Phoenician Hosts Merrimack Valley Chamber Members Friday; With Smolak Farms Cider Donuts

The Phoenician Restaurant hosts Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce members for a networking breakfast with Smolak Farms Cider donuts Friday in Haverhill. Coffee and a continental breakfast will be served during the event, co-hosted by the Massachusetts Health Connector, Friday, Jan. 13, from 8-9:15 a.m., at 12 Alpha St., Haverhill. Tickets are $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Register at or call 978-686-0900.

Massachusetts Biotechnology Council Names Burlin O’Connell of Haverhill as CEO and President

Kendalle Burlin O’Connell of Haverhill was named last week chief executive officer and president of Cambridge-based Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. Burlin O’Connell already served MassBio for 14 years, most recently as president and chief operating officer. She succeeds former state Sen. Joseph Boncore, who announced in November he would step aside at the end of 2022 to open his own lobbying shop with MassBIO as a client. “Kendalle has been instrumental in building MassBio and positioning our organization for continued growth,” said Pam Randhawa, chair of MassBio’s board. “Over the past several years, she has proven that she is the leader we need to strengthen and protect one of the state’s most important industries.”

According toa statement, Burlin O’Connell will set the strategic direction for the organization and help ensure Massachusetts life sciences companies have the best environment possible to research, develop, manufactur, and commercialize breakthrough therapies and cures for people around the world.

Carbone to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from Greater Haverhill Chamber

Longtime Haverhill businessman and community servant Peter Carbone will be given the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award when it convenes its Annual Business Awards Breakfast next month. Carbone and schoolhood buddy David Gaiero bought EZ-Way Cleaners from Carbone’s father, Atillio A. Carbone, and operated the business until last fall when they retired. Peter Carbone also serves as chairman of the Haverhill Board of Health, member of the Haverhill Historical Commission, member of the Haverhill Citizens Hall of Fame Committee and Pentucket Kiwanis, among other leadership roles in various groups and activities

Salem Five bank was also named by the Chamber as Business of the Year. Other annual award categories and winners are Arts and Culture, Dustin-Duston Garrison House;

Education, HP3; Family-Owned Business, Broco Energy; Health, Sarah’s Place; Manufacturing: IMI; Pioneer, Northern Essex Community College Culinary Program; Restaurant, Casa Blanca; Retail/Wholesale, Museum of Printing Gift Shop; Rising Star, Wellness Hot Yoga; Rookie of the Year, G’s Southern Texas Flare; Service for Non-Profit, Endicott College; Service for Profit, Peddler’s Daughter; Technology, Embryotech; Volunteer, Maria Cunha; Women in Business, Jennifer Matthews; and John E. Ratka Award, former Rep. Linda Dean Campbell. In addition.

Reps. Vargas and Hamilton First to Tackle New Haverhill Chamber Offering, ‘Eggs & Issues’

State Reps. Andy X. Vargas and Ryan M. Hamilton are first up as the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce this month launches its first “Eggs & Issues” series which continues the third Thursday of each month. The first talk takes place Thursday, Jan. 19, from 7:30-9 a.m., at UMass Lowell iHub, 2 Merrimack St., third floor, Haverhill. Admission is $25 each for members and $35 for nonmembers and a breakfast buffet is included.

Orzo Trattoria and Michaud Insurance Sponsor Business Networking at Noon Jan. 10

Orzo Trattoria and Michaud Insurance Co. are welcoming members of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce to a Networking at Noon lunch. The business event takes place Tuesday, Jan. 10, from noon-1:15 p.m., at Orzo Trattoria, 1085 Osgood St., North Andover. Lunch includes one of either chicken parmesan with pasta, sausage cacciatore with pasta or chicken Caesar salad.

Baker Administration Awards Workplace Safety Grant to Haverhill Company

A Haverhill company is the only one in the area to be awarded a state Workplace Safety Grant to train employees. DiPietro Heating and Cooling Thursday was awarded $6,825 from the program aimed at injury prevention and safety education. DiPietro plans to train workers in such areas as lead safe renovator and asbestos contractor. Altogether, Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration awarded $800,000 to 99 companies. “Keeping the Commonwealth’s workforce safe is important to both employees and employers as well as the greater community,” said Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta.

Haverhill Bank Promotes Weeden and Pickles to Senior Positions

Haverhill Bank recently promoted Charlette M. Weeden and Jodie A. Pickles to senior positions at the institution. Weeden, a Haverhill native who joined the bank in 2011 and serves as chief financial officer, was promoted from senior vice president to executive vice president, while Pickles advances from assistant branch manager to branch manager of the bank’s main office in downtown Haverhill. “Haverhill Bank continues to be served by great talent and Charlette and Jodie demonstrate their outstanding expertise and abilities every day in support of both borrowers and depositors,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas L. Mortimer. Prior to joining Haverhill bank, Weeden was employed by Holbrook Cooperative Bank as senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer. She was responsible for the bank’s overall financial operations, including asset liability management and regulatory compliance and reporting.