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Annual Award Nominations - Award Businesses and Citizens for 2018 Achievements

On March 8, 2019, the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber is holding our Annual Awards Dinner.  
(Please note: By our chamber bylaws, our Chamber must have an Annual Meeting of the Membership in January.  That event is happening on January 31, 2019 at the Hampton Inn of Bath/Brunswick in coordination with our January Chamber After Hours.  The business meeting portion of that event will include presenting the 2019 Board of Directors and introducing the 2019 Cornerstone Members.  Our annual awards dinner is a separate event from this).  

The Annual Awards Dinner is replacing the former event known as The Big Night Out.  Though well-received by attendees, The Big Night Out was more of a mixer than an awards night, and the new dinner format will put more focus on the award recipients- which is the hope.  

With that we are looking for nominations for the annual awards! 

There are three ways to nominate:
1. You can submit by e-mailing
Please put “Nomination” in your subject line and be sure to include who you are nominating, which award and why they are deserving.   
2. You can also submit by mail at SMMC, PO Box 33, Brunswick, Maine 04011 or in person by dropping it by the SMMC office.
3.  You can submit a nomination online by 
clicking here or by cutting and pasting the following URL into your computer's browser bar:

Award Criteria is below for all awards. 
Please submit by January 18, 2019.  Award recipients will be announced on February 1, 2019. 

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, 2016)
- 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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