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2016 Exporter of the Year Reaches more than 50 Countries Across the World

Release Date: 
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Release Number: 
Norman Eng, 617-565-8510

BOSTON – The Small Business Administration (SBA) has named The Chamberlain Group the 2016 Exporter of the Year for Massachusetts and New England.

“Lisa and Eric Chamberlain are saving lives with the products they create in the medical simulation industry,” said Robert Nelson, SBA Massachusetts District Director. “By working with the MSBDC and Massachusetts Export Center, they are connecting with new customers all over the globe and establishing an international distribution network throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Mexico.”  

Founded in 1999, The Chamberlain Group designs and builds life-like anatomy for surgical and interventional training. Working in close collaboration with medical device companies and teaching hospitals, the company creates models that address training for clinicians, device research and development, as well as sales and marketing. These trainers recreate the precise tissue-to technology experience and allow surgeons to gain expertise in a safe, repeatable environment.  

In 2000, Lisa became a client of Massachusetts Small Business Development Center and her business plan for The Chamberlain Group won first prize in the UMass Five College Business Plan Competition.  In 2003, the company was recognized with the Governor’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award for spurring job creation and economic development. 

Today after 17 years in business, the company has grown to 21 employees and the company exports over 500 products directly from their Great Barrington office to over 50 countries worldwide. Their largest markets include: Switzerland, Brazil, China, France, Japan, and Germany. 

“We are honored and delighted to be recipients of this year’s Exporter of the Year awards in the Commonwealth and the New England region,” comments The Chamberlain Group’s Managing Partner and co-founder Lisa Chamberlain. “Eric and I have been well guided by the advice and encouragement we have received from the MSBDC and the Mass Export Center. It’s made the process of growing our business and our international reach viable, knowing we have subject experts to consult with who have our best interests at heart.”

The company was nominated by P. Ann Pieroway, Regional Director of the Massachusetts Export Center.

The Chamberlain Group will be honored along with the other Massachusetts Small Business Week 2016 award winners at a luncheon event at the Westborough Doubletree on May 6, 2016.  


About SBA National Small Business Week:

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.  More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.  As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.  Every day, they’re working to grow small business, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.


About The Chamberlain Group:

The Chamberlain Group is a Western Massachusetts based studio that designs and produces mimetic anatomy for surgical and interventional training. The Chamberlain Group today is a team of sculptors, designers, fabricators, engineers and model makers who work collaboratively with medical device manufacturers, leading surgeons, and teaching hospitals worldwide.  For more information on The Chamberlain Group, please visit: