The Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce is so thankful for its members. To show our appreciation, we are celebrating Membership Appreciation the entire month of April!

Throughout the month the Chamber will be conducting daily contests on Facebook with 17 total prize drawings. Winners will be selected at random and will be invited to come to the Chamber to collect their prize. If you don't win one of the daily contests we encourage you to keep playing along and sharing your support for local businesses! Those that do not win one of the daily prizes will be entered to win a prize drawing each Friday in the month of April. Contests begin on Monday, April 5th.

Each business day of the month will feature one of the below industries with multiple prizes that also relate to the industry.
  • Arts & Culture
  • Automobile & Transportation
  • Construction & Real Estate
  • Education
  • Financial
  • Hospitality
  • Health & Wellness
  • Insurance
  • Legal & Government
  • Nonprofit & Associations
  • Recreation
  • Restaurant
  • Retail
  • Printing
  • Professional Services
  • Utilities
Secretary Bellows' Listening Tours
with
Secretary of State Shenna Bellows

Wednesday, April 14th | 12:00 - 1:00PM

$20 per person
KV Chamber Members will receive a $10 gift certificate to enjoy lunch on us!
Secretary of State Shenna Bellows is Maine’s 50th Secretary of State, sworn into her first two-year term in the position on Jan. 4, 2021. Secretary Bellows is Maine’s first female Secretary of State. Secretary Bellows previously served two terms in the Maine Senate from 2016-2020, representing 11 towns in southern Kennebec County. In the Maine Senate, she served as Senate Chair of the Labor and Housing Committee and served on the Judiciary Committee. She was a 2020 presidential elector in the Electoral College. Secretary Bellows most recently led the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine as executive director from 2018 to 2020.
IMPORTANT: Attendees must make the full payment prior to the event in order to receive the link to attend the digital event. KV Chamber Members will receive a $10 chamber gift certificate from our Shop Local program to enjoy lunch on us from a participating member!
Thank you to our Women's Network Luncheon Sponsor!
Cynergy Virtual Trivia Night
Tuesday, April 20th | 6:15-7:30PM

Join Cynergy for Virtual Trivia Night! The trivia will be played via Kahoot, and it will helpful to download Kahoot prior to joining the virtual event.

This trivia event is also FREE!
Thank you to our 2021 Cynergy Sponsor!
A Conversation with U.S. Senator Susan Collins

Wednesday, April 21st | 10:00am - 11:00am

FREE for KV Chamber Members
$5 for the Public
First elected in 1996, Senator Collins has earned a national reputation as an effective legislator who works across party lines to seek consensus on our nation’s most important issues. For the past seven consecutive years, Senator Collins has ranked as the most bipartisan member of the U.S. Senate by the Lugar Center and Georgetown University.

Senator Collins ranks eleventh in Senate seniority and is the most senior Republican woman. She serves on the Appropriations Committee, and she is the Ranking Member of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee. She also serves on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; the Aging Committee; and the Intelligence Committee.
A Zoom conference line will be emailed to member attendees after registering for the event. Attendees from the public must make the full payment prior to the event in order to receive the link to attend the digital event.
Thank you to our Chamber Connection Sponsors!
Wednesday, April 28th | 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Although we are not networking together face-to-face, we are excited to catch up and network virtually! Our members are invited to join us on Wednesday, April 28th from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. for a virtual Business After Hours. During the virtual event, there will be break-out rooms with smaller groups to allow for more networking opportunities. Join us to share updates on your business and reconnect with the KV Chamber!
After registering for the event, attendees will be emailed a Zoom link to attend.
Thank you to our Business After Hours Sponsor!
Even though this year's celebration was a little different than usual, we had an amazing time celebrating the incredible achievements of the region’s greatest organizations and exceptional individuals. Both the finalists and winners represent hard work in their personal and professional lives. Thank you to everyone who tuned in and joined us in celebrating our region!

A special thank you to all our sponsors, especially our Presenting Sponsor, Kennebec Savings Bank! The Kenney Awards would not be possible without our community's support.

