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Velir selected by Somerville Chamber as 2014 Small Business of the Year for good business practices, culture, and innovation

The Somerville Chamber of Commerce announced today that it has selected Velir, a local digital agency based in Davis Square, as 2014 Small Business of the Year. The Award is meant to recognize growing and impactful for-profit businesses in Somerville that symbolize good business practices, vibrant cultures, and innovation.

As all of Somerville’s for-profit employers have less than 500 employees, every Somerville-based business – member or not - is eligible for the Small Business of the Year Award” said Chamber President & CEO, Stephen Mackey. “Annually, nominations are welcomed through the Chamber website and a five member committee makes the final selection.

Velir first appeared on the Chamber’s radar due to its remarkable growth in recent years. Established in 2000 as a web development company by CEO, Mark Gregor, Velir has continued to expand in the Somerville area and is now a full-fledged digital agency that counts some of the word’s largest non-profit foundations, professional associations and corporate organizations as clients.

"We are tremendously honored and humbled by this recognition and have our passionate staff and forward-thinking clients to thank for our growth. It is an absolute joy to work in Davis Square and we are committed to continuing to expand our footprint in the Somerville area."

— Mark Gregor, CEO

Velir will be recognized with the award at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, November 5, at the Holiday Inn. Beverly A. Scott, PhD, General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the MassDOT Rail & Transit Administrator, will deliver the keynote address. Notable recipients on the Small Business of the Year Award in previous years include Altitude, Inc., iRobot, Spotfire Inc., Scout Somerville, Taza Chocolate, and Brooklyn Boulders.

The Chamber is Somerville's premier business organization. Led by a diverse and dynamic Board of Directors, it takes on issues that affect the local economy and advocates for businesses large and small. It has been deeply involved with the redevelopment of Assembly Square, the Green Line extension project, and planning and zoning issues in and around the Innerbelt, McGrath, Union Square, Boynton Yards and Somerville Avenue. The Chamber’s Dining & Nightlife Group has been instrumental in the development of Somerville’s metropolitan appeal. Throughout the year, the Chamber produces outstanding business community networking events such as Business After Hours, Innovation Tours, and the Taste of Somerville. For more information, visit

The dinner, which is the foremost annual gathering of local business, civic, and community leaders, will be held Wednesday, November 5th at the Holiday Inn, 30 Washington Street. The Chamber is pleased to have Bunker Hill Community College as a major sponsor, along with East Cambridge Savings Bank who will be sponsoring the opening reception. The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are being accepted on the Chamber website:

Velir is a digital agency based in Somerville, MA, just outside of Boston. With a team of 130 digital professionals, they are passionate about connecting organizations and their audiences through the creation of immersive experiences across digital channels. Their core competencies in digital strategy, user experience design, content management, marketing platform integrations and data visualization have helped shaped the digital presence for some of the world's most influential and inspiring brands. For more information, please visit


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