Annual Chamber Awards

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2021 Chamber Awards

Thank you to everyone who voted this year! A record 1,638 votes submitted!

The Chamber & Board of Directors, in partnership with Rollie’s Bar & Grill, held an in person November Business After Hours at the Waldo County Shrine Club on Wednesday, November 17th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. The 2021 Annual Chamber Awards were also presented to the respective winners at this event.

L to R: Kevin Spigel, Head Brewer, Kathleen & Dan Waldron, Owners, Marshall Wharf Brewing Co.; Nicole Hotchkin, Senior Retail Loan Officer, Terri Tower, Vice President, Paul Doody, Vice President, Camden National Bank

Business Growth Award

MARSHALL WHARF BREWING CO.
sponsored by Camden National Bank

A Chamber Member business that has successfully expanded, renovated, created an innovative new line, or increased employees in the past year.

L to R: Mark Polittle, Owner, Stanley Chevrolet Buick; Sadie Samuels, Owner, Must Be Nice Lobster, Greg Dutch, Comptroller, Stanley Chevrolet Buick

New Business Award

MUST BE NICE LOBSTER
sponsored by Stanley Chevrolet Buick

A new Chamber Member business that has been around for three years or less and holds the promise of being here for many years to come. The new business may be creative, innovative, unique and/or fills a need in the community.

L to R: Kay Zegel, Board of Trustees President, Belfast Free Library; Alan Hinsey, Director of Marketing, Sales and Communications, LCI Fiber Optic Network

Hometown Heritage Award

BELFAST FREE LIBRARY
sponsored by LCI Fiber Optic Network

A Chamber Member business that has been around for more years than we can remember and is a bedrock in the community. They contribute experience, knowledge, and wisdom to other businesses.

L to R: Necole Dabrio Janzcura, Business Development Officer, First National Bank; Susan K. White, Board President, Friends of Sears Island; Rolf Olsen, Board Vice President, Friends of Sears Island; Michelle Curtis, Vice President Business Development Officer, First National Bank

Waldo County Business Award

FRIENDS OF SEARS ISLAND
sponsored by First National Bank

This award recognizes a Chamber Member from Waldo County, or somewhere outside of greater Belfast, that has demonstrated sound business development, civic involvement, and support for our overall business community.

L to R: Rob Fowler, RN, BSN, Vice President of Quality, Coastal Healthcare Alliance; Jacki Cassida, Community Liaison, Nordic Aquafarms Inc.; Ed Cotter, Senior Vice President, Nordic Aquafarms Inc.

Innovation & Adaptation Award

WALDO COUNTY GENERAL HOSPITAL
sponsored by Nordic Aquafarms, Inc.

A Chamber Member business that has fundamentally and creatively innovated and adapted to the unique challenges of the recent pandemic and its economic fallout in order to continue to serve our community.

L to R: Norm Poirier, Director, Belfast Parks & Recreation Department; Dorothy Havey, Executive Director, Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Appreciation Award

NORM POIRIER, Director, Belfast Parks & Recreation Department chosen by the Board of Directors
This award is in recognition of someone who has worked with our Chamber to advance what makes Waldo County special and unique.

L to R: Alex Hawthorne, Executive Vice President, Mathews Brothers Company; John Gibbs, Retired Sergeant, Belfast Police Dept.

Citizen of the Year Award

JOHN GIBBS, Retired Sergeant, Belfast Police Dept, Keeping Belfast Maine Beautiful, Holy Mackerel Fishing Tournament
sponsored by Mathews Brothers

This award recognizes a person who has made an outstanding positive impact in Waldo County during the past year or so, either through a single event or on a continuous basis. Nominees can be from any occupation, including business, education, services, medical, government, a charitable organization, or they can be a resident. See video presentation below.

2021 RUNNER-UP WINNERS

Business Growth Award: First National Bank

New Business Award: DoryWoman Rowing

Waldo County Business Award: Penobscot Marine Museum

Innovation Award: Loyal Biscuit Co.

Hometown Heritage Award: Waldo Community Action Partners

2020 Chamber Awards

2020 marked the 60th Annual Chamber Awards! Nearly 1,100 respondents cast votes for their favorite businesses, organizations, and individuals in the community. It was the best turnout we’ve ever had!

The 2020 Annual Chamber Awards were presented on location on November 23rd and 24th with each award winner at their respective businesses. Due to COVID-19, we decided not to hold a larger in-person awards event this year. Winners were announced daily at 4pm beginning December 1st and concluded with the full video presentation at 7pm on December 7th. A very special thank you to our Celebration Sponsors this year:
Camden National BankChanging Seasons Federal Credit Union, and Hannaford.

