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Bay State Entrepreneurs Honored in Celebration of National Small Business Week

Joseph and Gary Melville, Melville Candy to Compete for National Honors
Release Date: 
Monday, April 2, 2018
Release Number: 
Norman Eng 617-565-8510

BOSTON – District Director, Robert H. Nelson, announced this year’s National Small Business Week honorees for Massachusetts today. 

“We are honored to recognize this year’s awardees from all over the Commonwealth – each demonstrating through their individual paths to success, a passion not only for their businesses, but also for their employees,” said SBA Massachusetts District Director Bob Nelson.  “It is for this reason why we take this time during Small Business Week, to applaud not only our amazing winners and champions, but all small businesses, for what they collectively do to grow jobs and build vibrant communities.”      

As part of National Small Business Week (April 29 - May 5), 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 businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

Massachusetts awardees will be honored at the annual Small Business Week Awards Luncheon co-hosted by the Boston SCORE Chapter at the Sheraton Needham Hotel on Friday, May 4th.  For more information about the event, please see the invitation open to the public.


2018 SBA Massachusetts NSBW Honorees:

Small Business Person of the Year
Melville Candy Company
Randolph, MA
Joseph and Gary Melville, Owners

Small Business Exporter of the Year
Flexo Concepts
Plymouth, MA
Kevin McLaughlin, CEO

Veteran Small Business Owner of the Year
AFC Urgent Care
Burlington, MA
Dave Adams, President

Minority Small Business Owner of the Year
ComforCare Home Care
Canton, MA
Suvarcha Madan, President

Microenterprise Business of the Year
Simply Grace
Springfield, MA
Mikki Lessard and Nancy Feth, Owners

Home-based Business Owner of the Year
Gilded Tomato Company
Rehoboth, MA
Julia Sweet, President/CEO

Small Business Manufacturer of the Year
Jack’s Abby Brewing
Framingham, MA
Jack, Eric and Sam Hendler, Founders

Financial Services Champion
Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation
Charlestown, MA
Lawrence Andrews, President/CEO

Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation
Southeast Regional Office
Fall River, MA
Anne Fenton, Alison Moriarty, Cliff Robbins, Jill Beresford, Nancy Lowd, Melinda Ailes

8(a) Graduate of the Year
SCS Building Maintenance, Inc.
Marlboro, MA
Trevor Rhone, President/CEO

Woman Small Business Owner of the Year
Unic Pro
Shrewsbury, MA
Lilian Radke, President/CEO