March 11, 2022
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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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PBMC offers recovery-ready employer training
Pen Bay Medical Center will host a four-part series (starting March 22) on how to become a recovery-friendly worksite as part of the hospital’s ongoing work to support individuals in recovery who live and work in Knox County. Whether a local business is looking to hire individuals in recovery or better support individuals with substance use disorder (SUD) who are already employed to increase retention and decrease healthcare costs, this series will provide information on how to break down stigma and bias and support employees with SUD. More...

2022 Historic Downtown Camden Walking Map
We’re excited to be refreshing and reprinting our popular Historic Downtown Camden Map, with updated listings of downtown Camden businesses, for 2022.

A limited number of advertising spaces are available for Chamber members on a first-come, first-served basis. The ad reservation deadline is March 17 and completed ads are due March 24. To learn more or reserve your space, contact Diane Norton at
Open Seat Available on Chamber Board
Due to a recent resignation, a seat is currently available on the Board of Directors of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. Our Board is seeking nominations (including self-nominations) for candidates for this position. As our Bylaws state, the vacant seat will be filled by a vote of our current Board of Directors, and the successful candidate will serve for the remainder of the term of this seat which ends on December 31, 2023.

Nominations (including self-nominations) should be submitted to Tom Peaco at no later than Friday, March 18. Please contact Tom with questions.
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New Captain’s License class begins in March!
This Five Town CSD Adult & Community Education course qualifies students for a Coast Guard license to operate vessels carrying up to six passengers for hire (OUPV). The fee includes access to the Blended OUPV Course using Captain School Key West’s Learning Management System, charts, navigation tools, and the USCG-approved and accepted test. More...

Rockcoast Networkers Business Connect is March 17
Join Rockcoast Networkers for our Quarterly Business Connect Coffee Hour and enjoy coffee while networking with our members and other local business owners. Also enjoy a special conversational Q&A presentation on promoting your business in 2022. Guest Speaker David Gogel, Executive Director of Rockland Main St. Inc., will help drive conversation on what is happening in Downtown Rockland and what business owners are doing to help promote their business in the area. More...

Shift into spring with these courses at MCST Adult Education
Late March brings practical offerings at MCST, where you can always gain and improve skills for work or personal enrichment. Mike Lokuta’s two-night Buying and Selling on eBay will teach you how to get the most from the on-line auction as a buyer or seller. Our 200-hour CNA-Certified Nursing Assistant course includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience. And much more!
New Hope Midoast Hosts Discussion Project in April
New Hope Midcoast, Midcoast Maine’s only Domestic Violence Resource Center, invites the public to join them as they host their first Discussion Project with the Maine Humanities Council. This two-part event will be held Wednesdays, April 20 and 27 from 6-7:30 p.m. via Zoom and will focus on Roxanne Gay’s book, Hunger, a “… deeply moving exploration of the ways in which trauma, stories, desire, language and metaphor shape our experiences and construct our reality” (New York Times). More...

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine Plane Pull Supports Youth Mentoring!
Local businesses and organizations are lining up to see who can pull a CRJ-200 Jet Aircraft 20 feet in the fastest time, all to raise critical funding for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine youth mentoring programs. The second annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine Plane Pull, hosted by Elite Airways, will be held Saturday, May 14, starting at 10 a.m., at the Auburn-Lewiston Airport, located at 80 Airport Drive in Auburn. More...

The Cigna Foundation Grants $50,000 to OUT Maine to Support LGBTQ+ Youth in Maine Schools
The Cigna Foundation has prioritized support for Maine’s LGBTQ+ youth through its recent grant to OUT Maine. With this grant, OUT Maine will provide much needed support and resources to Gay/Straight/Trans Alliances (GSTAs) in schools throughout the state. More...
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Camden Maine Stay Inn Named Best Bed and Breakfast in Maine
The Camden Maine Stay Inn has been named the Best Bed and Breakfast in Maine by Eat This, Not That!, a leading health and wellness brand with the world’s #1 nutrition website. 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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2 Public Landing
Camden, ME 04843 
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Rockland Office
25 Park Street
Rockland, ME 04841
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