Evergreen Home Performance named Small Business of the Year
The Rockland-based energy efficiency audit and contracting company is “geekishly committed to their mission and the service they provide to the community,” said award presenter Ken Gardiner. “They are committed to creating and sustaining jobs in quest of this mission. And they are committed to improving our environment by having an impact on energy efficiency in your home and mine.”
Founded in 2006 by Rockland homeowners Richard and Sammy Riegel Burbank, Evergreen provides energy services to hundreds of Midcoast homeowners – and family-friendly wages and health insurance for its 23 employees. The growing team now includes six Energy Advisors, all certified by the Building Performance Institute, and twelve Production technicians, many of whom are also BPI-certified. Together they design and install comprehensive upgrades that improve home comfort and energy efficiency, cut utility bills by 25-50%, and deliver a 10% annual return on investment.
The Small Business of the Year award is especially meaningful right now, as Evergreen leverages a financing package from Juice 3.0, Camden National Bank, Coastal Enterprises, Inc., and the Finance Authority of Maine to expand north into Belfast and south into Portland and beyond. “We’ve come through a period of growth with our passion and our commitment intact,” said President Richard Burbank, “and our entrepreneurial dreams stronger than ever.”
Addressing the 430 attendees at Saturday night’s dinner, Burbank recalled his transformation from a young photographer drawn to the beauty of the Midcoast to an entrepreneur taken with the region’s business-friendly environment. “This is such a talented, dedicated business community,” he said, “ and we wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for the support of so many of you. It’s an honor to be recognized as Small Business of the Year.”
The award is presented annually to a business of fewer than 50 people that makes a positive contribution to the community, has a commitment to excellence and is recognized by peers as a leader in what they do. The recipient must have been in business for a minimum of 5 consecutive years.