SUNY Ulster honor tops Ulster County Chamber of Commerce business awards

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The two-year community college, based in the town of Marbletown hamlet of Stone Ridge, is one of eight honorees being recognized by the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce and Ulster County Economic Development Alliance as part of the 16th annual Business Recognition Awards.

The awards recognize Ulster County business leaders, businesses and organizations considered leaders in their sectors, to have achieved outstanding results, or to have shown dedication and commitment to furthering business and the quality of life in Ulster County, according to the chamber. 

"We very excited about this recognition and are appreciative of the chamber's support," SUNY Ulster President Alan P. Roberts said in a statement. 

The college is being honored in part for beginning SUNY Ulster's President's Challenge Scholarship, which identifies talented eighth-graders who would be the first from their families to attend college and pays their tuition for them if they continue along that path, the chamber said in the press release.

The chamber said the college has invested more than $1 million to help some 150 students take advantage of the scholarship. 

The other 2020 award recipients are: Clayton Van Kleeck of Van Kleeck's Tire, Business Person of the Year; Town & Country Liquors of Saugerties, Small Business of the Year; Nicole Fuoco, president of the chamber's Young Ulster Professionals Advisory Committee, as Emerging Young Leader; Wiltwyck Golf Club in the town of Ulster as Hospitality Business of the Year; People's Place in Kingston for Commitment to the Community; and Kenco in West Hurley for the Heritage Award.

This year, the Len Cane Heart of Ulster County Award will be presented to the people of Ulster County. 

"For the first time, this prestigious award is not going to one single individual ... but to an entire community for their tireless work during COVID-19," the release said. "This award will recognize all the businesses, organizations, healthcare employees and frontline workers, in partnership with the public sector that worked tirelessly to bring Ulster County and our local small business economy through the worst public health emergency in 100 years." 

The awards will be presented at the Ulster County Business Recognition Award Celebration, which this year will be held virtually from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. 

For more information on the celebration, call (845) 331-5000 or visit

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