Insider Newsletter
Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce
June 2019

Upcoming Events
5:30 - 7:00 pm
@ Bridging the Gap

06/11 KVCC Board of Directors
5:00 pm

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

06/17 Ribbon Cutting
4:00 pm
MaineGeneral Workplace Health
06/20 Ribbon Cutting
8:30 - 9:30 am
@ Eyemart Express

5:00 - 7:00 pm
@ Winthrop Commerce Center

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
@ Mill Park

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
@ Mill Park
07/04 Whatever Family Festival Ends

10:00 am
@ Augusta Country Club

07/10 Cynergy Behind the Scenes
5:30 - 7:00 pm
@ Everett J Prescott
07/17 Chamber Connection
7:30 - 9:00 am
@ Senator Inn & Spa

07/24 Business After Hours
5:00 - 7:00 pm
@ Viles Arboretum
*Bold items are open to the public
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Senator Inn & Spa
Common Sense Self Defense
Rebecca Pushard ,
Maine Isshinryu Karate Academies
In the course of a woman’s life, she may encounter an experience in which she must defend herself. Regardless of your age, ability, or socioeconomic status, self defense is a paramount skill. Rebecca Pushard, a Women’s Self Defense Instructor and a 5th degree Black belt, will be joining us to share some practical self defense tips. Rebecca and her husband Rob are the owners of Maine Isshinryu Karate Academies in Manchester, ME. 
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 Sponsors!
In collaboration with the Winthrop Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, June's Business After Hours will be hosted by the Winthrop Commerce Center and Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center, 149 Main Street, Winthrop on Wednesday, June 26th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The event will be held on the fifth floor of the Winthrop Commerce Center.

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

Delicious hors d'oeurves will be served and beer, wine, and refreshments 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!
Nearly four decades ago, residents of the Kennebec Valley first came together to celebrate the river that unifies our region. What started with a carefree race down the Mighty Kennebec River has transformed into the top-notch two week family festival we celebrate today! Festivities span over three weeks, beginning June 12th and ending on the 4th of July, with events available throughout the Kennebec Valley. 

In 2019, we are proud to present hundreds of activities for all to enjoy from a bluegrass festival to craft fairs, waterfront concerts to sports tournaments, and the signature Kennebec River Day and Kennebec River Brewfest on June 29th! The Whatever Family Festival is a distinctive opportunity to experience the Kennebec Valley through a variety of free events.

This magnificent marvel of Central Maine would not be possible without the support and dedication of over 100 area businesses. Whatever you decide to do, you are sure to have fun at the Whatever Family Festival!
Thank you Whatever Family Festival Sponsors!
Major Sponsors
Platinum Sponsors
Cape Air
City of Augusta
Gold Sponsors
Augusta Crossing
Charlie's Motor Mall
Cross Insurance
G&E Roofing
Maine Office of Tourism
O'Connor Auto Park
Silver Sponsors
Augusta Fuel Company
Augusta Civic Center
Bangor Savings Bank
Clark Marine
The Copy Center
Gagne & Son Concrete Block, Inc.
University of Maine at Augusta
Wipfli | Macpage
Bronze Sponsors
Brookewood Realty
Companion Animal Clinic
D.R. Struck Landscape & Nursery
Day's Jewelers
Dead River Company
Elliott Office Supplies
Gibson LeClair, LLC
Lajoie Brothers
Sprague & Curtis Real Estate
Tri-State Staffing, Inc.
Kennebec River Day
The Kennebec River Day is held at Mill Park along the mighty Kennebec River from 11 am to 4 pm with activities targeted to ALL AGES! Children will be occupied with games and activities while adults can spend time at the homemade craft vendors, listening to music, or playing adult games. The Chamber is excited to bring everyone together for a day in Augusta with activities for all. The possibilities are endless for this day in Mill Park!
B98.5 Stage
11am-4pm Talent Show
Family Fun Stage  
11am-12pm Taiko Drummers
12-1pm Dance Unlimited
1-2pm Karate Demonstration
2-3pm Merrill's Detector Dog Services
Kennebec River Brewfest
The Kennebec River Brewfest presented by Highbrow features a variety of local Maine breweries in a beer garden located in Mill Park. Food vendors, live music, lawn games, and more will all be within an arms reach of the Kennebec River Brewfest as it takes place alongside of Kennebec River Day  at Mill Park. Each brewfest attendee will receive a wrist band, including a special wrist band for the designated drivers of your group.