Business Growth Award

BELFAST SOUP KITCHEN
sponsored by Front Street Shipyard

A Chamber Member business that has successfully expanded, renovated, created an innovative new line, or increased employees in the past year (Click here for the video presentation)

New Business Award

THE ONLY DOUGHNUT
sponsored by Maine Chevy Dealers & Stanley Chevrolet

A new Chamber Member business that has been around for three years or less and holds the promise of being here for many years to come. The new business may be creative, innovative, unique and/or fills a need in the community (Click here for the video presentation)

Hometown Heritage Award

COLONIAL THEATRE
sponsored by LCI Fiber Optic Network

A Chamber Member business that has been around for more years than we can remember and is a bedrock in the community. They contribute experience, knowledge, and wisdom to other businesses (Click here for the video presentation)

Waldo County Business Award

PAWS ANIMAL ADOPTION CENTER
sponsored by First National Bank

This award recognizes a Chamber Member from Waldo County, or somewhere outside of greater Belfast, that has demonstrated sound business development, civic involvement, and support for our overall business community (Click here for the video presentation)

Innovation & Adaptation Award (NEW)

BELL THE CAT
sponsored by Nordic Aquafarms, Inc.

A Chamber Member business that has fundamentally and creatively innovated and adapted to the unique challenges of the recent pandemic and its economic fallout in order to continue to serve our community (Click here for the video presentation)

Chamber Appreciation Award

NED LIGHTNER, Insight Productions chosen by the Board of Directors
This award is in recognition of someone who has worked with our Chamber to advance what makes Waldo County special and unique (Click here for the video presentation)

Citizen of the Year Award

DOROTHEE & ROB NEWCOMBE, Whale’s Tooth Pub & Beach Cottage Inn
sponsored by Mathews Brothers

This award recognizes a person who has made an outstanding positive impact in Waldo County during the past year or so, either through a single event or on a continuous basis. Nominees can be from any occupation, including business, education, services, medical, government, a charitable organization, or they can be a resident (Click here for the video presentation)

As a bonus, with nearly 1,100 people voting this year, and several of our awards being very close between the winner and the runner up, we decided it would be great to also honor those who had the second most votes this year! Congratulations to our 2020 Runner-Up Winners!

New Business Award – North Star Adventures LLC

Business Growth Award – Among Friends Salon

Waldo County Business Award – Maine Alpaca Experience

Hometown Heritage Award – Young’s Lobster Pound

Innovation & Adaptation Award – Colburn Shoe Store

2019 Awards

The 2019 Annual Chamber Awards were presented on Saturday, November 16th at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast. The reception began at 5 pm, featuring a band, cash bar and a range of catered hearty appetizers. Brief welcoming remarks and the Annual Award presentations followed at 6:30 pm, with dessert at 7:30 pm. Camden National Bank was the generous Major Sponsor for the event.

  • Business Growth Award – TODDY POND FARM sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank
  • Waldo County Business Award – SEARSPORT SHORES OCEAN CAMPGROUND sponsored by Damariscotta Bank & Trust
  • New Business Award – MAINE OCEAN SCHOOL sponsored by Bangor Federal Credit Union
  • Hometown Heritage Award – BELFAST CO-OP sponsored by Nordic Aquafarms, Inc.
  • Chamber Appreciation Award – RYAN OTIS, Rollie’s Bar and Grill sponsored by Maine Chevy Dealers & Dutch Chevrolet
  • Citizen of the Year Award – MARY WEAVER, The Playhouse

Citizen of the Year Award Video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/AlJKUA5A8dI

2018 Awards

  • Business Growth Award – BELL THE CAT sponsored by Maine Chevy Dealers / Dutch Chevrolet
  • New Business Award – LINCOLNVILLE GENERAL STORE sponsored by Elm Street Marketing Essentials powered by ProForma 
  • Hometown Heritage Award – COLBURN SHOE STORE sponsored by Rollie’s Bar & Grill   
  • Waldo County Business Award – BELMONT BOATWORKS sponsored by DownEast Credit Union
  • Chamber Appreciation Award – JIM LeCLAIR of Smart DataMap Services sponsored by Courier Publications & The Republican Journal
  • Citizen of the Year – LEE WOODWARD, JR. sponsored by Damariscotta Bank & Trust

2018 Awards Photos

2018 Awards group photo

2017 Citizen of the Year Award

2015 Citizen of the Year Award

2013 Citizen of the Year Award

2008 Citizen of the Year Award