August 5, 2022
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Remembering Alice Knight
We are saddened to share news of the recent passing of Alice Crie Knight at age 88. Alice was born and lived in Rockland her whole life, where she was a beloved mother, grandmother, teacher, and community volunteer. Among her many volunteer roles, Alice served the Maine Lobster Festival for more than 40 years. Alice was honored by the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce as its Community Person Of The Year for 2010. We send our sincere condolences to her entire family.
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
Join us at Business After Hours
Wednesday, August 10 - 5 to 7 PM

Studio JBONE
131 Camden Road, Warren

Join us on the grounds of Studio JBONE, a sculpture garden setting that will make for a fabulous evening of networking. Get a sneak peek at Jay's upcoming public art installation, El Faro Salute!

Food, beverages and door prizes will be offered. No pre-registration is required. All are welcome!
Chamber Board Nominations
Now Open
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.
Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce recognized as third largest Chamber in the State
According to the Mainebiz 2022 Fact Book, published August 1, the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber is the third largest Chamber in the state, with only the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce having more members as of May 1, 2022. These annual rankings are tabulated via survey of each Chamber.
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).
Thanks to our Summer Business Showcase exhibitors!
An afternoon of networking and community outreach was on full display at the Chamber's first ever Summer Business Showcase, held on the grounds of the 75th Annual Maine Lobster Festival this past Wednesday. We appreciate all who supported this event!
Would you like to host a Business After Hours in 2023?
Our monthly dates are filling fast!
There are five Business After Hours hosting opportunities still up for grabs in 2023: January 11, March 8, April 12, May 10, 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 Rockland Information Center this summer.

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.
The Knox Museum is a beautiful structure on the hill adjacent to Rtes1 & 131 in Thomaston, ME. A replica of the original General Henry Knox home, Montpelier, on the Saint George River, it offers insights to post Revolutionary War settlements in the Midcoast and is the foundation for the town that went to sea and the clipper trade that expanded into the 19th Century. We welcome your visit.
To learn more about becoming a Featured Member, click here.
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Bring Summer’s Beauty Inside
As the last summer flowers reach their peak, Adult Education students at Mid-Coast School of Technology can learn how to plan next year’s gardens. Master Gardener John Fromer shares tips for designing, planting, and maintaining a garden with an eye to Growing Cut Flowers: August 17 & 24 from 6-8 pm. Follow up with Cutting and Arranging Country Flowers to learn how to select blooms for the most harmonious arrangements, and how to design and maintain them in your home or office: August 26 from 1-4 pm. Register online at or call for more info: 207-594-7752 ext. 3.

Free Natural Farming Workshop at Erickson Fields
Maine Coast Heritage Trust will host a free, hands-on Korean Natural Farming Workshop at Erickson Fields Preserve, 164 West St in Rockport, on Friday, August 19 from 2:00-4:00 PM. The workshop, presented by Erickson Farm and Program Manager Aaron Englander, will teach attendees new farming techniques including making natural fertilizers. More...

New Rockland Location for Adventure Advertising
Adventure Advertising, of Rockport Maine, has purchased the building and property at 191 Park Street in Rockland, Maine to move its Rockland print and copy business, as well as expand apparel production. The building was purchased from Jason Butman of Rockland, Maine. Butman has used the property for his plumbing and heating business as well as Wicked Redemption, which he owns with Jeanette Knowlton. More...

Celebrate Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District’s 75th Anniversary and Annual Banquet on August 30
The community is invited to Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District’s 75th Anniversary and Annual Banquet celebration on Tuesday, August 30 from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Our banquet will be held at the beautifully renovated Jewell Lodge overlooking Damariscotta Lake at Camp Wavus in Jefferson. More...

Trunk or Treat business participants wanted!
Shepard Storage/Shepard Auto Group is in the process of planning our 3rd Annual Drive Thru Trunk or Treat event to benefit the Pope Memorial Humane Society. We are once again looking for businesses to participate! If you are interested, please contact Barbara at, or 207-594-2155. Deadline to reserve your spot for this fantastic event is August 31. More...
Members in the Spotlight...
Campbell Named Executive Director of OUT Maine
Sue Campbell has been named Executive Director of OUT Maine, effective immediately. Sue has served as Interim Executive Director since May and was OUT Maine's Deputy Director previously. She has been with OUT Maine since 2015, overseeing OUT Maine's programming, educational outreach and operations. 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

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
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