January 5, 2018
Thanks to our Premium Members:
Business After Hours Schedule

January 10, 2018
TD Bank, Camden office

February 7, 2018
250 Main Hotel, Rockland

March 14, 2018
AVAILABLE!

April 11, 2018
Business & Community Expo, Samoset Resort

May 9, 2018
Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Camden
Co-sponsor: ReVision Energy

June 13, 2018
Coastal Children's Museum & Sail, Power & Steam Museum, Rockland

July 11, 2018
Global Packing and Shipping, Camden

August 8, 2018
Pen Bay Medical Center Community Wellness Trail, Rockport

September 12, 2018
Langlais Sculpture Preserve, Cushing

October 10, 2018
Megunticook Campground by the Sea, Rockport

November 14, 2018
AVAILABLE!

December 12, 2018
Camden National Bank, 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 open 5 days a week: 
Mon - Fri, 9 am - 4 pm
Chamber News and Happenings...
Business Breakfast with Mike Perlis
February 6 at the Samoset Resort
Our first Business Breakfast of 2018 features Mike Perlis, President and CEO of Forbes Media. Mike will share his thoughts about the importance of community as a foundation for business that had its roots in Camden, Maine and eventually helped him shape a culture of success and civility at Forbes that extended around the globe. FMI and to register, click here .
Next 12@12 is Tuesday, January 9
Are you are interested in participating in a FREE lunch with 12 Chamber members and our Executive Director and Board Chair? It's a great opportunity to network and discuss the current business climate. 
To attend our January lunch, or another upcoming 12@12,  click here .

Would your business be interested in sponsoring an upcoming 12@12? Contact Diane Norton: 207-691-0131 or  Diane@CamdenRockland.com  
Join us on January 10 at TD Bank
Socialize with fellow Chamber members on Wednesday, January 10, 5-7 pm, at TD Bank, 89 Elm Street, Camden. We will welcome in the new year with festive food and drink and fabulous door prizes that include tickets to a Boston Bruins game and a team-autographed Bruins jersey!

About  TD Bank
TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 9 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,200 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. 
To learn more, visit  tdbank.com .
The March 14 and November 14 Business After Hours dates are still open and available on a first-come, first-served basis to member businesses that have not hosted a Business After Hours in the past 24 months. This is a fantastic way to bring 100+ fellow Chamber members into your establishment, to share your story and increase your referrals! To secure your date, contact Amy Rollins at 207-596-0376 or Amy@CamdenRockland.com .

Thanks to all Chamber members who host and participate!
Passenger Trains to Return to Rockland?
Public Forum set for January 24
The executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority is scheduled to make a presentation to the community on Wednesday, January 24, at 5:30 pm at Rockland City Hall.
Possible schedules are still being developed, but the initial proposal suggests service to run from May through October on weekends. Interested parties are encouraged to attend the presentation.
For a bit more background, read the Village Soup article .
Member News....

Amtrak offers $15 One-Way Fares in January
Book a January Amtrak Downeaster trip and ride from Brunswick to Boston or any station in between for just $15 or less each way.  More...

Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District introduces two new programs
Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District is starting off 2018 with two brand new programs - an environmental book club and a monthly series of small woodland stewardship walks. More...

United Midcoast Charities Offers Info Sessions to Potential Grantees
Representatives from United Midcoast Charities will be holding open information sessions for nonprofits that serve residents of Knox and Waldo counties in the areas of food, housing, health & safety and economic security.  More...

Geshe Gelek Returns to Camden Public Library
The Camden Public Library is pleased to welcome Geshe Gelek back to the library on January 12, at 2:00 pm. More...

14th Annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour hits Rockland & now Camden too - January 27 and 28
At least 20 Rockland and Camden venues are expected to participate in Pies on Parade and the list is growing. Plus, new this year! Camden businesses will host a scavenger hunt/trivia contest to commemorate Peyton Place’s 60th anniversary as part of the Pies on Parade weekend. More...

7th annual Chili & Chowder Cook off to benefit MDA
For the seventh year, amateurs and professionals are invited to compete with their best chili and chowders Sunday, Jan. 28, in an event to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.   More...

Georges River Land Trust Offers Winter Trail Access
The public is invited to strap on their snowshoes, skis, and snow pants and enjoy our preserved land this winter. Georges River Land Trust is plowing numerous trailheads More...

Camden Rotary Seeks Grant Applications for 2018
Each year the Camden Rotary Club provides financial support in the form of grants to organizations that work to improve the lives of people in Knox County and Lincolnville.  More...

"Maine's merchant marine in 19th-century world trade" Feb. 2 at Hutchinson Center
Maine’s 19th-century merchant marine will be the focus of a lecture Feb. 2 by the curator and collections manager at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine. More...

The Ghost of Paul Revere at Camden Opera House February 8
Called “The Maine grown, foot-stompin’ holler-folk quartet (who) create the type of music for which festivals are made” (The Boston Globe), The Ghost of Paul Revere will storm the Opera House. More...
Members in the Spotlight...

New Italian Instructor at Language School
Penobscot Language School welcomes Erika Nessi of Lecco, Italy as a language instructor for the winter/spring semester.  More...

Management changes announced at First National Bank
Tony C. McKim, President and CEO of First National Bank and its parent company, The First Bancorp, recently announced new roles for Sarah Cowan and Michelle Curtis.  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.

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. Contact Ken Dutra, an authorized Sales Professional of Nationwide Payment Solutions, for a free and no pressure assessment of your current processing services. Call 866-464-8700 or email  npays@comcast.net

Is Your Business Prepared for Unexpected Fire or Water Damage?
The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it now. Over 40% of businesses may never recover following a disaster. Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak or a large fire.   Servpro of Belfast-Camden-Rockland  offers PBRCC businesses the Servpro Emergency Ready Plan mobile APP. The ERP is a no cost assessment of your facility that identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin and provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. Download the App on your smartphone or access at ready.servpro.com. Call us at 207-338-1850 and a member of our team will come to your property, answer your questions, take photos and assemble information so you have access to one all inclusive document on your phone, mobile device or your computer. Help is at your fingertips!

Free Business Consultation from Heal Accounting
Cloud accounting can help you conquer your to-do list and understand your cashflow. We’ll show you how. As cloud accounting experts, we can lead your business to significant improvements in efficiency, giving you more time to focus on what you love. Heal Accounting Solutions, PC is a locally owned and operated CPA firm. We provide bookkeeping and payroll services to small businesses in various industries. We provide tax preparation services to individuals and small businesses. Contact us at  brooke@healaccountingsolutions.com  or 207-354-5190.

The Heritage Office Building in downtown Rockland   is filling up , but still has a wonderful third floor opportunity for your business. The space offers 2 light-filled corner offices, or a suite of two offices and a conference/reception area, or even a third office. Have your private office or a suite. Total space is approximately 950 sq ft. Each office has one or more closets, and its own door to the common area. There is also a perfect space for a refrigerator and coffee pot. Heritage Professional Office Building is on School Street, adjacent to Farnsworth Art Museum, Allen Insurance Agency, and across from Knox County Courthouse and the Post Office. Yes, there is an elevator and the School Street entrance is easily accessible. You pay rent, your own Internet/cable/phone and your office cleaning. We take care of the rest. This is a terrific location with a public parking lot across the street. Tell us you are a Chamber member when you call! Contact Suzanne Lufkin Weiss, Property and Leasing Manager, at 207-542-7765 or HeritageOffices@lindabeansperfectmaine.com .

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 207-975-0508 or meghan@storiestotell.net . 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

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/