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Updated: December 22, 2023

Year in review: Maine business, nonprofit leaders Mainebiz honored in 2023

Awards page Photos / Tim Greenway, Fred Field and Jim Neuger Nine individuals were honored as Mainebiz Business Leaders of the Year in 2023.

As we get ready to ring in 2024, here's a recap of business and nonprofit leaders honored by Mainebiz in 2023, starting with our nine Business Leaders of the Year award winners. 

We recognized individuals in several new categories, including Lifetime Achievement (Dana Connors), Innovator of the Year (Habib Dagher) and Entrepreneur of the Year (Margo Walsh) and New Mainer of the Year (Amina Hassan).

All were profiled in the March 20 print edition and feted at a reception in Portland.

Drew Lyman, president of Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding

Tom Watson, principal of Port Property

Tim Harrington, Kennebunk-based hospitality-industry entrepreneur 

Leigh Saufley, dean of the University of Maine School of Law

Habib Dagher, founding executive director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center

Travis Mills, founder of the Travis Mills Foundation

Amina Hassan, founder and executive director of Her Safety Net 

Margo Walsh, founder of MaineWorks

Dana Connors, former longtime president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce

Nominations for 2024 Business Leader of the Year awards are already open, so please fill out a form here to make your case for someone in the appropriate category.

New categories this year include Sustainability Leader of the Year and a Breaking Barriers Award. All winners will be celebrated at an event on April 10.

2023 Women to Watch honorees

Women to Watch five honorees
Photos / Fred Field, Tim Greenway, Wojciech Bednarczuk and Michael Wetherbee
Mainebiz honored five Women to Watch in 2023.

Each year since 2009, Mainebiz has honored a group of inspiring women business and nonprofit leaders. 

This year's Women to Watch honorees, profiled in the Aug. 7 print edition of Mainebiz and celebrated at a 15th anniversary event on Sept. 13 in Portland, are blazing trails in sectors from axe-throwing to biotechnology.

Agnieszka Carpenter, executive director of Bioscience Association of Maine

Susan Ruhlin, managing director of Dirigo Labs

Jessie Davis, executive director of the Friends of the Strand Theatre

Victoria Morales, executive director of Quality Housing Coalition

Alissa Wetherbee, founder of AxeWomen Loggers of Maine

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