Monthly Programs
Recognizing Unconscious Influences
With Ellen Miller
Founder of Empowhers

Ellen Miller, the founder of Empowhers, helps women discover their pioneering mindset and develop the skills they need to overcome barriers and consciously own their career and life journey. As an IPEC certified coach, an energy industry executive with over 20 years' experience, a podcaster, and a speaker, Ellen has profound understanding of the challenges and rewards of being a pioneer -- and the only woman in the room. Ellen's purpose is to help today's pioneers break new trails and leave a lasting impact.

Wednesday, August 11th | 11:30 - 1:00 PM
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta Room

$20 For Members
$30 For Non-Members
Lunch Provided!
Thank you to our Women's Network Luncheon Sponsor!
Lilac on The River
Wednesday, August 25th | 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Join us for some unforgettable food and memories!

KV Chamber members and guests are welcome to join us for networking with business professionals from the 23 communities we service!

Lilac Mixology & Catering will host Lilac on The River, an outside event space located on Front Street along the historic waterfront of downtown Augusta. The event will take place on Wednesday, August 25th.

Delicious hors d'oeuvres will be served, and a bar will be available. In addition, every Business After Hours is an incredible opportunity to win amazing door prizes and participate in the 50/50 raffle.

Please register ahead of time for this event.

We cannot wait to see you there!
Thank you to our Business After Hours Sponsors!
This year, we are back in action to honor the members who go above and beyond in service, stewardship, and quality to their communities and customers. And what better way to honor them than by nominating the change-makers you know and love best.

With that said, we are excited to announce the opening of the 2022 Kenny Awards Nomination process.

Email nominations to:
Thank you to our KV Chamber Golf Tournament Sponsors
Major Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor
Air Cannon Sponsor
Exclusive Cart Sponsor
Gold Sponsors
Hole Sponsors
Augusta Natural Gas | Blane Casey Building Contractor, Inc. | Brookwood Realty
Cross Insurance | Days Jewelers | Free ME from Lung Cancer | Ganneston Construction | G&E Roofing
Kents Hill School | KV Federal Credit Union | Performance Food Service - NorthCenter | Smart Eye Care Sprague & Curtis Real Estate | Uncle Henry's | Vickerson Appraisal | Walton External Affairs
Snack Sponsor

Performance Food Service - NorthCenter
Beverage Sponsor

Join us for our third year of 7th Up! A program centered on empowering seventh-graders from Cony Middle School to see the possibility of careers available to them right outside their school doors. We are all aware of the challenges facing students with the current climate. Your participation in making a video showcasing your business and the job opportunities available might be the inspiration a kid needs to start a dream. If interested, please email your business info to and we can get you set up to inspire a child.

Remember once upon a time you too dreamed of being a chef, piolet, nurse, lineman, mechanic, teacher, builder, and many more occupations. So do a small part in being the inspiration for another.
Welcome Our New Members!
Bean's Septic Service
Mary Bean, (207) 441-5300

Colizzi Co. LLC
Dominic Colizzi, (615) 856-1699

The Art Walk Shop & Studio, LLC
Nicholas Shelton, (207) 395-5092

Member Anniversaries
40+ Years
City of Augusta; Kennebec Journal; O'Connor Auto Park; Pine Tree Veterinary Hospital

30+ Years
Augusta State Airport

20+ Years
College Carry-Out; Homestead Realty; Kennebec Behavioral Health; Kennebec Pharmacy & Home Care; Maranacook Schools; Salvation Army

10+ Years
American Lung Association in Maine; Winthrop Commerce Center, LLC

5+ Years
Homewood Suites by Hilton Augusta; Maine Job Trust

Augusta Natural Gas;, Inc; First Amendment Museum; Grossman Marketing Group formerly Premier Marketing Group; Kents Hill School; Management Plus, Inc.; One River CPA's; Pouliot Real Estate, Inc.; Taylor, McCormack & Frame, LLC; Walton External Affairs

