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2020 Family Business Honorees

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.

Fewer Than 25 employees

  • Glastonbury-based Adaptive Prosthetics and Orthotics LLC
    Glastonbury-based Adaptive Prosthetics and Orthotics LLC
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25-75 Full-Time Employees

76-199 Full-Time Employees

200-plus Full-Time Employees

First Generation

  • Mark Smith & Annette Evans, Co-Owners
    Mark Smith & Annette Evans, Co-Owners
    Tolland-based Macroscopic Solutions
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Rising Star

  • Samuel Schneider
    Samuel Schneider
    COO of Ellington-based Earthlight Technologies LLC
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Rising Star

  • Julie Paine-Miller
    Julie Paine-Miller
    Vice President of East Granby-based Paine’s Inc.
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Succession Planning

Overcoming Adversity