2016 Award WinnersCongratulations to our client, The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, on reaching its 30th business anniversary. The Chamber kicked off the celebration of this milestone year at the Spring 2016 annual awards dinner. More than 300 Chamber members and guests in attendance made the occasion a true “sell”-abration of business. 

Here’s What We Did: The symbol of the 30th business anniversary is Pearl, and our theme for the Chamber’s anniversary year – “Otsego County: The Pearl of New York State” – was on display at the awards dinner.  

We asked members to donate items for use as door prizes. The give-aways included products, gift certificates for services and special offers, showing recipients why the donor companies are such a great part of Otsego County. For extra fun, we asked companies to tag each donation with a business card and to share on the back of each card a “Pearl of Wisdom” that demonstrated why the company is successful. A special table filled with an abundance of these items greeted guests and served as a powerful statement about the best of business in Otsego County. 

Introducing the Honorees: 

  • NYCM Insurance (www.nycm.com) was named Distinguished Business of the Year, an award which “recognizes an Otsego County Chamber of Commerce business which has demonstrated successful economic growth, has a strong commitment to the Otsego County business community, and made a sustained and substantial impact in the community.”
  • John Remillard was named the recipient of the Eugene A. Bettiol, Jr., Distinguished Citizen Award, an honor “given to a citizen of Otsego County who is committed to enhancing the quality of life in Otsego County, has made a long-term impact on our region and who gives back to community through their leadership.”
  • Oneonta Family YMCA (www.oneontaymca.org) was named the recipient of the Quality of Life Award, which is “given to a business or individual who has involvement in the community and has significantly contributed to the overall quality of life in Otsego County and its citizens through its programming and/or activities and has made a significant, substantial contribution in the previous year to the social, civic, or charitable health and well-being of Otsego County.” 

Congratulations to the award winners! Congratulations to The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce for a successful launch of its 30th business anniversary!  

Blogger Bio: Pauline Bartel, M.A., is President and Chief Creative Officer of Bartel Communications, Inc., an award-winning corporate communications consultancy. One of the company’s specialties is business anniversary marketing.

Bartel Communications created “The Bartel Years™” and “The Bartel Years 200™,” rosters of business anniversary symbols to inspire two centuries of business anniversary “sell”-abrations.

Through The Bartel Way™, an integrated marketing and public relations strategy, Bartel Communications uses business anniversaries as showcases for a company’s products and services. This engages customers, drives sales and transforms the anniversary into a “sell”-abration. For further information, visit www.paulinebartel.com/services/corporate-services/business-anniversary-consulting