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. (www.sweetworks.net/frey/ ).

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: www.ny.gov/lakeontario, 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 www.nfnhs.org

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

The Chamber Honors

The Chamber Honors

The Niagara USA Chamber would like thank all of those who have donated so much of their time to make this year’s Chamber Honors a success.  Most notably our award recipients, sponsors, board of directors, and as always our members. Thank you for recognizing that we are here to service your business needs.

March 16, 2017 0

Durham Staffing is recruiting for the following position:

Durham Staffing is recruiting for the following position:

Pediatrician- Western New York

Primary Care Clinic is seeking a BC/BE Pediatrician. The clinic provides Family Practice, Pediatrics, GYN, Dentistry and Behavioral Health Services. The provider will be treating infants, children and adolescents ages newborn to 18 providing comprehensive care including:

  • Immunizations
  • Nutrition information
  • Hearing and Vision screenings
  • Injury and illness treatment
  • Sports Physicals

The hours of the clinic are 8-5 Monday –Friday. They utilize a team approach to provide the most comprehensive care to their patient population. This is a FQHC. The clinic is offering a competitive salary plus benefits. There is educational loan repayment available through HRSA.

Western New York is a great place to live and work. The western New York region offers boating, a major downhill ski resort, major league football and hockey, minor league baseball, art, history and science museums.  The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and numerous theatres offer an endless number of stage events. Niagara Falls is a twenty minute drive and you can be in Toronto in one and a half hours. There are great schools, universities, and some of the most affordable housing in the country.

For more information contact Rosemary Blando at Durham Medical Staffing 716-684-3333 x210 or e-mail rosemary [dot] blando [at] durham [dot] com.

February 22, 2017 0

The Niagara USA Chamber Presents The Chamber Honors 2017 Annual Dinner

The Niagara USA Chamber Presents The Chamber Honors 2017 Annual Dinner

The Niagara USA Chamber Proudly Presents

The Chamber Honors 2017 Annual Dinner

In Celebration & Recognition of Business Excellence

March 10, 2017 at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino at 5:30 PM.

The 2017 Honorees

Gary Quenneville, KeyBank – Business Person of the Year

Gooding Co, Inc. – Business of the Year

Platter’s Chocolates – Groundbreaking Award

Rainbow Air Inc. Helicopter Tours – Industry Insider Award

Sister Beth Brosmer, Heart, Love & Soul – Father Joseph L. Levesque Award for Community Advocacy

Covanta – Green Manufacturing Award Sponsored by National Grid

New York Power Authority – Special Recognition Award


Please Contact Elena Woods for Reservation and Sponsorship information at 716-285-9142 or ewoods [at] niagarachamber [dot] org

January 19, 2017 0