July 26th, 2012 by Lauren Landry–The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce has just announced the winners of the 2012 Small Business of the Year award, and we couldn’t be happier to see the list. For the last 28 years, 10 small- and high growth businesses have been recognized for their management, workplace excellence, product innovation, social responsibility and commitment to growing here in the Hub.
This year, Meridican Associates took the top spot. A multi-disciplinary land development and infrastructure consulting firm, Meridican Associates provides clients with technical know-how, as well as end-to-end management of complex development and energy projects in order to help them succeed financially, environmentally and socially responsibly.
The additional nine companies being honored this year include:
Ace Ticket – How can you not like a brand with the tag line “All tickets purchased are backed by Ace’s 200% guarantee?” Now that’s going above and beyond.
Boloco – The Boston-based family of restaurants morphed from a Dartmouth College class project by founder John Pepper to a chain with 18 locations in three states.
Cakes for Occasions – Located in Danvers, Cakes for Occasions is a nut-free, boutique-style gourmet cake and pastry shop. Kelly Delaney founded the company 15 years ago in a single oven in her mother’s home. Yet now, Delaney employs 30 people and has created thousands of custom-designed cakes.
Fox RPM Corp. — With headquarters in downtown Boston, Fox RPM Corp. is the largest independent project management firm in New England.
Life is good — The Life is good Company was started in 1994 by two brothers who were selling tee shirts in their van with only $78 combined in their bank accounts. To date, however, they’ve raised more than $8 million for kids in need through the Life is good Festival, Life is good products and other fundraising efforts. You can meet the team in person at BostonFest 2012.
Nexcelom Bioscience LLC — Nexcelom Bioscience LLC is a designer, developer and manufacturer of innovative software, devices and instruments for cell-based experiments used in cancer research and drug discovery. The company plans to grow by 20 to 25 percent annually, with a goal of doubling in size in five years.
SCVNGR — With offices in eight cities, and as partners with more than 1,500 merchants, SCVNGR’s growing its way out of being a small business. Their LevelUp app has become the second largest mobile payment app, processing more than $1 million every month.
Seniorlink — Serving over 1,600 consumers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Ohio, Seniorlink’s mission is to enable elders and persons with disabilities to receive market‐leading care and services in their community.
Veson Nautical – Founded 30 years ago by Michael Veson, Veson Nautical offers software solutions that enable the world’s leading maritime organizations to better manage voyage chartering, operations, financials and risk.
To read even more about the companies, you can click here. Or, to celebrate them, you can register for the Small Business of the Year Awards ceremony that will be held on Thursday, October 11th, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Congratulations to this year’s winners!