Local business leaders honored

By Amy Khuu

May 13, 2014 Updated May 13, 2014 at 11:21 PM EDT

Town of Union, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 50th annual dinner and meeting, Tuesday Night.

Nearly 500 people filled The McKinley for this sold out event. Four individuals were honored for their accomplishments in business and leadership in the community during the past year.

"We got some great nominees for some of the awards and its topped off with our Civic Leaders of the Year. This year it is Peter Newman from M & T Bank." said President and CEO of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce, Lou Santoni.

"Peter has done a phenomenal job on behalf of the Chamber and the entire community," said Santoni,"And it's great to be able to recognize him this evening."

Stephanie Blodgett took home the Small Business Person of the Year. She founded Ad Elements, an advertising agency, in 2002. She also currently serves as the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors to the American Red Cross Southern Tier Chapter and is one of the founding members of Keeping Kids Warm.

"The fact that I love this community, I've been born and raised here, and I developed this company and we continue to grow and grow," said Blodgett, "We change as the businesses in the community change here and helping other small businesses to grow their businesses."

List of winners for 2014:
Civic Leader of the Year- Peter G. Newman, M&T Bank
Small Business Person of the Year- Stephanie Blodgett, Ad Elements, LLC
Small Business Advocate of the Year- C. Arthur Price, Triple Cities Pipe Cleaning, Inc. dba Roto-Rooter
Young Professional of the Year- Megan E. Curinga, Esq, Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP.

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