Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Small Business Recognition Awards Program June 9

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

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More than two dozen local businesses and organizations are set to be honored when the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce conducts its Annual Small Business Recognition Awards Program early next month.

As he has previously, Robert Nelson, Massachusetts director of the U.S. Small Business Administration, is expected to address recipients and guests Friday, June 9, from 7:30-9 a.m., at Renaissance Golf and Country Club, 377 Kenoza St., Haverhill.

Singled out for their “Perseverance,” despite the economy, pandemic and other setbacks over the years, are Maria’s Restaurant and Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, both of Haverhill.

Other award categories and winners are Business Assistance, Better Business Bureau and Score; Hospitality & Tourism, Benson’s Ice Cream and Lawrence History Center; Discovery/Education, Clarendon Early Education Services and Clark School; Environmental, Groundwork Lawrence and Nexamp; Healthcare, Cedardale Health & Fitness and Home Instead; Innovative, MeVa Transit and Professional Center For Child Development; Longevity, Paper Potpourri and Rumbo; Manufacturing/R&D, Joseph’s Bakery and Seica; Arts & Culture, Addison Gallery Of American Art and North Andover Historical Society; Diversity Owned, Peachbox and Nandi Security; Non-Profit/Community Service Bethany Community Services and Planet Aid; Media, BC Media Productions and WHAV;  Retail, Doyon’s Appliance and Smolak Farms; Service, American Training and Distinctive Window Coverings; Veteran-Owned, Adam Hogue of Northern Peak Financial and Kevin Dennehy of Global Tech. Communications; Wholesale Induspad and Planted Donuts; Women In Business, Stephanie Vanderbilt of Coastal Windows & Exteriors and Sheila Doherty of Doherty Insurance Agency; Special Salute to Family-Owned Businesses, A&M Auto Body, Silverio Insurance Agency, Sonny Valley and the Tomacchio Family.

Breakfast tickets are $35 each for members and $45 for nonmembers and may be purchased online at or by calling 978-686-0900.

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