Nominations open: 2023 Business First Family Business awards

Dopkins is honored to co-sponsor the Buffalo Business First Family Business Awards. Nominations are due by Friday, March 3rd.  A joint celebratory event with the Buffalo Business First Manufacturing Awards will be held May 2023.  

The 2023 Family-Owned Business Awards will honor multi-generational and family-owned businesses in Western New York for overall excellence, innovation, ethics, philanthropy and contribution to the strength of the region.

Finalists will be selected by a panel of judges. We are seeking self-nominations from family-owned businesses, as well as nominations from service providers and others that know the business well.

Nominations due by Friday, March 3rd!
View the nomination form here.


Illustration of a tree and roots with the words Family Business Awards in the middle of the imageWhy Nominate for the Family Business Awards? 

Family businesses are important drivers of the local and regional economy. All finalists will be profiled in a Business First special publication and celebrated at an awards dinner.  

These awards will honor the success and impact of multi-generational family businesses in the region. We’re looking for family businesses that have endured through multiple generations, have continued to change with the times and contribute to the community. 

Nomination Benefits 

  • An award as a leading family-owned business sends a message of success to employees and prospective employees and gives a company the follow-on chance to recognize workers for their contribution to the business’s success. 
  • Recognition by Buffalo’s business community can make the business more visible in the community. 
  • A nomination is a great way for business advisers to recognize their clients.  
  • The awards dinner will be a wonderful opportunity to build contacts, meet and network with other nominees, service providers and community business leaders. 

Eligibility requirements – Nominations will be accepted until March 3rd. Companies:

  • Must be at least 50.1% family owned. 
  • Must have been in business for at least five years. 
  • Must have at least two family members involved in business operations. 
  • Must be headquartered in Western New York. (8 counties – Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Wyoming, Allegany, Genesee and Orleans)

Sponsored by:

  • Sealing Devices Inc.
  • Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA)
  • Dopkins & Company, LLP

Contact Michelle Cioci Adams with questions at


NEW – to nominate a company, Business First requests users log in with a password/username.

  • There is no charge for a nominating user account.  A paid subscription to Business First is not required.
  • The purpose of the login is to provide  users with the ability to save a nomination form as a work in progress if the need arises to leave the form and go back to it later.
  • The login account is required for any Business First nomination, not just Top Private companies.  (Other categories include 40 Under 40, Best Places to Work, Healthiest Employers, Who’s Who nominations, etc.)

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