Nominations Sought for Annual Dinner

Nominations are closed for 2019

The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce has set the date of Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the events center at Good Times of Olean for its 114th Annual Dinner.  GOACC will again recognize one prominent citizen as well as a fixture of the local business community. The chamber is currently accepting nominations for its two most prestigious awards, the Love of Olean United in Enterprise (L.O.U.I.E.) Award and the Enterprising Business Award.  

“Reviewing nominations for the L.O.U.I.E. and Enterprising Business awards is one of our favorite things to do each year, as it reminds us of the unceasing commitment to the greater Olean area that our members have,” said Meme K. Yanetsko, the chamber’s COO. “We look forward receiving nomination submissions and adding new names to the long list of past award recipients.”

The L.O.U.I.E. Award is bestowed upon an individual who symbolizes the enterprising spirit for the greater Olean community, qualities which were embodied in the life of Louis Marra.  Last year’s recipient was Jack Whipple, managing shareholder with Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro. 

The criteria for a L.O.U.I.E. nomination is as follows: the nominee must be in, or have been in, a leadership capacity of a business, industry or organization; the nominee’s management or leadership style must foster a positive work environment, the nominee’s career and civic involvement must exemplify an admiration for the greater Olean area; the nominee may not be a sitting member of the chamber’s Board of Directors or an elected public official who is currently holding office; and the nominee must be employed by, or retired from, a chamber member business or organization.  

The Enterprising Business Award is presented to a business or a non-profit organization, which exemplifies the unique “hometown” charm of the greater Olean area in manners of administration/operation, customer service, or display of inventory. The 2018 Enterprising Business Award was presented to both The Granger Family Businesses and Fox Financial.   Also recognized with the inaugural Presidential Award was Portville mainstay Red’s and Trudy’s.

The nominee must be a member of the chamber; demonstrate a well-planned, thorough and serious approach to its development as a business; and subscribe to a consistent understanding of market factors.  

A nomination form must be completed and submitted to the chamber by noon on Sept. 13 to nominate an individual for the LO.U.I.E. Award or a business or non-profit organization for the Enterprising Business award. Forms are available at the Chamber office, 301 N. Union Street, Olean, and online above. For more information on the Annual Dinner, contact the chamber by phone at 372-4433 or email.



2018 Annual Dinner Awards Named 

Sparky Granger, Mel and Fred Caya, Jack Whipple, Paula Fox Derwick, Tim O'Keefe

Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce • 716-372-4433 • email

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