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BANGOR REGION CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Phone: (207) 947-0307 | Fax: (207) 990-1427 bangorregion.com Chamber & Visitor Center Office: 2 Hammond Street, Suite One
2018 Annual Report:
Shelley Sund, Director of Marketing & Events Brian Cotlar, Director of Membership & Sales FEATURE WRITING: Michael Melochick PRINTING: Snowman Group | DISTRIBUTION: Bangor Daily News DESIGN & LAYOUT: AD SALES:
Contents 4 5 6 7
Outgoing Chair Report - Lee Speronis Incoming Chair Report - Suzanne Spruce Chamber Staff, Officers, Directors A Note from our Chamber President Deb Neuman
8 Governmental Affairs 9 Business Action 11 Membership Committee 12-13 Issues of Impact 2019 PROGRAM REPORTS:
14-15 FUSION:Bangor 16-17 Bangor Region Leadership Institute 18-19 Building Bridges/7th Up Biz Tour MEMBERSHIP:
30-33 Membership List 34 Benefits of Your Membership | Join Form
Information in the this publication was carefully compiled to ensure maximum accuracy. However, the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce cannot guarantee the correctness of the information provided herein. For the most current information available about the region, our programs or our members, please visit www.bangorregion.com.
Business of the Year
Bangor Area Recover Network
Good Shepherd Food Bank
Norbert X. Dowd Award
Catherine Lebowitz Award For Public Service M. Jane Irving Community Service Award Non-Profit of the Year
Arthur A. Comstock Professional Service Award
Bion and Dorain Foster Entrepreneurship Award
BRCC Volunteer of the Year Award
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Time Flies When You Are Having Fun By Lee
J.D., B.S., C.H.E., C.H.I.A., Associate Professor and Director of the School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management Husson University’s College of Business.
The past two years as Chair have flown by. I wish to thank the Board of Directors, the Chamber staff and CEO Deb Neuman, in particular, for giving me plenty to do. Leading such a dedicated and talented staff as well as an engaged board has been an honor and a blast! The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce is accomplishing its mission “to promote and advance a vital, healthy business environment.” It seems like yesterday when we survived our two step move to #2 Hammond Street, and yet at the same time it feels like we have been in the heart of downtown Bangor for years. The Chamber is operating on a sound financial foundation thanks to Deb and the finance committee, led by Cathy Crowell. The membership of the Chamber continues to grow based upon the quality and entrepreneurship of our region. Our 21 communities are experiencing a very positive trend as new opportunities and ribbon cuttings are happening weekly. Former mill sites are being redeveloped, the riverfront is being celebrated, tourism is growing and beer is flowing! I am thrilled that I have had the opportunity to serve as chair for two years, and for two years before as incoming chair, and now for the next two years as past chair. The Chamber does not let you leave and nor do you want to! After working with the Chamber staff and the young leaders of our programs at Fusion and BRLI, I am inspired that we can solve any issue that presents itself, so long as we take it on together. For example, those of us who participated in the 7TH UP event, directed by the Building Bridges Program, are still walking on air months after the event. Thank you to the Bangor School Department and Bangor’s seventh graders for making the day so special. Over the next few years, the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce will spearhead the drive to solve our region’s workforce issues through collaborative efforts with our partners in the business, non-profit and government sectors. Our community focuses on engagement. I have been blessed to have had so many great mentors in the Chamber community who inspired me to serve. I hope in some small way, I have inspired some of you to do the same. My friend, John Simpson, always reminded us that together we can achieve by listening to each other, by being open to diverse thought, and then to find the common ground to build the foundations for future success. Many thanks for the honor of serving as Chair and I welcome the opportunity to work with your incoming Chair, Suzanne Spruce, in my next chamber role as past chair.
