Safe and Sound Schools
A Sandy Hook Initiative for Safer Schools

Safe and Sound Schools Wins
2015 SBANE New England Innovation Award

WALTHAM, Mass. – May 7, 2015 – The Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) has announced Safe and Sound Schools as one of the eight winners of the prestigious 2015 SBANE New England Innovation Awards. The winners, narrowed from a list of 20 finalists and an initial pool of 175 organizations, were announced at the May 6th Evening of Innovation program held at the Westin Hotel, Waltham, Mass.

“The New England Innovation Awards showcases the best innovative companies in our region who possess the most explosive growth potential to expand our economic base. The health of the New England Economy depends upon the creative forces of innovation to drive capital formation and job creation,” said SBANE President, Robert Baker.

The nominees competed in two rounds of judging. The initial round was held on March 19th at the Conference Center at Bentley University in Waltham, where the nominees were narrowed to a list of 50 semi-finalists. In a second judging session, that list was then narrowed to 20 finalists.

“As is the case each and every year, the task of selecting our 20 finalists from a pool of over 175 nominees is an arduous one, with this year being no exception,” said SBANE’s New England Innovation Awards Committee Chairman, Todd Faber, President, The Faber Group.

The 20 Finalists presented to a panel of 68 judges on April 9th at the MIT Endicott House in Dedham, Mass. After the presentations, the judges chose Safe and Sound Schools as one of two winners in the “Non-Profit” category.

“All of our winners have exemplified what SBANE considers true industry agnostic innovation and we are delighted that they have joined an exclusive group of tremendous companies and organizations from throughout New England in SBANE’s ‘Circle of Excellence,’” said Faber.

Safe and Sound Schools shares this award with the additional non-profit winner The New England Center for Children, the for-profit winners, Affirmed Networks, Comark, Convergent Dental, and HALO Maritime Defense Systems Inc., and the Rising Stars, BioDirection and Medrobotics Corporation.

About SBANE:

The Smaller Business Association of New England, Inc. (SBANE), founded in 1938, is a private not-for-profit association of approximately 600 member companies located throughout the six-state region. SBANE was established to provide a legislative voice for small business at the state and federal levels and to make practical information available to help business owners grow their companies. SBANE runs diverse, educational programs each year and has active chapters in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The membership is characterized by a high degree of participation, reflected in a large and dynamic committee structure, addressing a range of topics from international trade to human resources. Visit SBANE at www.sbane.org.

About Safe and Sound Schools

Safe and Sound Schools is a non-profit organization founded by Sandy Hook parents who lost their children during the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. Winner of the 2015 SBANE New England Innovation Award for nonprofits, Safe and Sound Schools is dedicated to empowering communities to improve school safety through discussion, collaboration, planning, and sharing of information, tools, and resources. To get involved, visit www.safeandsoundschools.org.

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