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Friday, November 18, 2016 at 10:00 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Business, Warsaw, shop local.

Press release:

The Wyoming County Board of Supervisors recently proclaimed Nov. 26 as Small Business Saturday in Wyoming County. Elected county leaders joined with the Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism in declaring the day dedicated to shopping locally and encouraging county residents to make the extra efforts to shop at local businesses Saturday.

“We are very pleased to pass this formal resolution declaring Nov. 26 as Small Business Saturday. The Board of Supervisors recognizes the importance of small business to the county’s economic health and certainly encourage everyone, in all 16 towns, to stay right here in Wyoming County to support our local economy,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Doug Berwanger. “We recognize the business owners from across this great County who work and sacrifice every day to make their business a success, and thank them for making Wyoming County their home.”

The annual celebration, originally started in 2010 by American Express, highlights America’s small businesses located on Main streets and in neighborhoods in every community. Recognizing that small businesses are the backbone of the nation’s economy, this event seeks to encourage shoppers to spend time exploring all that their local community has to offer. 

“I would like to thank the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors for this proclamation and for recognizing the vital importance of our small businesses here in Wyoming County,” said Chamber President Scott Gardner. “This support and recognition underscores the importance of Small Business Saturday and will help to energize and remind residents to shop local first.”

Small businesses are grassroots job creators, and are a critical component of our local economy. They include everything from local family farms, maple producers, gift shops, hair salons, local pharmacies, and a host of other businesses that make up the economic fabric of the county’s business sector. Businesses from across the county have the option to open extra hours and have special events for their customers.

American Express created the Neighborhood Champions program to help rally communities around Small Business Saturday. Additionally, the company is working alongside numerous business organizations to support local celebrations throughout the country. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7:54 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Business, Perry, shop local.


File photo taken in May 2015.


When Wyoming County was dubbed a “craft beer desert,” the Silver Lake Brewing Project (SLBP) created an oasis in Perry. While the project began as a mirage in 2012, the SLBP is now nearing completion, anticipating opening before the new year, and looking to kick up the project a bit more.

To help generate the funds necessary to bring in additional components to the brewery, SLBP created a Kickstarter page. According to the company’s website, Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects to be brought to life through the direct support of others.

As stated on the SLBP Kickstarter page, “this is a campaign to recruit you to become part of the Silver Lake Brewing Project history. We'll only open once, and we want to make sure that we are opening fully awesome.”

Company officials say the campaign will enable them to bring in three additional features: 

    • A Crowler canning machine, which would allow patrons to fill a 32-ounce can with their favorite beverage, have it seam-sealed and take it home; 

    • A biergarten, which would beautify the large outdoor deck area; and 

    • A barrel-aging program, which would enable the brewery to make unique wood-aged beers and “sour/funky” beers available in the taproom. However, to make the taproom happen, materials are needed to build racks, used wine and spirit barrels need to be purchased, and equipment to transfer beer properly from the barrels also needs to be bought.

Although the added features are things that were planned to be completed over time, SLBP is asking for the community’s help to “make our space the best it can be faster.” Company officials say Kickstarter gives the public the opportunity to become part of the project.

With the brewery sitting “just off” Main Street in Perry, designers of the project used as many materials that were already part of the building to retain some of its history.

“We were able to save history by salvaging parts of the building and repurposing material,” said co-founder Ryan Fitzsimmons. “The bar top is an old slate chalk board, some of the walls are made of old barn wood from a local barn and the walls in the brew house are made of the flooring from the loft area.”

From the beginning, the project has been a community endeavor. In addition to its founding members, Fitzsimmons, Pilar McKay, and Tony Jones, there are currently 40 people who have a direct stake in the business. SLBP is structured as an LLC and is owned by and for the community.

SLBP is in close proximity to Letchworth State Park and Silver Lake which played a role in advocating for the expansion westward of the Finger Lakes Beer Trail Map. Instead of ending at its previous boundary at Conesus Lake, the trail now includes the western-most Finger Lake – Silver Lake.

