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May 7, 2019 - 12:00pm

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to go full steam ahead for a weekend of engaging activities and fun adventures at Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019. Children are invited to spend the day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Medina on May 17. Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 is presented by Mattel.

Day Out With Thomas is a fun-filled event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas as well as participate in Thomas & FriendsTM themed activities.

The tour, now in its 24th year, will make 37 stops across the United States and Canada, and is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers this year. For one weekend, little engineers and their families are invited to take a 25-minute ride on their favorite engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas & Friends fun with crafts, photo ops, and more.

Typically held over two weekends in Medina, this year’s event is being held just one weekend and is jam-packed with fun for the kids! Your wristband to the grounds includes:

  • 25-minute (approximate) ride with a talking Thomas the Tank Engine;
  • Meet & Greet with Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway;
  • Thomas & Friends Imagination Station featuring a variety of activities;
  • For the first time, children can meet Thomas’s new friend Nia in the form of a10-foot inflatable – perfect for photo opps! Nia appears in the Thomas & Friends episodes as one of the newest members of the Steam Team, joining Thomas, Percy, and the other engines at Tidmouth Sheds. Nia is always a helpful friend, and especially loves to help animals;
  • A "Passport to Adventures" booklet for children to track their journey at the event and receive a special prize upon completion;
  • Thomas & Friends-themed activities including toy play, photo ops, and more;
  • Bounce houses, balloon artists, character sketch artists, storytelling, video viewing, scheduled professional magic shows, a mini train ride and more.

Train rides with Thomas depart every 45 minutes, rain or shine. Departure times begin at 9:15 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. each day of the event. Tickets for Day Out With Thomas are $23 plus tax for ages 2 and up. Tickets include the train ride with Thomas, all of the Thomas & Friends activities on the grounds as well as admission to the Medina Railroad Museum. Wristbands for entry will be provided to all ticket holders upon arrival. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.medinarailroad.com

Thomas the Tank EngineTM is the star of Thomas & Friends the award-winning global brand franchise enjoyed by families in more than 160 territories and in over 55 languages across multiple touch-points and formats, including: 500+ original TV shows; 12 feature-length films; 27 websites in 13 languages; apps; toys (ranked number one property in the preschool toys category in the United Kingdom and Australia and number two in the United States); consumer products; publishing; live attractions and much more.

About the Medina Railroad Museum; located in the old New York Central freight depot in Medina, NY, the Medina RR Museum is one of the largest freight depot museums in New York State. The building itself was built in 1905-06 and is one of the largest (301 feet by 34 feet), last surviving wooden freight depots in the United States.

The Museum’s train has five passenger cars and two first-class cars that ride out on the tracks to Lockport and back several times per year for special events. Train season is March through October, with special Polar Express rides after Thanksgiving through mid-December. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday year-round. Closed on Mondays and major holidays. To contact the museum, call (585) 798-6106 or visit www.medinarailroad.com

April 5, 2019 - 12:25pm
Event Date and Time: 
April 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to partner with over SIXTY local vendors to coordinate the area's premier home show!
Get a head start on some summer projects and welcome spring with this weekend long event. Take a look at just what Genesee County and the GLOW region has to offer the local consumer.

Falleti Ice Arena, Evans Street, Batavia - Evans Street, Batavia​
Admission: $3 per person

April 5, 2019 - 12:23pm
Event Date and Time: 
April 5, 2019 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to partner with more than 60 local vendors to coordinate the area's premier home show!
Get a head start on some summer projects and welcome spring with this weekend-long event. Take a look at just what Genesee County and the GLOW region has to offer the local consumer.

Falleti Ice Arena, Evans Street, Batavia - Evans Street, Batavia
Admission: $3 per person

March 5, 2019 - 3:27pm
posted by Billie Owens in genesee county chamber of commerce, business, news.

Press release:

“Managing Your Online Reputation” will be the subject of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Workshop on Wednesday, March 13.  

“With so many ways for people to review organizations these days, how do business owners keep a tab on all of it?" said Tom Turnbull, president of the Chamber. “This workshop will teach the fundamentals of keeping a good reputation in today’s electronic environment and how to use your reputation to gain sales.”

Greg Lindberg, of the Small Business Administration, will conduct the workshop. 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 professionals designed to help small businesses succeed and grow.

The workshop will be held at the Chamber of Commerce office, 8276 Park Road, Batavia.

The session will run from 8 to 9 a.m. and includes a question-and-answer period.

