VICTOR – If there was a theme to the 16th annual Victor Business Awards, it was resilience.
Initially scheduled to take place two years ago, the event – which celebrates businesses headquartered in the Victor area – was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But despite the delay, the overall mood was one of celebration for the 18 businesses being recognized.
“The businesses’ perseverance paid off in the pandemic because all of the businesses that were there yesterday survived,” said Kathy Rayburn, director of economic development and executive director of Victor LDC.
“They made it through,” she added.
Scroll down to read the list of award winners.
The event, held at the Cobblestone Creek Country Club Thursday, began with opening remarks from several local and state legislators to the 140 people gathered.
Among those in attendance were Victor Town Supervisor Jack Marren, state Senator Pam Helming and state Assemblyman Jeff Gallahan, all of whom praised the local business community for making it through the worst of the pandemic.
“The resilience in this room is extraordinary,” Gallahan said in his remarks.
“Victor is a place where people want to come, people want to live and people want to be educated. The winners today are an example of their hard work,” he added.
Vice President and Chief Development Officer for LSI Solutions Jim Guelzow also discussed how hard work – and a company’s mission – can play into the success of a business.
“We’re confident our mission plays a part in our success. Victor LDC delivers economic programs which provides support, recruitment and retention for local businesses. Lean on the people you see to support your business. It’s their mission,” he said.
“Two years ago we won the business of the year,” Guelzow said, “and today we’re here to pass that torch.”
Here are the winners of this year, according to the Victor Local Development Corporation:
Business of the Year: Bio Works
Family Owned Business of the Year: Frank Lill & Sons
Financial Service Champion of the Year: JD Financial
Health Service Provider of the Year: Victor Counseling Practice
Manufacturing Business of the Year: Vertex Optics
Technology Business of the Year: Cyflare
Women Owned Business of the Year: Victor Yoga Studio – Mandy Wolfram
Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Smooth Fit Training
Emerging Retailer of the Year: Salon Sano
Retail Marketing Champion of the Year: Victor Chevrolet
Retailer of the Year- Retail Merchant: Twin Elder Brewery
Retailer of the Year- Restaurant: Gourmet Goodies
Retailer of the Year: Service Provider – Doodle Bugs
Retailer of the Year: Eastview Mall – Dick’s House of Sports
Town of Victor Legacy Award: Peter Jemison
Customer Service Award of Excellence: Ethan Allen
Shining Star: Bob & Debbie Davis
Ambassador Award: Bob Kelly