The Bunnies, Eggs & Easter Edition |March 30, 2018
The 'Hop Into April' Edition
Dear Members,

It's an early Easter Sunday this year, and just like St. Patrick's Day a couple of weeks ago we are not going to highlight and particular restaurants this week in the updates just like we didn't for St Patrick's Day because that would be literally the entire updates. Know this though, there are incredible brunch buffets and traditional dinners being held all over our region, so reach out to some of your favorite spots and make your reservations today.

Another quick unrelated note: you will notice below more links to stories so you can follow up on your own- it's our continued effort to streamline these updates to make them a bit shorter on the face while maintaining access to more information. With that, a reminder of the new submission form for you to share your updates in this newsletter- we will continue to push this for several weeks until it becomes routine.

Click this link to submit your story for the SMMC News & Notes weekly e-newsletter. The instructions are simple to follow and it will save us about 60 minutes of formatting time each week if we all do it. That's more time we can use to focus on other projects and promote you in different ways, and over a year that adds up to an extra work week. BTW the submission link also lives on the home page of the SMMC website at

Here are your SMMC News & Notes for Friday, March 30, 2018:
Chamber Updates:
April 12 @ 12 Hosting Opportunity, April After Hours at MEMA on April 12, New Advertisers for Guest Guide, Hiring Fair, Will Power & More
12 @ 12
Looking for 12 @ 12 Host for April & May
Today at noon is our March 12 @ 12 and we have a full slate of attendees looking to connect and share over lunch. These are really successful meetings and a great way to meet and get to know 11 other members. We are looking for hosts of 2018 and in particular we would like to line up the April & May hosts. Take a look at the hosting application if you're interested but essentially hosts don't pay a fee for hosting except to provide lunch for 12 people- it's that easy!

Chamber After Hours
Register Today for our next Chamber After Hours, April 12 at MEMA
Several people have e-mailed asking about the next CAH, which will be Thursday, April 12 at Maine energy Marketers Association, 25 Greenwood road in Brunswick. They are doing some very interesting work helping to combat workforce issues in the energy sector and they want to share that story with all of you. CAH is a great way to catch up with many members you may have lost track of over the winter. Come out and enjoy spring* with us and if you register ahead of time you get a custom name tag! (and MEMA gets a more accurate head count for food and such) Hope to see you there.
(* The SMMC is not responsible if spring hasn't sprung by April 12)

2018 Guest Guide Update
Calling New Advertisers
As we are beginning to finalize with past advertisers for the 2018 Guest Guide, we are starting to find which pages are available for ads for new advertisers. Now is the best time to reach out and claim your spot in the advertising. All members do get listed in the 2018 Guest Guide, but grabbing an ad is a great way to get your business noticed, and it supports the chamber to offset the cost of designing and printing 50,000 guides.
If we want to get the guide out before Memorial Day, which most assuredly we do, the drop-dead, must-have finalized deadline for ads, can't-delay-talking-to-Cory-by-date is April 20 2018. That gives us only a week to proof the book before it goes to the printer. Obviously any day before that is even better.
The ads, when compared to other advertising opportunities are very reasonable with most ads costing one penny per copy or less. With a target audience of tourists and relocators, this ad can return direct sales to your company. I hope if you're interested you will take a look at the advertising opportunities sheet that has been updated with the final timeline. Or you can e-mail Cory to set up an appointment over the next 2-3 weeks.

SMMC Spring Hiring Fair
April 24 at Cook’s Corner Mall in Brunswick
The 2018 Spring Hiring Fair sponsored by Mid Coast-Parkview Health and Coastal Counties Workforce Inc and presented by the Southern Midcoast Career Center, the Maine Department of Labor and the SMMC is set for April 24 at Cook’s Corner Mall in Brunswick. We have 20 businesses registered to date.
Click here for the 2018 Spring Hiring Fair Registration. The fair will be 1pm to 4pm to help seasonal businesses capitalize on getting students to come by after school.
Booths remain at $95 per booth with an early bird special of $80 if you register by April 10. There are still some sponsorships available too, including a new advertising sponsor level ( e-mail Cory for those specifics). 

WILL Power
Champions Panel April 18: 32 Registrations Already In
Click on the WILL Power Champions Panel to register for this lunchtime panel discussion on April 18 at Maine Maritime Museum in Bath sponsored by Legacy Investments and Wealth Management & Burgess Technology Services. We have three outstanding CEOs for our panel – Lois Skillings, President & CEO, Mid Coast–Parkview Health, Brunswick; Betsy Biemann, CEO of CEI, Brunswick and Meredith Burgess, CEO, Burgess Advertising in Falmouth. Cost: $28 includes lunch provided by Mae's Cafe
2018 Guest Guide Awards & Accolades Page
Awards & Accolades Page- Submit Your Info to Be Included
Did your company win an award from a magazine or other industry group that you have proof of? We want to help you tell the world about it!
Each member in good standing will be allowed to post one award or accolade about their business in the 2018 Guest Guide.  Awards must be verified. Please scan & send the award certificate or email other proof of officiality.
Please note:
Awards cannot mention other businesses in a negative way, for example “We sold more widgets than K-Mart, etc.” 
We are looking for authentic awards like “Voted Best Chowder by Food Magazine X”, “a top 10 destination according to Trip Advisor in 2017” or “Won the Newsmag Best Design Award in 2014”…things like that. We will need to name the source of the award so accolades like “Best Food Around” won’t do. Thx.  