Cost for non-Chamber members is $10 for each attendee. Chamber members and Batavia Business Improvement District members may attend all small business workshops free of charge but should make reservations to insure space. 

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

November 7, 2018 - 1:57pm

Business After Hour Schmoozer hosted by the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on the second floor of the Harvester Center, 56 Harvester Ave., Batavia, on Thursday, Nov. 15.

These events are not only well attended, but laid-back and fun! They offer an easy way to get to know other movers & shakers here in the community.

You are invited to join your fellow Chamber members and learn about the unique business incubator -- the Harvest Center -- we have right here in Genesee County!

Enjoy some local food and drink, too. There will be craft beer provided by Eli Fish Brewing Co.; wine tastings by WNY ONEHOPE Studio; and hors d'oeuvres prepared by D&R Depot.

Plus there will be a 50/50 raffle to benefit Crossroads House, along with door prizes and other fun giveaways.

Click here to register.

June 19, 2018 - 1:54pm

Press release:

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce’s Haunted History Trail of New York State program was recognized at the 2018 Rochester PRism Awards on Thursday, June 14.

The statewide tourism trail earned two recognitions for excellence in marketing and public relations – one first-place PRism Award and one Award of Excellence.

The PRism was awarded for the Trail’s “Spooky” Social Media campaign created and executed by Chamber member Break the Ice Media. Social channels saw growth across the board – nearly 40-percent page growth on Facebook, 22 percent on Twitter, and 90.4-percent engagement growth on Instagram -- with events selling out and new visitors traveling the trail.

The program was also recognized with an award of excellence for the 2018 Haunted History Trail brochure, a beautiful 36-page travel magazine that was designed by Corfu designer Matt Steinberg of The Quackenstein Graphic Design Co., and featured stunning photography from the official trail photographer Steve Shoemaker of Amityphotos.com. Break the Ice Media led the team with copywriting and project management.

The PRism Awards are an annual award show put on by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Rochester Chapter, celebrating the best public relations work -- both elements and campaigns -- from the previous year.

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About the Haunted History Trail of New York State

The Haunted History Trail of New York State is a tourism collaboration spearheaded by the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with 32 county tourism offices that features haunted locations from almost every region of New York State. Haunted dining, tours, and overnights are available on the trail, with many of the locations tying back to New York’s history. For more information, visit: www.hauntedhistorytrail.com.

May 25, 2018 - 1:08pm

Press release from the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce:

Ignite Buffalo is providing local small businesses a new opportunity for growth through a grant program that will award up to $100,000 to Western New York businesses.

Ignite Buffalo is a business grant and mentorship program that promotes sustainable growth, job creation, and ongoing education to local small business owners. Ignite Buffalo is presented by 43 North in partnership with national and local partners including Facebook, M&T Bank, Quickbooks, AWS, WordPress.com and Woo Commerce.

Finalists selected will be in the running to receive one of 27 grants awarded ranging from $25,000-$100,000 and free access to a curated mentorship program. Within this program, business owners will gain access to industry experts offering ongoing educational programming, access to resources and curated workshops.

All applicants need to do is tell their business story. Applications can be made online at www.ignitebuffalo.org and must be submitted by June 13 at noon EDT.

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce and 43 North will be hosting an informational meeting regarding the Ignite Buffalo grants on Thursday, May 31, from 4-6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at the Batavia City Centre, 105 Main St., Batavia. Food and refreshments will be served.

The meeting is free and open to the public. You can register for the meeting on the Chamber’s website at www.geneseeny.com.

May 10, 2018 - 2:45pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, business, genesee county chamber of commerce.

Press release:

“How to Create a Positive Work Environment” will be the subject of a small business workshop to be hosted by the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, May 16.

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 professionals designed to help small businesses succeed and grow.

“It is possible to have positive – and perhaps even fun – work environment in any business and this workshop is designed to show you how,” said Tom Turnbull, Chamber president.

Greg Lindberg of the Small Business Administration will conduct the workshop.

The workshop will be held at the Chamber of Commerce office, 8276 Park Road, Batavia.The session will run from 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. and includes a question-and-answer period. Cost for non-Chamber members is $10 for each attendee.

Chamber members and Batavia Business Improvement District members may attend all small business workshops free of charge but should make reservations to insure space.

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

April 11, 2018 - 2:08pm

Press release:

“Active Shooter in the Workplace – It Can Happen to You” will be the subject of a small business workshop to be hosted the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce on April 18.

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 professionals designed to help small businesses succeed and grow.

