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October 6, 2015 - 12:00pm

Charting a Course to Prosperity! GCC’s The BEST Center and City of Batavia Offering Small Business Ownership Series.

Calling all aspiring entrepreneurs. Here’s your chance to find out if you have what it takes to achieve small business success. The BEST Center at Genesee Community College is partnering with the City of Batavia and the Batavia Development Corporation (BDC) to offer a three-part “Owning Your Own Business” program designed to inspire creativity, fine­ tune skills, and chart a true course to prosperity. Those interested will be able to explore, experience, and connect with resources that can help turn a dream into a reality.

The program, “Get Underway: Small Business Ownership Series,” begins with a series of one hour workshops where participants will explore business opportunities, assessing their personal readiness to own and operate a new business. Each session will run from noon ­- 1 p.m. in the second floor community room at Batavia City Hall. The following four sessions are planned and participants are encouraged to attend each one: 
Part I - begins Sept. 16th

  • Wed., Sept. 16, Noon-1:00 pm -- Do I have what it takes to own a small business?
  • Wed., Sept. 23, Noon-1:00 pm -- Can I earn a living through my passion? Why didn’t I think of THAT business?
  • Wed., Sept. 30, Noon-1:00 pm -- How much money do I need to start a business?
  • Wed., Oct.   7,  Noon-1:00 pm -- The Sniff Test, assessing your business idea!

The sessions are $5 each for those who pre­-register online at, or $10 each at the door.

The second part of the program goes beyond the basics to help participants fully develop a business concept and transition into becoming a business manager. These five weekly Wednesday evening sessions are mandatory if participants want to access grant resources available through the City of Batavia Microenterprise Grant Program. The sessions run from 6 to 9 p.m. in Room T121 of the Conable Technology Building on GCC’s Batavia campus. They include: 
Part II - begins Oct. 14th

  • Wed., Oct. 14, 6:00-9:00 pm — Trials, tribulations & skills of a successful business leader
  • Wed., Oct. 21, 6:00-9:00 pm — Marketing strategies to increase sales
  • Wed., Oct. 28, 6:00-9:00 pm — Using financial information to guide my business
  • Wed., Nov.  4, 6:00-9:00 pm — Learning to “manage” a business
  • Wed., Nov. 11, 6:00-9:00 pm — Business plan presentation and networking 

The five­-week course costs $125 and students will receive a certificate upon successful completion. Registration for this course is also available online at

The Small Business Ownership series is funded in part by the New York State Office of Community Renewal Community Development Block Grant.

For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343­-0055, ext. 6616, or via e-mail: [email protected]

October 6, 2015 - 11:12am

High Voltage Tattoo and Piercing will be hosting a benefit for the owner, Mark Fanara, on October 23 thru October 25. We'll be offering $30 tattoos and $15 piercings throughout this event. Tattoos will be limited to designated tattoo flash sheets designed by Jeremy and Andrew. Lettering will also be available, up to 15 letters.
Mark is a single father of two young boys, a tattoo artist and a small business owner. He is now fighting a rare form of lymphoma called Lymphatoid Granulomatosis (LYG). He has been unable to work for the past few months and will not be able to return in the foreseeable future. He needs your help. All donations will be appreciated. If you would like to donate, but you cannot make it in, you can mail a check to Benefit for Mark Fanara, High Voltage Tattoo, 110 West Main St., Batavia, NY 14020. Make check payable to Mark Fanara, memo: Benefit. You can also donate at

October 1, 2015 - 12:00pm

Don't miss this open house! Come see our brand new, spacious and luxurious apartments with laminate floors & stainless steel appliances! Click here for more information.

September 30, 2015 - 5:00pm

We're ending this little experiment we called The Batavian Club. It's a lot of work that we're always behind on for too little return. That's the bad news.

The good news is, we're still going to offer the same fantastic deals with local businesses in special gift certificate packages.