Save the Date
Hacker’s Ball, May 11 at Brunswick Golf Club
The Midcoast Edge is working on sponsorships and we should have some team registrations in next week's updates to send to all of you. If you would like to receive either the sponsorship form, or team registration form, e-mail Cory and he will keep a list of who to contact.
Member Events & In the News:
CNA Courses, Great Conference Opportunities, Chamber Member Event Save the Dates & Many Member Stories in our Expanded In The News Section
Mark Your Calendars: Member Event
Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary Used Book Sale Set for April 6 and 7
Brunswick, ME – The Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary Used Book Sale will take place on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Merrymeeting Plaza, 147 Bath Road in Brunswick. Thousands of gently used books have been donated and sorted into major categories and will be available at bargain prices.
Book donations will be accepted Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 noon through April 4. Contributors can pull up to the door located between Shaw’s and CVS and volunteers will assist in unloading. All books, except encyclopedias, textbooks, Reader’s Digest condensed books, magazines, or soiled and damaged books, are welcome.
Proceeds from the book sale benefit the Herb Paris Health Career Scholarship Fund and other vital hospital projects. All donations are tax-deductible. More information is available by calling (207) 373-6015.

Save the Date: Workshop
Augusta SCORE - Facebook for Businesses April 13
In light of the recent changes to the Facebook news feed algorithm, how can small businesses and organizations leverage their presence on Facebook? Is it even worth it? Well, don't throw in the towel just yet. During this interactive workshop, you will learn the tips and tricks you need to know in order to rise above the algorithm changes and continue to deliver quality content to your audiences. We will also discuss Facebook Insights in depth. (Plus, you’ll get answers to all those Facebook questions you've been DYING to ask.)
It’s time to make the most of Facebook time and energy to engage more of the people who matter most to your business!  Event link for more information
 Merrymeeting Adult Education offers free C.N.A. info session April 19, from 6-7:30pm
Merrymeeting Adult Education is offering a free Certified Nursing Assistant Information Session on Thursday, April 19, from 6-7:30pm at the adult education center at 35 Republic Ave. in Topsham. Interested participants will learn about the enrollment process, scholarship opportunities and there will be time for questions and answers. Call (207) 729-7323 to register.
The C. N. A. course is scheduled for May 21- Aug. 21, from 6- 9: 30 pm, at Region 10 Technical High School in Brunswick. The cost of the course will be $975, but full scholarships, as well as employment opportunities, are available through collaboration with Midcoast Parkview Hospital.

Member Blog
Mid Coast Senior Health Center Nurse Leader Graduates from Maine Health Care Association Nurse Leadership Institute
The Maine Health Care Association (MHCA) announced in February that Shannon Dietz, RN, CPPS, CPHQ, of Mid Coast Senior Health Center recently graduated from the Association’s 2018 Nurse Leadership Institute. Dietz joined the Mid Coast–Parkview Health system in 2017. Check out the full Blog Press Release Here

Conference Opportunity
Maine Grocers & Food Producers Event Loaded with Appropriate Info for All Business Owners/Managers, April 11
Typically we don’t share industry specific conferences to the general membership but this one got brought to my attention. It’s the Maine Grocers & Food Producers Conference happening April 11 in Augusta. The agenda topics include:
10:30 AM - The Workforce W's: Who? What? Where? When? Presenters will review avenues for recruiting, discuss the state's challenges and areas for opportunities. We'll look to discover outlets to find employees and what you can improve upon to retain your workforce. Presented by Nate Wildes, Live & Work in Maine & Mary Joan Kozicki LaFontaine, Regional Director – Southern CareerCenters
12:30 PM - Legislative Hot Topics: Minimum Wage, Paid Family Leave, Universal Care, Workplace Safety. Hear the details of how the regulatory environment affects your staff, their rights and be sure you're in compliance. Presented by: Christine Cummings, Executive Director, MGFPA & Curtis Picard, President & CEO, Retail Association of Maine.
1:00PM - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training. Presented by: Katy Rand, Partner at Pierce Atwood & Leora Kirk, PHR, SHRM-CP, KMA Human Resources Consulting, LLC
2:00PM - Employee Legalities and HR Recommendations. Presented by: Rebecca S. Webber, Esq., President, Central Maine HRA, The Society for Human Resource Management

Local Event Open to Our Chamber Members
Freeport Chamber Business Expo  
Thursday April 5, 2018, 2pm to 5pm
Freeport Chamber of Commerce is holding a Business Expo, which is open to the public and includes: Business Exhibitors, a Speaker Series and even a Putting Contest
Business Exhibitor Booth's available:
SMMC members will get the Greater Freeport Chamber Members price
Private booth for $250 OR-Share with one other Member for $175/each OR-Share with two other Members for $125/each 
This is similar to the B2B Marketplace Expo we did with the Freeport Chamber last year but we are not a part of this year. It's nice that the Freeport Chamber will be honoring our members with member pricing.
Contact Shawna Chigro-Rogers at the Freeport Chamber: or 207-847-5240 x 1 

