Yates County Chamber of Commerce events offer opportunities for interaction and information; recognition and recreation; and marketing and making a difference. These events promote member business and community leader involvement throughout the county, enabling them to raise their profile to the markets and constituents they serve. To view our upcoming events, please visit our Community Calendar, which lists Chamber and community events.

Annual Dinner

The Yates County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner attracts more than 250 Chamber Members, community leaders, and county residents and is one of the Chamber’s most widely attended events. With something for everyone—from opportunities for connecting with others from throughout the county to inspiring continued growth and positive developments—this annual event includes a presentation of community awards, and a silent auction.

Multi-Chamber Mixers

Brought back by popular demand, chamber members are invited to participate in a Business After Hours with another surrounding Chamber of Commerce. This event allows additional networking opportunities and relationship building with our neighbors.

Grand opening ribbon-cutting

We are happy to assist members with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. These ceremonies are meant to recognize new businesses for their grand opening or re-opening, major expansions to a facility, or other business milestones to celebrate.

Major benefits of hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony:
• Increased exposure and recognition for your business to assist getting the word out on your products and services
• Congratulatory remarks from the President/CEO of the Chamber
• Photo coverage
• Mentions in Chamber newsletters and social media
For information or to discuss a ribbon-cutting ceremony for your business, contact us today!

Annual Events

Business Meeting

The Chamber holds its annual business meeting each November. This informative program highlights the Chamber’s accomplishments for the year and, outlines goals for the upcoming year, and announces new officers and directors.

Dinner Dance

The Yates County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner attracts more than 250 Chamber Members, community leaders, and county residents and is one of the Chamber’s most widely attended events. With something for everyone—from opportunities for connecting with others from throughout the county to inspiring continued growth and positive developments—this annual event includes a presentation of community awards and a silent auction.

Cruisin’ Night

The Chamber working with a dedicated committee hosts an evening block party and car show in downtown Penn Yan. For over 20 years the community has come together on the Friday evening of Father’s Day to view classic and antique vehicles. Along with the vehicles many enjoy food from local restaurants and food trucks along downtown. Live music is spread throughout downtown for all to enjoy.

StarShine

The Village of Penn Yan “comes to life” each winter for the entire community to gather and celebrate “StarShine, Christmas in the Village”. This popular event started over thirty years ago and has grown to become one of the most popular community Christmas celebrations in the Finger Lakes. The evening hosts a variety of music, entertainment, colorful lights, treats, historic displays, an elf school, special sales, the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Clause, and the crowing of Miss Penn Yan. The Chamber works with the Village of Penn Yan, Keuka College, and multiple organizations around the County to bring a memorable Christmas event that many talk about for years to come.

Awards & Presentations

The Chamber hosts an Annual Dinner and presents its awards program the same evening.  The Chamber seeks nominations from the community for both the Snow and Seager Awards.  Nominations are accepted year-round by emailing info@yatesny.com.

The Snow Award is given annually to an organization or individual in Yates County that demonstrates tremendous community spirit. The award was established years ago as a tribute to Norman Snow, Jr. who served as a Chamber Director and Chair of the Chamber’s Tourism Committee at the time of his death. Norm exemplified community spirit in his service to the Chamber and in his day to day contributions to the community and his family business.

The Seager Award is given annually to an individual who demonstrates great community pride. The award is named in honor of Emily Seager who was a Chamber staffer and ultimately held the position of Executive Director. Emily adopted Penn Yan as her home and in all of her activities, church, chamber and family, she demonstrated a level of pride not often found.

The Maxwell Award is given to The Director of the Year selected by the President and CEO. This person who should be one who: gives unselfishly of him/her self towards the enhancement of Yates County and the Chamber; serves on a number of committees; volunteers to chair projects; attends meetings regularly; contributes ideas and concerns to meetings and is an active force in the community. Robert Maxwell was a Chamber Director for many years and exemplified Chamber and community service.

First Fridays

Enjoy a night out in downtown Penn Yan on the First Fridays of each month during the warmer season. Brought to you by the Penn Yan Retail Council, enjoy your favorite business as they stay open later until typically 8pm. Many businesses offer live entertainment, craft beverage tastings as well as feature local artists. Take advantage of some special promotions that may be offered. We look forward to kicking these evenings back up in 2021, in hopes of covid-19 recovery.