Week of February 5, 2018
Busi­ness Tips — Job Post­ings — Property
Business Tips and Information
February Business After Hours
Maja's - February 21st

Enjoy networking in a fun and relaxed environment at Business After Hours. Held in a variety of venues throughout the Skowhegan area, these evening receptions are a great place to meet fellow regional professionals.   Find more   here  .
Help the Chamber by becoming a sponsor
We are reaching our to you our valued members and asking if you would consider becoming a sponsor of the Skowhegan Area Chamber this year, Please find attached the sponsorship opportunities here. If you do not see a sponsorship level that meets your needs we will work with you to create a custom sponsorship that fits your needs, We invite you to reach out to us here for how we can work with you for all of your needs.
Save the Date
Business Day at the Legislature
Hall of Flags, Second Floor, Statehouse, Augusta
March 8, 2018 
8:00 am to 12:00 pm 
Senator Inn, Augusta Maine 
February 15, 2018 
7:30 am to 9:30 am

Please join the Maine State Chamber of Commerce as we explore the issue of internet data privacy. With action at the Federal level and legislation being considered by the Maine Legislature this year, come find out what this issue means for the Maine business community and Maine consumers. You won't want to miss this timely and informative meeting! Register here .
Making Maine Work
The Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Educate Maine, and the Maine Development Foundation are partnering on a business survey to identify the investments and policies that are needed to support the strengthening of our workforce as well as long-term economic growth in the state. This survey is a follow-up to the Making Maine Work survey that was conducted in 2010 with more than 1,000 business leaders. We look forward to seeing how far we’ve come in meeting the needs expressed 8 years ago. The  survey takes about 10 minutes to complete
2018 Governor's conference on tourism
The  2018 Governor’s Conference on Tourism  will be  April 3-4, 2018  at the Holiday Inn by The Bay in Portland!
This will feature hands-on workshops around the ‘campus’ of Portland, including 'Successful Social Media' at Allagash Brewery, 'Cyber Security' at the Holiday Inn, and 'Adding Video to Your Marketing' at O’Maine Studios, and much more.

Find the agenda and more here .  
MEMIC Trainings
Our 2018 training sessions are here and FREE for policyholders. Whether you are looking to attend an in-person workshop or view a live webinar from the comfort of your workplace, the schedule features a wide variety of training sessions conducted by MEMIC safety experts. The sessions are relevant to diverse industries and focus on topics such as: construction standards, manufacturing, ergonomics, and general industry safety. Register today to learn more about workplace safety and injury prevention. More here .
Back to the Basics: 7 Steps to a Safer Workplace 
2/27/2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Webinar

This webinar will review the seven steps that will help you meet your moral, legal, and financial obligations for making safety an important priority in your workplace. We will provide you with the fundamentals for starting an effective and sustainable safety program. You can also use this program to benchmark against a safety program you may already have in place. Register here .

10-Hr Construction Standards  
Two Day In-person Workshop
March 13 and 14, 2018 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (both days) - Hampton Inn, Augusta, ME 

This two-day workshop provides instruction on key sections of OSHA’s Construction Standard, teaching you how to effectively implement appropriate safety procedures on your work site. Specific information is provided to assist attendees in complying with the requirements of OSHA’s Focused Inspection Program.
Our instructors are authorized by OSHA to conduct this construction safety program. They’ve spent decades in the construction field and know how to help you make work sites safer and more efficient. Register here .

Winter Driving: A Map to a Safe Season
In-person Workshop
February 1, 2018 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Homewood Suites, Scarborough, ME

Auto accidents claim over 33,000 lives each year in the United States, with literally millions of additional injuries. Transportation incidents are the leading cause of death in the workplace and nearly all employers face at least some exposure in this area. This free workshop will review driving hazards and proper driving techniques specific to winter travel. Register here .

