September 29, 2017
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2017 Business After Hours Schedule

October 11
Bangor Savings Bank
Rockland office

November 8
Hampton Inn & Suites
Rock Harbor Brewpub

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

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

Our Visitor Centers are still open 7 days a week: 
Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm and
Sat - Sun, 10am - 4pm
Chamber News and Happenings...
Today is early pay deadline for Jewel display advertising
Friday, September 29 is the last day to receive an early pay discount on your Jewel display advertisement. The regular deadline for submitting materials and payment is October 27. All display advertising inquiries for the 2018 Jewel of the Maine Coast should be directed to Diane Norton at 207-691-0131 or .

Questions about Jewel listings and/or events should be directed to Amy Rollins at 207-596-0376 or
U.S. Senator Susan Collins to speak at October 13 Business Breakfast
U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) will be the featured speaker on Friday, October 13 at the Business Breakfast of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. The event will be held at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, and will run from 7 am to 9 am.

Online pre-registration is required for this event. Admission, which includes breakfast, is $25 for Chamber members, and $30 for non-members. Please register by Monday, October 9. After Monday, October 9, admission increases to $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

Gold Sponsor: First National Bank  
Event Partner:  Samoset Resort
Next 12@12 is October 3rd
Our next monthly 12@12 lunch is Tuesday, October 3. 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 October lunch, or another upcoming 12@12,  click here .

Thank you to  FairPoint Communications , our October 12@12 sponsor. Would your business be interested in sponsoring an upcoming 12@12? Contact Diane Norton at 207-691-0131 or
Join us for the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce
Annual Year in Review Gala

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Samoset Resort

Social Hour - 5:00 pm 
Dinner Seating - 6:00 pm 
Year in Review and Award Presentations - 7:30 pm 
Gala After Hours - 9:00 pm to midnight

$90 per person - Table sponsorships available

The stage is set for a festive and fun evening as we come together to celebrate and recognize those who have made extraordinary contributions to our community. Plus, Gala After Hours music and dancing with popular local band,  Just Teachers.  

Dinner reservations and table sponsorships are now available at

Lead Sponsor:  Camden National Bank
Gala After Hours Sponsor:  Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law
Event Partner:  Samoset Resort
Bangor Savings Bank hosts October 11 Business After Hours 
Socialize with fellow Chamber members on Wednesday, October 11, from 5 to 7 pm, at Bangor Savings Bank's Rockland office. Great food, drink, and door prizes await you.

Bangor Savings Bank, with more than $3.6 billion in assets, offers retail banking to Maine consumers as well as comprehensive commercial, corporate, payroll administration, merchant services, and small business banking services to Maine businesses. The Bank, founded in 1852, is in its 166th year of service to the people of Maine, with 54 branches and on the Web at . The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation was created in 1997. Together the Bank and its Foundation invest $1.7 million per year into the community in the form of nonprofit sponsorships, grants and partnership initiatives.
Show Your Appreciation to Chamber Volunteers!
The Chamber will be celebrating our wonderful Chamber Volunteers with two events this fall, and we're still in search of gift donations from our members. Show your love by contributing a gift, or two, or fifty!

Visitor Center Volunteers Appreciation Breakfast at the Samoset Resort on Thursday, October 12 at 8 am. Items sought: gift certificates for a meal, an overnight, a service, and gift items. Be creative! Our 26 volunteers will enjoy a "lucky pick" of gifts plus a goody bag.

Cruise Ship Greeters Appreciation Wine and Cheese (October date and location still to be determined). We're seeking donations of wine, cheese, and a host site for 25 volunteers.

Whether they arrived via their own transportation or on a cruise ship, thousands of visitors to Camden and Rockland have been directed to our member establishments throughout the year by our amazing, cheerful community volunteers. We hope you will join us in thanking them for their invaluable service. If you would like to donate, please contact Elizabeth Burrell at 207-596-0376 or .

Thank you to the many businesses who have already donated; we so appreciate your support!
Chamber Board Elections Will Commence Next Week
Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce members will receive an email invitation to cast votes for the 2018 Board of Directors. Voting will also be available on the Chamber website. Stay tuned!
Member News....