On top of a variety of local breweries, local distilleries will also be attending to offer 1/2oz tastings of their spirits.
Dance while you sip!
There will be a stage with live music located in the Brewfest with a lineup of local talent.

Band Schedule:
11:00 - 12:00 (VIP Hour): Ron Bergeron Music
12:00-1:00: The Business
1:00-2:00: Memphis Lightning
2:00-3:30: The Court Jesters
A nnounced Breweries & Distilleries
Thank you Kennebec River Brewfest Sponsors!
Presented By:
VIP Sponsor
Last Call Sponsor
Bracelet Sponsor
Closing Time Sponsor
Monday, July 8, 2019
Augusta Country Club
Team "Scramble"

Registration is $130 per golfer or $520 per foursome.
Register as an individual or as a team!
Registration includes the following:
  • Tournament goodies and snacks
  • Greens fees
  • Cart rental
  • Lunch on the turn
  • Entry for closest-to-the-pin
  • Entry for hole-in-one
  • Entry for longest drive
  • Appetizers during the reception
Nominations for the 2020 Kenney Awards are now open!

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 Choice
Community Service
Cynergy Young Professional
Please submit your nominations by Sunday, June 30, 2019
Welcome New Member!
Cloutier Carrillo
Dennis Carrillo, (207) 430-8010

Gallant Therapy Services
Ryan Gallant, (207) 623-3900

Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe
Hilary Davis, (207) 621-2900

Uncorked Wine & Cheese
Kimberly Schofield, (207) 512-8277

Member Anniversaries
40+ Years
Central Maine Power Co. | Cross Insurance

30+ Years
Super 8 Motel

20+ Years
Bonney Staffing Center | Capital Area Technical Center | Charlie's Motor Mall | Children's Center: Early Intervention and Family Support | Fairway Motor Lodge | Pinkham Insurance Agency | Reay Excavation & Trucking | Skowhegan Savings Bank 

10+ Years
Aerus | Burgess Technology Services | Golden Pond Wealth Management Inc. | Nadeau Chiropractic | Renys Department Store | Riverfront Barbeque & Grille | TRC Engineers | Vallee, Harwood, & Blouin Real Estate | Value Housing | Wendy's 
5+ Years
Fielding's Oil and Propane Co. | Maine Isshinryu Karate Academies

Also Renewing
Austin Associates, P.A. | Community Productions LLC | Ground Round Sports Grille | Maine Technology Users Group | Mix Maine Media | Vannah Yard Care 
Cynergy: Behind the Scenes
Bridging the Gap | Wednesday, June 5th | 4-7PM
Get a Behind-the-Scenes perspective on just how the programs of Bridging the Gap operate and how they work to keep serving 3000 people each year. Cynergy is patterning with United Way Emerging Leaders to bring you on a tour, speaker presentation, and other activities to see how Bridging The Gap is giving every person in our community the opportunity to thrive and live with dignity.

We will be collecting basic needs items from 4-5PM and we want you to join us! You can collect them prior to the event and drop them off when you arrive OR bring them to the Kennebec Valley Chamber any time before the event! For more information on items that are being collected, click here.

The BTS portion of the event will start at 5PM.
Behind the Scenes Sponsored By:
Pre-registration is required for this event! Click the link to reserve your spot today!
Cynergy: Superhero Trivia Night
Margarita's | Tuesday, June 25th | 5:30-8:00PM
Join Cynergy for our Superhero Themed Trivia Night at Margarita's to benefit Bread of Life Ministries in Augusta !

