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A new Halloween weekend event:
The Camden Costume Classic
Join us on Saturday, October 29, from 7 to 10 PM, at Lucky Betty's, 46 Elm Street, Camden, for a spooktackular evening of grown-up fun!

This is a fundraising event of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. Your $50 ticket price includes: one alcoholic beverage, snack foods, music, dancing, and costume contest with cash prizes.
Ticket sales are limited, so get yours today!

Costume sponsor: Ardiah Managed Services

Additional sponsorships available! Event and sponsorship details available at the link below, or contact Amy Rollins at Amy@CamdenRockland.com
Join us at Business After Hours
Wednesday, October 12 - 5 to 7 PM

5 Commercial Street, Rockport

Join us at Bangor Savings for an evening of networking with your peers from around the region. Hear the latest Chamber news and meet our new Chamber President & CEO, Eric Belley.

Food, beverages and door prizes will be offered. No pre-registration is required. All are welcome!
Cast Your Vote Now for
Chamber Board of Directors
Each year, members of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce elect three (3) new members to its Board of Directors, each for three-year terms. Seven candidates are in the running this fall:

Pamela Barker, RE/MAX Jaret & Cohn

Mark Bergelin, KeyBank

Joan Lemole, New Hope Midcoast

Becky Lowe, PBNJ Self Storage

Steve Matteo, Camden National Bank

Greg Soutiea, Craignair Inn & Causeway Restaurant

Gerald Weinand, Gerald Weinand Architect, Inc.

Using the link below, please vote for up to three candidates by 5:00PM October 14, 2022 - only one ballot per member business, please.

Once the Chamber membership has elected three candidates to the Board, the Board of Directors will vote to fill three Board-appointed seats.
Have you reserved your
Advertising Space in the
2023 Jewel of the Maine Coast

The Jewel is THE most comprehensive source of information about the Camden-Rockland region, for visitors and residents alike. No one else delivers the amount of extensive, informative, and entertaining content visitors and residents crave, including where to stay, what to do, dining, boating, recreation, the arts, shopping and more—all in one place.

50,000+ copies of The 2023 Jewel will be distributed and available for FREE at multiple outlets throughout Maine & New England. Together with the online, easy-to-navigate interactive Flipbook version of the Jewel, we’ve created a robust promotional platform with maximum reach and exposure for your business which can be accessed at home via computer, or on the go with mobile devices.

Here’s what one fan had to say about this year’s Jewel: “In all the years we’ve been coming, your 2022 Jewel of the Maine Coast is fantastic…we loved reading it, it’s professional, it’s easy on the eye and we want to thank you for all the info.”

Reach 75,000+ potential visitors and customers--just like this one--with an ad in the 2023 Jewel of the Maine Coast. Different sizes, special placements, and targeted sections are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Final deadline for ads and payment is 10/28/22. 

For display advertising information, contact Diane Norton, Director of Member Marketing & Development, at 207-691-0131 or via email at Jewel@CamdenRockland.com.

Members wishing to update their Jewel listings should contact Amy Rollins, Member Services Director, at 207-236-4404 or via email at Amy@CamdenRockland.com.
Planning to stop by the Chamber offices? Please call ahead
Like many of our members, the Chamber is experiencing staffing challenges this season. To avoid frustration, please call ahead if you plan to stop by to pick up Jewels, maps, pay an invoice, drop off literature, etc. We appreciate it!
Has your business or organization been in the "Featured Member" spotlight?
Each week, the Chamber features one of our members here in our Friday Report e-newsletter (distributed to 2,000 emails), and on our Facebook (5,000 followers) and Instagram (1,100 followers) pages. Featured Member posts link directly to your profile page on the Chamber website.

Simply click below to complete the two easy steps. Featured Members will be chosen as submissions are received. We invite you to take advantage of this great Chamber member benefit to promote your business.
The Craignair Inn has been a staple of the midcoast for decades, but with the rising popularity of Chef Fernando and the Causeway Restaurant, guests are enjoying the historic inn as it’s never been experienced before.
To learn more about becoming a Featured Member, click here.
Member News...
Submit your news releases to Amy@CamdenRockland.com.
A Last Burst of Color, Final Exhibit of 2022 at Camden Falls Gallery
Camden Falls Gallery prepares to wrap up its 2022 season with a “LAST BURST OF COLOR”, a new exhibit featuring Camden Falls Gallery artists. The show opens Friday, October 7th and runs through November 1st. As with the fall foliage season, Camden Falls Gallery will go out with a final bright blaze and vibrant display of selected, colorful works by our featured house artists including Janis Sanders, Jennifer Van Cor, Tom Glover, Aline Ordman, Ryan Kohler, Olena Babak, Karen Blackwood, Susan Graeber, Brad Betts, Kathleen Robbins, and others. More...

