Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia was recognized Tuesday morning for his support of the city's local businesses.
"Mayor, since taking office you've been a strong and vocal supporter of small business," said Jeffrey Bean, who manages the program Partner America, with the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Pavia was presented the Mayor's Small Business Initiative Award by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The award recognizes mayors - who provide resources to help small businesses succeed - and improve the economy.
"I've often referred to small businesses as the engines that drive the City of Stamford," said Mayor Michael Pavia.
"While much is written about the large corporate moves that have happened in Stamford, such as Starwood Hotels, Chelsea Piers and NBC Sports, Charter Communications - to name only a few - these large companies provide opportunities for small businesses to start and to expand," said Bean.
"There is another component to small businesses they share," said Pavia. "They not only work hard; they not only do the kinds of things you'd expect them to do, but they give back to the community."
The award was developed five years ago. Pavia joins past recipients in Philadelphia, Houston, and Kansas City.
Tuesday's event was hosted at the Hilton Stamford Hotel, and sponsored by the Stamford Chamber of Commerce, Partner America, and American Management Services.