Chamber Member News
Camden National Bank announced that it is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Leaders & Luminaries Awards, a program started by the bank in 2011 to celebrate the importance of effective nonprofit board leaders in our community. Between now and September 24, 2021, the bank is seeking nominations for passionate board directors who are responsible for advancing their organization’s mission and impact. Four winning awardees will be named, and $20,000 in total grants will be made to their respective organizations. All nominations are due September 24, 2021.
Kennebec Savings Bank announces the promotion of Amy Abbott. Abbott was an involved community member in the Kennebec Leadership Institute Class XXXII and volunteers as a coach and board member in her community soccer program. “Amy is an outstanding example of KSB’s core values of dedication to teamwork, service, and community. She has been a valuable asset to our Farmingdale branch, and I look forward to seeing her continued success,” said Silsby. “I am pleased to take this next step in my career with Kennebec Savings Bank,” said Abbott. “I look forward to playing a bigger role at the Bank and continuing to assist customers and community members.” Congratulations Amy!
New Dimensions Federal Credit Union announces the results of the 7th Annual Cruisin' For a Cure Car Show! New Dimensions Federal Credit Union showed up at the Robert LaFleur Airport in Waterville, a new location for their 7th Annual Cruisin' For a Cure Car Show on the morning of June 5, 2021. Once all the money was collected and tallied, New Dimensions found that they had raised a record-breaking amount. They raised a whopping $20,082.97, and with the CO-OP Miracle Match of $10,000, the total was $30,082.97!!! The “Cruisin’ for a Cure Car Show” is hosted by NDFCU each year because they know the money directly benefits the Maine Children’s Cancer Program (MCCP) – an affiliate of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, located in Scarborough, Maine. To raise money for such a worthy cause, they began selling tickets for a 50/50 raffle and a Super Raffle that included two rustic rockers and a firepit weeks earlier and continued sales throughout the car show.
Old Western welcomes Alan Taylor, Award Winning Historian and Author. In the sixth of a series of lectures sponsored by Old Fort Western and the Maine Bicentennial Commission, Alan Taylor presents “Freedom, Slavery, and Maine Statehood in 1820”. In 2016 he won membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2020 received membership in the American Philosophical Society. Come meet Alan in person at Central Church, 20 Mission Avenue, Augusta for a 7:00 pm talk entitled “Freedom, Slavery, and Maine Statehood in 1820.” Suggested Admission is $10.00.
Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Centers Celebrity Dinner is our major fundraiser/awareness event of the year and is a fun and helpful way to support those affected by sexual violence. This year's theme is the Kentucky Derby! A large part of the fundraising for this event is done by our fabulous Celebrity Servers. Each of our celebrities has a goal to earn a minimum of $200 in "tips." These "tips" are donations to the Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Center. Our hardworking, multi-talented celebrities will be available throughout the evening to serve and entertain you. Your "tips" will help them reach their goal as they strive to win the Highest Fundraising Celebrity "Table of the Night" and support the efforts of SAC&SC.
Dressing in theme is encouraged but not required. 
Theater at Monmouth presents Callie Kimball’s Sofonisba, the final opening of seven shows making up its (R)evolutionary Redux Summer Season. Michelangelo’s 27-year-old apprentice, Sofonisba Anguissola, boards a ship from Italy to become the first female court painter for King Philip II. Her 20 years at the Spanish Court are one long chess match, played for and against the expectations of King, Bishop, Fool, Knight, and 14-year-old Queen. Performance Calendar: OPENING 7/29 at 7:30 p.m.; additional performance dates 7/30, 8/5, 8/7, 8/11, 8/17, 8/19 at 7:30 p.m., 8/8, 8/21 at 1:00 p.m. For calendar and reservations, please contact the TAM Box Office at 207.933.9999 or visit
United Way of Kennebec Valley (UWKV) invested $45,000 to advance two innovative nonprofit programs in the Kennebec Valley on Wednesday. The Innovation Fund—established in 2021 and supported by UWKV contributors—launches new, creative solutions and approaches that will lead to breakthroughs in UWKV priority areas and help redesign the future of the Kennebec Valley.
“We are incredibly honored and excited to be a recipient of UWKV's Innovation Grant,” BBBS of Mid-Maine Executive Director Gwendolyn Hudson said. “Through a collaborative partnership with Gilbert Elementary School, Augusta Police Department, and UWKV, our new 'Bigs with Badges' program—the first of its kind in Maine—will match police and other mentors in law enforcement with children, creating positive, one-to-one friendships that will no doubt ignite the power and promise of local youth.”

Vision Hallowell, the Hallowell Conservation Commission, and Kennebec Land Trust have been busy planning some summer fun. Their Hallowell Downtown-to-Woods Scavenger Hunt is an activity for people of all ages to discover the many exciting things to do and see throughout the city of Hallowell. Visit some of the many new businesses that have opened recently or reconnect with some of your old favorites downtown. The two-week event begins Saturday, July 31st, and ends Sunday, August 15th. Downtown-to-the-Woods Scavenger Hunt is non-competitive and suitable for all ages so that families can go at their own pace over the two-week period.
To submit Member News, send your press releases to:
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,
Lindsay L. Corbett, Office Manager,
Kayla M. Tracy, Membership & Sales Director,
Iris R. Alexander, Events & Program Coordinator,