January 18, 2019
Thanks to our Premium Members:
Business After Hours Schedule

February 13, 2019
Down East Magazine Rockport

March 13, 2019
Pending

April 10, 2019
Business & Community Expo
Samoset Resort
Registration opens January 23!

May 8, 2019
Pope Memorial Humane Society, Thomaston

June 12, 2019
Rock Harbor Brewing Co.
Rockland

July 10, 2019
Maine Sport Outfitters
Rockport

August 14, 2019
LCI (venue TBD)

September 11, 2019
First National Bank
Camden office

October 9, 2019
Bangor Savings Bank
Camden/Rockport office

November 13, 2019
Heal Accounting
South Thomaston

December 11, 2019
Rockland Main Street, Inc.
(venue TBD)
Camden Office:
2 Public Landing
Camden, ME 04843 
207.236.4404

Rockland Office:
1 Park Drive,
Rockland, ME 04841
207.596.0376 

Our Visitor Centers are
open 5 days a week: 
Monday - Friday,
10 am - 4 pm in Camden
9 am - 4 pm in Rockland

Chamber News and Happenings...
Please Note: Chamber mailing address has changed
Effective January 1, 2019, the Chamber is now receiving mail at our offices, rather than through Post Office boxes. Please address all correspondence to: Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, One Park Drive, Rockland, ME 04841.
Business Expo Registration Goes Live January 23
The ever popular Business & Community Expo
is scheduled for April 10, 2019 at the Samoset Resort. Chamber members, this is your opportunity to tell the community what your organization is up to, plus you can network with representatives from more than 100 business and non-profit organizations serving our region—all under one roof!

Booth registration will open to Chamber members on Wednesday, January 23 at 9:00 am via www.CamdenRockland.com.
You will need your logon credentials to select and pay for your booth.
If you need to be reminded of your User Name and Password, please contact  Amy@CamdenRockland.com . A separate reminder email will be sent to all Chamber members on Tuesday, January 22.
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Silver Sponsorships available for
2019 Business & Community Expo
Now is the time to become a Silver Sponsor!
This $850 sponsorship includes the following benefits:

  • Choice of booth before we go live with registrations
  • Electricity included
  • Category exclusivity for your business
  • Business recognition in pre-event publicity
  • Logo in Expo program

To secure your Silver Sponsorship, contact Diane Norton
at 207-691-0131 or Diane@CamdenRockland.com

Next 12@12 lunch is February 5
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 February event or another upcoming 12@12,  click here .
Support for Coast Guard members and their families
A message from the Coast Guard City Committee:
Donation collection centers have been set up at the Hampton Inn & Suites and Rockland Harbor Hotel. The City Committee has been advised by CO Shultz that these donations will be channeled through the Petty Officers Association directly to USCG Station Rockland/Boats.
Donations of food, gift cards, or cash may be dropped off at these collection centers. Questions? Contact Cynthia Powell at cynthiap114@gmail.com or Shelby Riley at Shelby.Riley@hilton.com. Updates can be found on the Rockland Coast Guard City Commitee Facebook page . Thank you!
Today is Application Deadline for Training Grant Pilot
to Tourism-Impacting Employers
Maine Department of Labor has extended the application deadline for the 2018 Youth and Training Grant Pilot Program for the Tourism Industry. This opportunity reimburses employers whose business services impact Maine's tourism industry, when they hire new entrants into the workforce. Reimbursement opportunity is up to $400 each, for up to four eligible new workforce entrants, for wages earned during the first 200 hours the individual worked between June 1 and November 30, 2018. 
Application Deadline: January 18, 2019
Criteria, Eligibility, and Application:
Potential grant applicants with questions, contact Laura Hudson at Maine Department of Labor,  laura.j.hudson@maine.gov  or 207-621-5009.
Member News....

Glacier Ice Bar & Lounge returns to Samoset January 18
See the transformation of over 20,000 pounds of crystal-clear glacier ice into one of the “hottest and coolest lounges” on the Maine coast, the Samoset Resort’s famous Glacier Ice Bar & Lounge. More...

Trekkers 7th Grade Community Meeting on January 23
Trekkers is gearing up to welcome 40 new 7th graders from its six-town service area of Thomaston, Cushing, St. George, South Thomaston, Owls Head and Rockland. In mid-January, our staff will be visiting local 7th grade classrooms to give a brief presentation of our programs. More...