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Bangor is Home to this "County Girl" The Bangor region has always played a large role in my life. As a farmerâ€™s daughter in southern Aroostook County I learned early the value of a strong community and solid work ethic. I picked rocks in the fields before spring planting and picked potatoes in the fall harvest. And, like almost every other kid who picked potatoes to earn money for new school clothes, I traveled to Bangor to part with those hard-earned dollars. At 15 and a newly licensed driver I began running errands after school and on weekends for parts, chemicals, or whatever else was needed on the farm. Sometimes it was a trip to Houlton or Presque Isle â€“ more often it was Bangor. Driving to Bangor also meant my mother would call an order into Sings or some other restaurant in the area. There were no restaurants in Smyrna Mills so take-out from Bangor was a treat. Then in 1980, I went to work at Z62 Radio and this region became home. My children were raised here, I have enjoyed a wonderful career here, and I welcome the opportunity to work alongside the many people who are working so hard to advance our region. Greater Bangor is the service center for many people who live in our surrounding regions. It is where people travel to for health care, education, employment, and goods and amenities. In the coming months the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce will be reinventing itself in keeping with best practices and with an understanding of what our members and consumers want and need. That includes some internal Chamber housekeeping such as updating the bylaws, holding fewer formal board meetings, and strengthening committees and programs. Great things are happening at your Chamber and these small tweaks will provide staff with more time to concentrate on membership, outreach, and advocating for public policy that will ensure this place we call home remains a healthy place for businesses to thrive and grow. I am pleased to serve as Chamber chair and grateful for Deb Neuman and Team Chamber for their creativity, innovation, dedication, and support.
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Director of Marketing
Director of Membership & Sales
Tina Demerchant Bookkeeper
Chair, Husson University
Chair Elect EMHS
Membership Co-Chair, Darling’s Auto
Past Chair, University of Maine
Governmental Affairs Chair PCHC
At-Large S.W. Cole Engineering
Treasurer, Bangor Savings Bank
Business Action Chair, WBRC A/E
Community Council Chair
Board of Directors Ex-Officio Representatives: Michael Aube
Eastern Maine Development Corp.
Renee Doble City of Brewer
David Austin Eaton Peabody
Pete Boudreaux Wayfair
Bangor International Airport
Bangor Savings Bank
Tanya Emery City of Bangor
Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors’ Bureau
Emeritus Directors: Stephen B. Rich Consultant
Eastern Maine Community College
Jessamine Pottle CES, Inc.
Jodi Reynolds Berry Dunn
Wilcox Wellness & Fitness
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What a year it has been! President report
BANGOR REGION CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
There is no typical “day” at the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce and that is what makes our work so interesting, challenging and rewarding. 2018 was all of those things and more! When I reflect back on the year, I am astonished by how much our staff, volunteers, community partners and members have accomplished, working together. We are a membership organization and our top priority is to serve our members. This year we accomplished that in a variety of ways by providing our members with opportunities to network and connect. Our “Biz Expo”, “Golf Tournament”, “Member Nights”, “Business After Hours”, “Annual Awards Dinner” and other events brought members together to forge new business relationships, strengthen existing ones and to celebrate this place we call home. We provided our members with opportunities to engage and learn through our “Early Bird Breakfast Series”, “Success Seminars”, “HR Conference”, “Women’s Leadership Luncheons”, and more. We met with members one-on-one to understand their goals and how we can help them achieve their goals. We provided our members with opportunities to engage in advocacy. Our “Hot Stove” events brought business leaders together with local, state and federal representatives to talk about issues and policy relevant to our region and their businesses. We held a successful Gubernatorial debate and shared with our members the chamber’s positions on the November ballot questions. We organized an “energy” listening session with key business leaders and those who work on energy policy and we brought together educators and business leaders for a round table discussion about workforce needs. Speaking of workforce, we launched a new initiative this year under our “Building Bridges” program called “7TH UP”. What began as a simple idea to introduce students to the many career opportunities that await them right here in our region, turned into a successful, impactful and inspirational day for 300 seventh graders, 16 businesses and 100 volunteers. Thank you to everyone who worked together to make this event possible, especially the Bangor School Department and the participating businesses. Workforce is a challenging issue in the 21 communities served by the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce and our Board of Directors has made this their priority for 2019. We will also keep a close watch on what transpires in Augusta and Washington D.C. and keep our members informed about issues and policy that impact their businesses and our region. Speaking of our Board of Directors. I want to thank our outgoing Chair, Lee Speronis for his support, leadership and commitment to serving the Chamber and our region! We are pleased to welcome our new Chair, Suzanne Spruce and look forward to working with her and our entire Board in the coming year. The Bangor Region Chamber has been serving our region for more than a century. We honor our past, work to make a positive impact in the present and prepare for the future. That is where our programs come in. FUSION:Bangor, Bangor Region Leadership Institute (BRLI) and Building Bridges have all had a remarkable year. Thank you to their leaders, steering committees and volunteers for your commitment to serving our region and for all you have accomplished this year! Finally, I am so grateful to our team, Marcia Baker, Brian Cotlar, Shelley Sund, Shelly Reilly and Tina DeMerchant for their incredible talent, commitment, passion, hard work, great ideas, patience and humor! “Team Chamber” is looking forward to all that we will accomplish, working together in 2019!
