Webster Chamber News April 2018

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Presidents Column

Somebody didn’t get the memo ...

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Connect at Noon

We have a noontime networking event coming on Thursday, April 19th!

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Power Hour

There will be a Power Hour event on Friday, April 13th! The topic will be Dealing With Difficult People

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New Chamber Members

Welcome our new Chamber members!

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Business of the Month

MJ Gabel is the Webster Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the month for April.

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Breakfast Before Business

April 27th is Breakfast Before Business at Webster Columbus Center.  Click here to RSVP to Barb.

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Important Dates to Remember

Important dates coming up, don't miss out!

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Webster PTSA Community Arts Day

What to do this weekend?  Visit the Webster PTSA Community Arts Day!

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Spring Book Sale

Visit the Webster Library Spring Book Sale.

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Fashion and Compassion

See the details of the Webster Comfort Care Home's 2018 Fashion Show.

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Flower City Challenge

The Rochester Regional Health Flower City Challenge is coming up April 21st and 22nd. 

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Ukrainian Cultural Center Garage Sale

Here's your chance to get rid those items you no longer use.
 

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Happy 70th Anniversary Webster Community Chest

For 70 years, the Webster Community Chest has been providing assistance to Webster residents.

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Town of Webster Events

Pharmaceutical Waste Pick up and Webster Town Hall Open House.

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NYS Labor Department Hearings

Employers with tipped workers need to know...

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Chamber Members in the News

There are a couple of Chamber Members in the news this month.  Check out the articles below!

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Pictures from Eat Drink and Connect

Check out pictures from last months Eat Drink and Connect at Ultimate Beauty Laser Spa.

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Somethings Gone Wrong in New York

Read Barry's editorial essay in the Democrat and Chronicle.

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Charmed by Charity!

The Bay View YMCA and Alex and Ani present Charmed by Charity!

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SunCommon Is Now GreenSpark Solar

Check out GreenSpark Solar's directory listing!

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SHREDDING EVENT!

Reliant Community Credit Union is holding a FREE Shred Event on Saturday, April 28th!  

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Barry's Column

Somebody didn’t get the memo about Spring. My calendar has a misprint I think. It says that Spring started on March 20th. But the temperature doesn’t feel like Spring and that white stuff keeps falling out of the sky! The optimist in me says it will come eventually.

We had a great breakfast at the Willink Middle School last month along with a great program from the district. Thanks again to Carm Gumina and his great people for making it all happen.

We have another noontime networking lunch scheduled for the 19th of April. Check out the details in the newsletter. Make sure you let Barb know you are planning on coming so we know how many to expect.

A few weeks ago, I wrote an editorial essay for the Democrat and Chronicle. It’s not the first time they published something I wrote but it’s the first time in a long time! Check it out in the newsletter – it’s called “Something's Gone Wrong in New York” - and feel free to pass it along.

In that same vein, the Governor has directed the Labor Department to implement new wage rules for tipped employees. If your business has tipped employees, you may want to make your voice heard. The change is to eliminate the tipped wage rate (less than minimum wage because the employees get tips) and require employers to pay those employees full wage rates. The NYS Department of Labor will be holding hearings in Syracuse and Buffalo (of course never in Rochester) and you can register to go tell the bureaucrats what your thoughts are on the topic. There are more details in the newsletter.

Don’t forget that April 17th is the last day to file your (and pay) your income taxes. The 15th is a Sunday which makes it Monday the 16th but that’s Patriots Day in Massachusetts and the IRS is closed so you get until the 17th. You can extend (if you pay what you owe) for six more months of procrastination if you need!?

Breakfast is on the 27th and we will be back on Barrett Drive at the Columbus Center. Our program will be a National Safety Council presentation on driving safety. Make sure to let Barb know you are coming so we can prepare!

Heritage Christian Services - A Human Services Agency located at 275 Kenneth Drive, Rochester, NY. Contact Laura Tumminelli at 585-340-2000 ltumminelli@heritagechristianservices.org or visit their website at www.heritagechristianservices.org.

Jen Semmler Photography – A newborn, child, and family portrait artist located at 71 Goodway Drive South, Rochester, NY. Contact Jen Semmler at 585-622-4585 jensemmlerphotography@gmail.com or visit her website at www.jensemmlerphotography.com

The strength of any organization lies in its membership. Thank you for joining. Please add these members to your directory listings.

April Business of the Month

From left to right:  Matt Gabel, Anne Gabel owners of MJ Gabel, Joe Vitello Webster Chamber Board Chair

MJ Gabel is the Webster Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the month for April. MJ Gabel is a family owned business that prides itself on providing clients with a reliable, transparent and ethical source for purchasing or selling their fine jewelry.

The business recently relocated to a new location at 13 South Ave in the Village of Webster and has been taking care of customers since 2011, when the family realized there was a lack of fine diamond jewelry buyers that offer customers a fair value. Owners Matt and Anne Gabel have elevated their global standing within the diamond industry that allows them to deliver clients more than one option when it comes to selling diamond goods in addition to offering highly competitive pricing for purchasing jewelry.

