October 13, 2017
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November 8
Hampton Inn & Suites
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December 13
First National Bank
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Camden Office:
2 Public Landing, PO Box 919, Camden, ME 04843 

Rockland Office:
1 Park Drive, PO Box 508, Rockland, ME 04841

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Chamber News and Happenings...
U.S. Senator Susan Collins captivates audience at October 13 Chamber Business Breakfast
Addressing a standing-room only audience of local business leaders, community members, and reporters from local and national media, U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced on Friday morning that she will continue to serve the people of Maine through her role as Maine's senior Senator, and she will not enter the race for Governor in 2018.

"We are honored to have Senator Collins as our featured speaker this morning, and we are thrilled that she chose our Quarterly Business Breakfast as the venue for this important announcement," said Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Tom Peaco.
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. Nine candidates are in the running this fall:

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

Please vote for up to three candidates by October 25, 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.
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 fast approaching! 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 at 207-691-0131 or  Diane@CamdenRockland.com .

Questions about listings and/or events? Contact Amy Rollins at 207-596-0376 or Amy@CamdenRockland.com.
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 - 9:00 pm to midnight

$90 per person - Table sponsorships available

The stage is set for a festive and fun evening as we come together to celebrate and recognize those who have made extraordinary contributions to our community. Plus, Gala After Hours music and dancing with popular local band,  Just Teachers.  

Dinner reservations and table sponsorships are now available at  www.CamdenRockland.com

Lead Sponsor:  Camden National Bank
Gala After Hours Sponsor:  Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law
Wine Sponsor: LCI
Event Partner:  Samoset Resort
Member News....

Camden’s Second Saturday “Family Fun Day” October 14
Fall Family Fun Day is a new event in Downtown Camden, featured as part of the community’s  Second Saturday  program. On Saturday, October 14, families will enjoy bouncy houses, face painting, exploring fire trucks, music, horse & carriage rides, games, free popcorn, Haunted History tours and even a S'mores Food Truck!  More...

Beach to Beech 5K is October 14
The race will begin at 8 a.m., at Goodie’s Beach, on Rockport Harbor, and end at the top of Beech Hill. The route will extend through the new trails at Erickson Field. More...

Bixby & Co. part of Maine Craft Weekend, Oct 14-15
Bixby & Co. is excited to be part of Maine Craft Weekend this Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15. From 10 am to 4 pm each day, visitors can stop by our factory and retail space to learn about the process of making chocolate from start to finish.  More...

Fall Courses at Mid-Coast School of Technology
After the workday comes pleasure or other options. Here are a variety of fall courses. View all our current courses online. More...

Industry Spotlight: Banking and Finance Forum Oct. 17
Workforce Solutions and the Rockland Career Center are partnering together to host an Industry Spotlight: Banking and Finance Forum on October 17 at the Rockland Career Center from 10:00-11:30 am. More...

Penobscot Marine Museum photography exhibit
Penobscot Marine Museum’s historic photography collections “The Allure of the Lighthouse: The Postcard View” and “A Way of Life: The Fishing Families of Stonington” will be at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center Fernald Gallery, Oct. 17, 2017–Jan. 19, 2018. More...

French Dinner with Chef Mercier of the Youngtown Inn
Dinner and an Auction of Fine Wines and Artisan-Crafted Clocks
to benefit Penobscot Language School on Friday, October 27 at 6 p.m. Proceeds from this event will be used for exterior renovations to include siding, trim, and windows. More...

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...

Target Marketing offers Festival of Lights Campaign
Build your holiday business by supporting Rockland’s Festival of Lights on Thanksgiving weekend! This promotional campaign includes a pre-event mailing on November 17th and a full color event poster. More...

Retail Association Small Business Learning Lab - Nov 2
The Retail Association of Maine Annual Meeting and Small Business Learning Lab 2.0 will be held on Thursday, November 2 at O'Maine Studios in Portland. This event isn't just for the retail industry. There is something for everyone with our day long event of workshops. More...

Community Comes Together to Help Seniors in Need
The Rockport community came together to help Comfort Keepers® collect 118 lbs. of food through its Feed Seniors Now™ food drive for local seniors in need during September, Hunger Action Month. More...

Trekkers Training Institute for Youth Development Celebrates Successful Pilot Program
In late August, Trekkers honored eight participants who graduated from the Trekkers Training Institute for Youth Development’s first summer immersion training experience. More...

UMaine Hutchinson Center announces Inspired Leadership Program on Diversity and Authenticity
The University of Maine Hutchinson Center will offer a two-day workshop on Inspired Leadership focusing on diversity and authenticity, Dec. 7–8, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.  More...
Members in the Spotlight...

Loyal Biscuit Company Named 2017 Retailer of the Year
The board of directors of the Retail Association of Maine announced today that Loyal Biscuit headquartered in Rockland, Maine, has been named the 2017 Retailer of the Year.  More...

Jennifer Mirabile Named Managing Director of Camden National Wealth Management
Jennifer Mirabile, CFP®, CWS® was recently named Managing Director of Camden National Wealth Management. More...

Camden National Bank Celebrates Outstanding Employee Dedication and Hope@Home Milestone
Camden National Bank celebrated the hard work and achievements of its employees at their annual all-employee event on September 19that the Augusta Civic Center. 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 .

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/