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You might be aware of recent news headlines regarding the Heartbleed bug, which may compromise encryption used by some websites and allow for personal identification information to be stolen.

 

Please be assured that GRBonline and Virtual Check Deposit are not affected by the current OpenSSL vulnerability.

 

As a best practice, we advise our clients to be cautious and aware of the security of their personal information online. Some steps you can take to enhance your online security are:

 

  • Change the passwords you use for your GRBonline account.
  • Make sure you use unique user names and passwords for each of your online accounts.
  • Protect your user name and password information. Don’t store this information next to your computer.
  • Keep a close eye on your accounts. Enroll in GRBonline and check your accounts frequently.
  • Protect your account information, as well as all other personal identification information, such as your Social Security number, birthdate, or any other personal information. Never provide this information to someone who contacts you by telephone or email requesting this information.

 

Review Online Transaction Safety for more helpful information.

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For the second time, GRB has won a Best of the Web award in the banking/finance category at the RBJ's annual event. We previously won in 2011. Many thanks to our marketing agency, Mason Marketing, for designing the website.

 

The judges commented that the photos and quotes from our clients and employees "humanized" the bank, and that information was easy to find. Marketing Manager Kate Jacus was on hand to receive the award at the annual event. 

 

 

 
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Chief Lending Officer Dave Halladay was quoted in an RBJ article about business refinancing. As interest rates begin to rise, businesses with variable rate loans are looking at refinancing to a fixed rate. The article examined the closer relationship commercial borrowers have with their lenders; it's much less transactional than for peple refinancing homes. 

 

"A certain component of [refinaning] is interest-rate driven, but it really comes down to what's going on in an individual business and where they are in the business cycle," Halladay says.  Since businesses' capital needs evlolve as they change and grow, it is imperative that commercial lenders are regularly connecting with their borrowers. 

 

 

Read the full article here

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GRB is proud to be a sponsor of the Pittsford Chamber of Commerce's Business Person of the Year event, honoring restaurateur Charlie Fitzsimmons. Charlie's successful local restaurants include Black & Blue, Jo Jo, Village Bakery, and TRATA. 

 

The award dinner will be held at Monroe Golf Club on March 13, 2014 from 5:30 - 8pm. It's open to the public and tickets are $35/$25 PCC members. More information on the Pittsford Chamber's website

 

Congrats to Charlie for this well deserved award!

 

 
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The Greece Chamber of Commerce sent word today that their 2014 Small Business of the Year, American Custom Exteriors, and their 2014 Microenterprise of the Year, Christie Carpets, were selected as U. S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Award winners. 

 

The U. S. Chamber notes that the Blue Ribbon Award is a program that recognizes companies for their dedication to the principles of free enterprise and contributions to restoring jobs and supporting economic growth. This year's winners were selected from a record number of applicants across the nation, and each demonstrates exceptional business practices in areas including strategic planning, employee development, community involvement, and customer service. 

 

There are just 100 Blue Ribbon Award winners annually.  You can read the U. S. Chamber's full press release here, and see the full list of winners here.

 

GRB is proud to be the headline sponsor of the Greece Chamber's Small Business and Microenterprise of the Year Awards, and we congratulate American Custom Exteriors and Christie Carpets for their well-deserved national recognition! 

 

 

 

 

 

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GRB is excited to announce that we are a finalist in the Rochester Business Journal's annual Best of the Web awards. 

 

 

We have some tough competition. The award breakfast is March 13. Stay tuned to see if we win!

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Personal Finance site NerdWallet recently released a study that named Rochester as #10 in consumer banking options out of the 100 largest U.S. cities.  Original post: "Ten Best Cities for Consumer Banking 2014."

 

Selecting cities based on the diversity of banking options, average savings account interest earnings, fees charged, and branch accessibility, among other criteria. Cincinnati tops the list. 

 

GRB gets a mention in the ranking list

 

Rochester makes its first appearance on this annual list in part by being home to a high number of bank and credit union branches. There are more than 70 branches per 100,000 residents operating within the city, meaning that residents have more ready access to in-person financial services. Even local institutions like Genesee Regional Bank offer a number of physical branches to help reach consumers. Rochester's ranking is also helped by a lower than average monthly checking fee, at approximately $8.24. 

