Written by on June 19, 2018

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY – Start-Up Genesee announced that the group will hold the next “Think & Drink” event on Thursday, June 21 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Participants should plan to meet at Eli Fish Brewing Company, 109 Main St, Batavia, NY and be prepared for an entrepreneurial walking tour.

The theme of the event is “Downtown Business” that will provide attendees the opportunity to tour the successful businesses located in the Batavia Business Improvement District. Business owners will be sharing their stories of success, how important a “brick and mortar” location is to their business strategy, and how they are succeeding with integrating online sales and marketing.

The event will begin with remarks from the START-UP Genesee network including Beth Kemp, Director of the Batavia Business Improvement District, Tom Turnbull, Director of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, Sam Campanella, New York State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Business Advisor and Chris Suozzi, VP of Business and Workforce Development for the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC).

Other START-UP Genesee Business Advisors will be on hand for the tour including: Reid Smalley, Director of The Best Center at Genesee Community College, Lina LaMattina, Director and Assistant Professor of Business at Genesee Community College, Rachael Tabelski, Director of Marketing and Communications for the GCEDC, Gregory Hallock, Director of Genesee Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!), Tom Mancuso of the Mancuso Business Development Group.

During the downtown business district tour, attendees will stop at various businesses including:

• Eli Fish Brewing Company
• Charles Men’s Shop
• Pollyanna & Dot/ The Hidden Door
• Batavia Bootery
• T-Shirts Etc.
• Art Ah La Carte
• Six Senses Escape Room
• Tompkins Bank of Castile

The event will conclude at GO ART! Tavern 2.o.1 will be open, Aunt Angie’s Cakery will serve desserts and there will be an opportunity to see the exhibit “Peru Children by Daniel Cotrina Rowe” as well as a meet Ty Dickey, an African-American artist from Detroit who paints fabric poles with mostly African symbolism.

Sponsors for the event include Canandaigua National Bank & Trust, Freed Maxick, Lawley, Tompkins Bank of Castile and Insurance Agencies, and Mancuso Commercial Realty. For more information or to RSVP please contact Rachel Tabelski at 585-343-4866 or

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