CenterState CEO Announces Business of the Year Finalists

Posted on March 22, 2023

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15 companies named finalists

See who wins at CenterState CEO’s Annual Meeting, April 26

SYRACUSE, NY – CenterState CEO today announced finalists for its 2023 Business of the Year awards. The awards celebrate member companies and organizations for their outstanding success and the role they play in strengthening the region. These organizations have achieved significant growth, exemplified business leadership and have gone above and beyond in their commitment to the community. Finalists were selected from a highly competitive pool of nominations.

2023 Business of the Year Finalists


Community Involvement

  • Digital Hyve
  • National Grid
  • Oswego Health


  • Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo
  • On Point for College
  • Symphoria

Fewer than 50 Employees

  • American Fashion Network
  • Chimera Integrations
  • M3 Placement and Partnership

More than 50 Employees

  • Air Innovations Inc.
  • King + King Architects 
  • Mower

Minority-owned Business,

in partnership with the Upstate Minority Economic Alliance

  • Collins Barber & Beauty Shop
  • JHP Industrial Supplies Co.
  • Melody’s

“It’s a privilege to annually recognize the outstanding impact and success of our members, and the role they play in strengthening the region,” said Robert Simpson, president, CenterState CEO. "During the past year, these companies have created jobs; made new investments due to growth; committed to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, and have given back to our community with their time and treasure. At the same time, they are steadfast in their commitment to serving their customers and clients and being employers of choice. We congratulate all of this year’s finalists for their accomplishments. We are also proud to partner with UMEA to present the Minority-owned Business of the Year award.”

“The Upstate Minority Economic Alliance is thrilled to recognize these minority-owned business award finalists for their outstanding success, and we are exceptionally proud of these UMEA members for driving impact in our economy and community,” said Me'Shae Rolling, executive director, Upstate Minority Economic Alliance.

A single company or organization will be recognized in each Business of the Year category at CenterState CEO’s 2023 Annual Meeting for their commitment to growth and creating tangible impacts on the regional economy and community.

About CenterState CEO’s Annual Meeting

CenterState CEO's Annual Meeting is Central New York's premier annual gathering of business leaders. The event will explore the theme Amplifying Opportunity, focusing on the need to scale successful strategies, leverage partnerships and assets, and adopt an entrepreneurial mindset to ensure the entire community benefits from the multiplier effect of massive new investments and shifts in global economic forces shaping the region’s future.

The event features keynote speaker David Hall, Managing Partner at Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, who will share how communities like Syracuse are the future of tech and innovation and primed to rise as startup cities.

When: Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Program: 3 to 4 p.m.

Networking Reception: 4 to 6 p.m. Music sponsored/performed by Symphoria.

Where: Oncenter

For more information and to register visit, or contact Lisa Metot at 315-470-1870 or

Presenting Sponsors are Crouse Health, Equitable, Nascentia Health, Inc. and Tompkins Community Bank. Speaker Sponsor is Armory Square Ventures. Parking Sponsor is C&S Companies. Corporate Sponsors are Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC; Bowers & Company CPAs PLLC; EDR; INFICON, Inc.; M3 Placement & Partnership; R.F. Esposito, Inc.; Saab, Inc., Thompson & Johnson Equipment Co., Inc. and Wegmans Food Markets. Supporting Sponsor is Bonadio Group. Technology Sponsor is Visual Technologies. Media Sponsors are Central New York Business Journal and Such Chaos.

About CenterState CEO

CenterState CEO is Central New York's premier business leadership and economic development organization, committed to creating a region where business thrives, and all people prosper. Its vision is to be recognized as a visionary leader, effective advocate, exceptional employer and a force for positive outcomes for our community. 

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