Middlesex County chamber fetes outstanding small businesses

MIDDLETOWN — The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce is announcing the winners of its 11th annual Small Business Awards.

Chamber President Larry McHugh said in a prepared statement that these businesses were 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.”

Business of the Year Award (1-30 employees): Lino’s Market, Durham

Business of the Year Award (31+ employees): Arborio Corp., Cromwell

Business Growth & Expansion Award: William J. Petzold Inc. and Petzold’s Chester Boat Basin, Portland and Chester

Manufacturer of the Year: LABCO Welding, Middletown

Minority-Owned Business of the Year: ProShield Glass Tinting, Southington

Nonprofit of the Year: Gilead Community Services, Middlesex County

Outstanding New Business Under Five Years: Sweet Jean’s Café, East Hampton

Retail Business of the Year: Amato’s Toy & Hobby, Middletown

Tourism/Hospitality Business of the Year: Westbrook Inn Bed & Breakfast

For information, visit middlesexchamber.com.