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November CEO Column - Three Months: Highlights




THREE MONTHS: Highlights

Business Success Stories: The Franchise

Bluegrass at the Blue Barn

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Sarah Lentini

President and CEO

Greece Regional Chamber


November 11, 2017


Dear Greece Regional Chamber Members and Friends,


BUSINESS SUCCESS STORIES: THE FRANCHISE, held on September 12 and co-sponsored by Genesee Regional Bank and the Greece Regional Chamber of Commerce, was a sellout program and brought together a first-class group of business leaders who participated in an intelligent,  lively and highly informative panel discussion, moderated by John Adams of FranNet. Panelists included Bob Fox of DiBella's Old Fashioned Subs (formerly of Wendy's Restaurants), Mark DiRaddo of The DiRaddo Agencies, Steve Skewes of JAN-PRO, and Hector Urena III of McDonald's Restaurants.


Business Success Stories: The Franchise at GRB

 The Franchise Panelists/Moderator with Genesee Regional Bank and Greece Regional Chamber Leaders



BLUEGRASS AT THE BLUE BARN, part of our new signature Foodie Music Fest Series held on September 23, was a great success, selling out early and drawing a large crowd of people from across our community to enjoy food, music, and spirit at the new Blue Barn Cidery on Manitou Road in Greece.



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 Bluegrass at the Blue Barn


   Hunchback Lead Singing at BG@BB

 Greece Performing Arts Society (GPAS) Performance from Hunchback of Notre Dame


  For more event photos, visit Bluegrass at the Blue Barn Photo Album.


OUR NEW BLOG was also recently launched! Check out the latest posts.


OUR NEW RADIO SHOW, BUSINESS VOICE, with major support from Presenting Sponsor Collette, our partner in travel, hit the airwaves in September on WYSL 1040 AM and 92.1 FM (also live streamed on the web). Check out the recorded podcasts and tune in for the next edition of Business Voice on Thursday, December 14, at 6:30 pm.


AN EXCLUSIVE ADVERTISING OFFER FOR MEMBERS, for a limited time only, is being offered in connection with our new BUSINESS VOICE radio program (radio spots are limited and restrictions apply). You can find a list of all of our sponsors on our Business Voice radio podcast page. Contact us at 585.227.7272 or for details.



OUR NEW PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP PACKAGES were also launched recently in response to member feedback and have been very well received. Check out the full list of participating member businesses and THANK YOU TO OUR NEW PREMIUM MEMBERS!



Seville, Spain

Plaza de Espania, Seville, Spain 


A GREAT LINEUP of networking, marketing, and training options will continue to come your way - along with exciting travel packages for 2018, including spectacular trips to Spain and Portugal and to Florence and Tuscany.



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Tuscany, Italy



HEALTH INSURANCE open enrollment began October 1st - businesses and individuals/families throughout the greater Rochester, New York, region should contact us if they want to access a very broad range of medical, dental or vision plans from major insurance carriers.


Our Competitive Edge Training Series continues this month, starting with 2020 Design Training offered by Roger Gaelens of Gaelens Style . . . Fine Kitchens and Baths on November 14 and followed by a seven-week Strategic Business Development Training Program offered by Michael Caceci of Excellerated Performance, which begins on January 11.


Gorgeous Gaelens Kitchen

Image Courtesy of Gaelens Style . . . Fine Kitchens and Baths Portfolio



OUR MEMBER HOLIDAY PARTY is coming up on December 6, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, courtesy of Presenting Sponsor Rochester Airport Marriott Hotel. Member organizations and their staffs and spouses can sign up online or call 585.227.7272 for complimentary admission and reservations.


Holiday Wine Glasses




THE 2017 SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS, presented by GENESEE REGIONAL BANK, took place on November 9 at the Rochester Aiport Marriott Hotel:


2018 Small Business Awards Honorees

 Awardees Deborah Ham Whitt and Jim Cucinelli (Front Row)


Small Business of the Year

Ridgemont Country Club


Microenterprise of the Year

Deborah Ham Whitt Agency




Our thanks to Keynote Speaker New York State Senator Joseph Robach Masters of Ceremonies Steve Hausmann and Nikki Rudd,  Presenting Sponsor Genesee Regional Bank, Platinum Sponsor Pet$aver Healthy Pet Superstore, our Diamond Sponsor Classified Scanning & Shredding, and all of our generous sponsors. This annual celebration of exceptional small businesses and microenterprises from throughout our community provides important recognition for the business community and a great promotional platform for all of our members.


Special thanks to this year's Media Sponsors Entercom Radio and News 10 NBC.


Check out our Facebook page for great photos by Wayne Panepinto of both Bluegrass at the Blue Barn and the 2017 Small Business Awards, and check out the events tab up above right here on our website to see everything we have coming up.


We hope to see you soon!



With best wishes,








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