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Annual Award Criteria & Big Night Out Info

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Award Nominations & Big Night Out Information
The Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber is excited to celebrate our members this January 20, 2017 at Southern Maine Community College- Midcoast Campus in Brunswick beginning at 5pm. The theme this year will have to do with the board game “Clue” (t was also a movie and an off-Broadway musical). The decorations, food and several costumes will be inspired by the “Clue” motif and the passport game for prizes and visiting vendor booths will be replaced with an actual game of “Clue” (but in order to get the clues you must visit the booths). The details are forthcoming, including the vendor booth application and entertainment, but know it will be a great time and you should mark your calendars today.

The best part of the Big Night Out is that we get an opportunity to recognize the great support of the individuals and businesses in our region. Below are the updated award criteria. Be sure to read the criteria thoroughly as some aspects have changed. The deadline for award submissions is Friday, December 16. One award, the Joshua L. Chamberlain Award has an award deadline of Friday, December 9 due to the fact that a separate review committee made up of local veterans evaluates those nominees.
You can submit by e-mail executivedirector@midcoastmaine.com (please put “Nomination” in your subject line). You can also submit by mail at SMMC, PO Box 33, Brunswick, Maine 04011 or drop it by the SMMC office.
The award criteria has changed for 2017. The tweaks are to help make the categories a bit more inclusive and bit more clear. Please read the criteria, to be sure your nominee is best suited for that category and not another.

Award Criteria
Small Business of the Year:
- 25 employees or less
- Tangible business growth/ improvements
- Quality customer service
- Excellence in their field/industry
- Specific contribution to the communities served by the SMMC (financially or service-based)
- Member of the SMMC

Large Business of the Year
- Over 25 employees
- Tangible business growth/ improvements
- Quality customer service
- Supportive work environment
- Employee-encouraged community service
- Excellence in their field/industry
- Specific contribution to the communities served by the SMMC (financially or service-based)
- Member of the SMMC

Volunteer of the Year
- Must have volunteered for the SMMC in a specific way in the past 12 months
- Instrumental in the success of the SMMC

Excellence in Entrepreneurship
Formerly the New Business Venture of the Year
- Opened in the past three years (opened since January 1, 2014)
- Specific contribution to the communities served by the SMMC (financially or service-based)
- Demonstrated growth since opening
- Becoming a leader in their industry

Young Professional of the Year
- Employee or owner of a SMMC member business
- Demonstrated contribution to the communities served by the SMMC
- Under 40 years old
- List of projects or community groups the candidate has participated with (include any leadership positions)

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - Initiated in 1958, this award recognizes an individual who, through his or her unselfish commitment to the community, embodies the best characteristics of community citizenship and serves as an example to all. This award can be given for a single, prestigious accomplishment, or for sustained service over several years. Please provide examples of organizations and positions nominee has held, and any previous recognition awarded.

HARRY C. CROOKER LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT - Initiated in 2004, this award recognizes an individual for a lifetime of consistent community contributions to the region. Their actions, achievements and contributions evoke admiration and respect. The nominee should have an exemplary community service record in one or more of the towns and their influence and contributions will have made a tangible impact on the lives of those around them, their communities, and their place of business for many years of their life. Please provide comprehensive list of accomplishments, as well as prior community recognition.

JOSHUA L. CHAMBERLAIN AWARD - The individual should be one whose activities have served to build upon the close relationship and understanding existing between the military and civilian components of the greater Brunswick-Topsham-Bath community. Any individual that lives/works or has lived/worked in the Chamber's sixteen communities is eligible for nomination.
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