June 9, 2017
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2017 Business After Hours Schedule

June 14
Machias Savings Bank
Rockland office

July 12
Merryspring Nature Center
Allen Insurance & Financial

August 9
to be held at 16 Bay View

September 13
BRIO Promotions

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 now operating on summer hours: 
Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm and
Sat - Sun, 10am - 4pm
Chamber News and Happenings...
Business After Hours June 14 at Machias Savings Bank

Join us on Wednesday, June 14, from 5 to 7 pm, at Machias Savings Bank, located at 3 Glen Street in Rockland, for an evening of delicious food, beverages, door prizes, and networking.  Ample parking in the bank lot and in Harbor Plaza parking lot.  Hope to see you there!
Chamber Challenge tees off June 16
Ready for some golf? The Chamber Challenge will be held at the Rockland Golf Club on Friday, June 16 with a 12:30 pm shotgun start. For more details and to register, click here.  

Thank you to LCI, our Birdie Sponsor. Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Contact Diane Norton, Director of Member Marketing & Development, at 207-691-0131 or Diane@CamdenRockland.com.
Legal Series presentation on Cyber Security, rescheduled to June 21
Berney Kubetz, Shareholder at Eaton Peabody, will discuss and explore the practical and legal dimensions of data privacy and regulation in the United States with an eye for what you need to know.  This presentation will take place on Wednesday, June 21 from 8:30 to 10:00 am, at the Chamber office in Rockland. Cost is $10 for Chamber members; $20 for non-members. If you registered for the original date, you are already registered.  Click here to sign up!
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, a chance to network and discuss the current business climate.
Would your business like to sponsor an upcoming 12@12?
The July 11 date is available! Contact Diane Norton at 691-0131 or Diane@CamdenRockland.com. To attend an upcoming 12@12, click here.
Chamber launches a second  Facebook page
The Chamber has recently added a second Facebook page to its marketing tools. The new page, Camden-Rockland, Maine is primarily targeted to people who are considering a visit or move to the Camden-Rockland region. The focus is on tourism and the wide variety of things to do here, with the goal of encouraging a visit and extending the stay of those planning a visit. The Chamber generates content and shares posts from the pages of Chamber members.

The original page, Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, is primarily targeted to our Chamber members and the local community. It's a place to share information about upcoming events and happenings in the local business community.  

On both pages the Chamber employs FB ad campaigns to boost viewership, loyalty and engagement. Please check them both out!

Member News....

Cover Crops and Crop Rotation
Camden farmer Cooper Funk of Dooryard Farm and Mark Hutchinson of Knox-Lincoln Cooperative Extension will lead a walk and talk on the role of cover crops in building and maintaining soil fertility, suppressing weeds, and controlling pests and diseases on June 14 from 6 to 7:30 pm at Dooryard Farm, 208 Mechanic Street, Camden. More...

Web Conference for Tax Professionals and Industry: Understanding Form 8300
The IRS Stakeholder Liaison presents "Understanding Form 8300 (Report of Cash Payments Over $10,000 Received in a Trade or Business)" on T hursday, June 15 More...

Land Trust Offers Grassland Bird Habitat Walk & Talk
The public is invited to take a walk through a thriving bobolink habitat recently protected by Georges River Land Trust on June 16  More...

Rockland’s Annual Summer Solstice Celebration includes a Street Party and a Dock Party
Rockland Main Street, Inc., produces the Summer Solstice Celebration on Saturday, June 17 More...

Union Area Wineries Hold Annual Father’s Day Events
Treat Dad right this Father’s Day with a scenic trip to Union for great food and drinks. Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery is teaming up with Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery to offer Dad a memorable day. Festivities will take place between 11am and 5pm. More...

P.A.W.S. offers summer camp options for ages 8 to 18
P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center in Camden is offering a variety of camps and workshops this summer designed to keep animal-loving kids active and productive. More...

Points North Institute/Camden Opera House screen RISK
The Points North Institute and the Camden Opera House will continue their monthly CIFF Selects series with RISK, the latest documentary from Academy Award-winning director Laura Poitras (CITIZENFOUR), on Wednesday, June 21st at 7:00 PM at the Camden Opera House. More...

Summer Fun at Penobscot Language School
Join us this summer for a variety of fun learning opportunities and events! More...

Tickets now available for the 26th Annual Gardens in the Watershed Tour on July 16
The eagerly awaited 26th Annual Georges River Land Trust Gardens in the Watershed tour will take place on Sunday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. rain or shine, in the middle reaches of the Georges River watershed. More...

Camden-Rockport Historical Society's Antiques Show celebrates 37th Year
The 37th annual Camden-Rockport Historical Society Antiques Show and Sale will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 22 & 23, at the Camden Hills Regional High School. More...

Trekkers Complete 11th Grade College/Career Expeditions
In April, Trekkers Team North Face and Team Patagonia completed their 11th grade College/Career Exploration expeditions. More...

Camden International Film Festival passes now on sale with early bird discount
The Points North Institute announced that passes to the 2017 Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum are now on sale through the website:  https://pointsnorthinstitute.org/ciff/box-office/ . Early bird discounts will be available until July 1st -- $165 for an All Access Pass and $85 for a Festival pass. More...

Camden National Bank to award $20,000 to Maine nonprofits 
Camden National Bank announced this week they will award a total of $20,000 to five Maine-based nonprofits through their annual Leaders & Luminaries Awards. More...

FMC makes donation to Rockland Main Street's Summer Solstice Celebration
FMC Corporation’s Rockland production facility recently presented the Rockland Main Street, Inc. organization a check for $750 to support the non-profit’s Summer Solstice Celebration. More...

Trekkers Students Complete Rites of Passage Program
Ten 12 th  graders from Team Puma completed the Trekkers Rites of Passage program, bringing closure to their six-year Trekkers experience and helping them move to the next phase of their life. 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.
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

Celebrate the hope of warmer weather. 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

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/