August 19, 2022
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Reach 75,000+ potential visitors and customers with an ad 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.

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

Members wishing to update their Jewel listings should contact Amy Rollins, Member Services Director, at 207-236-4404 or via email at
Chamber Board Nominations
Open Through August 31
Nominations are open for six seats on the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Nominees must be Chamber members in good standing and you may nominate yourself. Three of the seats will be elected by the membership and three seats will be appointed by the board. For instructions on nominating yourself or someone else, please click on the button below. Nomination deadline is August 31.
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, to pay an invoice, etc. We appreciate it!

And, if you know someone who'd like to volunteer in our Information Centers, please send them our way (see our volunteer article below).
Would you like to host a Business After Hours in 2023?
Our monthly dates are filling fast!
There are three Business After Hours hosting opportunities still up for grabs in 2023: March 8, April 12, and November 8. If you are interested in bringing 100+ people to your place of business for an evening of networking, please contact today. The dates will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Chamber seeks Information Center Volunteers
The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking to fill a few more volunteer positions for its Camden and Rockland Information Centers.

The Chamber seeks friendly, professional, and reliable individuals who enjoy interacting with people from all walks of life and who are enthusiastic about promoting our region, our Chamber members, and our area’s many events and activities. Individuals who are able to commit to a regular, 3 to 4 hour weekly time slot during the summer season are preferred. Year-round volunteers and single-day event volunteers are also needed. For all positions, knowledge of the local area is essential, and we are happy to offer real-time training. Through our Information Centers and our outreach programs, the Chamber aims to be the authority on local business and tourism.

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteer positions at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, please contact Amy Rollins, at 207-236-4404 or via email at
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.
RE/MAX Jaret & Cohn has been a cornerstone in the midcoast real estate community for many years. Many agents got their start here. We strive to be a positive force in our communities, friend groups and families. We don't just help people buy and sell homes. We help make dreams happen. We work hard to create a positive and smooth experience for buyers and sellers, alike. We would love to be your real estate connection for midcoast Maine and beyond!
To learn more about becoming a Featured Member, click here.
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Steel-Pro Purchases Property in Union to Move Production Facility
Steel-Pro Incorporated is excited to announce the recent purchase of 12+/- acres in Union, Maine. Continued, steady, growth for Steel-Pro has created a need to look for a new location that is large enough to allow for additional production space. There is currently no set timeline for a move as the new location will require development and construction of the new facilities. The purchase of this property adds security to the strong future of Steel-Pro and all its employee-owners. More...

Generous Workforce Development Funding Available from the Harold Alfond Center
The Harold Alfond Center for the Advancement of Maine’s Workforce has access to $60 million in grant funding. With their business partners (including the UMaine Hutchinson Center), they are poised to serve 24,000 Mainers with short-term training by 2025. This includes financial support of up to $1,200 per worker through December 2022.

This means that Mainers like you can get the workforce training you need through training vendors like the UMaine Hutchinson Center with no cost to you or your employer. What an incredible opportunity! More...

Fall-Winter Courses are now published!
The new Five Town CSD Fall-Winter brochure is out! Among the many returning favorites there are also 27 NEW classes, including: Film Photography; Chinese Painting; Drawing – Methods and Materials; Surviving Stress; Boat Handling; Growing Through Grief; Sustainability Workshop; and Midcoast Learning Journey in a Box. We also continue to offer CNA and Medical Office Assistant courses, as well as a large selection of other workforce courses and many online classes. Check out our newest brochure and other offerings here. If you’d like us to send a brochure, contact us at 236-7800 ext. 3274 or

Children’s Book Fair by the Sea at the Camden Public Library
The Camden Public Library and Sherman’s Books will be hosting the 15th Annual Children’s Book Fair by the Sea on Saturday, August 27, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. This celebratory event for children, families, and book lovers alike will feature authors and illustrators of children’s books. Readings and presentations of their work will take place, and books will be available to purchase. More...

Course Registration Opens for Lifelong Learners
September is moments away and with cooler days come opportunities to gain useful skills and expressive opportunities. Whether you are training for a career, expanding your workplace abilities, or putting your garden to bed, Mid-Coast School of Technology Adult Education can help smooth your path. In-person and online courses make a huge difference in the lives of your employees, families, and friends. More...

27th annual Windjammer Festival Drops Anchor in Camden Labor Day Weekend
Plot a course for Camden this Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-3, 2022, when the harbor will fill with the sails and masts of a dozen windjammers and schooners. Friday, Sept. 2, brings the launch of Camden’s 27th annual maritime celebration, the Camden Windjammer Festival, which features the largest gathering of windjammers in the northeast. The festival offers two days of family-friendly events, spirited competition and nautical exhibits, a combination that one can only experience on Labor Day Weekend in Camden. More...

2021 tax extension filers, don’t overlook these important tax benefits
Successes achieved and challenges faced. Hear The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers who’ve yet to file their 2021 federal income tax return to make sure they take advantage of the deductions and credits for which they’re entitled and to file electronically as soon as possible. More...

Members in the Spotlight...
Welcome Sophie Piconi – Executive Director, American Red Cross of Central and Mid Coast Maine
The American Red Cross Northern New England Region is pleased to welcome Sophie Piconi as the executive director for the Central and Mid Coast Maine Chapter located in Topsham. Sophie brings 25 years of non-profit experience to her new position with the Red Cross. She has served in leadership roles at Big Brothers Big Sisters, the YMCA, SFX Missions, Children of the Immaculate Heart and the San Diego Blood Bank. More...

Camden National Bank Named a 2022 “Best Places to Work in Maine”
Camden National Bank is pleased to announce that it has been named “Best Places to Work in Maine” for the second year in a row. The Best Places to Work in Maine is a survey and awards program dedicated to identifying and recognizing the state’s best employers and providing organizations with valuable employee feedback. Best Companies Group (BCG) manages the process and winners are published by MaineBiz and celebrated by the Maine Society for Human Resources Management (MESHRM). 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...
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Members are invited to email 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

Gordon Page
Interim President & CEO

Amy Rollins
Member Services Director

Diane Norton
Director of Member Marketing & Development

Matt Brown
Information Center Associate

Elizabeth Burrell
Information Center Associate

Bea Weinand
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
Sat-Sun, 10 am - 4 pm
Available now at the Chamber offices.