Rockland City Council to discuss Cruise Ship Fees on October 2
The Rockland City Council will be hosting a discussion about cruise ship fee increases at their monthly agenda-setting meeting on Monday, October 2 at 5:30PM in the Council Chambers at Rockland City Hall. The public is invited to join the discussion.

Free Nature & Mushroom Walk at Erickson Fields Preserve in Rockport
Maine Coast Heritage Trust will host a Nature & Mushroom Walk on Saturday, September 30 at Erickson Fields Preserve, 164 West Street, Rockport. More...

P.A.W.S. hosts Childrens' Story Hours
Camden Public Library hosted a Children’s Story Hour about shelter animals on September 28 for ages 4-5. Amy Hand, the Children’s Librarian, read “Tupelo Rides the Rails” while P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center brought adoptable dog, Brutus, for the kids to meet and learn more about animal adoption. More...

Kerry Hardy at Camden Public Library October 3
Camden Public Library welcomes Kerry Hardy on Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00 pm for an illustrated talk on Maine’s Red Paint People, as part of Discover History Month 2017.  More...

Covering Warfare; Witnessing Change: A news reporter looks back
The Camden Conference will present Robin Lloyd at the Rockland Public Library on Thursday, October 5 at 6:30pm.  More...

Pickles, Preserves and Pies - October 7
The Second Annual Harvest Festival will be held on October 7th from 9 am to 2 pm at Lincolnville Beach. More...

Master Illusionist Vitaly at Opera House October 7
Master illusionist Vitaly has mystified fans from all over the world, including Las Vegas superstars Penn & Teller whom he has fooled not once but twice in their hit TV show, “Fool Us”.  More...

October Artlab For All Ages: Lights, Shadow, Atmosphere
Join us on October 7th in the afternoon in CMCA’s ArtLab, our educational program dedicated to promoting dynamic engagement with contemporary art and artists. More...

The WW I Dye Shortage: Color, Clothes, and Chemistry
Jacqueline Field, Textile and Dress Historian, will speak at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, October 10 at 7:00 pm as part of Discover History Month 2017. More...

Sultans of String at Camden Opera House October 13
3x JUNO (Canada’s Grammy) nominees & SiriusXM Award winners Sultans of String are set to raise the rafters on their 10th Anniversary Celebration Tour, with a much anticipated stop at the Camden Opera House, Oct 13th at 7:30pm.  More...

Language School Offers Spanish Cinema and Parent-Child French in October
Penobscot Language School, Rockland, will offer two new courses starting in October. More...

RDNA & The Strand Theatre present American Graffiti
The Rockland District Nursing Association (RDNA) and The Strand Theatre present American Graffiti, Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 pm. Donations will be accepted at the door.  More...

UMaine Hutchinson Center offers restorative practices fall institute for educators
Beginning on October 20, the University of Maine Hutchinson Center will offer a series of six daylong workshops on restorative school practices for K-12 educators.  More...

CMCA Sunday Salon | Linden Frederick + Richard Russo
On October 22 from 3 to 5pm, join close friends, Richard Russo and artist Linden Frederick, as they discuss the inspiration and logistics behind the exhibition Night Stories, a project they conceived and carried out over eight years.  More...

Mid-Coast School of Technology Adult Ed Fall Courses
A busy person keeps vital with a full agenda! Here are courses, coming right, up to tempt. View all our current courses online at . More...

Penobscot School Annual Fundraiser: It's About Time!
Join us on Friday, October 27th at 6 pm for our 2017 fundraiser, “It’s About Time,” an evening featuring a meal prepared by Chef Manuel Mercier of the Youngtown Inn... More...

Trekkers 7th Annual Auction, November 4
Trekkers’ 7th Annual Auction will take place on Saturday, November 4 at the Owls Head Transportation Museum. More...
Members in the Spotlight...

Camden National Corporation Announces Board Retirements and Elections
The Board of Directors for Camden National Corporation (NASDAQ: CAC; “Camden National” or the “Company”), elected Lawrence “Larry” J. Sterrs to succeed Karen Stanley as Chair of the Company and Camden National Bank effective September 17, 2017. More...

Camden National Bank Names Patricia Rose EVP of Retail and Mortgage Banking
Camden National Bank named Patricia “Trish” Rose as the new Executive Vice President of Retail and Mortgage Banking earlier this month. 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

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  or 207-354-5190.

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 .

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  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 . 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  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: