Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel
Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

In This Issue
COMING SOON: FEATURED MEMBERS ON OUR WEBSITE
HOST A BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
DOWNTOWN TRICK OR TREATING
RESERVE AD SPACE FOR 2015 OPPORTUNITIES
COMPLETE YOUR BUSINESS LISTING FOR THE GUIDEBOOK
HARVEST FEST SCHEDULE
ONLINE AUCTION IS COMING UP
COMING SOON: FEATURED MEMBERS ON OUR WEBSITE
Chamber News October 2014

THANK YOU TO OUR NEWSLETTER SPONSORS

      

 

      

 

UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS

 

October 8
Business After Hours
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Residential Mortgage Services, Inc. / Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

October 16
NEW Business Seminars
12 - 2 pm
Mainebiz Editor, Peter Van Allen

"Observations of a new Maine resident ... and what that means to your business"

Hiring, branding, Maine's ranking on the Forbes list and what Maine has to offer.


October 22
Business After Hours
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Gorham Savings Bank at
Federal Jack's


 
TOUR BUS SCHEDULE
 

The current schedule of tour bus arrivals to Kennebunkport can be viewed on our website. Chamber staff is available to meet the buses, answer questions and distribute guidebooks and maps. Some tour bus visitors have even stopped by the visitor center in Lower Village to get more information to plan a future vacation to the Kennebunks!

 

 
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!

 

 
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


  Damien Callahan

Port Inn Kennebunk


Kim Chilton

Bank of America

  

Beth Geary

Kennebunkport Resort Collection
 


 Kerrie Leclair

Animal Welfare Society
 


 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 


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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

 

Greetings,

  

September was an exciting month for the Chamber, and its businesses. Cruise ship shore excursions, with numerous tour buses, brought record numbers of people to Lower Village and Dock Square.  Our tourism concierge staff greeted the buses, delivering our Experience the Kennebunks guidebook and our area map to many. It proved to be an exciting opportunity to create a greater awareness of the area, with many people expressing "we love it here ... we'll be back!" That's always good to hear!

 

Our Annual Meeting was a great success, with over 130 people in attendance. Congratulations to the award-winners, and the businesses/organizations they represent! Winners included:

 

Business of the Year - Kennebunk Savings;

Joel Stevens Community Spirit - Tim Hussey,

Hussey Manufacturing;

Volunteer of the Year - Sheila Matthews-Bull; and

President's Award - Todd Shea, Town Manager, Town of Arundel.

 

Take a look at our October schedule of events. We have two Business After Hours, a new lunchtime business seminar, Halloween and more. Our online Holiday Auction begins late October, and the live Holiday Auction is slated for November 19. Contact the Chamber if you would like participate and donate an auction item!  Here's a great opportunity for your business' visibility. 

 

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 would be more than happy to help.

   

Best regards,

 

Denise M. Clavette, Executive Director

  

"OBSERVATIONS" - AND WHAT IT MEANS
TO YOUR MAINE BUSINESS

 

The Chamber is pleased to present its first business seminar series with Mr. Peter Van Allen, Editor of Mainebiz, from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Chamber office, 16 Water Street. His presentation and discussion will focus on "Observations of a new Maine resident ... and what that means to your business," plus hiring, branding, Maine's ranking on the Forbes list and what Maine has to offer. Bring a friend and your bag lunch! Cost is $5/members and $10/guests. RSVP to the Chamber by email or by telephone at 207-967-0857. 

 

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS THIS WEDNESDAY!

 

Please join your friends and neighbors at this month's Business After Hours, sponsored by Residential Mortgage Services, from 5:50 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 8, at RMS, 63 Portland Road, Kennebunk. The night will feature light refreshments, door prizes, raffle and networking. 

 

Tickets on sale at the door for members/$5 as well as guests/$10.

On Wednesday, October 22, joins our Sponsors, Gorham Savings Bank, at Federal Jack's in Lower Village for more networking, door prizes, refreshments - and brews, of course! 

 

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2015

  

Want to host a Business After Hours? We are now booking our 2015 calendar; Business After Hours in 2015 will be held on the third Wednesday of the month. The cost to host an event is $395.

