(Romulus, NY) - The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce recently presented its 2016 Small Business of the Year Award to the Auburn Doubledays Baseball Club during a ceremony at the Chamber's Annual Membership BBQ event held at Knapp Vineyard Winery and Restaurant.
The Doubledays were among five finalists for the membership award, which also included: the Glove House (Waterloo), Jessica & Company (Waterloo), Main Street Drivers (Seneca Falls) and the Seneca County House of Concern (Seneca Falls).
Founded in 1958, the Auburn Doubledays Baseball Club is currently a Class "A" Short Season Affiliate for Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals. Under the direction of new General Manager Mike Voutsinas, the organization experienced a 22% increase in home game attendance over the last two years (most of any team in the league). New community partnerships and regional collaborations were formed with a special focus on providing opportunities for children in neighboring little leagues, schools, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Corporate sponsorships have nearly tripled, allowing the organization to make several needed infrastructure improvements to Falcon Park and added amenities related to fan experience. The net result was the first operating profit for the franchise in more than five years.
"We congratulate the Auburn Doubledays on their noteworthy achievements and significant contributions to our regional quality of life," said Chamber President Jeff Shipley. "Despite limited staff and resources, small businesses such as the Auburn Doubledays play a vital role in the health and well being of our local communities."
More than 200 Chamber members and guests attended the event, sponsored by Generations Bank. The award was developed by the Chamber in 2007 to recognize and celebrate the impact that small businesses have on local communities. Small businesses account for nearly 98 percent of all businesses in New York State - providing nearly 4 million jobs and contributing over $190 million in payroll.
For more information about this event or for details about Chamber membership, benefits and programs, please call (315) 568-2906 or visit www.senecachamber.org.