Chamber announces Year in Review Gala winners

Feb 08, 2014

The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Year in Review Awards Gala will take place at the Samoset Resort Wednesday, Feb. 12.

More than 300 Chamber member businesses and local community representatives are expected to be in attendance. The Year in Review Award Gala evening will include dinner, award presentations, and organizational and individual tributes.

Award winners include:

Small Business of the Year Award

Dream Local Digital

Awarded to a business of fewer than 50 people which makes a positive contribution to the community, has a commitment to excellence and is recognized by peers as a leader in what they do. The recipient must have been in business for a minimum of five consecutive years.

Beacon Award

Camden Harbour Inn

This award will recognize a business or organization that has attracted significant positive regional or national attention to the Penobscot Bay region that results in a rise in economic activity for the local business community.

Award for Economic Enhancement

Rockport Properties

This award recognizes a person, business or organization that has made a major economic investment or enhancement that has resulted in a significant improvement to the region’s economy in the preceding year.

Community Volunteer of the Year Award

Jean Freedman-White

This award recognizes a person who exemplifies the spirit of community service. Makes an outstanding contribution to the community through volunteer service. Demonstrate exceptional commitment, service, creativity, cooperation, or leadership. Serve as a role model for others in their community. Inspire others to engage in volunteer service. Must not be paid for their activities.

Special Recognition Award

Swing and Sway Dancing

This award recognizes a person, business, or organization that demonstrates outstanding services in one area, which may be job elated. If given to a person they may must be a non-Chamber director.

Innovation in Business Award

The Strand Theatre

This award will recognize an individual, business or organization that produced advancements in a product or business method that has resulted in renewed economic vitality of its business or the local community in the previous year. This business shall have demonstrated a proactive and innovative approach toward finding solutions to business challenges and embraced change as an opportunity for growth.

Community Person of the Year Award

To be announced during the Year in Review Gala dinner Feb. 12

Awarded annually to an individual who, through his/her professional and civic deeds, has greatly enhanced the quality of life in our community.

Tickets to the Year in Review Gala are available by contacting Alicia at 596-0376 or Individual tickets, table sponsors including two tickets and table sponsors including 10 tickets are available for purchase.


The Year in Review Gala lead sponsor for 2014 is Camden National Bank. Additional sponsors include:Reception sponsor: Cape Air; Midnight Lounge (after party) sponsor: Dream Local Digital; Awards sponsor: Machias Savings Bank; Favor sponsor: FIORE Artisan Olive Oil & Vinegars; Wine sponsors: Breakwater Vineyards, Cellardoor Winery, Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery, and Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery.

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