July 7, 2017
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2017 Business After Hours Schedule

July 12
Merryspring Nature Center
Allen Insurance & Financial

August 9
to be held at 16 Bay View

September 13
BRIO Promotions

October 11
Bangor Savings Bank
Rockland office

November 8
Hampton Inn & Suites
Rock Harbor Brewpub

December 13
First National Bank
Park Street, Rockland office
Camden Office:
2 Public Landing, PO Box 919, Camden, ME 04843 

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

Our Visitor Centers are now operating on summer hours: 
Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm and
Sat - Sun, 10am - 4pm
Chamber News and Happenings...
  Welcome, New Members!
The following businesses and organizations have joined the
Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce since April 15, 2017:

Aflac, Washington
AKZ Photography, Camden
Maine Blog Connection, Friendship
OrganiClean, Cushing
Sea Bags, Camden      
Sloop Anjacaa, Camden

Thank you for your membership!
Sign up today for July 11 Business Breakfast:
Educating Maine's Workforce
Hear from a panel of local and state education leaders about the plan to have 60% of Maine's adult workforce hold a post-secondary degree or certificate by 2025. We'll discuss how to accomplish that for residents of the Camden-Rockland Region and the state, what resources we need to make that happen, and what it means for our economy.
The panel will be moderated by Chris Rector, and there will be time for questions from the audience.  Click here to sign up!
Next Business After Hours is July 12 at Merryspring Nature Park

Please join us on Wednesday, July 12, from 5 to 7 pm, for a picnic in the park at Merryspring Nature Center30 Conway Road, Camden.

Merryspring Nature Center and Allen Insurance and Financial are co-sponsors of this unique BAH. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket and wear comfortable shoes for a walk in the garden.
Catering by Megunticook Market and wine by Rayr.

Merryspring sits at the end of Conway Road, located just off Rt. 1, between Subway and  Hannaford Supermarket, at the Camden/Rockport town line. Carpooling is encouraged.

Promoting Your Events Through the Chamber -

Many Ways to Connect!

Attention Chamber Members: As we head into the busy season, here's a friendly reminder of the many ways that the Chamber can help you promote your upcoming events. We welcome the following:

Posters and/or Rack Cards: Drop these off at either our Camden or Rockland Visitor Center during our office hours (no need to go to both offices; we'll transport for you!) Please keep in mind, we have many member events to promote and limited display space, so we may need to limit each member to one poster/rack card on display at any given time. Rest assured that we refresh our bulletin boards and counter space daily, and will cycle your current event in as soon as space allows.

Press Releases:  Email to Amy@CamdenRockland.com. Press releases will be added to the Chamber News page on our website, and headlines with clickable links will be included in the next available Friday Report, space permitting.

Calendar Listings: Please add these directly to our online Events Calendar, using your Chamber logon information. If you need help with this, please contact Amy Rollins at 596-0376 or Amy@CamdenRockland.com.

12@12 Sponsorships Available
Our monthly 12@12 lunches are catching on! Who could resist a FREE lunch with 12 Chamber members and our Executive Director and Board Chair? Plus, it's an opportunity to network and discuss the current business climate.
Would your business like to sponsor an upcoming 12@12?
Only four months available, including July! Contact Diane Norton at 691-0131 or Diane@CamdenRockland.com. To attend an upcoming 12@12, click here.
Member News....

Best Windjammer Watching on the Planet in Rockland
Acres of canvas will be flying as North America’s largest fleet of traditional windjammers struts past the Rockland Breakwater on the first two Fridays in July during their two signature summer events. More...

Camden Public Library is July Recipient of Camden Hannaford Fundraising Program
For every Hannaford Helps reusable bag with the good karma message purchased at the Camden Hannaford during July, Camden Public Library will receive a $1 donation. More...

Island Institute hosts free Summer Lecture Series
The Island Institute will host a free lecture series this summer featuring authors, artists, and experts sharing insights into life on the Maine coast. More...

