West Conn's Macricostas Entrepreneur of the Year Award breakfast scheduled for later this month has been postponed to the fall. University officials say this is a precaution as the Connecticut State University System is urging all gatherings of 100 or more people be cancelled or postponed because of coronavirus.
Erik Landegren and Andrew Blauner of Bridgewater Chocolate will receive the award at a date to be determined in October.
Western Connecticut State University designates the Entrepreneur of the Year annually to recognize local business leaders whose drive, intelligence and creativity lead to notable business success. Founded in 1995, the company has since expanded to multiple locations.
Landegren, a native of Sweden, moved to New York to open the Nordic-style restaurant called Aquavit. Later, he and his wife Patti moved to Bridgewater, where he managed the Bridgewater Village Store and started making chocolates. Blauner joined the operation in 1999 and runs the business side of the company.
Now celebrating the company’s 25th anniversary, Bridgewater Chocolates sends its confections throughout the world, with the bulk of sales coming through mail-order and corporate sales. Retail outlets, including those in Brookfield, Bridgewater and West Hartford, comprise remaining sales.