Two Auburn accountants will receive the 2011 Phyllis Goldman Encouragement Award for Women based on their success as entrepreneurial business women.

The women, Alice Hoatland and Elaine Buffington, of Buffington & Hoatland CPAs, are first-time winners of the award, which was created in 1997 and is administered by the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce. The award is given to women who have pursued an entrepreneurial endeavor and encouraged other women to do the same.

Buffington and Hoatland opened their North Street business in June 2009.

“I have tremendous respect and admiration for both Alice and Elaine for their leadership skills, work ethic and commitment to our community,” said Jackie Murray-Frost, who was involved in the nomination process, in a press release. “From their incredible ability to juggle all of their various responsibilities, I’ve learned how to have a great balance between work, family and friends. Elaine and Alice each demonstrate strong entrepreneurial spirit and serve as role models for other women who wish to achieve the same success.”

Hoatland has more than 30 years of experience as a certified public accountant in small business consulting and taxation. Hoatland has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from LeMoyne College and an associate degree from Cayuga Community College.

Buffington has been a CPA for 28 years and works as the business’ client service and audit engagement partner in addition to auditing, accounting, business consulting and tax preparation. Buffington has a bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure University. Buffington is also a recipient of the chamber’s 2010 Chairman’s Award for Excellence.

An award luncheon for the women will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at the Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora. Tickets are $30, which includes a donation to the award fund. To RSVP, call 252-7291 by Nov. 11.

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