 

 

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As you may know, there was a data breach on some credit and debit cards used at Target stores between November 27, 2013 and December 15, 2013. GRB customers who made a card transaction at Target during those dates may be affected. 

 

We encourage you to monitor your credit card and bank account activity on a regular basis for suspicious transactions. If you discover any unusual activity, be sure to report it immediately to your financial institution.  

 

To monitor your GRB account(s), you can use your monthly statements, or review them more frequently using GRBonline. If you suspect that there has been unauthorized activity on your GRB account, please contact us immediately. Call 585-249-1540 between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday, or visit a GRB branch location. To report fraud during non-business hours, please call 585-662-9133. 

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For the 18th year, the Rochester Small Business Council sponsored SBC Cares, a food drive to bring more than 2000 local families with a Thanksgiving meal. This is one of our favorite volunteer efforts during the year, and GRB, along with our partner, Calkins Road Middle School, was proud to supply 81 baskets of food. 

 

 

GRB food baskets collected before delivery.

 

 

 

Loaded up for delivery!

 

Several GRB employees volunteered their time on Saturday, November 23, to deliver the baskets to organizations including YWCA, Catholic Charities, Veterans Outreach Center, ALternative for Battered Women, Sojourner House, and the Open Door Mission. 

 

Check out this great video about the 2013 food drive! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Genesee Regional Bank is pleased to announce the addition of 40 new employees to our Residential Mortgage team. These industry veterans are former employees of First Rochester Mortgage and divisions, Eastcap Mortgage and CenterPointe Mortgage.  The company’s founder, Armando Capuano, will become Vice President and Manager of Residential Mortgage Lending at GRB.

 

“Adding such depth to our team is testament to GRB’s continued growth and the strong opportunity in the local residential marketplace,” says Phil Pecora, GRB President & CEO.  “We have served hundreds of clients since we started our residential mortgage department six years ago, and look forward to our substantially increased capacity.”  In 2012, First Rochester and its divisions originated $200 million in local mortgage volume.

 

GRB’s mortgage team offers a high level of personal service, with quick lending decisions made locally. 

 

“My team and I are excited about joining another growing organization focused on serving the local community, says Capuano. “Both First Rochester Mortgage and GRB have been Rochester Top 100 companies, and we anticipate continued growth now that our employees are working together.”

 

The new GRB MortgageTM offices are located at 919 Winton Rd. S. and 2024 W. Henrietta Rd., Suite 2A.  More information here.  and read the RBJ article here

 

 

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We are excited to announce that GRB has been ranked #73 on the 2013 Rochester Top 100 list. Our consistent growth has helped us place on the list five out of the last seven years. Thanks to our clients and partners for helping us achieve this honor.

 

The annual program of the Rochester Business Alliance Inc. and KPMG LLP spotlights the region's fastest-growing private companies, based on dollar and percentage revenue increases over the past three fiscal years, with a minimum of $1 million in annual sales required. 

 

Read the RBJ's coverage here and the RBA's online database of Top 100 companies here

 

 

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GRB's Community Involvement Committee has chosen the Mary Cariola Children's Center as a beneficiary of bank-supported volunteer time. Giving back to the community, not only financially, is important to the bank.

 

GRB volunteers have helped Mary Cariola staff put on their annual Beach Party, grilled hot dogs and burgers for a summer picnic, collected back to school supplies for the kids, and sponsored a team for Walking on Sunshine, the Center's largest fundraiser.

 

Thanks to Mary Cariola for some press about our volunteering in their Autumn 2013 newsletter!

 

Some members of Team GRB at the Walking on Sunshine event on 9/28/13.

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GRB fielded two teams for the Rochester Marathon relay on September 22. Nancy Maynard, a GRB Commercial Relationship Manager, serves on the board of the local chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, the organization that puts on the marathon. 

 

Along with our running teams, we were proud to support the Arthritis Foundation by being a sponsor of the Friends & Family tent at the finish line.

