Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel
Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

Chamber News December 2014


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UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS

 

December 10
Business After Hours / Holiday Party
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Sponsored by Kennebunk Savings
 

 
MEMBER NEWS
 

Did you know that members can add press releases, accolades and other news to GoKennebunks.com? Sign in to your listing and share updates on your business!

 

 
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
                   
The Chamber welcomes our NEWEST members! Please visit our website to learn more about these businesses and their services!
  
Arundel Ice Cream Shop, Arundel
Cape Arundel Cottage Preserve, Arundel
Maine HDTV, Kennebunkport
Dead River Company, Kennebunk 
 
 
BUSINESS RESOURCES
 

The Chamber's website,

GoKennebunks.com,

has resources for businesses, including IRS tax information for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Visit our website to learn more.

 

 

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2014-2015 Board of Directors
  

Chair 

 David "Duffy" Cluff

Duffy's Tavern & Grill


 Vice-Chair

 Laura Dolce

York County Coast Star 


 Secretary

  Damien Callahan

Port Inn Kennebunk


 Treasurer

Eileen Brogli

Kennebunk Investment Services


 


 Board Members

  

Michelle Moore Allen

Ambidextrous, Inc. Landscaping


 Mark Birmingham

Coldwell-Banker 


 Sandra Bisson

Peoples United Bank


Kim Chilton

Bank of America

  

Beth Geary

Kennebunkport Resort Collection
 
 Kerrie Leclair

Animal Welfare Society 

 

Marybeth Munroe

Camden National Bank


 Leslie Roberts

Southern Maine Health Care
 

Laurie Smith, Ex Officio

Town of Kennebunkport

 

Matthew Williams

Hodsdon & Ayer


 Rick Wolf

The B&B Team


 Linda Zuke

Weirs Motors


 

Staff

 

 Denise M. Clavette

Executive Director

director@gokennebunks.com 
 
Dawn Brennan-Daly

Membership & Events Manager

info@gokennebunks.com 

 

Leanne Travers

Office & Membership Assistant

members@gokennebunks.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 Road

Lower Village Kennebunk

  

Mailing Address

PO Box 740

Kennebunk, ME 04043

 

www.gokennebunks.com 

info@gokennebunks.com 

 

 A MESSAGE FROM
THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

Season's Greetings,


Sunny days and snow covered lawns ~ a great way to begin December. Businesses and homes are beautifully decorated in holiday style, and the Kennebunk and Kennebunkport holiday trees are majestic and cheerful. What a picture-perfect setting to get us all in the mood for the holidays and a nice segue to Kennebunkport's popular Christmas Prelude. 


Christmas Prelude begins this week, with many events on tap! Some hotels and inns still have vacancies, and the Chamber is here to help your friends and family find a room! I want to take this opportunity to thank the Kennebunkport Business Association, and all of its participating businesses, for creating a magical experience for all of us who live here and for those who travel from afar to experience what we call home! Check out the official Christmas Prelude website  for detailed information on tree lightings, activities, events, parades, business events and more. 
 

Our Annual Holiday Auction was a great success. We thank ALL businesses who donated items, packages, experiences and more to help make our auction a success, give area businesses more visibility and to give bidders an opportunity to buy these and support the Chamber's programs and services. 

 

Browse through the newsletter, we have exciting happenings in December. The Chamber is hosting another Business Seminar, this month on the Better Business Bureau, as well as the final 2014 Business After Hours, which doubles as a holiday celebration. Read on for the details about the upcoming "Paint the Town Red" campaign in February!


As always, 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 am more than happy to help. 

 

Best regards,

 

Denise M. Clavette, Executive Director

  

 

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS IS DEC. 10
 

Please join us next Wednesday, December 10, for the Chamber's annual holiday Business After Hours at Kennebunk Savings. Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, we promise light fare and spirits, networking for all - and for all a good night! Tickets at the door are for $5/members and $10/guests.  

  
     


 

JOIN THE HOLIDAY FUN

  
Now in its 33rd year, Christmas Prelude has become one of the most cherished ways to celebrate the holiday. Over the first two weekends of December, there are multiple tree lightings, a hat parade, a pooch parade, "Fire & Ice," gingerbread house making, and Christmas caroling - something for everyone! Be sure to join your friends and family, and see why the festivities have been ranked #2 in the country for Christmas celebrations!
  
  
      BUSINESS SEMINAR SERIES CONTINUES

Learn all about the Better Business Bureau and its role in enforcing ethical business practices for the last 112 years at this month's Business Seminar Series. It will be held from 6 to 7:30 PM Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Chamber office. Amy Schram, Senior Community Outreach specialist, will identify the major "red flags" regarding recent scams and the precautionary steps we can take to protect ourselves from falling victim. Cost is $5 for Chamber members / $10 for non-members; call the Chamber at (207) 967-0857 to register.

  
  
    
      HOST A BUSINESS AFTER HOURS IN 2015
  
Want to host a Business After Hours? The Chamber is now booking hosts and business partners for our monthly networking socials for 2015 on the third Wednesday of the month. The cost to host an event is $395. Local businesses may also participate in select Business After Hours as "business partners." Members pay a $50 fee to have a display table at the event.
  
If you are interested in hosting a Business After Hours or participating as a business partner, contact Dawn Brennan-Daly at 207-967-0857. 
  
  
    
SAVE 15 CENTS PER GALLON OF GAS

Thanks to a new partnership with the Chamber and Cummings Market in Kennebunk, The Shell Fleet Plus Program is now available to all members. This new program offers 15 cents off per gallon as a rebate on a credit card - a simple and effective way to reduce fuel expenditures. Great for individuals and businesses, the security features and reporting tools included in the online account management system will make your business a safer and more efficient endeavor. Sign up by the end of December. For registration information, email david.luce@deadriver.com.

 

  
  
    
         HELP US PAINT THE TOWN RED

Looking ahead to February 2015, the Chamber invites you to be part of a new initiative to "Paint the Town Red" - a joint #lovekpt effort of the Kennebunkport Resort Collection and The Chamber to make our area "New England's Most Romantic Town". We hope to get all local businesses involved.  Decorate with white and red lights! Offer dining, lodging and retail deals! Let's get people to our area during the winter months. Call or email the Chamber to be involved.