Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel
Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

In This Issue
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS
A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
REGISTER FOR DISNEY INSTITUTE
WIN A HARLEY-DAVIDSON
JOIN US FOR THE CHAMBER GOLF TOURNAMENT
SIGN UP FOR THE SERVSAFE COURSE
TAKE OUR MEMBER MARKETING SURVEY
MEMBER NEWS
Chamber News April 2014

THANK YOU TO OUR NEWSLETTER SPONSORS

 

 

 

 

   

 

   

  

WELCOME

 

We welcome the following businesses who have recently joined the Chamber:

 

Anchor Fence

 

Kennebunk Medical Center

 

MW Photographic

 

 
UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS

 

April 3
Tri-Chamber Business After Hours
Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel, Wells and Ogunquit Chambers
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
York County Community College
 
April 9
Business Before Hours
7:45 am Networking, 8:00 am Presentation
Conducting Effective Meetings
Presented by York County Toastmasters
Held at the Chamber Office

April 22
Business Before Hours
7:45 am Networking, 8:00 am Presentation
Affordable Care Act
Presented by Koriahn Quint, Employee Benefits and Insurance Representative from Kennebunk Savings Insurance
Held at Chamber Office

April 24
Business After Hours
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Atria Kennebunk
 


 
 

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2013-2014 Board of Directors
  

Chair 

 

David "Duffy" Cluff

Duffy's Tavern & Grill

 

Vice-Chair

 

Laura Dolce

York County Coast Star 

 

Secretary

 

 Christopher Doiron

Biddeford Savings Bank

 

Treasurer

 

Eileen Brogli

Kennebunk Investment Services

 

Past Chair

 

Sarah Lindblom

Captain Jefferds Inn

 

Senior Trustees

 

 Vicki Lyons

Southern Maine Health Care

 

Todd Shea

Town of Arundel

 

Board Members

 

Michelle Moore Allen

Bath Fitter of Maine

 

Mark Birmingham

Coldwell-Banker 

 

Sandra Bisson

Peoples United Bank

 

Eric Brodar

Inn at English Meadows

 

 Damien Callahan

Port Inn Kennebunk

 

Kim Chilton

Bank of America

 

Hydi Dixon

HydiDrive

  

Beth Geary

Kennebunkport Resort Collection

 

Tina Hewett-Gordon

The Nonantum Resort

 

Kerrie Leclair

Animal Welfare Society

 

Bill Macdonald

Home Check in Maine

 

Ken Mason

Seaside Inn

 

Matthew Williams

Hodsdon & Ayer

 

Rick Wolf

The B&B Team

 

Linda Zuke

Weirs Motors

 

Staff

 

Denise Clavette

Executive Director

director@visitthekennebunks.com 

 

Traci Freed

Membership & Marketing Manager

members@visitthekennebunks.com 

 

Dawn Brennan-Daly

Operations Coordinator

info@visitthekennebunks.com 

 

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Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce

 

  

Administrative Offices & Tourism Information  Center

16 Water Street

 Downtown Kennebunk

207-967-0857

 

Tourism Information Center

1 Chase Hill Rd

Lower Village Kennebunk

  

Mailing Address

PO Box 740

Kennebunk, ME 04043

 

www.visitthekennebunks.com 

info@visitthekennebunks.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

Greetings,

 

Thank you to all of our Chamber members, and to those members who supported the development of our 2014-2015 Experience the Kennebunks guidebook with advertising. The guidebook is hot off the press; I encourage you to stop by our office to get a supply for your business. The guidebook provides valuable information and serves businesses, residents, tourists and people interested in relocating to our area. It is distributed in the New England region, Canada, at trade shows, and upon request throughout the United States and beyond, and will be able to be downloaded on our new website.

 

Our visitor information center, located at 16 Water Street in Kennebunk, continues to be the hub for people looking for area business information. Please be sure to bring us your newest rack card, brochure or business card for your continued visibility and exposure. Check out and like our Facebook page to stay current on our upcoming events and activities, and most importantly see our area's and member businesses' accolades and successes.

 

I also want to recognize member businesses, who are working in collaboration with member Amtrak Downeaster, in bringing tourists to our area. View Downeaster travel packages to the area here.  Thank you to Downeaster for helping to market the Kennebunks!

 

With an open-door philosophy, the Chamber welcomes you to stop by. We would love to hear from you. If you have ideas, concerns, or need help navigating through business resources and information, feel free to call me or set up a time to meet. I would be more than happy to help.

   

REGISTER FOR DISNEY INSTITUTE BY APRIL 7 TO RECEIVE THE EARLY REGISTRATION RATE!

 

 

 

Don't miss the opportunity to attend Disney Institute on May 21 at The Coastal House in Wells. The full day program focuses on Disney's best practices in customer service. Topics include defining quality service, quality standards, service delivery systems and integrating service.

 

Learn more about Disney's approach and hear what others are saying about their Disney Institute experiences!

 

Chamber members booked by April 7 receive an early registration rate of $359 per person.  After April 7 rates are $379 for Chamber members and $399 for non-members.  Contact the Chamber office at 207-967-0857 or members@visitthekennebunks.com to register.

 

Thank you to our marketing partner Alisson's Restaurant for their support of this program.

  

 

  

 

 

 

 Sign up to play or sponsor the Chamber's 25th Annual Golf Tournament. Download the registration form or contact Traci Freed at

207-967-0857 or members@visitthekennebunks.com.

 

REGISTER FOR THE SERVSAFE COURSE

 

The Chamber is offering the Certified ServSafe Manager Food Safety class on May 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Duffy's Tavern & Grill. The cost is $134 per person for Chamber members and $139 per person for non-members. Fee includes textbook, national exam and certification. Learn more about the course herePlease contact the Chamber office at 207-967-0857 by May 5 to register.

  

THE CHAMBER NEEDS YOUR FEEDBACK!

 

The Chamber is conducting a survey to learn more about your customers, how you market your business and your expectations of the Chamber. If you have not already taken the survey, please take a few minutes to share your feedback.  Click here to start the survey.

 

Complete the survey by April 14 to be entered in a drawing to win gift cards from Alisson's Restaurant or Kennebunkport Resort Collection.

  

 MEMBER NEWS 

 

 Nonantum's Stephen True Honored as

Maine Chef of the Year

 

Congratulations to Chef Stephen True, executive chef of 95 Ocean at the Nonantum Resort, for being named by the Maine Restaurant Association as Chef of the Year. 

 

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University of New England Ranked Number One

Return on Investment in Maine

 

 Payscale cited the University of New England as the top career return on investment for colleges and universities in Maine. The press release is available here.

     

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Animal Welfare Society Events

 

The Animal Welfare Society has many events in the community this spring. The full calendar of events is available here.

 

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 Exhibitions at the Brick Store Museum

 

"New to the Collection: Artwork by Louis Norton"

Be the first to see six newly acquired works of pastel and oil by early 20th Century American artist Louis Norton.

 

"To Sea: The Maritime Heritage of the Kennebunks"

Paintings, portraits and artifacts illustrate the area's golden age of sail in the 19th Century.

 

"Vitamin V: How Food Fought the Second World War" 

The Brick Store Museum's blockbuster exhibit, From the Kennebunks to Appomattox: The Civil War at Home and Away, recently closed after being on display since October 2012. During the exhibition, visitors to the Museum were invited to write letters to service members, filling the doorway of the Museum's gallery with sentiments and thanks. Now, the Museum has sent these letters for troops abroad to read via Operation Gratitude. The gallery now awaits the newest installation, Vitamin V: How Food Fought the Second World War, opening April 22.

 

Visit www.brickstoremuseum.org for more information.

 

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 OTHER NEWS 

 

Treasury Department to Streamline ACA-Mandated Reporting Requirements at King's Insistence

 

Following a letter from U.S. Senator Angus King, the Treasury Department announced that it is streamlining health insurance reporting requirements for businesses. The rules, mandated under the Affordable Care Act, will only require a single, consolidated form to avoid duplicative reporting and simplify certification options for employers that provide healthcare, including an option to ease reporting by not separately identifying full-time employees. More information here.

 

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Factors Influencing the Growth of Women-Owned Businesses

 

The National Women's Business Council released key findings on factors influencing the growth of women-owned businesses. The National Women's Business Council initiated this research to determine the factors influencing and prohibiting growth of women-owned business. The National Women's Business Council will continue to use its research to highlight critical issues of concern facing women entrepreneurs.