York County Community College Celebrates Entrepreneur Awards and Recognizes Springvale Company


November 23, 2015

James Chadbourne of Hussey Seating, a member of the selection committee, hands Lana Cannon and Sarah Cannon a plaque recognizing their nomination for the Newcomer of the Year award at YCCC's 11th annual Entrepreneur of the Year AwardsYork County Community College (YCCC) held its 11th Annual Entrepreneur Awards Dinner on November 19th at Jonathan’s in Ogunquit, Maine. The evening included a social hour, dinner, and awards presentation which honored York County entrepreneurs. YCCC President, Dr. Barbara Finkelstein, welcomed those in attendance. Elaine Talevi, owner of Sea-Vu Campground and YCCC’s 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year gave the Keynote Speech and David Moravick, Vice President of Commercial Lending at Gorham Savings Bank served as Master of Ceremonies.

Springvale company Cannons at Noon Family Sheep Farm was one of the finalists in the Newcomer of the Year category for start-up businesses. The photo at right shows James Chadbourne of Hussey Seating, a member of the selection committee, handing Lana Cannon and Sarah Cannon a plaque recognizing their nomination for the Newcomer of the Year Award. Ultimately, the award went to another company: Boulangerie: A Proper Bakery, from Kennebunk, but Cannons at Noon made a fine showing and impressed the judges. The company, founded in 2014, was the recipient of a Sanford Micro-Enterprise Assistance Program grant and used the funds to help establish their business, which produces fresh organic produce, cut flowers, and sheeps' milk cheese for sale to regional restaurants, at farmers' markets and to local households. Sanford's MEA program was made possible through the DECD's Community Development Block Grant Micro-Enterprise Assistance Grant Program and is aimed at helping businesses whose owner(s) meet income limits and who have five or fewer employees.

Other companies were honored at the awards ceremony in other categories. Northeast Coating Technologies of Kennebunk won the Employer of the Year award. The YCCC Student Entrepreneur of the Year award went to Brenda Strum/The Bistro at R & R Chocolate in Wells, and the Youth Entrepreneur of the Year was won by Eric Powers/On the Plains Woodworking. Seaside Pavillion in Old Orchard Beach was recognized as Small Business of the Year, Funky Bow Brewery & Beer Company in Lyman took home the award for Medium Sized Business of the Year and Meadowmere Motel Corporation in Ogunquit won Large Sized Business of the Year. The Entrepreneur of the Year award was given to J.P. Carroll Fuel Co. in Lyman.

Learn more about YCCC's Entrepreneurship program on the YCCC website.