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April 28, 2017 | last updated May 2, 2017 8:25 am

Who are the 20 Maine Family Business Awards finalists?

The Institute for Family-Owned Businesses has selected 20 finalists for its 18th annual Maine Family Business Awards, which honor exemplary companies that demonstrate excellence in family involvement, business success and commitment to employees, customers and community.

The top 20 were chosen from 166 nominations and a record 52 semi-finalists.

Here are this year's finalists:

  • AC Inc., Beals Island
  • Capozza Tile and Floor Covering Center, Portland
  • Cook's Lobster and Ale House, Bailey Island
  • Custom Composite Technologies Inc., Bath
  • Geaghan's Pub and Craft Brewery, Bangor
  • Gifford's Famous Ice Cream, Skowhegan
  • Good To-Go, Kittery
  • Hanson Enterprises Inc., Ogunquit
  • Highland Avenue Greenhouse, Scarborough
  • Maple Lane Farms, Charleston
  • Moody's Coworker Owned Inc., Gorham
  • Oak Hill and Dunstan Ace Hardware, Scarborough
  • Oceanview at Falmouth, Falmouth
  • Puritan Medical Products Co., LLC, Guilford
  • Ramblers Way, Kennebunk
  • Rosemont Market & Bakery, Portland
  • Ted Berry Company Inc., Livermore
  • William A. Day Jr. & Sons Inc., Porter
  • Windham Millworks Inc., Windham
  • Words@Work, Falmouth

The institute defines family business as a business wherein one owner either shares ownership or works in the business with at least one other family member and has a commitment to the continuation of the enterprise.

Award categories include:

  • Renys Large Business Award (more than 25 employees)
  • Maddy Corson Small Business Award (fewer than 25 employees)
  • Shep Lee Community Service Award
  • Chalmers Insurance Group Customer Service Award
  • People's United Bank Innovation & Technology Award
  • Holiday Inn By The Bay First Generation Award
  • HUB/Norton Insurance & Financial Services Environmental Leadership Award

Presented in partnership with MEMIC, the Institute for Family-Owned Businesses will announce the winners at a gala awards ceremony on May 17 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay.

The event will be hosted by WCSH-6 anchor, Cindy Williams, and will feature Lucas St. Clair, whose family foundation, Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. donated 89,000 acres to the National Park Service to create the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in 2016.

Event sponsors include MEMIC, Maine Magazine, Renys, Chalmers Insurance Group, Holiday Inn By the Bay, People's United Bank, Machias Savings Bank, Verrill Dana, HUB/Norton Insurance & Financial Services, Murray Plumb & Murray, Norway Savings Bank, Lee Auto Malls, ReVision Energy, Blaze Partners, Morong Falmouth, Burgess Advertising & Marketing, DMM Direct Mail of Maine, Mainebiz, Sun Media Group, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, and The Derek Volk Show.

The institute also announced that this year's event will be net carbon neutral thanks to ReVision Energy, the first-ever Clean Energy Sponsor. The company will purchase the carbon credits needed to offset the estimated carbon emissions generated by the event, as calculated by www.carbonfund.com based on number of attendees, estimated round-trip commute to the event, and other factors.

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