November 10, 2017
Thanks to our Premium Members:
View the Chamber's latest Business Brief
Business After Hours Schedule

December 13, 2017
First National Bank
Park Street, Rockland office

January 10, 2018
TD Bank, Camden office

February 7, 2018
250 Main Hotel, Rockland

March 14, 2018

April 11, 2018
Business & Community Expo, Samoset Resort

May 9, 2018
Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Camden
Co-sponsor: ReVision Energy

June 13, 2018
Coastal Children's Museum & Sail, Power & Steam Museum, Rockland

July 11, 2018
Global Packing and Shipping, Camden

August 8, 2018
Pen Bay Medical Center, Rockport

September 12, 2018
Hope Orchards, Hope

October 10, 2018
Megunticook Campground, Rockport

November 14, 2018

December 12, 2018
Camden National Bank, 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 open 5 days a week: 
Mon - Fri, 9 am - 4 pm
Chamber News and Happenings...
Celebrating our Year in Review Award Winners
The Chamber Gala was held last Saturday evening at the Samoset Resort. Congratulations to all award recipients, including Don Carpenter (pictured),
our 2017 Community Person of the Year.
For a complete recap of the event, all of our award recipients and the links to each award video, click here. To view our Gala photo album on Facebook, click here .
LAST CALL for Jewel materials!
Today, November 10, is the last day for submitting your
2018 Jewel of the Maine Coast business listings,
events for the print calendar, display advertisements and payments.

Questions about display advertising?
Contact Diane Norton: 207-691-0131 or .

Questions about listings and/or events?
Contact Amy Rollins: 207-596-0376 or
Introducing our Member-Elected Board Members
Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce members recently elected three new members to its Board of Directors. Congratulations to Lisa Dresser, Sarah McLean, and Shelby Riley !
The Board of Directors will vote in three additional,
Board-appointed Directors later this month.
Next 12@12 is Tuesday, December 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 December lunch, or another upcoming 12@12,  click here .

Would your business be interested in sponsoring an upcoming 12@12? Contact Diane Norton: 207-691-0131 or  
2018 Business After Hours schedule is set, with a few hosting slots still available!

We look forward to another great year of Business After Hours events. The 2018 schedule iappears in the left column of this newsletter.
A few dates are still open and available on a first-come, first-served basis to member businesses that have not hosted in the past 24 months. This is a fantastic way to bring 100+ fellow Chamber members into your establishment, to share your story and increase your referrals!
To secure your date, c ontact Amy Rollins at 207-596-0376 or .

Thanks to all Chamber members who host and participate!
Stock up on 2017 Jewels before they're gone...
The holidays are nearly upon us! If your business needs a supply of our regional guides to get you through the season, please contact . The Jewels are packaged 25 to a box and are available for pickup in our Camden and Rockland offices. Whenever possible, we are happy to deliver them to you!
Member News....

Activities in Camden to Honor Veterans - November 9-11
In honor of Veterans Day, the town of Camden invites all Veterans to participate in a variety of events. More...

Local Financial Experts present "Hot Tips" for Year-End
The St. George Business Alliance invites its members and local business owners to attend the organization’s monthly meeting on Tuesday morning, November 14, featuring a panel of local financial experts who will discuss “hot topics” to help individuals and business owners with year-end financial planning and decision making. More...

Thanksgiving Book Sale at Camden Public Library
The Camden Public Library is offering a Thanksgiving Book Sale in the new Book Shed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 17, 18, and 19.  More...

Festival of Lights to Illuminate Thanksgiving Weekend
The annual Festival of Lights celebration in downtown Rockland is on schedule to kick off the holiday shopping season on Thanksgiving weekend, November 24-26. More...

P.A.W.S. 8th Annual Auction for the Animals
P.A.W.S. Auction for the Animals, an exciting night featuring a live and a silent auction, a wide variety of appetizers, carving station and a cash bar, will be held on Thursday, November 30 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the beautiful oceanfront Samoset Resort. More...

