The Port Washington Chamber of Commerce unanimously selected M. William "Bill" Solomon as Port Washington's Small Businessperson of the Year for 2002. He received his award at The Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce Legislative Breakfast at Chateau Briand Restaurant on Oct. 18.
Bill has been a Port Washington resident since 1980. In 1988, he and his wife Debbie opened All Port Travel, Ltd. at 109 Manorhaven Boulevard. That same year he joined the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce. In 1989, Bill became a director and joined the Chamber's BID Steering Committee, seeking the establishment of the Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District. When the BID was formed in 1996, Bill was elected a director, representing renters. He is a strong advocate for small local businesses and the betterment of relations between the business and residential communities. Bill founded the Manorhaven Business Association and chaired its annual street fair for five years.
For over 35 years, Bill has been a Cancer Care volunteer and became a member of Port Washington-Manhasset Chapter in 1980. He currently serves as a public relations vice president, has chaired their walkathon, regularly participates in their Red Stocking Revue and assists in many other fundraising events. Bill has been a member of the "Pride in Port" committee for 14 years. He and Debbie have been Dinner-Dance Chairpeople for the past three years. Bill also belongs to the Great Neck-Port Washington Elks. He is retired from the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Chamber President Warren Schein said Bill Solomon exemplifies the best qualities of small businesspeople. Schein added that it is a pleasure to honor Bill with this award in recognition of all of his contributions to the community.