Annual Business Person of the Year Award

The Small Business Council, in partnership with Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, hosts their Business Person of the Year Awards annually. This event has evolved into one of the premier networking and business recognition events in the Greater Rochester region.

For many past winners, this recognition has vaulted their companies to new levels of success! Candidates are nominated by their peers. An independent Selection Committee of local business leaders and advisors reviews applications and selects finalists in two categories: (i) Businesses with 50 employees or more; and (ii) Businesses with fewer than 50 employees. One winner is chosen annually to receive the Award in each category.


The Criteria: Growth/Leadership/Achievement/Community Service

The Business Person of the Year Award recognizes business leaders who have demonstrated success in both civic and professional areas, specifically in the areas of growth, leadership, achievement, and community service.

To be eligible for the Award, the business leader must have held a senior leadership position in their company for at least three full fiscal years. The Business Person of the Year may be, but need not be, the owner of the business. Only individual nominees (rather than teams or co-owners) will be considered for this Award.

We strongly encourage your nomination of local business leaders who you believe demonstrate these criteria!


To nominate a qualified candidate email Stephanie Helfer or call (585) 256-4661 (for nominations, in the email, please include the nominee's name, title, email address, and company name). If you need additional information, please also contact Stephanie Helfer at (585) 256-4661.

The Application:
Although nominated by their peers, the application must be completed by the applicant personally. The application (shown below) and selection processes are detailed and rigorous. Many past winners have applied several times before being selected. Due to the many qualified participants, the Selection Committee strongly encourages previous applicants to reapply. Applicants have reported that just filling out the application has strengthened their business, even if they were not the winner!

The Reward:
The top finalists in each category are announced in the Rochester Business Journal and a feature article is published about each one. In addition, a video is professionally compiled on each of the top five finalists in each category. The video is shown at the live Business Person of the Year Celebration event and may be used by the recipient for promotional purposes. Past winners are recognized at the Business Person of the Year Celebration event each year.


Nominees - please submit your online application below!

Completely fill out the following form:

Confidentiality Statement
The Small Business Council of Rochester, an affiliate of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, (“SBC”) is sensitive to the potential concern for the confidentiality of the information shared with the SBC in this Application (the “Application”) for the Business Person of the Year Award (the “Award”). The Application is reviewed only by members of the SBC/Rochester Chamber’s Selection Committee for the purpose of determining the Award finalists and winners and will be held confidential by those Selection Committee members.

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