In the News
Several Great Stories Found Across Various Media Platforms this Week

Downeaster Extension on Hold
I received this news via an e-mail this week, but here is a nice article from the Times Record describing the decision a bit more in depth. Safety is always a big issue and it's better to be safe then sorry. This will be a project that planning is already beginning for Summer 2019.
"A pilot program that would have extended Downeaster passenger rail service from Brunswick to Rockland this summer has been canceled.
Amtrak was unable to complete a risk assessment of the railroad from Brunswick to Rockland in time to launch the pilot program this summer, according to Patricia Quinn, executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority." Click the link above for the full story

Maine House passes bill to provide BIW with $45 million in tax incentives
"The Maine House voted Tuesday to approve a bill that would provide Bath Iron Works with $45 million in tax incentives over 15 years if the shipyard meets investment and employment goals." Click the link for the full story

Bath Iron Works is planning for an expansion at its Brunswick facility
"Bath Iron Works plans to build a 20,000-square-foot steel preservation facility at its Hardings Facility on Bath Road to replace equipment that has begun to fail and cause delays at its main shipyard in Bath." Click on the link for the full story

Strong opinions on MDOT plan to replace bridge connecting Brunswick, Topsham
SMMC Executive Director spoke on behalf of the SMMC Board of Directors reconfirming the baord resolution passed in 2016 for replacement over rehabilitation, citing the business expenses of a prolonged closure and the drastic effects is could have on businesses. Here is an article about that meeting held Wednesday night
"MaineDOT hosted the meeting at Mt. Ararat High School to discuss the bridge project's environmental assessment. More than 250 people attended the project’s environmental assessment meeting at Mt. Ararat High School, which was scheduled to end at 8 p.m. but was extended almost another hour so that everyone who wanted to speak got a chance." Click the link for the full story

Town Meeting to decide fate of future Bowdoinham facility
"Bowdoinham is seeking a new public works facility. The town has used the current location at 8 Pond Road since 1998. Town Manager Bill Post told selectmen in February that the town had been searching for a new site for the public works facility for six years." Click the link for the full story
Calendar of Events
Joy of the Art, Learning Events & More
As we head into the busier event season, we encourage you to click through to our online calendar for the full list of all member events and detailed location and descriptions.. 
Calendar items can be added to your Outlook calendar by clicking the 'iCal' link in each event.

March 30

SMMC 12 @ 12 AT Maine Energy Marketers Assoc. 
registration closed

The Magic Show, starring Ben Zabin
Orion Performing Arts Center, Mt. Ararat Middle School
Ben is a hot new magician touring the country and on TV. Fun! No lame card tricks. No rabbits out of hats. Not your average magician. This is Fresh. This is Interactive. This is Magic. Perfect blend of youth, maturity, humor, and pop culture awareness. Check out Ben's website $15 adult; $10 student. Tickets at the door or

March 31

March Mayhem II
Topsham Public Library
Springtime is in the air. It's a time when the shadows grow a little longer and the snow melts away to uncover the terrible secrets hidden by the long, fierce winter. The Tuesday Mayhem Society cordially invites you to an afternoon of murder, madness, and strange fiction. Come hear some of Maine's brightest stars of dark literature, featuring the fiction of David Price, Lynda Styles, Morgan Sylvia, April Hawks, and Peter N. Dudar. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

UUCB Concerts for a Cause: HEATHER MASSE and JED WILSON
Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick, 1 Middle Street
The UUCB Concerts for a Cause series presents Heather Masse and Jed Wilson on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick, 1 Middle Street, Brunswick. Maine native Heather Masse is well-known to audiences as a regular guest on the NPR radio show 'A Prairie Home Companion,'; both as a solo performer and as a member of the Billboard-charting folk supergroup, The Waylin'; Jennys.

April 3

Brunswick Toastmasters Club Meeting
Brunswick Toastmasters Club meets the first & third Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at 8 Venture Avenue, Brunswick. Visitors welcome. 

April 4

My Next Career Move - free online class with New Ventures Maine
This free, month-long course with New Ventures Maine will help you take charge of your career and create an action plan to achieve success. Learn how your current skills connect to future careers. Identify high-growth job fields. Explore education and training options. Strengthen your resume for a targeted job search. Graduates of My Next Career Move are eligible to apply for the University of Maine at Augusta GEN Scholarship, to be used at any UMA location. Please register by Friday, March 30 at: For more information, please contact Sherrie Brann at 621-3436 or For information on classes and services with New Ventures Maine in Brunswick, online, and around the state, visit

Joy of the Lens Reception
Join us in the Topsham Public Library Crooker Gallery to kick off our annual juried photography exhibit. The show will feature original photographs by year-round Maine residents, both amateur and professional. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. Refreshments will be served.

Have a fun weekend!
The SMMC News & Notes are generously sponsored by: 
Cory King | SMMC | (207) 725-8797| |