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  • 07 Mar 2017 4:29 PM | Carol Buczek

    A local tour company wants to help support folks in the Smoky Mountains who were affected by a devastating forest fire last November.

              Tours By Design of Hinckley, New York, is offering a six-day motorcoach tour to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee to help bring business to that region.  Company president, Carol Hamlin Buczek, CTIS, says it’s an easy way to help others.  Buczek recently attended the annual Marketplace of the American Bus Association and says they heard a lot during the week-long convention about the damage suffered by their tourism colleagues, and saw many people wearing buttons with the slogan “We Are Mountain Tough”.

              “During one of our gatherings a businessman from Pigeon Forge explained that the damage from these types of natural disasters is twofold; first there is the initial disaster or tragedy and business immediately grinds to a halt as not only the Park was damaged, but homes, businesses, and lives were lost” says Buczek.  “But then the second wave hits when people stop visiting the area because they mistakenly believe there is nothing left to see, or the damage has made the area unattractive for tourists and businesses are no longer open”.

              Buczek says while the fire was indeed tragic, the majority of the devastation was within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park itself and in the outskirts of Gatlinburg which borders the Park. 

    According to Buczek, tourism representatives at the ABA convention confirmed that the musical theaters, theme parks, restaurants, hotels and other attractions are open and ready for business.  And she adds “the best thing we can do to help these people and the area to recover is to bring them business and keep the folks working and help their economy”.

              Thus, the “Support the Smokies; Mountains and Music Tour” was created and Buczek hopes that people in central New York will jump on the bandwagon, or the bus in this case, and travel south to take their vacation this year.  “We’ve partnered with a number of businesses in the Pigeon Forge region to create a six-day tour that will keep folks entertained while helping people in need” says Buczek.  “It’s a fun and easy way to help others” she adds.

              The tour runs from September 3-8, 2017 and will depart from Utica and Rome.  Highlights of the trip include a guided bus tour through a portion of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, dinner shows, and time at Dollywood, the theme park created by entertainer Dolly Parton.  Parton has been extremely generous in her support of families affected by the fire.  She started the My People Fund and hosted a telethon to raise money for the victims.

              This is not the first time that Tours By Design has stepped up to help victims of a natural disaster.  In 2012 the company ran a tour to Atlantic City and loaded the motorcoach with supplies for victims of Hurricane Sandy.  Tour passengers and community members donated clothing, food and other items that were given to a women’s center and shelter in the area. 

              Buczek invites anyone interested in helping to Support the Smokies to call Tours By Design.  The office is open 9am – 5pm weekdays and can be reached at 315-831-3052 or 1-877-454-0927.  You can also visit the company website www.toursbydesign.org or the Facebook page for more details.      

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  • 17 Feb 2017 10:48 AM | April Cacciatori

    Hello MVBWN! 

     If you are ready to embrace Spring 2017 with a renewed, refreshed and energzied way of life, then this workshop is for you! Discover a sense of expansion and leaning into the possibilities of what your purpose really means! This 90 minute workshop will share vision building, overcoming limiting beliefs and a journey into your how intuition serves you! Presale Will Call tickets $19, at the door $25.

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    Or you can get your Will Call ticket pre-sale by calling Zensations Therapeutic Massage 315.339.9100

    I look forward to seeing you at this event!

    -April Cacciatori, LMT

  • 09 Feb 2017 10:51 AM | Donna Rebisz (Administrator)

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    March 7, 2017: Strategies for Opening or Expanding Your Business

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  • 21 Jan 2017 9:00 AM | Deleted user

    Start 2017 by creating a vision board that will help you to achieve greater clarity and focus in all areas of your life.  Coffee and light breakfast will be served.

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  • 17 Jan 2017 12:15 PM | Collette Aurand

    “DeClutter and Donate Week” to Kick Off in Downtown Utica for GO Month

    The media is invited to a short press conference on Monday, January 23, 2017 at 9:00am at The Stanley Theater to join Mayor Robert Palmieri and Deb Cabral “The DeClutter Coach” as they kick off Declutter and Donate Week in downtown Utica in honor of GO Month.

