The excitement we have had after our first couple in-person events, only makes us more thrilled to have more upcoming opportunities to see our members, the community, and the businesses face-to-face. With the summer sun, in-person events, and seeing our members again, we are ecstatic to really start kicking this summer off.

Our first July in-person event will be our Women's Network Luncheon, held on July 14th from 11:30-1:00pm at the Augusta Civic Center. At this event, we will be having Alex Serra as our guest speaker. Alex is the founder of Serra Public Affairs back in 2014 and will be discussing her journey, how she got where she is now, and any obstacles she faced.

Our other in-person monthly programs is Business After Hours at the new Maine Veterans 35 Heroes Way, Augusta. Join us for delicious hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and networking. This is sure to be a fun event and an excellent way to connect as a business community. 

Whether you decide to join us for one or all of the events, we are beyond excited to be with you this month. Learn more about each event further down in this newsletter! 
Monthly Programs
The Journey Behind Building Serra Public Affairs
Principal of Serra Public Affairs, Alex Serra

Wednesday, July 14th | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta Room

$20 For Members
$30 For Non-Members
Lunch Provided!
Founder of Serra Public Affairs, Alex Serra, will be providing knowledge and advice through her past and present experiences. Alex was a former television news reporter and assignment desk editor. She has found herself thriving with figuring out how each one of her clients can get results through a comprehensive approach that is individually crafted to their needs. With Alex's experience in both corporate and nonprofit sectors, she has been able to deeply understand the inside perspective on what clients need. Alex is excited to talk through her experiences and be able to give out advice to those in attendance.
Thank you to our Women's Network Luncheon Sponsor!
Maine Veterans' Home
Wednesday, July 28th | 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Come check out the new gorgeous Maine Veteran's Home

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

The Maine Veterans' Home located at 35 Heroes Way, Augusta, ME will host Business After Hours on Wednesday, July 28th.

Delicious hors d'oeuvres will be served and a bar will be available. Every Business After Hours is an incredible opportunity to win amazing door prizes and take part in the 50/50 raffle. Due to the nature of this facility, please wear masks when congregated in large groups.

Please register ahead of time for this event.

We cannot wait to see you there!
After registering for the event, attendees will be emailed a Zoom link to attend.
Thank you to our Business After Hours Sponsors!
Thank you to our KV Chamber Golf Tournament Sponsors
Major Sponsor
Exclusive Cart Sponsor
Gold Sponsors
Hole Sponsors
Augusta Natural Gas | Days Jeweler | Free ME from Lung Cancer |Ganneston Construction
G&E Roofing | KV Federal Credit Union | Performance Food Service - NorthCenter
Smart Eye Care | Sprague & Curtis Real Estate | Vickerson Apprasial
Interested? Fill out the application below by July 23rd!
KLI is a 14-week leadership program
With KLI being the oldest leadership program in the state of Maine, we want to ensure we are continuing to draw resourceful and committed leaders to serve our communities. KLI's purpose is to inspire these motivated individuals to work as effectively as possible to influence their surrounding areas while expanding their civic and community participation!


We were so thrilled that our Kennebec River Brewfest cooler bags were SOLD OUT! We can't thank you enough for your unbelievable support of the Kennebec River Brewfest and the Kennebec Valley Chamber. We are so proud and fortunate to be a part of this community and to continue these traditions through the crazy year we've all been through!
Presenting Sponsor: Highbrow

VIP Sponsor: Pine State Beverage

Distributor Sponsor: Skowhegan Savings

Beer Sponsor: Darling's

Sunglass Sponsor: Smart Eye Care

Marketing Sponsor: Kennebec Valley Tourism Council
Welcome Our New Members!
Bearly Used Boutique II
Tara Gagnon, (207) 242-9613

Maine Business Advisors LLC
Justin Holmes, (207) 835-4770

Spicer Tree Specialists
Ryan Spicer, (207) 557-2183

Mug and Brush Barbershop
Nicole Thomas, (207) 395-5124

Soken Sup
Keith Bellefluer, (207) 557-5869

Best Life Nutrition
Tracey Taylor, (207) 319-0074

Our Family Handyman
Kyle Black, (207) 317-7882

The Lighthouse Wine and Seafood Market
Nicolas Nel, (207) 622-1221
Member Anniversaries
40+ Years
Pine State Beverage

