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Only 5 booths remain open at the Business Expo - don't miss out!
The Chamber is thrilled to announce that our popular Business & Community Expo will return to the Samoset Resort on Wednesday, April 13, 2 to 7 PM. The Expo presents an opportunity to meet and network with close to 100 local businesses and non-profits, all under one roof!

In response to the labor shortage, the Chamber will be actively promoting that job seekers are welcome and encouraged to attend the Business Expo to connect with businesses who are currently hiring.

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Thank you to our Expo Sponsors:
Maine Office of Tourism Town Hall Visioning Summit:
April 4 at the Samoset

The Maine Office of Tourism has launched a project to develop a statewide Destination Management Plan. This project seeks to develop a clear and actionable 5-year strategic plan focused on accelerating Maine’s recovery from impacts of the pandemic and establishing a solid foundation and direction for future growth. The Destination Management Plan will be industry informed, with input gathered through a series of 9 visioning summits, and through an online survey.

We invite you to be part of the process by participating in the Town Hall Visioning Summit on Monday, April 4, from 2 to 5 PM, at the Samoset Resort. Register by clicking the link below.

Other times and places are also available if you cannot make the April 4th event.
Chamber of Commerce is local drop-off for "From Maine to Ukraine" project - last drop off is today!
The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce is happy to support this effort. Donations (as suggested below) may be dropped off at our Camden and Rockland offices during regular hours (M-F, 10-4) through Friday, April 1st. We will deliver them to the Maine Tourism Association. Then, the goods will be shipped to Poland where the Retail Association of Ukraine has a retail member warehouse that can accept the goods for distribution into Ukraine.
Maine State Chamber Stakeholder Survey: Respond by April 1
In anticipation of the 2022 gubernatorial election, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce is updating its flagship economic report, Making Maine Work: Critical Investments for the Maine Economy, in collaboration with the Maine Development Foundation and Educate Maine, and with insights from Ed Cervone, key stakeholders, and similar organizations. Share your input with the Maine State Chamber before the survey closes on Friday, April 1. This brief survey should take about 10 minutes to complete:
Add your Easter offering to our list!
Easter is April 17! Our members are coming up with meaningful, clever (and delicious!) ways to help you celebrate Easter this spring. From church services to chocolate bunnies, these offers are sure to bring smiles to all faces this Easter. And if your business is hopping to it, please add your listing here.
Opportunity for job seekers and employers at the Belfast Regional Job & Resource Fair!
Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 10am – 2pm
University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., Belfast

Employers interested in hiring are invited to attend this event. Tables & chairs will be provided, and employers are welcome to set up 9 a.m. The event is free to employers, but reservations are required! Please register and reserve your spot by emailing David Grima at the Maine Department of Labor: david.m.grima@maine.gov

Anyone looking for work is welcome this free event. Laid off workers from the Penobscot McCrum factory are being invited, but anyone looking for employment in the region is welcome to attend. More...
Michelle Peacock to fill seat on Chamber Board
The Board of Directors of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce recently elected Michelle Peacock of Camden to a seat on the Chamber board. Michelle will fill a vacancy created by a recent resignation, and she will serve for the remainder of that term through 2023. Michelle and her husband Matt are co-owners and Innkeepers of the Blue Harbor House Inn in Camden. We are excited to welcome Michelle to the Chamber Board!
Introducing the 2022 Jewel of the Maine Coast magazine

For the first time in two years, we have a new, full-scale edition of The Jewel.

65,000 copies of The 2022 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.

Our Camden and Rockland Information Centers have plenty of copies in hand if you'd like to stop in during our regular business hours to pick up supplies.
Your Photo Could be Worth $100!
The Maine’s MidCoast & Islands regional tourism organization is seeking photos to help promote our region, and they will be paying $100 for every photo they select between now and May 1. For all the details, including how to enter your photos, continue reading here.
Your business or organization can be in the "Featured Member" spotlight!
Each week, the Chamber features one of our members here in our Friday Report e-newsletter (distributed to over 2,000 emails), and on our Facebook (6,000 followers) and Instagram (1,100 followers) pages. Featured Member posts will link directly to your profile page on the Chamber website.

Please click below to complete the two easy steps to be considered as a Featured Member. Featured Members will be chosen randomly from the submissions received. We invite you to take advantage of this great Chamber member benefit to promote your business.
Reach 1,800 Business Leaders Weekly -
Advertise in the Friday Report
The Chamber is pleased to introduce a new marketing initiative for members: Advertising in the Friday Report e-Newsletter. The Friday Report boasts a weekly circulation of nearly 1,800 and impressive stats.

Click below to learn more about this unique opportunity to present your message to a targeted audience or to reserve your space.
Proudly serving the Midcoast region since 1968, Superior Restoration Services is a fire, soot, water, and mold remediation company servicing commercial and residential customers in Knox, Lincoln and Waldo Counties. In addition to disaster remediation and restoration, we also offer carpet and area rug cleaning, duct cleaning as well as deep cleaning (estate and horde cleans).
To learn more about becoming a Featured Member, click here.
Member News...
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New Hannaford Floral Bouquet Program to benefit Camden Area Christian Food Pantry in April
Brighten your day with a bouquet of flowers while giving back to those in need. Camden Area Christian Food Pantry has been selected by the Camden Hannaford store as the benefiting non-profit in the brand-new Hannaford Bloomin’ 4 Good Program for the month of April. More...

$20 Fares Midweek in April from the Amtrak Downeaster
Cheers to 20 Years! The AmtrakDowneaster is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with $20 round-trip fares on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in April. Book now and ride from Brunswick to Boston or any station in between for $20 or less*. Use promotion code v471 and book 3 days in advance of travel to take advantage of this deal. Details at https://amtrakdowneaster.com/discount/20-round-trip-fares.

Win a Mini Grant at the Expo
Visit the Knox County Community Health Coalition table at the April 13 Business and Community Expo and drop your business card in the basket for a drawing for a mini grant to help update your organization’s tobacco-free policy. KCCHC will be in the Knox County Ballroom. More...

Members in the Spotlight...
Katie Lutts Joins the OUT Maine Team!
OUT Maine is excited to announce Katie Lutts (she/her) has joined the OUT Maine team as its new School Engagement Coordinator! As the School Engagement Coordinator, Katie will engage actively with Maine schools to encourage inclusivity and support for LGBTQ+ and all marginalized youth. This is part of an organization-wide initiative to expand and deepen OUT Maine’s integrated school climate work. 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.
Member to Member Marketplace...
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

Jodie Heal

Martha Kempe

Celia Knight

Diane Lebson

Joan LeMole

Richard Lyon

Rick Manning

Michelle Peacock

Dan Pease

Garry Schwall

Laura Tracy
Chamber Staff

Tom Peaco

Amy Rollins

Diane Norton

Chamber Offices

Camden Office
2 Public Landing
Camden, ME 04843 
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25 Park Street
Rockland, ME 04841
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