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.


All application forms and all accompanying materials must be received by May 3, 2019 to be considered for the 2019 Family Business of the Year Awards.


Nominations can be submitted by anyone. You may nominate your own company.


• Fewer than 25 full-time employees

• 25–100 full-time employees

• More than 100 full-time employees

• Employee Appreciation Award


A panel of independent judges will evaluate and select the winners based on the following criteria:

• Business success

• Positive business and family linkages

• Multi-generational family involvement

• Contributions to the community and industry

• Innovative business practices or strategies


• Applications can be submitted by the nominated company or by associated parties

• Apply online using the form below or download and email

• Application submissions must be received by May 3, 2019

• Limit question responses to 500 words or less


Return completed application and all materials by May 3, 2019

Attn: Koreena Geisler-Wagner

Northeastern University Center for Family Business

209 Hayden Hall

Boston, MA 02115-5000

Email: k.geisler-wagner@northeastern.edu

Phone: 617.373.3718


• Give a brief history of your family business
• How your company was started, how it has changed, its present nature, and a glimpse of its future
• Your family’s involvement, quality of family relationships, commitment to the company, division of responsibilities
• How control and ownership have been transferred from one generation to the present or how future continuity is planned
• The impact of your family business on the community (leadership, service, financial support for organizations)
• Innovation within your family business
• The impact and success of your family business in your industry or Massachusetts
Nominate an employee of your company whom you would like to recognize for their commitment and service to the family business. Discuss the accomplishments and dedication that this employee has demonstrated in the company and why you appreciate his or her service. (As part of this Award the there is a cash honorarium of $1,000 that will be given to the recipient.)

4. Additional Information Requested (Optional)
SUBMIT VIA EMAIL TO k.geisler-wagner@northeastern.edu
• A company brochure or catalog
• Photocopies of newspaper or magazine articles about your company

PRIVACY STATEMENT: All submissions and applications to The Massachusetts Family Business of the Year Awards program will remain confidential. Application materials and contact information will not be shared with third parties or sponsors.