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ALBANY — The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce has been named the winner of The Business Council of New York State’s Chamber of the Year award. This award, presented at The Business Council’s 2013 Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 26, honors an outstanding Chamber of Commerce and its leadership team.


“Under the leadership of Executive Director Barbara Ann Heegan, the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce has thrived, showing that hard work, commitment to membership, and strong leadership can grow an organization,” said Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president & CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. “Through a collaborative  approach the organization has developed notable new programs, established new partnerships and developed best practices that can be replicated around the state.”


“We are honored to receive this prestigious award as an organization working hard on behalf of our members and the business community in Otsego County,” said Barbara Ann Heegan, president and CEO of the Otsego Chamber of Commerce. “We are dedicated to bringing growth in our membership by creating member to member programs and services that bring value and awareness of the quality of life we have to offer here in Otsego County. We are a proud partner with The Business Council of New York State in advocating for businesses across New York state.”


The Business Council Chamber of the Year Award is given each year to a Chamber of Commerce that displays a positive commitment to pro-business activities within their community and the state. Nominated Chambers are judged on factors including: the quality programs and services provided, fiscal responsibility demonstrated, and commitment to membership and the community.


Located in Oneonta, N.Y., the 520-member Otsego County Chamber of Commerce seeks to continually improve the overall business climate in Otsego County.  It strives to create an atmosphere which attracts investment; builds a positive, forward-thinking business community; and partners with government, groups, individuals and institutions.


In the past year, the Otsego Chamber has grown its membership by 28 percent, adding 115 new members. Among the many notable projects that make the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce deserving of this year’s award, the organization: developed a strong college intern program with the SUNY Cooperative Ed Initiative, developed a partnership with Broome Community College to provide courses to county residents, provided seminars and educational programs though guest speakers, and significantly expanded networking opportunities for members and the community.


For more information on The Business Council Chamber of the Year Award and The Council’s 2013 Annual Meeting that will be held at The Sagamore Resort on Lake George, September 25-27, 2013 visit The Business Council’s website at www.bcnys.org.




The Business Council of New York State, Inc., working to create economic growth, good jobs and strong communities across New York State.

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