Kenneth Ellsworth Named Small Business Person of the Year

By Gabe Osterhout

July 22, 2010 Updated May 19, 2006 at 12:21 AM EDT

The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce announces its Small Business Person of the Year.

This year's winner is Kenneth Ellsworth, founder of Keystone Associates.

He was awarded at the chamber's 42nd annual dinner at the Holiday Inn Arena in Binghamton.

During the past five years, Keystone Associates has acquired five successful professional firms and grown from a one room office to a larger facility on State Street.

"Everyday you're in a battle with regulations and all kinds of other issues that affect businesses and to me, this award says I've done more right than wrong and the business has been able to survive and grow and prosper," said Ellsworth.

More than 450 people were invited to attend this dinner.

David Culbertson was named small business advocate of the year, Michael Paley was named volunteer of the year and Diana Bendz was named civic leader of the year.

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