Insider Newsletter
Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce
February 2020

Upcoming Events

02/04 KV Chamber Board Meeting
5:00 pm

5:30 - 7:30 pm
@ KeyBank, Water Street in Augusta

12:00 pm
@ Good Seeds Yoga

11:30 am - 1:00 pm
@ Senator Inn & Spa

5:30 - 7:30 pm
@ Quarry Tap Room

5:00 - 7:00 pm
@ Augusta Elks Lodge #964

11:30 am - 1:00 pm
@ KV Chamber

03/04 Cynergy - Excel @ Work
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Location TBD

03/10 KV Chamber Board Meeting
5:00 pm

11:30 am - 1:00 pm
@ Senator Inn & Spa

03/19 Cynergy Spring Dodge Ball Kickoff
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location TBD

5:00 - 7:00 pm
@ Day's Jewelers

03/26 Cynergy Spring Dodge Ball League Begins
*Bold items are open to the public
 Wednesday, February 12, 2020
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Senator Inn & Spa
Women and Money:
Taking Control of Your Finances
Gail Conley,
 Kennebec Savings Bank

Gail Conley, CFP®, CWS® is the Regional Vice President and Director of Investment Services at Kennebec Savings Bank. Gail has over 20 years' experience in wealth planning, investment management and financial services. She joined KSB in 2016. Prior to joining KSB, she was a Senior Vice President in the Key Private Bank. Gail is a graduate of Colby college. She also holds her Certified Financial Planner Designation (CFP®) and the Certified Wealth Strategist Designation (CWS®).
IMPORTANT: Your reservation guarantees your seat at the event. To cancel, please notify us three (3) business days prior to the event or you will be invoiced.
Thank you to our Women's Network Luncheon Sponsor!
How to Adult - Buying a Home
Wednesday, February 5 | 5:30 - 7:00 PM
KeyBank - Water Street, Augusta
Trivia for a Cause
Tuesday, February 18 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM
The Quarry Tap Room
Join Cynergy and KeyBank for the first installment of the How to Adult Series - Buying a Home. KeyBank's Mortgage Lender Team will give insider tips on what you need to know when searching for your first home.

Pre-registration is required for this event.
Join Cynergy for the first Trivia for a Cause event of 2020! All proceeds to benefit Animal Rescue of Kennebec.

  • 5:30PM - Doors Open
  • 6:00PM - Trivia Start
  • 7:30PM - Trivia Ends

$5/person to play

Prizes for 1st and 7th place teams!
Thank you to our Cynergy Sponsors!
KV Chamber members and guests are welcome to join us for networking with business professionals from the 23 communities we service! The Augusta Elks Lodge #964, located at 397 Civic Center Drive in Augusta, will host Business After Hours on Wednesday, February 26th.

Delicious hors d'oeurves will be served and a cash bar will be available. Complimentary wine will be available courtesy of  Cellardoor Winery.

Every Business After Hours is an incredible opportunity to win amazing door prizes and take part in the 50/50 raffle.
Thank you to our Business After Hours Sponsor!
 Wednesday, April 15, 2020
7:15 - 8:45 am
The Senator Inn & Spa
Hannah Pingree,
Director of Policy and Management,
Office of Policy Innovation and the Future

Hannah Pingree was appointed to lead Governor Mill’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future in January 2019. Hannah previously served as Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives from 2008 to 2010. She also served as the Maine House Majority Leader, Chair of the Committee on Health and Human Services, and as a member of the Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs during her terms in Maine Legislature from 2002 - 2010. Hannah spearheaded successful legislation on energy, broadband, housing, environmental health, and health care during her time in office.
IMPORTANT: Your reservation guarantees your seat at the event. To cancel, please notify us three (3) business days prior to the event or you will be invoiced.
Thank you to our Chamber Connection Sponsor!
The 2020 Kenney Awards took place on Friday, January 24, 2020 with over 900 in attendance at the Augusta Civic Center. We had an amazing time celebrating the incredible achievements of the region’s greatest organizations and exceptional individuals. The finalists and winners both represent hard work in their personal and professional lives. Thank you to everyone that joined us in celebrating our region!

A special thank you to all our sponsors, especially our Headlining Sponsors  Central Maine Pyrotechnics  and  Headlight Audio Visual ! The Kenney Awards would not be possible without our community's support.
Rob Gordon
Peter G. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award
Central Maine Pyrotechnics
Large Business of the Year
Zardus Art of Massage & Wellness Spa
Small Business of the Year
Cushnoc Brewing Co.
 President's Choice
Augusta Elks Lodge #964
Community Service
Natalie Tortorella
Cynergy Young Professional
Christine Durgin
 Volunteer of the Year
President's Choice

  • Augusta Fuel Co.
  • TRC Companies, Inc.
Community Service

  • Aveda Institute Maine
  • Townsquare Media
Cynergy Young Professoinal
  • Kaleb Pushard
  • Peter Quigley
Boys & Girls Clubs of Kennebec Valley | Day's Jewelers | Elliott Office Products, Inc. | Gagne & Son | Gardiner Federal Credit Union | Homewood Suites | J.S. McCarthy Printers | Lipman & Katz | Macomber, Farr & Whitten | Oakes & Parkhurst Glass | Pine State Trading Co. | Sprague & Curtis Real Estate | The Copy Center | TRC Companies, Inc. | Wipfli, LLP
Alternative Manufacturing, Inc. | Longfellow's Greenhouses
Welcome New Member!
Cappza's Pizza
Chad Partridge, (207) 582-0522

Corvette Repairs of Maine
Chuck Mailhot, (207) 333-7955

Parkhurst Property Services
Glenn Parkhurst, (207) 692-4143
Radiant Images
Candace Sanborn, (207) 576-7500

Union Office Interiors
Anne Lachance, (207) 622-6252

Member Anniversaries
40+ Years
Central Maine Power Co. | Gagne and Son | Hammond Lumber Co. | J & S Oil Co., Inc. | Kennebec Savings Bank | Knowlton Hewins Roberts Funeral Homes and Cremation Service | KV Federal Credit Union | Lapointe Lumber Co., Inc. | Le Club Calumet, Inc. | Macomber, Farr & Whitten | Maine Instrument Flight | Meadow Park Development Corp. | Plummer Funeral Home | Quality Inn & Suites Maine Evergreen Hotel | Senator Inn & Spa | Sprague & Curtis Real Estate 

30+ Years
Cribstone Capital Management | Dead River Company | G & E Roofing Co., Inc. | J.S. McCarthy Printers | Maine Municipal Bond Bank

 20+ Years
Marketplace at Augusta | Wipfli, LLP 

10+ Years
C & C Realty Management, LLC | curtisWorks Communications Solutions | Darling's Chrysler, Dodge, Hyundai | Friends of Kennebec River Rail Trail | Headlight Audio Visual, Inc. | SCORE | Shop From Home Flooring | Sullivan Tire | Winthrop Commerce Center, LLC 

5+ Years
Bug Busterzzz Pest Control | Columbia Classic Cars | CurtisEase Coaching | Gardiner Federal Credit Union | Knowles Mechanical, Inc. 

Also Renewing
Maine Dental Association | Maine Laser Skin Care and Medi Spa
Member Spotlight: NFP Property & Casualty, Inc.
Nichole Kindelan, ACSR, CPIW
Nichole Kindelan, ACSR, CPIW, is a licensed property & casualty insurance advisor with NFP Property & Casualty, Inc.with over 20 years’ experience working in all lines of property and casualty insurance. Nichole started her insurance career in Caribou Maine where she grew up. She is knowledgeable in both Personal and Commercial Insurance and loves the ability to fully service her clients. For the last 15+ years Nichole has been servicing many different types of businesses with their business insurance needs.

Nichole focuses on building strong personal relationships based on trust, transparency and active communication. She aims to work thoroughly with her clients to properly design the right insurance solutions to optimize businesses for long-term performance and overall health.

Nichole believes in continually enhancing her knowledge through educational classes and training. The industry is constantly evolving and being informed and educated is very important. She holds multiple designations and many certificates and is currently working on her Certified Insurance Counselor designation.  

Outside of work Nichole believes in helping her surrounding communities by being involved in local events and volunteering. She has recently participated in fundraisers for local animal shelters and community food shelters. She has also done fundraisers to help raise money for breast cancer and for the American Heart Association. In her free time Nichole enjoys being outdoors. You may see her hiking on local trials or running on the local roads. She also enjoys kayaking, campfires and spending time with her family and friends. 

Nichole’s passion is protecting businesses with the right coverage at the right price while building lasting and quality relationships to ensure your coverages continue to meet your needs as your business grows and changes.

Contact Nichole for your comprehensive Insurance Check-Up by calling (207) 249-4218 or by emailing
Chamber Member News
The Barn at Silver Oaks Estate was announced as a winner of the 2020 WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards, an accolade representing the top wedding professionals across the board in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism reviewed by couples on WeddingWire. To determine these distinguished wedding professionals, WeddingWire analyzed reviews across more than 20 service categories, from venues and caterers to florists and photographers to find the most highly rated vendors
of the year.
Gardiner Federal Credit Union's Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that they are offering a total of $3,000.00 in Scholarships in 2020. GFCU is offering six scholarships, in the amount of $500 each, to deserving students who are pursuing post-secondary education or graduate degrees. To be considered for the scholarships, applicants must live, work, worship or attend school in Kennebec County, Lincoln County, or in the towns of Palermo or Richmond. Applicants must also complete the online application, which consists of a short form detailing their extracurricular activities and community service and two short essay questions. The application is available, under the applications tab, on Gardiner Federal Credit Union’s website: The deadline to apply is April 30, 2020.
Golden Pond Wealth Management's Managing Director, Brian Bernatchez, CFP®, was recently ranked 6th in Maine on Forbes’ 2020 Best-In-State Wealth Advisors List. According to Forbes, the annual list spotlights the nation’s top-performing advisors, evaluated based on a methodology developed by SHOOK Research and nominated by their affiliated firm. Advisors are also evaluated based on personal interviews, industry experience, revenue trends, a review of compliance records and a focus on those that encompass best practices in service to their clients.
The Harlow, in partnership with the Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead, seeks a modern interpretation of the original Maine state seal to be hung over the mantel in the Vaughan Homestead dining room in celebration of the Maine state bicentennial. One artist will be selected and awarded a $1,500 prize. The deadline for entries is February 22, 2020 by 11:59pm. Artists may submit one piece only, in any two dimensional media including but not limited to: painting, drawing, printmaking, encaustic, illustration, mixed media, photography, and more. The submitted piece must be an original work by the submitting artist. Artists should be residents of Maine at least part of the year.
Kennebec Valley Human Resource Association hosts its next meeting on Wednesday, February 12 a the Augusta Civic Center from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Enjoy a hot buffet breakfast, while networking with your HR colleagues, and don’t forget to bring your business card to enter for the Door Prize. The featured presenter will be Dr. Kenji Saito, Director of MaineGeneral Workplace Health with a presentation titled "Understanding Evidence Based Decision Making Through an HR Lens." Pre-register for the meeting by Thursday, February 6th. For more details, visit
Maine State Museum invites you to spend school vacation at the museum. Explore the natural world around us with our hands-on gallery programs at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM Tuesday, February 18th through Friday, February 21, 2020. Learn what creatures like to live under logs (hint: reptiles and amphibians) examine beautiful rock and mineral specimens, take a closer look at sea creatures found in tide pools, and learn more about Maine mammals. A natural science touch cart will be set-up from 11:00-12:00 and 2:00-3:00 daily for in-depth exploration. All activities are free with the price of museum admission.
To submit Member News, send your press releases to:
KVCC Board of Directors
Alec Rogers, Chair*
Quality Inn & Suites Maine Evergreen Hotel
Leon Emery, Chair Elect*
Emery’s Meats & Produce
Earl Kingsbury, Vice Chair*
Augusta Civic Center
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
Tim Walton
Walton External Affairs
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
Our Mission:
The KV Chamber exists to enhance life quality by strengthening our regional economy.