2017 City of Geneva Microenterprise Assistance Program (MAP)

2017 City of Geneva Microenterprise Assistance Program (MAP)

The City of Geneva has announced its 2017 Microenterprise Assistance Program (MAP).

This is a Federally-funded program administered by the City of Geneva’s Office of Neighborhood Initiatives, and its primary objective is to assist in the establishment and expansion of small businesses and the creation of new jobs.

For more information, visit the City’s website, or call (315) 828-6585.

Coffee & Company: Resources for your Small Business

Coffee & Company: Resources for your Small Business

The Geneva BID has announced that it will be having morning seminar geared toward providing area businesses with access to a number of local resources.  This event will feature short presentations from participating agencies outlining their services and how they may be of assistance.  The event will be held on Tuesday, May 2nd at 8:00 am.  See their flyer for additional details.

 

#TeamGeneva Expansion! New Chamber Partnership with HWS Service Learning Program

#TeamGeneva Expansion! New Chamber Partnership with HWS Service Learning Program

The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that it has expanded its ongoing #TeamGeneva community collaborations and will be working with students from Hobart and William Smith Colleges for the fall semester.  The partnership will feature the Chamber as one of the official local businesses that has been designated as a host site location for the Colleges’ Service Learning Program.  In addition to their campus classes, students participating in the program will be placed at host locations where they will gain further experience outside of the classroom.

As a host location, the Geneva Chamber has developed a Membership Outreach and Chamber Services project that students will be participating in.  The project will offer a better understanding of chamber programming and will focus on member business awareness.

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“Community Caseloads”

Over the next 10 weeks, students will be contacting various Chamber members that they have been assigned to for this project within their individual “Community Caseloads.”

If you are one of the selected member businesses that is included in a student’s Community Caseload, here are a few main highlights of the program that you can expect:

  • Students have been instructed to reach out and introduce themselves with the goal of learning more about each business as well as the respective industry overall.  Students will be looking for general information to build their caseload study, and asking questions that will help to discover similarities with what businesses may have in common, as well as differs between their individual businesses.
  • While building new connections and relationships that will offer a greater understanding of local businesses and the surrounding Geneva community, this program also enables students to delve into different components outside of their classroom studies.  Students can expect to gain real-life experience and a deeper awareness across various industries that the Chamber represents, while also becoming more familiar with the Chamber of Commerce and its programs and services.
  • As students will communicating with members, they will also assess which Chamber programs or services may be the most beneficial for their individual businesses.  Students will report back on their facts, findings and discoveries within their Community Caseloads, and will close out their project with a written Caseload Feature that may be included in the Chamber’s E-Connection Member and Partner Newsletter.

The Chamber staff would like to thank members in advance for their time, attention and any resources that they can provide to support the students that will be participating in this program.

Members are welcome to contact the Chamber at (315) 789-1776 or by emailing info@genevany.com directly to share any feedback that they may have, or if they have any questions throughout the semester.

Update: ChamberMaster 101 a success!

Update: ChamberMaster 101 a success!

The Chamber’s ChamberMaster 101 educational seminar, held on Wednesday, September 7 was a success!

Thank you to the businesses that joined us for the event and a special thank you to the City of Geneva for sharing information on utilizing their web-based services and for continuing #TeamGeneva collaborations!

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Thank You Big Oak Golf Course

Thank You Big Oak Golf Course

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We would like to extend a special thank you to Dave and Maureen Sharman and the rest of the Big Oak staff for all of their help with the 2016 Chamber Cup Golf Tournment.  Not only were they fully involved and helpful on the day of the event, but their knowledge and advisement throughout the planning process was simply invaluable.