And the Award Goes To...

This is your opportunity to nominate an outstanding business, organization, or individual for one of our prestigious awards.

Listed below are all the possible awards and criteria. Please note: "Community Person of the Year" is awarded annually. All other awards are considered case-by-case, based on qualified nominations; therefore, some may not be awarded annually.

Please email your award nominations to Nominations are due August 27, 2021 at 5pm and winners will be announced at our Annual Year in Review Gala later this fall.

Awards Criteria

Community Person of the Year Award

  • Awarded annually to an individual, who, through his or her professional and civic deeds, has greatly enhanced the quality of life in our community
  • Recipient does not need to be a Chamber of Commerce member
  • Recipient must not be a current Chamber Board member
  • Recipient must be resident of our local communities
  • Recipient must have demonstrated community leadership
  • Recipient must have been involved with the betterment of the community for at least five (5) years
  • Recipient must be credited with more than one area of community service

Economic Enhancement Award

  • Awarded to a business or organization that has made a major economic investment or enhancement which has resulted in a significant improvement to the region's economy

New Building Award

  • Awarded to a person, organization, or business that builds a new structure, or substantially renovates a structure, that enhances the community image 

Innovation Award

  • Awarded to a business or organization that produces advancements in a product or business method that has resulted in renewed economic vitality of its business or the local community
  • Recipient demonstrates a proactive and innovative approach toward finding solutions to business challenges and embraces change as an opportunity for growth

Small Business of the Year Award

  • Awarded to a business of fewer than 25 employees
  • Recipient makes a positive contribution to the community
  • Recipient is recognized by peers as a leader in what they do
  • Recipient has a commitment to excellence
  • Recipient must have been in business for a minimum of 5 consecutive years

Beacon Award

  • Awarded to a person, business, or organization that has attracted significant positive regional or national attention to the Penobscot Bay Region, resulting in a rise in local economic activity

Environmental Leader Award

  • Awarded to a person, business, or organization that has worked diligently to preserve/protect/enhance our environment
  • Recipient works in a manner compatible with the environment, using sustainable practices and/or giving consideration to its carbon footprint

Heritage Preservation Award

  • Awarded to a person, business, or organization whose contribution has resulted in the preservation and/or enhancement of the history, maritime heritage, and/or quality of place in our community

Community Service Award

  • Awarded to a person, business, or organization whose activities have resulted in a significant community enhancement and/or positive contribution to the quality of life among local community members

Public Improvement Award

  • Awarded to a person, business, or organization that has made a major, tangible improvement to a property or program that benefits the general public

Milestone Anniversary Award

Do you know of a business or organization that is celebrating a milestone anniversary this year? Please nominate them here and they will be recognized at the Gala.

  • Recipient must be a Maine-based company OR the local office of a company based outside Maine.
  • Recipient must be celebrating an anniversary of one of these intervals: 25 years, 50 years, 75 years, 100 years, 125 years, 150 years, etc. Please specify which anniversary the organization is celebrating in the Qualifications for Award box.
  • Recipient's anniversary must be reached in current calendar year 2021.

Annual Year in Review Gala

We are planning to have an in-person Gala at the Samoset Resort in November. Complete details for the festivities will be published soon. Contact Tom at for more information.