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THE CHAMBER N E W S Sign Up Now for the 2010 Androscoggin Leadership Development Institute!!!

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The 19th Annual Androscoggin Leadership Development Institute, sponsored by Central Maine Medical Center, begins on Wednesday, September 8 and end with graduation on December 9 at The Chamber Breakfast. The Chamber began the Institute in 1992 and it has since graduated 298 local business and community members!

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“As the instructor of this program, Steve Pecukonis reminded us that you can spend, waste or invest your time. ALDI was time well invested. This course is fun and packed with great stuff to use in everyday life. I would highly recommend ALDI to anyone.” -Jim Marston, Uncle Andy’s Digest, 2005 graduate

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What is ALDI? The highly acclaimed institute is a ten-week program designed to improve leadership abilities. Participants focus on increasing confidence in their personal leadership strengths, improving their understanding of the community, and recognizing how to get involved. The topics covered include Personality Types: understanding individual differences, Team Building: situational leadership, Effective Communications: active listening, Clear Self Expression: presentation skills, Effective Meeting Management, Conflict Resolution: problem-solving, and Personal Vision: action planning. There are also four community issue exploration sessions.

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“The Androscoggin Leadership Development Institute was by far one of the best professional development experiences I have ever participated in. The facilitator was fabulous, the content very beneficial, and as a result of the course, I developed many long- lasting networking contacts and several new friendships. I highly recommend ALDI to all professionals working in Androscoggin County!” -Angela Westhoff, Healthy Androscoggin, 2007 graduate

Who facilitates the program?

The Institute is run by Steve Pecukonis, who has designed and run leadership programs all across the state for more than two decades. He founded his own human Why should you apply? resource development, training and consultThe institute gives participants the opportunity to develop skills that ing firm in 1985, where he trains and conthey need to become successful leaders. These leadership skills will sults with organizations in business and foster professional growth, business growth, and promote a strong industry, government, education, healthcare and flourishing community. and social services. Steve frequently speaks at conferences, seminars, and organizations all through the northeast. When given a scale of 1-5, 95% of particJust ask the graduates! ipants in Steve’s training sessions rate him a 5 (Excellent) or a 4 “ALDI was so much more than I expected! As a person born and (Very Good). Steve brings incredible experience to ALDI, which raised in Lewiston, I was amazed to learn as much as I did about creates first-class learning opportunities for participants. our L/A Community. Through the months I attended ALDI and participated in community discussions, I came to realize how fortunate Who should apply? I am to be living in such a dynamic and changing environment. The • A business person who wants to develop leadership skills to weekly classes offered me, as a business owner, opportunity to learn benefit their workplace or community. valuable skills. The networking with other ALDI members and • A volunteer or board member of a community organization opportunity to hear from community leaders opened my eyes to so who would like to be able to better assist the organization’s many possibilities for L/A! ALDI, under the leadership of the development. Chamber and Steve Pecukonis is a valuable resource, which I • A community member who wants to get involved and make would recommend unconditionally!” a difference. -Stephanie Gelinas, Sandcastle Preschool, 2007 graduate

How much does it cost? “The ALDI program gave me the opportunity to take a good look at my community. Our group of 18 individuals learned about current local issues. We also learned about ourselves through classroom activities and how we could each interact with others in a more effective manner. I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent in this program and the people I met in the process.” -Jennifer Willey, Canteen Service Company, 2003 graduate

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“ALDI is probably the most valuable “course” I’ve ever taken. As a small business owner who is involved in my community, the ten weeks of my time invested in classes fine tuned my “soft” skills— in other words, improved and enhanced the quality of my communication AND defined my passions in terms of my community and how I’d like to assist in its progress. My experience with ALDI clearly demonstrates the truth in the statements, “leadership is not a topic, it’s a lifestyle” and “the quality of your life is equal to the quality of your communication.” Participating in the ALDI program was a wise decision indeed!” -Jan Barrett, Ware Street Inn, 2005 graduate

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The fee is $535, which covers all material and meals. Participants can be sponsored by their employer, a community organization or they can apply individually. Limited scholarship assistance is also available.

