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SCORE Seminar Prepares Business Owners!


SCORE Seminar Introduces Potential Business Owners to Preparing for Starting & Managing Their Own Business!

Starting a business is a very difficult thing to do!

Since the Greater East Aurora Chamber partnered with SCORE and the Southside Commerce Center in opening a SCORE office in the Village of East Aurora in January, things have been moving forward very well in an effort to help people thinking of opening a business make the transition successfully.

SCORE mentors have been meeting on a fairly regular basis with people interested in opening businesses and with current business owners who may be facing a challenge in their business.

This past Saturday, March 24th, SCORE offered an all-day seminar to 40 potential business owners which covered topics such as business plan development, determining your market, developing a marketing plan and how to conduct market research. In addition, business law, finances & taxes, and business insurance were discussed providing attendees with a very thorough overview of factors to consider when starting a business.

The SCORE mentorship team works to help these entrepreneurs to start off on the right foot! All services are free.

Regular office hours for SCORE mentors are Tuesday & Thursday from 4 – 7pm or by appointment at the 300 Gleed Ave. office. Check out www.BuffaloNiagaraScore.org for additional information.

Questions can be directed to the Chamber office at 652-8444 or eanycc@verizon.net

Small Business Summit Provides Great Opportunities for Local Businesses!

35 business people attended this morning’s (Thursday, March 8) Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Summit with NYS Senator Patrick Gallivan & business consultant Frank Swiatek.

 Senator Gallivan discussed a variety of challenges NYS is facing that impact businesses including increased taxes and over regulation that make it more difficult for businesses to operate.

 He also discussed the disparity in representation of elected officials in Upstate New York versus Downstate and the negative impact it has on being able to address issues for upstate businesses and residents.

 Frank Swiatek presented an overview on “How to Grow Your Sales in 2018 with Six Sigma Thinking”. The presentation focused on basing business decisions on metrics and specific measureable components and that sales performance, regardless of the type of business or industry, is determined by mindset, behavior and skills and that sales results occur, good or bad, because a process is in place producing them. The more “defects” or “breakdowns” you have in the process, the poorer the results. Attendees also had the opportunity to meet one on one with Senator Gallivan and Mr. Swiatek to discuss issues specific to their business.


Chamber & SBA Partner for Business Matchmaker Tuesday AM

The Greater East Aurora Chamber and the SBA will be holding their business Match Maker event Tuesday (2/27) AM at the East Aurora Hampton Inn pairing businesses looking to purchase services and products with businesses who can fill those vendor needs. Over 70 “sellers” will have 3 minute appointments with 1 or all 5 of the participating buyers.

Contracting and procurement services needed vary and can include – general contracting services, architectural & engineering, construction, marketing and design services, cleaning supplies and services, uniform suppliers, office supplies and more.

This is just one of the many programs and opportunities that the Chamber works to offer its members in helping them to grow their business.

We Want You to be Included!


We Want You Included!

The Chamber has had information out for several weeks regarding the publication of our 2018 Membership Directory/Consumer Guide.

This is a great opportunity to get your business’ name out in front of 6,000 consumers throughout the Greater East Aurora and WNY communities!

We want to make sure that any business that wants to be included will be!

Members just need to make sure their membership is current and that you have completed a membership information update form and have submitted it to the Chamber to insure all your business information is correct.

If you’re not a member we invite you to join today to be part of this widely distributed publication and take advantage of all the other benefits members receive.

Our deadline for receiving this information is Friday, January 26th.

Please feel free to contact the Chamber office at 652-8444 or eanycc@verizon.net with questions or for membership information.

SCORE Office Opens in East Aurora


SCORE Business Counseling Office Opens at Southside Commerce Center

Last Tuesday SCORE opened its East Aurora office at the Southside Commerce Center at 300 Gleed Avenue in the village.

Present at the opening were representatives from the Buffalo Chapter of SCORE, the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce, the Southside Commerce Center, local business men and women and community members.

SCORE’s mission is to foster vibrant, small business communities through mentoring and education. Experienced mentors are available to meet to assist with a variety of business topics i.e. sales, marketing, business plan development, etc. in a variety of industries.

The Chamber housed a SCORE counseling site at its former office on the Roycroft Campus but in moving to its current Main St. site did not have sufficient space for SCORE.

In recent discussions with SCORE the Chamber and SCORE were able to partner with Jim Cornell at the Southside Commerce Center to provide space for SCORE to meet with clients to discuss their business issues.

Mentoring opportunities began January 18. To schedule a free mentoring session or join SCORE’s volunteer team, visit SCORE’s website at www.buffaloniagara.score.org or contact the Chamber office at 652-8444.

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


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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

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