The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced Austin Physical Therapy of Waterloo, New York as a regional winner of the annual DREAM BIG Blue Ribbon Small Business Awards, recognizing 100 companies for their success and their contributions to America’s economic growth and vitality. Winners were selected from a record number of applicants from communities across the nation. They were judged in four key categories: strategic planning, employee development, customer service, and community involvement. Austin Physical Therapy’s nomination was prepared on behalf of the Seneca County Chamber Membership Committee by Ambassador Diane Janes of Community Bank, NA in Waterloo. “As the only award winner from New York State, Austin Physical Therapy is a prime example of the entrepreneurial spirit that is driving an upstate economic renaissance – starting right here in Seneca County and the Finger Lakes region,” said Jeff Shipley, President and CEO of the Seneca County Chamber. “Small businesses across America today face more economic and regulatory hurdles than ever before, but each of these outstanding businesses is rising to the challenge,” said U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue. “These Blue Ribbon Award winners have worked hard, taken risks, and achieved success, helping strengthen their communities and local economies.” A complete list of this year’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award® winners is available at: https://www.uschamber.com/americas-small-business-summit-2016/dream-big-award. On March 9, the U.S. Chamber will announce seven national finalists from among this year’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award® regional winners. All of this year’s winners will be honored at the 12th annual America’s Small Business Summit, which will take place June 13-15 in Washington, D.C. During the summit, one regional finalist will receive the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Sam’s Club, and a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the U.S. Chamber. All Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners are also eligible for the Community Excellence Award, which recognizes one business that has found notable success in the eyes of its community. The winner of that award will be decided through online public voting to take place February 18 through March 4, 2016. “Austin Physical Therapy has served the residents of our region for more than 20 years – providing exemplary care with professionalism and compassion,” Shipley added. “I urge all members of this region, especially those with firsthand experience, to participate in the online voting and showcase the overwhelming community excellence and support that we possess in the Finger Lakes.” Online voting is available at: https://uschamber.secure-platform.com/a/gallery?roundId=2 or by going to the Seneca County Chamber website homepage: www.senecachamber.org Established in 1968, the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce represents over 500 businesses and associate members in the Central Finger Lakes region. It is among the region’s largest professional organizations, dedicated to advancing the general welfare and prosperity of the local business community. For more information, visit senecachamber.org or call (315) 568-2906. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.