How can you apply? Applications are available at The Chamber office and attendance is limited to the first 20 applications received. Call The Chamber at 783-2249 for an application.

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Members were also asked to respond to several open-ended questions, the first of which was their highest priority for Chamber activity. The five highest priorities for Chamber activity are networking, advocacy for an improved business climate, providing workshops and seminars, and providing community information. New this year was a number of members who ranked area image development as important.

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AUGUST Brown Bag, “Social Networking”, Noon at The Chamber Paddle on the River with YPLAA, 5pm Chamber Breakfast, 7:15 am, Martindale Business After Hours, Balloon Festival, 5-7pm. Chamber Board of Directors Great Falls Balloon Festival, downtown Lewiston-Auburn Scholarship Scramble at Springbrook Golf Club Seminar on “Strategic Business Writing,” 8:30 am at The Chamber

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Energy seminar, “Planning to Reduce Energy Usage,” 11:30 am at The Chamber Labor Day, Chamber closed Androscoggin Leadership Development Institute begins Chamber Breakfast, 7:15 am, Hilton Chamber Board of Directors, 7:30am Seminar, “Become a People Whisperer,” Noon-3:00 pm at The Chamber Business After Hours, 5-7pm, Riverside Millwork Center, 353 Riverside Drive in Auburn Energy seminar, “Heating/Hot Water Options,” 11:30 am at The Chamber Joint BAH with the Portland Chamber at Spring Meadows Golf Club

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The survey asked members to give feedback about the newest Chamber division, the Young Professionals of the Lewiston-Auburn area. Comments were very positive and many suggestions were made to make the organization even stronger. One member said, “I think this is the best Chamber idea of the decade.” Several commented that YPLAA is a great way to groom future leaders for the community. One member suggested that YPLAA go on a recruiting tour to local businesses and organizations.

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The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with many comments about the friendly and helpful Chamber staff. Positive comments received included: • Fantastic positive energy around events • I like the e-mail updates and reminders about upcoming events. • It’s great we have so many dedicated volunteers My favorite comment was from a member: “I am so thankful that we have such a well organized and active Chamber. I have been to others in Maine and ours shines above the rest. Thank you for all you do each day for each of us and for our community” Members also gave many helpful suggestions, including: • More work needs to be done in the area of health care policy to bring the costs of health insurance down for members • Consider developing a mentoring program The Board of Directors and I deeply appreciate all the members who took the time to provide feedback. The responses will help guide the Chamber through the next year!

Liberty Festival, Auburn & Lewiston Independence Day observed, Chamber closed Chamber Breakfast, 7:15 am, Lost Valley Moxie Festival, downtown Lisbon Falls Seminar, “Photography for Corporate and Personal Use,” 11:30 am The Chamber Business After Hours, 5-7 pm, Kaplan University, 475 Lisbon Street in Lewiston Brown Bag Seminar, “Understanding Maine’s New Medical Marijuana Law,” Noon at The Chamber

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The second open-ended question that members responded to asked suggestions for future seminar topics. This year more than ever before there were a number of great new ideas for programs. The most popular topics listed were (in order of the number of times mentioned): • Social Networking • Marketing/sales • Human Resource Issues • Energy Issues • Management and Supervisory Training • Health Care Reform

Finally, members were asked to give comments and suggestions to the Chamber.

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The 2010 Chamber Member Survey asked members to rate the performance of the Chamber on a scale from 1 (poor) to 4 (excellent). The survey was conducted in early June and over 153 members responded (a 10% return). The overall rating given to the Chamber was 3.90 (even higher than last year’s high rating of 3.86) and all scores were above 3.5! Members were asked about specific areas of Chamber involvement. Networking opportunities (such as Membership Breakfast, Business After Hours, and the Annual Meeting), as well as providing information (Chamber Newsletter, monthly Small Business E-News and biweekly E-Events), and the Business Resource Guide, and education programs to assist schools and students received the highest ratings of Chamber services.