15th Annual Pies on Parade is January 25-27
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of this annual winter event, the towns of Rockland and Camden will go pie-crazy for the whole weekend of January 25 through January 27, 2019... more...

BBBS Encourages You to “Make the Big Resolution”
January is National Mentoring Month, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine is celebrating its mentors (Bigs) and recruiting new volunteers to become Big Brothers and Big Sisters to over 100 children waiting to be matched. More...

Pick Your Perks: Corporate Group Deals at 16 Bay View
This Winter or Spring, book your corporate meeting or group event at 16 Bay View to ensure creative fires keep burning as your team moves full speed ahead. More...

Register NOW for the 2019 Toboggan Nationals!
Registration is heating up for the 29th annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships at the Camden Snow Bowl. Join 400 teams of winter fanatics from around the world in Camden, Feb. 8-10, for fun and racing down the 440-foot toboggan chute. Registration closes Feb. 4. More...

Workforce Training and Enrichment classes starting soon!
Health career training, IT certificate training, Paralegal, and many other workforce development opportunities are available through Five Town Adult & Community Education, including incumbent worker re-certification opportunities. More...

Dept. of Labor Offers Course on Minors in the Workforce
Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Standards is hosting Minors in the Workforce, a no-cost class that helps attendees learn the work-permit process and rights for youth in the workplace. Wednesday, January 30, 9 to 11 am at the SafetyWorks! Training Institute at the Maine Department of Labor, 45 Commerce Dr., Augusta. More...

Training Funds Available!
Does your business have a need for skilled workers? Do you have current employees that you’d like to help advance in their careers? Maine Adult Education providers have the ability to put together training opportunities for a variety of businesses.  More...

Refreshed Winterfest Carnival is February 2
The Camden Public Library will host the annual Winterfest Carnival on Saturday, February 2, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, followed by a weeklong celebration of winter activities for the whole family! More...

Camden Rotary Club announces 2019 Charitable Grants
Applications are now available on the Camden Rotary Club website ( www.camdenrotary.org ) for its annual charitable grants program. There are four categories of grants available: More...

Sign up for MCST courses today!
Sign up and be glad! So many course opportunities are yours at MCST Adult Ed. View/register on our website: www.midcoastadulted.com. Details are also in our new Winter/Spring ‘19 catalog!  More...

8th annual Chili & Chowder Cook off to benefit MDA
Amateurs and professionals are invited to compete with their best chili and chowders Sunday, Feb. 10, in an event to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Organized by the Rockland Professional Firefighters Local 1584 chapter of the Int'l Assoc. of Fire Fighters and being held at Trackside Station, 4 Union St., Rockland.  More...
Members in the Spotlight....

Hannah Walsh Promoted to Trekkers Program Director
Trekkers, a local outdoor-based youth mentoring organization, is pleased to announce Hannah Walsh has been promoted to the Trekkers Program Director. More...
Member Events...
Our online calendar is chock full of great events happening in the Camden/Rockland Region all year long, and it's updated every day! 
Click here  to view our complete Events Calendar.
Click here to view This Week's Events (Monday-Sunday)

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...
Members are invited to email  Amy Rollins  with details of goods, programs, products, or services they would like to offer to their fellow members. Please limit your offer to 75 words and include an end date not to exceed 3 months. Discounts or added value offers are not required, but they are cheerfully accepted! 

Professional Office Space Downtown Rockland
Office suite of three rooms with private bathroom, 900 sq. ft. newly renovated. Rent includes heat, electric, and water. 340 Main Street downtown Rockland arts district. Second floor, quiet space. $1,500 per month. Contact 603-539-4964 FMI.

Rental Cars at special prices to Chamber members
Packard Partners, Inc. would like to offer special pricing on Avis and Budget brand rental cars for Chamber members. Just provide your company name when booking a reservation and they will apply the special pricing. This applies to reservations made anywhere! Call 594-0822 for Budget, 594-2691 for Avis, between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm seven days a week. Or email  packardpartnersabg@gmail.com  anytime.

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. Let us provide you a free analysis of your current rates today. Contact Ken Dutra for a free, no pressure assessment of your current processing services. Call 866-464-8700 or email at npays@comcast.net