10-Hr General Industry
Two Day In-person Workshop
February 13 & 14, 2018 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (both days) - Hampton Inn, Augusta, ME

This two-day workshop provides training on the recognition and control of safety and health hazards found in the general industry workplace. (OSHA uses the term "general industry" for all industries outside of agriculture, construction or maritime.) Our instructors are authorized by OSHA and use their experience to ensure that the material covered is relevant to the participants, encouraging discussion and interaction. Register here .
Somerset Career & Technical Center
Digital Graphics
Students in the Digital Graphics Program learn design concepts related to Graphic Design, Digital Photography, and Marketing. Students use professional software and equipment to design and produce a variety of projects including promotional displays, brochures, logos, signage, note pads, decals and custom clothing.

In the second year, Digital Graphics students operate an in-house print shop, “DG Print Shop & Design Center”. By aligning “live jobs” for a variety of clients, students are not only able to apply and develop the skills they’ve acquired in the previous year of class, but gain skills in professionalism through real world experience.

Find more here .
Thomas College: The Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation
Named for Maine’s premiere entrepreneur and innovator, the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation has been established to spur economic vitality in Central Maine by nurturing the very talent that will assist in the creation of both jobs and wealth for the area. The institute provides the platforms from which instruction, training, events, mentoring, and access to talent are all made available within the context of entrepreneurship and innovation. Find more here.
Kennebec Valley Community College 
Institute of Workforce Training and Professional Development
The Professional Development Division at Kennebec Valley Community College provides non-credit and customized course offerings and training to those individuals, businesses, and organizations that require flexible scheduling and unique, innovative programming on our campus or at your facility. Kennebec Valley Community College’s Professional Development Division has an established history in industrial, mechanical, medical, safety, computer, and business training. Areas in which courses are available include, but are not limited. Find more here
Maine Quality Centers
Is your business expanding? Are you considering locating your firm in Maine? Do your current Maine workers need new skills?

The Maine Quality Centers provide customized workforce training grants for Maine employers seeking to locate or expand their operations in Maine or who are interested in providing training to their incumbent workers. Find more here.
Join us for one of the Following Webinar's
5 Tips to Make Your Restaurant's Social Media Appetizing
Date & Time:  Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Registration is Required by Feb 16th. This is a webinar, we are holding a location for people to watch it at. Bring your lunch and learn some great information. Establishing your restaurant on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will not only give you the opportunity to bring in new customers, but it will also help you strengthen your relationships with current customers. In this webinar, you will learn:

  • How to post the best food photos on Instagram
  • Quick ways to request and share testimonials from your happy customers
  • What types of questions to ask on Facebook to spread more word-of-mouth
  • What to tweet and retweet
  • Effective ways to show appreciation for your team on social media 

Register here
5 Shortcuts to Small Business Success
Date & Time:  Thursday, February 22, 2018, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Registration is Required by Feb 21st. This is a webinar, we are holding a location for people to watch it at together and learn more. Imagine running a successful local business with time on your hands. Sounds like a dream, right? It doesn’t have to be.

In this webinar, small business author and speaker Barry Moltz will share tips to help you run your business efficiently.
You’ll learn how to:
  • Select a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system
  • Encourage a prospect to respond (when they won’t)
  • Use email marketing effectively
  • Write emails that get opened
  • Create a feasible social media strategy

Register here
How the New Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Impacts Your Small Business
Date & Time:  Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Registration is Required by Feb 23rd. This is a webinar, we are holding a location for people to watch it at together and learn more. Congress just passed the most comprehensive tax reform in over 30 years. And with that comes more risk and opportunity for small businesses than any time in the last three decades.
In this session, CPA and tax consultant Micah Fraim will explain:

  • Major changes to corporate taxes
  • Adjustments to business deductions and credits
  • The expansion of some individual deductions and elimination of others
  • Little-known changes with major long-term ramifications

Learn how to use all of these changes to your advantage!

Register here
Internal Revenue Service Information
Six Reasons to E-file
For taxpayers who still file a paper return, there is no better time to switch to e-file. The IRS expects 90 percent of individual taxpayers to file electronically in 2018. Choosing e-file and direct deposit for refunds remains the fastest and safest way to file a complete and accurate income tax return and receive a refund.

Here are the top six reasons why taxpayers should file electronically in 2018:

  • It is accurate and easy. E-file software helps taxpayers avoid mistakes by doing the math. It guides filers through each section of their tax return. The software uses a question-and-answer format that makes doing taxes easier. 
  • It is secure. E-file meets strict security guidelines. It uses modern encryption technology to protect tax returns. The IRS continues to work with states and tax industry leaders to protect tax returns from identity theft refund fraud. This effort has helped to put strong safeguards in place to make tax filing a safe and secure option. 
  • It is convenient. Taxpayers can buy commercial tax software to e-file right from their home computer. They can also ask their tax preparer to e-file their tax return. Most paid preparers must file their clients’ returns electronically. 
  • Most e-filers get their refunds faster. When someone files electronically, there is nothing to mail and the return is virtually mistake-free. This means the fastest way for a taxpayer to get a refund is to combine e-file with direct deposit. 
  • It’s often free. Many taxpayers can e-file for free through IRS Free File. Free File is only available on IRS.gov. Some taxpayers may also qualify to have their taxes e-filed for free through IRS volunteer programs. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance offers free tax preparation to people who generally earned $54,000 or less. Tax Counseling for the Elderly generally helps people who are age 60 or older. 
  • There are several options for making payments. Taxpayers who owe taxes can e-file early and set up an automatic payment on any day until the April deadline. They can pay electronically from their bank account with IRS Direct Pay. Taxpayers can visit IRS.gov/payments for information on the other payment options.

More Information:

Share this tip on social media -- #IRSTaxTip: Six Reasons to E-file.    https://go.usa.gov/xnAZM
Skowhegan Savings Bank
Main Street Skowhegan recently spoke with John Witherspoon, president of Skowhegan Savings Bank. Read the article  to learn more about this iconic Skowhegan-based institution and its commitment to the community. 
Bangor Savings Bank
Voting is open!
In April, the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation will
give more than $100,000 to 45 local nonprofit
organizations. We are looking to you, our community, to
assist us in deciding how to best distribute these funds.
Please invite your friends, neighbors, and colleagues to participate.
Cast your vote by ballot or online here .
Quality Assurance Tech - Float
Backyard Farms - Madison

The Quality Assurance (QA) Technician Float will report to the QA Team Lead and QA Manager, and will perform all assigned QA activities that support and maintain company standard operating procedures and applicable regulatory food safety guidelines. Meets daily or as needed with QA Team Leader and QA Manager regarding departmental status and strategy. Will primarily cover all QA Technician and Pest Control Technician jobs on all shifts. Monitor production activities and pest control (incl Glass,Plastic and brittle material program) for compliance to standards. Sample, test, audit and monitor to verify that all processes, procedures and products are being manufactured in a safe & compliant manner. Perform in-process checks and tests for conformance.

For more information or to apply please click here.

Cleaning Crew Supervisor
Gifford's Ice Cream - Skowhegan

Are you an Ice Cream lover? Join our family and enjoy all the perks of working at an ice cream factory, one scoop at a time. Here at Gifford’s we strive to have a fun work atmosphere, great employee benefits, and making quality ice cream.

Gifford's Dairy, Inc. is seeking to fill the role of Clean Up Crew Supervisor.   The ideal candidate will fit the requirements listed in the job description.

So, if you love ice cream, and this job description fits you, please send us your resume. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

For more information or to apply please click here.
Service Technician/Equipment Installer  
HP Fairfield - Skowhegan

HP Fairfield, a division of the Alamo Group, has an opening for a Service Technician/Installer at our Skowhegan, ME location.

Do you have any of these skills?
Automotive Electrical Mechanical Experience
Industrial Mechanical and Millwright Experience

If so, we would like to hear from you! We offer competitive wages and a full benefit package.  

For more information or to apply please click here .
Multiple Positions
Redington-Fairview General Hospital - Skowhegan

The Mission of Redington-Fairview General Hospital (RFGH) is to develop, provide, and facilitate quality comprehensive, cost-effective health services for the people we serve.

Redington-Fairview General Hospital is an independent community hospital located in Skowhegan, Maine. RFGH has provided quality, comprehensive health services to the residents of Somerset County since 1952. A member of the Maine Hospital Association, RFGH offers inpatient and outpatient services in many specialities, has a network of community-based primary care and pediatric physicians, and provides 24-hour emergency medical services.

