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May 8, 2012 - 9:56am
posted by The Batavian in Sponsored Post.

Batavia's Jenna Hubbard is making a splash in the modeling world and Next Level Fitness is proud to be part of it and you can help her, too. Hubbard recently competed in a modeling contest in Buffalo and after five weeks of models competing to make it to the finals, Hubbard has advanced to the final six.

The model search is sponsored by one of Buffalo's largest nightclubs, Bayou, and hosted by Kiss 98.5 radio personality Tony Mamaluke. Each week 15-20 new girls competed for a chance to advance, and there has been a total of upwards of 100 girls competing. This past Thursday, Hubbard had her chance to shine as she surpassed the 17 week five contestants and advanced.

The contest is scored on a four-part system with part of the score being Facebook "LIKE" votes. Next Level is encouraging everyone to click "LIKE" and "SHARE" on her photo to help her win. Next Level has helped with her a gym membership to stay in shape and she has also been tanning there as well, so she is able to look her best for the competition.

"This is a great opportunity for me and I want to thank Next Level for sponsoring me and making this possible!" Hubbard said.

She is the only finalist from Genesee County and is competing for the title of Miss Bayou Buffalo, $500 cash, and a photo shoot to be featured on the nightclub's billboards in Downtown Buffalo.

If she wins, she plans to donate part of the winnings to "Austin's Army" to benefit Pembroke senior Austin Heineman who was recently diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of childhood cancer.

The finals are scheduled for this Thursday night and the Facebook voting ends at 8 p.m. that night. To vote for Jenna, click LIKE on the photo here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150756177625759&set=t.100000085482467&type=3&theater

April 17, 2012 - 6:28pm
posted by Lisa Ace in Sponsored Post, Matteo & Mullen.

 

THANK YOU BATAVIA!

Thank you for being a great community to live in and do business in. And thanks to all those who help us to better serve our clients. 

If not for the great service of the Post Office, the banks, the brokers and the attorneys who help us with our clients, and the police who watch out for us late at night, and the DPW for treating our street like their street, and the restaurants for keeping us fed and smiling, and our business neighbors for helping and caring, we wouldn’t be successful.

Especially, thank you to each and every client for allowing us to serve you.

Batavia is a GREAT place to live and work.

We are proud to be Batavians!

 

Matteo & Mullen CPAs

Thomas D. Matteo & Jeffrey R. Mullen

April 9, 2012 - 7:52am
posted by Howard B. Owens in alex's place, Sponsored Post, advertisement.

Congratulations to Julia Matusak, who wins the Alex's Place Facebook Like Contest.

Julia wins dinner for 4 / $100 gift card (does not include alcohol or gratuity) from Alex's Place.

The winner was selected at random from among a group of people who "Liked" Alex's Facebook page and then completed the online registration form.

Any Genesee County business that would like to participate in a Facebook contest, call The Batavian at 250-4118.

April 2, 2012 - 8:07am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, alex's place, Sponsored Post, advertisement, contests.

To LIKE Alex's Place and then register for the contest, click here.

March 29, 2012 - 3:21pm
posted by Lisa Ace in Sponsored Post, IR Systems.

Why pay a higher bill when you'll be outside enjoying the weather?

 
• • • The first 25 people to come thru our door will receive 100$ in bill credits at 10$ off per month • • •
 
• Local customer service • Local Directv service.
Comfort.  Security.  Trust. 
Free installation.  FREE equipment.  Zero dollars down.
• No hidden fees and taxes.  Bottom line pricing.
More sports packaging/programming at half the cost of cable.
• No duplicate channels and double the programming.
Free upgraded equipment, HD, HD-DVR & whole home theatre.
• Up to 4 free boxes.
Free direct cinema connection kit.
 
Free access to 7,000 movies and shows and applications to download to TV such as Facebook, Youtube, Twitter.  Also streamlining music and photos from your PC to your TV!  Advanced Cinemas allow you to view new releases 30 days before Netflix or Redbox receives them.  Price is what you pay, value is what you get!  
 