 

Now local businesses may participate in select Business After Hours as a business partner. They 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, please contact Dawn Brennan-Daly at 

207-967-0857.  

                 

   DO YOU DARE TRICK OR TREAT?

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The Chamber is coordinating area businesses for 2014 Trick or Treating from 4 to 6 PM Friday, October 31. If you wish to participate, please contact the Chamber via email or by calling 602-1063 to request your Trick or Treat pumpkin, which is a sign to hang in your window or on your door. Ghosts, goblins and witches will look for these pumpkins before entering your business. The Chamber will also be a Trick or Treat stop. If you are not on the Trick or Treat trail and want to get in the spirit of the season, drop off a bag of candy to the Chamber before October 31 and we will hang your card, sign or logo on your own candy bowl here at the office.
  
  

RESERVE YOUR AD SPACE TODAY!  

2015 Advertising Opportunities for Chamber Members!

  

 

Experience the Kennebunks: The official guidebook of the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel community focuses on area attractions and businesses with extensive use of photography. The guidebook is distributed to 70,000 people worldwide plus more online and is the primary fulfillment piece for visitors, trade shows and tour buses.

Deadline to Advertise: November 1, 2014

 

 

 

 

Chamber Map of the Kennebunks and Arundel: This area map is a great resource for visitors, residents, businesses and people relocating to the area. With a print distribution of 13,000, the map is distributed to cruise ship tour bus visitors and at Chamber visitor centers, area businesses, points of interest and transportation centers. 

Deadline to Advertise: November 1, 2014

 

Download advertising specs, rates and contracts.

 

Call the Chamber at 207-967-0857 to reserve your ad space today! 

 

  COMPLETE YOUR BUSINESS LISTING IN EXPERIENCE THE KENNEBUNKS GUIDEBOOK

  

 

Chamber members receive a complimentary business listing in the Experience the Kennebunks guidebook. Please download the listing form, complete your business information and return the form by November 1 to the Chamber at info@gokennebunks.com.  

 

SHOW YOUR SPIRIT THIS SUNDAY

This Saturday, it's time to celebrate fall at Kennebunk's Harvest Fest. The schedule of events includes pancake breakfast, craft fair and food court, live bands, costume parade (11 AM), FREE childrens' activities. including horse and wagon rides, juggling & variety show, music with DJ Charlie Stevens and more! 

  
Harvest Fest will also coincide with the grand Opening/ Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Waterhouse Center at 12:30 PM.

 Kennebunk's first Zombie Walk & Food Drive "Undead for the Underfed!" begins at 5 PM, followed by a free movie at 7 at the Waterhouse Center.
  
  
  
EVEN SANTA SHOPS HERE
   Our annual Holiday Auction will start on-line and run through Tuesday, November 18. The online auction will attract bidders from across the country and offer unique items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences - perfect for your holiday gift-giving! The live auction will take place at Duffy's Tavern & Grill from 5:30 to 8 PM November 19, hosted by Camden National Bank. Auctions are  wonderful chances to showcase your organization, product or service to local, regional, national and international buying audiences. Make this season more exciting - shop the Chamber!
Call 207-967-0857 or visit www.gokennebunks.com.
  
  
  
SAFE AND SOUND IN KENNEBUNK

 

Did you hear? Safe Choice Security recently named Kennebunk tops on its list of Maine's Safest Cities! The security company compared crime statistics (including both property and violent crimes) of over 300 cities in Maine to determine its list for 2014. 
Check out the full list of Maine's safest cities!
  
  

 

 

ORDER UP ... BREAKFAST AT DAVID'S 

Just when you thought David's KPT couldn't get any better...

Beginning November 3, David's KPT will serve breakfast 7 days a week, Monday through Saturday, from 7:30 until 10 AM. 

Brunch will be served 7:30 until 2 PM on Sundays. 

21 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME 04046

207-967-8225

 

  
  
FEATURED MEMBERS ON WEBSITE

  

Who will it be? The Chamber will randomly select three members every two weeks to be featured on the home page of our website, GoKennebunks.com. Featured members will provide the Chamber with photos and a short article highlighting their business that will be posted to our blog. This is a great opportunity to showcase our member businesses and promote what they are doing in the community!