For more information or to apply please click here .
If you have a job you want posted, please let us know here
Skowhegan CareerCenter
Job hunting isn't always easy , whether you’re looking for your first job, trying to find another job or striving for a better job. Maine CareerCenters provide a variety of employment and training services at no charge to help you in your search.
You do not need to be claiming unemployment benefits or be out of work to use our services. Give us a call, send us an email or stop on by. We’ll take a look at each step of your career-decision process and make recommendations as to which CareerCenter resources might be most helpful in your situation.

Employers:  Need assistance with recruitment? Maine CareerCenters can help! We offer no-cost Job Postings to Maine JobLink, Multi-Company Job Fairs, Individual-Employer Recruitment and Screening, Interview Space, Workforce Information, and Training Resources. Contact us and ask for the Employer Services Representative.
Expand­ing your Busi­ness in the Area:​
For Sale
Located in Skowhegan

Be a part of a healthy thriving town. Favorable location for your office or retail space. Currently used on the first floor as an office, and the second floor as an apartment that has been vacant for quite some time. Inquire today for a private showing! This property is listed by Allied Realty, 187 Madison Avenue, Skowhe­gan, Maine 04976. 

Available  Land
Great Location in Embden

A unique opportunity to own a private waterfront lot on Embden Pond. Build your dream home or business in the heart of this four season paradise. Embden Pond is the third cleanest lake in Maine. The views from the waterfront are stunning. This is where memories are made. This property is listed by Allied Realty, 187 Madison Avenue, Skowhe­gan, Maine 04976.   

Vacant Land / For Sale from our members at Taconnet FCU
412 Madison Ave, Skowhegan, ME 04976

.89± ACRE VACANT LOT— READY FOR DEVELOPMENT. Frontage 180± Feet on Route 201. Ready for Development - Retail and/or Office 
FOR SALE $ 130,000.  This property is for sale by: Malone Commercial Brokers, 5 Moulton Street Portland, ME 04101. Find more  here.  
Build to Suit Lease
Hight Properties, LLC
363 & 373 Madison Ave. 1.95 Acres 300’+ Road Frontage.

Close  Proximity to commercial properties: Irving - Dunkin Donuts - Tractor Supply - Burger King - Olympia Sports - Dollar Tree

Call for more information 207-431-2454 207-399-0668. You can also view  here .
Available Rental's 
Dog not gone
15,000 square feet of industrial/commercial space available in Skowhegan. Facility includes loading dock, freight elevator, private offices and bathrooms. Available space is bright and open and encompasses the third floor of an active textile products maker utilizing the first and second floors. The space is wired with 220 and 110 electrical, equipped with compressed air from central air plant, and is wired with high speed data and phone system. Shared services that are available include order fulfillment, materials shipping and receiving, and equipment maintenance. 

Contact Bill Swain of Maine Stitching Specialties at 474-3108, ext 1.
Evelyn’s Furniture is now available for rent

30 x 140 space, Bathroom and office space, parking for
10 cars, not included in rent heat, electric, water or plowing. 217 North Avenue Skowhegan Maine 04976
Commercial Contact Roland Veilleux at 207-399-5317 Owner will to switch out windows on front walls.
$1500 a month for more Info give us a call or email us here

Skowhegan Village Plaza is available for rent

Join Beauty by Design, Miller Fitness, Pizza Hut, and Family Pet Connection, at the Skowhegan Village Shopping Plaza. Several different options are being offered for retail space. Skowhegan Village Shopping Plaza is located at the intersection of Rt 2 and East Madison Road with a traffic count of over 18,000 cars. This is a highly visible location.This property is listed by DC Rentals 30 Access Highway, Caribou, Maine 04736.If you are interested in renting the space please contact us  here at the Chamber. 

119 Madison Avenue is ready for a rental

Looking for a high traffic location with lots of parking in front, and a grass lawn area in the rear, take a look at the pic and see just a glimpse. The owner is looking for a long term business that will be successful. This would make a great location as a restaurant, a training center, or anything that you can think of. For more information please contact Darryl at 858.6279 or contact us  here  at the Chamber for more. 
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