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GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS By Sarah Dubay, Chair 2018 was a busy year in local, state, and federal politics. And the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee tried to keep track of it all for our members! The Governmental Affairs Committee focuses on outreach for our members, and advancement of the Chamber’s longstanding commitment to local advocacy for the greater Bangor region. The committee tracks legislation and government-related matters at all levels, and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding positions the Chamber should adopt around local, state, and federal policy and regulatory issues. The committee’s marquee program is our Hot Stove Roundtable forum held at Eastern Maine Community College’s Rangeley Hall the second or third Saturday of the month from January through April. Municipal, State, and Federal officials exchange thoughts and ideas with business and service center leaders as well as community participants, engaging in lively discussion about issues that concern our members. The conversation varies – on any given Saturday, those attending Hot Stove could be debating economic development opportunities for the greater Bangor region, deliberating over education and workforce development concerns, discussing state tax policy, or examining key social issues like substance use disorder and poverty, as well as taking up hot topics in Augusta and DC like the legalization of marijuana or federal regulation changes around immigration. If it’s a concern to our members, chances are it will be a topic of discussion at Hot Stove! All Chamber members are encouraged to attend our Hot Stove Roundtable sessions or share ideas for focused discussions – we hope to see you there! Additionally, in 2018, the Governmental Affairs Committee partnered with Chamber staff, the Bangor Daily News, WVII 7/Fox 22 News, the Cross Insurance Center, and AARP Maine to host a televised Gubernatorial Debate. The Governmental Affairs Committee looks forward to working with Chamber members and Municipal, State, and Federal officials around the policy and regulatory issues that matter most to the greater Bangor region in 2019. Governmental Affairs Committee works to promote productive relationships between Chamber members and local/state/national elected officials. The committee, along with Chamber staff, identifies and prioritizes issues of importance to the Bangor region business community and communicates that to the public.
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makes our Region unique. Please visit both, and schedule a tour by Deb or staff to find out how you can use our available spaces to support your business activities, and in particular, how you can fully integrate your own “Biz Action” with other members!
By Rob Frank, Chair The Business Action Committee, which facilitates discussions and activities surrounding economic development initiatives, has retained its focus on advancing one or more discreet initiatives at a time. I must thank each member of our early-rising committee for their great ideas and “action”! After a variety of meeting formats and time slots over as many years, culminating in “onsite” meetings at area businesses this past Spring, Biz Action is exploring new ways to connect and brainstorm, including time slot and meeting format. Suggestions include an “Ad-Hoc” style focus on topics that support and are in alignment with the Chamber Strategic focus for each year’s “issues of impact”. Past topics that Biz Action has tackled and facilitated discussions include, but are not limited to, the following: Cross Laminated Timber, Bangor/Brewer Waterfront Moorings, Regional Entrepreneurial Economy (Scratchpad, Big Gig, Top Gun, Upstart Maine, CoVort), Food Hub and maker space, Bangor Angel (start-up investments). This year’s focus on workforce will certainly find the Biz Action Committee rolling up its sleeves to help move parts of this important initiative forward! Our move into the new Hammond Street location last year combined with our re-launched Bangor Region Chamber website affords our members an opportunity to meet, share ideas, and become a highly integral part of the dynamic “Biz Action” that
The Biz Action Committee works with staff to identify economic retention and development opportunities in the Bangor region and working with community and economic development partners, the committee works to take action on opportunities and projects that will enhance and expand economic opportunities in the region.
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Congratulaaons to all of the 2019 Award Recipients! Thank you for making the Bangor Region a vibrant community in which to live, work, and play.
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MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Carrie Meo, BRCC Membership Committee Co-Chair Jose Flores, BRCC Membership Committee Co-Chair Brian H. Cotlar, BRCC Director of Membership & Sales
The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce acquired 74 new members through November of 2018, making the current total active membership 770 Members. We continue to see consistent interest in joining the Bangor Region Chamber from both new and long-standing businesses throughout our 21-community region. We believe that providing real and quantifiable value to our membership is the most important thing we can do, and the goal is to make sure each member is experiencing value well in excess of the cost of their annual dues investment. The BRCC Membership Committee, led by Co-Chairs Carrie Meo & Jose Flores, continued the priorities of care, engagement, and support of our new and existing members through 2018. Now as members renew, they will receive an updated BRCC window cling for the 2018-2019 membership year along with a membership renewal certificate hand delivered by a committee member.
