MAY 5th, 2011

FOR RELEASE MAY 5th, 2011—Please Note: Embargoed until 1:30pm 5/5/2011


(Buffalo, NY – May 5th, 2011) The 5th annual Buffalo Niagara Business Ethics Awards were presented today at a luncheon at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. 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.

Crystal awards were presented to one recipient in each of three business categories. The 2011 award recipients are:

• Copeland Date Systems in the small business category with under 50 employees
• Eaton Office Supply in the mid-sized business category with 50-150 employees
• EduKids in the large business category with over 150 employees

“This year’s crystal award recipients have chosen the high road and consistently demonstrate exemplary ethical conduct in their businesses and professions,” said Fred Holender, Chair of the 2011 Awards Steering Committee. “In other words, these companies make a difference in our community, not just for what they do, but how they choose to do business…the right way,” added Holender.

Entries are reviewed by Canisius College MBA students, who recommend finalists in each category. A judging panel comprised of community leaders selected one finalist from each category as the crystal award winner.

In addition to the presentation of Crystal Awards, the Buffalo Niagara Business Ethics Association awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Jeremy Wowkowych (Whoa-co-witch), an MBA student attending the Canisius College Richard J. Wehle School of Business in recognition of his excellent academic performance, management skills and commitment to integrity and ethical conduct.

The 2011 Buffalo Niagara Business Ethics Awards is presented by the Buffalo Niagara Business Ethics Association in partnership with Lawley Insurance, Canisius College Richard J. Wehle School of Business, Brock, Schechter & Polakoff, LLP, Key Bank, and West Herr Automotive Group and media partners WBEN Radio, Business First and WBFO Radio.

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Fred Holender
BNBEA Steering Committee Chair
(716) 849-8257 office
(716) 870-4790 cell

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