Last night (November 8) was the annual Cortland Chamber of Commerce awards dinner, which was held at the Hathaway House on Route 41 in McGraw.
In total, winners of six distinct awards were recognized.
Small Business of the Year:
- BRU 64 (64 Main Street, Cortland)–Owners Judd Seales and Kelly Gregory were recognized by the Chamber for reviving a space that was previously unoccupied for 18 months and providing a “coffee shop that would serve, the business community, students, and the community as a whole.” They also traveled to the Northwest U.S. in order to educate themselves on the industry and brew a better coffee.
Large Business of the Year:
- Dave Law and his family were recognized for their various businesses in the area. Dave began as a salesman with a large company and began his own business just 18 years ago. That gave rise to the forming of several businesses and the family now runs four locally: CNY Power Sports, CNY Farm Supply, CNY Rental, and CNY Storage.
- Hollywood Restaurant (27 Groton Ave, Cortland)–The establishment has been open for more than 80 years and current owners David and Denise Feinstein have been providing Cortland with delicious cuisine since 1984, as well as a place to “celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and many other special occasions.”
Non-Profit of the Year:
- Helping Hands, Caring Heart –(1 Bellevue Ave, Cortland)–The organization was recognized by the Chamber for its success in providing “numerous support services, such as assistance with planning and preparation for a new baby, a support system for parents and grandparents of young children, confidential counseling and support groups, and resources for families in crisis situations.” Executive Director Pat Lang accepted the award.
Up and Coming Millennial Award:
- Kaleb Wilson–A Cazenovia native, Wilson entered our community just a short time ago, but he’s already made a big impact. He belongs to the Cortland Leadership Program has volunteered for SUNY Cortland Athletics, collected for food drives through Catholic Charities, conducted financial literacy seminars at the Cortland Library, participated in Pumpkinfest, and helped raise money for the Experience Cortland App. He has also participated and volunteered in numerous Chamber events.
Community Service Award:
- Jamie Yaman–Grandson of the late James Yaman, founder of Cortland’s Yaman Real Estate, Jamie was recognized for coming into his own as a standout member of the community. After graduating college he spent time volunteering at elementary schools in the state where he attended school and continued volunteering around the world in elementary schools, including in India before returning to his hometown of Cortland, where he joined his grandfather in the family business.