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B&B is Seneca Chamber small biz of the year

The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce has recognized Yale Manor Bed & Breakfast, of Romulus, for their support and contributions to the community with the Small Business of The Year Award. The award was presented at the Chamber’s Membership BBQ on Thursday, August 21st at Knapp Winery & Restaurant.Hugh and Donna Cunningham purchased the home, located on Yale Farm Road in 1999, and spent three years renovating. The bed and breakfast features six guest rooms; four of them with gas log fireplaces. A short walk takes you to the boathouse and deck on Seneca Lake where guests can swim or simply relax and enjoy the sunset.With their business backgrounds, both Hugh and Donna have shared their knowledge and expertise to help grow the region’s tourism industry through involvement in several organizations. Donna is the president of the Finger Lakes Bed & Breakfast Association. The volunteer driven organization provides advocacy and collaborative marketing. Donna was also a member of the Seneca County Advisory Committee on Tourism for several years. Hugh was a member of the Seneca County Chamber’s Board from 2004 to 2007. He was instrumental in the development of the Chamber’s visitor information center at Petro, including the touch screen kiosk. In addition to being extremely supportive of the Chamber’s efforts to grow Seneca County’s tourism promotion program, and having previous involvement with the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce, Yale Manor Bed & Breakfast is also a member of the Finger lakes Tourism Alliance, Seneca Lake Wine Trail and Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty.The Small Business of the Year program was developed by the Chamber last year to recognize and celebrate the impact that small businesses have on our communities. In addition to significant employment and tax base contributions, small businesses and their owners support efforts that make our area a better place to live. Individually, they add vibrancy and character to our communities. Collectively, small businesses are as critical to Seneca County’s growth and success as our largest employers.Nominations for the award were submitted by Chamber members and others from the community. This year, there were seven businesses nominated: Beverly Animal Shelter/Shultz Pet Service, Waterloo; Stever’s Garage, Seneca Falls; Sherry’s Bears & Frame Shop, Seneca Falls; Sinicropi Florist, Seneca Falls; Orthopedics Plus, Seneca Falls; and Yale Manor Bed & Breakfast. The Chamber’s Economic Development & Government Affairs Committee selected Yale Manor among the worthy nominees.

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