Essentially, it's The Batavian Club without calling it a club. The big difference on our end is we save the work on tracking members and printing membership cards, which always seemed to bog us down and create a lot of unnecessary expense. We will be able to send out money-saving gift certificates much sooner after an order is placed when we don't have to make batches of individual membership cards. 

For local businesses, it's the same great promotion as before. There's no additional expense beyond honoring the gift cards when customers come in. If your business is not already participating, call me at (585) 250-4118.

For those who had recurring payments set up in PayPal, I just canceled all of those so there will be no future payments from your account. There are three people who have joined since we last sent out membership packages. They will get a refund. For all other members, they should be up-to-date with membership cards and gift certificates and the stated expiration dates still apply.

September 30, 2015 - 12:00pm

Tompkins Bank of Castile – Checking account includes mobile banking now with mobile check deposit. We’re your local, mobile, remarkable community bank. Click here to start your checking application.
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September 28, 2015 - 12:00pm

Don't miss Council Opticians' Annual Fall Fashion Event featuring Ray Ban and Kate Spade Collections. Take advantage of substantial savings on Tuesday, Oct. 6th, from 3 to 7 p.m. Get a second pair with single vision plastic lenses with select frames for $30! Enjoy refreshments and enter a drawing to win a themed basket from Council Opticians. Visit us online by clicking here.

September 26, 2015 - 12:00pm

Don't miss this Open House on Sunday, Sept. 27 from 11am-1pm at 4255 West Avenue in Elba. Listed at $114,900. Solidly built and well maintained! This three bedroom home is a great country property located on an acre of land on a quiet road filled with great neighbors! This ranch home has been well maintained with very little to do but your choices! Large living room with gas fireplace outlooking pretty front yard with nice views. There are hardwood floors throughout home under carpet. Basement is large clean and dry-perfect for work, play or finishing! Backyard is private with shed and garden area. Nice country property! Super motivated sellers before the snow flies! Call Lynn Bezon at Reliant Real Estate today or visit us online by clicking here.

September 25, 2015 - 6:00pm

 **If accepted purchase offer occurs resulting from visit at open house by Oct. 10th 2015, seller will give $1000 gift card to store of your choice!!!** Don't miss this Open House on Saturday the 26Th from 11am-1pm at 218 Liberty Street, Batavia. Listed at $85,900. Solid and perfectly maintained 3 bedroom home in picture perfect condition with nothing to do! Everything updated and upgraded, from pretty hardwood laminate to pretty and plush carpeting throughout and all rooms freshly painted. Home features a fully remodeled kitchen with all new stainless appliances. Back mudroom leading to bright and airy first floor laundry! Great front enclosed porch to enjoy the nights and large back yard with patio for cooking out.  For all the extras or the person looking for a LARGE GARAGE this one is 2 plus and extra deep, plenty of room and then some! Don't pass this one by! Call Lynn Bezon at Reliant Real Estate today or visit us online by clicking here.

September 18, 2015 - 6:30pm

Super deal on this cute City home. Owner super willing to negotiate -- don't let this one go by without looking!!! Solid and nicely kept city home in central location and ready to move in! This home has been upgraded and freshly painted throughout, with more room than it appears from the road! Good size rooms and a walk up finished attic that adds a whole lot more room for storage or play! Large back enclosed porch for nice nights and a place to kick off your shoes. Come check this one out -- easy to see!!

September 7, 2015 - 6:00pm

Darryl Worley will Jam At The Ridge, Saturday, Sept. 12th, a benefit concert event in support of volunteer firefighters and to honor our hometown heroes who have, and continue to give, so much in our community. "Do You Remember?", the title of Darryl's #1 hit for seven weeks, recalls the tragedy of 9/11 and helps call all Americans to honor the lives lost and the lives on the front line protecting freedom.

Camping available, but not required, by calling 585-768-4883 or by click here:
Tickets available by calling 585-768-4883 or directly at

August 30, 2015 - 3:00pm
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