Niagara USA Chamber Directory 2019

Niagara USA Chamber Directory 2019

Dear Valued Niagara USA Chamber Members,

We are so excited to announce that we are producing a new Chamber directory for 2019. This is THE member voice of our Chamber and area tourism, and we are designing the book to have a magazine feel that draws in readers, visitors, and potential new business to our wonderful community. We will have big photographs, lots of great content and more opportunities to network.

Don’t delay securing your placement! Contact chamber member Tammie Easson to make a brand new space reservation. She has special selections in our publication and it is important you contact her early to get the right placement and page.

Email Tammie at teasson [at] metromediapublishers [dot] com or give her a call at 417-629-7935

The enhanced publication will be a “WOW” that will highlight our members as well as show why our community is an amazing place to live, work and play. The Directory will feature articles and photos that illustrate the strength of the Niagara USA Chamber and why we are so attractive to visitors and new businesses.

Almost 21,000 readers will touch and feel our new publication, PLUS thousands of unique visitors to our chamber website will also see the guide with our new interactive edition. We will be emailing out the digital version to major employers in the area and surrounding areas!

The full-color, glossy Guide and Digital Edition, which is entirely funded by advertising and sponsorship (with net proceeds going straight back to the Chamber) will have wide distribution at locations including:

  • The City
  • Realtors
  • Major Employers
  • Area Hotels
  • Distributed to every chamber member
  • Select retail and business locations in the area
  • Mailing to all relocation and informational inquiries
  • Mailing to all visitor requests
  • Mailing to all groups and conventions

*If you are interested in your business being featured on the front cover as a premium spot in the book or have any questions regarding the publication please contact Tammie directly at 417-629-7935.

September 6, 2018 0

Niagara USA Chamber Golf Classic

Niagara USA Chamber Golf Classic

Niagara USA Chamber

Golf Classic

Friday, July 13, 2018

Willowbrook Golf Course

4200 Lake Avenue

Lockport, NY 14094

7:30 A.M. Registration and Breakfast

Join us early to process your registration, network and purchase your Mulligan (only $5). A continental breakfast will be served. Many sponsors and member businesses have donated fantastic baskets for a raffle just before lunch. Tickets can be purchased throughout the day.

8:30 A.M. Shotgun Start

Event Format: Four-person scramble. Contests: Longest Drive (men & women); Closest to the Pin (men & women); Overall Low.

1:00 P.M. Networking Reception and Lunch

Networking reception and lunch with awards presentation.


President Specials available at $875

Other packages/sponsorship opportunities available.

April 16, 2018 0

Niagara’s Small Business Day

Niagara’s Small Business Day

The Niagara USA Chamber and M & T Bank

Proudly Present

Niagara Small Business Day

Recognizing Niagara County’s Best in Small Business

Thursday. May 17, 2018 ~ 5:30 P.M.

Niagara Falls Country Club

505 Mountain View Drive, Lewiston, NY 14092

Pre-paid Reservations Only

Tickets: $45 per person

Call (716) 285-9142


Thank You to Our Sponsors:

Welcome Sponsor: National Grid

Networking Sponsor: National Fuel

Reception Sponsor: Montante Construction

Program Book Sponsor: Summit Print & Mail

Media Sponsor: Niagara Gazette

This Year’s Honorees

Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas – Theresa Morone & Cornerstone CFCU

Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association – Chris MacKendrick & The Craft Kitchen & Bar

LaSalle Business & Professional Association – Delia & Stephen Carroll & Goodman’s Farm Market

Lewiston Business Advisory Board – Canterbury Place

Lockport Business Association – Jack Martin & Carmel Cerullo – Beiter & Moley Magnetics, Inc.

Newfane Business Association – Eric Koch & Newfane Automotive Supply, Inc.

Niagara Street Neighborhood Revitalization Organization, Inc. – Kathleen Kajfasz & Pizza Oven

Olcott Beach Community Association – Kristen Teeter & Vacanti Arts

Ransomville Business & Professional Association – Ed’s Garage

Sanborn Business & Professional Association – Innovative Card Solutions

Town of Niagara Business & Professional Association – Art Jacoy & Casa Nova Restaurant

Wheatfield Business Association – Gary Andrzejewski & Taylor’s Tap & Grill

Youngstown Business & Professional Associations – Lakeside Quarter Horses

Niagara USA Chamber “Rising Star” Award – Pulp 716 Coffee & Comics

NCCC Small Business Development Center “APEX” Award – Michael Pameri Sr.

