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Next Step Orthotics & Prosthetics Named U.S. Chamber Award Winner

It’s always nice to see one of our “Innovation Rocks!” winners get recognized on a national scale. In addition to being named a Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winner by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Manchester-based Next Step Orthotics & Prosthetics is also in the running for a Community Excellence Award which will be determined by public online voting. We at the No Bull Business Blog urge all of our followers to vote for Next Step prior to the March 11th deadline date at www.uschambersummit.com.  Congrats on making New Hampshire proud Next Step!!


Citing the company’s critical role in job creation and economic growth, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today named Manchester, NH-based Next Step Orthotics & Prosthetics a Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winner.

The "Luke Arm" is just one of Next Step Orthotics & Prosthetics' many accomplishments.

The "Luke Arm" is just one of Next Step Orthotics & Prosthetics' many accomplishments.

“The recipients of this year’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award are on the forefront of our economic recovery,” U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said. “Next Step Orthotics & Prosthetics represents our nation’s job creators, and this award recognizes their significant contributions to our economy.”

The Blue Ribbon Small Business Award, sponsored by Sam’s Club, honors businesses that demonstrate excellent business practices in several areas including strategy, employee development, community involvement and customer service.

“We are truly honored to be recognized with such a prestigious award,” said Next Step President and CPO Matt Albuquerque. “This award is testament to the hard work of our dedicated staff and the importance of our mission – to consistently innovate so that our clients may lead happier, active and more fulfilled lives.”

Next Step President & CPO Matt Albuquerque

Next Step President & CPO Matt Albuquerque

A privately held company headquartered in Manchester, NH with offices in Newton, MA and Warwick, RI, Next Step Orthotics & Prosthetics provides orthotic and prosthetic devices to clients of all ages – from pediatric to geriatric. The company is practitioner owned and operated, and some staff members are amputees themselves. Known for their innovation, Next Step prosthetists and clinicians work with research facilities and prosthetic manufacturers in developing new prosthetic technologies and components.

This year’s 75 Blue Ribbon winners were selected from a record number of nationwide applicants and will be honored at America’s Small Business Summit 2011 from May 23-25 in Washington, D.C. On March 14, seven of the Blue Ribbon businesses will be announced as award finalists and one will be named the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year during America’s Small Business Summit. The winner will be presented with a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Blue Ribbon businesses are also eligible for the Community Excellence Award decided by online public voting at www.uschambersummit.com.  The deadline for the online vote is March 11th.

“We welcome the support of the citizens of New Hampshire as we seek the community excellence designation,” Albuquerque said. “We value our role in being a community partner in the Granite State and would love to ensure that New Hampshire is recognized on a national level for our community engagement.”  

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors and regions as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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