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Greater Utica Chamber recognizes 2019 Business of the Year winners

By Eric Reinhardt


Total Solutions I.T., Inc. and Rising Phoenix Holdings Corp. (Adjusters International) are among the 2019 Business of the Year honorees that the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce has recognized.

Total Solutions I.T. was honored in the category “Business with 50 Employees or Fewer,” while the Chamber recognized Rising Phoenix Holdings Corp. (Adjusters International) in the “Business with Over 50 Employees” category.

Additional honorees included Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties Inc. in the “Not-For-Profit Organization with 50 Employees or Fewer;” Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in the “Not-For-Profit Organization with Over 50 Employees” category; and Disruption Network Productions in the “Catalyst Rising Business” category.

Even though it presented awards to five organizations, the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce on Thursday recognized a total of 15 area businesses and organizations at its annual Business of the Year Awards ceremony at Hart’s Hill Inn.

Nearly 300 people attended the event.

Finalists were evaluated and selected based on staying power, response to challenges, product(s)/services(s) innovation; growth within their industry.

They were also evaluated on commitment to the Mohawk Valley Region, including longevity in region; community involvement; public service; and business leadership; and involvement in the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce.

“This event is always so special to us, as it gives us the opportunity to look back at what our business community has accomplished in the past year,” Meghan Fraser McGrogan, executive director of the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce, said. “As we went through the process of reviewing our nominations, it was so evident we have a community to be proud of and much to celebrate.  All of our award winners today stood out as businesses and organizations who have a vision to move the Greater Utica Area forward not only through dedication to their own growth, but also their dedication to positive growth through collaboration within our community.”


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