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Top Bay State Businesses Honored by SBA as Part of National Small Business Week

Small Business Person of the Year, Bob George to Compete for National Honors
Release Date: 
Monday, March 21, 2016
Release Number: 
Norman Eng, (617) 565-8510

BOSTON – District Director, Bob Nelson today announced this year’s local National Small Business Week Award winners. 

“We are extremely excited to honor a truly amazing line up of small business owners and champions this year,” said Bob Nelson, SBA’s Massachusetts District Director.    “It is so important to recognize our small businesses in the Commonwealth as they are the job creators, innovators and the fabric of our local communities!   We hope the small business community will join the SBA and our host, SCORE Boston, for an inspiring awards luncheon on May 6th in Westborough.”   

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.  This year, the dates are May 1-7 with national events planned in Washington, D.C., New York City, Atlanta, Denver, Phoenix and San Jose and Oakland, California.  The slate of leading small businesses in the Commonwealth will be honored at the Annual Small Business Week Awards Luncheon at the Doubletree in Westborough on May 4th. 

For more information and a complete list of events, visit the SBA Massachusetts District Office online.


2016 Massachusetts SBA Honorees:

Small Business Person of the Year/Veteran Small Business Owner of the Year

StratComm, Inc.

Natick, MA

Robert George, Founder/President & CEO


Small Business Exporter of the Year

The Chamberlain Group, LLC

Great Barrington, MA

Lisa Chamberlain, VP/Managing Partner


Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Business of the Year

China Blossom

North Andover, MA

Richard Yee, Founder & David Yee, General Manager


Minority Small Business Owner of the Year

Guardian Healthcare

Boston, MA

Jose de la Rosa, CEO


Woman Small Business Owner of the Year

Dune Jewelry, INC

Hyde Park, MA

Holly Christensen, Founder & CEO


Massachusetts Microenterprise of the Year


Stoneham, MA

Barbara Jean Johnson, Director


Small Business Manufacturer of the Year

Fireking Baking Company

Braintree, MA

Greg Acerra, President/Owner


Financial Services Champion

Berkshire Bank

Peter Rice, Senior VP Business Banking


Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation

MA Small Business Development Center Network

Central Regional Office @ Clark University

Worcester, MA

John Rainey, Regional Director


8(a) Graduate of the Year

Watermark Environmental, Inc.

Lowell, MA

John Haley, President & CEO