Niagara County  Employment & Training  and Niagara’s Workforce Development Group “Business of the Year” Award – Taber Industries

April 16, 2018 0

Chamber Honors Awardees Announced!

Chamber Honors Awardees Announced!

Chamber Honors Awardees Announced
We are proud to announce the 2018 award recipients who will be recognized at our annual Chamber Honors Dinner.
Come celebrate with us as we recognize business excellence in Niagara County.
In addition the Niagara USA Chamber will kick off its celebration of 100 years of service to businesses.
2018 Award Recipients
Ms. Barbara Hughes
Business Person of the Year
Montante Group
Business of the Year
YMCA of Lockport
Groundbreaking Award
Flight of Five
Industry Insider Award for Tourism
Wagner’s Farm Market
Industry Insider Award for Agriculture
Mr. Tom Lowe
Father Joseph L. Levesque Award for Community Advocacy
Greenpac Mill
Green Manufacturing Award sponsored by National Grid
Niagara USA Chairman’s Award
The Niagara USA Chamber proudly presents
The Chamber Honors Annual Dinner
Join us Friday, February 23, 2018
To celebrate business excellence in the Niagara region
5:30 PM Cocktail Reception
7:00 PM Dinner
Formal awards program to immediately follow
The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls
101 Old Falls Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Black Tie Optional
Reservations: 716-285-9142 or ewoods [at] niagarachamber [dot] org

January 8, 2018 0

Leading benefits company, Bene-Care to become Chamber’s new health insurance broker

Leading benefits company, Bene-Care to become Chamber’s new health insurance broker


We are writing to notify you of some new and exciting opportunities that are available to you as a member of The Niagara USA Chamber.

In an effort to continue to explore and offer the best possible solutions to meet your business and employee needs, the Niagara USA Chamber has partnered with Bene-Care Inc. to provide some immediate as well as long-term advantages for you, their member.  Bene-Care is an employee benefits broker with over 30 years of knowledge and experience in the health, employee benefits and Human Capital Management field

Key Benefits to this Partnership Include:

  • The opportunity to enroll in a benefit package with any WNY carrier. (Univera, BCBS of WNY, Independent Health, and MVP).
  • Opportunities to explore funding vehicles such (HSAs), (FSAs) and (HRAs).
  • Knowledgeable benefit experts who will serve as your liaison for benefit inquiries, issue resolution, plan information and consultation, address changes, and eligibility changes such as the addition/deletion of a dependent, birth of a child, or change in family status.
  • Accurate and dependable consolidated billing. Enrollments, changes, and terminations will be handled in a timely fashion and groups will receive updated invoices that reflect the changes within 5 business days of the request.  This should help keep groups up to date with real time debits and credits on their accounts.
  • Flexible payment options.


Our services are available to everyone – including companies, sole proprietors and/or individuals!

Please complete the attached Broker on Record form. This is required to begin this new partnership with Bene-Care and the chamber.

Join us at the Chamber office, 6311 Inducon Corporate Drive, Sanborn 14132 on

Monday, November 13th to take time to speak to one of our specialists.

Please RSVP to Bene-Care by Friday, November 10th: 716-688-8161 or   bcbuffalo [at] bene-care [dot] com

If you are unable to make it please call us to review your options or if you just have a question!

We are excited to announce this exciting new partnership, as we believe it will result in enhanced benefits and service to you and that is our #1 priority!  We look forward to working with you and we are happy to be your ‘Human Capital Management advocate’.

November 2, 2017 0

Economic Vision 2018 and Beyond: Creating a Vibrant Future

Economic Vision 2018 and Beyond: Creating a Vibrant Future

The Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce & Niagara University Cordially Invite You To Our Signature Event:

Economic Vision 2018 and Beyond: Creating a Vibrant Future

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Niagara University Dining Commons

The Niagara USA Chamber is committed to shaping our region’s future. The program will provide insight into the region’s economic competitiveness and issues that will impact businesses through local, national and global perspective.

Featured Speakers :

Mr. Gary Keith, Vice President & Regional Economist, M&T Bank

Mr. John Manzella, CEO, World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara

Topics will Include:

What are the national trends & what is the outlook for 2018?

Is Niagara County winning or losing regarding regional performance?

What are the economic advantages to be capitalized on and challenges for future growth in the country?

Contact Elena Woods at 716-285-9142 or ewoods [at] niagarachamber [dot] org to reserve your ticket today!


October 6, 2017 0

Niagara By Frey Announces the Grand Reopening of its Company Store

Niagara By Frey Announces the Grand Reopening of its Company Store

August 1, 2017 Buffalo, NY – Newly updated and featuring “All Things Candy”, the store combined the best of the former store with the Candymakers store and is now located at 3500 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, NY.

Acquired by Chocolat Frey, Switzerland’s #1 chocolate brand, Niagara by Frey is the company’s first official store highlighting all of its brands of confections including:

  • Chocolat Frey® – A range of premium Swiss Chocolate products made from GMO-free ingredients utilizing a proprietary bean-to-bar process to deliver an exquisite chocolate experience.
  • Niagara Chocolates® – Western New York’s top selling fundraising chocolate products that have been manufactured in Buffalo for more than 60 years. Now rebranded as Niagara by Frey™.
  • Celebration by Frey® – A full range of premium confections perfect for party décor, candy buffets and baked goods in an array of colors to match any occasion.
  • Sixlets® Chocolatey Candies – Made in a nut-free and gluten-free factory in Toronto, Sixlets have a chocolatey center wrapped in bright colorful candy shells. Available in the Original, Fruity and Jawbreaker varieties, these candies offer a worry-free treat for all ages.

The new Niagara by Frey store offers a complete selection of everything needed to make confections at home.  Additionally, the new store features a Chocolate Creation Center designed to make custom chocolate confections and offers fine Swiss coffee to enjoy while shopping.

Christoph Schmassmann, CEO and President of Chocolat Frey North America, stated, “We are very excited to update and modernize the Niagara by Frey store.  Offering a broad range of our fine confectionery products in a fun shopping environment provides something for everyone.”

A line of giftable items is also available providing customers a range of price points and confectionery experiences.  From the Niagara by Frey Chocolate Buffalo to exquisite Chocolate Frey Swiss truffles, there is something for every candy lover!

You can find this One-Stop Shop at 3500 Genesee St. located in the front of the Niagara by Frey manufacturing plant (just behind Airport Plaza).

About Chocolat Frey:

Chocolat Frey is a company of M-Industry that belongs to Migros and is the market leader among Swiss chocolate manufacturers. The company was founded in 1887 and for more than 125 years has been a major contributor to the development of today’s Swiss chocolate expertise. In collaboration with the non-profit organization “UTZ Certified,” Chocolat Frey is committed to the sustainable, socially acceptable, and environmentally responsible growing of cocoa. ( ).

In 2014, Chocolat Frey North America headquartered in Buffalo/NY, acquired SweetWorks Confections LLC and its manufacturing facilities in Buffalo and Toronto.  SweetWorks was founded in 1956 by John and Angela Terranova as Niagara Candy in Buffalo, New York.

For Further Information, please contact:

 SweetWorks, 3500 Genesee St., Buffalo, NY  14225; pr [at] sweetworks [dot] net; Kathy Bassininski; (877)261-7887

August 3, 2017 0

Lake Ontario Small Business Recovery Fund

Lake Ontario Small Business Recovery Fund

To Our Affected Niagara County Business Members 

To take advantage of the Lake Ontario Small Business Recovery Fund, we encourage you to follow the link to the website:, which gives further information- and applications for assistance – for municipalities, for homeowners, and for small businesses impacted by the Lake Ontario flooding.

You’ll also notice on the website: Lake Ontario Flood Assistance Hotline: Call: 1-866-244-3839, seven days a week, from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Please feel free to share this information, or if you need further assistance please contact Empire State Development.

