The Chamber Connection ~ February 2018

The Chamber Connection Newsletter – February 2018

February 2018
A Message from the Team
2018-2019 Geneva Area Welcome Guide
Business After Hours News
Milestone Celebration News
Welcome to our Newest Chamber Members!
Member Promotions
Social Media Central – Member Features & More

Dear Members,
Happy Valentine’s Day!  With love in the air (and some unusually warm weather), you can bet the GACoC team is enjoying every minute of February!  Our team has been hard at work on a wide variety of events and projects that we’re happy to share those news and updates with our members!
In addition, we want to make sure to highlight a few of our favorite projects and programs, including:
2018-2019 Geneva Area Welcome Guide:  We’re getting down to the wire for the advertising deadline for the next edition of the Geneva Area Welcome Guide! The deadline to reserve your placement is March 1!  Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be featured in this bi-annual publication! (see below for more details about this program)

2018 Business After Hours: The 2018 Mixer series is in full swing!  Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the second Wednesday of each month from 5-7 pm!  In addition, 2018 BAH Season Passes are still available- be sure to reserve yours today before they are sold out!
More program and event news is included below, and as always, we look forward to working with you all, and encourage you to reach out or stop in, to let us know what is happening in your world!
The Chamber Team

2018-2019 Geneva Area Welcome Guide
Advertising Deadline
2018-2019 Geneva Area Welcome Guide
*All Ad Reservations must be in by this Thursday, March 1, 2018!*
{…only printed every 2 years!} 
The deadline for all advertising for the 2018-2019 Geneva Area Welcome Guide is Thursday, March 1st. This publication is only produced every other year, which means that businesses are reminded and encouraged to sign up for their two year placement with guaranteed visibility and exposure in this highly sought-after area resource!
As a reminder, this book is the ONLY Geneva-based publication, and in addition to geographically being one most central locations in the entire region, the guide naturally appeals to those seeking travel and tourism resources for the whole area as they make their plans to visit or relocate the Finger Lakes. Complementing this, the guide is also highly utilized by those seeking community information, as well as common requests for various business and service listings, and area organizations.
Don’t Miss Out on Geneva’s ONLY Official Publication!
  • Please note that with limited space remaining, and our ad deadline is approaching, all advertising reservations are made on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • In order to secure your business or property’s ad space, the Chamber requires that all signed advertising contracts and payments be returned to the Chamber no later than March 1, 2018. (Additionally, all digital artwork must be supplied by March 15, 2018.)
  • If you are repeating an ad from previous years or publications, you may indicate this on your ad contract, which we will then respond to you directly, confirming if we already have your artwork on file.
Please contact us ASAP if you have any questions or need assistance with this process. We can be reached via phone at 315.789.1776, or by email at We look forward to once again working with you, and putting together the best area welcome guide yet!

Please complete an advertising contract to reserve your ad space and return to the Chamber by Thursday, March 1! Forms can be sent via email at, or fax at 315-789-3993.

February BAH Photo Recap
Thank You Finger Lakes Partners Insurance!
Thank you again to all of our members and partners who joined us for our first BAH Mixer of 2018!  A special thank you goes out to our host, Finger Lakes Partners Insurance, for another great event!
Attendees had the opportunity to tour the space, meet the FLP team, and enjoy some delicious hors d’oeuvres from local favorite, Beef & Brew Restaurant!
{See below for a photo recap of the event, courtesy of Dan Bell Photography!}
Welcome to the February BAH Mixer!
Left Photo:  Guests check in at the February BAH Mixer.  Right Photo:  Hors d’oeuvres for the evening’s event were provided by FLX favorite Beef & Brew!

2018 BAH Season Pass holders picked up their official, customized passes! Pictured above: Dan Chacchia of Finger Lakes Partners (left) and Mark Palmieri of the Geneva BID (right).

GACoC Board member Polly Clark of Generations Bank shows off her 2018 BAH Season Pass.
GACoC Executive Director Miranda Odell (right) chats with newly appointed Membership & Ambassador Chair Alexa Wessie of Reliant Community Federal Credit Union (left).

Dan Chacchia, President and Partner of Finger Lakes Partners Insurance, welcomes guests to the mixer and shares about the FLP’s history!

Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in door prize drawings and the 50/50 raffle.
Want to see more photos from the event?  Visit our website by clicking here.
Join us on Wednesday, March 14th from 5-7 pm at Rylie J’s for our next BAH Networking Mixer!
Located in the heart of downtown Geneva, Rylie J’s features a casual atmosphere and friendly staff. Offering a wide variety of drink specials, this local favorite is perfect for relaxing with
friends while also enjoying one of their nightly live music sessions. In addition, Rylie J’s also organizes the annual Boo & Brew 5K run each October.

Limited time only with limited quantities available. Reserve one before they are SOLD OUT for the year!
2018 BAH Season Pass Program!
For a limited time, Chamber members have the opportunity to purchase a 2018 BAH Season Pass card, which features a fast-pas style, all-inclusive ticket to each of the eleven (11)BAH Networking Mixer Events that will be held throughout 2018.
Cost:  $65 per pass
Passes include:  Collectible card for the Primary Passholder and five (5) complementary guest passes to use for non-members, or to share with friends, family, co-workers, or even as a thank you to your customers!
*~Limited Quantities Produced Each Year & Only Available for a Limited Time in early 2018~*
To reserve a Season Pass Card for you or your business, please call the Chamber at (315) 789-1776 or email
By promoting the host property’s location, products, services, and staff, Business After Hours Networking Mixers offer a variety of benefits to each hosting member business. Featuring ten locations per year, BAH Mixers generate enhanced exposure and awareness for member properties, helping to build new relationships, connect with new customers, which aids with the overall growth of the business!
For more information about how your business can host a BAH Mixer, please call the Chamber at (315) 789-1776 or email

{Photo by Chamber Intern, Kevin Roloson}

A large crowd was present at the official ribbon cutting and grand reopening celebration that was co-hosted by the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce at Geneva Fit Club on Tuesday, February 13. Chamber staff, several board members, committee volunteers, local business owners and employees gathered to show their support at the event, which included a ceremonial ribbon cutting and was included under the Chamber’s popular Member Milestone Celebration Program. The program was introduced in 2016 as a benefit for members of the Chamber with the purpose of providing awareness and exposure for the many businesses and organizations that the Chamber represents.

Included in photo: Owners Patti and Don Scalise, front row, (fourth and sixth from left); in addition with their gym members and staff. Chamber representatives included Chamber Executive Director, Miranda Odell (second row, far left); Member Programs & Events Coordinator, Abby Wandell (front row, far left); Newly appointed Ambassador Committee Chair Alexa Wessie of Reliant Community Federal Credit Union (front row, far right); Board Members, Kim Aliperti of Billsboro Winery (second row, far right); Polly Clark of Generations Bank (second row, second from right); Mark Palmieri of the Geneva BID (third row, far right); Tanya Taylor of Petrella Phillips (back row, center); Chad Lahr of Community Proud Apparel and I Heart the FLX (second row, third from left); and Geneva City Council member Jason Hagerman (back row, far right).
For more information on Milestone Celebrations or other member programs, contact Abby Wandell, Membership Programs & Events Coordinator for the Chamber at 315-789-1776 or by emailing
Want to see more photos from the event?  Click on the image below to visit our website!

Milestone Celebrations are a benefit of Chamber membership and provide awareness and exposure for member businesses by promoting the important components of who they are and what they do, such as their people, property, products and services. Examples of other Milestone Celebrations can include Anniversary Celebrations, Grand Re-Openings, or Relocation-based Open Houses.
For more information about how your business can host a Milestone Celebration, please call the Chamber at (315) 789-1776 or email

On behalf of the entire staff and board members of the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce, we would like to welcome our newest members!

Ameriprise Financial
506 West Union Street
Newark, NY 14513
(315) 331-1177
With over 120 years history in financial planning, Ameriprise Financial is ready to help with your financial needs. Advisor Marc Edward Kreuser offers financial planning guidance that’s in the client’s best interest, and helps them invest, and save to reach their goals by providing investment, insurance, and brokerage services to help them meet their needs for savings, protection, estate planning, retirement and more.  For more information or to set up an appointment, call 315-331-1177.
Rodney D. Littlejohn, DDS, MS, PC Orthodontics
1203 Waterloo-Geneva Road
Waterloo, NY 13165
(315) 539-9276
Located in Waterloo, the office of Dr. Rodney Littlejohn offers many advanced orthodontics treatments for both children and adults alike.  From Invisalign clear aligners to traditional braces, there’s a treatment for every lifestyle.  At their state of the art facility, you’ll find a comfortable and unique setting, where Dr. Littlejohn and his team are ready to ensure the overall wellness of each patient.  In addition, Dr. Littlejohn’s office is pleased to welcome the newest member of their team- Dr. Elizabeth Barbi.  For more information, or to schedule an evaluation, call 315-539-9276 or visit their website at


Check out these promotions from our members!
Want to see your ad here in our next newsletter?
Keep reading to learn how your business can take advantage of the Chamber’s advertising opportunities!
Five Star Urgent Care
Five Star Urgent Care walk-in clinics offer affordable rates for self-pay patients and no facility fees so billing is streamlined and patients pay one low price. Five Star Urgent Care makes sure your visit is convenient and comfortable from start to finish.

Do you have news you want to share on behalf of your business or organization?  Or maybe an upcoming event or special you’d like to share with your fellow Chamber members?
Take advantage of our Digital Marketing Program!
  • Placement of member’s advertisement in monthly e-newsletter, The Chamber Connection
  • Placement of member’s advertisement in additional e-blasts and communications for upcoming events, news, or reminders during that month
  • Printed copies of member advertisement to use for display and distribution at the Chamber’s office and downtown visitor center during that month
  • Two (2) featured posts on social media

*Spaces available on first come, first serve basis.*

Contact the Chamber at (315) 789-1776 or by emailing

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Our members have been staying busy! Check out the info below to see some of the most popular posts that we’ve shared on the Chamber’s Facebook page.
Do you have a backup and recovery strategy for your business?  FirstLight (formerly Finger Lakes Technologies Group) can help!  Check out their link here for more info!
#DYK Did You Know…
In Site Architecture offers a variety of services for both commercial and residential clients alike! Be sure to visit their website for more info, as well as a collection of their work- including photos from a Row House project in downtown Geneva
Five Star Logo
Congrats to Five Star Bank on their recent website makeover, which features a brand new look and is now mobile responsive!  Check it out at
Have you seen the Chamber’s latest Featured Member Window Display?  Our friends and professional design & sign guys at Pilat Graphic Design just completed this new Member Promotion for Five Star Urgent Care as part of the Chamber’s Window Display Advertising Program.

Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce
One Franklin Square, Suite 202
PO Box 587
Geneva, NY 14456
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