Business Awards Program

2023 Annual Business & Economic Development Awards


Nomination Process 

The City of South Portland’s Economic Development Committee (EDC) is seeking nominations for the City’s annual Business & Economic Development Awards. The 2023 South Portland Business Awards event is scheduled for February 21st, 2024. More details are forthcoming.

All nominations are due by November 7, 2023.


We welcome nominations of businesses in South Portland that you feel would fit one or more of the following categories:


Maker Business of The Year Award – A NEW category that represents businesses that produce handmade items, including those that contribute to local artisan markets.

New Business of the Year Award – Nominees for this award represent one of the new great additions to the South Portland Business Community. 

Business Leader of the Year Award – This award honors an individual that has set a lasting precedent for success and innovation for the South Portland Business Community. 

Small Business of the Year Award (25 or fewer employees) – Nominees for this award represent a small organization that has a major impact in the City of South Portland.

Business of the Year Award – (Greater than 25 employees) – Nominees for this award honors a business that has most profoundly improved and strengthened the South Portland business community. 

Santo "Sam" DiPietro Community Impact Award – Nominees for this award can be an individual, business, agency, organization, community or nonprofit corporation, which has gone above and beyond to make the South Portland business community and the community as a whole a better place to live, work, and locate a business. Consideration may include expanding and/or diversifying the workforce, improvements to health and environmental sustainability, and/or other contributions. 

SoPo Sustainability Award  – This award recognizes businesses and individuals who prioritize sustainability practices and are making strides towards impactful change to our environment. Practices include (but are not limited to) waste reduction, pollution mitigation, clean energy adoption, water conservation, tree planting, sustainable materials utilization, LEED/Well construction, sourcing locally produced food and products, supporting employee initiatives, and restoration/net positive activities. 


Award winners will receive a plaque, the recognition they deserve, and an opportunity for some great PR. All nominations are due by November 7, 2023. 


Award Selection Process


Nomination applications are accepted from organizations and the public. The City of South Portland EDC and City of South Portland staff will also provide nominees. Once all nominations are compiled, the EDC will review submissions and make selections.


Nomination Forms and Award Criteria


To complete and submit our online Nomination Form, please visit this link.

If you are unable to complete the Nomination Form online, please email and we will provide a hard copy form to be submitted by email or by mail. Nominees must be located in South Portland, produce high-quality goods or services, treat their employees well and be esteemed community partners.

For more information, contact Economic Development Director, William J. Mann.

P: 207-347-4125