March 2, 2023 | Issue 9

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Please Welcome Our Newest Member, Atlantic Challenge USA!

Atlantic Challenge USA keeps traditional maritime skills alive through community rowing, sail training, coastal camping expeditions, and participation in international Contests of Seamanship.

Their aim since 1986 is to provide experiences for personal development, community building, seamanship skills, and a connection to maritime heritage through building, rowing and sailing traditional wooden boats, primarily Bantry Bay gigs. 

This summer they are offering a series of four-day or weeklong expeditions for all ages. Guided by seasoned instructors, you will learn to camp on the islands of Penobscot Bay and row/sail a 38 ft. Bantry Bay gig, an 18th century design from the French Navy. In another program they will venture to Maryland to sail the traditional, very fast Chesapeake Bay log canoes of the early 20th century. 

From July 21-29, 2024, they will host the Atlantic Challenge International Contest of Seamanship in Belfast with up to 12 teams from around the world. 

When not on expedition, they will also host a series of open to the public rows in Belfast harbor. All information and sign up details can be found on their website

PO Box 481, Belfast, ME 04951 | (207) 610-9554 |

Recent New Members:

The Barn at Rosemoore | Rest Assured Maine | Aster & Rose Restaurant

Youngtown Inn | Treworgy & Baldacci

February 23rd Newsletter

1) Chamber Job Search (102nd consecutive week)

2) Waldo County YMCA Auction

3) Friends of Sears Island - Winter Hiking Zoom

4) Nordic Aquafarms Statement

5) Belfast Free Library Chewonki Program, Belfast Ice Festival,

Searsport First Congregational Church's Ukrainian Dinner Fundraiser

March Business After Hours

Join us for the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce's March Business After Hours at:

Sell 207

March 15th, 5:30pm

15 Main St. Downtown Belfast

Every month our Chamber hosts an after hours event designed for members to meet and build relationships with business people from companies and organizations representing a variety of industries in our region. Stay tuned for more details!

Vote for Waldo County's Best of the Best

Who is the Best? Vote for Your Favorites! The 2023 Ballot is now available in today's issue of The Republican Journal and online! Voting open now through March 23rd. Don't miss the return of the 2023 Best of the Best Gala and Business Showcase at The University of Maine Hutchinson Center, May 25th from 5pm - 8pm.


Chamber Job Search (HOT ITEM)

Still looking for that new job? Need to know what's available in the greater Belfast area? We have a great page full of job opportunities large and small!


Chamber Members - you can submit your job postings by logging into your

ChamberMaster account or email

Upcoming Member Events

Announcements & News

Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition -

March Outings

Belfast Poet Laureate Submission Due

by March 15

Coastal Mountains Land Trust - Happy Wanderers and Full Moon Hikes in March

OPAL Build - Sustainable Building Company Has New Home at the Former Belfast Armory (BDN)

The Playhouse - Reopening with Strings Attached (Republican Journal)

The Republican Journal - Local Newspapers, Websites Rolling Out Improvements

RV There Yet? - S2 E8 Searsport - Discovery GO

St. Margaret's Lenten Lunch Series

Sturgeon Mural Project by

David Hurley

United Midcoast Charities - 2023 Grant Applications Open

Waterfall Arts March Classes & Workshops

Waldo County Council of the Midcoast Board of Realtors with Matching Grant from Maine Association of Realtors Donates Over $11K to Waldo CAP

Member Promotions
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Your Chamber Working For You!
Dorothy Havey, Executive Director

Scott Smith, Operations Manager

Board of Directors

Sue Beemer



Montessori School

Erin Merrifield

Vice President

RE/MAX Jaret & Cohn

Michelle Curtis
First National Bank

Christy Lewis


Fellows, Kee, Tymoczko & Lewis

Megan Day

Waldo County

General Hospital

Paul Dean

Councilor, City of Belfast

Dawn Gintz

Captain Nickels Inn

John McKeith

The Belfast Center

Elaine Potoker


Terri Tower

Camden National Bank

Mary Tripp

Bank of America

Staff Photography by Dave Waddell, Down East Magazine

Consider Becoming a Member!

The Mission of the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce

is to champion a thriving business environment for its members through promotion, networking, advocacy, community partnerships and

access to relevant information.

Follow the link above to find information about membership benefits and learn how we can promote you and help you achieve your goals.

Community Links:

Belfast Free Library | City of Belfast | Harbormaster

Waldo County General Hospital | YMCA

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