Yates County Chamber of Commerce events offer opportunities for interaction and information; recognition and recreation; 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. Check out our annual events below.

Annual Dinner & Community Awards


annual dinner

Thursday, June 6th, 2024, Climbing Bines Hop Farm

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.


The Chamber seeks nominations from the community for Snow, Seager, Maxwell, and Linehan Awards.  Nominations are accepted year-round by emailing info@yatesny.com.

  • The Norman Snow Award: The award is given annually to a business or organization in Yates County that demonstrates tremendous dedication to the enrichment of our community. Their community spirit is shown through volunteerism, leadership, collaboration, and engagement. This award is named after former Chamber Director and Tourism Committee Chair, Norman Snow, who exemplified dedication to both the Chamber and the community.
  • The Emily Seager Award: This award is given annually to an individual who is known for their uplifting spirit in the community, in both their professional and personal life. Their positivity, encouragement, and optimism fosters a welcoming and supportive environment to help those around them thrive. This award honors the former Chamber Executive Director, Emily Seager.
  • The Robert Maxwell Award: 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.

New for 2024!

  • The Mike Linehan Business of the Year Award acknowledges an outstanding Chamber member business that consistently goes above and beyond for its customers and the community. This award is named after Mike Linehan, a longtime Chamber champion and President & CEO of the Yates County Chamber of Commerce.

Business After Hours (BAH)

Business After Hours

Chamber Members, Business Owners and their employees are invited to participate in a Business After Hours, which are typically offered most months throughout the year at various different businesses throughout the county on the second Wednesday of the month. This event allows additional networking opportunities and relationship building with our neighbors.

2024 Dates & Locations

1/10/24: Keuka Housing Council

2/7/24: Cole’s Furniture & Floor Fashions

3/13/24: Finger Lakes Plates

4/10/24: Moravec’s Well Drilling (20th Anniversary)

5/8/24: Lyons National Bank (20th Anniversary)

6/12/24: Keuka College

7/10/24: Wellspring Church

8/14/24: Finger Lakes Power Systems (New Facility)

9/11/24: Once Finger Lakes

10/9/24: Clinton Crest Manor

12/11/24: Yates County Arts Center


Growth Series

Growth Series

The Chamber offers various professional development seminars, workshops, and roundtables throughout the year for a modest nominal fee (Chamber Members save on fees). These opportunities provide insight & support on what businesses need to be successful and grow with a focus on topics that you face the most when running your business. We’ll bring in experts or fellow Chamber Member businesses to speak at every workshop in a fun, comfortable setting throughout the year. Seminars cost $30 for Chamber Member businesses and $40 for Non-Chamber Member businesses. Each ticket includes food and beverage.

2024 Growth Series

Maximizing Performance & Compliance in New York State
Wednesday, May 29th, 12:00-2:00pm, Milly’s Market
Presented by Leslie Carlson of Carlson Resources

People, Leadership & Culture
Wednesday, June 26th, 8:30-10:00am, Lyons National Bank
Presented by Corey Christman

More seminar topics and dates TBD.


Chamber Golf Classic

golf classic

Join us for the 4th Annual Chamber Golf Classic at Lakeside Country Club on Monday, August 19th, 2024. Enjoy a day full of friendly competition on the beautiful course overlooking Keuka Lake. More details coming soon.