Chamber Recruiting an Associate Director

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce is seeking to recruit an Associate Director.

Resumes for the position will be accepted through Thursday, January 10, 2020.

Resumes can be emailed to or mailed to the Chamber office at 652 Main St., East Aurora, NY 14052.

The job description is posted below.

                                              GREATER EAST AURORA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Associate Director – Membership and Events Specialist


The role of the Associate Director – Membership and Events Specialist is to provide administrative and marketing support to the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce (Chamber).  A key function of this position is to act as the liaison between the local business community and the Chamber office, communicating member benefits to prospective members and assisting with current member inquiries.  Assisting the Executive Director with new business development opportunities and increasing revenue through new memberships and programs is a major function of this position.


Administrative Support:  

  1. Act as the point of contact between current/prospective members and the Chamber, answering inquiries and communicating information regarding Chamber benefits and programs.
  2. Maintain tracking system to identify prospective new members.
  3. Coordinating and acquiring participants and sponsors for our major events throughout the year.
  4. Creating networking opportunities for our membership.
  5. Maintain listings of community and Chamber events and update Chamber Web site as needed.
  6. Develop and maintain the Chamber’s social media presence including Facebook and Twitter.
  7. Assist in coordinating meetings, programs, events and other functions, maintaining reservation and attendance records and invoicing and processing payments.
  8. Work closely with committee members and volunteers to assist with program setup, including preparing related mailings, sending out meeting notifications and making reminder calls.
  9. Perform other duties as requested by the Executive Director.

Marketing Support:

  1. Assist the Executive Director and Board with promoting Chamber benefits and programs to current and prospective members.
  2. Expand membership base by assisting Executive Director with prospecting local business owners and by attending local networking events, tradeshows and other events that will increase awareness of membership benefits.
  3. Keep abreast of changes in the local business community and advise Executive Director of all changes.
  4. Support the Board of Directors in their efforts to obtain sponsorships for the Chamber community events by soliciting current members and local businesses.
  5. Perform other duties as requested by the Executive Director.


Candidates must have at least two years’ experience as an administrative assistant or marketing coordinator and have strong organizational and communication skills.  Experience using a variety of software applications including Word, Access and Excel is required.  Must have own transportation for offsite events, activities and meetings.  This will be a salaried position and the candidate must be able to work flexible hours including occasional evenings and weekends and maintain a professional, positive public image.

Taste of East Aurora 2019 Contest Winners!

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce recently recognized the 2019 Taste of East Aurora restaurant contest winners for the Chamber’s 8th Annual Taste event.



Mr. Pot Pie – Best Bite, Gloria Schultz & Megan McAndrews

North Star Tavern – Best Sweet Treat, Mikayla Kardas & Joyce & Tim Chrostowski

The Irishman Pub – Best Healthy Option, Patrick Mauser & David Elling

Arriba Tortilla (not pictured), Kelly Jones – Best Vendor Booth Presentation

Joel Arcadipane, I-61 Church  and Taste of East Aurora Title Sponsor

Conversation on the Future of Our Students in the Workplace

Conversation on the Future of Our Students in the Workplace

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce continues to find that one of the most serious, but least recognized concerns of our future is our students’ place in our workforce.

In talking to a majority of our member businesses, their most significant issue is finding properly prepared employees to fill vacant positions within their businesses.

To continue to bring this topic to the forefront, the Chamber will be holding a “Conversation on the Future of Our Students in the Workplace” ,Wednesday, November 6th, 5:30 to 7pm at the 42 North Brewing Company Conference Room, 25 Pine Street, East Aurora.

Topics will include but not be limited to:

  • What are top employer needs?
  • In what ways are schools preparing students for the workplace?
  • What are employers doing to develop interest in student career development?
  • What are the challenges to creating awareness of career opportunities for students?
  • Discussion on the variety of fulfilling career opportunities and pathways available.
  • How do these issues impact the community as a whole?

Join us in working to develop a better understanding of the workforce needs of our business community and the development of partnerships in better preparing our students for the workplace.

Invited: Business Stakeholders, Parents, Students, Teachers, School Administrators

To RSVP and for further information contact the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce at 652-8444 or . Complimentary finger foods will be available.

Chamber Working Behind the Scenes for Member Businesses!


Chamber Behind the Scenes Efforts Support Local Business!

Many in our community see the readily visible results of what the Chamber does in bringing tens of thousands of visitors to the Greater East Aurora community through its events like the Sidewalk Sale and Street Festival, the Taste of East Aurora and Carolcade. Many of these visitors are introduced or re-introduced to the Greater East Aurora community and come back for repeat visits throughout the year to support our local businesses.

Less visible but just as impactful work takes place on a daily basis through the activities that happen in the Chamber office.

The Chamber tracks over 6,000 contacts annually with individuals and businesses, within and outside of our community, through visitors who walk through our door, phone calls and email and Facebook contacts.

The Chamber responds to their requests regarding business referrals, tourism information, business assistance and calls for information on area business addresses and phone numbers.

In responding to these requests, these 6,000 contacts are in turn going out into our community patronizing local businesses and visiting local tourism venues spending their dollars in support of our local businesses and Chamber members.

As a Chamber we continue to share this important information so our members and community recognize that this is just one activity of value the Chamber accomplishes that helps add to the growth and vitality of the Greater East Aurora community and its businesses!

And, if the Chamber wasn’t doing it, who would?

Greater East Aurora Chamber Presenting Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

The Greater East Aurora Chamber will be hosting monthly training seminars in partnership with Schroder Joseph & Associates regarding the New York State Department of Labor mandate that requires all employees to go through a sexual harassment prevention training each year.

The Chamber is providing these seminars to help local employers meet this obligation and will enable employers to keep current employees and new hires compliant with the mandate.

Each employee will receive a certificate upon satisfactory completion of the course.

Each session must have a minimum enrollment of 10 employees which can be comprised of multiple employers.

The cost is $20 per Chamber member employee and $40 for each non-member employee.

Currently scheduled dates are: Monday, October 21, 3-4:30pm and Friday, November 1, 9-10:30am at the Southside Commerce Center Auditorium, 300 Gleed Avenue, East Aurora.

Advanced registration is required.

For further information contact the Chamber office at 652-8444.

East Aurora to be the Location for the Taping of a New Christmas Film!


“A Special Christmas Dinner” to be Filmed in East Aurora Next Week


The Village of East Aurora, New York will again appear in a holiday themed movie.

Fred and Chris Olen Ray, Director and Producer respectively, are back in town to shoot their latest motion picture entitled “A Special Christmas Dinner”.

The father-son team are Hollywood based, and have shot several movies in Western NY and East Aurora including the popular Christmas movie “A Prince for Christmas” shot and released in 2015.

The movie crew will be shooting this Tuesday, March 26th mostly along Main Street and inside Vidler’s.

Background extras are needed and should be available all day (8am until 7pm). Those interested in appearing in this film are urged to send an e-mail to: 

Main Street merchants are asked to help by displaying holiday decorations for that day.

The Buffalo Niagara Film Office would like to thank the Village of East Aurora, Mayor Peter Mercurio; Village Administrator, Cathie Thomas and the village Department of Public Works and Police Department for their assistance.

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce is working closely with the Buffalo Niagara Film Office and the movie team to coordinate the shoot.

Tim Clark, Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner stated that, “ My office appreciates the leadership and work of the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce in coordinating these movie shoots in the village. It takes precision planning to pull it all off and the Chamber is a valuable resource and important partner for us and the Western New York film industry.”

Chamber Executive Director, Gary Grote says, “The Chamber recognizes this as a worthwhile contribution to the Greater East Aurora community. There is tremendous value to filming here by promoting the East Aurora community throughout the country while additionally the film crew purchases various supplies, equipment and food services from local vendors and employs local technicians to round out their film crew.”

The Chamber continues to be active in efforts such as this that help create a vibrancy which attracts shoppers and visitors to support our local business community.

Work Force Development Panel to Discuss Career Opportunities!

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce is presenting a panel of 6 local employers in various industries to talk about career opportunities in their respective fields.

The event is free and will be held Wednesday, January 23rd, 7 – 8:30pm at Absolut Care of Aurora Park, 292 Main St., East Aurora. This presentation is open to the public – parents, students, educators, and businesses. Enter the building through the Rehab facility toward the rear of the building.

Light refreshments will be served.

Panelists will discuss exciting opportunities in the skilled trades, auto service & repair, welding, health care and manufacturing fields and the skills needed in entering the workforce in general.

Confirmed panelists are:

  1. Melissa Lauricella, Human Resource Manager, Astronics/LSI
  2. Brian Frascella, Employee Engagement Manager, Moog
  3. Wemelie Arellano, Director, Absolut Care of Aurora Park
  4. Mike Bolea, General Manager, West Herr – East Aurora
  5. Mark Andol, President, General Welding & Fabricating and the Made in America Store
  6. Tony Cellino, President, Cellino Plumbing

Prior registration is not required. For further information contact the GEACC @ 652-8444.