January 14, 2022
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Add your FREE member listing to our Valentine's Day webpage
Valentine's Day is just a month away! Chamber members are invited to add a free listing to our Valentine's Day webpage, where viewers can ponder the many ways to show their love.

The Chamber will promote the page via social media and here in our Friday Report, encouraging people to shop local this Valentine's Day.

Help us get started by posting your free listing today:
Please note, your offers will be posted following Chamber staff approval, which normally occurs quickly, during our regular business hours.

Contact Amy@CamdenRockland.com if you need assistance.
Purchase your Football Squares today!
Join in the fun and help the Chamber raise some funds! For the second year in a row, the Chamber is sponsoring a ‘Football Squares’ contest in conjunction with the "Big Game". To enter this game of chance, you purchase one or more squares from a 10 x 10 grid. Each square costs $75. Individuals may purchase more than one square if desired.
January Business After Hours
Wednesday, January 19 - 5 to 7 PM
at the Samoset Glacier Ice Bar

Network with your business peers at one of the hottest and coolest lounges in the region! Our thanks to Camden National Bank for sponsoring this Chamber event at the Samoset Glacier Ice Bar. This event has been specially planned for Chamber members, above and beyond the Samoset's regular Ice Bar weekends.

Generous hors d’oeuvres, complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks will be provided. Plus, the Glacier Ice Bar will be in full operation if you choose to purchase your own specialty cocktails.

This will primarily be an outdoor event, so please dress appropriately. Masks will be required inside the Samoset.

PLEASE NOTE: pre-registration is required for this event, as attendance will be limited. The Chamber reserves the right to prioritize attendance to individuals employed by Chamber members, should we reach capacity.
On The Horizon: A Preview of the Second Session of the 130th Maine Legislature
Thurs., January 20 - 9:00 AM

The First Regular Session of the 130th Maine Legislature adjourned in early July, but that doesn’t mean the work is finished. Several unresolved issues are now carry-over bills to be dealt with during the Second Regular Session which convenes in January 2022. A number of these more than 300 carry-overs represent considerable challenges for Maine’s business community. Register here for this free Zoom presentation.
Call for Nominations – Maine Tourism Awards
The Maine Office of Tourism invites you to nominate candidates to be recognized for outstanding contributions to Maine’s tourism industry at the 2022 Governor’s Conference on Tourism to be held April 13-14th in Portland.

Awards will be given in four categories:
  • Marketing & Promotion
  • Leadership & Growth
  • Innovation & Creativity
  • Governor’s Award for Tourism Excellence

Please send the Maine Office of Tourism your nominations of outstanding people, businesses and organizations in our industry that are helping to advance the growth of tourism in Maine. More...
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Submit your news releases to Amy@CamdenRockland.com.
AIO Fill the Strand event is this Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
AIO’s second FILL THE STRAND food and funds event is just 4 days away! AIO’s goal is to fill every seat in the historic theater with bags of food and funds for AIO’s Food Assistance, Energy Assistance, Weekend Meal, and Diaper Assistance Programs. More...

2022 tax filing season begins January 24
The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation’s tax season will start on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2021 tax year returns. The January 24 start date for individual tax return filers allows the IRS time to perform programming and testing that is critical to ensuring IRS systems run smoothly. Updated programming helps ensure that eligible people can claim the proper amount of the Child Tax Credit after comparing their 2021 advance credits and claim any remaining stimulus money as a Recovery Rebate Credit when they file their 2021 tax return. More...
Nina June offers Community Supported Suppers this winter
This winter, we are pleased to offer subscriptions to our weekly CSS, Community Supported Suppers. You buy in and we make you a delish, seasonal and affordable meal for pick-up weekly. We’re planning this for 10 weeks through the end of March. More...

Expand your knowledge this winter at MCST
Consider our Winter ‘22 courses at Mid-Coast School of Technology Adult Ed. Here’s an easy viewing tool: the pdf of the course catalog allows you to see everything offered. You can browse through it and/or register for upcoming classes via our website, www.midcoastadulted.com. Or call our office (207-596-7752 x3) Mondays through Thursdays, 9:30-5:00, to register over the phone. To avoid disappointment, register promptly to assure the class runs and you have a seat in it! More...

Youth Art Show at Page Gallery
Pizza? Pets? Bike Rides? Family? Rainbows? Ice cream? What do you like most and what makes you happy? Page Gallery invites children to consider these questions and adorn the gallery’s walls this winter with drawings, paintings or a collage of their favorite things. The exhibition will open on February 1st and will be on display through February 26th. More...

Grasshopper Shop to add new store location in Belfast
After a 30+ year hiatus, The Grasshopper Shop of Rockland we will be opening a new location in Belfast, home of the original Grasshopper Shop! The store will be located at 105 High Street, across the street from the Belfast Free Library. We are excited to bring our cheerful emporium back to Belfast where it will complement our hometown’s other fabulous downtown retail. More...

Camden National Bank Finances Low-Income Housing Facility, Freedom Place
Freedom Place, located at 66 State Street in Portland, celebrated its grand opening on Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony, sponsored by Camden National Bank that included a tour of the new space and had special guest, Governor Janet T. Mills. The renovated, three-story building, was converted by Developers Collaborative to provide low-income housing and services to women who are experiencing homelessness and struggling with substance use disorder. Camden National Bank not only financed a majority of the $6.5 million project, but also contributed equity that will be repaid through receipt of federal historic tax credits over the course of five years. 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

Jeff Hamilton, Board Chair

Sheila Lowe, Vice Chair

Richard 'Sandy' Cox, Secretary

Steve Matteo, Treasurer

Garry Schwall, Past Board Chair

Chris Austin

Maggi Blue

Jodie Heal

Martha Kempe

Celia Knight

Diane Lebson

Joan LeMole

Richard Lyon

Rick Manning

Jake Miller

Charlie Page

Dan Pease

Laura Tracy
Chamber Staff

Tom Peaco

Amy Rollins

Diane Norton

Chamber Offices

Camden Office
2 Public Landing
Camden, ME 04843 
Information Center open:
Mon-Fri, 10 am - 4 pm

Rockland Office
25 Park Street
Rockland, ME 04841
Information Center open:
Mon-Fri, 10 am - 4 pm
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Our 2022 Jewel of the Maine Coast®
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