Each ticket package purchased for the 2021 Kenney Awards included Take-Out Vouchers to participating restaurants. Through your use of the vouchers, we were able to put $10,300 back into the community. Thank you!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEAR'S WINNERS AND FINALISTS
Large Business of the Year
Small Business of the Year
Community Service Award
President's Circle Award WINNER
President's Circle Award Finalist
President's Circle Award Finalist
Cynergy Young Professional Award WINNER
Shawn McLaughlin
Cynergy Young Professional Award Finalist
Ranae L'Italien
Cynergy Young Professional Award Finalist
Katelyn Pushard
THANK YOU 2021 KENNEY AWARDS SPONSORS!
PRESENTING SPONSOR
HEADLINING SPONSORS
INTERMISSION SPONSOR
LIVE VOTING SPONSOR
STREAMING SPONSOR
VENUE SPONSOR
VIDEO SPONSOR
RECEPTION SPONSORS
  • Day's Jewelers
  • Gardiner Federal Credit Union
  • Lipman Katz & Boston
  • Macomber, Farr & Whitten
  • Oakes & Parkhurst Glass
  • Pine State Trading. Co
  • Quality Inn & Suites Maine Evergreen Hotel
  • Sprague & Curtis Real Estate
  • TRC Companies
  • University of Maine at Augusta
FREE Face Masks Available!

Does your business need PPE? The KV Chamber has masks available for our members! Please contact us at info@kennebecvalleychamber.com or by calling (207) 623-4559 so we can assist you with your needs.
Welcome Our New Member!
Twelve North Agency
Kelly David, (207) 740-8535

Wilkinson Law, PLLC
Lester F. Wilkinson, Jr., (207) 707-8221
February Member Anniversaries
40+ Years
Central Maine Power | Macomber, Farr & Whitten

30+ Years
Kennebec Valley Y.M.C.A. | Smart Eye Care | U.S. Cellular

20+ Years
Bangor Savings Bank | Sam's Club

10+ Years
Augusta Country Club | Capital Area Staffing Solutions Inc. | Darling's Chrysler, Dodge, Hyundai | Kozak & Gayer, P.A. | Marshall Communications | O'Connor Volkswagen

5+ Years
A2Z Computing Services, Inc. | Blane Casey Building Contractors, Inc. | Columbia Classic Cars | Hampton Inn | Maine Forest Products Council | Sherwin-Williams | Snow Pond Center for the Arts | Snow Pond Technology Group

