November 22, 2017
Thanks to our Premium Members:
View the Chamber's latest Business Brief
Business After Hours Schedule

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

January 10, 2018
TD Bank, Camden office

February 7, 2018
250 Main Hotel, Rockland

March 14, 2018
AVAILABLE!

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
Langlais Preserve, Cushing

October 10, 2018
Megunticook Campground, Rockport

November 14, 2018
AVAILABLE!

December 12, 2018
Camden National Bank, 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...

Sending the Friday Report a few days early
to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

This weekend, during  Festival of Lights , our Visitor Centers will be open
Friday: 9am - 4pm; Saturday: 10am - 4pm (Rockland only)

Next weekend, during  Christmas by the Sea , our Visitor Centers will be open Friday: 9am - 4pm; Saturday: 10am - 4pm (Camden only)

For the Rockland Festival of Lights schedule of events , click here .
For the Christmas by the Sea schedule of events , click here .
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  Diane@CamdenRockland.com  
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 appears 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 Amy@CamdenRockland.com .

Thanks to all Chamber members who host and participate!
Your Opinion Matters to our Region!
The Maine Office of Tourism (MOT) is working with Destinations International and Maine's eight regional marketing organizations to explore their tourism destination strength and level of community engagement. Each region will receive an individualized report outlining strengths and areas that need more focus; and MOT will receive a statewide report as the result of this work.

A Midcoast regional meeting took place in Rockland last month.
Thanks to all who participated! If you would like to add your voice to the survey, click here:
Stock up on 2017 Jewels before they're gone...
The holidays are upon us! If your business needs a supply of our
regional guides to get you through the season, please contact Elizabeth@CamdenRockland.com . 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....

Yuletide in St. George!
Don’t miss the St. George Business Alliance annual “Yuletide in St. George ” holiday kick-off event on Fri. & Sat., Nov. 24 and 25. More...

Holiday Shopping at Bixby & Co.
Bixby & Co. will be closed on Thanksgiving, but open Friday 11/24-Monday 11/27 from 9 am – 5:30 pm for some holiday shopping! More...

West Bay Rotary Christmas Tree Fundraiser
The holiday season is quickly approaching and the West Bay Rotary Christmas tree fundraiser is back and better than ever.  More...

Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope Screening at Camden Public Library November 28
Broadreach Family & Community Services has received grant funds to purchase a license to screen the award-winning documentary film  Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope More...

P.A.W.S. 8th Annual Auction for the Animals
P.A.W.S. Auction for the Animals, an exciting live and silent auction, will feature appetizers, a carving station, sash bar, and holiday music on Nov. 30, 5:30 - 8 p.m.,  at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. More...

Hutchinson Center professional development workshop to address revisions in Social Work Code of Ethics
A professional development program to address recent revisions in the National Association of Social Work Code of Ethics will be offered at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, Belfast. More...

Blind Albert to Sing the Blues at Langlais Sculpture Preserve - Dec. 2
Georges River Land Trust presents a very special afternoon of music at the  Langlais Sculpture Preserve ! Vincent Gabriel, aka Blind Albert, will play an afternoon of the blues amidst the magic of Blackie’s art. More...

Rockland & Camden shops support UMC with Days of Giving
The holiday spirit is thriving in Rockland and the Camden area, where businesses in each town have set aside a Saturday in December to contribute to United Midcoast Charities (UMC) in support of the work of local nonprofit organizations. More...

Owl & Turtle hosts Local Children's Book Authors
Local children’s authors will be signing their books at the Owl & Turtle Bookshop Cafe over Christmas by the Sea weekend in Camden. More...

USDA Funding for 2019: Help allocate local funds!
On Wednesday, December 6 from 10am to noon, Knox-Lincoln and Kennebec Soil & Water Conservation Districts, in cooperation with the Augusta Field office of the Natural Resource Conservation Service, will hold a meeting of the Local Working Group for Kennebec and Lincoln counties at Whitefield Fire & Rescue... More...

Natalie MacMaster & Family Holiday Concert - Dec 6
Acclaimed fiddle player Natalie MacMaster brings her entire family (husband Donnell Leahy and their 6 children) to the Camden Opera House for a memorable holiday concert at 7 pm. More...

Camden National awards $22,000 to 7 Maine nonprofits
On Thursday, November 9, 2017, Camden National Bank presented awards and $22,000 in grants to seven Maine nonprofits at the annual Leaders & Luminaries Awards Luncheon.  More...

Expiring ITINs and the Importance of Renewing Them
The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers with expiring Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) to submit their renewal applications as soon as possible.  More...

ReVision Energy Helps Bring Solar Outreach Systems to Puerto Rico
Local solar installer ReVision Energy is partnering with Amicus Solar Cooperative and Amurtel, a non-profit working in disaster relief, to build Solar Outreach Systems for power storm-ravaged Puerto Rico. More...
Members in the Spotlight...

Finance Authority of Maine presents Camden National Bank with 2017 “Lender at Work for Maine Award”
The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) presented Camden National Bank with the  Lender at Work for Maine Award  for lenders with over $1.5 billion in assets in 2017.  More...

Trekkers Welcomes new AmeriCorps VISTA, Katie Jacob
Trekkers, a local outdoor-based youth mentoring organization, is pleased to announce that Katie Jacob has joined the Trekkers team as our 2017-18 AmeriCorps VISTA.  More...

Trekkers Hires Cathy Herr as Volunteer and Administrative Coordinator
Trekkers, a local outdoor-based youth mentoring organization, is pleased to announce that Cathy Herr has joined the Trekkers team. 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.

For the Rockland Festival of Lights schedule of events , click here .
For the Christmas by the Sea schedule of events , click here .

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.

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 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/