Portland honors three local businesses with awards

Posted Dec. 04, 2013, at 2:18 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Three businesses will receive awards Wednesday afternoon for their role in enhancing Portland’s economic vitality.

The Portland Development Corp. and the city of Portland will present the 2013 Economic Development Achievement Award to Charlie Poole, president of Proprietors of Union Wharf and Custom Float Services. Poole’s family has owned Union Wharf since the 1800s and has been a longtime advocate for Portland’s waterfront.

The 2013 Business of the Year is Putney Inc., which develops and markets generic pharmaceutical products for pets. The company, which currently employs 75 people, has been named to Inc. magazine’s list of the 5,000 fastest growing U.S. companies two years in a row.

The 2013 Small Business of the Year is the Public Market House, which was created in 2006 by four vendors from the original, but now defunct, Portland Public Market. Since its launch, Public Market House has contributed to the revitalization of downtown Portland and served as home to several vendors and a community kitchen.

“Each of these businesses has made an indelible impact on the city and its economy, and it is exciting to see them get this deserved recognition,” Portland Mayor Michael Brennan said in a statement. “Whether it’s supporting the working waterfront and marine industry, the city’s ever growing food sector, or strengthening Portland’s reputation as a great location for high tech businesses, it’s clear this city has a lot to be proud of.”

An awards ceremony was scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Ocean Gateway terminal on Commercial Street.

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