Call Now: 1-800-319-2129 or stop down to 309 West Main Street for your free in-home analysis.
 
ALSO check out very own web page @ http://www.wnydtv.com and be sure to "LIKE" our FACEBOOK page as well @ https://www.facebook.com/pages/DIRECTV-Batavia
 
March 29, 2012 - 1:28pm
posted by Lisa Ace in Sponsored Post.

 

Why pay for a higher bill when you'll be outside enjoying the weather?
 
(The first 25 people to come thru our door will receive 100$ in bill credits at 10$ off per month)
 
• Local customer service • Local Directv service.
Comfort.  Security.  Trust. 
Free installation.  FREE equipment.  Zero dollars down.
• No hidden fees and taxes.  Bottom line pricing.
More sports packaging/programming at half the cost of cable.
• No duplicate channels and double the programming.
Free upgraded equipment, HD, HD-DVR & whole home theatre.
• Up to 4 free boxes.
Free direct cinema connection kit.
 
Free access to 7,000 movies and shows and applications to download to TV such as Facebook, Youtube, Twitter.  Also streamlining music and photos from your PC to your TV!  Advanced Cinemas allows you to view new releases 30 days before Netflix or Redbox receives them.  Price is what you pay, value is what you get!  
 
Call Now: 1-800-319-2129 or stop down to 309 West Main Street for your free in-home analysis.
 
ALSO check out very own web page @ http://www.wnydtv.com and be sure to "LIKE" our FACEBOOK page as well @ https://www.facebook.com/pages/DIRECTV-Batavia
 
March 16, 2012 - 9:03am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Sponsored Post, advertisment, Shop Batavia.

When you want to shop locally and shop online, there's only one place to do it: Shop Batavia.

Here's some of the great offers on Shop Batavia now:

You can also buy gift certificates for local businesses. Click here.

Check Shop Batavia's home page daily for new offers and promotions from local businesses.

When you shop locally, more of your hard earned dollars stay in the local community where they do the most good. Shop Locally. Shop Batavia.

March 2, 2012 - 4:30pm
posted by Lisa Ace in batavia, business, Sponsored Post, advertisement.

 

The Batavia Law Firm of Bonarigo & McCutcheon is pleased to announce that Kristie L. DuRei has joined the practice as an associate attorney.
 
Ms. DuRei graduated from Batavia High School, holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Juris Doctor degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. She is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Genesee and Wyoming County Bar Associations.
 
Bonarigo & McCutcheon is a full-service firm serving the area’s legal needs for over 25 years in matters of personal injury, matrimonial, family, business and corporate, estate planning and probate, criminal, DWI, and real estate law.
 
The office is located at 18 Ellicott St., Batavia, NY. For a consultation with Ms. DuRei please call (585) 344-1994 or visit their website at BonarigoMcCutcheon.com.
February 25, 2012 - 11:30am
posted by The Batavian in Sponsored Post.

February 17, 2012 - 8:07am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Sponsored Post, advertisement, Shop Batavia.

With Shop Batavia, you can shop local (keeping more of your dollars in the local economy) and save money.

Check out the coupon page for great offers from local businesses, including, but not limited to:

Also, from Turnbull Heating and Air Conditioning, you can purchase a special deal -- $25 off a residential heating and air diagnostic.

February 11, 2012 - 6:16pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, thebatavian, Sponsored Post, advertisment.

There are now 118 businesses signed on as sponsors of The Batavian. That's the highest total ever.

In the past two months, we've been please to have the following businesses sign on as sponsors:

I've written before about how supporting local businesses keeps more local dollars in our home community. Communities with vibrant local businesses demonstrate all kinds of benefits for local residents.

Along those lines, a recent study found that counties with thriving small businesses also have healthier residents.

The study of 3,060 counties and parishes in the contiguous United States -- published online in the "Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society" and forthcoming in its March print issue -- brings new evidence to a body of research literature and a debate among sociologists, who traditionally have advanced two competing hypotheses about how small business impacts public health.

