June 23, 2017
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2017 Business After Hours Schedule

July 12
Merryspring Nature Center
Camden
co-sponsor: 
Allen Insurance & Financial

August 9
LCI
to be held at 16 Bay View

September 13
BRIO Promotions
Rockland

October 11
Bangor Savings Bank
Rockland office

November 8
Hampton Inn & Suites
Thomaston
co-sponsor: 
Rock Harbor Brewpub

December 13
First National Bank
Park Street, Rockland office
Camden Office:
2 Public Landing, PO Box 919, Camden, ME 04843 
207.236.4404

Rockland Office:
1 Park Drive, PO Box 508, Rockland, ME 04841
207.596.0376 

Our Visitor Centers are now operating on summer hours: 
Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm and
Sat - Sun, 10am - 4pm
Chamber News and Happenings...
  Next Business Breakfast is July 11:
Educating Maine's Workforce
Hear from a panel of local and state education leaders about the plan to have 60% of Maine's adult workforce hold a post-secondary degree or certificate by 2025. We'll discuss how to accomplish that for residents of the Camden-Rockland Region and the state, what resources we need to make that happen, and what it means for our economy. Click here to sign up!
12@12 Sponsorships Available
Our monthly 12@12 lunches are catching on! Who could resist a FREE lunch with 12 Chamber members and our Executive Director and Board Chair? Plus, it's an opportunity to network and discuss the current business climate.
Would your business like to sponsor an upcoming 12@12?
Only four months available, including July! Contact Diane Norton at 691-0131 or Diane@CamdenRockland.com. To attend an upcoming 12@12, click here.
Introducing the Chamber Member Referral Program
Would you like to save 10% on your membership dues renewal?*
When you refer a business to join the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, we'll thank you by taking 10% off your annual membership dues. Simply ask the new member to name your business as the referral source when they sign up and pay their full annual dues.
 
To sweeten the deal for the new member, we are currently offering anEarly Summer Incentive: any business that joins the Chamber now will receive up to 2 months FREE, as all early summer sign-ups will enjoy an August 2018 renewal date. The sooner they join, the more value they'll receive! 

Thank you for helping us grow our membership and contributing to the vitality of our region!  

*Referral discount will be given upon receipt of the new member's dues, paid in full. You may earn multiple referral discounts, up to the full value of your annual dues. The Early Summer Incentive expires on 8/1/17.

Member News....

Quarry Hill to Host Cottage Open House - June 24
On Saturday, June 24, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Quarry Hill will host the second in a series of open houses planned for the season. More...

10 Ways Businesses Can Better Use Facebook - June 28
On Wednesday, June 28, from 7:30 to 9:00 am, SCORE is sponsoring a FREE workshop on social media marketing for businesses at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast. More...

Red, White & Boots - July 1 at 16 Bay View 
Join us Saturday, July 1st for "Red, White & Boots", a country music benefit dance event and barbecue, and kick off the 4th of July Weekend, country-style!  More...

“Revenge of the Dentist’s Daughter”: July 9 Talk 
Mid-coast art icon Michael Good Gallery will host a rare meeting with one of America's foremost authorities on Dunkin’ Donuts, Oreos, ice cream sandwiches and blueberry cheesecake. More...

Hutchinson Center hosts free lecture on role of news media in public life - July 10
The role of the news media in public life will be the focus of a July 10 lecture at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center by Josh Roiland, assistant professor of journalism. More....

New Reception to Follow Gardens in the Watershed Tour
The 26th annual Georges River Land Trust Gardens in the Watershed tour will be held Sunday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. rain or shine.  New this year will be a gourmet reception immediately following the tour at Randall’s Hill Farm in Searsmont. More...

Commercial Kitchens presentation - July 19
Join with experts from the Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Regulatory Training and Ethics Center as they walk you through the process that will enable you to navigate these areas and bring your idea for a food based business to the next level!  More...

4th Annual Art Auction to Benefit Land Trust
The Kelpie Gallery of South Thomaston will present the 4th annual  Wet Paint on the ‘Weskeag!  plein air art auction on Sunday, August 13. Proceeds from the sale of freshly painted art will benefit the artists and Georges River Land Trust’s conservation programs. More...

Amtrak Downeaster- Ride the Amtrak Great Dome Car!
Passengers who ride on the  Amtrak Downeaster between August 19 and September 24, 2017 will be able to experience the Great Dome rail car that is returning to Maine. More... 

Rockland Main Street receives 2017 National Main Street Accreditation
Rockland Main Street, Inc.has once again been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. More...

Trekkers Graduates 30 Seniors from its Six Year Program
On Monday, June 5th, Trekkers held a graduation ceremony to honor 30 graduating seniors who recently completed the six-year youth mentoring program. More...

Coastal Healthcare Alliance to take dialogue about a unified system to local communities
Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital, member organizations of MaineHealth, have been in preliminary discussions about reorganizing themselves under a single Board of Trustees and combined financial structure. More...

Island students receive $55,300 in Island Institute scholarships
The Island Institute recently awarded scholarships to 71 island students pursuing post-secondary education at colleges, universities, and technical schools across the United States and Canada. More...
Members in the Spotlight...

