Monthly Newsletter Contents: The B.I.G. Event, Restaurant Week, New Members and Other Opportunities
March 2019

Innovation Summit & Business Expo
April 8th, City Theater, Biddeford
4:00pm - 7:00pm
World-class innovation is propelling our regional economy forward. Come hear how local companies and organizations such as Ocean's Balance, Sterling Rope, Ready Seafood, Saco Sport & Fitness, and Engine are leveraging innovation to drive success for their organizations. Also interact with multiple businesses at the Business Expo.

To register to attend this FREE Chamber event, please CLICK HERE

Note: we have a limited number of tables remaining for exhibitors as part of the Business Expo portion of the event - if you'd like to reserve a table, CALL US ASAP!
 Restaurant Week in Biddeford & Saco - March 17th - 24th
Every year, Heart of Biddeford, Saco Main St., and the Chamber partner to promote Restaurant Week, a celebration of the incredibly diverse and exciting dining scene we have here in Biddeford & Saco. There are special offers from participating restaurants all week. There is also a "Community Souper" fund-raiser for local foodbank charities to kick off the week at 5:00pm on March 17th at the Pepperell Mill in Biddeford.

For a list of participating restaurants, events and promotions , CLICK HERE
New Chamber Member Update

* Biddeford Heritage & Cultural Center -  This organization's mission is to celebrate, preserve, and share the culture, diversity, and history of the City of Biddeford.

* Lifestyle Publications - This new member is the publisher of Kennebunks Lifestyle magazine, a high-quality monthly mailed to local residents.

* La Kermesse - This Franco-American organization puts on an annual festival that is a can't miss event for the area every year.
2019 New England Region Matchmaker
Are you interested in selling your goods or services to the government? On April 25th/26th in Portland, there is an opportunity for you to meet and network with federal and state agencies, prime contractors, and other local businesses as part of this PTAC-sponsored event. For more information, click here
York County Community College Foundation Event
Tickets are now available for "Toast of the Coast" on April 4th, a fun night at the YCCC Wells Campus that benefits student scholarships. This is the 10th annual celebration featuring auctions, signature cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and more. For more information, please call Elizabeth Fitzgerald at (207) 216-4466

Please consider becoming a Hospice of Southern Maine volunteer. Volunteers are needed for companionship and emotional support, caregiver relief, and support. F or more information, please call Lynn at (207) 289-3689
SMHC Wellness Program Breakfast

Southern Maine Health Care is sponsoring an employer breakfast presentation on March 15th at the Sanford Town Club, entitled: "Wellness: Building a Program That Actually Improves Employee Health". For more information, click here
SBA's Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders is a  FREE  executive-level training program that provides tools and resources to help small companies sustain and grow. It is an intensive entrepreneurship education series for small businesses that have the potential for quick growth and job creation. The initiative has been a change-maker in increasing opportunities, providing participating businesses with a framework that helps to form sustainable companies and promote economic development. Sessions are held bi-weekly in Brunswick, Maine. Recruitment for the next training cycle is now underway at the SBA Maine District Office. For more information, click here
21st Annual Mary's Walk and Kerryman 5K, Sunday, March 24th, Thornton Academy

Mary's Walk is one of the largest cancer fundraisers in the state of Maine, raising over $3.3 million since its inception in 1999. Mary's Walk remembers Mary Kery Libby, who lost her battle with Burkitt's lymphoma in 1997. The fundraising supports Maine Cancer Fund's Challenge 2020 initiative. For more information, click here
Thornton Academy Fund Auction
Thornton Academy is planning its 12th Annual Thornton Fund Auction for Saturday, May 4, 2019 and invites your business to contribute to this successful event.  The auction is Thornton Academy's largest fundraising event and draws a crowd of nearly four hundred attendees. All auction proceeds support the Thornton Fund, a cause that provides assistance to students in need, renovates campus buildings, invigorates the arts, and supports athletic department programming.  Our independent school status excludes us from taxpayer funds for many initiatives so all funds must be privately raised or borrowed.    There are many ways your business can support this event, including:  Donating an Item or Service,  Serving as an Event or Item Sponsor, Placing a Program Ad, or Purchasing a Raffle Ticket. For more information, visit:  or email
Create a Social Media Video for your Business
Chamber member Your Real Estate Team @ Keller-Williams is continuing to produce free videos promoting your business to post on social media. The videos are easy to do and are a few minutes long. We've been getting great feedback. If you're interested, please contact them at:
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