Ride the Amtrak Downeaster with Santa - December 2 & 3
Ride with Santa  and start a NEW family tradition this holiday season! More...

Italian for Travelers and French Holiday Baking at Penobscot Language School
December events at Penobscot Language School include Italian for Travelers with Fulvia Sarnelli of Naples, Italy, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, and a French Holiday Baking with Clovis Anjard of Normandy, France on Thursday evening, December 14. More...

IRS Statement on 2018 Filing Season Start Date
The IRS has not yet announced a date that it will begin accepting individual tax returns for the 2018 tax filing season. More...

Your Maine Concierge Is Open For Business
Vanessa Santarelli has announced the launch of her new business, Your Maine Concierge. It is Maine’s first statewide, personalized concierge and vacation itinerary planning service. More...

Camden National Bank Launches Customer Experience Program “CamdenCircle”
Camden National Bank recently announced the launch of a new customer experience initiative called CamdenCircle, aimed at continuously collecting and processing customer feedback in order to meet customers’ evolving needs. More...

New England's Leading Solar Company Converts to Employee Ownership
ReVision Energy, a regional solar company that specializes in the design, installation and service of systems that reduce fossil fuel consumption and carbon pollution, has converted to 100% ESOP ownership.  More...

Easement in Lincolnville now held by Coastal Mountains Land Trust
After ten years of stewarding the conservation easement on the Dickerson-Redfield-Lipmanowicz property in Lincolnville, the Georges River Land Trust (GRLT) has assigned the easement to Coastal Mountains Land Trust (CMLT).  More...
Members in the Spotlight...

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine Welcomes Two New Program Managers
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine (BBBS MM) is pleased to welcome Rebecca Neville and Ted Fournier as program managers to coordinate and professionally support 1-to-1 youth mentoring programs in the Midcoast region and Penobscot County. More...

Ruef-Lindquist Takes Part in Panel Discussion at Maine Planned Giving Council Meeting
Sarah Ruef-Lindquist, JD, CTFA, a financial planner at Allen Insurance and Financial in Camden, recently participated in a panel discussion at the Maine Planned Giving Council's conference. More...

Georges River Land Trust Introduces Executive Director
The Georges River Land Trust is thrilled to announce their new Executive Director, Meg Rasmussen. More...

Eaton Peabody Welcomes Shawn Doil
Eaton Peabody is very pleased to welcome  Shawn K. Doil  to the firm as Senior Counsel in our Portland office. 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

Flatbread will host your holiday gathering this season!
Looking for the perfect site for your holiday gathering? Flatbread in Rockport is the perfect site for your family dinner, company Christmas party, or neighborhood get-together. We'll take care of the food so that you can focus on the fun! Our private dining area offers seating for 35 (up to 50 in a reception-style setting) in our warm and casual atmosphere. Our menu features wood-fired pizzas made with local, organic ingredients and free-range meats, made in a traditional clay oven. We also offer a full bar, featuring 16 local microbrews and a variety of New England distilled spirits. Call us today: 207-706-4146.

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.

The Heritage Office Building in downtown Rockland   is filling up , but still has a wonderful third floor opportunity for your business. The space offers 2 light-filled corner offices, or a suite of two offices and a conference/reception area, or even a third office. Have your private office or a suite. Total space is approximately 950 sq ft. Each office has one or more closets, and its own door to the common area. There is also a perfect space for a refrigerator and coffee pot. Heritage Professional Office Building is on School Street, adjacent to Farnsworth Art Museum, Allen Insurance Agency, and across from Knox County Courthouse and the Post Office. Yes, there is an elevator and the School Street entrance is easily accessible. You pay rent, your own Internet/cable/phone and your office cleaning. We take care of the rest. This is a terrific location with a public parking lot across the street. Tell us you are a Chamber member when you call! Contact Suzanne Lufkin Weiss, Property and Leasing Manager, at 207-542-7765 or .

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: