AUGUSTA — The Department of Economic and Community Development is accepting applications for the annual Governor’s Award for Business Excellence.

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 professions.

“It is my honor to recognize and pay tribute to Maine companies that that are leading the way and investing in their employees, their communities, and our state through the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence,” Gov. Janet Mills said in a news release from her office. “I look forward to celebrating some of the exceptional Maine businesses, entrepreneurs, and employees who are working to make our state the best place to work, live, and raise a family.”

In 2022, award winners Atlantic Sea Farms, MedRhythms, Central Maine Motors and Dirigo Solar were recognized as models for economic success. This year, the awards seek to celebrate Maine businesses that consistently strive for excellence, even during global challenges.

The 2023 Governor’s Award for Business Excellence categories are:

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


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

• The Heritage Industry Award, which recognizes business excellence in the agriculture, forestry, manufacturing or marine sector.

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

Applications can be submitted through Friday, Oct. 13. Details about an award ceremony will be announced by the governor’s office at a later date.

Applications for the GABE awards can be submitted through a portal on the Department of Economic and Community Development website at


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