2019 will be an exciting year for our members. We’re committed to helping our membership engage with the Chamber in meaningful ways which are beneficial to their businesses. The BRCC membership Committee is planning a Member Appreciation & Membership Drive Day in the fall of 2019, to continue to show our support and appreciation for our existing members while creating an informal opportunity for non-members to learn about the benefits of BRCC Membership. Some of the ways the Chamber can help member businesses include networking with other business professionals, connecting with local and state resources to navigate the ever-challenging business climate, and providing marketing and media support. We continue to promote the online Member Portal, which provides member businesses with some free organic SEO lift. This same principle has now been extended to Member Job Listings and Member Events, which can both be published on BangorRegion.com by our members for free. If you’d like to know more about how to take advantage of these benefits, please don’t hesitate to contact BRCC Director of Membership, Brian H. Cotlar at (207)949-2587 or Brian@BangorRegion.com or feel free to connect with any one of our Membership Committee members. Thank you and we look forward to another fantastic year of supporting our Bangor Region business community!
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BRCC PROGRAM: FUSION:Bangor
By Allison Economy FUSION:Bangor Chair
Let’s talk about lucky number 13. Thirteen years ago, a group of young Bangor residents got together to dedicate themselves to making Bangor the area’s premier place to live, work, and play. Just like that, FUSION:Bangor was born. And now – 13 years later – FUSION:Bangor is still going strong to carry on that mission. A lot has changed in 13 years. The City of Bangor has grown and evolved, and so too has FUSION:Bangor. Currently, our sports leagues are over a thousand members strong. This tremendous undertaking would not be possible without our army of much appreciated volunteers and our terrific sports sponsors (thanks, Bangor Federal Credit Union and Darling’s, among others)! FUSION:Bangor has also recognized that it is important to play a role in bringing our community together. For the second year in a row, FUSION:Bangor has adopted a “give back” cause, teaming up with nonprofit partners to take donations for those in need. This year our focus was on supporting Bangor’s future generation, the kids of our region. Our Second Annual Dodge for a Cause gave fine-tuned athletes and armchair quarterbacks alike an opportunity to come together to have fun and raise money for some worthy organizations committed to helping our kids. We hope you will join us in 2019 to support our next community cause to be announced in early January.
With support from UMA Bangor and Rudman Winchell, we hosted a “Conversations with a Candidate” series throughout August and September at the Bangor Public Library to give area residents an opportunity to speak directly with candidates for the US Senate and gubernatorial races about the issues most important to them. With these recent additions to our programming, Fusion:BANGOR’s mission has remained the same: to bring our region’s young people together, whether you are young in age or young at heart. We continue to host our Newcomers Nights, Happy Hours, and Feed Your Brain Lunches periodically throughout the year, and we again hosted our FUSION Gets Fit Wellness Expo at Beal College. Our annual Extravaganza awards ceremony took place in October, thanks to event sponsor Machias Savings Bank. Always one of the most creative and fun nights of the year, we were able honor a number of worthy awards recipients, each of whom is dedicated to making our community a better place for all. No matter your interest, we hope we can provide you with a way to connect, engage and transform. Of course, this could not be made possible without our FUSION: Bangor Steering Committee and subcommittee members. As the 2018 chair, I personally want to thank each and every one of you for your hard work and for being committed to continuing to move this region forward. If you are not yet involved but are interested in joining our Sports, Events, Community, or Marketing subcommittees, I encourage you to reach out to a FUSION:Bangor Steering Committee member to see how you too can be a part of this organization. And, of course, we couldn’t do what we do without the support we get from the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, especially Shelly Reilly, our Program Director. Early mornings, late nights, pumpkin carvings – she does it all! FUSION:Bangor is honored to serve the Greater Bangor Region and is excited to continue to make it the area’s premier place to live, work, and play for years to come!
