Chamber Awards

The Chamber of Commerce is pleased to congratulate our 2020 winners!

Due to the New York On Pause executive order, we have unfortunately had to postpone the Chamber Awards Luncheon. With the situation still evolving, we have not yet selected a date to reschedule. We will provide updated information in future communications as it develops.

Phyllis Goldman Encouragement Award for Women

This award recognizes women in our community who have demonstrated noteworthy entrepreneurial and professional pursuits, who are committed to community and have served as a role model for other women and girls pursuing their career dreams. The winner of the 2020 Phyllis Goldman Encouragement Award for Women is Cathy Tripiciano, Founder & Owner of Maple Seed Creative & adjunct professor at Cayuga Community College‘s School of Media & the Arts.


Terri Bridenbecker Young Professional Award

– Recognizes an individual who is pursuing excellence in their career. A young professional is a goal-oriented person under the age of 40. The winner of the 2020 Terri Bridenbecker Young Professional Award is Kirsten Wise Gosch, Executive Director at Cayuga Museum of History & Art.

  • Business Leader Award
    – Honors businesses that continually invest in Cayuga County & have shown leadership by taking an active role in our community. The winner of the 2020 Business Leader Award is Fox Dealerships.
  • Small Business of the Year Awards
    These awards celebrate both a newly emerged and a more established small business:
    -In Business Less Than 5 Years – Drifter’s on Owasco, owned by Jim & Jane Manning
    -In Business 5 Years or More – A&M Graphics, Inc., owned by Al Brunner & Matt Ferguson
  • Non-Profit of the Year Award
    -Recognizes a non-profit organization that contributes to the success of our community by
    enhancing the quality of life or contributing to the economic base of Cayuga County. This year’s Non-profit of the Year is Nick’s Ride 4 Friends.


There is also the Community Leadership Award open to Leadership Cayuga Alumni which is a chamber program geared towards empowering diverse individuals with the knowledge, skills, and inspiration to successfully achieve leadership roles while developing a collective resource and problem-solving network to address present and future community needs and challenges. The winner of the 2020 Community Leadership Award is Ian Phillips, Regional Political Organizer at NYSUT, Leadership Cayuga Class of 2015 alumnus, and Auburn School Board member.

The Chamber would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the sponsors of these awards:

Phyllis K Goldman Encouragement Award sponsors:

  • Cindy Bouley of the Aversa Agency
  • Elaine Buffington of Buffington & Hoatland CPAs, PLLC
  • Susan Dwyer Cayuga County Clerk
  • Jane Fox of Fox Dealerships
  • Mary Ann Giacona of The Center
  • Susan Riordan of Riordan Realty
  • Ann Robson of the Auburn Document Center
  • Gwen Webber-McLeod of Gwen, Inc
  • Randi Zabriskie of Jane Morgan’s Little House

Sponsor of the Chamber Awards:

Sponsor of the Community Leadership Award: