November 11, 2022
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Chamber Offices are closed today
in observance of Veterans Day
We will re-open on Monday morning at 10:00 AM.

Thank you to all our Veterans for your service!
Thanksgiving Dining and Take-Out in the Camden-Rockland Region
In addition to our weekly dining grid found in the left column of this newsletter, we are now compiling a list of member restaurants and other establishments in our region that will be offering Thanksgiving meals, from sit-down dining to a la carte curbside, and more. Please email your offerings to Those who have already responded to this request can be found here:
Chamber's shop local campaign, Keep the Cheer Here, heralds in the holiday season

Chamber members are invited to add a free listing on our third annual 'Keep The Cheer Here" webpage, where viewers can find details about your holiday shopping hours, your special events, links to your online shopping page, and more!

"Keep the Cheer Here" is a centralized hub for local retailers and event planners to share their holiday tidings, which the Chamber will promote via local media and social media, encouraging people to shop local and celebrate local during this holiday season.

To post your free listing and see all the great listings already posted, click here:
A Friendly Reminder to all Jewel Display Advertisers:
New artwork must be received today, Friday, November 11

Please send your artwork to Diane Norton, Director of Member Marketing & Development, at

Questions? Contact Diane at 207-691-0131.
Chamber Gala is set for February 10, 2023
Scheduled for Friday, February 10, 2023 at the Samoset Resort, the evening will celebrate and recognize those who have made extraordinary contributions to our community this year. Watch for Award Nominations coming soon!
Has your business or organization been in the "Featured Member" spotlight?
Each week, the Chamber features one of our members here in our Friday Report e-newsletter (distributed to 2,000 emails), and on our Facebook (5,000 followers) and Instagram (1,100 followers) pages. Featured Member posts link directly to your profile page on the Chamber website.

Simply click below to complete the two easy steps. Featured Members will be chosen as submissions are received. We invite you to take advantage of this great Chamber member benefit to promote your business.
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Early Bird Sale is this Saturday morning!
We hope to see you in downtown Rockland this Saturday morning for the Early Bird Promotions, 7 am - 10 am. Yes, it’s going to rain. Yes, the sales will be worth it! Participating merchants include Arctic Tern Books, The Grasshopper Shop, Loyal Biscuit, Maine Sport Outfitters, Puffin's Nest, and Seagull Cottage. More...

Run Wild! 5K Run/Walk to Support Wildlife Conservation
Center for Wildlife Studies (CWS) will be holding their first annual Run Wild! 5K Run/Walk fundraiser in Belfast, Maine, on November 12, 2022. Come join us for a fun run/walk on the Belfast Rail Trail, and then attend the after party at Marshall Wharf Brewery where you can cash in your free beer ticket, listen to live music, and win some CWS merch! More...

4th Annual Turkey Ride rolls on November 13 (note date change)
UPDATE: Due to the forecast of inclement weather, the 4th annual turkey ride has been moved to Sunday, November 13th at 9 am. If you have any questions feel free to call Maine Sport at 207-236-7120. Maine Sport Outfitters is excited to host the 4th Annual Turkey Ride this month, an event that features riding to Hannaford to purchase a turkey (or sides) and then riding with the turkey to the Camden Area Food Pantry. This is a cycling-focused community event for all ages that helps meet the food-security needs of Midcoast Mainers during the Thanksgiving holidays. More...

Among the Best – Mid-Coast School of Technology Adult Education celebrates at the Samoset
MCST Adult Ed thanks readers of The Courier-Gazette, The Camden Herald, and the Village Soup website for voting us the best Alternative and Continuing Education program in Knox County. Please join us, and all of your favorite businesses, cultural organizations, and service providers on Wednesday, November 15, as we celebrate the Best of the Best. More...

Maine DOL shows how to comply with state's overtime pay laws
Overtime violations are costly for Maine businesses. The Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Standards can help your business members maintain compliance with overtime labor laws! Join us on Friday, November 18 at 1pm for a webinar to review laws regarding overtime, the minimum hourly wage, setting the salary threshold for overtime, and determining whether an employee is exempt from the overtime provisions. More...

Festival of Lights Tree and Wreath Silent Auction and Raffle
The Friends of the Rockland Public Library will hold their annual Festival of Lights Tree and Wreath Silent Auction and Raffle on Saturday, November 26 at the Rockland Public Library. More than 30 gloriously decorated tabletop trees and wreaths donated by local businesses will be on display. Bidding on the individual trees and wreaths will begin at 1 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. Winning raffle tickets will be drawn at 4 p.m. as well. More...

Camden Garden Club makes bows for downtown Camden lamppost wreaths
Members of the Camden Garden Club gathered this October to create the bows for the downtown Camden lamppost wreaths. The red felt bows will adorn the nearly 100 balsam wreaths that will hang on the streets of Camden throughout the holiday season in 2022. This year will be the 51st year that the Club has provided decorated wreaths for the town of Camden. Since the 1950s, the Club has provided holiday decorations for the town. The tradition of fresh balsam wreaths adorned with puffy red bows and lights began in 1971. More...

LEGO Replica of the Camden Public Library On Display Now
Local LEGO artist Colby Adolphsen has created an incredible replica of Camden Public Library, entirely made of LEGO. No detail escaped his notice: the accuracy of everything from bond patterns in the bricks to the light-up lighthouse in the children’s room is both impressive and magical. Not only is the library’s exterior architecture and landscaping precisely engineered in LEGO, but the inside is, too. The view through the lit-up windows shows library staff and patrons working, reading, and enjoying the space. More...

IRS announces job openings to hire over 700 new employees across the country to help taxpayers in person
In addition to the more than 4,000 people recently hired to fill critical customer service representative positions, the Internal Revenue Service is now seeking over 700 new employees to help taxpayers at Taxpayer Assistance Centers across the country. “This is an important priority to provide more service at the IRS for the upcoming filing season,” said Ken Corbin, the Service’s Taxpayer Experience Officer and Wage and Investment Commissioner. “We are working to have more than 270 walk-in sites properly staffed to provide the help taxpayers need and deserve. This will be the first time in a decade our walk-in sites will be fully staffed.” More...

The Maine Tax Portal is coming soon!
Tax season is about to get easier! On the Maine Tax Portal, a new online system of Maine Revenue Services, businesses will be able to file, pay, and manage taxes online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new Maine Tax Portal, will be available for most business taxpayers December 1, 2022. It will replace I-File, EZ-Pay, and MEETRS, which will be deactivated for most business taxpayers March 31, 2023. More...

Member Events...
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Chamber Board of Directors

Sheila Lowe, Chair

Jake Miller, Vice Chair

Jeffrey Hamilton, Past Chair

Richard 'Sandy' Cox, Secretary

Steve Matteo, Treasurer

Chris Austin

Maggi Blue

David Gogel

Jodie Heal

Martha Kempe

Diane Lebson

Joan LeMole

Richard Lyon

Rick Manning

Michelle Peacock

Dan Pease

Garry Schwall

Laura Tracy
Chamber Staff

Eric Belley
President & CEO

Amy Rollins
Member Services Director

Diane Norton
Director of Member Marketing & Development

Elizabeth Burrell
Information Center Associate

Chamber Offices

Camden Office
2 Public Landing
Camden, ME 04843 
Information Center open:
Mon-Fri, 10 am - 4 pm

Rockland Office
25 Park Street
Rockland, ME 04841
Information Center open:
Mon-Fri, 10 am - 4 pm
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