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The Better Contractors Bureau is a non-profit consumer protection agency established in 1974 to be of assistance to the homeowner when dealing with contractors. It mission is to "PROTECT & INFORM" the consumer and its goals are to Eliminate the unscrupulous contractors in the area and Upgrade the image of the home improvement industry. 

The BCB, as it is more commonly known as has approximately 500 members who must meet rigid requirements to become a member! They must swear to abide by a strict Code of Ethics, provide proof of their liability and workmen's comp insurance, a N.Y.S. legal contract, and be in business for at least a minimum of one year or have five years experience in the trades. In addition they must provide two supplier and one past customer reference. They cannot have any outstanding unrectified complaints with the Attorney General's office. Members are recognized as "Registered Professionals" after a one year trial period. 

The BCB has close to 10,000 contractors on its data base and its services include complaint processing, mediation and formal arbitration through its relationship with the Center for Dispute Settlement, gives referrals and inquiries on contractors and offers an inspection service to verify that a consumer's complaint is justified. It also gives advice on trade and materials questions. 


The Electrical Association of Rochester (EAR) is an organization whose primary purpose is to educate the community on the safe and efficient use of electricity and technology as well as to promote the common interests of the electrical industry in the exchange of information.
EAR was founded in August, 1924 "by a group of local manufacturers, jobbers, contractors, dealers and Rochester Gas & Electric Corporation officials for the specific purpose of promoting the electrical business in general in Rochester and the vicinity and also in order to develop wider use for electricity and electrical equipment". [Source: Rochester Evening Journal and The Post Express, November 10, 1933]. That mission is still true today...over 84 years later.  The organization sponsors educational classes and training programs, the Construction & Maintenance Division, social events, an annual luncheon in honor of Thomas Edison, a scholarship program, a contractor referral program, group medical coverage for members and their employees, a tri-annual trade show, an industry newsletter, and a web site to keep current with all EAR has to offer.

The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA, established in 1896, is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.

The world's leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety, NFPA develops, publishes, and disseminates more than 300 consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks.

NFPA membership totals more than 81,000 individuals around the world and more than 80 national trade and professional organizations.

As a pioneer, the International Association of Electrical Inspectors plays a strong leadership role in the electrical industry and its many organizations and associations. Because of its reputation for fairness and code-compliance, the association has long been labeled the Keystone of the Electrical Industry. Like the keystone, the association plays a cohesive role among testing agencies, standards organizations, manufacturers, distributors, and contractors. Since 1928, the IAEI has brought unbiased focus to interpreting the National Electrical Code and teaching safe installation and use of electricity.

The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) is the national trade association representing the U.S. propane industry.  Our membership includes small businesses and large corporations engaged in the retail marketing of propane gas and appliances; producers and wholesalers of propane equipment; manufacturers and distributors of propane gas appliances and equipment; fabricators of propane gas cylinders and tanks; and propane transporters.

With a membership of more than 3,500 companies in all 50 states, 38 affiliated state or regional associations, and members in 28 foreign countries, NPGA represents every segment of the propane industry

Small groups of local business people began meeting and organizing in the early 1950’s in the Towns of Walworth, Macedon and Palmyra with the purpose of forming Chambers of Commerce. All three chambers were formalized in 1957 with Walworth also becoming incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in New York State.

Over the succeeding years these chambers sponsored and/or spearheaded many local civic and business related opportunities including; encouraging professional services of doctors, dentists, lawyers, architects, builders, banks, retail chains, and engineering firms to locate and expand in out towns. Additionally these chambers supported political candidates who worked to bring redevelopment funds and projects to our area for the benefit of all our citizens.

In 2001 the Macedon and Palmyra Chambers joined together as a common organization and in 2009 were joined by Walworth Chamber to become an incorporated body named the Canal Connection Chambers of Commerce Inc. This new organization, has a common purpose. It’s an organization of business people and community members created; to provide a forum which fosters the exchange of ideas and information among its members; to promote and encourage the success of local businesses; and to carry forth the skills, talents and success of its members by encouraging an environment of economic and community growth.

Join us as we boldly expand our successes in the 21st century!

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