Small Business & Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

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May 19 2023,
12:00 pm
- 1:30 pm

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Join us Friday, May 19th from 12:00pm – 1:30pm at Thorny Lea Golf Club (159 Torrey St, Brockton) for the 32nd Annual Small Business & Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

The Small Business and Entrepreneur Awards are presented to businesses that have displayed employment staying power, growth, innovation, and social responsibility. Please join the Chamber and premier sponsor, Bank of America in recognizing the achievements and contributions of small businesses and entrepreneurs in creating new jobs and economic opportunities in the Metro South region! Our guest speaker is Diane Darling.

Small Business of the Year Criteria: 50 or less full-time employees (or equivalent); in business more than 3 consecutive years under the current ownership; for-profit business.

Entrepreneur of the Year Criteria: 10 or less full-time employees (or equivalent); in business less than 3 years; for-profit business.

Companies will be rated on their creativity and imagination in development of their business, demonstration of growth, and a reflection on internal and external social responsibility. Recipients will be announced at the Small Business and Entrepreneur event in May.

About the guest speaker: 

Diane Darling is a consultant, keynote speaker, instructor, and leadership coach with 20+ years of experience researching, developing, and educating on the role professional networking strategies play in both individual career development, and broader business performance. She is the author of several books including “The Networking Survival Guide” and “Networking for Career Success”. As an instructor, she has taught at Harvard Business School, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, 20th Century Fox, Cisco Systems, Bank of America, University of Texas Law School (to name a few clients). Media appearances include NBC Nightly News, The Wall Street Journal,San Francisco Chronicle, and The Boston Globe. Learn more about our guest speaker at

Attendees will also receive a copy of Diane Darling’s book, “Networking for Career Success: 24 Lessons for Getting to Know the Right People” (The McGraw-Hill Professional Education Series).

Networking for Career Success shows professionals how to enhance their careers through effective networking. It covers everything from the basics of networking to targeted techniques for making a career change, funding a new business venture, adding clients, and more.


Questions? Contact Cathryn Schofield or call (508) 586-0500 x 231 for assistance.

Please do not attend if you feel unwell. Masks are optional.


Thank you to our generous program sponsor, Bank of America:

“Bank of America is committed to making communities stronger and financial lives better through responsible growth and empowering those we serve. For us, it comes down to one simple question: What would you like the power to do?” Learn more about Bank of America.




121 Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301

(508) 521-9711


Brockton Beer Company was established in 2018 and opened a brewery on Main Street Brockton in 2022. It is owned by five families who believe deeply in Brockton. Founders, Pierre Alexandre, Rowan Olmstead, Eval Silvera, Latisha Silvera, and Ed Cabellon stated “as long term Brockton residents, we knew it was time to create a brewery that shares in the values of the city we live, work, and play. It’s our focus to use the inspirations of our city and its heritage to create outstanding craft beer.” Combined, they have invested more than 1.3 million dollars to get the production facilities and brew pub up and running. “Crafted for Community,” Brockton Beer Company and the new Brew Pub (Brockton’s first), reflect the owner’s commitment to the City of Champions. The new Brockton Beer Company Brew Pub is open each week, Wednesdays 4-10PM, Thursdays 12-10PM, Saturdays 12-10PM, and Sundays 12-5PM. Visit to learn more.





340 Pleasant Street, Brockton, MA 02301

(508) 583-1157


Healthier You Wellness Partners provides state-of-the-art health and wellness services to Massachusetts residents in a wide range of settings including their newly purchased headquarters at 340 Pleasant Street, Brockton and through their recently expanded Healthier You family of companies.

  • Healthier You Adult Foster Care: High-quality home health care services. Caregiver Financial assistance.
  • PlusCare Homecare Agency: Home care and Visiting Nurse services to families. Recruitment and staffing service provider for healthcare employers and related industries.
  • D.O.C Wellness Programs: Diabetes, Obesity & Cancer health coaching for individuals and corporate wellness programs for businesses.
  • Trust Business & Consulting: Provides a broad spectrum of business development and employment resources to industries ranging from healthcare, retail and hospitality extending to warehousing and manufacturing.

Visit to learn more.


Location Information

159 Torrey Street
Brockton MA 02301

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