Matt, Anne and their staff love having the opportunity to gain someone’s business and to provide them with exceptional service and prices they would not find anywhere else. MJ Gabel participates in the annual WXXI auction as well as fundraising for the Al Sigl Center and the Rotary Sunshine Kids Gala.

Congratulations to MJ Gabel, the Webster Chamber’s April Business of the Month.

Connect at Noon

 

Important Dates to Remember

April 14th - Fashion & Compassion Show
April 14th - Webster PTSA Community Arts Day
April 21st - 22nd - Rochester Regional Health Flower City Challenge
April 22nd - Earth Day
April 26th - Webster Library Spring Book Sale
April 27th - Breakfast Before Business
April 28th - Pharmaceutical Drop Off
April 28th - FREE Shredding Event at Reliant Community Credit Union
April 29th - Charmed by Charity Event!
May 10th - United Way Day of Caring
May 11th - 20th - Lilac Festival
May 12th - Town Hall Open House
May 12th - Ukrainian Cultural Center Garage Sale
May 18th - Breakfast Before Business

 

2018 Fashion & Compassion

 

Webster PTSA Community Arts Day

 

 

Webster Library Spring Book Sale

Rochester Regional Health Flower City Challenge

Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd for the 2018 Rochester Regional Health Flower City Challenge!

The half marathon is capped at 2500 runners and the 5K is capped at 1200 runners!  Register early to secure your spot!

1/4 zip technical top to all Half Marathon/Duathlon/Triathlon registrants, short sleeve cotton t-shirts to all 5K registrants.
*Sizes are guaranteed to all those registered by 3/15/18.  After that, they will be first come/first served at the expo.  So register early!

For more information, please visit our website at http://www.flowercitychallenge.com!

For all YellowJacket Racing owned events,
NO PROCESSING FEES when registering online!

All entries are non-transferable and non-deferrable, no exceptions.

Place

155 Culver Road, Suite 110
Rochester, NY US 14620

 

FREE Shredding Event at Reliant Community Credit Union!

 

Charmed by Charity!

 

Ukrainian Cultural Center Annual Garage Sale

It's that time of the year again. Get ready for the UCC Garage
Sale Fundraiser. Here's your chance to get rid those items you no longer use.
Why not donate them to the Ukrainian Cultural Center Garage Sale and get a tax credit.
The Ukrainian Cultural Center is a registered not for profit organization.



PLEASE DONATE TO THE GARAGE SALE!!
Please consider donating to the Ukrainian Cultural Center's Garage Sale.
Your donation will be tax deductible.


SATURDAY MAY 12th, UKRAINIAN CULTURAL CENTER
1040 JACKSON RD. WEBSTER

GARAGE SALE STARTS 9:30 AM, STICKY LIPS BBQ DINNERS
WILL BE SERVED FROM 12:00 TO 3:30 PM

 

Webster Community Chest

 

Webster Chamber's United Way Day of Caring Team

 

Town Events

Pharmaceutical Waste Pickup

There will be a pharmaceutical waste pick up at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, 226 Phillips Road, on Saturday, April 28th, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Any unused, unwanted or expired medication is taken for disposal.  No appointment is necessary.

If you do not feel comfortable with your personal information on the bottles, you can remove the pills and put them in a plastic bag for us to dispose of.

The Town Hall also has a CVS Drug Collection unit at the Webster Town Hall.  This permanent pharmaceutical wast drop box can be found inside the Webster Town Hall, located at the Police Department entrance, 1000 Ridge Road, during regular business hours of Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  Items NOT accepted included hydrogen peroxide inhalers, aerosol cans, ointments, lotions, or liquids, thermometers, needles (sharps) and medication from businesses or clinics.

Town of Webster Open House

The Town of Webster Open House will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018!   There will be more information coming soon.  

As always, if you have any questions about your town government, please feel free to contact Supervisor Ron Nesbitt during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068; or email him anytime at supervisor@ci.webster.ny.us

Chamber Members in the News

Henderson Ford Donates to Champion Academy Extreme Mentoring and Empowerment Initiative

Henderson Ford presented a $1,750 check to The Champion Academy Extreme Mentoring and Empowerment Initiative on March 20.

 The program helps teens build character and improve their lives.

The local program was founded in 2015 by Super Bowl champion Roland Williams. The Champion Academy Extreme Mentoring and Empowerment Initiative was designed to help Rochester’s teen crisis by working with participants and providing consistency along with support to push them to succeed in the classroom and in life.
“Our family has been friends with Roland for a long time,” said Henderson Ford General Manager Aki Henderson. “We see the passion he has to help mold young, successful adults and we want to assist with his efforts.”
Roland’s initiatives with youth are aligned with the decades of service the Henderson family and Henderson Ford have pursued. Time, talent and resources have been invested to support youth through programs which reward academic success behaviors through car giveaways, Young Entrepreneurs Academy investing and mentoring, annual book and toy drives, raising funds for the YMCA annual campaign, youth jail ministry, serving in an RIT Professorship role, mentoring University of Rochester Marketing students and sport team support.
The Champion Academy is open to students in need of mentorship in grades seven through 12. The program relies on nominations from teachers, administrators, police officers and others in the community.
The all-year-round program comprises summer orientation, e-mentoring, monthly meetups, community service, extracurricular activities, parent support, daily motivation, classroom checkups, strategic incentives, health and fitness education, exposure opportunities and member accountability. The next group of students will begin in July.
 
