Each year, the Northeastern University Center for Family Business recognizes family businesses across the state with the Massachusetts Family Business of the Year Awards. The awards program was created to promote and highlight some of the great achievements of Massachusetts-based, family-held businesses and entrepreneurs.

Recipients of the Massachusetts Family Business of the Year Awards are selected by a panel of independent judges based on the following criteria: business success, positive business and family linkages, multi-generational family involvement, contributions to the community and industry, and innovative business practices or strategies.

Enter to Win

Deadline to Apply: May 3, 2019

Who is eligible?

Any Massachusetts-based family-owned business that now includes, or has included, more than one generation, and whose policies and business practices have had a positive impact on the business and community.

Award Categories
  • Marshall Paisner Award for Small Firms
  • James F. Malloy, Jr. Award for Medium Firms
  • Thomas E. Moore Award for Large Firms
  • Employee Appreciation Award
  • Hall of Fame Award

Attend the Awards

This event is exclusively for family business attendees and Center for Family Business sponsors.

Seating is limited! Due to space restrictions we observe a six-person per company registration rule.

Program Agenda

  • 5:30 – 6:30 PM: Networking, with cocktails & heavy hors-d’oeuvres
  • 6:30 – 8:30 PM: Keynote & Awards Presentation
  • 8:30 – 9:30 PM: Networking, with coffee & dessert


How does my company qualify for an award?

Apply online! It is a quick application process, with the option to send any additional materials (articles featuring your company, brochures, etc) via email.

If I apply for an award, should I also register for the event?

Yes! Winners will be revealed at the Awards program– all nominees should be in attendance!

What do I wear on Awards night?

Business formal attire, please!

Will there be food?

We will provide an open bar, heavy hors-d’oeuvres, and dessert. There will not be a formal dinner.

Can I park near the venue, or take public transit?

Parking, though limited, will be available at the Gainsborough Parking Garage (10 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA). Please carpool if possible! Alternatively, the venue is eaily accessed by the MBTA Green E Line (Northeastern University stop) or Orange Line (Massachusetts Avenue Station).