Also Renewing
Goodwill Northern New England | Lakehome Group | Maritime Energy | Staples | Stevens & Day, LLP
Chamber Member News
Camden National Bank Announced that Nate Cotnoir was promoted to Senior Vice President Northern Maine Director of Commercial Banking. Based out of Bangor, Cotnoir will be responsible for managing all commercial banking activities and production in the bank’s Greater Bangor, Augusta, Waterville, and Downeast markets. Cotnoir has nearly 19 years of experience in commercial banking and finance. 
Gardiner FCU had to cancel several planned fundraisers for the Campaign for Ending Hunger due to the pandemic, including their annual yard sale and the spaghetti dinner. Missing out on those two fundraisers could have set them way back, but the credit union members and their community members supported every remaining fundraiser. Thanks to their support, Gardiner FCU will be donating a total of just under $20,000 to several area food banks and organizations that help provide meals to those who may otherwise go without.
Golden Pond's founder and managing director, Brian Bernatchez, CFP, announced inclusion in LPL’s Executive Council. This elite award is presented to less than 1% of the firm’s more than 17,000 financial advisors nationwide. Since 1996, Golden Pond Wealth Management is a family owned and operated firm celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2021—affiliated with LPL Financial since inception. LPL Financial is a leader in the retail financial advice market and the nation’s largest independent broker/dealer.
MaineGeneral Health is now accepting applications for its 2021 Health Scholarship Program. Scholarships support the education of health care professionals in the Kennebec Valley and are available to individuals pursuing degrees in a variety of health-related disciplines. In 2020, MaineGeneral Health and individual sponsors awarded more than $40,000 in scholarships to 49 students in the Kennebec Valley. Scholarship recipients ranged in age from 17 to 50, pursuing degrees in nursing, radiology, pharmacy, sports medicine, social work and other health care careers. Scholarships generally range $500 to $2,500 each. To learn more about MaineGeneral’s Scholarship Program and how to apply, visit https://give.mainegeneral.org/scholarships. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 7.
Marshall Communications (MC) was recently honored with two Golden Arrow Awards from the Maine Public Relations Council (MPRC) at the 2020 Virtual MPRC Awards Ceremony held on Feb. 24, 2021. Now celebrating 30 years in the business, Marshall Communications has won 26 awards, including its more recent Golden Arrow awards, since 2010. MC was awarded gold in the video/podcast category for The PR Maven® Podcast, a podcast hosted by Marshall herself featuring interviews with industry leaders, top executives, media personalities, and online influencers. MC was also honored with a silver award for their media relations campaign for Trek Across Maine. The virtual event raised $550,000.
U.S. Small Business Administration is offering two webinars in the month of April. The first is called "Surety Bond Guarantee Webinar" and is on April 14th, from 9:00am to 10:00am. For more information on this webinar you can contact Jim Pineau, Senior Area Manager at (207)945-2021 or james.pineau@sba.gov. The second webinar is called "Basic Business Startup Webinar" and is on April 28th, from 9:00am to 11:00am. If this class is full, the next class scheduled will be held on May 24th, 2021.
To submit Member News, send your press releases to: info@kennebecvalleychamber.com
Chamber Staff Update

We are excited to announce that Amy Gingras is joining the team as our new Marketing Coordinator. Amy graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Maine Farmington in 2019 with a degree in Political Science. She has worked for Clark Marine, Maine Department of Transportation, and the University of Maine Farmington, all in a Communications capacity. Please join us in welcoming her to our team.

In this announcement, we would like to thank Caroline Saban for her 3.5 years at the Chamber. We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.
KVCC Board of Directors
Earl Kingsbury, Chair*
Augusta Civic Center
Tim Walton, Chair Elect*
Walton External Affairs
Michele Pelletier, Vice Chair*
PERFORMANCE Foodservice - NorthCenter
Matthew Tardiff, Treasurer*
J.S. McCarthy Printers
Alec Rogers, Past Chair*
Quality Inn & Suites Maine Evergreen Hotel
Chuck Hays, Past Treasurer*
MaineGeneral Health
Cathy DeMerchant, Human Resources*
Capital Area Staffing Solutions, Inc.
Katie Doherty, President & CEO*^
Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce

* Executive Committee  ^ Full -Time Executive

Karen Boston
Lipman Katz & Boston, P.A
Nathan Cotnoir
Camden National Bank
Lori Dube
Sprague & Curtis Real Estate
Elisa Ellis, Special Counsel
Ellis Law, LLC
Sue Grenier
G&E Roofing Co., Inc.
Eric Jermyn
Cross Insurance Agency
Steven Marson
Central Maine Pyrotechnics
Stacey Morrison
Ganneston Construction Corp.
Richard Parkhurst
Stained Glass Express
Lynn Quirion
Macomber, Farr & Whitten
Andrew Silsby
Kennebec Savings Bank
Eric Stinneford
Central Maine Power Company
Rebecca Wyke
University of Maine at Augusta
KVCC Staff

Katie L. Doherty, President & CEO, kld@kennebecvalleychamber.com
Lindsay L. Corbett, Office Manager, llc@kennebecvalleychamber.com
Kayla M. Tracy, Events & Membership Director, kmt@kennebecvalleychamber.com
Caroline A. Saban, Marketing Director, cas@kennebecvalleychamber.com
Amy P. Gingras, Marketing Coordinator, apg@kennebecvalleychamber.com