Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel
Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

In This Issue
A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
PLAY IN OR SPONSOR THE CHAMBER GOLF TOURNAMENT
SEATS AVAILABLE FOR DISNEY INSTITUTE
WIN A HARLEY-DAVIDSON
MAINE BEACHES ASSOCIATION STRATEGIC MARKETING PLAN
MEMBER NEWS
Chamber News May 2014

THANK YOU TO OUR NEWSLETTER SPONSORS

 

WELCOME

 

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

 

CL Design & Landscape LLC

 

Hot 104.7

 

Maine Limousine Service

 

 
UPCOMING CHAMBER  EVENTS

 

May 12

Certified ServSafe Manager Food

Safety Course

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Held at Duffy's Tavern & Grill

 

May 14

Business Seminar

7:45 am Networking, 8:00 am Presentation

How To Make Your Money Work For You Presented by the Maine Center for

Women, Work, and Community

Held at Chamber Office

 

May 15

Business After Hours

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Norway Savings Bank

 

May 21

Disney Institute

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Held at The Coastal House

 

May 28

Business Seminar

7:45 am Networking, 8:00 am Presentation

Home Care: What You Should Know

Presented by Karen Banning and Arlene Roy from Caring Companion Home Care

Held at the Chamber office

 

 
RIBBON CUTTING
 

    Photo by Nora Ordway

 

We were happy to celebrate the grand opening of O'Reilly Auto Parts in Arundel with a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 22.  Congratulations!

 

   

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK

 

The Chamber currently has two Facebook pages and will be removing one in the upcoming weeks. Be sure to "Like" the official Chamber Facebook page here.

 

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BRICK STORE MUSEUM HOSTS MAY DAY BASKET MAKING
 

As part of downtown Kennebunk's May Day celebration, stop by the Museum to make your own May basket from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., see the Museum's collection of May baskets from the mid-1900s and learn about May Day customs. The Museum's galleries will all be open for viewing as well.

 

 

SURVEY DRAWING WINNERS! 
 

Thank you to everyone who completed our survey last month. Your feedback is valuable as the Chamber develops strategies and initiatives to market our community as a great place to visit, live and work. 

 

Congratulations to the winners of the drawing!

 

Capt. Bruce Herbert, Libreti Rose Charters

Alisson's Restaurant gift card

 

David Stockburger, WB Mason Kennebunkport Resort Collection gift card

 

 
LOWER VILLAGE KIOSK OPENS
 

The Tourism Information Kiosk in Lower Village opens May 9 at 10:00 a.m. The kiosk will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the weekends of May 9 and 16. On May 23 the kiosk will be open seven days a week through the summer season. Please drop off your rack cards, brochures and menus to the Chamber office at 16 Water Street in 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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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.

 

We have several exciting happenings in May and beyond:

 

Our new website, www.gokennebunks.com will go live late May!

 

Our visitor information center, located in Lower Village is opening on May 9th for the next two weekends, and will be open daily from 10 am to 6 pm through Veteran's Day.

 

We are almost sold out for the Disney Institute Quality Service seminar slated for May 21st. Call Traci Freed to register.

 

WIN A HARLEY! Stop in to buy your motorcycle raffle tickets - $20 per ticket, 6 for $100. Only 3,000 tickets will be sold, great odds! See the Harley on display at Weirs Buick GMC. Drawing is July 9th at Bentley's.

 

Only 10 teams remain for our 25th Anniversary Golf Tournament. Sign up to play - individual or team - or be a sponsor. Tournament is Monday, June 16 at Dutch Elm Golf Course.

 

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.

 

Best regards,

Denise Clavette

 

Don't miss the fun! Register for the Chamber's 25th Annual Golf Tournament on June 16!  Sign up today as an individual player or a team. There are also opportunities to promote your business through meal, putting contest, greenside and tee sponsorships. 

 

REGISTER FOR THE SERVSAFE COURSE

 

Sign up for 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 here

 

Register by May 5 to reserve your spot!  Contact the Chamber office at 207-967-0857 or members@visitthekennebunks.com.

  

WIN A HARLEY-DAVIDSON!

