Small Biz Awards & Expo




Honoring Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs with Awards, speakers, and Expo. Past speakers have included Jeff Taylor, Founder of and Scott Kirsner, Boston Globe Technology Columnist. 
Attendance is 250 to 300 people.



The Small Business and Entrepreneur Awards are presented to businesses that have displayed employment/staying power, growth, innovation, and social responsibility. We are now accepting nominations (more lower on this page).
Congratulations to 2017’s award recipients!

Entrepreneur of the Year – Epicure Wine Bar/Jazz Club

Small Business of the Year – Wood Palace Kitchens









The 2017 Small Business & Entrepreneur of the Year Awards hosted a special Luncheon on May 17, 2017 at the Conference Center @ Massasoit, located at 770 Crescent Street, Brockton. The event began with a Small Business Exposition from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm where business are encouraged to expand and promote their company to hundreds of prospective clients at the 2017 Business Expo, presented in conjunction with the Small Business Awards Luncheon.

Last year, the keynote speaker was Mike Tamburro of the Pawtucket Red Sox. Mike Tamburro was named President of the Pawtucket Red Sox in January 1985 after serving as General Manager of the PawSox from 1977-1984. During his 35 years with the club, Tamburro saw the Pawtucket Red Sox rise from a once-bankrupt organization to one of the strongest and most successful franchises in professional baseball. Under Tamburro’s leadership, the PawSox have gone from drawing 70,000 fans in 1977 to over 575,000 fans in each of the past eight seasons.

Tamburro is the only International League front office employee ever to earn the circuit’s Executive of the Year Award, presented annually since 1964, five times (1984, 1988, 2001, 2004, 2008). He has served on the baseball industry’s most prominent committees. including the MiLB Board of Trustees, the Baseball Internet Rights Corp., and the International League. He is also involved in several local charities.

Also featured was Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.  Polito began public service in local government, serving as a member of the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen. She then expanded her work to the state level, serving as a member of the State Lottery Commission. In 2001, Polito ran for State Representative and won, proudly representing the residents of the 11th Worcester District for five terms.

In her time on Beacon Hill, Polito was a leading advocate for the passage of “Jessica’s Law.” She also worked relentlessly to secure increases in local aid, Chapter 70 school aid, Special Education aid, and Special Education transportation aid, as well as for local grant funding, among other accomplishments.


Expo tables are $99 for members and $149 for future-members. This price does not include a ticket to the awards luncheon. Tables are limited on a first come-first serve basis. Luncheon tickets are $35 for members and $45 for non-members. To register, please call Athena Lavoie at (508) 586-0500 x 231 or email her at


Nominating a Business

The Metro South Chamber and Bank of America recognize the achievements of small businesses and entrepreneurs in creating new jobs and economic opportunities in the Metro South region. We welcome you to nominate businesses for the 2018 Small Business of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year awards. Nomination is easy…

Small Business of the Year Criteria:

To be nominated for this award, a business must:

  • Have 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees
  • Have been in business more than 3 consecutive years under current ownership
  • Be a for-profit enterprise.

The Entrepreneur of the Year Criteria

To be nominated for this award, a business must:

• Have 10 or fewer full-time employees or equivalence
• Have been in business less than 3 years
• Be a for-profit enterprise.

Companies will be rated on their creativity and imagination in the development of their business, their demonstration of growth, and a reflection on internal and external social responsibility.

Nominations are due to the Chamber in April 2018. The awards will take place in May.

You may nominate your own business or any other you deem worthy. Call the Chamber at (508) 586-0500 x 231 for nomination forms. You may include additional documentation that will illustrate why the business deserves the award. Nominees do not need to be Chamber members.


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Photographs from the 2017 Small Business Awards and Expo:
Small Business Awards Luncheon 2017.

View a collection of photos from Small Business Awards in the past.