 

Congrats to all who participated!

 

 

GRB runners Nancy Maynard, Tim Levine, Harrison Taylor, & Stephanie Marks

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GRB board member John LiDestri is highlighted in the Fall issue of Wegmans' Menu magazine.  

 

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GRB is proud to support several events for Camp Good Days and Special Times. Stephanie Marks and Jessica Halladay, daughter of Dave Halladay, volunteered at the Just Clowning Around 5K on July 13. 

 

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On May 21, GRB runners and walkers participated in the annual Rochester JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge. The beneficiary of this year's event was the YMCA of Greater Rochester, an organization GRB is also proud to support. 

 

 

 

 
 
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GRB's Pittsford branch this week unveiled extensive renovations, updating the interior finishes and creating better usable space. Many thanks to NH Architecture for the design work, and West Construction for the renovation work.

 

We are pleased with our updated branch, which will offer clients more privacy during transactions, a more comfortable waiting area, and increased conference room space.What hasn't changed is the free coffee and our welcoming, helpful branch staff!  Stop by for a visit soon.

 

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Rochester's small business community is highlighted in a recent Democrat & Chronicle article. Three technology startups are spotlighted, exemplifying the shift in our local economy from a few large-scale manufacturers to smaller, high tech-firms. These firms, and others, have been supported by business development centers, incubators, and professional development groups that make up a regional infrastructure conducive to small business.

 

Read the full article here.

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GRB has been the headline sponsor for the Greece Chamber's annual Small Business of the Year Award since its inception four years ago. The award has been a great way to highlight the real success stories of Greece's business community.

 

The winners of both the Small Business and Microenterprise categories are entered into a national small business competiton sponsored by the U. S. Chamber of Commerce. Two Greece businesses have been recognized in this competition.

 

PetSaver Healthy Pet Superstore and The Victors Gymnastics, Inc. have been named 2013 Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners. Additionally, PetSaver has been named the Eastern Region Finalist for the 2013 Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award.

 

From the Democrat & Chronicle article (read full article here):

 

Jodie Perry, president of the Greece Chamber of Commerce, said it is thrilling to have two businesses from the town recognized by the national Chamber.

 

“I think it shows that our businesses are really doing some innovative things, and really delivering high levels of customer service,” she said. “It’s exciting to hear that even though our economy is still flat, some businesses are doing really well and doing really great things. It’s a great thing for our community.”

 

Congratulations to both PetSaver and The Victors Gymnastics!

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GRB is a table sponsor at a benefit for the families of the West Webster firemen and the Lake Road families this Sunday. Organized by Flaherty's Three Flags Inn, a portion of each tab will be donated to the WWFD and the Lake Road families. Prizes, a raffle, and live music round out the event. Check out their Facebook page for more information.

 

Details:

Sunday, February 11

Starting at noon

Flaherty's Three Flags Inn

1200 Bay Rd., Webster

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GRB Community Relationship Manager Dave Rossi has generously volunteered his time to be a business mentor to the Greece Chamber of Commerce's YEA! class. YEA!, or the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, offers students a year long class that transforms them into entrepreneurs. Founded locally, YEA! now offers programs in 17 states.

 

Rossi and the other volunteers provide feedback for the kids' business plans and help them along the process of establishing their business. Stay tuned for updates as this class establishes their businesses and competes agains other local YEA! programs.

 

 

 

 

Image from the Greece Chamber of Commerce February Newsletter.

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Joe Cassara and his new business, YouNeedMyGuy.com, is highlighted in this Democrat & Chronicle article. The Webster native combines business and social media so that a search on You Need My Guy will turn up providers recommended by friends.

 

 

Joe Cassara, 30, of Webster is the founder and CEO of You Need My Guy,

a company provides reviews about a community's best service providers.

/ MARIE DE JESUS/Democrat & Chronicle staff photographer

 

Read the full article here.

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Mark Gentile, a senior technical director at Symantec Corp., is highlighted in a Democrat & Chronicle article about entrepreneurship. Gentile sold his company, Odyssey Software, to Symantec last year.

