County chamber honoring Massena, Ogdensburg, Potsdam businesses at annual dinner next month
CANTON -- The St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce will recognize three businesses at their Nov. 8 annual dinner, held at SUNY Potsdam.
The Business of the Year award is going to United Helpers, which has its main office in Ogdensburg. The award recognizes a business that has “contributed to the growth of the St. Lawrence County economy and brings pride to the business community,” the chamber said.Nominations noted that “United Helpers is a bright and shining star among the businesses in St. Lawrence County…. offering services to many ages and abilities, filling gaps in service as needs appear in our communities,” according to the chamber. The first United Helpers home was created in 1989 and today serves 1,800 customers each day, with an employment force of more than 100 people.
The Customer Service Excellence award will recognize Bicknell Appliance and Home Interiors of Potsdam as a chamber business that has provided “extraordinary service in their delivery of product and/or service to their customers,” the chamber said. The family-owned appliance, electronic, furniture and mattress store has served customers across St. Lawrence County since 2007. One nomination said “Over the past two years, I found myself in need of a new dishwasher, refrigerator and gas stove. After visiting different stores in the area, and researching brands, prices and installation costs, I bought all three at Bicknell Appliance & Home Interiors in Potsdam. Their staff were knowledgeable and patient, made sure I got the features I wanted, and looked into possible rebates available to lower the cost. Their installation crew was on time and professional,” the chamber said.
The Local Producer of the Year honors 2 Mama Birds of Massena. This award is for a chamber producer that has “developed their capacity for creating and selling a product that is handmade, locally sourced or value added, raising awareness and pride for local products,” the chamber said. 2 Mama Birds began in December 2012, when Nance Arquiett and Brittany Murtagh, two stay-at-home moms, began making jewelry. Their signature “Nest Collection” has become popular with customers, using free-form freshwater pearls to represent children in each person’s life, the chamber said. Their handmade jewelry can be found on their website, at the many shows they attend, and at shops across the state, as they have built their wholesale business. Their shop in Brasher Falls will reopen on Oct. 28 on Main Street in Massena, as they continue to “grow their business, jewelry classes and inventory that celebrates other New York creators,” the chamber said.