ESL Among the Best Workplaces in Financial Services, Insurance
 
ESL ranked The Best Workplaces in financial services and insurance is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and Fortune based upon employee survey feedback from Great Place to Work-certified organizations. 
“We are honored to be recognized alongside these prominent and well-known financial institutions — especially in a year when the list size is limited to just 15 small and medium organizations,” said Faheem Masood, president, and CEO. “It speaks volumes about ESL’s commitment to creating a superior experience for our employees, who are driven to deliver a superior banking experience to our customers.“
ESL earned this ranking based on employees’ responses to questions about their experience at work. These questions covered professional advancement, fairness, camaraderie and other facets of a rewarding career. ESL exceeded benchmarks for comparably sized organizations striving to create a great workplace.
ESL is included among other financial institutions for the third year in a row on the full list of 40 small-, medium- and large-sized companies, including Edward Jones, Navy Federal Credit Union, USAA and American Express. 
The locally owned credit union ranked fourth on the list. 
ESL Federal Credit Union is one of 15 small- and medium-sized Best Workplaces in financial services and insurance in 2018, according to Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine. on the Great Place to Work best small and medium workplaces for in 2010-11 and 2013-17 by Great Place to Work and Fortune.
 
Randy Henderson Honored at Black Heritage Dinner
 
The Trinity Emmanuel Presbyterian Church hosted The Black Heritage Dinner at the Italian Community Center to celebrate leaders in the local community. Present and Future.” President and CEO of Henderson Ford Randy Henderson was honored for his work and recognized along with former Mayor of Rochester William A. Johnson Jr. and current Mayor of Rochester Lovely Warren. Henderson was recognized for his contributions in the community. The dealership president is the founder of not-for-profit organization Henderson Family Ford Foundation, which donates to local youth groups, charities and faith-based youth programs. Henderson’s introduction cited his Henderson Ford dealership’s championing of yearly book and toy drives. Also noted was various awards he had been given, including Business Person of the Year by the Webster Chamber of Commerce, Rochester Black Business Association, The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. and The Freedom Way Business Association. Henderson has also served on many boards and committees throughout his career. 
“I am not sure what I’ve done to deserve all these awards, but I’m truly humbled and honored,” said Henderson. “I know God has a plan! Thank you to Trinity Emmanuel Presbyterian Church for celebrating individuals annually, who give back to our local city and towns.” 
 
 
Something's Gone Wrong In New York
NYS Labor Department Hearings
 

Governor Cuomo has put forth a proposal to eliminate the tipped minimum wage for restaurant workers. If enacted, this change could have a devastating impact on both local restaurants workers and owners.
If the tipped minimum wage credit is eliminated, tipped workers would receive minimum wage plus the tips that they earn. This change will increase the cost of doing business and potentially jeopardize the jobs of many hardworking waiters and waitresses who are trying to make ends meet and to provide for their families.

The Commissioner of the Department of Labor will be holding hearings on this issue. It is important that the Commissioner hear directly from you- the restaurant owners and tipped workers who will be impacted by this proposal. I urge you to consider taking the time to attend one of these hearings and share your views. Pre-registration is required. To register, please call 518-457-5519 or email hearing@labor.ny.gov.

If you are unable to personally attend a hearing, please send your written comments by July 1,2018 to hearing@labor.ny.gov.

 

Breakfast Before Business 

Date and Place:  Friday, April 27th, 7:00 AM Webster Columbus Center 70 Barrett Drive, Webster, NY

Menu & Cost: Buffet breakfast — $14 members (and employees of members); $19 non-members and visitors.

Click Here to email Barb if you are coming to breakfast

Door Prizes: Remember to bring business cards for the drawings. We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of the following businesses for providing many wonderful items at the March Breakfast: Janine Sanger from Webster Health and Education Network (WHEN); Scott Gosert from SOHO Imaging; Carolyn Montanaro from Neubert Financial; Dawn Sargent from Reliant Community Credit Union; Leslie Pacer from Pearle Vision; Karen Szembrot and Dr. Steven Hill from Goshorn Chiropractic and Wellness Center; Jan Glende from Pets at Peace; John Adams from Domino’s Pizza; Joe Vitello from Heartland Payroll; Cherie Wood from Norwex; Dr. Stan Drabik from Stan Drabik DDS; Laurie Zahn-Herman from Empire State Weeklies; Sarah Boddery and Lainey Cooke from David H Wager Agency; Rose Gabriele from ReMax Plus; Rich Marlin from Rich Marlin Edward Jones Investments; Laurie Zahn-Herman from Howard Hanna. Thank you very much.

Program: The National Safety Council will present on Driving Safety.

 

Breakfast Meeting Dates 7:00 am

4/27/2018

5/18/2018

6/29/2018

7/27/2018

8/24/2018

 

Eat Drink and Connect Ultimate Beauty Laser Spa

 

 

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