"Thanks to her leadership, the Local Merchants Association has been revitalized and they now have their own website," Nelson said. "She's also been instrumental in coordinating information and events with her fellow downtown business owners."
Relyea says the award is important because it shows business owners aren't just out to help themselves.
"I think it's terrific that a small business was chosen," she said. "We are the backbone of our economic community. I was blindsided by it, I really had no idea that I was being thought of in that way."
The evening's third and final award went to Lake Clear business owner and entrepreneur Gloria Volz, who operates Adirondack Organized Solutions.
Nelson says Volz was instrumental in implementing a chamber-wide survey that improved membership services. She also helped chamber staff redesign the visitor center to make it more customer-friendly.
"Gloria's input and her organizational skills have helped us become a better organization and we are grateful for that," Nelson said. "On a personal basis, I am also grateful to Gloria for helping me make my office space more professional."
The Citizen of the Year award was established in 1975. The other designations were founded two years ago to recognize community members who go above and beyond the call of duty.