Kick Off Summer Weekends with Cafe Miranda at CMCA
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art and Cafe Miranda present Open Late, a fun, informal, after-work gathering on Friday evenings in CMCA's courtyard at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. Starting Friday, July 7. More...

Haynes Galleries' Summer Exhibitons
For its 2017 season, Haynes Galleries in Thomaston presents three distinct exhibitions that journey from sailing the high seas to exploring the whimsical and magical. More...

"Pies on Parade" event in Camden on Sat., Jan. 27, 2018 - Additional Camden business participants welcome!
Camden area businesses will host an event as part of the Historic Inns of Rockland "Pies On Parade" weekend. To p articipate, contact innkeeper@thebelmontinn.com or lisa@camdenhawthorn. com  by July 12th. More...

Ecuadorian Meal Followed By Talk at Penobscot School
Penobscot Language School continues its Cultural Cuisine series by offering an authentic Ecuadorian meal followed by a talk on Thursday, July 13 th  starting at at 6 p.m. More...

New Offerings for July 16 Gardens in the Watershed Tour
New this year is a post-tour reception at a restored 1814 barn on Randall’s Hill Farm in Searsport. Another update to the tour is a slate of exclusive, high-end raffle offerings. More...

Savage Oakes to Offer the Official Wines of the North Atlantic Blues Festival
Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery is proud to announce they will offer the official wines of the 2017 North Atlantic Blues Festival. More...

Fired Up: A Foodie Event to Benefit Trekkers
Trekkers, an adventure-based, youth-mentoring program, is in full swing with planning for  Fired Up,  a summer fundraising event to be held on Thursday, July 20 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm More...

Artist William Wegman and His Dogs at The Strand
Wegman, accompanied by his famous Weimaraners, will present a talk on his work on Tues., July 25, at 5:30pm at The Strand Theatre, as part of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art's Tuesday Talk series. More...

Calling Lobster Mac n Cheese chefs for Lobsterpalooza
Mark your calendar for the 5 th  Annual Lobsterpalooza Mac ‘n Cheese cooking contest, Sun., September 17 at the Rockland Elks Club. More...

IRS Web Conference Series for Tax Professionals
Please join us for another great IRS Web Conference Series! For each topic listed below, there will be two 60-minute sessions available. More...
Members in the Spotlight...

Heal Accounting Announces Promotions, Welcomes New Team Members
Heal Accounting Solutions is proud to announce new team members Tamara Cody and Brooke Fournier the promotion of Lisa Ladd. More...

Trekkers welcomes new AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates
Trekkers is pleased to announce that Matthew Ansart and Jordan Carpenter have joined the Trekkers team for the summer as our AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates. 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.  C ontact Ken Dutra, an authorized Sales Professional of Nationwide Payment Solutions, for a free and no pressure assessment of your current processing services. Call 8 66-464-8700  or email  npays@comcast.net

You and a friend receive half-price admission to the 15th Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show! 
The Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show will be held August 11-13 in Rockland. This is a special, limited-time offer to all Chamber members. Click here, choose "Tickets," enter promotional code pbrcc2017, purchase and print out two tickets ($7.50 each plus service charge), and bring them (and a friend) to any gate during the show. Tickets must be pre-purchased online; offer good July 7-August 10, 2017. Gates open at 10 am daily. Children under 12 get in free. Please, no pets on show grounds. Grab a friend, come to the show, and have fun!  

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 .

Brochures Across Maine: Let us place your business in your customers' hands!
We have a few display positions available for the 2017 season and will make them available to Chamber of Commerce members on a first-come/first-served basis. Brochures Across Maine delivers promotional materials (i.e. brochures and other fliers) for local businesses looking to display their products, goods, services and attractions at lodging locations anywhere from Acadia to Augusta. We have 5 separate delivery routes including the Midcoast (Bucksport through Rockland). We distribute on a weekly basis, from early May through Columbus Day. In business for 20+ years; references gladly furnished upon request. Contact Jon Hubbard at jahubbard55@gmail.com or 207-288-3864. 

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 meghan@storiestotell.net  or 207-975-0508. 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/