The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Governor's Award for Business Excellence.

This award is presented annually to for-profit companies that consistently demonstrate high levels of achievement in manufacturing and service excellence, and a steadfast commitment to employees, customers and the community.

Companies that have been in business in Maine for five or more years may be nominated or may nominate themselves. DECD strongly encourages businesses of all sizes to apply. Completed nomination forms, available on DECD's website at maine.gov/decd/start-grow/business-excellence, are due to the Department by Friday, Aug. 25. Winners will be notified prior to an award ceremony to be scheduled in the fall.

For more information on the award, visit maine.gov/decd/start-grow/business-excellence or email Torrey Gray, at torrey.j.gray@maine.gov.