Nominations Open for the 2014 Governor's Award for Business Excellence

AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Governor's Award for Business Excellence.

“Each year I look forward to recognizing those businesses that go above and beyond and demonstrate a commitment to investment, innovation and their communities,” said Governor Paul R. LePage.

Business excellence is epitomized by a balanced combination of manufacturing and service excellence and a steadfast commitment to employees, customers and the community. This award is presented to for-profit companies that consistently demonstrate high levels of attentiveness and dedication in these areas.

"For the past 23 years, the Governor of the State of Maine has been honoring Maine’s premier employers with the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence,” said DECD Commissioner George Gervais. “The excitement surrounding the honor is as strong as ever as last year we received a record number of nominations for the award. Today, we are pleased to note that the 2014 nomination process is open and we encourage all of Maine’s for-profit businesses to consider applying."

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 www.maine.gov/decd/start-grow/business-excellence, are due to the department by Friday, March 28. Winners will be notified prior to an award ceremony to be scheduled in the summer of 2014.

The Governor’s Award for Business Excellence was created in 1991, and 124 companies to date have received the award. DECD is proud to administer the excellence awards and to work with the Governor’s office and review team to evaluate and score the applications. For more information on the award, please visit www.maine.gov/decd/start-grow/business-excellence or email Brian Doyle, Governor’s Account Executive, at brian.doyle@maine.gov.

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