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Updated: July 27, 2020 Family Business Awards 2020

Meet HBJ's 2020 Family Business Awards winners

Photo | Evgeny Atamanenko,

The coronavirus pandemic has put strain on all Connecticut families, as they manage the stress of financial, social and mental and physical health hardships.

But imagine not only living with family members during these trying times but also owning a business with them.

Indeed family enterprises have faced unique challenges in recent months as they not only fight to keep their loved ones healthy, but also remain in business.

They’ve had to deal with the typical challenges of operating a company during a pandemic — making sure customers, employees and other third parties remain safe and healthy — while also managing family relationships.

Ensuring everyone gets along — even when disagreements arise, which they inevitably do — can be a daunting task.

That’s why family businesses that withstand the test of time — especially these times — are so deserving of recognition.

And that’s the purpose of Hartford Business Journal’s 2020 Connecticut Family Business Awards, which highlight some of the best and most recognizable family owned companies in the state, which are all coping with coronavirus.

This year’s class of winners was handpicked by Hartford Business Journal’s editorial department with help from our Family Business Awards sponsors, including the UConn School of Business, Berkshire Bank, Cox Business and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

Our honorees include a manufacturer, trash-hauling business, grocery store and construction and tech firms, among others.

In the pages that follow, we highlight our top winners, including what sets them apart from the competition, how they stay ahead in the marketplace and how they remain true to their founding principles in a modern world.

For these companies, the key to long-term success is treating everyone like family, including employees and customers.

Please join Hartford Business Journal in congratulating this year’s class, which we honored during a special virtual awards ceremony on July 29.

And remember we’ll be back next year with a new crop of winners, so please nominate worthy companies.

Greg Bordonaro, Editor

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