Fingerlakes1 Wins 2017 Small Business of the Year Award

(Waterloo, NY) – The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce and Sessler Companies recently presented the 2017 Small Business of the Year Award to Fingerlakes1.com (of Seneca Falls) during the Chamber’s Annual Membership BBQ event held at The Dairy at Muranda Cheese Company.
“Fingerlakes1.com is a great example of the positive contributions that small businesses have on our local community,” said Chamber President Jeff Shipley. “Their significant achievements have helped increase both awareness and commerce opportunities for the many things that our region has to offer – to the benefit of all residents.”
Fingerlakes1.com was among five finalists for the membership award, which also included: Bottomless Brewing (Fayette), CVDesigns Boutique (Seneca Falls), Phoebe’s K9 Resort (Seneca Falls) and the Seneca Falls Historical Society (Seneca Falls).
Established in 1998 by owner Jim Sinicropi, Fingerlakes1.com started as a contract business to help small proprietors establish a marketing presence on the emerging World Wide Web. In those early days, Sinicropi relied on self-taught expertise and helpful tips from technical online forums in order to custom build websites for novice clients and end users.
As word of mouth spread about FingerLakes1.com’s capabilities and affordable services, the growing list of customers soon demanded that Sinicropi leave his day job to pursue the business model full-time. Eager to help more businesses in his hometown of Seneca Falls, Sinicropi recruited talented staff to help the organization become even more responsive and technologically savvy.
Eventually, the business grew to five full-time staff that includes expertise in: programming, hosting and graphic design. Fingerlakes1.com has a diverse (and growing) customer base, but its focus remains on clients in the immediate Finger Lakes corridor from Geneva to Seneca Falls.

The Small Business of the Year Award was presented during the Chamber’s annual Membership BBQ held at Muranda Cheese. Pictured from left to right: Jeff Shipley Chamber President, Jim Sinicropi Fingerlakes1 2017 Small Business of the Year recipient, Senator Pam Helming, and Congressman Tom Reed Representative Andrew Wilber

For all the success that Sinicropi and his team have achieved in the area of web design, the Syracuse University alumnus (and avid sports fan of the Orange) also has used the Fingerlakes1.com business to create a unique news and entertainment portal for the local community. His news website attracts an average of 32,000 unique visitors per week. The regular podcasts and video programming offer viewers everything from political analysis to high
school sports coverage. In 2016, the Fingerlakes1.com team televised 38 high school basketball games – including wire-to-wire coverage of eventual sectional champions: Wayne Eagles, Mynderse Blue Devils and South Seneca Falcons. They also hosted the only televised debate in the race for the 54th Senate seat.
More than 280 Chamber members and guests attended the event, sponsored by del Lago Resort & Casino. 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.