September 15, 2017
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2017 Business After Hours Schedule

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 still open 7 days a week: 
Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm and
Sat - Sun, 10am - 4pm
Chamber News and Happenings...
Today is deadline for Chamber Board Nominations
Nominations are open for six seats on the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Nominees must be Chamber members in good standing and you may nominate yourself. Three of the seats will be elected by the membership and three seats will be appointed by the board. To nominate yourself or someone else, please click  here . Deadline is today, September 15.
 
If you have any questions about what our board positions entail, 
please email  Tom@CamdenRockland.com.  
Annual Award Nominations due today!
Nominate outstanding businesses, organizations, and individuals for our prestigious Gala Awards. Deadline is today, September 15th. To see the award categories and to submit a nomination, click here .
Time to update your 2018 Jewel of the Maine Coast listing!
Chamber members, complete this task by logging in to your business profile page on the Chamber website. If you do not know your User Name and/or Password, please contact Amy@CamdenRockland.com .

Members may also add  up to eight  individual events in our 2018 print publication. This is also done through your business profile page.

To get started, click here . Deadline is October 27, 2017.
Reach 100,000+ Potential Customers & Visitors
in the 2018 Jewel of the Maine Coast !
We’ll be building on the success of the 2017 Jewel as we begin development of the 2018 Jewel of the Maine Coast . Your Display Advertisement in the Jewel receives attention and traction in two ways—in the Jewel Magazine, and via the free, interactive digital Jewel Flipbook—which was viewed in 49 states and 55 foreign countries last year. Through June, the 2017 Jewel Flipbook has received 4,200 unique daily visits and 78,249 page views. Both of these stats have increased 44% over last year. For advertising info, please contact Diane Norton, Director of Member Marketing & Development, at 207-691-0131 or  Diane@CamdenRockland.com .
9 & Dine is September 22
Welcome fall with an early evening golf and dinner outing at the Rockland Golf Club, hosted by the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. Shotgun start at 3:30 pm. $50 per person includes 9 holes of golf with cart, hors d'oeuvres, and dinner. Cash bar. Please register here by September 21 .
Chamber Gala is November 4 - This year with live band!
Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 4, 2017 , for the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Year in Review Gala at the Samoset Resort. We're planning a festive and fun evening to 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.  Table sponsorships and dinner reservations will be available online next week. Watch your email!
Lead Sponsor:  Camden National Bank.
Member News....
13th annual Camden International Film Festival, September 14-17
The 13th edition of the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) and the Points North Forum will take place September 14-17, 2017 throughout Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine. More...

Celebrate Maine Open Winery Day, September 16
Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery is celebrating the 6th annual Maine Open Winery day with wine tastings, spirits, food, fun, and education on Saturday, September 16. More...

St. George Peninsula Art Tour - September 16
If you love art, don’t miss the SGBA’s “Touring Peninsula Art” event on Saturday, September 16, 10 am to 5 pm. More...

Intuitive Consultant Elizabeth Thorson RN Leads Two Day Developing Intuition Workshop - September 16-17
Symbolic Sight & Intuition Development is an intensive two day workshop designed to allow students to see what their unique intuitive "radar" is and provide the opportunity for practice and validation.  More...

Sunday Salon-Linden Frederick - September 17
This Sunday Salon will find internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen joining artist Linden Frederick in conversation about their collaboration on the exhibition  Night Stories More...

Help Feed Seniors Now™ During Hunger Action Month
During September, National Hunger Action Month, Comfort Keepers® in Damariscotta, ME is asking the community to make food donations to the Feed Seniors Now food drive ... More...

Mid-Coast School of Technology Fall Adult Ed Courses
Our Fall ‘17 Adult Ed courses keep your hands and mind engaged, right here at MCST. View courses online:  www.midcoastadulted.com . More...

Art Walk & Talk with Constance Kiermaier
The Art at Bartlett exhibition program marks the arrival of Fall with a free public Art Walk & Talk by resident artist Constance Kiermaier on Friday, September 22, 5-7PM at Bartlett Woods Retirement Community. More...

Celebrating Women’s Entrepreneurship: Turning Passion into Profits - September 25 at The Strand Theatre
The U.S. Small Business Administration is joining with SCORE Maine and the Women’s Business Center at CEI to host a small business event designed to assist women in business, women who would like to start their own business, and showcase the resources available to help small business owners achieve success. More...

Learn about Native Groundcovers - September 26
Join Hildy Ellis, Program Manager for Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, to discover how to boost the biodiversity of your landscape from the ground up by using native groundcovers.  More...

Authentic Persian Meal at Penobscot School - Sept. 28
Penobscot Language School will offer the exotic flavors of Persia at a meal on Thursday, September 28th at 6 pm. More...  

Jim Krosschell Author Event, Camden Public Library
Jim Krosschell will be at the Camden Public Library on Thursday, September 28 at 7 pm to celebrate his book One Man's Maine More...

UMaine Hutchinson Center Announces One-Week Certificate Program in Grant Writing
A Grant Writing Certificate Program will be offered Oct. 2–6, at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center.  More...

Chainsaw Safety Workshop Offered
The public is invited to participate in a free chainsaw skills workshop geared for both novices and more experienced operators. The workshop will take place on Sunday, October 29 from 9 am to 2 pm at Robbins Lumber Forestry office in Searsmont.  More...

Trekkers 8th Grade Students Complete 10-Day Expedition
Sixteen 8th grade Advanced Trekkers, along with five student leaders, two AmeriCorps volunteers and two staff members, recently returned from a 10-day educational expedition.   More...

Unification Community Forum Announced
Coastal Healthcare Alliance, which includes Pen Bay Medical Center (PBMC), Pen Bay Physicians & Associates, Quarry Hill Retirement Community, Knox Center, Waldo County General Hospital (WCGH), Waldo County Medical Partners and Penobscot Shores Retirement Community, has been in preliminary unification discussions with other MaineHealth member organizations.  More...
Members in the Spotlight...

Jack A. Frost joins Bar Harbor Bank & Trust as VP/Director of Community Giving
Jack A. Frost will be joining Bar Harbor Bankshares in October 2017 as Vice President, Director of Community Giving. 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

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.

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 .

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/