Chamber Connection- November 2016

Chamber Connection – November 2016

The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce 
         ::Monthly Newsletter ::
… In This Issue …
A Message from the Team
2017 BAH Season Pass
Save the Date- 2017 Annual Dinner
Business After Hours News!
Almost Sold Out- Window Display Advertising Program
Member News & Special Offers!
Welcome to our Newest Chamber Members!
Social Media Central- Member Features & More

A Message from the Team
Dear Members-
Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at the Chamber!  The holiday season is officially underway- don’t forget to get out and shop local all season long to support your local businesses and fellow Chamber members!
And while you’re getting into the holiday spirit, be sure to remember some of the Chamber’s featured programs and upcoming events:
  • Our final BAH Networking Mixer for 2016 will be on Wednesday, December 14 at Lyons National Bank.  We hope to see you there!
  • If you’re a fan of our monthly networking programs, we encourage you to take advantage of our pre-season sale for anyone who purchases a 2017 BAH Season Pass before December 16th! (see below for details and the official mixer calendar!)
  • And finally, make sure to mark your calendars and save the date for the Chamber’s 2017 Annual Dinner, taking place on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Club 86 in Geneva!  The event will once again feature the popular ShopLocal! and LoveLocal! Silent and Live Auctions.
As always, see below for more info on these and other programs, photo recaps and more from recent Chamber events and activities!
The Chamber Team
*Stay Connected! Find us on Facebook (@GenevaAreaChamber) 
and on Twitter (@Geneva_chamber). 
Don’t forget-  you can also visit our website (
to post your news, specials, job openings, photos, logos and more! 

Pre-Season Sale: 
2017 BAH Season Pass
Ends December 16th: 
2017 BAH Season Pass 
Pre-Season Sale
Back by popular demand, our Business After Hours Season Pass Program will return for 2017!
Chamber Members have the opportunity to once again purchase a BAH Season Pass Card which features a fast-pass style, all-inclusive ticket to all ten (10) of the Chamber’s 2017 BAH Mixers.
The Pass also includes five (5) complementary guest passes to use for non-members, or to share with friends, co-workers, or even as a thank you to give out to your customers!
Current Special: $50 per pass 
$45 for current season pass holders
Access to all ten mixers for primary pass holders($50)
+ five non-member guest passes ($70)
=Total Value: $120

Sale ends:  
Friday, December 16th
Limited Quantities Available. To reserve one or more Season Pass Cards for your business, please call the Chamber at (315) 789-1776 or email!

Early Bird Ticket Special:
2017 Annual Dinner
What:  2017 Annual Dinner
When:  Thursday, January 26, 2017
Where:  Club 86
86 Avenue E, Geneva
Early Bird Tickets:  $65.00 per person, members
$75.00 per person, non-members
(through December 30) 
Available Sponsorship Opportunities: 
  • Event Promotional Sponsor- $1,000 
  • Standard Corporate Table & Ticket Package- $650
  • Networking Sponsor (4 available)- $500
For more information or to reserve Spaces & Sponsorships, 
please call 315.789.1776 or email 


one of the
available spaces to be included in this year’s

at the 2017 Annual Dinner
What it is: 2017 Annual Dinner *ShopLocal!* Silent Auction
Participating businesses receive featured exposure promoting their products & services through the following:
  • Pre-event marketing materials and *ShopLocal!* promotional messages.
  • *ShopLocal!*Website and Social Media promotions, event e-blasts, and radio broadcasts.
  • Inclusion in event marketing materials, printed programs, and featured display during event to reinforce your business name and logo with your auction item for guests to learn more about your goods or services.
  • Post event messaging and recognition for participating businesses.
Participating businesses have the unique opportunity of showcasing their brand and promoting their products and services at the Chamber’s largest annual event.
Cost to participate: No charge for Chamber Members to reserve one of the featured auction spaces.
Deadline: Spaces for the Featured 50 in this year’s Silent Auction are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Please note: the deadline to be included in final event promotions, both digital and printed, is Friday, January 13.
{Proceeds from the Silent Auction will help to support the various programs and services that are offered by the Chamber throughout the year. If you would like to be included in this event, please fill out the form by clicking HERE or calling the Chamber at (315) 789-1776.  *Please be sure to indicate if your item needs to be picked up by one of our volunteers.*}

Business After Hours News
The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce would like to say thank you to the team at the Finger Lakes Times for hosting the November BAH Mixer!
The event featured remarks from Paul Barrett, who shared the history of the newspaper, the accomplishments of his team over the last several years, and the role the Times plays in the local Geneva community and the Finger Lakes Region.
Attendees also enjoyed complimentary hors d’oeuvres from area businesses, a variety of door prizes provided by the Times, as well as an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the facility!
 {Photo recap courtesy of Dan Bell Photography}

