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The Principles of Greatness - A Chamber Blog

This Is What We’ve Been Talking About!


When I talk to members, potential members and people in the community about what the Chamber is doing and what our focus is I talk about events, business development, tourism marketing and promotion and workforce development.

The first 3 are pretty straight forward and easy to understand but when it comes to workforce development people don’t seem to get it. They may understand that it’s hard for businesses to find the right people with the right skills but they don’t always get the connection and the roles our local schools play in the equation.

There is a very good article in the recent issue of the Arcade Herald by Julia Ferrini that talks about Wyoming County’s Emergency Medical Dispatchers and how the county is working to hire additional dispatchers.

County Sheriff Greg Rudolph says that while Dispatch isn’t short staffed, there are currently 8 full-time and 4 part-time employees, there is still room for 4 more part-time positions.

Rudolph says that one of the best qualities a potential candidate for the position can possess is the ability to multitask and communicate with people (key to any workplace environment).

“That is one of the problems we face,” Rudolph said. “We have a younger generation that can run the computers, but are lacking in communication skills. We have an older generation that have the communication skills, but are lacking in computer skills”.

“What we need is a blending of those generations. It’s very difficult to find people with that combination of skills.”

As a Chamber of Commerce we have for years and will continue to advocate for our schools (high school and college) to work to prepare our students for the needs of the workplace with both soft skills (communication, the ability to work with others) and the hard skills (technological and trade).

This Wyoming County example is just a snapshot of what our communities will be facing in the future.

Opening Doors to Create New Sales & Greater Cost Efficiency!

On Tuesday, February 27th, at the East Aurora Hampton Inn, the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce and the SBA will  be providing an opportunity for small business owners to meet-one-on-one with buyers looking for qualified, quality small businesses to purchase products and services they need for their operations. Goods & services would be purchased from the lowest, responsible bidder on the basis of price, specifications, product evaluation and delivery.

“Sellers” of products and services would have an opportunity to meet for brief appointments with “buyers” they might not normally be able to reach.

Buyers would be looking for, but not limited to, general contracting services, architectural and engineering services, programming and event productions, catering, cleaning supplies, uniform suppliers, office supplies, etc.

Sellers can be creative in how they approach buyers and how their services might benefit the buyers business.

Prior to the 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Match Maker event there will be a “Selling to the Government Training Seminar” from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. There is no fee to participate in either event!

Current buyers at this time include: Moog, East Aurora Hampton Inn, Astronics/LSI, Southside Commerce Center & General Welding & Fabricating. Additional buyers will be added as they are confirmed.

To register or for further information or questions contact kelly.lotempio@sba.gov or the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce gdgrote@verizon.net.

Carolcade: A True Community Event


December 19, 2017


652 Main Street

East Aurora, NY 14052

(716) 652-8444

Email: gdgrote@verizon.net


Letter to the Editor:


The 45th Annual Carolcade was a true representation of the holiday spirit in East Aurora. This past Saturday night was great fun and a great kick off to the week prior to Christmas.


The essence of community spirit is celebrated each year on Main Street East Aurora, but it would not be successful without all the community partners who contribute to the event.


On behalf of the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce, I would like to recognize Aurorans for Climate & Energy Sense (ACES), Dunkin Donuts, the East Aurora Advertiser, East Aurora Rotary Club, Hunters Creek Bible Baptist Church, I-61 Church, Rob Goller, our Chorale Director; the Salvation Army Band, Santa Claus, Tops Markets and Vidler’s 5 & 10 with assistance from the Village of East Aurora Police Department, the Department of Public Works and Debbie Muniak from the Chamber staff who worked in coordinating the event.


We look forward to continuing to be a part of this great East Aurora tradition for years to come!


Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



Gary D. Grote

Executive Director

2018 Chamber Events!

A Word from the Director

December 13, 2017


2018 Calendar Provides Great Opportunities for Businesses!


Dear Members,


As much as we know how quickly time passes we feel it’s important to share the great events and programs the Chamber will be hosting in 2018 so you can get them into your calendar and start planning for a productive new year!


These events provide opportunities to increase business and sales, network, market and advertise and become more informed on issues that impact your business.


We truly encourage and appreciate your participation and your involvement as a member.


January – 2018 Membership Directory & Consumer Guide published

16 -East Aurora SCORE office opens

February – Senator Patrick Gallivan Business Summit – Date to be finalized shortly.

