August 18, 2017
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2017 Business After Hours Schedule

September 13
BRIO Promotions
Rockland

October 11
Bangor Savings Bank
Rockland office

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

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 operating on summer hours: 
Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm and
Sat - Sun, 10am - 4pm
Chamber News and Happenings...
Reach 100,000+ Potential Customers & Visitors
in the 2018 Jewel of the Maine Coast !
We’ll be building on the success of the 2017 Jewel as we begin development of the 2018 Jewel of the Maine Coast . Your Display Advertisement in the Jewel receives attention and traction in two ways—in the Jewel Magazine, and via the free, interactive digital Jewel Flipbook—which was viewed in 49 states and 55 foreign countries last year. Through June, the 2017 Jewel Flipbook has received 4,200 unique daily visits and 78,249 page views. Both of these stats have increased 44% over last year. For advertising info, please contact Diane Norton, Director of Member Marketing & Development, at 207-691-0131 or  Diane@CamdenRockland.com .
Important Advertising Opportunity for PBRCC Members!
Once in a blue moon, one of the coveted Cover Full-Page positions becomes available in The Jewel . That time is now. The Inside Front Cover is available for 2018! Currently, Camden National holds the Back Cover and Bangor International Airport holds the Inside Back Cover.
 
The cost is $4,500 firm for the Inside Front Cover, and is eligible for a 5% early-pay discount if paid by 9/8/17.
 
We’ll be conducting a lottery for the Inside Front Cover position, open only to Chamber members. Please submit an email of interest to Tom Peaco at  Tom@CamdenRockland.com . Deadline for entry is August 25, 2017 and the drawing will commence on August 28, 2017 at 9:30 am.
12@12 to resume in September
Our next monthly 12@12 lunch is Tuesday, September 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 September lunch, or another upcoming 12@12,  click here .

Thank you to Eaton Peabody , our September 12@12 sponsor. Would your business be interested in sponsoring an upcoming 12@12? Contact Diane Norton at 207-691-0131 or  Diane@CamdenRockland.com
The Chamber Seeks Board Nominations
Nominations are open now through September 15, 2017 for six seats on the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Nominees must be Chamber members in good standing and you may nominate yourself. Three of the seats will be elected by the membership and three seats will be appointed by the board. To nominate yourself or someone else, please click  here .
 
If you have any questions about what our board positions entail, 
please email  Tom@CamdenRockland.com.  
Save the Date: Chamber Gala is set for November 4
Mark your calendar on Saturday, November 4, 2017 , for the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Year in Review Gala at the Samoset Resort. We're planning a festive and fun evening to come together to celebrate and recognize those who have made extraordinary contributions to our community. Lead Sponsor:  Camden National Bank
Dinner reservations will be available online soon.

Call for Annual Award Nominations!
It's time to nominate outstanding businesses, organizations, and individuals for our prestigious Gala Awards. To see the award categories and to submit a nomination, click here .
Member News....

View Eclipse at Sweetgrass Winery & Distillery
Sweetgrass Winery & Distillery in Union will be hosting a Solar Eclipse Viewing event, Monday, August 21, 2017, noon to 4 pm. Sit on the veranda or out on the lawn and watch the celestial show with a special Total Eclipse Cocktail, solar glasses, food from the YumBus, and door prizes. More...

The Amtrak Great Dome Car Returns to the Downeaster!
Passengers who ride on the Amtrak Downeaster between August 19 and September 24, 2017 will be able to see Northern New England like never before! Amtrak’s Great Dome rail car is returning to Maine and will travel along with the Amtrak Downeaster on four trips each day. More...

Restored "Peyton Place" Screening - August 22
Shot on location in Camden and other sites in midcoast Maine in 1957, and now brought back to vibrant life in this spectacular restoration for its 60th anniversary,  Peyton Place  will be screened at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, August 22, at 6:30 pm in the Picker Room. More...

New Preserve Open to the Public in Owls Head
The public is invited to join Georges River Land Trust for a short walk on the new Ash Point Preserve in Owls Head at 4 pm on Tuesday, August 22. More...

Las Cafeteras at Camden Opera House August 24
Thursday, August 24th will be a night to remember. That’s when Las Cafeteras, a young group who have taken the music scene by storm with their infectious live performances, crossing genre and musical borders, will play the Opera House at 7:30 PM. More...

Erickson Fields Preserve 2017 Harvest Celebration
Please join Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) staff at Erickson Fields Preserve for an open farm day from 3-6 pm on Friday August 25th. The Erickson Fields Teen Agricultural Crew (Teen Ag Crew) will lead tours of their 4-acre vegetable garden. More...

Land Trust Celebrates 30 Years with Boat Trip
Georges River Land Trust invites members and friends to get out their boat togs and dancing shoes to celebrate 30 years of conservation along the Georges River. The anniversary celebration will be held at the Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding boatyard in Thomaston on Sunday, August 27, 2017. More...

Take the first step to a college degree at UMaine's Hutchinson Center in Belfast
Classes ranging from chemistry, creative writing, pathophysiology and world politics to social psychology, social work classes and the fundamentals of acting start Aug. 28. The schedule is specifically designed for flexibility, including late afternoon, evening, online and weekend classes. More...

Savage Oakes Summer Concert Series Concludes with a Labor Day Weekend Double Header
The summer concert season at Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery will conclude on Labor Day weekend with performances by The Marcus King Band on September 1st and James McMurtry on September 2nd. More...

West Bay Rotary to Host Chowder Challenge - Sept 2
West Bay Rotary invites you to attend our 10th annual Chowder Challenge, a festivity of the 2017 Camden Windjammer Festival. Please help us make the Midcoast better, one family, one child, one person at a time by supporting our fundraiser. More...

Cooking and Conversation Classes in Italian and French
Penobscot Language School, Rockland, will offer Cooking and Conversation classes for both Italian and French this fall. This three-week class meets 5-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, September 12th and 19th and Monday, September 25th. More...

IRS Tax Tip: How Does the IRS Contact Taxpayers?
When the IRS needs to contact a taxpayer, the first contact is normally by letter delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. The IRS doesn't normally initiate contact with taxpayers by email, nor does it send text messages or contact through social media channels. More...

FairPoint Communications Awards $50,000 to Three Maine Non-profits
FairPoint Communications recently announced winners of the FairPoint Connected Communities program created to recognize nonprofit organizations dedicated to connecting and serving Maine residents and communities. The winning organizations are Area Interfaith Outreach of Rockland, Grahamtastic Connection of Springvale, and Sunrise Opportunities of Machias. More...
Members in the Spotlight...
 
Meesha Luce of Allen Insurance and Financial Earns Safeco Insurance® Award
Meesha Luce of Allen Insurance and Financial has earned the Safeco Insurance Award of Excellence, an honor recognizing superior underwriting skill that is achieved by a select group of agents across the country who sell Safeco Insurance. 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

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 .

Free Business Consultation from Dirigo Strategies
Offered through August 19, 2017
Let our seasoned, professional staff help you with business consulting, international sales, technical analysis, and project support. The first consult is always free. Contact us today, to find out what we can do for your business.

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/