Batavia, New York 14020 www.bankofcastile.com
Member FDIC

January 24, 2017 - 12:42pm
posted by Lisa Ace in business, John Riter, Merrill Lynch, batavia.

Press Release:

Merrill Lynch today announced John Riter has been appointed resident director of Merrill Lynch’s Batavia office.

Riter will lead the Batavia office’s team of dedicated Merrill Lynch financial advisors to continue to deliver wealth management strategies to local area individuals, families, and businesses. 

“John’s proven leadership and outstanding reputation make him the perfect candidate to lead our Batavia local office,” said Jeff Adams, managing director and market executive. “John’s 29 years of experience will enhance our ability to offer the highest quality of service that Batavia’s sophisticated investors have come to expect from Merrill Lynch.” 

Riter, a resident of Batavia, N.Y., joined Merrill Lynch in 2008.

Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management
Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management is a leading provider of comprehensive wealth management and investment services for individuals and businesses globally. With 14,552 financial advisors and $2.1 trillion in client balances as of September 30, 2016, it is among the largest businesses of its kind in the world. Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management specializes in goals-based wealth management, including planning for retirement, education, legacy, and other life goals through investment, cash and credit management. Within Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management, the Private Banking and Investment Group focuses on the unique and personalized needs of wealthy individuals, families and their businesses. These clients are served by more than 175 highly specialized private wealth advisor teams, along with experts in areas such as investment management, concentrated stock management and intergenerational wealth transfer strategies. Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management is part of Bank of America Corporation.

MLPF&S is a registered broker-dealer, member Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) and a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation. 
© 2016 Bank of America Corporation. All rights reserved. 

January 24, 2017 - 12:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in carter's restaurant, batavia, news, business.

The owner of Carter's Restaurant, Brenden Mullen, said this morning he isn't sure when or if he will again open the restaurant on Main Street in Downtown Batavia.

The doors were locked and shades drawn a few days ago.

On Jan. 11, Mullen posted on Facebook that he was going to change the style of the restaurant from fine dining to something more casual along with "the best specialty drinks in Batavia."

Reached this morning and asked to clarify the status of the restaurant, he said he was taking time off to assess his options and said he isn't sure if he will reopen with a new concept. He said remaining closed is an option.

NOTE: If you purchased a Deal of the Day for Carter's within the past 30 days, return the unused gift certificate to The Batavian for a refund. Mail it to The Batavian, 200 E. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020.

January 24, 2017 - 10:07am
posted by Howard B. Owens in The Hidden Door, Pollyanna and Dot, batavia, business, news.

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With the transition in leadership of the Business Improvement District, there was no announcement of the annual window decorating contest for Christmas and Beth Kemp, the new director, stopped by my office yesterday to note that the winner was The Hidden Door/Pollyanna and Dot, 202 E. Main St., Batavia.

January 23, 2017 - 3:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in business, chapin.

Press release:

Chapin International Inc. is pleased to announce it has been awarded the ISO14001 Environmental Management System Certificate by Bureau Veritas. With a focus on sustainability, the Environmental Management System is a systemic approach to handling environmental issues within an organization. This prestigious, internationally recognized certification has been achieved by only a small percentage of U.S. manufacturing companies.

“We are extremely proud of our team and their efforts to achieve this important certification,” says James Campbell, president and CEO. “It means that we have committed to the protection of the environment, promoting an awareness of environmental protection within the organization and continual improvement in the environmental performance of the company.”

About Chapin

Chapin International Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of compressed air garden sprayers and broadcast spreaders. Our world-class organization includes exacting manufacturing and progressive technology and design methods enabling us to provide our customers the best sprayers and applicators for their needs.

For more information, contact: Laurie Shepland, vice president, Human Resources [email protected].

January 20, 2017 - 9:19am
posted by Howard B. Owens in STAMP, GCEDC, Alabama, business.

What started over a decade ago as a concept to market a site for the emerging advanced manufacturing industry became a reality as the Board of Directors of the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) approved contracts to prepare bids for infrastructure work at STAMP. The first phase of infrastructure funding is part of the $33 million allocated to STAMP --  -- Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park -- from the Buffalo Billion.

“This is a watershed moment for STAMP,” said GCEDC Board Chairman Paul Battaglia. “We are finally going to start putting shovels in the ground to begin the process of building a next-generation site to bring advanced manufacturing companies to our region.”

The board approved a contract for $380,000 to the engineering firm Clark Patterson Lee to prepare bids and handle construction inspection for Phase I and Phase II work for water infrastructure, including enhancements to the Town of Alabama water system. The board approved a second contract for $165,000 to Clark Patterson Lee to prepare bids and handle construction inspection on roadways within the STAMP site and the main entrance off of Route 77. The firm will oversee the drafting, issuance and review of the various bids for the road and water infrastructure work.

“It’s one thing to say to corporate site selectors and economic development officials that you have a site for potential development as opposed to having a site that is shovel ready with road and utility infrastructure already built,” said Steve Hyde, president and CEO of the GCEDC. “Our site immediately rises to the top of the list among those making decisions about where they are going to build the next new advanced manufacturing facility.”

