2019 Massachusetts Family Business of the Year Awards

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Northeastern University

East Village, 17th Fl.

291 St. Botolph Street

Boston, MA 02115

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2019 Massachusetts Family Business of the Year Awards

Join us for an evening of celebration and good cheer!


Inside the billionaire family feud that nearly destroyed Market Basket

Unless you live under a rock, we all know about the Market Basket feud and power struggle. The path to a peaceful outcome that saved a beloved business had plenty of drama which eventually produced a book and even a movie. But what you might know about is what sparked the original feud and how it followed a path of scandals and power struggles, including a fictitious job interview, a court clerk wearing a wire, disbarment of two lawyers on the verge of outright extortion, board power plays, and suspect related-party transactions.

Join Grant Welker, author of We Are Market Basket, as we trace the story of the unlikely grassroots movement that saved a beloved business.

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.

Event Details

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

Seating is limited! Due to space restrictions we observe an eight-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).

What is the Center for Family Business?

Glad you asked-- learn more about us at fambiz.neu.edu and follow us on LinkedIn for family business news and Center updates.

Who can I contact with questions?

Koreena G-Wagner, CFB Program Manager | k.geisler-wagner@neu.edu

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Northeastern University

East Village, 17th Fl.

291 St. Botolph Street

Boston, MA 02115

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Organizer Northeastern University Center for Family Business

Organizer of 2019 Massachusetts Family Business of the Year Awards

The Northeastern University Center for Family Business is a membership organization that provides education, networking opportunities, and support to business families. Adding the complexities of a family and its needs to the dynamics of a competitive business can be a formidable challenge.

The Center for Family Business helps business families identify and avoid potential pitfalls, solve complex interpersonal and family business issues, and plan for future family business success in an ever-changing and increasingly more competitive environment.

By providing high-quality educational support, networking opportunities, and individual business counseling in a supportive and confidential environment, we help our members navigate the complex landscape of the family business to create greater harmony within the family and ensure continued success for the business.

For more information email: m.resner@northeastern.edu 


*To create and encourage a non-commercial atmosphere of open and meaningful discussions, the Center for Family Business maintains Non-Solicitation and Confidentiality policies.*

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