UTICA — Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce honored 15 area businesses and organizations at its annual Business of the Year Awards ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 9, at Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club.
Awards were presented to winners in five separate categories, which included:
• For-Profit Business with Fewer Than 50 Employees;
• For-Profit Business with More Than 50 Employees;
• Not-For-Profit Business with Fewer Than 50 Employees;
• Not-For-Profit Organization with More Than 50 Employees; and
• The Catalyst Rising Business Award.
Finalists were evaluated and selected based on the following criteria:
• Staying power, response to challenges;
• Product and services innovation;
• Growth within its industry;
• Commitment to the Mohawk Valley Region;
• Longevity in region;
• Community involvement;
• Public service;
• Business leadership; and
• Involvement in the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce.
Ultimately, there was one winner honored in each category at the ceremony, the chamber said.
As a result, the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce named the following contest winners:
Fewer than 50 Employees
• Greenscapes Garden Center
More than 50 Employees
Not-For-Profit Business Fewer than 50 Employees
Profit Business More than 50 Employees
The House of the Good Shepherd; and
Catalyst Rising Business
Primary Urgent Care
“This event is always so special to us, as it gives us the opportunity to recognize what our business community has accomplished in the past year,” said Kari Puleo, executive director of the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce.
“Each and every business and non-profit recognized today plays a part in what makes the Greater Utica area a unique and special place to live, work and play,” Puleo added.
The event was presented by Staffworks, and included the following sponsors: Adirondack Railroad, the ARC Oneida-Lewis Chapter, Bradley & Bradley Real Estate, BSNY, Excellus, First Source Federal Credit Union, Charles A. Gaetano Construction, Gilroy, Kernan & Gilroy, GPO Federal Credit Union, The House of the Good Shepherd, Local iQ/Observer Dispatch, The Law Office of Jennifer M. Osiecki, Masonic Care Community, New York Sash, Resource Center for Independent Living, Rising Phoenix Holdings Corp., and Visions Hotels.