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Member Testimonials

Our members say it best! Hear how they connect to success with
Greater Rochester Chamber membership:

“Greater Rochester Chamber team was crucial in helping Iron Smoke Distillery through the somewhat treacherous waters of 2021. Their response times, assistance and guidance were instrumental in helping us reach 4x growth last year. They constantly delivered on all of their valuable services and we plan on being long time and proud members in the years to come.”

Tommy Brunett, Co-Founder, Iron Smoke Distillery


“Rochester Midland has had a long and positive connection with Greater Rochester Chamber, but during the pandemic Greater Rochester Chamber really stepped up for local businesses with frequent informational meetings, legal expertise, HR seminars and lobbying efforts. Our VP of HR was on frequent webinars to help navigate the ever-changing laws during the past couple of years, which was invaluable. We thank you for your continued support of Rochester businesses!”

Katherine I. C. Lindahl, CEO, Rochester Midland Corporation


“Greater Rochester Chamber has been instrumental in helping us navigate the political state of affairs in Albany and by introducing us to the appropriate people. Without this guidance we would have spent countless hours trying to connect with the right people and ultimately would not have had nearly the success that we have enjoyed to date. It was a pleasure working with Greater Rochester Chamber, and we were able to see positive results almost immediately.”

Scott Reston, President, Coach & Equipment Bus Sales


“Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce is a valued partner to SWBR operations and our business community. Greater Rochester Chamber staff members provide us with sound information and, coupled with their expertise and professionalism, deliver valuable resources that are priceless as we continue to grow."

Michele Michaels, HR Manager, SWBR


“Partnering with Strategic Initiatives at Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce has enabled Foodlink to deepen our commitment to workforce development. Our partnership with Greater Rochester Chamber has allowed us to leverage our combined resources and assets to train individuals with tangible skills and expand their employment opportunities. In the long run this helps us accomplish our mission by helping them to feed themselves and their families.”

Julia Tedesco, Executive Director, Foodlink


“Starting and running a business can be daunting. When you become a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce member, you are never alone. Background screening, talent, insurance guidance, marketing, professional development, networking, COVID complexities – Greater Rochester Chamber has helped Young Lion Brewing Company navigate it all. We are grateful for their continuous encouragement and support.”

Jennifer Newman, CEO, Young Lion Brewing Company


“Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce has been a great resource for Lincoln Hill Farms, especially during these challenging times. They were always on top of and made us aware of all the different options that the state and federal government had for Covid relief programs. They even helped us contact the agencies directly. My Chamber experience has exceeded my expectations and I look forward to my continued involvement.”

Brian Mastrosimone, Owner, Lincoln Hill Farms

Bill Carpenter-new

“Being a member of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce gives us access to both influential people as well as tools that help us carry out our mission. From webinars with lawmakers that give us a seat at the table as critical policy issues are discussed to the exceptional pool of HR resources that help us find, recruit, and develop employees, the Chamber plays an important role in our success. On behalf of the entire RTS team, I thank the Chamber and our fellow members for your partnership and support, and I look forward to continuing our work together.”

Bill Carpenter, CEO, RTS


“From advice to PPE, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce was an incredible resource for Rochester Brainery throughout the pandemic. Just an email away to help with any question I had, I was able to confidently operate based on NYS and Monroe County guidelines to keep our attendees and team as safe as possible.”

Danielle Raymo, Founder + Owner, Rochester Brainery


“Greater Rochester Chamber continues to be such a valuable resource for Info Advantage. We are thankful for all the great work they are doing in our community which closely aligns with our mission the past 28 years to help businesses resolve their IT problems. The entire Chamber has helped us go the extra mile when it comes to expanding our reach in the area, such as a new office grand opening event we did in 2021. They helped align a special ribbon cutting ceremony with elected officials and public relations, provided connections for COVID test kits and supplies, street parking, signage, and a lot more. We pride ourselves in aligning with a strong network like Greater Rochester Chamber and look forward to partnering on more in the future.”

Linda Weller, President, Info Advantage

Mike Hogan

“I have personally been working with Greater Rochester Chamber for over 25 years. We are members of other great organizations, but Greater Rochester Chamber has provided us the best value for the dollar. The Chamber provides us great information from the surveys to help benchmark us with the community with wages and benefits. Through the years we have used the Chamber for HR services, since we don’t have a dedicated HR Manager. Kathy Richmond has helped guide us by providing us resources to make good decisions. Her responses are always timely and thorough. During COVID-19 we really needed help and we received it from the Chamber.”

Michael J. Hogan, President, Information Packaging


“R-Options, Inc. has been a member of Greater Rochester Chamber for several years now. Their team has become an important part of R-Options’ day to day operations. From PR questions and legal research to staffing and wages, they have provided training to myself as a business owner as well as to my staff. The Chamber is truly a wealth of information which has benefitted R-Options, Inc. since we have signed on as a member. I would recommend any business owner small or large to join Greater Rochester Chamber. Thank you and your team for the continued partnership!”

Randy DeVos, President/CEO, R-Options, Inc.


“Finding effective ways to advertise to local businesses in Rochester is a struggle with many options that are not viable. The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce member advertising program allows us to implement an effective B2B campaign in a truly cost effective way. From Single Message Emails to Email Banner Ads to Social Media posts, we are able to ensure we are reaching the audience that we want, and in all the places they are viewing. For any businesses who struggle with B2B options in Rochester, this is a great solution that has yielded great results and ROI for us personally and we are truly happy with the results.”

Samantha Knataitis, Field Marketing Specialist, Spectrum


“Greater Rochester Chamber has been part of our journey every step of the way. From our ribbon cutting ceremony to providing critical information to run our business during the pandemic, the Greater Rochester Chamber serves as an important connection between business and the community at large. Our membership has been one of the best decisions we’ve made. The small membership fee has been paid back in dividends to us through the various types of support they provide. Background checks, HR assistance and advocacy are just some of the many benefits we have access to as members. As a small business, the Chamber serves as an additional layer of support in running our business without the large overhead costs. It’s a great feeling knowing that the Chamber is in our corner should issues ever arise. I feel one step ahead thanks to their regular communication and important advocacy efforts. Bob and everyone on the Chamber team are helpful and always willing to go the extra mile. Our team is grateful to be a member among so many other amazing organizations in our community.”

Nicole VanGorder, Chief Operating Officer, Rivent Partners


"Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce has played a key role in removing barriers that stood in the way of some of our most transformative projects. Their team uses the relationships they have built at the local and state levels to help their members, and they get the job done. We are proud to be a Greater Rochester Chamber member and support the work they do on behalf of progress and prosperity in the Greater Rochester region.”

Jett Mehta, CEO, Indus Hospitality Group


“Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce has been an incredible resource for New York Kitchen. In addition to other HR services, we’ve been utilizing their on-demand access to virtual training opportunities for our team, including important topics like Overcoming Unconscious Bias in the Workplace and Sexual Harassment Prevention, all from the Chamber’s Mineral HR Portal. We also take advantage of Chamber programming at no cost or reduced pricing, including the variety of events series they offer. And most importantly, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce has been a partner we can turn to for up-to-date best practices and resources regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Alyssa Belasco, Executive Director, New York Kitchen


Contact Kevin Donahue, Director, Membership

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