    Throughout the week, Deb and her team will be filming multiple episodes of their hit national TV show Organization Motivation! at Utica businesses and residences. Shows will then air throughout the country in 16 states in early 2017, putting a well-deserved spotlight on Utica.

    She will be donating her services and making big changes to living and work spaces in Utica to alleviate the stress of clutter, increase their efficiency and implement habits that will help them KEEP organized throughout the year.

    Segments will include:

    • Bite Bakery and Cafe’s Doug and Jason Allen-Leonard’s loft apartment in Bagg’s Square
    • The Stanley Theatre
    • The Utica Zoo
    • YWCA of the Mohawk Valley

    Deb Cabral shares, “My team and I are very excited to work with these Utica companies and individuals, and I thank Mayor Palmieri for his continued support. We’ve been watching Utica make a strong comeback over the past couple of years and believe that decluttering and organizing is an important factor to help strengthen it even more from within. We hope to make this an annual event.”

    As for donating, Deb will work with each person and company they’re filming to donate items to Utica-based agencies and also would like to put a call out to the community to encourage them to take the week of January 23-27 to go through their homes and offices for things that are in good shape but that they no longer need, from furniture to clothes, and donate them. A comprehensive list of local agencies to donate to will be provided at the press conference.


  • 17 Nov 2016 3:46 PM | Amy DeVries

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  • 27 Sep 2016 10:08 AM | Amy DeVries

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  • 08 Jul 2016 12:00 PM | Carol Buczek

              Tours By Design of Hinckley, New York announced that a new website went on line July 6.  The mobile responsive website will make it much easier for visitors to read their information on line when using their tablets, cell phones and other mobile devices.

              Tours By Design President Carol Hamlin Buczek, CTIS worked with another local company to create the refurbished site.  Buczek says “we put the project out to bid last year to a few companies and chose Mohawk Valley GIS for the work”.  MVGIS is located in Utica and is owned by Linda Rockwood. 

              The website, www.toursbydesign.org features upcoming public tours that are open to individuals, tells a little bit about the company, has photos of recent trips, and testimonials from travelers.  There is also a link to the Tours By Design Facebook page and a page dedicated to trips already set up for pre-formed groups but that are open to the public.

    Buczek thought it was important to identify some of the reasons why travelers should know a little about the company and the person behind it.  “Many small tour companies have come and gone in our area over recent years.  Tours By Design was founded by me in 2002 making this our 14th year of business.  And I had six years of group tour operator experience before that working for another company.  We are not a fly-by-night, or just someone offering tours for fun on-the-side.  We have experience, knowledge, education and are dedicated to offering quality services” Buczek says.  Tours By Design is a member of the American Bus Association (ABA) and is fully insured as a tour operator. 

    The majority of the business is dedicated to customizing trips for pre-formed groups but there are some tours offered for individuals.  Tours By Design also buys into extended tours through other larger companies.  In recent years these trips have included Ireland, Alaska, and next month a trip out west to include Yellowstone National Park.  There is a link on the website to a number of Guaranteed Departure trips offered through the TAP program and these are open for individual reservations as well.  Buczek offers these guaranteed departures thanks to her membership in the ABA.  Tours By Design is open weekdays from 9am until 5pm. 

              When choosing a company to create the new website Buczek says “It was important to me to work with a local business, and one that is also a member of a Chamber of Commerce that I belong to”.  Tours By Design and MVGIS are both members of the Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce.  Tours By Design also belongs to the Rome Chamber and Trenton Chamber, and MVGIS to the Greater Utica Chamber.  Both companies are also members of the Mohawk Valley Business Womens Network.  “We join these organizations for many reasons and one of them is to do business within the membership, members helping members is what it’s all about” according to Buczek.  

              The new website was partially funded by grants awarded to Tours By Design in 2015 by the Trenton Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber Alliance of the Mohawk Valley.  “I’m very grateful to both of these organizations for the financial assistance and helping us update our website and give us a greater online presence” Buczek says.



  • 06 Oct 2015 2:07 PM | Regan Johnson

    MVBWN will be participating in the Women in Business event on November 5th from 3:30pm to 7:30pm at Daniele's Banquet Specialists, 8360 Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford, organized by the Greater Utica Chamber.  I hope you will consider joining us.  See the information below or click here to visit the Chamber website. 


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