Insider Newsletter
Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce
November 2020

COVID-19 Update

Yesterday, Governor Mills announced changes to several business regulations and travel restrictions. The Administration will extend the "Keep Maine Healthy" program through December to promote local prevention efforts.

Beginning Wednesday, November 4th, indoor gathering limits will return to a maximum of 50 people. The gathering limit for outdoor activities remains at 100 people under existing guidelines. The Administration also postponed bar and tasting room reopenings for now.

The Administration removed New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut from exempt status under the State’s travel advisory. The 14-day quarantine or COVID testing within 72 hours has been reinstated for travelers from these states.

To ensure we can continue to celebrate our community and the deserving nominees and winners safely, the 2021 Kenney Awards are going virtual! 

The Kenney Awards were originally scheduled to be held in-person on January 22nd and will now be held virtually on March 26, 2021.

Please stay tuned for more details!
Recognizing the Kennebec Valley's Leaders in the Following Categories:

Peter G. Thompson Lifetime Achievement
Large Business of the Year
Small Business of the Year
President's Circle
Community Service
Cynergy Young Professional
Please submit your nominations by Friday, November 13, 2020
Best Glasses, Hairstyles, and Necklines for Your Face Shape
with Candace Sanborn, Radiant Image

Wednesday, November 4th | 12:00 - 1:00PM

$20 per person
KV Chamber Members will receive a $10 gift certificate to enjoy lunch on us!
Learn the 10 face shapes, identify your shape, then get tips on the most flattering necklines, glasses, hairstyles, and jewelry for your features.

Prior to starting Radiant Image in 2019, Candace worked for 25+ years in branding and marketing, creating strategies and tools to help organizations and individuals achieve their sales and development goals. Her mission is to help people, particularly women, embrace their unique features and attributes so they can lead happier, more satisfying lives.
IMPORTANT: Attendees must make the full payment prior to the event in order to receive the link to attend the digital event. KV Chamber Members will receive a $10 chamber gift certificate from our Shop Local program to enjoy lunch on us from a participating member!
Thank you to our Women's Network Luncheon Sponsor!
The Future is Now: Addressing Maine's Long-Term Challenges Amid COVID-19
with Hannah Pingree, Office of Policy Innovation and the Future

Wednesday, November 18th | 10:00-11:00 AM

FREE for KV Chamber Members
$5 / person for Public
A Zoom conference line will be emailed to member attendees after registering for the event. Attendees from the public must make the full payment prior to the event in order to receive the link to attend the digital event.
Thank you to our Chamber Connection Sponsor!
Excel @ Work: Setting Goals
with David Farago, Edward Jones

Wednesday, December 2nd | 6:00 - 7:00PM

FREE Event!
As a financial advisor, David spends his days getting to know his clients, learning the vision they have for their financial futures, and helping to plan the path to achieve these futures. In this webinar, David will be sharing his experience in setting goals and addressing the obstacles we encounter and have to hurtle to reach them. Additionally, he will be sharing the importance of establishing goals, making these goals a high priority, and surrounding ourselves with supportive people.
A Zoom conference line will be emailed to attendees after registering for the event.
If you are interested in sponsoring CYNERGY and its programming, please contact Katie Doherty at
Community Conversations about COVID

Throughout the month of October, we were joined by community leaders and the public to discuss timely topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The interactive and informative webinars were a chance for businesses and the public to collaborate, listen and inspire new ideas. The goal of each conversation is to support our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. These webinars are now available on our YouTube channel.

Thank you to our Community Conversations Sponsors!
As Membership Appreciation Month comes to conclusion, the KV Chamber would like to share our gratitude and appreciation for all of our members! We would also like to give our sincerest thanks to all who participated in our Facebook contests as well as those members who donated prizes. Thank you for making Membership Appreciation Month a success!

Thank you to these members for donating prizes!
  • Augusta Country Club
  • Cappza's Pizza
  • Children's Discovery Museum
  • Cushnoc Brewing Co
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites
  • Free ME from Lung Cancer
  • Hampton Inn
  • Highbrow
  • Kennebec Savings Bank
  • Kennebec Valley YMCA
  • Mix Maine Media
  • O&P Glass
  • Quality Inn & Suites
  • Quarry Tap Room
  • Riverside Disposal
  • Saltbox Primitives
  • Senator Inn and Spa
  • Smart Eye Care
  • Sprague & Curtis
  • Susan Parks
  • The Meadows Golf Club & Doolin's Pub
  • Viles Arboretum
Thank you to our Membership Appreciation Month Sponsor!
FREE Face Masks and Hand Sanitizer Available!

Does your business need PPE? The KV Chamber has masks and hand sanitizer available for our members! Please contact us at or by calling (207) 623-4559 so we can assist you with your needs.
Shop Local - and Early - this Holiday Season!
Keep money local this holiday season! Our local businesses continue to need the community's support as we head into the winter months and the busy holiday season. The retail industry also encourages you to shop early this holiday season to avoid large crowds and get the gifts on your list.
Welcome New Member!
Greater Augusta Back to School Program
Michael Michaud, (207) 441-2838
Member Anniversaries
40+ Years
Thomas Agency

30+ Years
Allen's Transfer & Storage | Augusta Tool Rental | Peachey Builders

20+ Years
B H Builders, Inc. | Companion Animal Clinic | Granite Hill Estates | Lagace Properties | Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. | Retail Association of Maine | Riverside Disposal, Inc. | Southiere Chiropractic Associates

10+ Years
Aveda Institute Maine | Brookewood Realty | Canty Construction | Cape Air | Capitol Clubhouse | C. B. Mattson, Inc. | Clark Marine | Dance Unlimited, LLC | Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott | Maine Children's Trust | Mattson's Flooring Center | Motivational Services, Inc. | Natanis Golf Club | Portland Glass | Riley Engineering | Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center | Thomas College | Valley Distributors | Vickerson Appraisal Services

5+ Years
Albison's Printing | Augusta Housing Authority | Bar Harbor Bank & Trust | Bay Area Title Services | Camden National Bank | Capitol Car Care | CurtisEase Coaching | Day's Store | D R Designs, Inc. | Emery's Meat & Produce | Evergreen Dental | Gagnon Dental | Gardiner Main Street | Goggin's IGA | Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine | Jim Pepin Homes, LLC | Jobs for Maine's Graduates | Knowles Lumber Co. | Matt Maloney State Farm Insurance | Pine Tree Fence & Stove Shoppe | Sarah J. Dunckel & Associates | Sargent Corporation | Summit Natural Gas of Maine, Inc.

Also Renewing
Augusta Adult and Community Education | Elliott Office Products | Fast Eddies Car Wash | Grandview Builders, Inc. | Mastway Development LLC
Chamber Member News
The Augusta Boys & Girls Club has changed their name to the Augusta Teen Center of the Boys & Girls Club. The change was made, according to Executive Director Charles Huerth, to put the focus more on the mission behind the program — promoting the wellbeing of teenagers and preparing them for their lives ahead.
Capital Area Staffing Solutions, Inc. is pleased to announce the 15-year work anniversary of our Augusta Branch Manager – Dawn True! Dawn has played an integral part in our growth and success over the years with her can-do spirit and keen eye for talent. “To Do What is Right, Regardless of the Circumstances” is one of our core values, and Dawn has lived up to that value in her interactions with our Clients, our Field Employees, and our Applicants! We thank Dawn for her 15-years of service to the Capital Area Staffing Solutions family, and look forward to having her with us in the years to come!
Please join us in congratulating Dawn on this milestone!
Kennebec Valley Human Resources Association invites you to join them for their next meeting on Wednesday, November 18 from 7:45 to 9:30 am. Jenn Mehnert, CEO of NAMI Maine, is speaking with a presentation titled "Understanding and Promoting Mental Wellness in the Workplace." The webinar is $20 for Members and $25 for non-members. Register for the meeting by Friday, November 13th at
Staples is hosting a Shop Local Event on November 28, 2020 to support the small businesses in our community. Businesses are invited to participate, which includes being displayed in the store, online, and in their local market efforts. The Shop Local Event is meant to provide visibility of the participating businesses to Staples' existing customer base and give the businesses additional marketing exposure at no cost. It is one way that Staples can show how much they appreciate businesses doing business with them. If your business is interested, please contact Jennifer Totton 207-629-9314 for more information.
United Way of Kennebec Valley is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive at the Augusta Civic Center on Tuesday, November 10 from 10am – 3pm. The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every two to three seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime. Space is limited and appointments are required. To sign-up visit:
To submit Member News, send your press releases to:
KVCC Board of Directors
Alec Rogers, Chair*
Quality Inn & Suites Maine Evergreen Hotel
Earl Kingsbury, Chair Elect*
Augusta Civic Center
Tim Walton, Vice Chair*
Walton External Affairs
Matthew Tardiff, Treasurer*
J.S. McCarthy Printers
Nathan Cotnoir, Past Chair*
Camden National Bank
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, P.A.
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
Michele Pelletier
Performance Foodservice - NorthCenter
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, Events & Membership Director,
Caroline A. Saban, Marketing Director,