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Joseph James Bevilacqua, President of Merrimack Valley Chamber Honored with District Director’s Award

Release Date: 
Friday, April 28, 2017
Release Number: 
Norman Eng 617-565-8510

BOSTON – The SBA Massachusetts District Director Robert Nelson has announced Joseph James Bevilacqua, President of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce -- the recipient of the 2017 District Director’s Award.

“The SBA District Director Award is presented annually to a business, individual or entity that stands out amongst the small business community with support of SBA and its programs,” said Robert Nelson, SBA Massachusetts District Director.  “Joe Bevilacqua has been a tireless champion of the small business communities North of Boston and in the Commonwealth for over 20 years -- and we value his work as a true partner and champion.”   

The Merrimack Valley Chamber is the region's economic development and business assistance resource providing real assistance under the award winning MV Chamber's Economic Development Program and the award winning MV Chamber's Clean Energy Program. The Chamber is active in member networking, women in business assistance, business trade shows, government affairs, small and family-owned business assistance, human resource programs, young people in business, economic development, and customer connection.

Mr. Bevilacqua has served as the President/CEO since 1992 – growing the membership base from 400, when he started – to over 1,000 members today.  Previously, he served as the Planning and Economic Development Director for the City of Haverhill and also as a five-term elected representative of Haverhill School Committee. Currently, Mr. Bevilacqua also serves as Haverhill City Councilor.  

 “Whatever success I may have achieved, including the receipt of this important SBA recognition should not be credited to me, but to my Mother and Father – Louis and Shirley Bevilacqua,” said Joseph Bevilacqua.

Through the years, Bevilacqua has contributed to the economic development of the region in countless ways, being recognized for his leadership:

  • Massachusetts Municipal Association's Innovation Award
  • SCORE National - Special Award
  • SBA National - Administrator’s Recognition
  • United States EPA - Environmental Merit Award
  • New England Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives - Economic Development Achievement Award
  • The New England Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives - New England Chamber Executive of the Year Award
  • North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau Leadership in Tourism Award
  • Massachusetts Association of School Committees - Outstanding School Partner Award
  • Yankee Clipper Council Boy Scouts - Distinguished Leaders Award
  • Northeastern Economic Developers Association - Program Of The Year Award
  • Massachusetts Economic Development Council - Member Of The Year Award
  • Massachusetts Grand Lodge Sons of Italy - Public Service Award
  • United Way - Community Leadership Award
  • I Migliori Award

Mr. Bevilacqua will be celebrating a 37th wedding anniversary this year with his wife, Toni Ann Bevilacqua -- they have two sons, Joseph Louis and Michael Anthony Bevilacqua.  

Joseph James Bevilacqua will be honored at an SBA awards lunch along with the other 2017 Massachusetts Small Business Week winners at Granite Links Golf Club on May 2, 2017.


About the U.S. Small Business Administration:

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012, has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.  To learn more, visit


About Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce:

The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce is the largest, most effective business network organization within the Merrimack Valley, serving over 1,000 businesses within Greater Haverhill, Greater Lawrence, Greater Lowell and southern New Hampshire communities. For more information on Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, please visit: