Finger Lakes Welcome Center Hosts Geneva Chamber’s Last BAH Mixer of 2021
The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce held its latest Business After Hours Networking Mixer at the Finger Lakes Welcome Center on Wednesday, November 10th. The last BAH Mixer of 2021 was attended by over 40 chamber members, partners, ambassadors, and guests – ending the return of the Chamber’s BAH Mixers on a successful note for 2021.
During the event, guests enjoyed wine tastings from Chamber member Zugibe Vineyards and beer tastings from Brewery Ardennes, the newest brewery to call Geneva and the Finger Lakes home. Guests also enjoyed a complimentary grazing table full of scratch-made dips, local cheeses, curated meats, and more provided by the Finger Lakes Welcome Center.
Jennifer and Scott Kime of the Welcome Center were thrilled talk to guests about their daily operations within the organization, what tourists are specifically looking to do in the area, and why they believe the Welcome Center is imperative to Geneva and the region.
The lakefront property has a long history with its affiliation with the Chamber, as a former location where the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce once held its headquarters for decades under a former arrangement with the City of Geneva. In 2013, the City constructed a brand new Events and Visitor’s Center and the Chamber moved to its downtown offices in the historic One Franklin Square building.
After the City of Geneva was awarded a grant through the state of New York, the property was then converted into the Finger Lakes Welcome Center, one of eleven official regional welcome centers, representing the various vacation regions in New York State. After additional upgrades and renovations, the facility is now a state-of-the-art Visitor Center, offering multiple amenities and attractions, and is operated by the New York State Wine and Culinary Center under a partnership between the City of Geneva and I Love New York. The center also features a Taste NY Market, helping to promote the region through fresh ingredients and products grown and produced by local farmers.
In addition to facility tours, refreshments, and a group photo during the BAH Event, there was also a short presentation by representatives of the Geneva City School District. Acting Superintendent, Dr. Kathleen Davis, and Chamber Member and School Board Member Brian Finnerty were in attendance. Along with them was the team of architects undertaking the proposed capital project to implement various health, safety, and education program improvements to Geneva City School buildings and facilities. Guests were able to ask questions and learn more about the project before the upcoming vote on December 7th.
“As a regional Chamber, this was the perfect place for all of our members to come and connect. Thank you so much to the Finger Lakes Welcome Center for hosting our latest Business After Hours Networking Event,” said Miranda Odell, Chamber President/Executive Director. “As one of the only regional Chambers that represents businesses and organizations throughout the Finger Lakes, we are so proud to have the Welcome Center right in our backyard, helping us facilitate connections with local and regional businesses, and promote the region we represent. We are looking forward to seeing the growth we can accomplish in 2022.”
Business After Hours Networking Mixers are held on the second Wednesday of each month. The purpose is to help increase awareness of Chamber Members by offering guests the opportunity to visit and experience the business location and to see or sample the property’s products and services. The opportunity to host a Business After Hours event is an exclusive benefit of Chamber membership. For more information, please visit www.genevany.com. The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, membership-based organization with the sole focus of serving and representing its customers, who are businesses throughout the Finger Lakes region.
Photos Courtesy of Neil Sjoblom of Neil Sjoblom Photography.