16- 18 – Chamber participation in the Heartland Tourism Conference driving motor

coach tourism business to Greater East Aurora retailers, restaurants & attractions

27 – Business Matchmaker at the EA Hampton Inn


Your opportunity to meet with buyers from large local businesses and federal, state, and local government agencies.  Government agencies, businesses, and prime contractors are looking for qualified, quality small businesses to buy the products and services they need to fulfill government and large businesses procurements.


March – Business After Hours Celebration – Date to be finalized shortly

April – 24 – Chamber’s Choice Student Recognition

May – 5 – Innovation Games – Multi-school STEM competition at Holland HS

Chamber’s “East Aurora & Beyond” Visitor’s Guide published

July – “Where’s Waldo Working” month long career exploration & shop local event

28 – Street Festival & Sidewalk Sale

28 – Operation Kids – students 6 – 15 years operate their own business for the day

September – 8 – Taste of East Aurora

25 – Annual Business Awards & Hall of Fame Induction

October – Health Insurance Open Enrollment Meeting – Date to be finalized.

Business After Hours Celebration – Date to be finalized

November – Small Business Saturday Promotion

December – 15 – Carolcade


These are valuable opportunities as vendors, sponsors, networkers, advertisers and mentors to help grow your business and play an active role in your community.


Have a great day and stay tuned for more!


Gary D. Grote

Executive Director

SCORE Mentoring Office to Open in East Aurora


The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce (GEACC), recognizing a local need for business assistance education, has partnered with SCORE and the Southside Commerce Center (SCC) to bring a SCORE counseling center to the Village of East Aurora.

On Tuesday, January 16th, at 4:00pm SCORE’s WNY Chapter volunteer organization will be holding an open house to show off its new office in the Southside Commerce Center at 300 Gleed Ave.

The public is invited to join in on the grand opening and a brief presentation in the SCC auditorium with a tour of the new SCORE office. Refreshments will be provided.

SCORE’s mission is to foster vibrant, small business communities through mentoring and education. BuffaloNiagara.SCORE.org is responsible for providing its services in the 8 counties of WNY with the East Aurora location being the thirteenth satellite office within those counties.

SCORE’s volunteers consist of experienced business owners and managers who donate their time and expertise to help new businesses form or help experienced small businesses to grow.

Nationally, SCORE has over 300 Chapters and 11,000 volunteers. Because of these dedicated volunteers all the mentoring services are free and most of the workshops are either free or are very modestly priced.

In addition to the personal assistance that the volunteers provide, SCORE has a wealth of software tools that a client can access.

Jim Cornell, owner of the SCC, along with the GEACC, is a co-sponsor of the SCORE Office. In addition to providing the office space the SCC will also help furnish the office for SCORE.

As a local developer Mr. Cornell’s most visible project is the Larkin Center of Commerce of which he is one of the co-owners as well as the Managing Partner.

Mentoring opportunities will begin on January 18th. If you would like to schedule a free mentoring session or join SCORE’s volunteer team, visit SCORE’s web-site at BuffaloNiagara.score.org or contact the Chamber office at 652-8444 or eanycc@verizon.net.

To RSVP for the January 16th open-house contact the Chamber office.

A Full 12 Months Value for Your Business Investment!


Our goal as a Chamber is to provide opportunities for our members to grow and help create an environment for them to be more successful.


The only way to help ensure that this happens to the highest degree is for you, our member, to take advantage of and become involved in the offerings, programs and activities that the Chamber makes available.


In addition to our events, tourism promotion & marketing efforts and workforce & business development initiatives there are many things that are FREE as part of your 12 month membership that you should be taking advantage of:


  1. The ability to reach our very broad network of businesses, community partners and the general consumer market through targeted events and programs to consumers throughout WNY
  2. Your business listing in our membership directory/consumer guide reaching over 6,000 potential customers in addition to your business listing on the Chamber’s website for access to your information 24/7 with the potential to reach thousands more customers
  3. Your business information/business cards on display at the Chamber’s visitor’s center where thousands of visitors walk through our doors annually
  4. Participating in our gift certificate program which ensures $20,000+ worth of gift certificate purchases annually are spent locally with our Chamber members
  5. Business Referrals are an important part of what we do in answering 6,000 requests for information annually through phone calls, emails, regular post office mail and visitors who walk through the door
  6. Great networking opportunities through our networking group which meets twice a month and through many of our other events and meetings
  7. Submit a business profile/bio or other interesting information on your business i.e. special sales or promotions, special event, employee highlight, etc. in our newsletter that goes out twice a month.  There is no limit to the number of submissions you can make in reaching our 500 member business network
  8. If you’re a new business or considering a “re-grand opening” we can help you set up your ribbon cutting event and even provide the large scissors
  9. We share your social media postings on Facebook to help spread the word about your business
  10. Claim your member listing on the Chamber website and by creating your own “mini-website” on our site, you increase your businesses visibility and SEO!

