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GOACC Seeks Nominations for Annual Dinner Awards

OLEAN, NY — The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce has set the date of Nov. 2 at Good Times Events Center for its 112th Annual Dinner. GOACC will again recognize one prominent citizen as well as a fixture of the local business community. The chamber is currently accepting nominations for its two most prestigious awards, the Love of Olean United in Enterprise (L.O.U.I.E.) Award and the Enterprising Business Award.  

“Reviewing nominations for the L.O.U.I.E. and Enterprising Business awards is one of our favorite things to do each year, as it reminds us of the unceasing commitment to the greater Olean area that our members have,” said Larry Sorokes, the chamber’s CEO. “We look forward receiving nomination submissions and adding new names to the long list of past award recipients.”

The L.O.U.I.E. Award is bestowed upon an individual who symbolizes the enterprising spirit for the greater Olean community, qualities which were embodied in the life of Louis Marra.  Last year’s recipient was late Walt Reisner of Trans Am Ambulance Service.

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The criteria for a L.O.U.I.E. nomination is as follows: the nominee must be in, or have been in, a leadership capacity of a business, industry or organization; the nominee’s management or leadership style must foster a positive work environment, the nominee’s career and civic involvement must exemplify an admiration for the greater Olean area; the nominee may not be a sitting member of the chamber’s Board of Directors or an elected public official who is currently holding office; and the nominee must be employedby, or retired from, a chamber member business or organization.  

The Enterprising Business Award is presented to a business or a non-profit organization, which exemplifies the unique “hometown” charm of the greater Olean area in manners of administration/operation, customer service, or display of inventory. The 2016 Enterprising Business Award was presented to both A Jason Clemons Salon and Premo Limousine Service of Western New York.

The nominee must be a member of the chamber; demonstrate a well-planned, thorough and serious approach to its development as a business; and subscribe to a consistent understanding of market factors.  

A nomination form must be completed and submitted to the chamber by noon on Sept. 14 to nominate an individual for the LO.U.I.E. Award or a business or non-profit organization for the Enterprising Business award. Forms are available at the chamber office, 301 N. Union St., Olean, and online at For more information on the Annual Dinner, contact the

chamber by phone at 372-4433 or email

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