40th Annual Business Person of the Year Awards

Wednesday, July 26, 2023 

Nazareth College
4245 East Ave., Rochester, NY, 14618

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The Business Person of the Year Award recognizes for-profit business leaders who have demonstrated success in both civic and professional areas, specifically in the areas of growth, leadership, achievement, and community service. Candidates are nominated by their peers, and an independent committee reviews applications and selects the finalists.


The Application:

Although nominated by their peers, the application must be submitted by the applicant personally. The application 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 prior applicants to reapply. Applicants have reported that just filling out the application has strengthened their businesses, even if they did not win the Award!


The Rewards:

The top finalists in each category are announced in the Business Person of the Year Awards magazine, with a a feature article published about each. Additionally, a video is professionally

compiled for each of the top five finalists, shown live at the Business Person of the Year celebration event and may be used by the recipient for promotional purposes. Past finalists are also recognized at the Business Person of the Year celebration event each year.


To nominate a qualified candidate or for more information, email Cassidy Franklin. If emailing your nomination, please include, name, title, email address, and company name of the nominee.


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