2018-11-30 / Community

City of South Portland recognizes businesses with annual awards, banquet

The city of South Portland Economic Development Committee will honor five local businesses for their contributions to a strong and vibrant South Portland business community.

The awards and this year’s winners are as follows:

 Small Business of the Year Award (25 or fewer employees): Honoring a small organization that has a major impact in the City of South Portland. This year’s winner is South Portland House of Pizza (180 Waterman Drive). Eric Bruneau started the SoPo House of Pizza 25 years ago on Cottage Road in the Meeting House Hill neighborhood. Earlier this year he was notified that the property owner was going to renovate the building and expand their space into where SoPo House of Pizza was located. In two month’s time (earlier this spring) he was able to reestablish the business at its new location in the Mill Creek Shopping Center.

 New Business of the Year Award, honoring one of the new great additions to the South Portland business community.

This year’s winner is SoPoCo.Works (1486 Broadway). Established earlier this year by James LaPlante, the business offers access to the state’s first podcast recording studio and a variety of flexible membership plans with shared office support amenities.

 Santo “Sam” DiPietro Community Impact Award, honoring an individual, business, agency, organization, community or nonprofit corporation, which has gone above and beyond to make the South Portland business community, and the community as a whole, a better place to live, work and locate a business. Consideration may include expanding and/or diversifying the workforce, improvements to health and environmental sustainability, and/or other contributions.

This year’s winner is South Portland Veterinary Hospital (177 Main St.). Drs. Jennifer and Christopher Allen are being recognized for the wonderful care they have given to the dogs who are members of the South Portland Police Department canine unit.

Business Leader of the Year Award, honoring an individual that has set a lasting precedent for success and innovation for the South Portland business community. This year’s winner is: Don Foshay Jr. (380 Main St.). Don is the second generation of his family in the tire business. Don and the Foshay family have grown the business from their base here in South Portland to six locations in southern and coastal Maine.

Business of the Year Award (greater than 25 employees), Honoring a business that has most profoundly improved and strengthened the South Portland business community.

This year’s winner is Texas Instruments, Inc. (5 Foden Road). The Texas Instruments Manufacturing facility was established in 1995 and has its roots in several of its predecessor chip facilities/organizations in South Portland. Over the years, Texas Instruments has provided quality jobs for many hundreds of southern Maine residents, and today employs near 450 individuals in the development and manufacture of some of the most high-tech microchip assemblies in the world.

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