The Litchfield Distillery will be honored for its success at the Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 23rd annual Harold Webster Smith Awards dinner on Jan 22.

The event will be held at 7:45 a.m. at the Aria Wedding and Banquet Facility in Prospect. Harold Webster Smith Awards recognize small companies and small business executives for excellence in business.

The Litchfield Distillery will be one of three businesses honored and will receive the Small Business of the Year Award.

The Litchfield Distillery was founded in 2014 by Jack Baker, David Baker and Peter Baker, and master distiller James McCoy. It has evolved into a thriving business that produces multiple flavors of bourbon, vodka and gin.

Harold Webster Smith founded First Federal Savings of Waterbury in 1935 to help people build and buy homes. He served as CEO until 1937, and as chairman of the board until 1995, when First Federal was renamed Webster Bank in his honor. Today, Webster Bank is the largest financial service organization in New England, and each year, the Chamber honors small business leaders who, like Smith, have the vision to expand, diversify, and prosper.

“In honor of Harold Webster Smith’s legacy and small business inspiration, we recognize small companies and entrepreneurs who share his passion for business development and his commitment to the positive economic progress of the Waterbury region,” said Lynn Ward, president and CEO of the Waterbury Regional Chamber. “Throughout his career, he served as an inspiration for countless small businesses. We are very pleased to recognize companies that share his ideals.”