HAVERHILL — They talked business and about the economic outlook — and even chatted a bit about hockey.
And why not? Their guest speaker is an expert on the winter game.
The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Membership Services Committee, in partnership with Exclusive Sponsor Haverhill Bank, hosted Rick Middleton, former captain of the Boston Bruins, as the featured speaker at the 23rd annual Business Awards Breakfast on Feb. 8.
The event was at Renaissance Golf Club, 377 Kenoza St. Middleton is also a and recent inductee into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame.
The chamber’s Membership Services Committee holds this event to recognize member businesses that have been active in the chamber and the community throughout the year. The breakfast honored businesses that received the Business of the Month awards for 2012. The chamber also recognized annual award recipients who have supported the chamber and their community in 2012.
Here are the Business of the Month award recipients:
January — Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank
February — Pentucket Medical Associates
March — Gold Leaf Fine Jewelry
April — Law Office of Attorney Thomas J. Sullivan
May — The Landmark Building
June — Baystate Financial Services
July/August — Best Western Merrimack Valley
September — Spectrum Marketing
October — Holland’s Flowers of Bradford
November — Pentucket Bank
December — Ashley’s Hallmark Shop
Here are the annual award recipients and their categories:
Education: Career Resources Corporation
Family Owned Business: Nunan Florist & Greenhouses
Health: Holy Family Hospital
Manufacturing: Diversified Business Systems
Restaurant: Krueger FlatBread
Retail/Wholesale: The Inside View
Service for Non-Profit: Bethany Homes
Service for Profit: Smile Braces
Technology: Hudson Design Group
Women in Business: Chang’s Taekwondo America
Pioneer of the Year: Cakes by Erin
Rookie of the Year: Skin Serenity Medispa
Business of the Year: Pentucket Medical Associates