PROPEL & the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to bring Portland an innovative new awards event: The Ignition Awards.

The Ignition Awards will be held at Thompson's Point on June 29th and will celebrate businesses small and large in five different categories:

Small Business Division (1-50 Employees)

1. Entreverge – “Hustler of the Year”
2. Social Entrepreneurship – for or not for profit business that encompasses passion for social issues accompanied with business success
3. Startup with a focus on Import/Export – existing or highest potential for imports/exports from/to Maine

Large Business Division (50+ Employees)

1. Growth Stimulation – hired the most people / created the most jobs
2. Social Entrepreneurship – for or not for profit business that encompasses passion for social issues accompanied with business success

The best part about the Ignition Awards might be the audience participation. An additional award will be given out for Food Truck of the Year and it will be decided live by the audience! Come hungry, because you'll want to sample the food trucks, all the food trucks, to have a true idea of who should win the award.

The Ignition Awards will be a great opportunity for networking and learning more about Portland's business scene. All the details are available on their Facebook page, including tickets.