Some behind-the-scenes pictures from the exclusive tour!
Prints, the Time’s mascot, assists with the behind-the-scenes tour!
Paul Barrett shares some history about the Times’ with attendees.
Our lucky 50/50 raffle winner- Carol Chester, member of the Geneva Rotary Club and Chamber ambassador!
Be sure to join us for our December BAH Mixer at 
Lyons National Bank on 
Wednesday, December 14th, from 5-7 pm!
*Please RSVP by emailing*
With more than 160 years of banking industry experience, Lyons National Bank remains a hometown bank, focused on its customers, and enhancing the vitality of the local neighborhoods and communities that it assists.  Serving its diverse customer base, LNB offers a variety of services for both individual and business-based needs, ranging from personal banking and residential and mortgage services, to agricultural, commercial and capital projects.  Continuing to grow and expand, LNB currently serves six counties with 13 different branches thorughout various communities in the Finger Lakes Region.  Join us to learn more about this longstanding chamber and community partners, and how they  strive to create a Hometown Advantage for their patrons.
 BAH Mixers are held on the second Wednesday of each month from 5-7 pm

*Last Chance for 2017 Reservations* 
Window Display Advertising Program
Spaces are almost sold out for this popular advertising program!
If you are interested in reserving one of the remaining months to create a display and market your business, please contact the Chamber to sign up.
*Limited Spaces Remain 
for Available Months in 2017*
Pricing Details:
$125 per month (Chamber Members Only)
Your choice of 4 windows,

based on availability
-Front windows face up Seneca Street
-Side windows face down Exchange Street
All window space advertising reservations are based on
first-come, first-serve availability.
Member Testimonial

“The window display at the Chamber has increased awareness for by business within the community, and has also encouraged new foot traffic at my physical store, which is located in the next town over.  Having a presence in the Chamber’s office in downtown Geneva has also stimulated more activity and inquiries on my social media sites leading to new customer sales!”
-Tom Fish, Fish Woodworks
Interested in participating in this program?  Call the Chamber at 
(315) 789-1776 or email to reserve your space!
*Interested in learning about other Chamber member benefits?
Check out our website!*

Member News & Special Offers!
Member2Member Offer & Announcement: 
Host your upcoming holiday party at White Springs Winery.  Conveniently located just a few miles south of Geneva, we offer locally crafted beverages- wine, beer, hard cider and root beer; a spacious room with a beautiful lake view; reception space for 100 people; and, sit down space for 50 people.  We recently added a Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine that is perfect for a toast to a job well done or as a thank you to your clients.
Club 86 and Opus have catered several events here.  Tommy T’s has provided tables and chairs.  If you are looking for live music, we have a list of musicians for you.  We also welcome other vendors that you might currently use.
Many dates for November through December are still available.  If you are too busy during the season, why not have a staff of customer appreciation party after the New Year.
In addition, members will be offered the following special discount:
*Member2Member Special*
70% OFF Regular Room Rental Fee
For more information, or to book a date, please contact Jan Van Allan at (315) 719-8371 or email
White Springs Winery and Glass Factory Brew House are located at 4200 Route 14, just south of Geneva.  The tasting rooms are open daily, year ’round.  Live music every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 pm.  Visit us at

{Members that are interested in advertising their news, events or special offers in our new section, 
Member News & Special Offers, please contact the Chamber at 315.789.1776 or email for rates and details}

to the Chamber’s Newest Members!

::: On behalf of the entire staff and board members of the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce, we would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest member businesses :::

Glenora Wine Cellars
5435 State Route 14
Dundee, NY 14837
Phone:  1-800-243-5513
Known as the first winery on Seneca Lake, Glenora Wine Cellars opened its doors in 1977 and has been producing premium wines ever since.  Over the years the winery has expanded to include the Inn at Glenora and Veraisons Restaurant, offering guests beautiful accommodations and the finest cuisine in the Finger Lakes.  Glenora is open 364 days a year, with extended hours May through October.  To learn more or to book your next stay or tasting, visit their website at
Upstate Increte, Inc.
2705 Route 14
Geneva, NY 14456
Phone:  (585) 254-2010
With their new location at 2705 Route 14 in Geneva, NY, Upstate Increte is your one-stop solution for your decorative concrete needs.  They offer top of the line products and equipment, as well as expert service and courteous staff.  For more information on their products, services, and additional locations, visit their website at or call (585) 254-2010.