30+ Years
Spectrum Generations; Super8 Motel

20+ Years
Cives Steel Co.; Dave's Appliance; FirstPark; Newcomer Relocation Rental Services; Skowhegan Savings Bank

10+ Years
Beneficial Technologies; Burgess Technology Services; Cape Air; Central Maine Drywall, Inc.; Family Violence Project; Lisa's White Flour Catering; Riverview Psychiatric Center; Roger Pomerleau Entrepreneur; Woodlands Senior Living

5+ Years
Augusta Downtown Alliance; Augusta Elks Lodge #964; Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival; Bouchard Cleaning & Restoration Inc.; Camden National Bank; Community Productions LLC.; Fowler's Roofing & Construction; J.F. Scott Construction; Magnusson Balfour Commercial & Business Brokers; McKee Law; Stained Glass Express

All Seasons Yard Care; Gateway Retirement Solutions; Ground Round Sports Grille; Modern Pest Services; Puppy Pause Training; The Meadows Golf Club & Doolin's Pub; Winthrop Area Federal Credit Union

Chamber Member News
Maine General Medical Center (MGMC) invites Maine artists to submit art inspired by the heroic efforts of Maine’s frontline health care workers in caring for the sick and keeping the rest of us safe and well during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Friday, August 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. is the deadline for art submission. Materials received after this date may be excluded from consideration. Artists may expect to be contacted with results on or before September 1, 2021. Click here for more information
The Theater at Monmouth opens Mat Smart’s play The Agitators Friday, part of the (R)evolutionary Redux Season. Originally scheduled to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment, this deeply-moving story of the decades-long friendship between Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony is both timely and urgently relevant today. Post-Performance Discussions. For 2021 Post-Performance Discussions will be pre-recorded and audiences will be able to stream the content after the selected dates. Discussions with the cast and creative team will cover the critical historical, artistic, and cultural perspectives of the worlds of each individual play.
Old Fort Western will be hosting an Independence Day Celebration Sunday July, 4th 2021, from 10:00am until 4:00pm on the east bank of the Kennebec River in the heart of downtown Augusta. Throughout the day, visitors are invited to walk through the Fort, Store, and House to view period rooms and exhibits and talk with historical interpreters about daily life in the 18th century. For more information, go to or call 626-2385.
Kennebec Behavioral Health announced their 2021 college scholarship recipients. This year, the following students will receive a $1,000 scholarship upon successful completion of their first semester at their chosen college or university. Each of these students will be pursing a major in a field related to mental health. KBH's Chief Executive Officer Tom McAdam stated, "we are so pleased that the students who have applied already had a good understanding of the importance of the mental health field." Information can also be found at
Maine Department of Environment announced the enforcement of the polystyrene foam ban beings. Implementation of a state law that prohibits restaurants, stores, and a wide variety of other eating establishments including places in the entertainment, hospitality, recreation, and tourism industries; catering establishments; correctional facilities; hospital cafeterias; mobile eating places; public and private schools; and workplace cafes from using polystyrene foam disposable food containers will take effect on July 1, 2021. Additional information regarding the polystyrene ban can be found on DEP’s website at
Gardiner FCU announces 2021 Scholarship Winners. The staff, board and members of Gardiner Federal Credit Union are proud to announce the winners of six $750.00 scholarships. From the graduating class of 2021: Gardiner Area HS: Trinity Marshall; Waterville HS: Lindsay Cote; Cony HS: Jack Begin; Lincoln Academy: Bao Chi Dang; Richmond HS: Makayla Bergeron. From Medomak HS class of 2019: Ashley Holmes. The scholarships are open to both graduating seniors and those already in college. “Congratulations, once again, to the winners and thanks to all who applied, for giving us a glimpse into their lives.” Kelly finished. “Gardiner FCU wishes everyone the best in their studies.
Military Times recognized University of Maine Augusta as Best for Vets, for its exceptional service to veterans, military service members, and their families. "UMA's faculty and staff are dedicated to maintaining a welcoming community for all," stated UMA President Rebecca Wyke. "Receiving this recognition confirms our commitment to providing educational opportunities to military service members and veterans that began in 1965 and continues to this day," Wyke continued. Throughout Military Times history, the company has a strong heritage and tradition of meeting the highest standards of independent journalism and has expanded with publications serving all branches of the U.S. military, the global defense community, the U.S. federal government, and several special interest, defense-oriented industry sectors.
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,
McKenna A. Gerchman, Marketing Coordinator,