March 25, 2022
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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.
Business Expo booths going fast - 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. The Expo presents an opportunity to meet and network with close to 100 local businesses and non-profits, all under one roof!

Exhibitor booths are filling up fast! Register today to make sure you don't miss out on this high-traffic event. Open to all Chamber members in good standing. Online payment is required at time of reservation.

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. For Expo exhibitors who indicate that they are actively hiring when reserving their booth, we will make note in our publicity and on signage at your booth that you are hiring and that job seekers should stop by your booth to speak with you about opportunities. We will also make stations available in each exhibit room for conversations and completion of applications.

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Thank you to our Expo Sponsors:
Penobscot McCrum Fire Response
The Chamber is saddened to learn of the tragedy that struck our neighbors in Belfast yesterday. In response to the recent fire at the Penobscot McCrum facility, the Belfast Mayor and City Council plan to use the Belfast “Keep the Faith” Fund to address the needs of the employees and families affected by the loss of the facility.

Those who would like to support are encouraged to make a donation to the Keep the Faith Fund in support of the Penobscot McCrum employees and families affected by the loss.
Chamber of Commerce is local drop-off for "From Maine to Ukraine" project - now through April 1
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 March 25
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.
The Maine State Chamber would like to include your input before the survey closes on Friday, March 25. This brief survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
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.
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.
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.
Owls Head Transportation Museum
OHTM welcomes more than 30,000 visitors each year to explore an unprecedented collection of more than 150 rare and beautifully restored ground vehicles, aircraft, bicycles, motorcycles, engines, and related artifacts.
To learn more about becoming a Featured Member, click here.
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SBA Disaster Loans Available in Maine for Private NonProfit Organizations Affected by October 2021 Severe Storm and Flooding
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that certain Private Non-Profit organizations (PNPs) in Maine that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low-interest disaster loans. These loans are available following a Presidential disaster declaration for Public Assistance resulting from damages caused by a severe storm and flooding on Oct. 30 – 31, 2021. More...

April offerings from Mid-Coast School of Technology Adult Education
Do-it-yourself, learn a new skill, enrich your life at MCST. Or maybe …teach something. We at MCST Adult Ed are looking for interesting courses to offer our community as we plan our summer and fall catalogs. If you have skills and experience you want to share, contact Adult Education Director Heidi Noland at or 207-596-7752, ext. 104. More...

Town of Thomaston and Georges River Land Trust partner to protect 66 acres of riverfront
The Town of Thomaston joined The Georges River Land Trust to add more protected property in the Thomaston Town Forest along a Greenbelt. Sixty-six acres of woodland and wetlands along the Oyster River will be held in conservation easement and never be developed. This conservation effort will ensure public access, habitat for wildlife and a protected wetland ecosystem for flood control and carbon sequestration. It joins another 100-acres already in conservation in Thomaston. More...

Camden Library invites you to connect, support #WeLoveCPL fundraising drive
During National Library Week, April 3-9, the Camden Public Library invites community members to “Connect with your library” by visiting in-person or online to enjoy the many programs and services available 7 days a week, all year round. More...

Nouwen Retreat at First Congregational Church of Camden
The First Congregational Church of Camden is pleased to offer a contemplative retreat on the topic of “Belovedness: Henri Nouwen on Heartful Living & the Soul of Community” led by Robert Jonas on Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participation in this retreat is available in-person and virtually via Zoom. More...

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Accepting Applications for 2022 Career & Technical Education Scholarships
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is currently accepting applications from high school seniors for the Bank’s Career & Technical Education Scholarship.
The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to income-eligible students who attended a technical career program as part of their high school curriculum and are planning to attend college or a technical school after graduation. More...

Artist Brooke Chase’s new exhibition on display at Pope Memorial Humane Society
Pope Memorial Humane Society is thrilled to announce the newest exhibition of artwork is now being displayed on the Art Wall in the lobby of Pope Memorial Humane Society. The current show, featuring pieces by Brooke Chase, will be on display and available for purchase through April 30, 2022. More...

Golf Fore Kids’ Sake at Samoset Resort Slated for May 27 to Support Youth Mentoring
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine’s 2022 Golf Fore Kids’ Sake at Samoset Resort, presented by Rockland Ford, has already sold out, with 25 teams competing on May 27 to support one-to-one youth mentoring in mid-coast, central and eastern Maine. The annual spring golf tournament is expected to raise over $50,000 for community and school-based mentoring programs across seven counties served by BBBS of Mid-Maine. More...

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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

Dan Pease

Garry Schwall

Laura Tracy
Chamber Staff

Tom Peaco

Amy Rollins

Diane Norton

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Camden, ME 04843 
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Rockland, ME 04841
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