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By Chip Morrison

MEMBER SURVEY 2010 REPORT

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COMMUNITY BAND CONCERTS BEGIN Join Milt Simon and the Auburn Community Band at Festival Plaza on Main Street in Auburn each week for free summer concerts. Now in its 28th season, the band plays a different program of music every Wednesday evening, weather permitting. Upcoming performances: July 7 An Evening of Patriotic Music July 14 The Music of Famous Musicians July 21 It’s Showtime! July 28 Forgotten but Not Unforgettable August 4 Let’s Dance! August 11 Famous Musical Groups August 18 Take Two August 25 Auburn Community Band’s Greatest Hits


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ADOPT-A-SPOTS IN FULL BLOOM Beautiful spots are being cultivated all around Androscoggin County thanks to the generosity and hard work of local organizations. 2010 “Spotters” include: A Family for ME & YPLAA /DHHS, Abused Women’s Advocacy, Allergy & Asthma Associates of Central Maine, Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, Auburn Housing Authority, Auburn Lewiston Rotary Breakfast Club, Auburn Savings Bank, FSB, Austin Associates PA, CPA’s, Bailey & Sons Roofing LLC, CareerCenter, Central Maine Federal Credit Union, City of Lewiston, Community Credit Union, Emerson Toyota, Franco American War Veterans, Gammon Landscape Nursery Inc, Goodwin Well & Water Inc, Hannaford, ING Investment Advisors LLC, Labonte’s Landscaping, Lewiston High School Music Association, Mid-Maine Property Services, Pathway’s Inc, Pine Cone Chapter OES (Eastern Star), Rainbow Federal Credit Union, Roak The Florist, Schooner Retirement Community, Sun Journal, Sweet Pea Designs, The Baha’i Community, Turner Publishing, Valley View Farm, WahlcoMetroflex Inc, and Wal-Mart Distribution Center.

BUSINESS ADVOCACY COMMITTEE PREPARES FOR THE FALL ELECTION The Chamber’s Business Advocacy Committee is undertaking three major activities to help members prepare for the fall election. First, they will be organizing a gubernatorial candidate forum for the October 14th Chamber Breakfast at the Ramada Conference Center. All of the major candidates for governor will be asked to attend and present themselves and their ideas to Chamber members. Second, the committee is organizing their biennial Election Monitoring Report in which all local candidates who are seeking to represent the area in the Legislature are asked a common set of questions so members can compare their responses.

Chamber Board Regional Image co chairs, Susan Stacey and Jan Barrett met with Chip at Wei Li Chinese Restaurant to plan the visit by state tourism officials. The two day tour of the LA area was a definite eye opener showing off all the LA area has to offer.

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS OF THE LEWISTON AUBURN AREA The Young Professionals of the Lewiston Auburn Area (YPLAA) works to strengthen a vibrant young professional community by promoting career, social, and community development.

Finally, The Chamber is planning to work with YPLAA to organize a candidate’s night at which members can meet with candidates and talk with them about major issues.

Are you interested in getting involved? You can join a committee or become a member to be added to our mailing list and attend events as they fit into your schedule! YPLAA membership is free! YPLAA Committees The Communications Committee works to help promote the positive image of YPLAA. Through press releases, website updates, posters and the e-news, the committee represents the happenings of YPLAA. The goal of the Networking & Community Involvement Committee is to plan, promote, and execute events that allow YPLAA members to meet and network with each other along with planning a variety of opportunities to get involved in community service activities throughout Androscoggin County. The Personal & Professional Development Committee plans seminars, workshops and events to help connect YPLAA members with other members of the community as well as help YP’s build important personal & professional skills. Hillary Eaton, Owner of Boutique L/A at Great Falls Art Center, 140 High Street, Auburn, held their Grand Opening on May 12.