Social Media Central
-Member Features & More-
Follow us on Facebook!
Our members have been staying busy this month! See below for the photos and news that we’ve shared on the Chamber’s social media sites.  
The Fairfield Inn & Suites in Geneva has been getting excited about all the fun of winter by giving away tickets to some William Smith Herons ice hockey games!  If you missed out on these, like their Facebook page to stay tuned for future giveaways!
If you haven’t heard, Three Brothers Winery & Estates is now brewing War Horse beer onsite and they couldn’t be more excited!  Check out their awesome video by clicking here or on the image above!
*Member Milestone* In October, the Geneva Bicycle Center celebrated their 21st anniversary of being operated by current owner Jim Hogan.  For more information about the Geneva Bicycle Center, visit their website,  Congrats!
Earlier this month the Chamber had a Friday Fan Appreciation Flash Giveaway!  The New York Wine & Culinary Center gave us two tickets to their NY Craft Brewer’s Holiday Release!  If you missed out on this event, you can visit the NYWCC daily.  Visit their website for more info on hours, events, & specials!
{Are you a Chamber member interested in being featured in a Friday Fan Flash Giveaway?  Feel free to send us your event tickets or coupons to be featured!}
 The Ontario County Humane Society held their fall fundraiser- High School Comedy Reunion on November 13!  Be sure to follow them on Facebook for info on all of their events and activities!
In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Waterloo Premium Outlets created a designated parking space near the food court.  The dedication ceremony was held on Thursday, November 10.
Check out this great video from our Seneca Lake Wine Trail members and friends, who also celebrated their 30th year 2016.  Congrats again on the milestone! (Click here or on the image above for a link to the video).  #membershipmatters
Simple Sweets Bakery had a fun special in honor of election day- if you showed your “I voted today!” sticker, you could receive a free cookie with your purchase!  Missed out on this special?  Visit their Facebook page to stay up-to-date on all of their specials and promotions!
With the holiday season well underway, we’re sure everyone was out on Small Business Saturday, which took place on November 26 (our friends over at Heron Hill Tasting Room on Seneca Lake offered 20% off with a purchase of 3 or more bottles!).  But don’t just wait until Small Business Saturday- be sure to shop local all year long!

Again, if you haven’t already, like us on Facebook to stay up to date on all the fun! And be on the lookout- you never know where the team will pop up next!
Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce
One Franklin Square, Suite 202
PO Box 587
Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: 315-789-1776 Fax: 315-789-3993
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Partner News & Happenings
What: 23rd Annual Holiday Shopping Spree
When: December 2 – December 4, 2016
Friday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: Participating Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Members
What: Deck the Halls Weekend
When: December 2 – December 4, 2016
Friday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: Participating Seneca Lake Wine Trail Members
What: Wassail Bowl
When: December 3, 2016
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Where: Presbyterian Church, Geneva
What: 15th Annual Geneva Santa Train
When: December 3, 2016
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: Behind Public Safety Building
What: Pop-Up Holiday Market
When: December 10, 2016
12 PM – 4 PM
Where: Fox Run Vineyards
What: Frostfest
When: February 4, 2017
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: Ramada Geneva Lakefront
(tickets available at the Geneva Family YMCA)
*Partner News and Events are obtained through the Chamber’s

Upcoming Member
Events Calendar.

Want to see your event on the calendar and in the next newsletter?Email
for instructions on how to get your info posted!*

More Local Events
Looking for something fun to do in and around Geneva?  Check out the
City of Geneva’s

Chamber Committees and Meeting Dates
Board of Directors
When: Dec. 21, 2016
4 P.M.
Where:  Ramada Geneva Lakefront
Membership & Ambassador Committee
Meeting Date: TBD
Tourism Committee
Upcoming Event: TBD
Business & Education Committee
Upcoming Event: TBD
**Interested in joining one of the Chamber’s three primary committees?  Learn more at our website or email!**

Board of Directors
Board Chair
Josh Miller
Mark Varvayanis
Leslie Bamann
Joe Marone
Nick Peters
Paul Thomas
John Cromartie
Robert Flowers
Mario Fratto
Spike Herzig
Mary Luckern
Rebecca Mack
Donna Yudin
Amanda Airth
Mathew Horn
Trina Newton

Chamber Staff
Miranda Odell

Executive Director &



  Abby Wandell
  Executive Assistant


 Chamber Mission and Vision

Our Mission Statement:

The mission of the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce is to promote and support our Members and the markets we serve. We advocate for the business interests and economic growth of the region.


Our Vision Statement:

The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce is a business catalyst, the go-to organization and the leader in regional collaborations fostering economic prosperity.