It is anticipated that the bidding documents for the water and roadway will work be released in mid-February with actual work to begin on site in late spring.

The GCEDC board meeting was held on Thursday, Jan. 19.

January 19, 2017 - 6:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in chamber of commerce, batavia, news, business.

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The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce celebrated its arrival in a new home, with a new tourism center, on Park Road, Town of Batavia, today, with a ribbon cutting.

While the upstairs offices are a modern and comfortable place for chamber employees to work, it's the downstairs visitors center that is the star of the renovated building.

Chamber President Tom Turnbull noted its close proximity to the Thruway and the nearby hotels, which by the end of the year will have a total of 1,000 guest rooms between them.

"It will now be our job to encourage these visitors to our county to explore deeper into the county to shop, eat and enjoy many of the fine services available," Turnbull said.

The move was appropriate, said Ray Cianfrini, chairman of the Genesee County Legislature, because tourism dollars are important to the health of our local economy.

"Many people either forget, or they may not be aware, what a significant impact tourism has on our local economy," Cianfrini said. "Aside from the money people spend on their food and their fuel and their lodging, they also contribute significantly to our sales tax and our bed tax revenues. The Chamber has done a fantastic job of promoting tourism in Genesee County."

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Ray Cianfrini

January 17, 2017 - 3:12pm

Press release:

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend the opening of their new offices and tourism visitor center with a public ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19. 

An open house of the new Chamber facilities will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. The new office, located at 8276 Park Road in Batavia, houses a new tourism visitor center and office spaces for both the Chamber of Commerce and Genesee County Tourism staff. 

The two-level, 3,400-square-foot space was a former physical therapist's office. Funds from the Chamber of Commerce and county bed tax surplus paid for the building and renovations.

The upstairs level houses the chamber’s offices and board room. The new board room offers flexible seating arrangements which will help in hosting meetings and seminars. 

In addition to larger office, meeting, administrative and parking space, the Chamber sought out the Park Road location due to its proximity to Batavia’s hotel district and New York State Thruway.

The new visitor center will have 24- hour accessibility for travelers. During normal business hours, a staffed visitor center will be open to greet and assist guests. During off-hours, the front vestibule with visitor information will be available. Large maps, brochure displays and staff at the service desk will assist guests during their stay in Genesee County. 

Volunteer forms are now available for community members who are interested in greeting visitors and assisting them at the new center. Forms can be picked up at the Park Road location or can be requested by email at [email protected]

January 17, 2017 - 10:40am
posted by Howard B. Owens in chamber of commerce, business, news.

The Business of the Year for Genesee County is Liberty Pumps, the Chamber of Commerce has announced.

Other award winners in the 45th annual slate of top local businesses and community members are:

  • Foxprowl Collectables, Entrepreneurial Business of the Year
  • Stein Farms, Agricultural Business of the Year
  • Red Osier Restaurant, Special Service Recognition
  • Steve and Lisa Grice, Geneseeans of the Year

The awards will be presented March 4 at a dinner and ceremony at Quality Inn & Suites on Park Road, Batavia. The evening begins at 4:30 with hors d'oeuvres, entree tables and a cash bar. The awards program starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person or $450 for a table of 10.

January 15, 2017 - 5:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Rogers Beer, Smokin' Eagle BBQ and Brew, Le Roy, news, business.

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Marc Marcello, Jay Beaumont and Jon Marcello, owners of the Smokin' Eagle BBQ & Brew in Le Roy were at the bridal show at Terry Hills today with their microbrew, Rogers Beer.

The story of Rogers Beer begins about seven years ago with Al Rogers, a brewer in Rochester who started his own brewery, eventually selling his beer in 12 Wegmans and 30 bars and restaurants in the region.

After the birth of a second child, he needed to give up his sideline business and he walked into 58 Main in Brockport and told Marc Marcello he was giving up the business.

"He delivered the news he was walking away from it and my brother wouldn’t take that for an answer," Jon Marcello said. "We got together and over a few lunch sessions with Jay and Marc, we put an offer in and he accepted. A few days later he called and asked if he could stay on a brewmaster and we told him, 'we don’t know how to make the beer, so that’s perfect.' "

Rogers Beer is now based in Le Roy, though the beer is currently brewed at a facility in Honeoye Falls, but Jon said the goal is to build up the business enough to open a brewery in Le Roy.

The beer is made with 20-percent New York ingredients with the goal of achieving 100-percent New York-grown ingredients within five years.

The five flavors of beer are all on tap on the Smokin' Eagle and at 58 Main and 22-ounce bottles can be purchased for carryout. 

The dog icons on the menu below were all drawn by a local artist featuring dogs from Le Roy.

There will be a kickoff party sometime in February at the Smokin' Eagle for the newly based in Le Roy Rogers Beer. Watch The Batavian for details.

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