5:30PM - Doors Open
6:00PM - Trivia Starts
8:00PM - Trivia Ends

$5/person to play

Prizes for 1st and 7th place teams!
Cynergy is Sponsored By:
Member Spotlight: Transco Business Technologies
Transco Business Technologies has provided superior office equipment, workflow management, and software solutions throughout Maine and Northern New England for over 50 years. Founded in 1963, TBT is a locally operated, Xerox owned company, and part of Global Imaging Systems, Inc. As an authorized Xerox and Konica Minolta dealer, and an industry leader, TBT offers an innovative mix of products and services that has made a positive impact on the way organizations manage their document assets. As Northern New England's largest distributor of office products, TBT's reputation as a company is a direct reflection of the pride and experience of its individual employees: pride in a job well done, pride that comes with longstanding relationships, and pride in achieving customer satisfaction. TBT’s support staff knows all too well the importance of their role in customer satisfaction. Their primary responsibility is to minimize down-time by responding rapidly and efficiently. With two fully-staffed and equipped sites, TBT is able to serve a large client base. TBT’s service technicians can respond from either location, making for efficient response time. The recommendations you receive from Transco Business Technologies are based on years of experience by TBT’s team of tenured document management professionals. TBT’s proposals are developed and implemented with the advice of certified network professionals, so that you benefit from systems designed by Certified Document Imaging Architects. A team of expert technicians will service and maintain your investment. TBT customizes a solution for your organization that includes: copiers, printers, and multi-function devices, managed print services, document management, and software solutions.
21 Enterprise Drive, Augusta
June 17, 2019
4:00 pm
254 Western Ave., Augusta
June 20, 2019
8:30 am
Chamber Member News
Aveda Institute Maine's staff and students helped raise $3,127 for Earth Month. Aveda Institute of Maine was honored to present a check to the Natural Resources Council of Maine to help keep Maine waters clean.
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust announced Sally Garand has joined the bank as Vice President, Community Banking Relationship Manager, working from the Bank’s office at 386 Route 3 in South China, Maine. Serving the Midcoast region from Rockland to Topsham, Sally builds relationships with local small business owners to help them be successful. She listens to their goals and responds quickly to their needs with suitable financial solutions. Sally comes to Bar Harbor Bank & Trust with over 30 years of commercial lending experience having worked most recently as a Commercial Loan Officer at Finance Authority of Maine. She holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Maine, Orono. 
GHM Insurance Agency recently was selected for The Hanover Insurance Group’s President’s Club, an elite group of independent insurance agencies from across the country. The Hanover’s President’s Club agencies are recognized for delivering outstanding value to their customers through their insurance expertise and responsive service.
The Harlow home of the Kennebec Valley Art Association, is excited to welcome Gretchen Marion as their new executive director. Gretchen has over 20 years of experience in management, marketing, fundraising, and finance. She is former executive director of the Submarine Force Library and Museum Association, a nonprofit educational foundation which provides marketing, fundraising, exhibit and education services to the USS Nautilus Museum located in Groton, CT. Marion has a B.A. in Art History and Fine Arts from University of Connecticut. Her outstanding non profit experience, business knowledge, and enthusiasm for arts make her an ideal fit as as executive director of the Harlow. In welcoming Gretchen, The Harlow bids farewell their current executive director, Deb Fahy, who has served the organization for over 14 years.
MaineGeneral Health celebrated National Nurses Week by recognizing its latest and past DAISY Award-winning nurses during a celebration at the Alfond Center for Health. Honored guests at the event included Bonnie and Mark Barnes, co-founders of the DAISY Award and DAISY Foundation. The DAISY Award was created by the couple as a way to recognize exceptional care that nurses gave their son, J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of an auto-immune disease. His family was so impressed with the nurses who cared for Patrick that they created this award to thank nurses everywhere. MaineGeneral was the first hospital in Maine to adopt the DAISY Award, which thanks nurses for their skill and dedication. Since 2010, 103 MaineGeneral nurses have received the award. 
