The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of its 2013 Small Business of the Year and Breakthrough awards.
The winner of this year’s Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award is Five Star Subaru of Oneonta. Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Barbara Ann Heegan said that Five Star Subaru was given the award based on its community outreach, customer service and involvement with the arts.
Said Heegan, “People have just felt very compelled to their outreach ... in the community.”
Brooks’ Bottling Co., a sister company of Brooks’ House of Bar-B-Q, was given the Breakthrough Award for the expansion of its sauce bottling business.
“People traveling from all over recognize the name of Brooks’,” said Heegan, who said that by expanding into different marketplaces, Brooks’ was attracting attention not only to its business but to Oneonta as a whole.
The Small Business of the Year Award is given annually to a business of 50 employees or fewer based in Otsego County, while the Breakthrough Award is given annually to a business of any size in Otsego County that demonstrates innovation and growth.
Candidates for both awards are nominated through the chamber’s nominating process, which is held over the summer. Any person, regardless of chamber membership, can fill out a nomination form. A committee then reviews the nominations and the chamber’s executive committee has the final say on reviewing the nominations and selecting the winners.
This is the 14th year the Otsego Chamber has given out its Small Business of the Year Award and the eighth year it has given out its Breakthrough Award.
Ben Guenther and Blaine Jennings, co-owners of Five Star Subaru, along with Brooks’ owner Ryan Brooks and Heegan, met with the media at Brooks’ House of Bar-B-Q to discuss the awards.