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BRCC PROGRAM: BANGOR REGION LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
2018: DEVELOPING COMMUNITY LEADERS By Jason Clay, BRLI Chair; Photos by Ed Troscianiec
BRLI was on the move in 2018 with many great things happening with the program. After two strong and steady years of leadership from Kirstin Ismail in the Steering Committee chair role Jason Clay became the chair of the steering committee. We’re excited to have Kelly Pearson step in as BRLI Vice Chair and welcome several other new committee chairs – Maren McGillicuddy as Finance Chair, Kimberly Stewart and Kathleen Shane as Curriculum Co-Chairs, Alumni Chair Kelly Scheetz and Development Chair Rebecca Parent. Along with the rest of our dynamic Steering Committee members there is a real passion for the mission of BRLI.
Getting Better Every Day The goal of the Steering Committee is to work with the network of BRLI alumni to make the BRLI experience better in every way that we can for those who come after us. At our annual planning retreat, we redefined the mission of the program to “Educate, Challenge, Inspire, Engage, and Connect leaders for the future of the Bangor Region.” In that spirit we were excited to welcome the class of 2018 into our network of BRLI Alumni as they completed the program in May of 2018 and thrilled to welcome the next class of leaders to BRLI in October. The Class of 2019 was given the opportunity for the first time to choose their nonprofit partner and were pitched by two compelling Bangor area nonprofits, the Robinson Ballet, and Eastern Agency Area on Aging. After a lengthy debate the class came together and chose to work with the Robinson Ballet. They will still work with Eastern Area Agency on Aging in a smaller capacity later in the year, and we are excited
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to see how this turns out. In September BRLI partnered with Husson University to host a professional development workshop on Robert’s Rules of Order and Board Planning. It was very successful, we learned a lot from it, and we plan to offer a similar workshop to the community next year.
Eames Leadership Luncheon Every year in the spirit of Clif Eames we honor a BRLI alum for their leadership in the community. Deb Neuman, a past Eames Leadership award winner had the fabulous idea to gather as many past award winners for a luncheon that was hosted by past award winner Carol Colson at the new Bangor Savings Bank headquarters on the waterfront. What occurred was a passionate roundtable discussion on community leadership, and I had the honor of being at the luncheon and couldn’t help but be inspired. It was certainly a great idea and we plan to continue the tradition annually.
BRLI Giving Back We continue to engage in the community with BRLI Serves. The Alumni committee has decided to dedicate the resources of this program to the past year's nonprofit partner of the program This year BRLI Serves is helping Maine Discovery Museum. Our Development Committee has created the BRLI Alumni Scholarship
with the goal of awarding at least one scholarship to a BRLI Class Member each year to provide access to the program to those who may not be able to afford it. Fundraising kicked off in November of 2018, and donations can be submitted on our website at BRLIexperience.org/sponsors/give. We believe that those of us who have benefited from this program have the responsibility to help others benefit as well.
Looking ahead to the future The future is bright for BRLI. If you know someone who could benefit from leadership development, please point them in our direction! Applications will open in March of 2019, and myself or other steering committee members are more than happy to speak with anyone who might be interested and have questions. While we are on solid financial footing as a program, the cost to bring this program to the community is far more than the cost of tuition alone. We couldn’t do this without all of our sponsors and we thank them tremendously for their support of our vision. If you or your business would like to be a part of the future of BRLI and gain access to our network of business professionals please email me at BRLI.Chair@gmail.com.
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HELPING YOU REACH YOUR GOALS FOR OVER 80 YEARS
It takes an entire community to make a difference and to the over 75 CHAMBER MEMBERS who to
THANK YOU. Together, UNITED, we have improved the lives of 1 in 5 people in Eastern Maine.
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Since moving to Bangor in 1981, Michael Aube has been a dynamic force, helping to shape the economy of the region. He and his wife, Marian, moved here from Washington, D.C. after accepting the position of director for the Eastern Maine Development Corporation. Aube utilized connections he made on “The Hill” to help promote economic initiatives within the Bangor Region. EMDC, established in 1967, is a nonprofit organization that provides business, community and workforces services to the Bangor Region. EMDC promotes the economic influence of the Greater Bangor Area through a variety of programs, projects and events; each designed to support training, revitalization and expansion endeavors. Aube retired from his role as President and CEO of EMDC in 2018. Throughout the course of his tenure, he was instrumental in cultivating Bangor’s development and turning the Queen City into a destination. “Bangor is a leader in the state,” says Aube. “We had a goal to re-engineer the region; to build for the future through investing in the city and its people. We said ‘we can do this here’ and we did,” adds our honoree. This year’s recipient has been an integral member on innumerable boards, alliances and councils, including: the Bangor City Council, Bangor Historical Society, Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce and the Bangor Regional Development Alliance. Aube’s civic resume is truly a testament to his commitment to make Bangor a better place to live and work. He has also served in several administrations, including: Governor John McKernan, Senator Olympia Snow and President Bush. During each of these appointments, he was able to stay in Bangor, deepening his roots and pushing forward the city’s best economic interests.
