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Taste of East Aurora Winners Receive Awards


Pictured l to r: Gary Grote, Executive Director; Tim and Joyce Chrostowski, North Star Tavern; Daniel Shapiro, Director of Operations, Griffon Gastro Pub; Cathy Pohlman, Rick’s on Main; Joel Arcadipane, I-61 Church, Taste of East Aurora Title Sponsor

Chamber Director, Gary Grote and Joel Arcadipane representing I-61 Church, Title Sponsor of the Taste of East Aurora, present the official awards to the winners of this September’s event.

The North Star Tavern won the Best Sweet Treat with their Chocolate Mint Pie. The Griffon Gastro Pub won the Best Bite for their Summer Shrimp Gnocchi and Rick’s on Main won for the Best Vendor Booth Presentation.

29 vendors participated in this year’s event including local restaurants, markets, caterers and a variety of specialized food purveyors. Congratulations to our winners!

Small Business Day Proclamation


Pictured left to right: James Bach, Supervisor, Town of Aurora; Ralph Lowe, owner Holland Hardware, Chamber board member; Denny Powers, Supervisor, Town of Elma; Leslie Stewart, owner Aurora Audiology, Chamber board Chair; Gary Grote, Chamber Executive Director; Sandy Gruzweig, owner Marilla Country Store, Chamber board member; Patrick Gallivan, NYS Senator

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce with support from local and state elected officials encourages area residents and visitors from across WNY to “Shop Local” at Greater East Aurora (Aurora, Colden, East Aurora, Elma, Holland, Marilla and Wales) businesses Small Business Saturday, November 25th!

Local businesses depend heavily on holiday season spending which helps sustain them through slower periods of the year.

The Chamber and our elected officials encourage your support of our local businesses which add to our communities’ quality of life. Enjoy the day experiencing great shopping, dining and reconnecting with friends!

To read the full proclamation, visit the Chamber’s website at www.eanycc.com .

Chamber Small Business Day Proclamation





 To recognize the importance of small businesses within the Greater East Aurora communities of Aurora, Colden, East Aurora, Elma, Holland, Marilla and Wales, the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce has issued the following proclamation:

Whereas, the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce celebrates and supports our local small businesses and the contributions they make to our local economy and community; according to the United States Small Business Administration, there are currently 28.8 million small businesses in the United States, they represent 99.7 percent of all businesses with employees in the United States, are responsible for 63 percent of net new jobs created over the past 20 years and

Whereas, small businesses employ over 49 percent of all businesses with employees in the United States; and

Whereas, 89 percent of consumers in the United States agree that small businesses contribute positively to the local community by supplying jobs and generating tax revenue; and

Whereas, 87 percent of consumers in the United States agree that small businesses are critical to the overall economic health of the United States; and

Whereas, 93 percent of consumers in the United States agree that it is important for people to support the small businesses that they value in their community; and

Whereas, the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce supports our local businesses that create jobs, boost our local economy, preserve our neighborhoods and add vitality to our community; and

Whereas, advocacy groups as well as public and private organizations across the country have endorsed the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday.

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce joins in proclaiming, November 25, 2017 as SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

And urge the residents of our communities to support small businesses and merchants on Small Business Saturday and throughout the year!


More than 75 years of collective retail experience was represented at the October 12th holiday retail marketing panel presented by the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce at the Roycroft Campus Power House to help local retailers work toward a successful 2017 Christmas holiday shopping season!

This event came about as a result of feedback from local retailers on how to better take advantage of the holiday shopping season and more importantly how to carry that momentum over to the first quarter of 2018 when retail sales slow down.

The 5 panelists: Kelly LoTempio, Information Officer for the Buffalo area SBA; Don Vidler, Vidler’s 5&10; Sandy Gingerich, Marilla Country Store; Antoinette Grote, Operations Manager, TJ Maxx and Jen Reisdorf, The Bookworm provided valuable information to the 25 attendees as discussion was facilitated by Victoria Sturman, Bright & Brainy Creative Marketing.

Feedback and ideas from those in attendance also added to the value of ideas exchanged.

Attendees will receive an outline of the information shared to incorporate in their holiday planning.


Urban Design to Host Chamber Business After-Hours



Urban Design Expanded – After Dark will be hosting a Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event on Thursday, October 12th from 5:30 to 7:30pm at their 261 Mill Road location in the Village of East Aurora.

In addition to having a great location, food and wine we will also have as a guest, Tim Clark, Commissioner of the Buffalo Niagara Film Office (BNFO), discussing recent and upcoming film activity in the Buffalo area and relating some stories about his work with the BNFO.

Members are invited to join us for the networking opportunities and fun.

There is no cost but reservations are required.

Please contact the Chamber office at 652-8444 or eanycc@verizon.net.

Chamber Invites Local Retailers To Hear Holiday Marketing Ideas!



The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce, in its continuing effort to support local businesses, will be hosting a retail peer panel to provide local retailers and restaurants an opportunity to exchange marketing ideas to help bolster their Christmas holiday sales and work to carry that momentum well into the first quarter of 2018. This will help small businesses maintain their viability at a time that is typically slow during that portion of the calendar year.

The event will take place Thursday, October 12th, 8am to 9:30am at the Roycroft Campus Power House/Visitor Center first floor Assembly Room.

The panelists are experienced in the retail industry and will help to kick start discussion with the audience on holiday marketing. The group will be facilitated by Victoria Sturman of Bright & Brainy Creative Marketing and panelists will include Don Vidler, Vidler’s 5&10; Sandy Grunzweig, Marilla Country Store; Jen Reisdorf, The Bookworm; Kelly LoTempio, Small Business Administration and a TJMaxx representative.

