January 4, 2019
Thanks to our Premium Members:
Business After Hours Schedule

January 9, 2019
Shepard Chrysler
Thomaston

February 13, 2019
Down East Magazine Rockport

March 13, 2019
Pending

April 10, 2019
Business & Community Expo
Samoset Resort
Registration opens mid- January!

May 8, 2019
Pope Memorial Humane Society, Thomaston

June 12, 2019
Rock Harbor Brewing Co.
Rockland

July 10, 2019
Maine Sport Outfitters
Rockport

August 14, 2019
LCI (venue TBD)

September 11, 2019
First National Bank
Camden office

October 9, 2019
Bangor Savings Bank
Camden/Rockport office

November 13, 2019
Heal Accounting
South Thomaston

December 11, 2019
Rockland Main Street, Inc.
(venue TBD)
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
open 5 days a week: 
Monday - Friday,
10 am - 4 pm in Camden
9 am - 4 pm in Rockland

Chamber News and Happenings...
Next 12@12 lunch is January 8
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 January event or another upcoming 12@12,  click here .
Join us on January 9
at Shepard Chrysler

Socialize with fellow Chamber members on Wednesday, January 9, from 5 to 7 pm, at Shepard Chrysler, 178 New County Rd., Thomaston. Welcome in the new year with festive food & drink and
fabulous door prizes. Hope to see you there!

A family-owned dealership serving the midcoast for 60 years. Offering new and Certified Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and Toyota brand vehicles, plus a great selection of pre-owned vehicles. AAA-approved service and parts. Visit shepardcars.com .
Shepard Storage , in business for 25 years, is the midcoast's largest self-storage company with facilities in Rockland, Camden, and a brand new 20,000 sq.ft. building in Thomaston. Visit shepardstorage.com .
Exciting additions to our
2019 Business After Hours format!
In addition to prize drawings offered by our host, one lucky
Chamber member will win a "Member Minute" prize,
allowing them to make a 60 second presentation about their business.
Not a Chamber member? We have a prize for that, too!
One lucky non-member will win a $100 annual membership dues credit.
Bonus: the member who brings that non-member to the event will also receive a token of thanks from the Chamber!

Thanks to all Chamber members who host and participate!
Our 2019 schedule is now posted in the column at left and online .
We look forward to another great year of networking!
Silver Sponsorships available for
2019 Business & Community Expo
The ever popular Business & Community Expo
is scheduled for April 10, 2019 at the Samoset Resort.
Now is the time to become a Silver Sponsor!
This $850 sponsorship includes the following benefits:

  • Choice of booth before we go live with registrations
  • Electricity included
  • Category exclusivity for your business
  • Business recognition in pre-event publicity
  • Prominent recognition in Expo program

To secure your Silver Sponsorship, contact Diane Norton
at 207-691-0131 or Diane@CamdenRockland.com
Exhibitor registration for all others will become available in late January.
Application Deadline Extended for Training Grant Pilot
to Tourism-Impacting Employers
Maine Department of Labor has extended the application deadline for the 2018 Youth and Training Grant Pilot Program for the Tourism Industry. This opportunity reimburses employers whose business services impact Maine's tourism industry, when they hire new entrants into the workforce. Reimbursement opportunity is up to $400 each, for up to four eligible new workforce entrants, for wages earned during the first 200 hours the individual worked between June 1 and November 30, 2018. 
Application Deadline: January 18, 2019
Criteria, Eligibility, and Application:
Potential grant applicants with questions, contact Laura Hudson at Maine Department of Labor,  laura.j.hudson@maine.gov  or 207-621-5009.
Member News....
Amtrak Downeaster offers $15 One-Way Fares in January
Book a trip in January and ride the Amtrak Downeaster from Brunswick to Boston or any station in between for  $15  or less each way. More...

January Artist at Camden Public Library
Sandi Cirillo, featured artist for the month of January in the Picker Room Gallery of the Camden Public Library, will be having a reception and demonstration of how she creates her fiber artwork. This will take place on Sunday, January 6 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. More...

Worthington Foundation Scholars Open House Jan. 10
The Worthington Scholarship Foundation (WSF) extends a special invitation to stop in on Thursday, January 10 from 10 AM to 5 PM when we’ll host an open house for students and their parents.  More...

Trouble in Chinese Waters? The Trump Administration and China’s Territorial Disputes
The Camden Conference presents Kristin Vekasi at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, January 15 at 7 pm. This event is free and open to all. More...

Adjust Your Altitude with a Motorcoach Ski Trip
Have you been dreaming of hitting the slopes all year long? Now that powder is covering the mountains, it's time to follow those dreams. When you book a Northeast Charter & Tour motorcoach for your ski trip, your experience will be elevated. More...

GRLT Offers Winter Trail Access
Georges River Land Trust invites the public to strap on their snowshoes, skis, and snow pants and enjoy our preserved land this winter. We are plowing numerous trail heads to allow the public to get out and enjoy the snow. These areas are free and open for you to explore.  More...

Lobster War to be screened at Strand on January 13
Lobster War: The Fight Over the World’s Richest Fishing Grounds will be screened on Sunday, January 13 at 3pm at the Strand Theatre. More...

"Up Your Game in Social" free webinar on January 18
It’s 2019, Dream Local Digital Founder and Client Success Officer Shannon Kinney will discuss how small businesses need to approach social media in today’s digital world. More...

Fresh Ideas at MCST Adult Ed
Find fresh ideas and fresh opportunities in courses at MCST Adult Ed. View or register on our website: www.midcoastadulted.com. Details are also in our new Winter/Spring ‘19 catalog! Register soon. More...

15th Annual Pies on Parade celebration fills a weekend with events!
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of this annual winter event, the towns of Rockland and Camden, Maine will go pie-crazy for the whole weekend of January 25 through January 27, 2019... more...

SAT Prep course begins Feb. 3 at Hutchinson Center
The course, taught by Mary Smyth, will be held Sundays, 4:30–6:30 p.m. Prep Matters is designed for high school sophomores and juniors who plan to take the SAT. More...

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Holiday Toy Drive Results
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is grateful for all of the toys donated to the Bank’s first annual Holiday Toy Drive which concluded on December 21. So many customers and community members dropped off new children’s toys at their local Bar Harbor Bank & Trust branch. More...

Midcoast photographers take awards in Maine Windjammer Association Photo Contest
The  Maine Windjammer Association announced winners in the 2018 Annual Photo Contest. This year’s first prize winner, Tracy Sheppard, was the home town hero, hailing from Rockland, ME... more...

Thomas Michaels Designers Donates Day of Giving Proceeds to UMC
Thomas Michaels Designers was one of 58 businesses to participate in UMC’s Day of Giving on Dec. 8 in Camden, Belfast and Rockland. More...
Members in the Spotlight....

Austin Payment Solutions & Small Business Consulting Adds Two Regional Sales Executives in Maine
Austin Payment Solutions & Small Business Consulting, a Camden based business that assists businesses of all sizes with their payment processing, POS integrations and cash flow tools has added two additional team members: Kim Hanscom and Jessica Thomas. More...

Worthington Scholarship Foundation Adds Staff Members
The Worthington Scholarship Foundation with a mission to support post-secondary education in Maine is pleased to announce the addition of Jay McIntire of Winslow as Program Director, and Kerry Hadley of Owls Head as Communications Specialist and College Mentor. 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! 

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.

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  packardpartnersabg@gmail.com  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 npays@comcast.net