That’s Value!

Chamber Gift Certificates Support Shop Local


The holiday season is upon us! While shoppers make out their holiday lists, one great option is a Chamber gift certificate.  The popular certificates are treated like cash for purchases.  The gift certificate program was developed by the Chamber as a way to support local businesses by keeping customer dollars in the greater East Aurora area.  Over 100 businesses participate in the program.  The certificates are great gifts for mail carriers, babysitters, teachers, bus drivers, family, friends and employees.


The certificates are sold in $5, $10 and $25 increments at the Greater East Aurora Chamber, and the purchaser is provided with a list of merchants at that time. A complete listing of gift certificate participants can be viewed by visiting the Chamber website at www.eanycc.com and going to the member directory section, or simply contact the Chamber Office at 652-8444, or stop in at our office at 652 Main St, East Aurora.  Office Hours are Monday-Friday; 8am-4:30pm.

Join us for the 45th Annual Carolcade!

2017 – 45th Annual Carolcade!

Come down to East Aurora on Saturday, December 16th, 7 – 8pm for the 45th Annual Carolcade on Main St. (btw. Olean & Elm). The greatest holiday event in WNY!

The largest and longest continually run Caroling event in the United States!

Join the fun! Sing! Shop! Dine!

For further info contact the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce – 652-8444.

Make Sure You’re Included!

Make Sure You’re Included In Our 2018 Consumer’s Guide & Membership Directory!

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce will again be working with the East Aurora Advertiser to produce our widely distributed – 6,000 publications throughout Greater East Aurora & key Buffalo area locations – and heavily used annual consumer guide and membership directory for publication in late January 2018.

This piece is used by thousands of local consumers who are looking for various business services and want to use businesses who are local.

This is also a great opportunity for businesses outside the Greater East Aurora area to reach potential customers in the Greater East Aurora market place!

The publication will include a listing of all of the Chamber’s members alphabetically and by business type. This feature is included as part of each business’ membership.

In addition, members will also have the opportunity to purchase an ad in the guide for further business recognition.

Those members who purchase ads will have the opportunity to have their names placed in a drawing for a chance to be on the cover of the guide. See above – 2017 Cover – l to r: Barbara Andres-Kester, East Aurora Farmers Market; Scott Neff, Ameriprise Financial Services; Chris Barusic, Realty USA; Jeremy Nowak, The Gutter People of WNY.

Only businesses whose memberships are current will be included.

So if you’re a business serving or wanting to serve customers in the Greater East Aurora market place you need to be in this publication!

For further information or questions on membership and inclusion in this guide contact the Chamber office at 652-8444.

Career Exploration & Workforce Development Continue to be Key Concerns!

A Word from the Director


November 22, 2017


Career Exploration & Workforce Development Continue to be Key Concerns!

Dear Members,


At a recent (11/21/17) Chamber Business Education Alliance meeting discussion and planning continued around the topics of career exploration and workforce development.


Lisa DeCarlo and Heidy Arts from Urban Design discussed the opportunities for students to learn about the variety of careers in the skilled trades through Urban’s Tiny House Project and Lisa Ippolito, Assistant Administrator at Absolut Care of East Aurora, talked about the vast array of options in the health care field in facilities like Absolut Care.


Urban Design’s Tiny House project will involve local high school students working to create a 136 square foot home from design to finished product with the help of local trades’ people as a fund raiser for the East Aurora Boys & Girls Club.


Lisa Ippolito not only discussed health career opportunities in nursing but also positions such as CNA’s, technicians and therapists along with necessary support staff in hospitality, culinary, cosmetology and mechanical, in a nursing home setting.


Participating in the discussion were representatives from our local school districts and BOCES II, small and large businesses (Moog, Steuben Foods, University Pediatric Dental) and representation from NYS Senator Gallivan’s office.


This interaction leads to greater collaborations between our business community and school districts, several resulting in valuable internship experiences for students.


The Chamber continues to play an important role in keeping these discussions in the fore front and being a catalyst in creating these collaborations to prepare students for the workplace of the future.


We welcome interested members to join us at our next meeting Tuesday, December 19th, noon at Tony Rome’s.


Have a great day!


Gary D. Grote

Executive Director

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