MV Chamber Honors Local Businesses at Breakfast June 9

Cedardale owner Ed Veasey, right, tours the fire-damaged health and fitness center. (WHAV News File photograph.)

Cedardale owners, seen here after a March fire, will be honored for “perseverance” during a breakfast by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce. (WHAV News photograph.)

The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce plans to honor numerous local businesses at its Annual Small Business Recognition Awards Program next Friday morning.

One award, for “perseverance,” goes to Cedardale Health and Fitness, the Boston Road, Haverhill, complex that suffered a devastating fire March 1.

Robert Nelson, Massachusetts director of the U.S. Small Business Administration, will address attendees at the June 9 breakfast, taking place from 7:30 to 9 a.m., at DiBurro’s Function Facilities, 887 Boston Road, Haverhill.

Tickets are $25 and may be obtained by calling the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce at 978-686-0900 or visiting

Here is the complete list of recipients:

Business Assistance

  • Massachusetts Office of Business Development
  • UTEC, Inc.


  • Smolak Farms
  • Launch Trampoline Park
  • Discovery/Education
  • Melmark New England
  • Cambridge College


  • Clean River Project
  • Northeast Landscape Contractors, Inc.


  • Greater Lawrence Family Health Center
  • Trinity Emergency Medical Service


  • Deos Studio
  • WHAV


  • China Blossom
  • DiFruscia Law Offices


  • New England Die Cutting
  • NxStage Medical, Inc.

Media Advocate

  • In Motion Media
  • Dempsey Advertising LLC

Minority Owned

  • Mi Mexico Lindo
  • Karma Restaurant

Next Generation Leaders

  • Robert Cerniglia, Thrivent Financial
  • Ashley Moore, Northern Essex Community College


  • Home Health VNA, Inc./Hospice
  • Community Teamwork, Inc.


  • Cedardale Health & Fitness


  • Borrelli’s Italian Deli
  • Butcher Boy


  • IM Wireless
  • Smith Motor Sales of Haverhill

Special Job Creation Award

  • Greater Lawrence Technical School
  • Whittier Regional Technical High School


  • Battle Grounds Coffee Company
  • Haverhill Army Career Center


  • Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods, Inc.
  • Restaurant Depot

Women in Business

  • Dianne Anderson, Lawrence General Hospital
  • Kim Ocasio, Ocasio’s True Martial Arts, Inc.

Family-Owned Businesses

  • EJ Paving
  • George’s Bakery
  • Holland Flowers
  • Minco Corporation
  • The Copilabs Connection
  • White Street Paint & Wallpaper