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Business Person of the Year Award

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, and its Small Business Council affiliate, host the Business Person of the Year Award annually. This event has evolved into one of the premier networking and business recognition events in the Greater Rochester region.

The Business Person of the Year Award recognizes for-profit business leaders who have demonstrated success in both civic and professional areas, specifically in the areas of growth, leadership, achievement, and community service. Candidates are nominated by their peers, and an independent committee reviews applications and selects the finalists.

An independent Selection Committee of local business leaders and advisors reviews applications and selects finalists in two categories: (i) For-profit businesses with 50 employees or more; and (ii) For-profit businesses with fewer than 50 employees. One winner is chosen annually to receive the Award in each category. For many past winners, this recognition has vaulted their companies to new levels of success!

Also awarded at this ceremony is the Distinguished Career award. Newly created in 2022, this award honors the legacy of individuals who have a lifetime of business excellence and community service in the Greater Rochester region.

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