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June 03, 2022

2022 Maine Small Business Awards

Last week, the CEI Women’s Business Center was honored to host the 2022 Maine Small Business Awards, we were especially proud to support the numerous winners who are current or former CEI Clients or Borrowers.

Winners of the 2022 SBA State and Regional Awards
Jennifer Sporzynski and John Scribner of CEI speak with winner and client Dolgormaa Hersom

2022 State and Regional Awards

  • Small Business Person*^: Tyler Frank of Garbage to Garden of Portland
  • Home Based Business^: Jane Harrell of ‘cause Digital Marketing of Biddeford
  • Veteran Owned Small Business: Brad Nadeau of Stars & Stripes Brewing Company of Freeport
  • Woman Owned Small Business^: Amanda O’Brien of eighteen twenty wines of Portland
  • Young Entrepreneur: James Zuhlke Jr. of Zuhlke Tree Service, LLC of Greenbush
  • Minority Owned Small Business^: Dolgormaa Hersom of House of Languages of Portland
  • Micro-Enterprise^: Alison Thibault of WindHorse Arts of Vinalhaven
  • Small Business Manufacturer^: Liberty Graphics, Inc. of Liberty
  • Financial Services Champion: Northern Maine Development Commission

  *denotes New England winner, ^ indicates current or former CEI Client/Borrower

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