Nominations Open for 2018 Governor's Award for Business Excellence

AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Governor's Award for Business Excellence.

‚€œEvery year I look forward to recognizing Maine businesses that go above and beyond and demonstrate a commitment to investment, innovation, employees and communities,‚€ said Governor Paul R. LePage. ‚€œThis year I am proud to present my final Governor‚€™s Award for Business Excellence to those companies with outstanding leadership and direction. These businesses are a model of success in our state and deserve special recognition.‚€

‚€œBeing named a recipient of this award was indeed an honor,‚€ said Dan Bookham, vice president and director of business development at Allen Insurance and Financial in Camden. ‚€œBeing recognized with this award has served, and continues to serve, as a valuable reminder that business success truly does depend on a deep and abiding commitment to customers, employees and community.‚€

This award is presented annually to for-profit companies that consistently demonstrate high levels of achievement in manufacturing and service excellence, and a steadfast commitment to employees, customers and the community.

"For the past 27 years, the Governor has been honoring businesses that are truly the best of the best here in Maine,‚€ said DECD Acting Commissioner Denise Garland. ‚€œWe encourage any of Maine‚€™s for-profit businesses to consider applying for this special recognition.‚€

‚€œSt. Croix Tissue and Woodland Pulp were very pleased to be recognized a year ago with a Governor‚€™s Award for Business Excellence,‚€ said Jim Oliver, controller at Woodland Pulp, LLC. ‚€œWorking with the state under the leadership of Governor LePage has helped us attract investment to not only grow our business into new product lines, but also provide jobs to nearly 400 people in Washington County.‚€

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, are due to DECD by Friday, September 14. Winners will be notified prior to an award ceremony to be scheduled in December.

The Governor‚€™s Award for Business Excellence, sponsored by Consolidated Communications, was created in 1991, and 152 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 or email Torrey Gray at


Annual award recognizes for-profit companies demonstrating high levels of attentiveness and dedication to service