November 9, 2023 | Issue 44

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Business Growth Award (sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank)


Rising Star Award (sponsored by Stanley Chevrolet and The Maine Chevy Dealers)


Hometown Heritage Award (sponsored by Camden National Bank)


Waldo County Business Award (sponsored by First National Bank)


Health Care Partner Award (sponsored by Waldo County General Hospital / MaineHealth)



Chamber Appreciation Award (sponsored by Front Street Shipyard)


Citizen of the Year Award* (sponsored by Mathews Brothers Company)


* Watch the 2023 Citizen of the Year Video Presentation here

November Business After Hours with Rollie's

Every month our Chamber hosts an after hours event designed for members to meet and build relationships with business people from companies and organizations representing a variety of industries in our region. Join us every third Wednesday!

Rollie's at the Waldo County Shrine Club

Wednesday, November 15, 530pm - 7pm

20 Northport Ave, Belfast

Click Here for a printable 2023 BAH schedule

Shop Searsport During the Construction!

As we've all seen the continued construction on Route 1 in Searsport, don't forget that all the businesses there are still open and could use your financial support! Make some time to shop for necessities or for the holidays, have a meal, or even a staycation night! Consider supporting these Chamber member businesses, and all local businesses, during the ongoing construction:

~ Workshop + Gallery

~ Dennis Raleigh Antiques & Pumpkin Patch Antiques

~ Splendiferous Sweet Shoppe

~ Sea Bird (formerly Bella Weidner Art)

~ Trove

~ Hey Sailor

~ Anodyne Bookshop

~ The Parsonage Gallery

~ Homeport Inn & Tavern

~ Captain Nickels Inn

~ Hamilton Marine

~ BlueJacket Shipcrafters

~ digitalprintmaker

~ Anglers Restaurant

~ Stone Fox Farm Creamery

2nd Annual Ho-Ho-Holiday Book Drive

Support the Chamber's efforts in collaboration with Belfast Rotary Club, to collect books for this year's Holiday on the Harbor event on Saturday, December 9th. For the month of November (and early December), you can drop off new or very gently used books that children will be able to take home at our holiday event.

Books can be dropped off at the Chamber Visitors Center at 14 Main St.

M-F 9am-5pm.

Our Town Belfast Holiday Passports are Here!

How to participate:

  1. Pick up your Holiday Passport at Our Town Belfast (82 Main Street) or the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce (14 Main Street) and shop participating downtown Belfast businesses now through December 17.
  2. Make a purchase and have your passport stamped (one stamp per business).
  3. Receive a minimum of five stamps to enter a gift card raffle. Gift cards have been generously donated by the participating businesses. The more stamps, the greater your chances.
  4. Return your completed passport to Our Town Belfast or the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce by 9:00 p.m. Sunday, December 17.
  5. OTB volunteers will hold a random drawing on Monday, December 18.
  6. Winners will be posted on, OTB’s Facebook page, and in OTB’s newsletter on Tuesday, December 19.

November 2nd Newsletter

1) Colonial Theatre Re-Opening

2) USS Sequoia Arrives in Maryland

3) Nordic Aquafarms Update

4) Penobscot Shores Art & Craft Fair

5) Chamber Job Search

Upcoming Events

Announcements & News

Belfast Free Library - Genealogy Group Meeting: Show & Tell November 15

Belfast Garden Club - Learn How to Manage Critters in the Garden November 21

BlueJacket Shipcrafters - November ShipShape Newsletter

Direct Communications Makes Donations to Local School Districts RSU #3 & RSU #71

First Church in Belfast UCC - Love Lights Returns Dec 3

Hamiln's Marine - Jeanneau Open House November 18 & December 2

Nautilus Restaurant - Owners Now Committed to Staying Open Until New Ownership

Owl Furniture - Can Ergonomics Be Comfortable?

TRJ - A Letter from the New Owners of the Belfast Opera House

Member Promotions
Click on ad for more information (where available)

Your Chamber Working For You!

Dorothy Havey, Executive Director

Scott Smith, Operations Manager

Board of Directors

President / Sue Beemer, Cornerspring Montessori School

Vice President / Erin Merrifield, RE/MAX Jaret & Cohn

Treasurer / Michelle Curtis, First National Bank

Secretary / Christy Lewis, Fellows, Kee, Tymoczko & Lewis

Megan Day, Waldo County General Hospital

Paul Dean, Counselor, City of Belfast

Dawn Gintz, Captain Nickels Inn

John McKeith, The Belfast Center

Chris Nickerson, Whale's Tooth Pub, Northport Inn & Lodge

Elaine Potoker, Interloqui

Terri Tower, Camden National Bank

Mary Tripp, Bank of America

Staff Photography by Dave Waddell, Down East Magazine

Consider Becoming a Member!

The Mission of the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce

is to champion a thriving business environment for its members through promotion, networking, advocacy, community partnerships and access to relevant information.

Follow the link above to find information about membership benefits and learn how we can promote you and help you achieve your goals.

Community Links:

Belfast Free Library | City of Belfast | Harbormaster

Public Transportation | Waldo County General Hospital | YMCA

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