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After receiving a record number of nominations, six Western New York companies have been selected as finalists for the 2014 Buffalo Niagara Business Ethics Award. The finalists are: EGW Associates, Inc., Ellicott Small Animal Hospital and Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese & Associates in the small business category with fewer than 50 employees; Buffalo Hotel Supply Co., Inc., Compu-Mail LLC and James Desiderio Wholesale Produce in the mid-sized business category of 50-150 employees. In the large business category of over 150 employees, due to various individual circumstances unique to this year’s large business category nominees, none of the companies was able to complete the application for the 2014 Buffalo Niagara Business Ethics Awards by the January 31st deadline. They will be invited back to participate in the 2015 Awards.

Applications were reviewed by Canisius College MBA students who recommended the finalists in each category. A judging panel comprised of community leaders will meet to select one finalist from each category as the crystal award recipient.

“There is no better time than now to recognize ethical behavior,” said Fred Holender, President of the Buffalo Niagara Business Ethics Association and Chairman of the BNBEA Awards Steering Committee. “We’re proud to salute the finalists’ commitment to the highest of ethical business standards throughout their organizations and the community.”

The 8th annual Buffalo Niagara Business Ethics Awards will be presented Thursday, May 8th at a luncheon at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.  Tickets for the luncheon can be purchased here.  The BNBEA annual award event raises community awareness of ethical behavior and pays tribute to companies that consistently demonstrate ethical conduct in everything they do.

The 2014 Buffalo Niagara Business Ethics Awards is presented by The Buffalo Niagara Business Ethics Association in partnership with Lawley Insurance, Brock, Schechter & Polakoff, LLP, Canisius College Wehle School of Business, Key Bank, West Herr Automotive Group and media partners WBEN Radio, WGRZ Channel 2, Business First and WBFO Radio. 


The Buffalo Niagara Business Ethics Association, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was established to foster and promote community awareness of ethical business practices within the Greater Buffalo Niagara Region and to recognize companies that are committed to business ethics.



BNBEA is accepting nominations for the 2015 Awards up until November 1, 2013 for companies in three size categories by number of employees: Small – under 50, Mid-Sized – 50-150, and Large – more than 150. The nomination process is simple and nominations are welcomed from the general community, customers, suppliers, vendors, and employees. Self-nominations from the companies themselves are also encouraged.



Nominees who choose to proceed with a submission for the award will be assigned a mentor who will be available to guide them through the process, if desired. Submissions follow a clearly defined format and are due by January 31, 2014. All submissions are reviewed and vetted by the current MBA Class at Canisius College Wehle School of Business and 3 finalists from each of the three size category are selected as finalists. Those 9 companies are submitted to a Judging Panel of community, academic, business and professional leaders for selection of the award recipient in each business size category.



On May 8, 2014 an awards luncheon is held at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. At that event, all finalists are recognized for their accomplishments and the 3 Crystal Award recipients of the Buffalo Niagara Business Ethics Award are announced.



Companies that invested the time and effort to complete the application – an exercise in self-evaluation, defining mission, vision and values and the effect of their ethical cultures on their organizations, customers, vendors, and the general community – found that the process was extremely valuable. Crystal Award recipients proudly display their awards in their offices and include BNBEA-provided icons on letterhead and promotional materials.

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