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Steele Law Firm Named 2012 New Business Of The Year

The Steele Law Firm, Oswego, won the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce  (GOFCC) New Business of the Year award, it was announced by Beth Hilton, GOFCC executive director.

The award was part of the 15th Annual Small Business Breakfast, held this year at The Oasis at Thunder Island, Rt. 48, Fulton. The other nominee for this award was Kathy’s Cakes and Specialty Treats, Fulton.

The breakfast capped a week of GOFCC activities in Fulton devoted to small businesses in Oswego County. Among these was a reception for local government representatives and chamber members, a Small Business Expo with displays and presentations by and for local businesses, and a Business After Hours networking event. Presenting sponsors for the week were PathFinder Bank and Fulton Savings Bank. The week’s Entrepreneur Level sponsor was SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, and Keech Photography, Oswego, provided photography services at all events.

“Our judges independently evaluate each nominee in 3 categories valued at up to 5 points each, for a maximum total of 15 points.” Hilton explained.  “The scores are then compiled and the winner is determined by a weighted average of the scores—often resulting in 10th’s of a point between nominees.  All scores are kept completely confidential. All nominees must be Chamber Members in good standing as of May 25, 2012.

The Steele Law Firm, Oswego, won the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce (GOFCC) New Business of the Year award, it was announced by Beth Hilton, GOFCC executive director at the chamber’s recent Small Business Breakfast. Steele Law Firm Owner Kimberly Steele, above, holds the award. Her employees, from left, join her: Alex Hipolito, Jodi Marvin and Adelle Bush. To Steele’s left are Hilton and GOFCC Board President Barbara Bateman. The breakfast capped a week of GOFCC activities in Fulton devoted to small businesses in Oswego County. Among these was a reception for local government representatives and chamber members, a Small Business Expo with displays and presentations by and for local businesses, and a Business After Hours networking event. Presenting sponsors for the week were PathFinder Bank and Fulton Savings Bank. The week’s Entrepreneur Level sponsor was SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, and Keech Photography, Oswego, provided photography services at all events.

In her presentation of the award, Hilton said: “Since its establishment in 2008, The Steele Law Firm has shown continual growth with offices now located in Hackensack, Manhattan, Uniondale, Houston, and Fort Lauderdale, while maintaining its home office in Oswego.  In 2010, it received official certification as a NYS Women-Owned Business. The organization regularly facilitates a number of workshops in the community on a variety of subjects.  The staff also serves the community through involvement with the Safe Haven Museum and Education Center, Stories of WWII Jewish Refugees, Oswego Yacht Club, Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County, Oswego Music Hall, LYRA 2012 Regatta Planning Committee, and the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, as well as numerous other activities on a local, regional and national level.” Firm owner Kimberly Steele accepted the award.

The keynote speaker for the event was Alexander Grimshaw, CEO of PPS International Ltd., headquartered in Fulton, Hilton said. PPS is a human resources consulting firm specializing in integrated leadership development.

Other Small Business awards included: Small Business of the Year, won by Blue Moon Grill, Fulton; and Not-For-Profit of the Year, which was awarded to the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County.

For more information, visit the chamber web site, www.oswegofultonchamber.com or contact the chamber at 315-343-7681.