The annual Best of Long Island contest was born in 2005 and has grown to become the premier, interactive way to recognize the local Long Island businesses—and the hard-working businesspeople— who provide the products and services we’ve come to depend on. It is a megaphone held by the Long Island people giving voice to what they truly value.
Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy. It’s more important than ever to recognize and celebrate the people behind them. That’s what the Best of Long Island is all about.
Categories run the gamut from best pizza pie (of course) to best mortgage company, best podiatrist to best pet groomer; from best life coach to best place to buy your wedding gown (and flowers) (and limos) (and videographer) (you get the idea).
During voting season, it’s virtually impossible to escape signage on the small businesses that proliferate the landscape.
Four years ago, Bethpage Federal Credit Union became the naming rights partner to the program. We love Bethpage Federal Credit Union because their business principles are aligned with our own – to support local people and businesses and, more importantly, to give back to the community.
Bethpage gives back in a number of ways. First, as a credit union instead of one of the big banks, they are free to offer competitive rates and lower fees to their business and personal banking customers. For those who own the small businesses the Best of Long Island celebrates, Bethpage established its Business Banking Group to work closely with small businesses to help them define and reach their business goals. In an age where big banks have become unprecedentedly restrictive, Bethpage is offering small business solutions like free checking with interest and a wealth of lending products like lines of credit and term loans for vehicles, machinery and equipment, owner-occupied commercial real estate, as well as SBA financing.
“Here at Bethpage we understand how important it is to support small businesses – and to recognize our local business owners,” says Jerry Schmitt, Vice President of Marketing at Bethpage Federal Credit Union. “The people behind the companies and storefronts that propel our local economy are key to the success of not only their organizations, but to the business community as a whole. The winners should feel extremely proud of their accomplishments.”
Over its 70+ year history on Long Island, Bethpage Federal Credit Union has grown to become the largest credit union in the Northeast. They are a homegrown company whose success has been fortified through the hard work, business acumen, and heart that epitomizes the spirit of the Best of Long Island.