Batavia Business Beat: Summer sizzles with in-person events, job opportunities and Independent Retailer Month

What does summer mean to you? Family vacations? Lazing around a pool? If you’re a business owner, you’re more likely to be wrestling with how to grow your business – specifically finding and keeping employees while COVID-19 variants lurk.

The Batavia Chamber of Commerce has an active job board, Members can post openings for free, and we help promote them. If you are a member who is hiring, remember to post your jobs. We also suggest that employers that receive quality résumés but are not offering a position refer these candidates to fellow businesses or nonprofits. Let’s help one another!

If you are searching for a job, we invite you to visit our job board. New jobs are posted each week, so check back often. Also, let us know if you are searching. We may have ideas for you. Recently, a 2021 college graduate stopped by the office for job search help. With her interests and background, we were able to give her the names of members who might have a suitable position open. We also shared other job hunting and networking recommendations. We are here to help.

In-person networking returns

After months of online networking events, the Batavia Chamber of Commerce has resumed hosting events in person. We invite you to join us. Networking events are much better than cold-calling or waiting for customers to find you.

Each month on the second Wednesday at 8 a.m., we are at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Geneva for a structured networking breakfast. Cost is $10 if registered in advance and $15 for walk-ins. Small-group networking is effective for spreading your message and building relationships.

On the third Wednesday of each month, we gather at a local restaurant, bar or other business for an informal after-hours event. Net-Working It! begins at 4:30 p.m. and spotlights a local nonprofit.

Both events are open to members and nonmembers. Visit to learn more.

The Batavia Women in Business group is excited for the return of their popular progressive luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 10. The group invites you to join it and 15 other area chambers at Enticing Cuisine Banquets, 1117 N. Washington Ave. (Route 25) in Batavia. Because of the format, we cannot accommodate walk-ins. Register by Aug. 4.

Support local businesses

Did you know that when you spend $1, you create $5 to $14 within the community? By buying from an independent retailer, you boost the area’s economy, enabling local businesses to prosper and grow. July is designated as Independent Retailer Month, a shop local event. The focus is to encourage consumers to celebrate the independent retailers that are the backbone of our communities and make each community special.

Although local businesses always need support, perhaps you can make an extra effort this month to shop local retailers. When gift giving, your purchase of Chamber Bucks supports the local economy as it keeps spending in the community. If you are running low on Chamber Bucks, come by the Chamber office to purchase more. We are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 106 W. Wilson St., Suite 15.

Shirley Mott is the communications and membership coordinator for the Batavia Chamber of Commerce.