Norm Needleman


Norm Needleman



February 11, 2020

Senator Needleman Announces ‘Best in Business” Award to Recognize Small Businesses Across the 33rd District

Today, State Senator Norm Needleman (D-Essex) announced the “Best in Business Award,” or BIBA, a new designation to recognize the owner, manager and employees of a small business located in the 33rd Senate District. In addition to serving as State Senator, Sen. Needleman has worked as a business owner for more than 40 years, and as First Selectman of Essex since 2011, he has seen how small businesses benefit communities. He has developed the BIBA to commend and congratulate them for their hard work.

“This award is the perfect way to highlight and commemorate the importance of small businesses, the lifeline of many small towns,” said Sen. Needleman. “This is an opportunity to recognize the important, tireless work of small businesses and small business owners. I am excited to learn about the many great businesses in our region.”

The Best in Business Award will recognize the owner, manager, and/or employees of a small business located within the 33rd Senate District, including Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Hampton, East Haddam, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook. Businesses can be recognized for traits and reasons including:

  • Involvement in the Community
  • Investment in Education and Training of Young People
  • Company Culture and Policies Supporting Parents and Caregivers
  • Excellence in the Field of Business
  • Innovation in a Product, Service or Training
  • Significant Number of Years Operating in the Community
  • Utilizing Renewable Energy and/or Commitment to Protecting the Environment
  • Providing A Space Supporting Community Bonds
  • Outstanding Customer Service
  • Products Made in Connecticut

The person or persons making nominations do not have to reside within the 33rd Senate District. They can also nominate businesses they work at, manage, own or founded. The winner will be contacted to discuss a date and time the award would be presented at the business.

To make nominations, those interested can visit the following link: Nominations will require the following information:

  • Name of Person Submitting Nomination
  • Contact Information of Nominator – Email and Telephone
  • Name, Address, Phone Number of Small Business
  • Relationship of Nominator to Small Business
  • Name of Manager/Owner
  • 0-24 or 25+ Employees at the Small Business
  • 1-3 Paragraphs Detailing Why The Small Business Should Be Recognized

Nominations can also be made by emailing the above information to Matt Reich at Senator Needleman’s office at