2018-03-07 / Business

News from Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber

SMMC Big Night Out coming up this Friday

This Friday, March 9, from 5-8 p.m., the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber will be honoring 10 local business and community leaders for their company’s work and their individual successes at the annual awards night called The Big Night Out.

The event is a fun evening of celebration, championing SMMC members and recognizing the 10 award winners who were nominated by their peers for their outstanding successes. The recognition team is comprised of SMMC leadership and past award recipients.

Additionally, the Brunswick-Topsham-Bath Community Council, a panel of veterans often referred to as the Veteran’s Council, selected two award winners for the prestigious Joshua L. Chamberlain award, which celebrates excellence in building relationships between the military in the region and our local communities.

The Big Night Out will be held on the Southern Maine Community College Midcoast Campus, which is located at Brunswick Landing, which is the same location as last year. The event takes place in the L.L. Bean Commons with food, drink and merriment, and this year we will have a poker game-theme to keep you having fun. The poker game is simple: there will be five booths of different experiences at the Big Night Out and each person who tries an experience at a booth gets a playing card from that booth. Once you do five experiences you get five cards. The best hand will win our door prizes — it’s that easy. Experiences vary, but they will be experiences one can do in regular business or cocktail attire.

The itinerary for the night is as follows: the event opens at 5 p.m. with welcome remarks and the first batch of business award winners beginning at 6 p.m. Presentations will take 15-20 minutes. Then it’s back to the games and mingling until 7 p.m. when the individual business professional awards will be announced. Around 7:45, the door prizes will be given and some closing remarks offered with the event ending at 8 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $45 per person.

As we have done in years past, over the next few weeks we will be highlighting our winners in this column to share their stories with you.

The 2017-18 SMMC award winners are as follows:

• Small Business of the Year: Cook’s Lobster & Ale House

• Large Business of the Year: Crooker Construction

• Young Professional of the Year: M. Sawyer Boulette

• Excellence in Entrepreneurship: Flight Deck Brewing

• Director’s Award: (co-winners) Avita and Sunnybrook (Northbridge Properties)

• President’s Award: Tim Sardano

• Joshua L. Chamberlain Award: (co-winners) Capt. Sean Kearns and John Briley

• Harry C. Crooker Lifetime Achievement Award: Carolyn Farkas-Noe

All winners will receive profiles in this column in the coming weeks. We will continue with three profiles now. For more information, contact the SMMC office at (207) 725-8797 or get tickets at www.midcoastmaine.com.

• Excellence in Entrepreneurship: Flight Deck Brewing

One of the great successes in our region has been the transition of the Brunswick Naval Air Station into a thriving business center. No company has embodied that transition in the past 12 months quite like Flight Deck Brewing. Co-founders Jared Entwistle and Nate Wildes repurposed the old Small Arms Range and transformed it into the hottest brewery and tasting room around. By combining a unique vision of what craft brewing can be and tying it to the military tradition of the air base, they have created a business that is both unique and familiar. Come join us on Friday as we honor Flight Deck Brewing with the 2017-18 Excellence in Entrepreneurship at the SMMC’s Awards Night the Big Night Out sponsored by Priority Real Estate Group.

• 2018 Director’s Award: Avita/Sunnybrook (Northbridge Properties)

The Director’s Award goes to an individual or company that the executive director feels is deserving of recognition for their support of the chamber. Over the last 12 months, the Northbridge Companies’ Brunswick organizations Avita Memory Care Community and Sunnybrook Senior Living Community have been strong and exemplary members of SMMC. Through their leadership team and employees, Avita and Sunnybrook have represented the chamber positively, contributed to the communities our chamber serves, and been engaged partners in all of the chamber activities and programs. These two organizations provide client-focused environments and caring senior care that are truly part of the community and they are true assets to our southern Midcoast region.

• President’s Award: Tim Sardano

Tim Sardano currently works in communications at the Maine Department of Labor, where he handles much of the department’s outreach efforts to job seekers and businesses. In this role, he plans events, develops speaking engagement opportunities and workshop proposals for the department’s subject matter experts, and provides marketing counsel for DOL projects such as new product launches, the Maine-At- Work Initiative, Maine Hire- A-Vet Campaign, and various job fairs throughout the state. Tim often provides the chamber with critical information on labor-related issues and has helped promote the chamber’s job fairs through the connection with the Brunswick Career- Center. He is active in volunteering and highly involved with our MidCoast Edge Networking group. Tim was elected as chairman of the Realize Maine Network steering committee for 2017 and 2018.

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