Canandaigua and Victor chambers of commerce merge to form ONChamber
Trade group leaders announced a new partnership on Thursday that includes a new brand, ONChamber, an expanded service area and enhanced offerings. The new Ontario County Chamber of Commerce will provide a range of services to thousands of businesses in Ontario and five surrounding counties.
Canandaigua and Victor Chambers executives met Thursday at Ravenwood Country Club to unveil the logo and realize a vision, said Ethan Fogg, who recently served as president and chief executive of the Canandaigua business group and will fill the same role for the Ontario County Chamber. .
“We’re not looking to make a big box,” Fogg said Thursday. “We are looking to create one big family.”
Victor’s Chamber of Commerce and member companies approached the Chamber of Canandaigua largely because of “difficult times” experienced amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Jason DiBiase, who had served on the board. of Victor and will sit on County Board members assessed how to better serve the business community going forward as businesses needed a place to turn to for help, DiBiase said. .
“They welcomed us with open arms,” DiBiase said.
The new Ontario County Chamber brand will provide benefits, services and programs to all area businesses and organizations, Fogg said. This includes:
— Welcome visitors to the area using multiple digital and social channels, as well as the Chamber’s Visitor Center at 113 Main St., Canandaigua.
— Providing opportunities for members to connect through monthly mixers, the AlfrescoFLX Summit for Retail and Hospitality Businesses, The Q (the annual Chamber Member Gathering), the Neo-Classic Golf Tournament and other events.
— Ensure businesses have access to affordable health insurance and other benefits.
— Provide quality educational programs to help with workforce development, including Chamber University sessions and supporting the Leadership Ontario program.
— Collaborate with other groups in the community who advocate for businesses and the region, including the tourism and hospitality industries.
— Organize conversations with local and state legislators to discuss issues affecting the region’s culture and economy.
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This year, the combined organization will focus on engagement and collaboration, noting more than 70 organizations were represented at the meeting, said Michelle Pedzich, who becomes the Chamber’s first board chair. county council in Ontario and holds the position of Director of Human Resources at National Bank and Canandaigua Trust.
“We have a ton of relationship opportunities,” Pedzich said. “We have an extraordinary amount of human capital in our region and we want to keep those people here.”
Victor’s supervisor, Jack Marren, said he saw the power in what numbers could do and that the Combined Chamber was heading in the right direction.
“I think it’s a wonderful concept,” Marren said.