The Maine International Film Festival is preparing for its 22nd year in Waterville, Maine this July 12-21 and, as always, will showcase the best of American independent and international cinema. Film, however, isn’t the only art form championed by MIFF; each year, the Festival selects a visual artist to design the branding of Maine’s oldest, largest and most-beloved film festival. MIFF is excited to announce that the winning artist for MIFF 22 is Shawn Brewer from Portland, Maine. In addition to receiving a $1,000 prize for his MIFF 22 artwork, Brewer’s work will gain exposure nationwide on posters, programs, advertisements, and MIFF-themed merchandise. Festival passes are now on sale on the MIFF website at
Magnusson Balfour Commercial & Business Brokers has moved over to Keller Williams Reality. As part of this transition Magnusson Balfour has been restructured with Dennis Wheelock, along with two others, heading the leadership team. As a small business, Magnusson Balfour found much of their time and effort was spent managing back-end technology and day-to-day administration work that was taking time away from their most important job function: servicing clients. By moving over to Keller Williams Commercial, they have formed a strong partnership that allows them to benefit from the franchise’s national exposure, industry leading technology and training systems, and the capability to collaborate with other Keller Williams commercial agents.The services offered by the Magnusson Balfour team are still the same, ranging from commercial real estate sales and leasing, business brokerage, and buyer representation.
New Dimensions FCU along with Bowman Constructors broke ground on their new main office located at 94 Silver Street in Waterville on Thursday, May 2nd. The 12,000 square foot construction will be completed approximately May 2020 which will be modernly featured with state-of-the-art amenities, but with a traditional feel, which includes a larger lobby with additional member service representatives available to assist members’ immediate needs such as account information, home banking assistance, share draft account opening, and other account services.  
Quality Inn & Suites Maine Evergreen Hotel won the Choice Hotels Platinum Award for its 9th consecutive year for ranking in the top 3% of the 1,600 Quality brand hotels for exceptional accommodations and service. Also, the hotel has won the 2019 AAA Inspector’s Best of Housekeeping Award for it’s ranking in the top 25% of the 27,000 AAA Inspected & Approved hotels.For more information about this AAA 3-Diamond Rated hotel in Augusta, Maine visit 
Spectrum Generations announced its 17th Annual Golf Fore a Cause Tournament to be held on Friday, June 21 at the Brunswick Golf Club (recently named 2019 “Small Business of the Year” by SMMC). This year’s event will benefit the current Meals on Wheels waitlist. Participants will tee off at 1:00 p.m., spend the day on the course, and transition into the evening with a homestyle BBQ and live music around the fire pit. The cost is $125 /individual, $450/team and includes 18 holes with cart, bagged lunch (catered by Cohen on the Meadows), homestyle BBQ dinner, awards, contests for longest drive, accuracy drive, putting and hole-in-one contest for a chance to win $5,000. New this year, for $25 you can join us for just the dinner portion of the event. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
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KVCC Board of Directors
Nathan Cotnoir, Chair*
Camden National Bank
Alec Rogers, Chair Elect*
Quality Inn & Suites Maine Evergreen Hotel
Leon Emery, Vice Chair*
Emery's Meat & Produce
Matthew Tardiff, Treasurer*
J.S. McCarthy Printers
Cathy DeMerchant, Human Resources*
Capital Area Staffing Solutions, Inc.
Steven Marson, Past Chair*
Central Maine Pyrotechnics
Chuck Hays, Past Treasurer*
MaineGeneral Health
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.
Randy Hutchins
O’Connor AutoPark
Eric Jermyn
Cross Insurance Agency
Earl Kingsbury
Augusta Civic Center
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
Chris A. Voynik , Events & Membership Director
Caroline A. Saban , Marketing Director
Our Mission:
The KV Chamber exists to enhance life quality by strengthening our regional economy.