October 27, 2017
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View the Chamber's latest Business Brief
2017 Business After Hours Schedule

November 8
Hampton Inn & Suites
Thomaston
co-sponsor: 
Rock Harbor Pub & Brewery

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 now open 5 days a week: 
Mon - Fri, 9 am - 4 pm
Chamber News and Happenings...
Join us for the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce
Annual Year in Review Gala

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Samoset Resort

Social Hour - 5:00 pm 
Dinner Seating - 6:00 pm 
Year in Review and Award Presentations - 7:30 pm 
Gala After Hours featuring Just Teachers - 9:00 pm to midnight

$90 per person - Table sponsorships available

Lead Sponsor:  Camden National Bank
Gala After Hours Sponsor:  Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law
Wine Sponsor: LCI
Decor Partner: Wallace Events
Event Partner:  Samoset Resort
Year in Review Award Winners announced!
The Chamber is pleased to congratulate the following individuals, businesses and organizations recognized as our
2017 Year In Review Award Winners:

Beacon Award -  Farnsworth Art Museum
Community Service Award  -   Knox County Homeless Coalition
Community Volunteer of the Year Award  -   Nancy Jeffers
Innovation in Business Award  -  LCI
Public Improvement Award  -  Pen Bay Medical Center
Small Business Award  -  Maine Coast Weddings & Special Events
Special Recognition Award  -   Midcoast Habitat for Humanity
Community Person of the Year Award  -   Announced at the Gala!
The 2018 Jewel of the Maine Coast deadline is October 27
Have you updated your Jewel of the Maine Coast business listing yet? The deadline is today! All listings, events for print, and display advertising payments and materials are due to the Chamber by Friday, October 27.

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

Questions about listings and/or events?
Contact Amy Rollins: 207-596-0376 or Amy@CamdenRockland.com.
Cast Your Vote Now for
Chamber Board of Directors
Each year, members of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce elect three (3) new members to its Board of Directors, each for three-year terms. Ten candidates are in the running this fall:

Sarah Cowan - Lisa Dresser - Rachel Evangelos
Bob Fernald - Jodie Heal - Richard Lyon
Rick Manning - Sarah McLean - Shelby Riley - Lisa Weiss

Please vote for up to three candidates by October 27, 2017 - only one vote per member business, please. Click here to cast your vote.

Once the Chamber membership has elected three candidates to the Board, the Board of Directors to fill three Board-appointed seats. Our new board members will be announced at our  Annual Meeting & Gala  on November 4 at the Samoset Resort.
Next 12@12 is Tuesday, November 7
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 November 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  Diane@CamdenRockland.com  
Business After Hours is November 8 at Hampton Inn & Suites
Socialize with fellow Chamber members on Wednesday, November 8, from 5 to 7 pm, at Hampton Inn & Suites, 190 New County Road, Thomaston. Enjoy food and drink provided by co-host Rock Harbor Pub & Brewery, as well as some fabulous door prizes!
Friendly Service, clean rooms, comfortable surroundings, every time. If you’re not satisfied, we don’t expect you to pay. That’s our commitment & your guarantee. That’s 100% Hampton .
Rock Harbor Pub & Brewery is a casual dining experience on the coast of Maine, specializing in pub fare and a great selection of craft beers. We now offer our own craft brews, made right on location.
Your Business Could Host a 2018 Business After Hours!
The Chamber still has a few dates open on the 2018 Business After Hours calendar, available on a first-come, first-served basis to member businesses that have not hosted in the past 24 months. For more information, c ontact Amy Rollins at 207-596-0376 or Amy@CamdenRockland.com .
Member News....

Quarry Hill to Host Cottage Open House - October 28
Saturday, October 28, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Quarry Hill will host a cottage open house. Interested persons will learn more about maintenance-free cottage ownership and rental opportunities at the Midcoast’s premier community for adults age 55-plus.  More...

'Scare Me 5K' set to spook racers
The Trackside Station Scare Me 5K is set for Saturday, Oct. 28. The annual 3.1 mile event will take place at 10 a.m. at Trackside Station, 4 Union St., with registration starting at 9 a.m. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome. Costumes are encouraged. More...

Bruce Robert Coffin at Camden Public Library October 31
Put a bowl of candy on your porch and join us for a thrilling evening with retired detective turned crime novelist! What better insider perspective? Perfect for a spooky Halloween! More...

Jonathan Edwards plays Camden Opera House Nov 4
Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends … such is a Jonathan Edwards concert.  More...

Do You Have a Haunted Business?
Red Cloak Haunted History Tours is developing a new website that will include free listings for businesses in Maine that feel they may be haunted, or associated with some sort of mystery. More...

Sushi-Making and Italian Holiday Cooking in November
Penobscot Language School in Rockland will offer Sushi-making and Italian Holiday Cooking in November. School president, Leslie Fillnow, will teach both courses using organic ingredients. More...

Rockland Parade of Lights applications now available
Applications to enter a float in the annual Parade of Lights in downtown Rockland are available. Families, neighborhoods, businesses and organizations wishing to enter a float in the parade are encouraged to contact Rockland Main Street, Inc., to obtain an application. More...

BBBS Seeks Volunteers for Mid-Coast Youth Mentoring
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine (BBBSMM) is looking for volunteers in the Mid-Coast area to serve as coordinators at its School-Based mentoring programs.  More...

Salvation Army to host Annual Harvest Auction - Nov 18
This year we are holding the Harvest Auction to raise money for our Community Assistance & Youth Arts/Character Building Programs.  More...

Free Video Streaming Service at Camden Public Library
The Camden Public Library is excited to announce our new video streaming service! If you’re interested in independent, international, classic, or documentary films, you’re in luck. More...

Sweetgrass Holiday Gingerbread House Competition
Sweetgrass Winery & Distillery is hosting a Holiday Gingerbread House Competition and is seeking bakers to enter the competition; sign-up for the competition begins today through November 30, 2017.  More...

 New Adult Ed Classes announced at MCST
New Adult Ed courses are still coming up! Check out this variety of fall courses. View all our current courses online: www.midcoastadulted.com. Keep learning; give us a call with questions or to enroll: 596-7752 opt 3. More...
Members in the Spotlight...

Eaton Peabody Attorneys ‘Top Rated’ by Super Lawyers 2017
Nine attorneys from Eaton Peabody, a Maine law firm serving New England and Atlantic Canada, were ‘top rated’ by Super Lawyers New England Magazine.  More...

Bodman named Young Insurance Professional of the Year
Meesha Bodman, ACSR, a member of the personal insurance team at Allen Insurance and Financial, has been named Young Insurance Professional of the Year by the Maine Insurance Agents Association. More...

Kevin Boggs named Mortgage Loan Officer at Camden National Bank
Camden National Bank announced that Kevin Boggs has joined the Residential Mortgage Lending department as Mortgage Loan Officer. More...

Beaulieu joins Allen Insurance and Financial
Christopher Beaulieu of Waterville has joined Allen Insurance and Financial as a broker-dealer assistant. He is the third generation of his family to work for the company's financial planning division. 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

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  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/