South Portland Economic Development Seeking Corporate Appointments


SOUTH PORTLAND – The South Portland Economic Development Committee is seeking nominations for its annual awards night, which will take place in January 2022. The deadline for nominations is November 9th.

The city’s 2021 Annual Business and Economic Development Awards seek out businesses that “move” the community forward, the committee said.

The South Portland Food Cupboard received the Impact Award from the South Portland Economic Development Committee last year. The award recognizes a business or organization that has had a significant impact on improving or stabilizing the city’s economic conditions despite the pandemic. Courtesy Photo / Tess Parks

“We ask that you take a few minutes to reflect on the companies in South Portland who have continued to demonstrate perseverance, creativity and entrepreneurship in our community and beyond by reviewing this year’s award categories.” , said the committee.

Categories for the 2021 awards include “New Business of the Year Award,” “Business Leader of the Year Award,” “Small Business of the Year Award,” “Business Award of the Year, ”“ Santo ‘Sam’ DiPietro Community Impact Award, ”and the“ SoPo Sustainability Award, ”said South Portland Economic Development.

The “Santo ‘Sam’ DiPietro Community Impact Award reflects a company’s ability to improve the city, the committee said.

“Nominees for this award can be an individual, business, agency, organization, community, or non-profit corporation, who have done their best to make the South Portland business community and community overall a better place to live, work and settle. a business, ”said South Portland Economic Development. “Consideration may include expanding and / or diversifying the workforce, improving health and environmental sustainability, and / or other contributions. “

The SoPo Sustainability Award nominees are companies that prioritize sustainable methods and strive to positively change the environment, the committee said.

“Practices include, but are not limited to, waste reduction, pollution mitigation, adoption of clean energy, water conservation, tree planting, sustainable use of materials. , LEED / well construction, sourcing of locally produced food and products, support for employee initiatives and catering / net positive activities, ”the committee said.

The deadline for submitting nominations is November 9. To submit a business application, visit

For a printed copy of the form, send an email [email protected]

“Applicants must be located in South Portland, produce high quality goods or services, treat their employees well and be good community partners,” the announcement reads. “The EDC Awards Committee will review all nominations and provide its recommendations to all of EDC for review and approval. “

Last year, the awards night focused on companies that have been able to adapt to the many changes of the pandemic, with categories such as “COVID Pivot Pioneer” and “Heroes Helping Heroes”. Seven South Portland companies have been recognized and praised for their efforts in difficult and uncertain times.

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