 

Raffle tickets to win a 2014 Harley-Davidson FLHX Street Glide are available to purchase at the Chamber office or by phone 207-602-1063. Tickets are $20 each or six for $100. The Chamber will be selling tickets at Kennebunk's May Day Festival and Bentley's events this weekend.  Stop by and buy your tickets! 

 

MAINE BEACHES ASSOCIATION STRATEGIC MARKETING PLAN 

 

Please take a few minutes to review the five year strategic marketing plan developed by the Maine Beaches Association, a coalition of Chambers of Commerce in Southern Maine working to promote the region as a premier, four season vacation destination.

 

This plan is the culmination of a six month process that involved input and guidance by more than 50 individuals representing a wide swath of tourism interests. It describes identified strengths and challenges facing tourism in our region, states measurable goals with specific targets, outlines messaging and details the means for delivering our messages to the right audiences and in the right way.

 

We welcome continuous feedback and involvement from tourism stakeholders in our region. Please provide your input to Traci Freed at 207-967-0857 or members@visitthekennebunks.com.

  

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS ON MAY 15

 

 

 

Join us for a fun evening at Business After Hours at Norway Savings Bank in Kennebunk on May 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 

Hope to see you there!

 

  

REMOTE BROADCAST SALE FROM HOT 104.7

 

 

Radio station Hot 104.7 is having a remote broadcast sale! Any remote that happens between now and May 23, 2014 is $750 for payment upfront or $800 billed.

 

Take advantage of this offer to give your business exposure on radio and in social media. More information is available here

 

  

 MEMBER NEWS 

 

Kennebunk High School Ranked Fifth in the State

 

U.S. News & World Report ranked Kennebunk High School fifth in the state. Kennebunk moved up three spots from last year. Maine and California are tied for the highest percentage of high schools earning top marks. The full article can be read here.

 

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Kennebunk Investment Services Offers Workshops To Help You Plan For Retirement

 

Join Paul Wolf, President of Kennebunk Investment Services, for workshops to help you plan for retirement.

 

Getting the Most from Social Security

May 15, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

 

Protecting Your Most Important Asset: Your Family

May 20, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

 

Learn more about these events and RSVP here.

 

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The Gallup Institute for Personal Freedom Book Launch

 

Join The Gallup Institute for Personal Freedom on May 9, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. for a book release and launch party to celebrate Project Personal Freedom.  The event will be held at The Gallup Institute for Personal Freedom, 35-37 Western Avenue, Suite 202, Lower Village, Kennebunk. More information on the book is here

 

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Brick Store Museum Offers an Estate Planning Seminar

                                                                         

The Brick Store Museum is delighted to extend an invitation to area residents to hear three experts from the local law firm of Bergen & Parkinson in an informal discussion of what you need to consider when planning your estate.  Join Wayne Adams, Milda Castner and Brin Richer to learn about Powers of Attorney, Advance Health Care Directives, Wills, Maine Probate Procedures and Estate Taxation.  The program will allow time for questions and one-on-one discussions.

 

The seminar is in the Museum Program Center on Tuesday, May 13 from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  Admission is free.  Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

 

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MAINE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GUIDE

 

 

The Chamber has copies of the 2014 edition of the Maine Economic Development Guide, an annual publication highlighting positive economic news in the state. 

 

Please stop by our office if you would like copies for your business and customers. 

 

The publication is also available online here.

  

 OTHER NEWS 

 

Bill Signed to Remove Some Highway Signs

 

Governor LePage signed a bill on April 16 directing the state to remove or relocate dozens of informational signs along its interstate highways. Maine officials said failure to remove highway signs for things like colleges, parks and recreational attractions will cause the state to lose millions of dollars in highway funding for failing to comply with federal rules. The measure will go into law 90 days after lawmakers adjourn for the session. A list of signs to be removed or relocated is available here.

 

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 Governor's Broadband Capacity Building Task Force

 

The Governor's Broadband Capacity Building Task Force recently released a full report and  executive summary that outlines recommendations for the improved utilization, integration and growth of broadband Internet in Maine's business, government, education and healthcare sectors. Estimated timing for implementation of the report tactics ranges from this year through 2016. Businesses, taxpayers and students of all ages will benefit from the completed recommendations; some of which will save the state more than $100 million.