“Mike’s devotion to Bangor, it’s growth, and his work have been well documented. Anyone who knows him can attest to it.”
One of our honoree’s key initiatives has been the engagement of Bangor-based businesses on statewide projects. This has resulted in a building a better economic foundation and infrastructure for local business development. He also believes in the power of networking, especially in smaller metropolitan markets like Bangor. “By building enthusiastic teams and connecting in important ways to make things happen here, we are creating a sustainable commercial culture. It’s a recipe for success,” explains Aube. The visible embodiment of Aube’s commitment and successes is the Cross Insurance Center. Aube is widely considered by many to be the catalyst responsible for procuring the necessary funding and support for the Cross Center. He saw the project through from its initial inception to its completion, the grand opening. Aube, however, is quick to credit his team and the generosity of local financial institutions who helped bring his vision into reality. “The Cross Center is the hallmark piece of Bangor’s natural evolution. It is a real investment in the community. It was a bold proposal that took the support of municipal government and the private sector, “ says Aube. Aube leaves a legacy as a champion of commerce and civic responsibility. The recently retired Aube plans to stay in Bangor and to keep serving the interests of the city as a consultant, partnering with his son, Michael. According to Bangor native William Cohen, former Senator and Secretary of Defense, “Michael Aube’s body of professional economic development will serve as a model for years to come. He has clearly demonstrated his personal commitment to the Chamber and to making the Bangor Region a better place to live and work. In choosing Aube for the Dowd Award, the Chamber would be honoring an individual who clearly demonstrates the prestige the Dowd Award symbolizes.”
NORBERT X. DOWD AWARD
Our most prestigious honor recognizes a member of the business community whose commitment of time, resources and talent has made the Bangor region a better place to pursue one’s livelihood and dreams.
JOHN BALDACCI, Bangor native and Former Governor
PAST RECIPIENTS INCLUDE: Harold L. Nason, Frederic S. Newman, Jon Grant, Herbert E. Sargent, Larry K. Mahaney, Curtis Hutchins, Galen Cole, Wilma A. Bradford, D. Arthur Johnson, R. Leon Williams, Douglas H. Brown, Samuel Saliba, Thomas A. Greenquist, Carl & Helen Libby, Malcolm E. Jones, Stephen & Tabitha King, G. Clifton Eames, Margo Cobb, Stan Israel, Joe Cyr, Ralph Leonard, Leonard Minsky, Peirce Webber, Abe & Frieda Miller, Lloyd E. Willey, Jack E. Quirk, Harold O. Bouchard, Charles F. Bragg, Ed Darling, Richard & Elizabeth Warren, Edwin N. Clift, Sister Mary Norberta Malinowski, John Rohman, Danny and Carla Lafayette, Gary Smith, John W. Bragg, Peter G. Vigue, Miles Theeman, John Simpson, Andrew Hamilton, Woodrow Cross, Jean Deighan
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BUSINESS OF THE YEAR This award recognizes a business operating in our region that has set an example in leadership, innovation and quality. and/or has provided noteworthy economic opportunity to the people of the Bangor Region.