The L/A Betterment Committee’s goal is to make L/A a better place to live, work & play. They seek to advocate for public policies that promote the retention and recruitment of young professionals in the Lewiston-Auburn area, provide educational opportunities on the process of political engagement, and set an agenda for local action. To become a member of YPLAA or to join a committee, visit www.yplaa.com or email Jenny at Jenny@androscoggincounty.com.


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WHAT’S UP…? Community Credit Union is pleased to announce the hiring of Diane T. Labrecque as the new Vice President of Lending. Diane Dunton Bruni will serve as Honorary Chair for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Androscoggin County.

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St. Mary’s Health System was honored with a “Partner for Change Award” from Practice Greenhealth, a national membership organization for health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations. Peter Garcia of Skelton Taintor and Abbott was named 2010 Auburn Citizen of the Year at the May 6 celebration at Lost Valley. Kurk Lalemand, Licensed Professional Business Coach, of NEXT Level Business Coaching is now on the Board of Directors of the Auburn Business Association.

Josh Cushing has been promoted to General Manager at the Hilton Garden Inn of Freeport.

GHM Insurance Agency was awarded the Shep Lee Award for Community Service at the Maine Family Business Awards.

Huber Associates, P.A. has expanded services to include massage therapy. Ken Richards, a licensed massage therapist of 20+ years, will provide 30 to 60 minute massage therapy sessions.

Greater Brunswick Physical Therapy would like to express sincere appreciation to all of those who helped make their recent Open House a huge success. Thank You! The door prize was won by Harvey White from Lamey Wellehan – congratulations!

Stephen B. Wade, Alan G. Stone and James E. Belleau, shareholders at Skelton Taintor & Abbott law firm are featured in Chambers & Partners USA as leaders in their fields. Central Maine Federal Credit Union recently donated $595 to the Children’s Miracle Network. JAPELCO Electrical Contractors, Experienced Master Electrician, with over 30 years experience in the electrical industry. Call today for your free estimate (207) 224-8299. Visit them online at www.japelco.com. GHM Insurance Agency has been chosen amongst a select group of agents nationwide to be recognized as a member of The Hanover Insurance Group’s President’s Club for the 7th consecutive year. Pat Long-Cressey has recently joined Fontaine Team – The Real Estate Leader at 336 Center St. Auburn email pat@fontaineteam.com or call 7843800. Community Credit Union is pleased to announce that Michelle Green and Bruce Luong have received their certificates as CUNA Certified Financial Counselors. Liberty Mutual recently received the Governor’s Exemplary Corporate Volunteer Award at a ceremony at the State House Hall of Flags. Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Lewiston Regional Technical Center to assist in the creation of a school based career center. The Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions graduated 41 students recently in a ceremony at the FrancoAmerican Heritage Center in Lewiston. Golf Conditioning Clinic offered by Tammy Begin-LeBlanc and Michelle Twitchell of The Gym. Beginners to advanced welcomed. FMI or to register, call The Gym at 689.3145 or email Tammy at info@balancecompany.net.

