Finalists for top Souhegan Chamber awards announced

AMHERST – The list of nominees from which this year’s top Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce businesses, nonprofits and volunteers will be chosen has been finalized, setting the stage for the naming of the winners at the dinner celebration in June.

This year’s dinner and awards celebration comes as the chamber observes the 30th anniversary of its 1988 founding as the Milford-Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. The current name was adopted in 1998.

Gov. Chris Sununu will be the keynote speaker for the anniversary edition event, which runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at The Event Center at Hampshire Hills in Milford.

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The Chamber chose “Driven to Grow” as this year’s theme, which reflects the organization’s “ongoing growth and business success in the Souhegan Valley,” according to executive director Wendy Hunt.

In addition to honoring the winning individuals, agencies and businesses in each of the six categories, Hunt said, this year’s program will also recognize, and present scholarships to, local high school students who plan to pursue degrees in the business or entrepreneurship fields.

The scholarships are funded by the Chamber’s Leadership Scholarship Fund, which is sustained in large part by donations from local businesses and individuals.

Meanwhile, the winners in each of the six categories are chosen by votes cast by attendees during the event.

Following are the nominees for each category.

Business Leader

of the Year

Paul Tripp, Classic Signs

Heather Goodwin

Henline, The Telegraph

John Morison III, Hitchiner

Terry Connor, Pasta Loft

Business of the Year

Contemporary Automotive

LaBelle Winery

Enterprise Bank

ReVision Energy

Small Business

of the Year

Gerlach Accounting

Premier Home


Creative Ventures

Horse ‘n Hound Physical Therapy

Nonprofit of the Year

United Way of Greater Nashua

Boys and Girls Club of Souhegan Valley

Touchstone Farm

Humane Society of Greater Nashua

Sole Proprietor

of the Year

Derek Pollitt, Right Computer Solutions

Terri Tuttle, Covellite Holistics

Paul Mosier, Amherst Wellness Center

Emily Aborn, Tucked In Organics

Volunteer of the Year

Marsha VanderMey, Harper Point Photography

Dr. Jennifer Edwards and Dr. Jennifer Estle, Ponemah Veterinary Hospital

Spinal Corrective Center

Family Dental Care of Milford

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS.