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NORWICH – Members of Commerce Chenango joined the chamber in East Park Wednesday evening in a first ever event that places networking and recognition of some of Chenango County's most valuable employers at the head of the table.
Commerce Chenango Diamond member NBT aligned with the chamber to present to the first annual Soiree in the Park, which brought more than 100 business owners along with representatives from all facets of industry to downtown Norwich where a members dinner was provided.
A number of area eateries the likes of Nina's, Fred's Inn, Chobani, Black Bear Winery and Good Nature Farm Brewery were all showcased under one tent.
The awards ceremony portion of the event dolled out two prestigious awards. John Payne, a Bainbridge native who owns several businesses including Paynes Cranes, Bob's Diner and L.D. Dexheimer was presented with the Sam Golden “Entrepreneur of the Year” award.
“The 'Sammy' recognizes the achievements of someone who best exemplifies the ideals of entrepreneurship by starting and successfully managing one or more businesses in a way that demonstrates notable entrepreneurial characteristics and achievements,” said Commerce Chenango President and CEO Steve Craig...