“Unfortunately in today’s world dealing with an active shooter in the workplace is a possibility that everyone faces,” said Tom Turnbull, Chamber president.  “This workshop will offer tips on how to make a plan to deal with this horrific situation. It’s a plan we hope no one ever has to use.”

Deputies Rich Schildwaster and Joe Loftus of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department will conduct the workshop.

The workshop will be held at the Chamber of Commerce office, 8276 Park Road, Batavia. The session will run from 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. and includes a question-and-answer period.

Cost for non-Chamber members is $10 for each attendee. Chamber members and Batavia Business Improvement District members may attend all small business workshops free of charge but should make reservations to insure space.

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

March 30, 2018 - 12:00pm


It’s been a long cold winter and now it’s time to “think spring.” And there’s no way better way to beat those winter blues than by attending the fifth annual Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Home Show. The Home Show will be held at Falleti Ice Arena in Batavia Friday through Sunday, April 6th - 8th.

Here’s your chance to talk face to face with more than 60 area businesses attending this year’s Home Show for help with your home ideas and projects. And while you’re there, make sure you register for a chance to win a $500 gift certificate, complements of Tompkins Bank of Castile/Tompkins Insurance, from the Home Show vendor business of your choice. The winner will be drawn at the conclusion of the Home Show and you do not need to be present to win.

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Home Show will be open Friday, April 6th from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 7th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 8th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. And if you’re hungry, the concessions are being run by Alex’s Place, so you know the food will be excellent!

Admission is only $3 per person and children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Parking is free at the Falleti Ice Arena. Coupons good for $1 off all admissions are available at the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce office, 8276 Park Road, Batavia, or at any of the participating businesses.

For a complete list of participating businesses go to www.geneseeny.com. For more information, call the Chamber office at 343-7440.

October 31, 2017 - 8:03pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in news, Amherst IDA, genesee county chamber of commerce.

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James J. Allen, head of the Amherst Industrial Development Agency for 37 years and husband of a Batavia native, died today at the age of 68 in his East Amherst home.

Allen was married to the former Linda Viele, who was born and grew up in Batavia, for 48 years. They met as a result of their involvement in the St. Joe’s Drum Corps as teenagers.

According to a story in The Buffalo News, Allen had suffered from congestive heart failure in recent years, but his death came suddenly. He retired from his IDA post in April 2016.

Allen is credited by many of his colleagues for putting Amherst “on the map” in terms of economic development.

Since 1979 when Allen took over as IDA chief, per a report cited in The Buffalo News account, the agency granted tax incentives to 370 companies – actions that helped increase the town’s tax base by around $570 million, while creating 25,600 that paid, on average, nearly 50 percent more than the typical job in the region.

Allen served as president of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce for six years in the mid-1970s before accepting the Amherst IDA position.

Along with his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Lindsay Allen and Jamie Allen-Powers; son, Michael; brothers, Tom and Donny; and sisters, Karen McCoy and Nancy Fiorino.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.

September 15, 2017 - 3:44pm

Press release:

The Chamber’s Annual Awards Committee has announced the 46th annual Award Ceremony -- for 2017 honorees -- will be held on Saturday, March 3, at The Quality Inn & Suites, Park Road, Batavia (formerly The Clarion Hotel). This is the County’s premier event that honors businesses and individuals for their achievements in business, community service and volunteerism.

Please note that a brief write-up will qualify your nominee for consideration. (Members of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors are NOT eligible for these awards.)

Nominations are now being accepted for:

  • Business of the Year -- The nominee must have demonstrated significant business stability, commitment to the business community, community service and leadership;
  • Entrepreneurial Business of the Year -- Leading the way in the development of business through opportunities created uniqueness of business ideas and initiation of the owner;
  • Agricultural Business of the Year -- Nominee must be considered an Agri-business and have demonstrated steady or increased growth in this industry;
  • Innovative Enterprise of the Year -- A business that is successfully generating and implementing new or novel ideas and methods;
  • Special Service Recognition -- Does not have to be a business. Can be an organization, club, government agency, educational institute or health care facility that is recognizing a major event or activity/activities. Must have had lasting benefit to the community at large for that organization;  
  • Geneseeans of the Year -- A person who has made an outstanding contribution to the community, contributed or volunteered beyond the call of duty; a true unsung Hero of today. Person must be a resident of Genesee County.

Business nominees must be a Chamber Member in good standing. (If unsure of your nominee, call the Chamber to verify.)

Nomination forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce office, 8276 Park Road, Batavia, and can also be down loaded from the Chamber Website at www.geneseeny.com.

