SHERBURNE – Commerce Chenango recognized two community members, a local business owner and a non-profit Wednesday at the organization’s 10th Annual Membership Appreciation Luncheon, held at the Fox Run Event Center in Sherburne.
Those recognized were this year’s recipient of the Woman Owned Business of the Year, Danielle Marshman Williamson of Hoppie’s Ice Cream Parlor; Non-Profit Agency of the Year, the Chenango River Theatre; Ambassador of the Year, Kerri Green; and Employee of the Year Award, Kassie Golden of Canasawacta Country Club.
Commerce Chenango Interim President Sewain Conklin presided over the event, which was sponsored by Preferred Mutual Insurance Company, Raymond and Integrys Energy Services. He was joined at the podium by the immediate past chair of the organization’s board of directors, Kevin Walsh, and its current chairman, James Currie of Frontier.
Woman-Owned Business of the Year
Danielle Marshman Williamson, owner of Hoppie’s Ice Cream Parlor in Oxford, received the Woman-Owned Business of the Year award.
“In a rural area like Chenango County, we must recognize the value of growing our small business sector, encouraging and nurturing a diverse mix of firms to build our future economy,” said Conklin, as he described the award, and the value of minority and woman owned businesses to the economy.
“Danielle ... was chosen to receive this award because of her commitment to believe in herself, her business and Chenango County,” he explained.
According to Conklin, Williamson first worked at Hoppie’s while still in high school. In 2006, armed with a degree in hotel and restaurant administration and with several years of experience in the hospitality industry under her belt, she had the opportunity to take over the business.