Monthly Newsletter Contents: New Summer Intern, New Members, Member Spotlight & More
May 2019
A Community of Businesses
Here's an interesting question: of the roughly 400 members in the Chamber, how many do you think you've done business with personally or professionally? For the Chamber, it adds up to ... CLICK HERE to read more
Please Welcome our Summer Intern
We are excited to have Maddy Jarvis working at the Chamber as our summer intern. Maddy recently finished her sophomore year at James Madison University and is majoring in Public Relations. She'll be working on communications, social media and events for us. Thank you to F.O.C. (Friend of the Chamber) PJ Lassek at the University of New England for making introductions that led to this internship opportunity. Please reach out and welcome Maddy to the Chamber!
New Chamber Member Update

* Edward Jones Biddeford - Abigail Bryant heads up the Edward Jones office now in Biddeford and emphasizes a collaborative, partnership-based approach to financial help - please welcome her to our community and the Chamber

* Maine Optometry, P.A. - This full-service optometry practice is opening soon at 240 Main St. in Saco ... the medical and office team is in place and taking appointments so give them a call today

* Live Well Chiropractic - Dr. Grant Lemire is currently opening an office in Building 2 in the Biddeford Mill complex, focusing on holistic health and wellness - reach out to learn more
Member Spotlight: Whimsical ME in Saco
Each month, we like to share an overview of a specific Chamber member to create more awareness for all the businesses and organizations that combine to make our region so dynamic. To read this month's feature on Whimsical ME , CLICK HERE
Free Webinars on Going Global

Are you thinking of expanding your business internationally? Federal trade experts are offering a free 4-part webinar series in May that highlights strategies and resources to help you win business in other countries.

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Recovery Workforce Job Fair

This second annual job fair on June 6th at the Pepperell Mill campus in Biddeford is a great way for local businesses to connect with people coming out of the recovery process and looking for gainful local employment.

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New Summer Courses at YCCC

York County Community College is pleased to offer several courses preparing people for industry certifications. They have courses in Basic EMT, Emergency Telecommunications (Dispatch), and ServSafe. Register now for courses starting in June.

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Amtrak Downeaster Wants To Hear From You!

Whether it’s a daily commute, a once a month in-person meeting, or the occasional conference, the Amtrak Downeaster wants to hear about your experience when traveling to Boston for business. Take this quick 3 – 5 minute business travel survey and share your thoughts!

CLICK HERE to take the survey
Proposed Changes to Public Transportation Service

The Biddeford-Saco-Old Orchard Beach Transit committee wants your feedback. They will be conducting public hearings this month to provide more detail on the changes coming to their Portland Intercity route and the introduction of the new "Pulse" system.

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Prior Newsletters on the Chamber Website

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Thornton Academy Senior Night
Thornton Academy volunteers are planning for the annual Senior Night celebration on June 6th and they invite local businesses to contribute to this special event leading up to graduation. Donations to the event support a safe and fun celebration for students. Local business participation with a donated item or cash gift is critical to the success of the raffle that is a highlight of Senior Night. For more information regarding donations, please contact lead parent Melissa Paradis at or Chamber member and Thornton Academy parent Kevin Roche at
Create a Social Media Video for your Business
Chamber member Your Real Estate Team @ Keller-Williams is continuing to produce free videos promoting your business to post on social media. The videos are easy to do and are a few minutes long. We've been getting great feedback. If you're interested, please contact them at:
2019 Area Guidebooks Available
Our annual Biddeford & Saco Chamber of Commerce Area Guidebook is updated for 2019. It includes a complete member listing along with a helpful calendar of major events in the region. If you would like some copies, please stop by the Welcome Center or let us know and we can drop some off! Also, thank you to the Chamber sponsors and members who advertised in this year's edition.
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