By LISA HOOVER
Canton software company Frazer Computing has been tapped as the 2013 Canton Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year.
The software company will be honored at the chamber’s annual dinner, planned for Thursday, Feb. 6, during Winterfest.
The company, which markets computer software for car dealerships, has grown to 43 employees, and moved to a remodeled location, according to Sally Hill, executive director at the chamber.
Frazer Computing software assists car dealers with record-keeping, state filings, and financing calculations. The company began in 1985, when owner and Potsdam native Michael Frazer began developing software for auto dealers in Atlanta, Georgia.
In addition to increasing his staff, Frazer is “very good to his employees” and “very good to his community,” Hill said. He is “generous about donating things.”
Frazer “looked all over the country” to find a place to grow the business and raise a family, before settling on Canton, according to Hill.
Frazer claims he “didn’t think they could have been as successful anywhere else,” she said. He is “very grateful for where he is.”
“He’s just a very generous guy,” and it’s “amazing what he did with that building” on US Hwy. 11, which was just a “cement block” before, she said.
“He is still hiring,” she said. The company is “just a great asset for Canton.”
The chamber will also honor the Luck Brothers, the company that completed construction on Main Street, with the Chamber Recognition Award.
“We don’t have to do that [award] every year,” and the winner doesn’t have to be a chamber member, Hill explained.
The Luck Brothers did an “amazing” job, according to Hill.
“When they had to shut off water they ran hoses” from other locations to provide water, she said.
“They bent over backwards” so that local businesses would be “inconvenienced as little as possible.”
The chamber is “grateful that it went so well,” she said.