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BOSTON, MA – The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is pleased to award six Massachusetts small businesses with the title of Small Business of the Year. The Chamber’s annual Small Business of the Year Awards celebrate the remarkable vision and resilience of small businesses that lead in the categories of Diversity and Inclusion, Cultural Excellence, Community Impact, Innovation and Growth, CEO Leadership, and Small Business Champion.
“Congratulations to the Chamber’s 2023 Small Business of the Year Honorees! These six businesses represent the best of the small business community – their innovation and resilience are visible in their local contributions and immense impact. From their employees to their customers and from Main Street to Downtown, these small businesses are leading all of us forward while building their unique legacy of success,” said James E. Rooney, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.
“Congratulations to the winners of the Small Business of the Year Awards! HarborOne Bank is proud to partner with the Chamber to support and spotlight small businesses that are a vital part of our communities—providing innovation, services, revenue, and employment. We are honored to have the opportunity to elevate visibility of these exciting small businesses in Greater Boston by sponsoring these awards,” said Scott Sanborn, EVP & Chief Lending Officer at HarborOne Bank.
2023 Small Business of the Year Award Categories and Honorees are as follows:
Diversity & Inclusion: MK3 Creative
MK3 Creative, a creative services agency, offers multimedia solutions that help clients tell their story and build their brand. In addition to creating innovative and successful campaigns for their clients, MK3 Creative launched a youth scholarship with Fresh Films, which supports underserved students with transformative mentorship in filmmaking.
Cultural Excellence: Boston Cityscapes
Founded in 1992, Boston Cityscapes, a women-owned business, puts their passion for plants into action by focusing on “biophilic design.” Boston Cityscapes builds and reinforces their exceptional culture through extensive, continuous professional development, a commitment to well-being, and community engagement that transforms lives through the power of plants.
Community Impact: Gallery EyeCare LLC
Since 2014, Gallery EyeCare LLC has been a leading provider of optometry services and vision care products. The expert eye doctors at their Roxbury optometry office specialize in diagnosis and treatment, committing to helping their patients and customers achieve strong vision and an improved quality of life. With a strong commitment to the community, Gallery EyeCare LLC continues meaningful community initiatives, including free blue light glasses for students at Boston Public Schools and free eyecare services for people experiencing homelessness.
Innovation & Growth: Fresh Food Generation
Fresh Food Generation is a farm to plate, multi-cultural, food truck, restaurant, and catering company that works to increase access to healthy, locally-sourced, culturally relevant food for all of Boston. Specializing in Caribbean and American fusion dishes, Fresh Food Generation began their business journey in their bright red food truck. Now, they added a brick-and-mortar restaurant to reach more customers and deliver their mission of making Boston more equitable, sustainable, and diverse.
Small Business Champion: Curio Spice
Curio Spice, a woman-owned, Certified B Corporation, specializes in making unique spices and spice blends used by restaurants as well as home cooks. By sourcing directly from small and sustainable farms, Curio Spice works to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Championing the small business and entrepreneur community, Curio Spice offers a combination of education, events, and pop-ups at the Lab @ Curio, their culinary education hub.
CEO Leadership: Denterlein
A woman-owned, independent public relations agency, Denterlein inspires and influences people while boosting loyalty and managing risk for clients. Geri Denterlein, the founder and CEO of the Denterlein, continues to leverage her extensive career in journalism and public affairs to ensure her agency and clients’ success while she and her team advocate for equality and the support of women and children through their communications work and volunteerism of organizations like the Wonderfund, Women’s Edge, Victory Programs, Rosie’s Place, American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, and many others.
The Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Awards are sponsored by HarborOne Bank.