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Connections
The newsletter for members and friends of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce
May  2012
Vol. 75, No. 2 


859 Massachusetts Avenue  

Office Space for Rent
The CCC has a office space for rent in our building at 859 Mass Ave. Close to Red Line, located in quiet area of building, plenty of natural light, utilities included. For more information, contact Kelly at (617) 876-4217.

Stay Connected
Beyond our weekly Chamber Message Service and bimonthly newsletter, you can stay informed about what’s going on at the CCC by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, “circling” us on Google+ or joining our LinkedIn group.

We Want You!
The CCC is always looking for people to participate on our committees. Have you considered getting involved by way of committee work? Many committees cover areas that fit your company mission or community involvement plans and projects.  Government Affairs keeps you “in the loop” on policy issues; Community Outreach offers opportunities to get involved with the youth of Cambridge; Ambassadors work with new and established members and businesses; and Women in Business salutes leaders in their fields.  Check out www.cambridgechamber.org/involved/committees.html to learn more. Join us today! 


Photo Caption: Three of our Microsoft panelists, Terrell Cox, Sara Spaulding and Lyla Goldstein with moderator Patsy Mullen from Women in Business sponsor Cambridge Trust Company at the March Women in Business Breakfast. See page 10 for more from this event.


Excellence in Business Awards are June 6
The Excellence in Business Awards will be presented on Wednesday, June 6! Each year the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce presents awards in six categories to outstanding members in recognition of their outstanding achievements and contributions to the CCC, the Cambridge community and/or their industry Don’t miss this exciting night as we name the “New Member of the Year,” “Small Business of the Year,” “Nonprofit of the Year,” “The Leading Edge,” “Corporate Citizen of the Year” and “Carl F. Barron Business Person of the Year.”

After reviewing the nominations, we have narrowed down the nominees to three finalists in three of our award categories. A group of members will be selected randomly to take part in the voting process and the winners will be chosen with the assistance of an Award Subcommittee. The winners will remain confidential until the awards are presented on Wednesday, June 6.

New Member of the Year
This award recognizes a business or individual new to the CCC who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the Chamber and the community. The finalists are:
• Arcady Mediation 
• Bellotti Law Group, P.C. 
• California Pizza Kitchen

Small Business of the Year
Honoring a company with fifty or fewer employees that demonstrates excellence, professionalism, leadership and originality in its industry and exhibits a tangible record of positive impact on the community, the finalists are:
• Opus Design LLC 
• Hotel Veritas 
• Liberty Square Group 

Nonprofit of the Year
This award recognizes a Cambridge-area nonprofit that demonstrates superior performance, quality and consistency in the pursuit of its mission and evokes community spirit & participation. The finalists are:
• Tutoring Plus of Cambridge, Inc.
• Cradles to Crayons
• Breakthrough Cambridge

In the other three categories, the honorees have already been named.

The Leading Edge
Presented to a business that demonstrates leadership and innovation in the technology or biotechnology industries and dedication to product/ process development to enhance and enrich people’s lives, the Leading Edge winner is:
• Semprus BioSciences

Corporate Citizen of the Year
The Corporate Citizen of the Year  honors a business that demonstrates significant contributions, involvement or distinguished community service in the Cambridge area by developing community partnerships, supporting philanthropic activities and encouraging volunteerism. The winner is:
• Google

Carl F. Barron Business Person of the Year
Named after Cambridge businessman Carl F. Barron, this award honors an individual who demonstrates professional excellence and outstanding leadership by supporting and motivating colleagues and employees with enthusiasm, vision and integrity. The winner is:
• Jim Kappel, Cambridge Marriott Hotel

Please join us on June 6. The cost is $90 for members and $180 for non-members. Reserved tables of ten are available to member companies for $850. The evening will include cocktails (cash bar), informal networking, dinner, keynote address by Mark Fishman, President of Novartis, and presentation of the awards. Make reservations online by June 4, 2012. No walk-ins will be admitted. Thanks to lead sponsor Novartis and supporting sponsors Amgen, Cambridge Trust Company & PakCom. 

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