From a field of 16 nominees, five finalists have been selected for the 2014 Aroostook Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Aroostook Entrepreneur of the Year
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The finalists will be honored and a winner announced at an awards dinner Thursday, May 22, at Northern Maine Community College.

The finalists are (in alphabetical order of business) Cam Manufacturing in Presque Isle, owners Marc Brown and Mark Jones; Mike’s Family Market (Limestone) and Mike’s Quick Stop (Caribou), owner Michael Cyr; Northern Prosthetics in Presque Isle, owner Cory LaPlante; Northern Turf Management in Van Buren; owner Patrick Vaillancourt; and Valley Motors/Pelletier Ford in Fort Kent, owner Steven Pelletier.

Also nominated this year were The Acadian Restaurant, Inn of Acadia, Fiddlehead Focus, Burger Boy, Caldwell’s Auto LLC, RLW Management Company, Pancsofar’s Bridal Boutique, Gateway Hospitality LLC, Third Eye Global, Store on Sugar Shack Road and Virtual Managed Solution LLC.

A panel of seven judges, one representing each of the sponsors, LEADers Encouraging Aroostook DevelopmentMomentum AroostookUniversity of Maine Fort KentNorthern Maine Community CollegeUniversity of Maine Presque IsleHusson University and the 2013 Aroostook Entrepreneur winner David Harbison of Bison Pumps, selected the 2014 finalists.

The nominees, finalists and winner will be celebrated May 22 at the Edmunds Conference Center at Northern Maine Community College. For more information contact Judy Dinsmore at Northern Maine Development Commission, (207) 498-8736 or by email,

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