Merrimack Valley Chamber Honors Businesses June 10

Robert Nelson, state director of the U.S. Small Business Administration Business. (Courtesy photograph.)

Robert Nelson, Massachusetts director, of the U.S. Small Business Administration, speaks at the event.

Haverhill City Councilor Joseph J. Bevilacqua.

Haverhill City Councilor Joseph J. Bevilacqua is president of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce is honoring a number of local businesses and organizations from across the Merrimack Valley during its Annual Small Business Recognition Awards Program a week from Friday.

The guest speaker at the ceremony is Robert Nelson, Massachusetts director, of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The event takes place Friday, June 10, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., at DiBurro’s Function Facilities, 887 Boston Road, Haverhill. Tickets are $25 for members of the chamber and $35 for non-members and includes breakfast. To reserve a seat, call (978) 686-0900 or visit

Small Business Day recipients include:

Business Assistance

  • E-For All/E-Para Todos
  • V. WIB/Valleyworks Career Center


  • Lowell Memorial Auditorium
  • Jay Gee’s Ice Cream & Family Fun Ctr.


  • Central Catholic High School
  • Middlesex Community College


  • The Boston Solar Company
  • Solectria Renewables, LLC


  • Serenity at Summit New England
  • Doctors Express


  • Morpho Detection, LLC
  • My Marketing Solutions/My Shirt


  • Jackson Lumber & Millwork
  • Thwaites Market


  • Southwick Apparel LLC
  • W. Chesterton Company

Media Advocate

  • WHAV (Public Media of New England)
  • North Shore 104.9 FM

Minority Owned

  • Yokohama Japanese Steak House
  • Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant

Next Generation Leaders

  • Geoff Piva, Lanam Club
  • Melissa Sue Frasca, Cambridge College


  • ARC of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport
  • Northeast Independent Living Program, Inc.


  • KettlePizza


  • The Tap Restaurant & Brew Pub
  • The Coffee Cann Cafe


  • EJ Paving Company, Inc.
  • Distinctive Window Coverings by Blinds Unlimited

Special Job Creation Award

  • Market Basket


  • George’s Bakery/Sunshine Foods
  • The Durkin Company

Women in Business

  • Jacqueline Moloney, Chancellor, UMass Lowell
  • Kimberly Abare, president, New England Die Cutting

Special Salute to Family-Owned Businesses

  • Raagini Indian Cuisine
  • The Loft and Joe Fish Restaurants
  • Silverio Insurance Agency
  • The Peddler’s Daughter
  • Piro’s Bakery