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Business Inspiration Awards

Members have been recognized for their inspiring efforts through the annual Business Awards process for over 20 years. The awards highlight members' decisions and investments that advance our regional economy, enhance our quality of life and position us well for the future.

In 2019, the Concept Mapping Project conducted by the City, Town and Chamber used a statistically robust process to identify actions that motivate local economic development. Based on this research, The Chamber now uses the Business Inspiration Awards to highlight decisions made by its members that actively advance the regional economy.

  • Environmental Champion: Protect the beauty, integrity and vitality of our natural environment while reducing any harmful environmental impacts of business operations
  • Visionary Investor: Update, modernize or expand operations with an intent to retain and increase employment opportunities for our community
  • Humanitarian: Enhance health and quality of life, address humanitarian needs and actively promote diversity, equity and inclusion for all members of the community
  • Innovator:  Introduce or reinterpret products, services or experiences, thus expanding the market and engaging new consumers
  • Minority or Woman Owned Business (presented by Constellation Brands): Diversify, empower and honor successful minority and woman ownership and leadership among new and existing area businesses

Business Inspiration Award Honorees


Environmental Champion    Auto Wash
Visionary Investor    Factory 243
Humanitarian    Literacy Volunteers Ontario + Yates

Minority or Woman Owned Business

    Finger Lakes Community College

29 Design Studio


Environmental Champion    Canandaigua Yacht Club
Visionary Investor    Seager Marine
Humanitarian    ESL Federal Credit Union

Minority or Woman Owned Business

    Pactiv Evergreen

Thai by Night


Environmental Champion    The Lake House on Canandaigua
Visionary Investor    Simco HR
Humanitarian    The Salvation Army Canandaigua Corps
Innovator    Wegmans Food, Pharmacy & Market Cafe


Tourism    New York Kitchen
Service    The Friend Team
Retail    Lazy Acre Alpacas/Alpaca Country Clothing & Gifts
Industry    Finger Lakes Extrusion



Tourism    Break the Ice Media
Service    Care Net Pregnancy Center of Canandaigua
Retail    Peacemaker Brewing   Company
Industry    Canandaigua National Bank & Trust


Tourism    Finger Lakes Visitors Connection
Service    Wood Library
Retail    Canandaigua Federal Credit Union #16176
Industry    JD Chapman Agency, Inc.


Tourism    Ontario County Historical Society
Service    Greater Canandaigua Family YMCA
Retail    Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County, NY/ReStore
Industry    Halco Energy


Tourism    Lazy Acre Alpacas
Service    Finger Lakes Community College
Retail    Thompson Guild Gallery Gift Shop
Industry    Leonard's Express, Inc.


Tourism    Roseland Bowl Family Fun Center
Service    Tall Trainer Fitness Systems
Retail    Image Custom Audio & Video
Industry    CB Craft Brewers


Tourism    Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Service    Nu-Look Collision Centers, Inc.
Retail    Ryan's Wine & Spirits
Industry    LaBarge Media


Tourism    CMAC (Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
Service    Park West Hair Design & Spa, Inc.
Retail    Rockcastle Florist
Industry    Rochester Gas & Electric Corp./NYSEG


Tourism    Miami Motel
Service    Woodlawn Cemetery
Retail    Wick-edly Sent Soap and Candle Company
Industry    Patrick Constructors, Inc.


Tourism    Granger Homestead Society, Inc.
Service    Mercy Flight Central, Inc.
Retail    Canandaigua Carpets, Inc.
Industry    Constellation Brands


Tourism    Arbor Hill Grapery
Service    Patty’s Place
Retail    Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery
Industry    Iversen Construction Corp.


Tourism    Bristol Mountain Resort
Service    Kennedy & Son Funeral Home, Inc.
Retail    Randall Farnsworth Auto Group
Industry    Artizahn Dental Studio, Inc.


Tourism    Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack
Service    American Red Cross- West Ontario Office
Retail    Crown Jewelers
Industry    Moore Printing Co., Inc.


Tourism    Captain Gray’s Boat Tours
Service    Canandaigua Bus Tours
Retail    Dick Anthony LTD
Industry    Commodore Machine


Service    Ontario ARC/Abbey Industries
Retail    Mobile Music
Industry    Finger Lakes Technologies Group, Inc.


Tourism    Canandaigua Inn on the Lake
Service    Thompson Health
Retail    Sweet Expressions
Industry    Messenger Post Newspapers


Tourism    Bristol Valley Theatre
Service    The Eye Care Center
Retail    G. Jones Furniture
Industry    Canandaigua Wine Company


Tourism    AAA of Canandaigua
Service    Literacy Volunteers
Retail    The Country Ewe
Industry    Pactiv


Tourism    Canandaigua Inn on the Lake
Service    Ontario County Arts Council
Retail    Canandaigua Motors
Industry    Ultrafab
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