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Business Inspiration Awards

The Chamber uses the Business Inspiration Awards to highlight decisions made by its members that actively advance the regional economy, enhance our quality of life and position us well for the future.

  • 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 communities
  • Humanitarian: Enhance health and quality of life, address humanitarian needs and actively promote diversity, equity and inclusion for all members of the communities
  • Innovator:  Introduce or reinterpret products, services or experiences, thus expanding the market and engaging new consumers
  • Minority or Woman Owned Business: Diversify, empower and honor successful minority and woman ownership and leadership among new and existing area businesses

2023 Business Inspiration Awards

Business Inspiration Award Honorees


Environmental Champion - Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association

Visionary Investor - Leonard's Express

Humanitarian - Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes

Innovator - Uber Lawns & Landscape

Minority or Woman Owned Business - Young Lion Brewing Company


Environmental Champion - Auto Wash

Visionary Investor - Factory 243

Humanitarian - Literacy Volunteers Ontario + Yates

Innovator - Finger Lakes Community College

Minority or Woman Owned Business - 29 Design Studio


Environmental Champion - Canandaigua Yacht Club

Visionary Investor - Seager Marine

Humanitarian - ESL Federal Credit Union

Innovator - Pactiv Evergreen

Minority or Woman Owned Business - 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 Café


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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