Nominations MUST BE RECEIVED BY Dec. 29 to be eligible for consideration.

If you would like more information, feel free to call Kelly J. Bermingham, director of Membership & Special Events, at the Chamber office, 343-7440, ext. 1026.

You can fill out a nomination form available at the chamber, located at 8276 Park Road, Batavia, of print out a nomination form from their website by clicking here.

August 28, 2017 - 4:06pm

Press release:

“Understanding the new Paid Family Leave Act” will be the subject of a small business workshop to be hosted by the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

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.

Starting in January, the new Paid Family Leave Act takes effect for New Yorkers. Private sector employees will be able to take paid time off to bond with a new child, care for a seriously sick family member or address family matters due to a qualifying military deployment while still benefitting from job security upon the employee’s return to work.

“New York’s Paid Family Leave Act is one of the most comprehensive family leave programs in the nation,” said Tom Turnbull, Chamber president. “There are still many unanswered questions surrounding this program.

"Whether you’re an employer or an employee, you will find the most current information at this workshop on how this new mandatory benefit impacts you.”

Lawley Insurance is partnering with the Chamber on this workshop. Judy Karmens, Lawley compliance specialist, and Michael Szymoniak Jr., Lawley employee benefits consultant, will be the presenters.

The workshop will be held at the Chamber of Commerce office, 8276 Park Road, Batavia. The session will run from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and includes a question and answer period. 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]

May 14, 2017 - 5:18pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, business, genesee county chamber of commerce.

Press release:

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce once again is offering the community the unique opportunity to travel to China for a nine-day tour of China. This will be the 11th trip that chamber has offered.

The trip is from Oct. 7 to 15 for the low price of $2,199. Price includes air fare (from JFK), bus to/from JFK, hotel stays, three meals a day, bus tours (with guides), admission to tourist spots, and airport taxes throughout the trip.

Some of the highlights on the trip are Tian An Men Square, Temple of Heaven, and the Great Wall just to name a few. For an additional $200, you will have the opportunity to explore the Terra-Cotta Warriors at the Tomb of the First Emperor.

The trip is filling up quickly! Final payments are due by July 15th. The Chamber believes this trip to be an exceptional value. For more details call Tom or Melissa at the Chamber at (585) 343-7440.

Details on the trip can also be found at http://geneseeny.com/Trips/CHINA2017.aspx

March 31, 2017 - 12:00pm

It’s been a long cold winter and now it’s time to “think spring.” And there’s no way better way to beat those long winter blues than by attending the second annual Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Home Show. The Home Show will be held at Falleti Ice Arena in Batavia Friday through Sunday, March 31st - April 2nd.

 

Here’s your chance to talk face to face with more than 60 area businesses attending this year’s Home Show for help with your home ideas and projects. And while you’re there, make sure you register for a chance to win a $500 gift certificate from the Home Show vendor business of your choice. The winner will be drawn at the conclusion of the Home Show and you do not need to be present to win.

 

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Home Show will be open Friday, March 31 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. And if you’re hungry, the concessions are being run by Alex’s Place, so you know the food will be excellent!

 

Admission is only $3 per person and children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Parking is free at the Falleti Ice Arena. Coupons good for $1 off all admissions are available at the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce office, 8276 Park Road, Batavia, or at any of the participating businesses.

 

For a complete list of participating businesses go to www.geneseeny.com/homeshow. For more information, call the Chamber office at 343-7440.

March 27, 2017 - 12:00pm

It’s been a long cold winter and now it’s time to “think spring.” And there’s no way better way to beat those long winter blues than by attending the second annual Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Home Show. The Home Show will be held at Falleti Ice Arena in Batavia Friday through Sunday, March 31st - April 2nd.

 

Here’s your chance to talk face to face with more than 60 area businesses attending this year’s Home Show for help with your home ideas and projects. And while you’re there, make sure you register for a chance to win a $500 gift certificate from the Home Show vendor business of your choice. The winner will be drawn at the conclusion of the Home Show and you do not need to be present to win.

 

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Home Show will be open Friday, March 31 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. And if you’re hungry, the concessions are being run by Alex’s Place, so you know the food will be excellent!

 

Admission is only $3 per person and children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Parking is free at the Falleti Ice Arena. Coupons good for $1 off all admissions are available at the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce office, 210 E. Main St., Batavia, or at any of the participating businesses.

 

For a complete list of participating businesses go to www.geneseeny.com/homeshow. For more information, call the Chamber office at 343-7440.

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 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]

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