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September 14, 2013

Chamber wins statewide honor

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce has been named the winner of The Business Council of New York State’s Chamber of the Year award, according to a media release from the Business Council.

It will be presented at The Business Council’s 2013 annual meeting Sept. 26, and honors “an outstanding Chamber of Commerce and its leadership team,” the release said.

“Under the leadership of Executive Director Barbara Ann Heegan, the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce has thrived, showing that hard work, commitment to membership, and strong leadership can grow an organization,” said Heather C. Briccetti, president and chief executive officer of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. “Through a collaborative approach the organization has developed notable new programs, established new partnerships and developed best practices that can be replicated around the state.”

Heegan, also president of the organization, said: “We are honored to receive this prestigious award as an organization working hard on behalf of our members and the business community in Otsego County. We are dedicated to bringing growth in our membership by creating member to member programs and services that bring value and awareness of the quality of life we have to offer here in Otsego County. We are a proud partner with The Business Council of New York State in advocating for businesses across New York state.”

The Otsego Chamber has grown its membership by 28 percent, adding 115 new members, according to the release. The projects that make the Chamber deserving of this year’s award include developing a strong college intern program with the SUNY Cooperative Ed Initiative, forming a partnership with Broome Community College to provide courses to county residents, providing seminars and educational programs through guest speakers and expanding networking opportunities for members and the community.

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