Hass Entrepreneur of the Year Award

winner will be announced at the Franklin County Chamber Breakfast on April 20th!

May 10 at Hawks and Reed

Dick Haas

Dick Haas

Our region depends on small business owners who take the risk to make our communities a desirable place to live and work. The Haas Award highlights positive examples of entrepreneurship based on years of hard work, community involvement and success.  Dick and Janet Haas, owners of Hillside Plastic founders of Sugarhill Containers were the inspiration for the award shape as their unique maple syrup jug.  The CDC is pleased to have honored our wonderful nominees for their hard work, dedication to our community, and entrepreneurial spirit.

2018 Celebrate Entrepreneurship!

 Join us at Hawks and Reed to enjoy Hope and Olive’s Jim Zacarra’s custom Entrepreneurial beverage, Bright Idea. Drinks will be poured by our celebrity bartender, Greenfield Savings Bank President John Howland.  With music by Jill Connelly and delicious local foods by Hillside Organic Catering it is sure to be a fun time!

Celebrating Entrepreneurs on May 10 celebrates the businesses that have made a difference in Franklin County.  Previous winners have been the PV Squared Cooperative, Lisa Alber of Alber Hearing Services, Nan Parati of Elmer’s Store, Craig White and Bob Lindner of Hillside Organic Pizza, Karen Blom and Bruce Lessels of Zoar Outdoor, Molly and Van Wood of Small Corp, Alden Booth and Lissa Greenough of The People’s Pint.

The 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year will be announced at the Chamber Breakfast on April 20th

 Doors open at 5:00. Program begins at 6.  RSVP requested but not required.

Business owners take big risks, work long hours and carry a lot on their shoulders.  Plus they enjoy working for themselves and interacting with customers who become good friends. Join others for an exciting evening that celebrates business owners who make our area the unique place we all call home. 

2017 Award

2017 Haas Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Congratulations to our 2017 Entrepreneurs of the Year, PV Squared Solar! Since 2002, PV Squared has provided renewable energy solutions to businesses and homeowners in the Pioneer Valley and the surrounding regions. They have built their reputation on strong word of mouth, quality craftsmanship, and outstanding customer service.

PV Squared Staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Award

2016 Haas Entrepreneur of the Year Winner

The recipient of the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year Award was Lisa Alber of Alber Hearing Services.

 

 

2015 Award

2015 Haas Entrepreneur of the Year Winner

The recipient of the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year Award was The Elmer’s Store in Ashfield.

 

 

 

2014 Award

2014 Haas Entrepreneurs of the Year

The recipients of the 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year Award were Craig White and Bob Lindner of Hillside Pizza. See a video about Craig and Bob

You gotta love these guys! They have helped groups raise over $325,000 since 2001, opened three restaurants in Deerfield, Bernardson and Hadley and also have a catering business. Aside from working with over 100 fundraisers a year, Hillside Pizza provides a workplace for students with autism from the Inspire School in Guildford , Vt.

2013 Award

2013 Haas Entrepreneurs of the Year

The recipient of the 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year was Karen Blom and Bruce Lessels of Zoar Outdoor.

 

2012 Award

2012 Haas Entrepreneurs of the Year

The 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year award was presented to Molly and Van Wood of SmallCorp. Watch the video report from GC-TV

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

2011 Award

2011 Haas Entrepreneurs of the Year

On May 19, 2011, Alden Booth and Lissa Greenough, founders of The People’s Pint restaurant and brewery and The Gill Tavern, were named the recipients of the first annual Haas Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  John Waite, Franklin County CDC Executive Director, said Booth and Greenough “exemplify many of the traits a community wants in their business people. Their business is as much about delicious food and great beer as it is about community and respect for people and the environment.”

 

Every year we ask for nominations from the community to honor an entrepreneur who meets the following criteria:

  1.  Franklin County business owner
  2.  Business employs at least 3 full time jobs and has been in business for five years or more
  3.  Entrepreneur has made a commitment to improve our community through
    -social responsibility
    -environmental sustainability
    -financial contributions
    – volunteer time