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Higganum Business Named “Woman-Owned Business of the Year” By Chamber of Commerce

Submitted by Haley Stafford

(June 5, 2024) — de Melis Atelier of Higganum has been named the 2024 Woman-Owned Business of the Year by the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce. Chamber Chairman Sean Hayes congratulates all of the winners of the Chamber’s 2024 Annual Small Business Awards. The 2024 Award Winners are as follows:

Business of the Year (1-30 employees)

PrideStaff, Rocky Hill

Business of the Year (31+ employees)

NAPA Genuine Parts Company, Middletown

Business Growth and Expansion

Noah’s at 63 Main, Essex, and Tate’s Restaurant, Middletown

Manufacturer of the Year

Chapco, Chester

Entrepreneur of the Year

Justbecause Media, Middletown

Minority-Owned Business of the Year

SoulFully Vegan, Berlin

Non-Profit Business of the Year

Cromwell Children’s Coalition, Cromwell

Outstanding New Business Under 5 Years

Harrie’s Jailhouse, Middletown

Retail Business of the Year

The Man Cave & She Shed Too!, Middletown

Tourism/Hospitality Business of the Year

The Kate, Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook

Veteran-Owned Business of the Year

Float Forty One Exhale, Cromwell

Woman-Owned Business of the Year

deMelis Atelier, Higganum

Chamber President Johanna Bond noted, “We are very proud of our 2024 Small Business Award winners who were all nominated by their fellow Chamber members. They come from many different industry sectors, but they all share a commitment to Middlesex County and they are all great representatives of our business community.”

Small Business Awards Committee Chairwoman Darlene Briggs noted, “The 2024 Small Business Award winners represent the best of Middlesex County. They are not only great businesses, but they are strong corporate citizens and we look forward to celebrating their success.”

The awards presentation is scheduled for June 27, 2024 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Saint Clements Castle and Marina in Portland.

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