Annual Awards Programs
The benefits of membership in the Waterbury Regional Chamber are many. From policy development, advocacy, and marketing communications opportunities to a variety of programs and events, products, and awards, the Chamber offers members many ways to get involved and "connect" to each other and the issues that affect the way business develops and prospers within the Greater Waterbury Region.
Harold Webster Smith Awards
The Harold Webster Smith Awards were established by the Chamber's Small Business Council to recognize companies which have shown achievement and excellence in small business. The Chamber hosts this program to honor the legacy of Harold Webster Smith, founder of Webster Bank, who supported, and helped nurture, small business development within the Greater Waterbury Region. Nominations are accepted each fall, and the winners are honored at a breakfast each January.
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is given to an entrepreneur who is creative and innovative, aids of benefits the community and shares his/her vision to expand, diversify and prosper
The Small Business of the Year Award is given to a business that has sustained or maintained during the past year, demonstrates creativity and innovation in its products and/or services and demonstrates commitment to its employees and the community.
The Manufacturer of the Year Award is given to a company that has demonstrated growth and commitment to its employees and the community and innovation in products.
Health Care Council Awards
The Health Care Council Awards bestows several awards at each year’s Annual Awards Breakfast. The Council’s Unsung Hero Award, which is presented to a health care practitioner who has distinguished himself by providing exceptional care, compassion and commitment in their daily work. The Council’s the Leadership Award. The Leadership Award is presented to an individual from the health profession who embodies the qualities required to improve healthcare in our community. Through raising awareness, initiating change, enhancing quality of care, or creating new services, the recipient has demonstrated the vision and foresight needed to create a healthier future for us all. The Stephen Sasala Health Advocate Award is presented to an individual or organization that works outside of the health industry yet still demonstrates exceptional commitment to healthcare related issues. By using their own unique capabilities and competencies, this individual or group has demonstrated an ability to improve health and influence health-related issues in a positive way.
Lewis A. Dibble Award
The Naugatuck Chamber of Commerce recognizes outstanding contributions to the business and socio-economic well-being of the Borough of Naugatuck with the Lewis A. Dibble Awards and has been bestowed each year since 1976. Mr. Dibble, who was a founder of the Naugatuck Chamber of Commerce, served as President of the Risdon Tool and Machine Company and helped build the company into a leading national producer of precision sheet brass and wire products.
Malcolm Baldrige Awards
Few can claim to have had a greater impact on American industry than Malcolm "Mac Baldrige". His accomplishments are chronicled worldwide in newspapers, magazines, documents, and journals. He is well known in Russia and China, where he negotiated trade talks during his tenure as Secretary of Commerce during the Reagan Administration. He is acknowledged in America for his legacy of success through quality.
Baldrige is embraced here in Waterbury, a city he frequently used as a springboard for his economic and business development activities. A former chairman of the board of directors of the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce, Baldrige led the Eastern Company and subsequently worked for more than two decades as president and CEO of Scovill Manufacturing. He continually demonstrated his beliefs in community, leadership, and volunteerism as he worked for the betterment of the Greater Waterbury Region.
The Malcolm Baldrige Chamber Awards Evening was inspired by Mac Baldrige's commitment to his community.
The Malcolm Baldrige Community Award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to enhancing the overall economic growth of the Greater Waterbury Region, creating new employment opportunities, and playing a role in initiating or developing new business within the region.
The Chamber's Leadership Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates leadership functions within the Chamber, provides expertise and skill in the introduction and implementation of major innovations, and contributes to the fulfillment of the Chamber's function as Greater Waterbury's network, resource, and advocate.
The Chamber's Volunteer of the Year is dedicated to membership development, provides advice and counseling regarding program enhancement, and contributes to the fulfillment of the Chamber's function as Greater Waterbury's network, resource, and advocate.
The Watertown-Oakville Chamber bestows three awards to business leaders at each year’s Annual Meeting. The Community Leader of the Year is given in recognition of an individual who has made significant efforts for the betterment of Watertown and Oakville citizens. The Chamber’s Silent Advocate recognizes members of the local business community are unsung heroes, those who often do a tremendous amount of work to benefit their community but their deed are seldom, if ever, formally recognized.