After working informally with several tenants seeking single family houses to rent, John & Linda Snyder have opened “On the Spot Rentals”, specializing in quality single family homes, condos and apartments. Short term, vacation and corporate rentals are also available. They have tenants... more rentals needed! Call John (“Johnny On the Spot”) at 207.713.0674. TechMaine’s Careers and Education Portal expands bringing thousands of eLearning courses to help individuals re-skill for today’s job market. For more information, call 207-857-3003 or visit www.TechMaine.com. People love the Ware Street Inn’s new catering abilities! Jan’s operating on a limited catering schedule so get in touch with her now to talk about your upcoming meetings, retreats, or small functions . . . don’t miss out on that great cooking! 783-8171. Independent Scentsy Consultant Pauline Roberge - host a qualifying party and she will give you a Deluxe Warmer, Plug in and three bars of wax all for $15. Contact Pauline at 784-6169. State Farm Agent Lisa Laliberte was recently presented with the 2010 J. Putnam Stevens Award by the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), Maine. Mainely Kids Photography has changed its name to Mainely Portrait Photography. Studio or location portraits. Individual, family or event. Call Tammie Grieshaber at 576.4805. New website is: www.mainelyportraitphotograpy.com or www.facebook.com/MainelyPortraits. NuImage Awnings is the largest wholesaler and retailer of retractable awnings in the state of Maine. The company now offers commercial sewing, commercial awnings and boat cover repair and fabrication. Come by and see their new showroom located at 101 Merrow Road, Auburn. For more information contact Brian Buteau 240-5416. Scentsy Consultant, Leslie Dubois has drastically reduced all “in stock” merchandise by 50%. Call 577-1187 or email lesliedubois@hotmail.com before its all sold out.

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Spurwink Lewiston is seeking donations of: books, games, puzzles, DVDs for kids and teens; couches, loveseats, comfortable chairs and rugs in good condition. Items can be dropped off at 581 Sabattus St. Lewiston. Sweet Dreams & Good Food ...To Warm Hearts, a cookbook to raise funds with 100% of net proceeds going to Relay For Life/American Cancer Society and animal shelters, is now available. This book was created using volunteer work from the Sweet Dreams Team and contains recipes old and new, fast and fancy, and both decadent and healthy. Copies are available to purchase thru www.sweetdreamsrelay.com; at E. A. Buschmann, Inc. 16 Ferry Rd.; Lewiston; For more info call 783-3033 and ask for Lisa or Jenn.

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“Eliminating Back Pain During Pregnancy and Post Partum”. Free educational session given by Greater Brunswick Physical Therapy at 2 Willow Run, Auburn. July 29th 5:30-6:30 PM. Refreshments provided. Call 784-6462 with any questions. Austin Associates is currently hosting the United Way Pantry Project. Please stop in to say hello and make a food donation, Two Great Falls Plaza, 5th floor, Auburn. Artist Hillary Eaton will be kicking off group drawing lessons with a 4 week series of Tuesday evening sessions in July/August. FMI, please email artist@hillaryeaton.com.

The Heutz Oil Company in Lewiston has announced new, simple-to-understand pricing options to suit your heating and budget needs. Whether you prefer a price protection or pay-as-you-go plan, they offer full service and lower prices, giving their customers the best value. Call them at 782-3171, or visit them at www.heutzoil.com.

The Lewiston Adult Education Summer Semester will begin July 6th. Summer computer classes will include Absolute Beginner Computers, Computer Literacy, MS Excel I & II, MS Word and QuickBooks. For more information, or the full listing of all summer courses, visit www.lewistonadulted.org.

USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College announces a new program in Secondary Education Teaching/Certification. The program is designed for those who 1) need a bachelor’s degree and would like to teach English, social studies, or the life sciences in middle school or high school or 2) for those who already have a bachelor’s degree but need certification to teach in these areas. For more information please contact Jim Bradley at 753-6618 or visit www.usm.maine.edu/lac/teachered

Peter D. Lowe and Daniel C. Stockford of Brann & Isaacson put HR on the Hot Seat at the 15th Maine Human Resources Convention, With the assistance of Peter Fitch of Lee Auto Malls, they conducted a staged deposition of an HR professional in the context of a hypothetical sexual harassment case.

