Chamber of Commerce names 2012 small business winners
The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2012 Small Business Award Winners who will be individually saluted at a series of evening receptions held in their honor during Cape Ann Small Business Week, June 4 to 11. All receptions are complimentary to attend.
In Gloucester, Deo Braga of Braga Management and owner of the Azorean Restaurant and Bar, will be honored at the Topside Grill, on Tuesday, June 5, from 5 to 7 p.m., 50 Rogers St., Gloucester, 978-281-1399.
In Essex, this year's recipients, Rick and Jean Grobe of the White Elephant Shop and Transform Fitness, will be honored on Monday, June 4, at the Windward Grille, from 5 to 7 p.m., 109 Eastern Ave., Essex, 978-768-0050.
In Manchester, Chuck Hayback of Nor'East Frameworks will be honored on Thursday, June 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Landing at 7 Central, 7 Central St., 978-526-7494.
In Rockport, Kirk Keating and Bruce Rowell of Bayside Electrical Company will be honored on Wednesday, June 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Emerson Inn by the Sea, 1 Cathedral Ave., Rockport, 978-546-6321.
The week's events will culminate on Monday, June 11, at the chamber's 32nd Annual Small Business Week Luncheon, starting at 11:30 a.m. at Bass Rocks Golf Club, 38 Beach Road, featuring a keynote address by Robert Nelson, director of the Small Business Administration's Massachusetts District Office, on the importance of small business in leading the economic recovery.
The luncheon will again salute the four small business winners, along with the seven area high school seniors who have been awarded Cape Ann Chamber Scholarships. The program is designed to recognize the extraordinary contributions of Cape Ann's small business community in both exemplary entrepreneurial achievement as well as notable civic and community involvement.
Friends, family members, and colleagues of all small business honorees are invited and encouraged to attend the receptions and the luncheon. Tickets for the luncheon are available to members for $30 in advance or $35 week/day of and $45 for future members. For more information or to RSVP, email Tim Burton at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Chamber at 978-283-1601.
PACE welcomes Gloucester man to staff
Gloucester resident Andrew Parisi has been named as the latest among recent staff additions joining the Elder Service Plan of the North Shore Inc., a member of the nonprofit, national organization called PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) that is based locally on Emerson Avenue.
Parisi, a 2008 graduate of Gloucester High School, is the recipient of the PACE scholarship in the occupational therapy assistant program at North Shore Community College, and is completing his internship through the college. He will work in the Rehabilitation & Therapy Department at PACE adult day health center locations in Lynn and Beverly.
"Working with seniors at PACE is very rewarding as they appreciate what you do for them and they make you feel good after helping them," Parisi said in a statement, adding that he plans on furthering his degree at Salem State University in its Bachelors and Masters Program for occupational therapy.
Rockport National Bank named top community bank
For a third consecutive year, Rockport National Bank has been recognized by American Banker Magazine as one of the top 200 community banks in the United States. The magazine's May 2012 issue highlights the top 200 community banks in the 36 states through out the U.S., Rockport National Bank ranked number 69, and was one of only 6 banks representing Massachusetts.
Commenting on the rating, Peter A. Anderson, president and chief executive officer of Rockport National Bancorp, Inc. and its subsidiary Rockport National Bank, said, "being recognized as a leading performer during these economic times is evidence of our commitment to both our customers and shareholders,"
Rockport National Bank has served the Cape Ann community since 1851. The bank now has four full service locations on the North Shore including Rockport, Gloucester and Beverly. For more information, visit www.rockportnational.com.
Land trust names first female president
The Trustees of Reservations, the nation's oldest statewide land trust and one of Massachusetts' largest nonprofits, has elected its first female president, Barbara Erickson of Beverly, to succeed Andrew Kendall, who served as president for 12 years. Erickson will join the organization in July and will oversee an annual operating budget of $20 million; an endowment of more than $125 million; and 180 year-round staff, 400 seasonal staff and more than 1,500 volunteers. Erickson was formerly the vice president of Save the Children and served for six years as chief development officer at the Boston-based Earthwatch Institute.
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