Fitzsimmons says it’s been a long road and they are excited and they are “getting there,” anticipating the grand opening sometime in late December.  

For more information on how to contribute to the campaign visit Silver Lake Brewing Project + You: A Kickstarter Story.

See related: Silver Lake Brewing Project: destruction before construction


File photo taken in May 2015



File photo taken in May 2015








Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 10:00 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Business, Warsaw, shop local.

Press release

Shopping in Wyoming County this holiday season could really pay off, especially if the opening kickoff during the Super Bowl, Feb. 5, is returned for a touchdown. If that happens, one individual will be drawn to win a cash prize of $25,000 in this year's Shop Wyoming and Win program. 

Even if the kick-off is not returned for a touchdown, there is still an opportunity to win some great guaranteed prizes including a Weber Spirit E210 propane gas grill from Ace Hardware, of Attica and Warsaw; a Glider Rocker Recliner from Harding’s Attica Furniture and Flooring, Attica; and a $100 Wyoming County Gift Card.

"This is one of the Chamber's most popular promotions and continues to grow every year," said Chamber President Scott Gardner. "We look forward to another successful holiday shopping season that encourages shoppers to buy-local right here at home, which helps our local businesses, and adds a needed boost to the local economy."

Now in its fifth year, the Chamber has sponsored this holiday promotion as part of the its Shop Local - Buy local program. Participation is easy, simply save your receipts from purchases made in Wyoming County between “Black Friday” (Nov. 25) and Christmas Eve (Dec. 24).

Participants must submit receipts to the Wyoming County Chamber or at drop boxes that will be located at Chamber member businesses throughout the county. All receipts must be received by 5 p.m. Jan. 13.  Every $50 worth of purchases made in the county will make you eligible for one entry in the $25,000 drawing, as well as the drawing for the guaranteed prizes.  

All receipts must be originals and have the shopper’s full name, phone number, address, and email clearly written on the back. The drawing will be held Feb. 7, at the Wyoming County Government Center. 

Receipts can be mailed to the Chamber office at 36 Center St., Suite A, Warsaw, 14569. For questions or complete contest rules contact the Chamber at (585) 786-0307 or visit

Wyoming County Visa Gift Cards are also available for purchase and make great holiday gifts.  They are available in various denominations from $25 - $500 and can be purchased online at or by calling the office at (585) 786-0307. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 12:04 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Business, shop local, Warsaw.


Press release:

The Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism office is helping small businesses grow their presence online with a "Let’s Put Wyoming County on the Map Help Holiday Shoppers Find Your Business" workshop. 

The workshop will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Wyoming County Ag & Business Center, 36 Center St., Warsaw.

Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map brings community members, business owners, and civic leaders together to help small businesses succeed on the Web. 

“We’re very pleased to partner on this event to help promote our small businesses across Wyoming County,” said Wyoming County Chamber President Scott Gardner. “Customers rely on search engines to find the goods and services they are looking for and we want to make sure they’re getting found. We have hundreds of small businesses and want to connect the consumer to the merchant in the best and most efficient way possible.”   

“Four out of five consumers use search engines to find local information nearby, yet only 37 percent of businesses have claimed their listing on a search engine,” said Google’s Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map Program Manager Emily Harris. “We want to help businesses get ready for the holiday shopping season because 78 percent of shoppers use the Internet for holiday research.”

The program empowers communities to support their local businesses and encourage them to get on the map. Local businesses keep our communities strong; when we help them succeed on the Web, they make our communities even stronger. The workshop is a Google presentation hosted by the Chamber & Tourism Office. Visit to learn more about the program and get involved.

To RSVP click here.

Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map helps businesses get on Google Search and Maps for free. Businesses that are online grow 40 percent faster than those that aren’t. Let’s help every local business get their information online. Explore the website to learn how you can join in, support businesses in your community, and put your city on the map:

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