Part of our mission statement is to advocate for businesses and the community. Our Chamber Staff and Board maintain a strong working relationship with our local, regional and state representatives so that we can keep membership informed and foster a business-friendly environment within our county. These partnerships assist us when there is pro-business legislation for us to promote, and to provide a voice for the Yates County business community to ensure growth and job creation.

For current local, regional and state updates, visit our news section.

These are some of the efforts that the Chamber provides our members and community at large:

Health Insurance

We maintain a health insurance program that covers nearly 2,000 Yates County residents.

  • Qualifications

    Group health insurance is offered at a discounted rate to businesses who live or work in Yates County, whom are not eligible for Medicare and whom insure at least one employee. Enrollment requires membership; the current minimum investment is $295/year.

  • Enrollment

    A group may enroll in health insurance the first of any month, enrollment in direct plans or on exchange December-January with an effective date of January 1, February 1 or March 1.

  • Coverage Interpretation

    We have NYS Licensed staff on hand to help with coverage interpretation and enrollment. They are trained on the group insurances, direct and on the NY Exchange.

View more details and available programs

Contact Jody Tyler at the Chamber

Defensive Driving Course

Each month, the chamber offers a defensive driving course for individuals who are looking to save up to 10% on their liability and collision insurance and remove up to four points off their license. This 6-hour course can be taken once every 3 years and is overseen by the National Safety Council in Syracuse. For the convenience of the working individual, some classes are broken up into two consecutive nights of 3 hours each evening, while the other classes are a one-day Saturday 6-hour class.

The cost of the course is $40 and advanced registration is required. To register for the next Defensive Driving Course (remember, you don’t have to be a member to sign-up!) please call the Chamber at 315.536.3111 or visit our events calendar to view upcoming available classes.

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Our Chamber enjoys a partnership with SCORE of Greater Rochester Chapter.

SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years through mentorship and educational seminars and workshops.

For more information, find a mentor or browse available workshops, visit


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