May 24, 2018
Photos courtesy of Jerry Kelsey Photography
The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism was pleased to host the annual awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth State Park, the event was catered by the Glen Iris Inn. This year’s award winners are:
Cole Building Solutions / Large Business of the Year
Harding Plumbing and Heating / Small Business of the Year
Balloons Over Letchworth / Tourism Business of the Year
Silver Lake Brewing Project / Most Promising Business of the Year
Austin Fish received a plaque recognizing his ten-years of service on the Chamber's board of directors, Darren Long was also recognized, but was not able to attend. Certificates of recognition were also given by state and federal representatives, as well as, framed copies of the published news articles prepared by the Batavia Daily News.
Awardee background information:
Cole Building Solutions has been committed to providing customers with lasting quality at affordable prices since 2012, as a locally-focused construction company serving Western New York. In April 2017, they took over Finger Lakes Construction, and are an authorized dealer for EPS Buildings. They offer pre-engineered structures custom designed to fit each of their customer’s requests. They also build from the ground up, including curtains, free stalls, headlocks, ventilation, gates, and more.
Harding Plumbing and Heating was started by Ed Harding in 1978, and later purchased by Shane & Tara Harding in 1998 and has sustained steady growth over past 19 years. They serve a large region in New York and beyond, and have recently expanded in Perry allowing for more inventory, larger showroom space and better organization of daily tasks.
For 30 years, Sean Quigley has been a balloon pilot and has been operating Balloons Over Letchworth since 1993, as the exclusive hot air balloon company to launch from within the south end of Letchworth State Park. Balloons Over Letchworth offers unique and spectacular views of the waterfalls, gorge, and scenery of the “Grand Canyon of the East.”
Silver Lake Brewing Project started as a conversation over beer in 2012. Three founders came together to start a microbrewery in Perry, New York to celebrate beer in a rural community. As Perry was growing into a center of arts, culture, and business, the founders recognized that there was demand for a craft brewery. The brewery and taproom, located at 14 Borden Avenue, Perry, opened in March 2017. SLBP specializes in Belgian-style and classic American craft beer. The taproom sells pints, flights, growlers, crowlers, snacks, and merchandise.
The annual 2018 Agri-Business of the Year award was previously given to the Perry Veterinary Clinic at the Pride of Agriculture Dinner on March 3, 2018.
The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism is the leading membership organization for local and regional growth, advocacy, and connection for Wyoming County’s business community. The Chamber & Tourism’s mission is to serve the members and community; promote and grow the area’s economic and tourism assets; and work collaboratively to create an environment that leads to the success and economic prosperity of Wyoming County. The key programs and services of the organization are educational seminars; leadership development; business assistance and guidance; cost-saving opportunities; advocacy; recognition, networking, exposure and promotional opportunities. For more information or to become a member please call 585-786-0307 or visit the website at www.wycochamber.org.