• Join us at the 2023 Celebrate Salem Awards!

    May 3, 2023 at PEM

    The Salem Chamber of Commerce’s 99th Annual Celebrate Salem Awards Dinner will take place in the beautiful Atrium of the Peabody Essex Museum on the evening of Wednesday, May 3, 2023. 

    The program of the evening will include the presentation of the “Celebrate Salem Awards”.  The process for the nominations and selection of winners is a two phase process. In the first period businesses and people can be nominated, after which the Awards Committee will select 6 nominees per category. In the second phase the voting, open to both businesses and residents, will take place to select the winners (March 20 – April 10). If you have not voted yet, please click on the blue Vote Now button in the right column of this page.

    The evening will include a special presentation of the Salem Chamber Presidents Award to Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll for her outstanding job as Mayor of Salem.

    The theme for this year’s dinner is “Spirits: Tsherin Sherpa with Robert Beer, based on a current PEM exhibit. Spirits is an exhibition that explores the forces of tradition and innovation through the work of two leading figures in Himalayan art​. ​Nepalese-born Tibetan American artist Tsherin Sherpa and Welshman Robert Beer – lauded as the first Westerner to study Tibetan Buddhist thangka painting and one of the tradition’s greatest and most respected masters. – reveal the strict forms, symbols and motifs from which Sherpa draws inspiration.  

    Tickets for the event are $125 per person and include a welcoming drink during the networking reception and a delicious sit down dinner. We are looking for sponsors for the event and sponsorship options can be found on the reservation and sponsorship form.  


  • The 99th Annual Celebrate Salem Awards

    Awards will be handed out in the following categories:

    2022 Businessperson of the Year - Small Business (less than 10 FTE employees)

    2022 Businessperson of the Year - Large Business (more than 10 FTE employees)

    2022 Resiliency and Sustainability Award

    2022 New Business of the Year

    2022 Long Term Achievement Award

    2022 Community Service Award

    2022 Excellence in Retailing Award

    Nominees and voting

    Winners per category are decided by general vote by the Salem Chamber membership and the community at large starting March 20 (voting closes April 10 at midnight). 

  • The 2022 Salem Chamber “Celebrate Salem Awards” nominees are:

    2022 Businessperson of the Year – Small Business: Businessperson of the Year – Small Business (under 10 FTE employees) is awarded to a Chamber member or person who has demonstrated excellence in business practices throughout the year and has demonstrated a sincere commitment to Salem.

    • Kate Fox, Destination Salem
    • Jay Salois, VRTical Media
    • Antonia Steriti, Periwinkles
    • Jenni Stuart Fine Jewelry
    • Diane Wolf, Wolf Next Door
    • Tina Zolla, Dance Enthusiasm


    2022 Businessperson of the Year – Large Business: Businessperson of the Year – Large Business (over 10 FTE employees) is awarded to a Chamber member or person who has demonstrated excellence in business practices throughout the year and has demonstrated a sincere commitment to Salem.

    • Dennis Cataldo, Cataldo Ambulance
    • Jonathan Fox, ServPro
    • Nicole McLaughlin, Plummer Youth Promise
    • Joshua Smith, Hampton Inn Salem
    • Mike Sperling, Sperling Interactive
    • The Turner Family, Turner Seafood


    2022 Resiliency and Sustainability Award: Awarded to the business or person that best exemplifies green business practices and/or climate change adaptation.

    • Larry Lessard, Achieve Renewable Energy
    • Janelle Rolke, Keep Salem Beautiful
    • Flora Tonthat, Northey Street House B&B
    • SAFE (Salem Alliance For The Environment)
    • Dick & Diane Pabich, The Salem Inn
    • Salem State University


    2022 New Business of the Year: Awarded to the best new business that opened in Salem in 2022. 

    • Blackcraft Cult
    • The Inner Cycle
    • Meriyem’s
    • Real Pirates Salem
    • Roseadela’s
    • Witch City Hibachi


    2022 Long-term Achievement Award: Given to a business that has achieved 10 or more years of success in the community.

    • Coon’s Card & Gift Shop
    • Groom Construction
    • Jones Architecture
    • Modern Millie
    • Rockafellas
    • Tinti & Navins


    2022 Community Service Award: Awarded to a member or organization with an outstanding record of community service and volunteer participation.

    • Alice Merkl
    • Pathways for Children
    • Root North Shore
    • Salem Partnership
    • Salem Police Community Impact Unit
    • Salem United


    2022 Excellence in Retailing Award: The Excellence in Retailing Award showcases the outstanding achievements of Salem retailers and will be awarded to the retailer that applies superior knowledge, creativity, and industry know-how to develop innovative strategies, and contributes to the growth of the Salem retail sector.

