2019 Nomination Form

2018 Annual Dinner Awards Named 


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

Three businesses and one individual are receiving the highest recognition bestowed by Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber is pleased to announce the winners of its L.O.U.I.E. and Enterprising Business awards, as well as a new honor, the Presidential Award.

Jack Whipple, CEO and managing shareholder of Buffamante Whipple and Buttafaro, P.C., is receiving this 2018 L.O.U.I.E. Award. The L.O.U.I.E. is given to 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 Brian Snyder, formerly of Olean Area Federal Credit Union.

Both Fox Financial and Granger Family Businesses are this year’s winners of the Enterprising Business Award. The honor 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. MJ Painting Contractor Corp. and Good Times of Olean were last year’s recipients.

Taking home the inaugural Presidential Award is Portville mainstay Red’s and Trudy’s. The award is given to a business, organization or individual that are iconic and integral to the fabric of the business community in the greater Olean area.  Recipients are selected by the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

“Jack Whipple, Fox Financial, Granger Family Businesses, and Red’s and Trudy’s epitomize the best of the greater Olean area’s business community,” said Larry Sorokes, the Chamber’s CEO. “While we received many strong nominations for our awards this year, these recipients truly stood out as deserving. They all set the bar high.”

Full profiles of winners will be released in the coming weeks.  This year’s winners will be honored at the Chamber’s 113th Annual Dinner on Nov. 1 at Good Times of Olean’s Events Center.  For more information on the dinner or to purchase tickets, contact the Chamber at 716-372-4433.

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