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March 27, 2014

Chamber honorees to receive awards

On Friday, area residents will celebrate an up-and-coming business and an experienced lawyer at the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet. 

The chamber will honor Brewery Ommegang with its NBT Bank Distinguished Business of the Year Award, and John Scarzafava of Oneonta with its Eugene A. Bettiol Distinguished Citizen Award, at the 28th annual NBT Distinguished Dinner and Celebration of Business in the Hunt Union Ballroom at SUNY Oneonta on March 28.

According to Otsego County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Barbara Ann Heegan, the Distinguished Business Award sponsored by NBT Bank is given annually to a business in Otsego County that has made a sustained and substantial impact on the community. 

“The community identifies with Brewery Ommegang as a business that adds value to the region,” said Heegan.

The decision to name Brewery Ommegang Distinguished Business of the Year was made by both the public and the chamber board, Heegan said.

“We opened up the nominations to the public — the response was pretty clear,” Heegan said. “We met and it was agreed that Ommegang fit out mission of being pro-business, of adding value to the region and as being an advocate for our membership and helping make the area business-friendly.”

“We are truly honored to be recognized by our community as the distinguished business of the year,” said Simon Thorpe, CEO of Brewery Ommegang. “Ommegang would not be as successful as we are without the support of our community, and to be honored by the people that we hold in such high esteem is really special. The magic we have in this area somehow makes its way into our beers and we’re proud to share that magic and to share a bit of upstate New York with beer fans across the country.” 

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