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FRAMINGHAM – The MetroWest Chamber of Commerce will hold the 125th Annual Virtual Meeting and Awards Gala on November 17.

The theme of this year’s event is ‘Resiliency & Recovery’ and will focus on our efforts to support our chamber community during the challenging times of

The evening will include two guests speakers, including Mayor Yvonne Spicer, City of Framingham and Larry Gulko, Brand Strategist/Executive Coach and founder of BRAND: NEW DAY.

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The event will also recognize the 2020 MetroWest Chamber of Commerce award winners.

Awards will include Business Leader of the Year, Emerging Leader of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Non-Profit Partner of the Year, Member Engagement Team Member of the Year, and the Peter Barbieri “Service Above Self” Award. These awards are given to individuals and organizations to recognize their commitment to the communities they serve.

The Business Leader of the Year award is given to recognize the specific leadership achievements of a MetroWest Business Leader who demonstrates effective leadership and civic involvement as hallmarks of the success enjoyed by their company.

The Small Business of the Year Award traditionally is given to recognize the important contributions made by small businesses to the creation of new jobs and economic opportunities, as well as community involvement in MetroWest.

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The Chamber is always pleased to award the Non-Profit Partner of the Year to an organization committed to building and inspiring the MetroWest Region. Recognizing the contributions made by these organizations strengthens the community as a whole.

The Chamber will be honoring an Emerging Leader. Characterized as someone who is making an impact both professionally and personally in the MetroWest Region, the emerging leader is defined as someone with great potential for leadership and community service.

The Peter Barbieri ‘Service Above Self’ is awarded each year either to an individual or institution where service was provided first before thinking of oneself or the institution. The award is named for Peter Barbieri who served on the Chamber in varying roles for 27 years. Peter gave selflessly during his tenure.

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In addition, the Chamber will honor its Member Engagement Team Member of the Year. This individual is selected based upon a long-term commitment to sustainable growth at the Chamber. It recognizes the positive impact of the ambassador’s outreach to other chamber members, yielding a stronger membership base.

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The MetroWest Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit business advocacy, community and economic development association committed to the support of its members’ growth and success and the development of a positive economic climate in the MetroWest region and beyond. A Five Star accredited Chamber from the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, The MetroWest Chamber serves 23 towns in the MetroWest Region, and is headquartered in Framingham.

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