Yesterday, at a luncheon for the top 10 finalists of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year Award, Little Sprouts was honored as the Small Business of the Year for 2011.
In its 27th year, the Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Awards recognize the achievements of Greater Boston’s small and growing for-profit companies with gross revenues of more than $1 million who display strong financial performance, achievement in management, workplace excellence, product innovation, and community or social responsibility.
Little Sprouts is an early childhood education and child care center dedicated to improving early childhood literacy rates and closing the education achievement gap to help ensure a better future for children in Massachusetts. Founded 28 years ago in the Merrimack Valley, Little Sprouts now serves over 1,500 children in 13 locations across the state. It supports families across 56 cultures, 23 languages, and a wide range of social, economic, religious, and ethnic backgrounds. It has established itself as an active leader in early education by working on policy issues and curriculum development at the federal and state levels.
Paul Guzzi, president and chief executive of the Greater Boston Chamber said "the 2011 winners are an excellent representation of the entrepreneurial spirit, focus on excellence, and commitment to the community that define our region’s small businesses.”
Rounding out the finalist list included Baystate Financial Services, Burtons Grill, Charles River Apparel, Enzymatics, Get in Shape for Women, Hollister, IdeaPaint, Lupoli Companies, and WHERE.
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