Goodman Wiper & Paper has been chosen the region’s exclusive distributor for the new line of Confidence brand towels and tissue from Stefco, one of the fastest growing paper manufacturers in the USA. Call Ken Goodman at 7845779 for details. Bill Howell, MBA, CPA/ABV/CFF, ASA, CVA co-authored an e-book on exit strategy planning. It can be downloaded free of charge at www.williamehowell-llc.com/news.html. Bill provides business valuation and consulting services to closely held and family owned business. He’s reachable at 603-5805302. NEXT Level Business Coaching has a new program called Group Coaching. A group of like-minded business owners can really move their businesses forward when they meet with a coach on a regular basis! Please call 376-3239 for more information. Lighting Concepts has recently premiered a brand new web site, check it out at www.lightingconcepts.com. Robustelli, Rotz and Soucy, P.A., located at 1071 Lisbon Street in Lewiston, is pleased to announce the admission of Jonathan A. Hussey, CPA, as a shareholder. St. Peter’s Cemetery is now offering choices for those choosing cremation. The cemetery offers in-ground burial as well as indoor and outdoor cremation niches. For more information and pricing please call the cemetery office at 782-8721. After an opening week filled with jazz, rock ‘n roll and plenty of dancing, The Franco-American Heritage Center’s new Heritage Hall has transformed from a bingo hall to a classy venue that can host events from weddings to cabarets to business functions.

If you are hiring this year, we can reduce the risk you will hire the wrong person. Our new website shows you how: www.StrategicTalentManagement.com

ART BOULAY, MBA CEO & Chief Talent Officer 207.373.9301 ABoulay@StrategicTalentManagement.com

Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care recently completed their triennial federal review. A committee of six federal reviewers from around the country observed and reported on classroom and staff activities for a week. The Agency exceeded the national average in all areas. Lee Morin a 2010 graduate of Lewiston High School is the recipient of the 2010 Dominic J. Roux Scholarship Award from Central Maine Federal Credit Union. Skelton, Taintor & Abbott is proud to announce that Stephen B. Wade, a partner in the firm, has become a fellow of the reputable trial lawyer honorary society Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). SeniorsPlus, in association with AARP and the State of Maine Office of Elder Services, is announcing the opening of the SeniorsPlus Money Management Program. For more information call 795-4010. Community Little Theatre’s Summer Youth Music Theater Program will be presenting their production of Willy Wonka Jr. at the Great Falls Performing Arts Center in Auburn July 17th at 2:00 and 7:00 and July 18th at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased online at www.laclt.com or via the Box Office at 207-783-0958.

WANTED: CHAMBER DIRECTORS To be eligible for nomination, candidates must be members in good standing and agree to accept the responsibilities of directorship. Board members are elected to two-year terms and are asked to attend monthly meetings, as well as to assist with other Chamber activities. Extensive effort is made to assure that the Board is representative of The Chamber’s diverse membership (i.e. manufacturing, health care, professional occupations, hospitality services, etc.). New board members, who are elected by vote of the standing Board of Directors at their September meeting, assume directorship in October. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact President, Chip Morrison, 783-2249 or cmorrison@androscoggincounty.com


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CHAMBER AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS

NOT YOUR NORMAL FORMAL BIG SUCCESS

This season 16 graduating seniors received scholarships from The Chamber. Three adults, working at Chamber members received scholarships as well

Not Your Normal Formal on May 7th broke all records, with net proceeds over $39,000 for Chamber programs. For the first time in our history, the event was totally sold out two weeks in advance! Camden National stepped up again to be the event sponsor and this year, 18 Chamber members stepped up to be table sponsors. They were: Androscoggin Bank, Bedard Health Care Pharmacy, Central Maine Medical Center, Champoux Insurance, Environmental Projects, GHM Insurance, Harriman Associates, Isaacson and Raymond, Maine Bank & Trust, Mechanics Bank, Northeast Bank, Ouellette & Associates, Platz Associates, Poland Spring Bottling Company, Procter & Gamble, Roopers, Skelton, Taintor & Abbott, and Spillers.

