LEWISTON — At its Annual Awards Celebration on June 24, the LA Metro Chamber presented Betsy Sawyer-Manter, President and CEO of SeniorsPlus, with the 2021 Theresa Samson Women’s Business Leadership Award.

SeniorsPlus is the designated Area Agency on Aging serving Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties. Sawyer-Manter has been the President and CEO of SeniorsPlus since 2009.  During her tenure, the nonprofit’s annual budget has grown from $19 million to $34 million as SeniorsPlus added new services including Fiscal Intermediary services, Veterans Independence Program, Dementia Capable Maine, Money Minders, and enhanced Education Center offerings. Sawyer-Manter is a founding member of the Maine Council on Aging and is active in many committees and work groups at the state level.

The Theresa Samson Women’s Business Leadership Award honors a successful woman business owner or primary manager for her business success, career achievements and contributions to the community. Businesses led by women are and will continue to have a noticeable impact on the economy. This annual award helps inspire the continued growth of women leading businesses in our community. The LA Metro Chamber serves the greater Lewiston-Auburn metropolitan area. The Annual Awards Celebration was held at the Poland Spring Resort and was attended by more than 200 people.

Theresa Samson, left, is shown with Betsy Sawyer-Manter, President and CEO of SeniorsPlus, recipient of the 2021 Theresa Samson Women’s Business Leadership Award. Kait Gallagher

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