The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its annual dinner and awards ceremony Saturday, April 17 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. There will be a full buffet dinner and reception. The annual business awards and Community Person of the Year presentations will take place after dinner. The reception will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person.

The Samoset Resort will sponsor the reception hors d’oeuvres and table centerpieces. The reception sponsor is Webber Energy Fuels. Award sponsors are Camden National Bank, Cape Air, FMC BioPolymer, Horch Roofing and Maritime Energy. The supporting sponsor is Get Etched.

The chamber of commerce will not mail out formal invitations this year. For tickets, contact Shari Closter at 596-0376, ext. 22 or with the following information: company name, number of tickets needed or table of 10, names of all attendees, and payment type or billing information.

Attendees should wear their dancing shoes because after the business awards the Pat Pepin Band will perform. The Samoset Resort will offer a special hotel rate of $109. Dress attire is semi-formal; black tie is optional. Tuxedo rentals are available from Maine Coast Weddings & Special Events (230-1200) with a 20 percent discount for tuxedos and 10 percent off dresses and pant sets.

New for this year is an online form to nominate businesses or organizations for the awards at The award nomination deadline is Feb. 15. Ticket reservations are due April 1.