For residents in affected areas, Niagara Falls Neighborhood Housing Services has a downloadable application for applying for relief funds. Follow the Lake Ontario link at

They will also be hosting informational sessions with applications at the following locations:

Newfane Town Hall – 2737 Main Street, Newfane, NY:

August 2nd – 10 AM – 2 PM

August 9th – 10 AM – 2 PM

August 16th – 10 AM – 2 PM

August 23rd – 10 AM – 2 PM

August 30th – 10 AM – 2 PM

Somerset Town Hall – 8700 Haight Road, Barker, NY:

August 1st – 10 AM – 2 PM

Youngstown TBD

We will keep you informed if any new information is forthcoming.

July 28, 2017 0

Niagara Small Business Day

Niagara Small Business Day

This Year’s Honorees

Niagara USA Chamber “Rising Star” Award 

Tom Austen, The Wurlitzer Building

NCCC Small Business Development Center “Apex” Award 

Dina Sarno Slawson, Academy of Theatre Arts and the ATA Performing Arts Center 

Niagara County Workforce Development Group “Employer of the Year” Award 

VanDeMark Chemical, Inc.

Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas

Greg Stennis

Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association 

Joesph Hotchkiss

Third Street Retreat

LaSalle Business & Professional Association 

James Ciliberto

Confetti Cottage

Lewiston Advisory Board

Apple Granny Restaurant

Lockport Business Association 

Cookie Butcher

Gi Ro Cleaners

Newfane Business & Professional Association

Paul Leader

Creekside Income Tax & Computer Service

Niagara Street Business Association 

Chad Robertson

Niagara Gazette

Olcott Beach Community Association 

Karen Young

Up The Lake

Ransomville Business & Professional Association 

O’Connor Family Greenhouses & Garden Center

Sanborn Area Business & Professional Association 

Willco Auto Care

Town of Niagara Business & Professional Association 

Anthony Villani

Capitol Management Group of Niagara

Wheatfield Business Association 

David Michael Heim

Voz Cycle City, INc.

Youngstown Business & Professional Association

Sanger Farms & Bakery

April 27, 2017 0

President of Niagara USA Chamber to step down

President of Niagara USA Chamber to step down

Deanna Alterio Brennen will step down from her position as President & CEO of the Niagara USA Chamber on May 12, 2017.  After leading Niagara County’s premier advocacy organization for the past 10 years, Brennen’s new role will be the Vice President of Social Enterprise for the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier.

Under Brennen’s direction, the Chamber has remained steadfast in its support of equalization for Homestead/Non-Homestead tax issues, consolidation of the County Legislature, growing the Niagara Falls International Airport, upholding the Property Tax Cap, energy issues and launched the Chamber’s first Canadian/American partnership with the Chamber of Commerce of Niagara Falls, Canada.

“The past ten years has been a remarkable experience working with other community stakeholders, businesses of all shapes and sizes, in the public and private sector, who aim to improve the business climate throughout the Niagara region.  Times have been challenging but there are many individuals vested in this community who have the desire to see our businesses and non-profits grow and remain here in Western New York,” states Brennen.

Rocco Surace, the chairman of the board of the Niagara USA Chamber said, “I first want to thank Deanna for 10 significant years of service and dedication for the Niagara USA Chamber and it members. We will certainly miss Deanna and her leadership, we want to wish her well as she follows her passion to become an important part of the mission of the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier.”

Brennen sees this new role at the YWCA as an extension of her service to the community.  She will continue her efforts on workforce and business development focused on the individuals served by the YWCA and helping them achieve sustainability and self-sufficiency.

The success of the first Social Enterprise initiative known as the Catering Crew at Carolyn’s House in Niagara Falls has allowed the YWCA to expand into the Niagara Falls International Airport Café, and the concession at the Cornerstone Ice Arena in Lockport.

“I look forward to finding creative ways to enhance the mission-driven programming that has already impacted so many,” said Deanna Alterio Brennen.

There is a search committee involved in a recruiting process for the next President and CEO. The anticipation is to accomplish the search within the next few weeks with the goal to have the new president and CEO in place as soon as possible.

April 21, 2017 0