Darrow performances to benefit four community organizations
Watts Hall Community Players bring back John Burstein’s solo performance as Clarence Darrow! In this one-man show, John Burstein of Lincolnville portrays the famous attorney, champion of underdogs, as he reminisces about his many sensational and often controversial trials. The return performance of “Darrow” will be benefit four community organizations: Knox County Meals On Wheels; Knox County Homeless Coalition; Restorative Justice; and the Knox Clinic. More...

Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District seeks board nominees
Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District as one opening on its five-member Board of Supervisors. The volunteer board, which is responsible for guiding the District’s business affairs and operations in it’s mission to provide assistance to the community in conservation of land and water resources, is comprised of three elected and two appointed supervisors, who each serve overlapping three-year terms. More...

Informative Medicare Talks at the Camden Public Library
The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period is October 15 through December 7. Every fall, the Camden Public Library provides opportunities to help the community gather information and ask questions at free, public Medicare talks. This year, the library will host two drop-in public meetings in the library’s Picker Room. On Tuesday, October 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Linda “Lily” Filippi will give a presentation as a representative of United Healthcare. On Tuesday, October 25, from 10:00 am to 12:00 p.m., Renata Lahner of The Lahner Group, LLC, will facilitate a Medicare information talk. More...

Enock Glidden to open new accessible trail in Searsmont
The Georges River Land Trust invites all to the official opening of The Gibson Wellness Walk, its accessible trail at the Gibson Preserve, 637 Woodman’s Mill Rd. in Searsmont, on October 15. The featured speaker will be Enock Glidden, renowned outdoorsman and advocate for people of all abilities to enjoy the trails of Maine. More...
PBMC Emergency Department Addition Opens October 5
Pen Bay Medical Center will mark the completion of Phase I of its Emergency Department (ED) expansion project by opening its new addition and ED entrance on Wednesday, Oct. 5. The temporary entrance set up when construction began last year will close at that time, and the current ED space will shut down for renovations. This may be helpful information for you to share with customers or guests who may need emergency care. More...

Camden National Bank Employees Collect Donations for Local Shelters
Camden National Bank has announced a community donation of over 2,000 personal care items to local homeless shelters. Employees across the region collected toiletries at its 58 banking center locations, and made personal contributions at the Bank’s annual employee appreciation night. In addition, 650 bath towels were donated to homeless shelters in local communities on behalf of each Camden National Bank employee. More...

IRS reports significant increase in texting scams; warns taxpayers to remain vigilant
The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers of a recent increase in IRS-themed texting scams aimed at stealing personal and financial information. So far in 2022, the IRS has identified and reported thousands of fraudulent domains tied to multiple MMS/SMS/text scams (known as smishing) targeting taxpayers. In recent months, and especially in the last few weeks, IRS-themed smishing has increased exponentially. More...

Members in the Spotlight...
Coffin earns Safeco Insurance Award of Excellence
Jennifer Coffin, ACSR, CPRM, a personal insurance account executive with Allen Insurance and Financial, been honored with the Safeco Insurance Award of Excellence, an honor recognizing superior underwriting skill. This recognition is achieved only by a select group of agents across the country who sell Safeco Insurance. This is the second consecutive year Coffin has earned this recognition. More...
Member Events...
Our online calendar is your guide to live & virtual events in the Camden-Rockland Region. Click here to view.

Have an event to share? Members are invited to share events on the Chamber Calendar. Login to your Chamber Profile Page to get started.
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Have an offer to share?
Members are invited to email Amy@CamdenRockland.com with details of goods, programs, products, or services they would like to offer to their fellow members. Please limit your offer to headline + 75 words and include an end date not to exceed 1 month.
Chamber Board of Directors

Sheila Lowe, Chair

Jake Miller, Vice Chair

Jeffrey Hamilton, Past Chair

Richard 'Sandy' Cox, Secretary

Steve Matteo, Treasurer

Chris Austin

Maggi Blue

David Gogel

Jodie Heal

Martha Kempe

Diane Lebson

Joan LeMole

Richard Lyon

Rick Manning

Michelle Peacock

Dan Pease

Garry Schwall

Laura Tracy
Chamber Staff

Eric Belley
President & CEO

Amy Rollins
Member Services Director

Diane Norton
Director of Member Marketing & Development

Matt Brown
Information Center Associate

Elizabeth Burrell
Information Center Associate

Chamber Offices

Camden Office
2 Public Landing
Camden, ME 04843 
Information Center open:
Mon-Fri, 9 am - 5 pm
Sat-Sun, 10 am - 4 pm

Rockland Office
25 Park Street
Rockland, ME 04841
Information Center open:
Mon-Fri, 9 am - 5 pm
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