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2009-2010 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Art Boulay, Chair

2010 Chamber scholars are: Edward Little High School: Mathew Gordon (Sports Management), Ysuf Iman (Economics), Deanna Morency (Communications), Hillary Turcotte (Creative Arts Therapy) Lewiston High School: Gabrielle Barboza (Biology/Physician’s Assistant), Liza Sirois (Biology), Jill St. Laurent (Marketing), Kurtis Stocker Leavitt High School: Steven Gibbins (Physical Therapy), Samantha Varney (Business) Lisbon High School: Maegan Dupre (English), Taylor Thiboutot (Physical Education) Oak Hill High School: Adam Soucy (Business/Economics) Poland High School: Sophia Geelhoed (Nursing) St Dominic Regional High School: Nathan Poulin (PreMed), Kacie Rioux (English & History)

2010 Adult Scholarship Recipients: Richard Bolding, Formed Fiber Technologies Tammy Bureau, City of Lewiston Nanette Thibeault-Shedd, Central Maine Medical Center

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Susan Stacey, Chair Elect Central Maine Community College

Robin Robbins, Treasurer Androscoggin Bank

Peter Murphy, Past Chair Neokraft Sign Co

Jan Barrett Ware Street Inn Bed & Breakfast

Bob Bernier Advantage Gases and Tools

Susan Berube WGME-13

JoAnne Campbell Mechanics Savings Bank

Chamber members enjoying NYNF!

Michael Cox Central Maine Orthopaedics

Doug DiVello Central Maine Healthcare Corp

Adam Dunbar Wells Fargo Advisors

Hillary Eaton, YPLAA Chair Austin Associates PA

Patti Gagne Patti Gagne Agency, Allstate Insurance

Stephanie Gelinas Sandcastle Preschool

Joyce Gibson USM at LAC

Clif Greim Harriman and Associates

Kevin Healey St. Mary’s Health System

Elaine Hemenway Payroll Management Inc

Jennifer Hogan Community Credit Union

Some of the scholarship winners at the June 10th Chamber Breakfast.

Gretchen Jones Skelton Taintor & Abbott PA

Mary LaFontaine Career Center

Kurk Lalemand Next Level Business Coaching

Darlene Cadorette Levesque White Rock Distilleries

Rick Malinowski Procter & Gamble

Remember to Register for Chamber Events online at our website www.androscoggincounty.com!

Scott McKenney Hilton Garden Inn

Bryan McNulty Bates College

Iman Poeraatmadja Burgess Computer

Laurie St Pierre Percy's Burrow

Peter Steele Twin City Times Peter Traill Nason Mechanical Systems Inc.

Jennifer Willey Canteen Services


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MEMBER IN FOCUS: DeBlois Electric and Lighting Concepts By Toni Seger, ProseWorks ™

We need light, but what kind of light? If you wear glasses, like I do, you know your reading light should be well directed and without glare, but how about all the other types of lighting? There’s lighting for home security, back lighting for family pictures and decorative lighting to dress up a room. These are just some of the endless possibilities you can explore at Lighting Concepts, located at 1033 Sabattus Street in Lewiston. This contemporary showroom and design center is a natural retail outgrowth of the family’s original business, DeBlois Electric. Wilfrid “Willie” DeBlois launched his electrical contracting business in 1967 and with the help of his wife, Gaetane, grew the business from a home-based contracting company to one of the state’s most recognized electrical contracting firms.

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One effect of the recession is less new construction but more renovation as people either fix up their homes instead of moving or buy something that needs to be upgraded. A recently finished public contract for DeBlois Electric which handles commercial and industrial work throughout Maine, involved renovations and additions to the Emergency Department at St. Mary’s hospital. LEED work or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a rating system for a building’s energy efficiency, was done for the Watson Ice Arena at Bowdoin College. DeBlois Electric keeps an electrical design engineer on staff and specializes in design/build service and electrical service in Central Maine.

