December 7, 2018
Thanks to our Premium Members:
Business After Hours Schedule

December 12, 2018
Camden National Bank, Rockland office

January 9, 2019
Shepard Chrysler

February 13, 2019
Down East Magazine Rockport

The remaining 2019 schedule will be announced soon!
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
open 5 days a week: 
Monday - Friday,
10 am - 4 pm in Camden
9 am - 4 pm in Rockland

Chamber News and Happenings...
Peaco is Maine Chamber Professional of the Year
Thomas Peaco, Executive Director of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, was honored as the 2018 Chamber Professional of the Year by the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented by Maine Chamber President, Dana Connors, and incoming State Chamber Board Chair, Larry Wold of TD Bank, at the State Chamber’s annual Board Appreciation Dinner on November 26 in Freeport. Read the full article.
Thank you to our priceless Chamber Volunteers!
In this season of giving thanks, the Chamber staff gratefully acknowledges all our volunteers for their time and talents. We simply couldn’t do our jobs without them! From the visitor center front desks to the Camden Village Green, and dockside in Rockland and Camden for every single cruise ship, our 40+ volunteers once again logged thousands of hours this year, in service to the entire region.

In recognizing our volunteers this past week at various events, we would also like to thank The Blackberry Inn, Atlantic Banking, and 16 Bay View for hosting us, providing food, and generally making our gatherings so special for these wonderful people. Please read the full article here .
Camden National Bank to host December Business After Hours
Wed. Dec. 12, 5-7PM - 300 Main St., Rockland

A festive evening is planned at Camden National Bank in downtown Rockland. Come for the holiday cheer and socializing with fellow Chamber members. Delicious food, drinks, holiday music,
and fabulous door prizes await. Hope to see you there!
Rockland Single-Use Plastic Bag
& Polystyrene Ordinances - Q & A
Wed., December 12, 3:30PM
Maine Lighthouse Museum, Rockland

If you're a Rockland retailer or restaurateur and have questions about the single-use plastic bag ordinance and/or the polystyrene ordinance that will take effect on January 1, this is for you! City Manager Tom Luttrell will give an overview of the ordinances, and then answer your specific questions. Make sure you know what's allowed and what is not, so you can be prepared. Do you use a bag or container and you're not sure if it's addressed in the ordinance? Bring it along so you can find out!

The Chamber and the Town of Camden will host a similar meeting in advance of Camden ordinances taking effect in April 2019. More details will be communicated here as we get closer to that date.
Holiday Dining in the
Camden-Rockland Region
Wondering how you're going to find time to do all the holiday cooking? Looking for a festive way to get together with family, friends and co-workers? Consider going out to eat at one of our member establishments! Check out our Blog article for more details.
Stock up on The Jewel for the holidays!
Supplies of the 2018 Jewel are winding down. Be sure to stop by our Visitor Centers in Camden or Rockland to pick up quantities for distribution during the busy holiday season. Call us if you need delivery! Camden: 236-4404; Rockland: 596-0376.
Member News....

Country Christmas Sing-Along with The Sweetback Sisters on Friday, December 7
The Sweetback Sisters, Emily Miller and Zara Bode, will bring their irresistible brand of holiday cheer to the Strand Theatre, Rockland, on Friday, December 7 at 7:30pm with their Country Christmas Sing-Along Spectacular. More...

Ride the Downeaster with Santa this Weekend!
Ride the Downeaster with Santa on Train 690 or 691 on Saturday, December 8th or Train 692 or 693 on Sunday, December 9th. These Downeaster trains will be decked out in holiday style to welcome our special guest and create magical holiday moments for our riders.  More...

Day of Giving Supports UMC - December 8
The holiday spirit is thriving in the Midcoast, where businesses in the Belfast, Camden and Rockland area have set aside Saturday, December 8 to contribute to United Midcoast Charities (UMC) in support of the work of local nonprofit organizations. More...

Concerts, Fireworks and more at Rockport’s Holiday on the Harbor - December 8
Rockport’s Holiday on the Harbor is a daylong celebration of the season. The village will be lit with over 2,000 luminaria, with a tree lighting at 5 p.m. at Rockport Marine Park, followed by fireworks over the harbor at 5:30. More...