Jerod Cronkite and Charles White join Ameriprise Financial 
Jerod Cronkite, CFP®, and Charles White, have recently joined Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. as financial advisors. They both join Bayview Financial Management, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. More...
Member Events...
Our online calendar is chock full of great events happening in the Camden/Rockland Region throughout the year, and it gets updated every day! Click here to view our complete Calendar.

Click here to see local Fourth of July events.

Have an event to share? Members are always invited to share events on the Chamber Calendar. SImply login to your Chamber Profile Page to get started.
Member-to-Member Marketplace...
Members are invited to email  Amy Rollins  with details of goods, programs, products, or services they would like to offer to their fellow members, including the specific time frame for the offer. Discounts or added value offers are not required, but they are cheerfully accepted! 

Credit Card Processing from Nationwide
If we can't lower your rates, we will give you a $100 gift card!
Nationwide Payment Solutions is a Maine owned and operated credit card processor. Did you know that each dollar spent at an independently owned business returns up to 3 and 1/2 times more money to our local economy than one spent at a chain location?  Let us provide you a free analysis of your current rates today.  C ontact Ken Dutra, an authorized Sales Professional of Nationwide Payment Solutions, for a free and no pressure assessment of your current processing services. Call 8 66-464-8700  or email  npays@comcast.net

TWO months FREE for Chamber members with a 12-month lease 
The Heritage Building in downtown Rockland offers a variety of individual or contiguous offices in this well-established office building. Third floor suite has two offices plus reception area, or may be divided. Second floor suite offers four offices and reception area. First floor suite is directly across from Dr. Erik J. Hebert, Optometrist. Light-filled corner offices on the second and third floors. Heritage Professional Office Building is on School Street, adjacent to Farnsworth Art Museum, Allen Insurance Agency, and across from Knox County Courthouse. Elevator and stair access from the lobby. This is a terrific location. Delighted to welcome you to your new space and open to your creative ideas.  Contact Suzanne Lufkin Weiss, Property Manager, at  207-542-7765  HeritageOffices@lindabeansperfectmaine.com .

Brochures Across Maine: Let us place your business in your customers' hands!
We have a few display positions available for the 2017 season and will make them available to Chamber of Commerce members on a first-come/first-served basis. Brochures Across Maine delivers promotional materials (i.e. brochures and other fliers) for local businesses looking to display their products, goods, services and attractions at lodging locations anywhere from Acadia to Augusta. We have 5 separate delivery routes including the Midcoast (Bucksport through Rockland). We distribute on a weekly basis, from early May through Columbus Day. In business for 20+ years; references gladly furnished upon request. Contact Jon Hubbard at jahubbard55@gmail.com or 207-288-3864. 

Free Business Consultation from Dirigo Strategies
Offered through August 19, 2017
Let our seasoned, professional staff help you with business consulting, international sales, technical analysis, and project support.  The first consult is always free. Contact us today, to find out  what we can do for your business.

Art Loft offers Paint Night Discount to Chamber Members!
The Art Loft would like to extend a special offer to Chamber members. Just use the special coupon code  chamber  to receive 50% off a Paint Night entry ticket. Paint Night admission is normally $35 so this is a $17.50 savings. Now is the time to give a Paint Night a try! Please check  www.artloftrockland.org   for the latest schedule.

Save your family's stories...before it is too late
Do you have a family member who tells the best stories? Who knows all the family lore? Who has led an adventurous life? Or maybe you'd like to document your own stories to pass on to the next generation. The founder of Stories To Tell, oral historian and author, Meghan Vigeant has worked with hundreds of people to save their stories as books and audio. She collects your stories through interviews - no writing required. Contact Meghan for your free 30-minute phone consultation at meghan@storiestotell.net  or 207-975-0508. See sample projects  here
 
Exclusive from Sharp's Point South ~ for Chamber members only! 
20% off Waterfront Office Space....100 to 3000 sq. ft., Parking, Utilities, Bargain Prices.Sharp's Point South, 75 Mechanic St., Rockland. Newly renovated, carpeted and have a wonderful waterfront ambiance. Call Captain Jim Sharp at 207-701-7627 

Does your business or brand need an extra hand with marketing?
wilderbydesign  offers retainer rates for businesses who could use regular assistance with their branding and design needs but not regularly enough that it makes sense to hire a year-round staff member. With a retainer agreement, you'll have on-call access to owner, Amy Wilder Files, a professional graphic designer and brand consultant who can help assist you with regular advertisements, social media, brochures, business cards, publications and more. Retainer agreements are designed with budget and flexibility in mind. FMI, call 207-200-5151. To see a full list of brand and design services, visit  site.

One source for all your Marketing Essentials     
Elm Street can help you with all your marketing needs including  Graphic Design/Print/Web/Promotional Products/Branded  Apparel/Email Marketing/ Direct Mail / Trade Shows
Your first meeting with us is always at no charge.
Contact Peter at Elm Street Marketing Essentials Powered by Proforma
peter@elmstreetme.com  or 207-236-2896
www.elmstreetmarketingessentials.com

New Customer Offer From Target Marketing Maine
We offer all new customers who are members of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce a 10% discount on their first shared mailing with us! FMI: http://www.targetmaine.com/chambers-of-commerce/