2011 SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS LUNCHEON
On May 20, 2011, the Amherst Chamber of Commerce will recognize seven outstanding businesses and individuals for their contributions to small business in Western New York at the Chamber's annual Small Business Awards Luncheon. Jodi Johnston, Anchor and Reporter for WGRZ-TV Channel 2 will be serving as the event's Mistress of Ceremonies. Receiving awards are e3communications, Business First, Janine Tramont of the SUNY at Buffalo Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, The Irishman Pub & Eatery, Russell Salvatore, Tactus Technologies and Bocce Club Pizzeria.
e3communications will be presented with the Small Business of the Year Award. Additionally, e3communications will be awarded the Small Business of the Year Award at the 2011 SBA Matchmaker Awards Luncheon on May 11, 2011. They were chosen for both these honors due to their commitment to Western New York and their work throughout the State as a small business in the Public Relations and Public Affairs industry. e3communications is a full-service public relations and public affairs agency with offices in both Buffalo and Albany. They represent a broad and diverse clientele who are local, regional, national and in some instances international entities. e3communicaitons provide clients with effective communications through both traditional and non-traditional public relations and advocacy tactics, communicating key messages about each organization. e3 is effective communications.
Being honored with the President's Award is Buffalo Business First. A strong supporter and identifier of the achievements of small business throughout the region, Business First is constantly under-recognized for their valuable contributions to the small business community each year. Whether they are hosting another event that recognizes employers and employees, or partnering with the Small Business Administration and SCORE for the annual Small Business Matchmaker event, Business First works hard each year to promote the accomplishments of our area's business community.
Janine Tramont, Program Assistant for the University at Buffalo's School of Management Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership will receive the Small Business Advocate Award. Janine's commitment to small business, especially minority and women owned, is unparalleled. As Program Assistant, Janine is responsible for the coordination of the Allstate Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs Program as well as the Henry Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition. Janine is a strong proponent of the Center's mission to promote business growth through leadership development and experiential learning. Her hard work and dedication each day only exemplifies her commitment to the Western New York business community.
Walk in any day of the week, and The Irishman Pub & Eatery is a busy place to be! They will be receiving the newly created Revitalization Award for their efforts to create a walk-able community on Main Street in the Village of Williamsville. This past summer, they completed construction on a new patio for the front of their property. Their addition further complimented the work being done on Main Street to drive traffic to our many local small shops and businesses.
For his outstanding charitable work throughout the community, Russell Salvatore will be presented with the Award for Excellence. Since his preteen years, Russell has always found his calling and passion in creating good times for others. In addition to the day-to-day operations of Russell's Steaks, Chops and More and Russell's Grand Hotel, Russell still finds time to give back to the community in a myriad of ways. From the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Variety Club of Buffalo, Juvenile Diabetes of Buffalo and Women & Children's Hospital, to many school districts such as Williamsville and Amherst, Russell just wants to continue to give back to the community he loves. Luckily for our community, at the young age of 78, Russell shows no signs of slowing down!
Tactus Technologies will be given the Innovation Award at this year's luncheon program. Founded in 2001 as a spin-off of the Virtual Reality Lab at SUNY at Buffalo, Tactus Technologies specializes in Virtual Reality applications in education, medicine and industry. A success story from the incubators at UB, Tactus Technologies is a small business that has not only remained in the area, but is continuing to thrive and grow. Their many programs have proven to be pioneering works in the virtual reality field. With their newest program, VFL™ companies can train forklift drivers in a virtual setting designed around the actual workspace in which they will be working.
Bocce Club Pizzeria is the recipient of the 2011 Sponsor's Award, having been chosen by the event sponsor First Niagara Bank. After finding an old pizza oven in the basement of the "Bocce Club" in Buffalo, Bocce Club Pizzeriaa founder Dino Pacciotti formulated his own unique pizza recipe through experimentation. This led to the creation of Bocce Club Pizzeria on Bailey Avenue in Amherst and eventually a second location on Hopkins Road in Williamsville. Today, Bocce Club Pizzeria is owned and operated by Dino's son Jim Pacciotti.
This year's luncheon will be held at Samuel's Grande Manor, located at 8750 Main Street in Williamsville. Registration begins at 11:30am and the lunch program will begin promptly at 12:00 noon. Individual tickets are available for $40 for members and $45 for non-members. Corporate tables of ten, including signage, are available for $425 for members and $475 for non-member companies. For more information, or to reserve your seat, click here or call 716.632.6905.