Penobscot Marine Museum presents talk and slideshow
Kosti Ruohomaa biographer Deanna Bonner-Ganter and photo archivist Matt Wheeler will present a talk and slideshow on the Penobscot Marine Museum’s historic exhibit “Kosti Comes Home: An Exhibit of Maritime Images by Maine's Iconic Photographer Kosti Ruohomaa,” Dec. 12, 6–7:30 p.m. at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. More...

Give the gift of education this season
Give the gift of education and fun with a gift certificate towards a 5 Town CSD Adult & Community Education class!  More...

Professor Paul Holman discusses China in Africa
The Camden Conference presents Professor Paul Holman at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, December 18 at 7:00 pm.He will discuss “China in Africa: A New Kind of Colonialism?” This event is free and open to all. More...

Shedding Light on Seasonal Affective Disorder
The Camden Public Library welcomes Dr. Marianne Bernadino on Thur., December 20 at 7pm to discuss Seasonal Affective Disorder. More...

Opera Maine presents The Magic Flute
Tickets are now on sale for OperaMaine’s 25th Anniversary mainstage production of W.A. Mozart’s The Magic Flute presented at Merrill Auditorium on Wednesday, July 24 and Friday, July 26, 2019.  More...

Security Summit warns employers: Be alert to identity theft and W-2 scams
As the 2019 tax season approaches, the IRS, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax industry joined together to warn small businesses to be on-guard against a growing wave of identity theft and W-2 scams. More...

Hebrew School creates Welcome Home Kits
For the second year in a row, students at the Rockland-based Hebrew school have organized a volunteer outreach project to support clients of Knox County Homeless Coalition. More...

Trekkers Training Institute Empowers Youth Serving Organizations in Southwest Florida
Trekkers Training Institute Director, Meredith Lynt, traveled to Immokalee Florida to provide three youth serving organizations with an immersive overview of the Trekkers’ Youth Programming Principles. More...
Members in the Spotlight....

Hutchinson Center welcomes early college programs coordinator
Allison Small was named early college programs coordinator at the University of Maine, collaborating with high school students who wish to enroll in live and online courses. More...

Mazurek Joins Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
Jennifer Mazurek has joined Bar Harbor Bank & Trust as Senior Vice President, Retail Banking Operations and Treasury Support Manager.  More...

Heal honored by Maine Society of CPAs
Jodie Heal, one of three Maine CPAs who are leaders in their field, has been named 2018 Maine Society of Certified Public Accountants Women to Watch. 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! 

25% off Holiday Sale on Schooner Heron Sails
Give the holiday gift that won't sit on the shelf. Give an unforgettable sailing experience aboard Schooner Heron. From now until Dec 24th, get 25% off any sail (sailing season is mid-June to mid October). Use coupon code xgift25 at our website

Bring your holiday gathering to El Ancla and Flatbread!
Looking for the perfect site for your office party or family get-together this holiday season? El Ancla, traditional wood-fired Mexican cuisine, at the Camden Public Landing, and Flatbread, wood-fired pizza, in Rockport, both offer delicious food in warm atmospheres. Reserve El Ancla for your party up to 60 people; Flatbread offers a private dining area for up to 35, plus a larger dining room. We'll take care of the food so that you can focus on the fun! Call El Ancla: 207-536-8482 ; Flatbead: 207-706-4146.

Double your Facebook ad presence for half the cost!
Dream Local Digital can help you end the year strong by extending your online advertising even further. Now until the end of 2018, if you sign a new social media management contract, we will double the monthly Facebook ad spend included with your marketing package through year-end. No long-term contract required. Offer applies to new clients only and only to Facebook ads included in the package. Take advantage of this offer today. Offer URL:

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.

Free Consultation from Heal Accounting
Heal Accounting is happy to offer a free, one-time initial consultation to those who may have questions, or are interested in becoming a client. We understand that the relationship you have with your accountant is a very important one. We feel this gives potential clients a good opportunity to ask us questions and determine if we are a good fit for you. 
To schedule a free consultation, call us at 207-354-5190 or email Offer expires December 31, 2018.

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  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