Business Awards Program

2022 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. In the interest of public health and safety, we have decided to once again hold a virtual awards ceremony this year. The details of the virtual event will be announced soon. 

All nominations are due by Thursday December 1, 2022.


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


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. 


The City will be hosting a virtual awards ceremony (date and time TBD). Award winners will receive a banner or plaque, the recognition they deserve and an opportunity for some great PR. All nominations are due by December 1, 2022. 


Award Selection Process: Nomination applications are accepted from organizations and the public. The City of South Portland Economic Development Committee (EDC) and City of South Portland staff will also provide nominees. Once all nominations are compiled (received no later than December 1, 2022) the EDC Awards Committee will review them and provide its recommendations to the full EDC for its review and approval.


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 good community partners. The EDC Awards Committee will review all nominations and provide its recommendations to the full EDC for its review and approval.

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

P: 207-347-4125