Participants will receive a copy of all the discussion points and ideas generated during the meeting.

There is no cost and the program is open to members and non-members. Representatives of business sectors other than retail are also invited to attend.

Please contact the Chamber at 652-8444 or eanycc@verizon.net to make a reservation.

NYS Paid Family Leave Act Seminar


On June 22nd the Chamber hosted a seminar on the upcoming NYS Paid Family Leave Act presented by Bene-Care.

This mandate which goes into effect January 1, 2018 will impact all businesses.

Jonelle Marchese and the staff from Bene-Care did a great job in rolling out information on this legislation discussing what businesses need to know and prepare for as we get closer to that January 1st date.

25 businesses attended the first meeting. With the positive feedback we received and with the need to inform all businesses, we will be presenting another seminar on this topic on Tuesday, September 12th, 10am at the Southside Commerce Center Auditorium, 300 Gleed Avenue.

There is no charge for GEACC members and a $10 cost for non-members.

We do require RSVP’s so we can insure our presenters and host can accommodate us in proper fashion. 652-8444 or eanycc@verizon.net.

So get this date in your calendar now so you can be ready when this legislation goes into effect.

Also, below is a testimonial not only on the quality of the June 22nd presentation but also on the value the Chamber brings in offering these and other educational opportunities.


“Just wanted to thank the Chamber for the extremely beneficial meeting that they arranged this morning with Bene Care. To me, this is the type of “value-added” information that pays for a chamber membership by itself. And it’s not one of the public things the chamber promotes, but one of the behind-the-scenes activities that is extremely important to any business.”

Don Vidler, Vidler’s 5&10


Chamber Seeking Award Nominations

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations in various categories for their 72nd Annual Business Recognition Awards, Tuesday, September 26th at the Roycroft Inn.

These awards recognize significant contributions to the Greater East Aurora community by businesses, organizations and individuals.

Categories and criteria include:

  • “SHOWCASE AWARD” – A Chamber member business that has shown growth in sales or employment and/or has made a significant contribution to their industry and/or has had an impact on the local Greater East Aurora economy.
  • “HAPPENING AWARD” – An organization holding an annual event in Greater East Aurora that draws a significant audience, promotes the area and has a positive impact on local businesses.
  • “JOURNEY AWARD” – A member business, organization or individual that has played a key role in promoting tourism in Greater East Aurora and/or works as a partner with other local businesses to promote local tourism and/or is a “role model” in the hospitality industry, i.e. customer service, cross promotion, etc.
  • “EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE AWARD” – An employee of a member business that exemplifies the highest degree of customer service.
  • “VISIONARY AWARD” – A Greater East Aurora business, school, association or individual that promotes student preparation for the workplace by acting as an advocate for workforce development issues, career technology education and the skilled trades and/or plays an active role in partnering with other businesses and schools in supporting career exploration activities, i.e. internships, business tours, mock employment interviews or support of employability portfolios.
  • “CIVICS AWARD” – An individual(s) who has contributed significant support to a Greater East Aurora not-for-profit or service club for the betterment of the GEA community and its residents.
  • “LEGENDS AWARD” – Representing the Chamber’s Hall of Fame induction that features an individual, business or organization that has had a long standing impact of 50 years or more on the GEA community.

Event Title and Supporting Sponsors include Bene-Care, Fisher-Price, Benderson Development, Bank of Holland, Bright & Brainy Creative Marketing, Marilla Country Store, Surdej Web Solutions, Aurora Audiology & Speech Associates, Aurora Optometric Group, Comfort Funeral Home, Independent Nursing Care, Moog, M&T Bank

Nominations and a brief explanation in support of the nomination are due to the Chamber office at 652 Main St., eanycc@verizon.net by Monday, August 14th. For further information or questions contact the Chamber office at 652-8444.

East Aurora’s annual Street Festival & Sidewalk Sale returns on July 29

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce’s 48th annual Street Festival & Sidewalk Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 29, along Main Street in the heart of the Village of East Aurora. The event will feature local vendors, plenty of activities for kids and families, food and entertainment, Chalk Walk Murals, Operation Kids and much more!

Opening festivities will include the National Anthem at 9:45 a.m. with the American Legion Post #362 Color Guard. Other highlights will include the popular Chalk Walk Murals sponsored by the Town of Aurora Recreation Department from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., a West Herr Buick GMC, West Herr Cadillac new car display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at TNT Oil Change, Holland NASCAR Race Car display from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and DJ entertainment from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Other highlights include “Toys From the Attic,” a Fisher-Price Collectors Club show and sale in the Masonic Lodge on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; a performance by the Rince Na Tiarna Irish Dancers at 10:30 a.m.; Kempo Martial Arts Academy demonstration at 11:30 a.m.; Hoffman School of Dance performance at 12:30 p.m.; and a “Crescendo” Barbershop Quartet performance at 2 p.m.

Guests can visit tomorrow’s business owners from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Operation Kids tent. This educational program for young entrepreneurs is sponsored by University Pediatric Dentistry at Toytown. Supporting sponsors include Astronics Corporation, Bright & Brainy Creative Marketing, Fisher-Price, Hartford Badges, Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, Tops Friendly Markets, West Herr New York Buick GMC and West Herr New York Cadillac.

The East Aurora Street Festival & Sidewalk Sale is presented by West Herr Buick GMC and West Herr Cadillac. Supporting sponsors include Buffalo Spree, Hometown Entertainment Group, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Sahlen Sports Park and Seneca Health Care Center.

Plenty of free public parking is available behind many of the Main Street businesses. For more information, please call 652-8444 or visit www.eanycc.com. You can also follow the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce on Facebook for frequent updates.

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