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 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

Free East Aurora Small Business Day Shuttle


In an effort to provide convenience for shoppers and help ease parking concerns, Tops, Vidler’s 5&10 and the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring a free shuttle bus up and down Main Street from 10am to 5pm on Small Business Saturday, November 25th.

Pickup and drop off spots along Main St. will be:

  • Tops Market – Grey St.
  • Bar Bill – 185 Main
  • Roycroft Campus – Main & South Grove
  • Village Hall – 571 Main
  • Corner of Main & Elm
  • Corner of Main & Temple
  • Vidler’s 5&10 – 676 Main
  • Corner of Main & Riley
  • Benzinger’s – 586 Main
  • Corner Main & North Grove
  • Rite Aid Plaza – 190 Main

For information on free village parking locations check the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce website at

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 .

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!

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