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Lighting Concepts, a separate company started in 1994, is a retail lighting and design center which added an online store last year. There’s plenty to explore both on the web and at the 5,000 square foot, two story Sabattus Street store. If you love Tiffany glass like I do, be sure and visit the upstairs gallery for some beautiful examples. There’s also some delicious crystal along with a full range of lighting solutions for every part of your home or office. And, to help complete your renovation or decorating project, there are wall hangings and framed art threaded in with the lighting fixtures. The staff at Lighting Concepts are trained in lighting design and have been certified by the American Lighting Association, so bring your questions. You can even bring your children because the store maintains a corner for their entertainment, too.

Willie DeBlois is still very active in the company he founded and very much the mentor of his sons; Ray DeBlois, Chief Financial Officer and Mitch DeBlois, President. Ray, Mitch and Mitch’s wife, Peggy, their Marketing Director, sat down to talk with me about their memories. They like to joke about their different generational styles on the job. Willie DeBlois still pulls a pad from his pocket to make notes or find a phone number while they use an array of electronic devices. “What’s more impressive, he still has the Company founder, Willie DeBlois is standing beside his sons information first,” they marvel. Ray DeBlois, Chief Financial Officer, and Mitch DeBlois, President. The building has changed a great deal over the years with seven additions as more space was needed. Electrical contracting work handled by DeBlois Electric is increasingly focused on being more energy efficient. “There’s been a lot of work done in this area and as the public is educated about it, there’s more and more interest in the savings you can realize,” says Mitch. The brothers have worked on renovations that ultimately paid for themselves through energy savings. “LED lighting has incredible potential to save energy and money. The cost is coming down and when used in commercial applications, can realize impressive energy savings,” says Ray.

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Check out the web site at www.lightingconcepts.com and let your imagination take off. You can browse a slide show in their gallery of diverse lighting styles and applications. There are excellent lighting tips if you’re wondering about the best approach to lighting your kitchen or living room or office. I enjoyed watching short films in their video vault for examples of how lighting can be hidden under cabinets or made part of overall room design. There are so many options in lighting today ranging from purely utilitarian for wide area office lighting to definitely romantic, bedroom lighting. What are your lighting needs?

You probably want to light your family or living room in ways that are warm and inviting. Of course, you want to be sure work areas are properly lit for the tasks performed there. Be sure to increase your sense of security with outdoor lighting that discourages malefactors. Enhance your outdoor landscaping with lighting that integrates the beauty of your yard into your interior room design. Best of all, do all of it and save money by substituting energy efficient lighting that is virtually indistinguishable from traditional incandescent lighting. Estimates range as high as 75% savings on older lighting. Home visits and consultations are available and you can even receive design advice on-line. “Every aspect of service is important to us,” say the brothers. Peggy DeBlois enjoys promoting the company she’s been involved with for so long. Peggy has known the DeBlois family since she started dating Mitch when they were teenagers and the two recall babysitting for Ray DeBlois while Wille DeBlois’ business was still located in his garage. The three agree the long standing success of this business has its roots in word of mouth referrals based a long standing reputation for quality. “Having high standards is still the best means of guaranteeing your business will have a future”, says Mitch. They don’t know, yet, if their children will choose to join the business, but Ray’s son and Mitch and Peggy’s daughters help out during the summer in various ways. The right atmosphere in a business matters a lot, too. The 23 employees employed by DeBlois Electric and the five employed by Lighting Concepts average almost 16 years of company service among them. The DeBlois family acknowledges a big source of their strength comes from the loyalty and service of their staff who know every aspect of the business and are ready to address your needs when you visit. Give them a call at 783-6512 for DeBlois Electric or 753-0000 for Lighting Concepts.

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Seminar on “Photography for Corporate and Personal Use,� co-hosted by the Maine Women’s Network and led by Tammie Grieshaber and Kristen Phillips

July 27

Brown Bag Seminar on the new medical marijuana law presented by Sage Peterson

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Brown Bag Seminar on “Social Networking� with Diane Dunton

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Seminar on “Strategic Business Writing� featuring Bruce MacMillan

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“Become a People Whisperer: The Leader’s Guide to More inspiring, Compelling Communication,� with David Lee

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