Hass Entrepreneur of the Year Award

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 of Dick and Janet Haas, owners of Hillside Plastic founders of Sugarhill Containers.  The CDC is pleased to have honored our wonderful nominees for their hard work, dedication to our community, and entrepreneurial spirit.

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

Nominations for 2018

Nominate Your Favorite Business Owner!

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year!  Submit yours by March 31st at http://bit.ly/NominateBiz



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.

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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.”