Some sociologists argue that small businesses — unlike chain retail "big box" stores and large manufacturing plants — have a greater investment in the community and thus have more at stake when it comes to the well-being of employees, customers and other local citizens. The LSU and Baylor University researchers, who analyzed national population, health, business and housing data, found that the greater the proportion of small businesses, the healthier the population.

"Some communities appear to have thriving small-business sectors that feature entrepreneurial cultures that promote public health. A place like this has a can-do climate, a practical problem-solving approach in which a community takes control of its own destiny," said co-author Charles M. Tolbert, Ph.D., chair of the Sociology department at Baylor. "The alternative is the attitude that 'Things are out of our control.' "

It's critical we all do all we can to support locally owned businesses.

On The Batavian, you can find information, now, about 118 local businesses. On Shop Batavia, there are now close to 157 local businesses posting information about who they are and what they do.

In other words, it's now easier than ever to support your local business community.

Here's a complete list of sponsors of The Batavian:

 

February 10, 2012 - 8:15am
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, Sponsored Post, advertisement, Shop Batavia.

There's been some great activity taking place on Shop Batavia recently:

And the list could go on.

If you check the home page of Shop Batavia daily, you'll find new specials and new information about great local businesses.

Remember, when you shop locally, more of your dollars stay in the local community to help our community grow and thrive.

February 2, 2012 - 9:33am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Sponsored Post, advertisement, contests, Shop Batavia.

The winner in our most recent Shop Batavia contest is Trish Cody.

Trish wins a set of handcrafted Valentine's glasses from Bruggie's.

The winner was selected at random from among people who "Liked" Shop Batavia on Facebook and registered for the contest.

Shop local!

Shop Batavia -- the only place in Genesee County to shop at locally owned businesses online, all in one place, and find coupons, gift certificates, recommendations and merchandise from local shops.

January 30, 2012 - 2:16pm
posted by The Batavian in business, Sponsored Post, IR Systems.

(Shown from left are: Owner Tim Tucker, project manager Jimi Soccio, administrative assistant Leanne Moore, sales rep Mike Kelly, sales manager Chris Ball, and head technician Geoff Harloff.)

The dispute between Time-Warner Cable and the Buffalo Sabres has left many local hockey fans out in the cold, but it's not like Sabres fans are without an option to watch their favorite team.

According to Tim Tucker, owner of IR Systems, a local DirecTV distributor, Sabres fans have been calling DirecTV in droves in order to switch service.

That's great, Tucker said, but because many of these customers are calling DirecTV directly, they're spending more than the would if they called the locally owned and operated IR Systems.

"We can help local customers save money," Tucker said. "We also have 12 dedicated local employees whom customers tell me all the time provide great, personal customer service."

Among the advantages IR System offers:

  • Lower monthly prices;
  • Face-to-face customer service;
  • Flexibility to offer lower monthly price plans with in-house service plans and a lifetime warranty on equipment;
  • Experienced professional installation team;
  • Free in-home analysis of your best entertainment system set up;
  • Installation service within 48 hours, sometimes within 24 hours.

"Most DirecTV customers love the service, but when I've come across customers who've had a bad experience, it's either because of billing issues or a faulty installation," Tucker said. "With our face-to-face customer service and guaranteed, lifetime warranty on our installation, these issues cease to be a problem."

IR System's superior customer service record has enabled the locally owned company to earn a "Preferred Partner" designation from DirecTV.

The DirecTV service provided by IR Systems is the full package of programming from the nation's #1 satellite company, including all of the sports channels (Sabres and the full lineup of available NHL games, NFL Sunday Ticket, MLB baseball, NBA and college basketball, college football, national and international soccer, among other sports offerings), as well as all the movie, news and information channels that come with DirecTV service, along with premimum services and pay-per-view (various fee options exist for the different packages available).

"We're really eager to show local customers what we provide," Tucker said. "Wind, rain or snow won't stop us from giving customers the best possible service."

To contact IR Systems, call (800) 319-2129.

NOTE: This is a Sponsored Post, paid for by IR Systems.

