Governors' Award for Business Excellence (GABE)

The Department of Economic and Community Development strongly encourages businesses of all sizes to apply. For more information on the award, please email

Governor's Award For Business Excellence Nomination Form (PDF)

This form is required for submission along with the Nomination Form MRS Interagency Authorization Form (PDF)

Press Release


September 14, 2022

Contact:  Lindsay Crete and Ben Goodman


Governor Mills Invites Maine Businesses to Apply for 2022 Governor’s Award for Business Excellence  

Applications are being accepted by the Dept. of Economic & Community Development now through Friday, October 21 


Augusta, MAINE— Governor Janet Mills today announced that the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is now accepting applications for the annual Governor’s Award for Business Excellence (GABE).  Since 1991, the award has recognized and celebrated Maine businesses with a high level of commitment to their community and employees, as well as exemplary performance in the manufacturing or service profession.  

“Each year, it is my honor to dedicate the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence to some of our exemplary businesses that are making Maine the best place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Governor Janet Mills. “I encourage Maine businesses to apply and I look forward to celebrating this year’s honorees and their many contributions to our state.” 

“Now in its third decade, the Governor’s Award for Business Excellencehas become one of Maine’s most prestigious business recognition awards. I encourage all eligible Maine businesses to apply for this honor,” said Heather Johnson, Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development.     

In 2021, award winners Acme Monaco Corporation, Ware-Butler Building Supply, and ReVision Energy wererecognizedas models for economic success. This year, the awards seek to celebrate Maine businesses that consistently strive for excellence, even during global challenges.  

The 2022 Governor’s Award for Business Excellence categories are:  


  ·                The Innovation Award, which celebrates and recognizes business excellence through entrepreneurship and innovation.  

                 The Rural Revitalization Award, whichrecognizes contributions to the revitalization and growth of Maine’s rural regions.  

                 The Heritage Industry Award, which recognizes and celebrates business excellence in theagriculture,forestry, manufacturing, or marinesector.  

                 The Climate Leader Award, which recognizes business leadership, innovation, or excellence in mitigating climate risks or developing new technologies to combat climate change. 

Applications for the GABE awards can be downloadedon the DECD website.  
Applications can be submitted to through Friday, October 21, 2022. Details about an award ceremony will be announced by the Governor’s Office at a later date.