NORWICH – The 48th Commerce Chenango (formerly the Chenango County Chamber of Commerce) Annual Dinner Wednesday night marked and honored both change and tradition; two keys to business that can, and must, coexist, honorees and ceremony speakers said.
NBT Bancorp, over half-way through its 150th year of operation, received the “Distinguished Business of the Year” award for its long-standing role as an ever-diversifying and growing business leader in Chenango County – and well beyond, with over half-a-million customers in 24 counties throughout New York state and Pennsylvania.
“People in business aspire to be like NBT and reach those lofty heights you folks are at,” Commerce Chenango Chairman Greg Sheldon told a crowd of around 140. “You’re an inspiration.”
Prior to recognizing NBT, however, Chamber officials doubled the awards dinner with official business, taking a member vote to accept the organization’s adoption of a new name, “Commerce Chenango.” It passed with an overwhelming majority.
“When businesses and individuals from outside this county look to us for assistance or information, we wanted to have it take only one phone call, with one image,” said Sheldon, who said the name change is part of consolidation efforts that have been underway for several years. “That’s the primary reason (for the change).”