January 30, 2012 - 9:34am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Sponsored Post, advertisement, contests, Shop Batavia.

We have a new Shop Batavia contest: Like Shop Batavia on Facebook and complete the registration and you will be entered to win a set of handmade Valentine's Day Wine Glasses from Bruggie's. For more amazing handmade items created by Bruggie's, all available for purchase from Shop Batavia, click here.

Click here to enter the contest.

January 7, 2012 - 6:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in contest, Sponsored Post, advertisement, Shop Batavia.

The winner of our Shop Batavia review contest is Toby Cook, of Byron.

Toby wins a $100 gift certificate to Valle Jewelers.

We conducted a random drawing of the more than 220 reviews left during the contest period, and Toby's review was the one selected.

Thank you to all who participated.

January 7, 2012 - 12:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, Sponsored Post, advertisement, contests.

I got a little held up in picking a winner for Week 17 of the Main St. Pizza Company NFL Challenge -- had a little technical challenge and needed to get some help from the company that runs the contest for us.

Plus, it's just been a heck of a busy week.

So, here's the winner: Joseph Duganier.

Joseph wins: One large cheese pizza with one topping. He has one week to claim his prize.

Oakland, in a losing effort to the San Diego Chargers (yay!), had the most offensive yards of the 10 teams contestants had to choose from and Joseph, who picked Oakland, was the random pick to win the contest.

January 6, 2012 - 8:13am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Sponsored Post, advertisement, contests, Shop Batavia.

There is just one day left in our contest:

You know there are local businesses that you just love -- tell us about them on Shop Batavia and you could win a $100 gift certificate from one of your favorite businesses.

Here's how it works: Register as a user on Shop Batavia then find the listing for your favorite business(es) and leave a five-star review.

On Jan. 7, we'll randomly select one of the reviews left on The Batavian and if you're the person who left the review, we'll buy you a $100 gift certificate to that business. (If that business doesn't offer gift certificates, we'll buy a gift certificate to another favorite business you reviewed).

So, head over to Shop Batavia, now and start leaving reviews.

January 5, 2012 - 9:49am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Sponsored Post, advertisement, Shop Batavia.

The feedback we've received since launching Shop Batavia has been uniformly positive, but I really liked this note I got a few days ago from Michelle Thompson, owner of Hair Clip Holiday, a home-based business in Pavilion.

HI Howard,
I just wanted to take a moment and let you know how impressed I am with this website!!!  I love the traffic reports, messages, and all those little extras.  Someone put a lot of time into designing this!

I never heard of this website until last Sunday, I was shopping at a local gift shop, and I overheard two people talking about  ShopBatavia.com....don't get the wrong idea about me,  I normally don't ease-drop,   but they were right next to me,  and I couldn't help but to listen to them talk about your site.

Well, I will keep this short and sweet,  so I just want to say thank you for this service.

More than 100 local businesses have set up their storefronts on Shop Batavia so far. If you own or manage a local business and haven't done the same yet, you can get started by going to shopbatavia.com, finding your listing and clicking the "claim my business" link. If your business isn't listed yet, you can click the "add business" button on the home page. A basic, starter storefront is free.

Shop Batavia exists to connect local shoppers with local businesses, giving local businesses a place to promote their goods and services to local customers in a direct way online, any time of day, and give businesses a powerful option to promote what they do.

Just about everybody nowadays researches their purchases online, even if they eventually walk into a store to make the purchase. Local businesses, to remain competitive today, must have robust ways to promote themselves online.

Shop Batavia isn't just another "create a link in a business directory and hope people find it" kind of site. It's rich with features that include e-commerce capabilities, coupons, deals, gift certificates, restaurant menus, email newsletters, free websites and more. There's nothing else like it available to Genesee County-based businesses, not even from national companies.

And readers, a reminder about our contest: You can win a $100 gift certificate if you leave a five-star review of a local business on Shop Batavia. One review will be randomly selected and the author of that review will receive a $100 gift certificate to that business. So review your favorite local businesses today -- only two days left in the contest.

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