 

From the article:

 

Back in the mid-1990s, when Mark Gentile was starting his software business, potential investors reminded him that many startups fail. They asked about his backup plan.

 

“Naively, I said, ‘Failure is not an option.’ And everyone kind of chuckled,” said Gentile [...].

 

His attitude epitomized the confidence and spirit that permeates the world of entrepreneurship, where men and women risk everything to pursue their dream. They have a drive and a decisive ability that separates them from the rest of us nine to fivers, according to experts.

 

Gentile goes on to talk about the persistence and passion that drove his success.

 

Read the full article here.

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In early January, GRB fielded a team at the Second Annual Rochester-area CPA Firms Sand Volleyball tournament. We got the added benefit of supporting our client, Hot Shots Volleyball Club. Proceeds benefitted Flower City Habitat for Humanity.

 

Our team lost a close match in the first round of playoffs, but nonetheless had a fun day. Thanks to Ami Panipinto for organizing GRB's team!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GRB was deeply saddened by the shooting of four West Webster firefighters and the displacement of a number of Webster residents whose homes were destroyed by fire on Christmas Eve. A number of our employees and clients live and work in Webster, so we wanted to do something to show our support for that community.

 

The weekend of the funerals for Firefighters Chiapperini and Kaczowka, GRB donated eight hotel rooms at the Webster Holiday Inn Express for firefighters attending the funerals. Clients of GRB, including Zeller Corporation and Progressive Machine also donated rooms.

 

Our thoughts continue to go out to the families of the firefighters and everyone affected by this tragedy.

 

#WWFD is the hashtag that has permeated social media sites to mark information about the West Webster Fire Department. Our donation was mentioned on a Facebook page that serves as a clearinghouse for those wanting to help.

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations to the 2012 winners of the Greece Chamber's Small Business of the Year Awards!

 

Small Business of the Year: Caring for Cats Veterinary Hospital

 

Microenterprise of the Year: The Victors Gymnastics, Inc.

 

Winners were announced at the annual award luncheon, held today at the Greece Marriott. GRB is proud to be the presenting sponsor of this event since its inception four years ago.

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The Empire State Lyric Theatre announced expansion plans last week, becoming Rochester Lyric Opera.

 

GRB is a proud supporter of Rochester Lyric Opera, and we look forward to this newly formed organization putting on an even more exciting Chamber Opera Festival in April, 2013.

 

Tickets for all Rochester Lyric Opera events can be purchased at the three GRB locations.

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The Greece Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for the 4th Annual Small Business of the Year and 2nd Annual Microenterprise awards.

 

Finalists for Small Business of the Year:

  • American Custom Exteriors & Interiors
  • Caring for Cats Veterinary Hospital
  • Deborah L. Fox, DDS

 

Finalists for Microenterprise of the Year:

  • Bansbach, Zoghlin, P.C.
  • Benefit Representatives of America
  • The Victors Gymnastics & Cheerleading

 

GRB is proud to be the presenting sponsor of these awards, as we have been since their inception four years ago. This event highlights outstanding business owners in Greece, and celebrates the strong business community there.

 

The luncheon and awards ceremony is Friday, November 16 from 11:45am - 1:30pm at the Greece Marriott. Register online here.

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GRB is pleased to announce that we have received a Silver Award from the Small Business Administration (SBA), for the fiscal year ending Septemebr 30, 2012. This places us third among local banks who participate in SBA programs. 

 

The Silver Award recognizes instutitions who have produced over $5 million in SBA-guaranteed loans.

 

Partnering with lenders and providing loan guarantees, SBA programs provide much needed capital to small businesses. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information on how GRB can utilize the SBA to grow your business.  

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The Rochester Top 100 recognizes the fast-growing privately held companies in the Rochester region. GRB is proud to have been included in the Top 100 for the past 3 years, ranking 41st in 2011. CEO Phil Pecora discusses GRB's strategy and the current banking environment in a recent interview with the Democrat & Chronicle.

 

Read the Democrat & Chronicle interview here.

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