Every year, the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce recognizes standout small, local businesses in the county at its annual Small Business Banquet.  This year, the date for the banquet is set for November 21 at the Otesaga in Cooperstown.

The honorees will be Helios Care (formerly Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care) and Rustic Ridge Winery.  Helios Care is being recognized by receiving the Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield Breakthrough Business of the Year, celebrating innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.  Rustic Ridge Winery, operated by Rick and Laura Bennett on the family farm int the Town of Burlington, will received the Key Bank 20th annual Small Business of the Year Award.

According to the chamber's President, Barbara Ann Heegan, “award winners exemplify the successes and contributions that ignite the fire of entrepreneurial spirit with collaboration and the drive to develop sustainable success.”

The public is invited to attend.  Registration for the dinner will open up in the coming week on the chamber's website: otsegocc.com. A cocktail hour begins at 5:45 p.m. with the awards banquet following.

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