Seneca Chamber honors Sinicropi Florist
The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce recognizes Sinicropi Florist, of Seneca Falls, as the 2009 Small Business of the Year, for their ongoing support and contributions to the community. Sinicropi Florist has been anchor in Downtown Seneca Falls for over 30 years. The business will be presented with the award at the Chamber’s Annual Membership BBQ on Thursday, August 20th at Knapp Winery & Restaurant.
In the fall of 1975, Vito Sinicropi asked his wife Joyce to send a card to his uncle, Tony Sinicropi, who had been ill. Having always had a love of flowers, she sent them instead with the notion of brightening Tony’s day. Shortly thereafter, a conversation arose between the two with an invitation to Tony to move to Seneca Falls and open a flower shop with Joyce. Two months later, the new business partners borrowed $8,000 against their life insurance plans and opened Sinicropi Florist at 64 Fall Street. The business has been an anchor in the Village ever since.
Despite the demands of being a small business owner, Joyce has found the time to be very active within the community. Her personal commitment to the community began in her junior year of high school. She recalls soliciting for cake donations for her church as her first community service involvement and has been active ever since. Some of the organizations that have benefited from her involvement through the years include: the Waterloo-Seneca Falls Kiwanis Club, the Seneca Falls Business Association, and Seneca Falls ad hoc Economic Development Committee. She has spent many hours working with fellow community leaders on the Seneca Falls Strategic Plan for Economic Development and Commercial Revitalization, and served on the steering committee that created the Seneca Falls Development Corporation. A long time member of the Chamber of Commerce, Joyce served as the Chair of the Board of Directors in 1996 and on countless other committees.
In addition to the essential services of a florist shop; flower design, balloons, delivery service and bridal consultation, Sinicropi Florist continues to maintain its ground in the service industry by filling the gaps that many other florist businesses do not offer. Joyce noticed that many florists did not offer services such as maintenance of cemetery plots, in-home grief visits or a forget-me-not service; a service that offers annual delivery of flowers for events such as birthdays, and anniversaries. The Seneca Falls business also has an extensive display of giftware offering patrons an opportunity to find that one-of-a-kind gift; including gift and fruit baskets, inspirational items, greeting cards, candles, Seneca Falls memorabilia, bridal accessories, spa products and local and handcrafted items.
The Small Business of the Year program was developed by the Chamber in 2007 to recognize and celebrate the impact that small businesses have on our communities. Small businesses compose nearly 98 percent of businesses in New York State, accounting for more than half of the state’s private sector employment. “Without question, small businesses – the mom-and-pop stores, firms and boutiques located on Main Street – are the heartbeat of New York’s Economy” says Assembly Minority Leader, Brian Kolb. In addition to significant employment and tax base contributions, small businesses and their owners support efforts that make our area a better place to live. Individually, they add vibrancy and character to our communities. Collectively, small businesses are as critical to Seneca County’s growth and success as our largest employers.
While the Chamber has several programs to recognize its members that have received awards or made extra special efforts in the community, It is important to acknowledge the impact that small businesses have on Seneca County’s economy and recognize those that support our communities. Nominations for the award were submitted by Chamber members and others from the community. This year, there were five businesses nominated: Ciccino’s Restaurant, Waterloo; August Sinicropi OD, Seneca Falls; Jay Koopman Plumbing & Heating, Waterloo; Seneca Falls Historical Society, Seneca Falls; and Sinicropi Florist, Seneca Falls. The Chamber’s Economic Development & Government Affairs Committee selected Sinicropi Florist among the worthy nominees.
Reprinted from FingerLakes1.com with permission