    • Caramel French Patisserie
    • The Chocolate Pantry
    • Curly Girl Candy Shop
    • Die With Your Boots On
    • Pamplemousse
    • Seagrass
  • Winners in Previous Years:

    2021 (awards handed out in 2022)

    • ​2021 Excellence in Retail Award - Coffee Time Bake Shop
    • 2021 Community Service Award - Salem Main Streets
    • Best New Business Award - Lulu’s Bakery & Pantry
    • Long-Term Achievement Award - The Hawthorne Hotel
    • Resiliency & Sustainability Award - Odd Meter Coffee
    • Businessperson of the Year Award - Ashley Tina, Good Witch of Salem


    2020 (awards handed out in 2021)

    • Businessperson of the Year - John Andrews, Creative Collective
    • Young Entrepreneur - Kate & Jess Moody, Moody Interiors
    • New Business of the Year - Artful Life Counceling Center & Studio
    • Climate Resiliency Award - Barbara Warren, Salem Sound Coastwatch
    • Community Service Award - Robyn Burns, Salem Pantry
    • Excellence in Retail Award - Matt O'Neill & Dan Gursha, Ledger Restaurant


    2019 (awards handed out in 2020)

    • Businessman of the Year - Tim Maguire
    • Businesswoman of the Year - Becky DeVries
    • New Business of the Year - Kakawa Chocolate House
    • Long-Term Achievement Award -  Gulu Gulu Cafe
    • Community Service Award - Steve Harrington/NAGLY
    • Excellence in Retail Award -  Hauswitch Home & Healing

    2018 (awards handed out in 2019)

    • Businessman of the Year - Matt O'Neill, Ledger
    • Businesswoman of the Year - Laura Lanes, Laura Lanes Skin Care
    • New Business of the Year - The Hotel Salem
    • Long-Term Achievement Award - Pamplemousse
    • Community Service Award - Kerry Murphy, The Salem Pantry
    • Excellence in Retail Award - Harbor Sweets

    2017 (awards handed out in 2018)

    • Businessman of the Year - Jason Consalvo – Salem Five Bank
    • Businesswoman of the Year - Kate Fox – Destination Salem
    • New Business of the Year - Goodnight Fatty
    • Long-Term Achievement Award - A & J King Artisan Bakers, LLC
    • Community Service Award - The House of the Seven Gables
    • Excellence in Retail Award - Turtle Alley Chocolates II


    2016 (awards handed out in 2017)

    • Businessman of the Year - Al Snape – Far From the Tree
    • Businesswoman of the Year - Amy Job – Jolie Tea Company
    • New Business of the Year - Notch Brewing
    • Long-Term Achievement Award - Hawthorne Hotel
    • Community Service Award - Salem No Place for Hate Committee
    • Excellence in Retail Award - Lifebridge Thrift Store


    2015 (awards handed out in 2016)

    • Businessman of the Year - Rob Liani – Coffee Time Bake Shop
    • Businesswoman of the Year - Joanne Scott – Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem
    • New Business of the Year - Sea Level Oyster Bar
    • Long-Term Achievement Award - Salem Maritime National Historic Site / NPS
    • Community Service Award - The Plummer Home
    • Excellence in Retail Award - The Cheese Shop of Salem


    2014 (awards handed out in 2015)

    • Businessman of the Year - Paul Van Ness (CinemaSalem, The Cabot, Van Ness Creative, Salem Film Fest)
    • Businesswoman of the Year - Brandi Dion (B&S Fitness Companies & CrossFit IronSpider)
    • New Business of the Year - The Ugly Mug Diner
    • Long-Term Achievement Award - Jim & Nancy Hurrell (Salem Trolley, Pirate Museum, Witch History Museum, Witch Dungeon)
    • Community Service Award - Creative Salem
    • Excellence in Retail Award - Milk & Honey Green Grocer


    2013 (awards handed out in 2014)

    • Businessman of the Year- Patrick Schultz (Howling Wolf)
    • Businesswoman of the Year- Sandy Heaphy (Kensington Stobart Gallery)
    • New Business of the Year- Turner's Seafood at Lyceum Hall
    • Long-Term Achievement Award- DeIulis Brothers Construction
    • Community Service Award- North Shore Community Development Coalition
    • Excellence in Retail Award- Treasures Over Time


    2012 (awards handed out in 2013)

    • Businessman of the Year- Michael Wheeler (Beverly Cooperative Bank)
    • Businesswoman of the Year- Helen Medler & the late Anne Turcotte (Hawthorne Tours)
    • New Business of the Year- Jean Louis Pasta Shop
    • Long-Term Achievement Award- Finz Seafood & Grill
    • Community Service Award- John Hall of Salem Five
    • Excellence in Retail Award- Peabody Essex Museum Gift Shop
  • Click "VOTE NOW" above to vote for your favorite nominees for the 99th Annual Celebrate Salem Awards. Voting closes on April 10 at midnight.

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