Founded 40 years ago, CES, Inc. has become a business leader both regionally and statewide. Perennially voted one of the “Best Places to Work in Maine,” the Brewerbased engineering, environmental sciences and land surveying consulting firm, is proud to give back to the community. “We empower our employees to donate — time, money or both — to causes they care about,” says Denis St. Peter, President of CES. A majority of its nearly 100 employees participate in the United Way of Eastern Maine giving campaign. CES has received the Gold Award multiple times from United Way as a result of this caring collaborative. CES’ Sponsorship Committee oversees external sponsorships and donations, giving to a variety of campaigns. In recent years, the company has pledged $100,000 to both the University of Maine and Good Shephard Food Bank. “If we can build on our reputation, we can create more opportunities to support our communities. This is extremely important to us as a business,” says St. Peter. Many CES employees are involved in organizations, hold chairs and serve on boards of local nonprofits and civic interest groups. Jessamine Pottle, CES’ Marketing Director, serves on the board of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber is a great resource. Through networking and event sponsorship, we are able to create an awareness and assert our presence. We have also been able to team up with other businesses to make a greater impact on the community,” says Pottle. By virtue of rigorous strategic planning, steadfast leadership and through cultivating a culture of compassion, CES has grown immensely over the past four decades. During this period of prosperity, CES has kept its business’ vision statement at the forefront of its trajectory, never compromising its ideals. Through the utilization of innovative problem solving solutions, CES has been able to service its clients more efficiently. This has allowed CES to continually achieve
growth goals and increase revenues. As a result, CES has positioned itself to capitalize on emerging eco-friendly initiatives. Recently, the business has ventured into eco-tourism, providing engineering specifications for the Schoodic Woods Campground project and working with land conservation groups like the Katahdin River Rails in Millinocket. CES is licensed to work in nearly 30 states and, at any given time, has work ongoing in a dozen different states. The company has recently expanded their offices into Florida. Despite this outward growth,CES prides itself on bringing work to the area, providing opportunities for qualified professionals to stay in Maine. By booking over 1,000 in-state jobs per year, CES is doing its part to sustain the local economy. CES has worked with firms to keep jobs local on projects including: Jackson Lab, Colby College, the Solid Waste Facility in Hampden and various mills within the region. Another way CES helps keep jobs in the area is through active recruiting. Its proximity to the University of Maine, a nationally recognized powerhouse in engineering, allows multiple students to intern each year. Often, those internships lead to job offers. “Our goal is to employ the highest quality people here. If we can keep someone from the area local or make someone from away move here, we are doing our part,” says St. Peter. In addition to being a staunch supporter of the community, CES has been routinely recognized for its technical expertise and on-the-job safety practices. The firm has received an Environmental Excellence Award from the Governor’s Office and has been recognized twice recently by the Association of General Contractors (AGC) Maine for collaborative projects with Sargent Corporation who received Maine Build Awards. The American Council of Engineering Companies of Maine has honored CES in three of the past four years, according to St. Peter. According to Cary Weston of Sutherland-Weston, ”CES has served the city and the region well over the last 40 years, not only with professional expertise, but with volunteerism.”
PAST RECIPIENTS INCLUDE: WABI-TV, Bangor Daily News, Telford Aviation, Sargent Corporation, Cianbro, Miller Drug, Bangor Savings Bank, Oxford Networks, Cross Insurance, WBRC Architects-Engineers, Hollywood Casino, RH Foster Energy, Darling’s , Dennis Paper & Foodservice, Dysarts
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Upstart Maine is a Bangor Region coalition of entrepreneur support programs, including incubators, accelerators, networking and pitch programs, and business education and financing programs. Collectively they have helped dozens of local entrepreneurs turn their ideas into realities. The resources, connections and knowledge provided are invaluable for these enterprising, visionary minds. A man whose name is synonymous with Upstart Maine is its founding president, Evan Richert. His deep belief in innovation and the commercialization of research and development (R&D) as a driver of the region’s economy has been central to the mission of Upstart Maine. Richert and his wife, Joan moved to Bangor 12 years ago to be closer to family. The couple came from the South Portland area, where Richert had worked as city planner and co-founded a market research and land use planning firm. Richert still runs his own consulting practice, Richert Planning, which for more than a decade provided Orono’s town planning services and has worked with clients around the state. Previously, Richert’s analytical prowess was employed by then Governor Angus King, who appointed him director of the State Planning Office. He held this position through King’s eight-year administration. During this time, he came to understand the importance of R&D to the future of Maine’s economy. Among other things, this led to partnerships with the University of Maine, the state’s major research labs such as Jackson Labs and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science, and others to create the Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System, establish the Maine Technology Institute, and deliver the state’s first bond issues for marine science and biomedical science. The original funding for the Upstart Center for Entrepreneurship incubator (formerly the Target Technology Center) in Orono, was a direct result of the R&D work Richert and his colleagues did during the King administration. Richert stresses the importance of collaboration among the members of the UpStart Maine coalition as well as others committed to entrepreneurship, such as Bangor Angels. Together, these groups promote and sustain the commercialization of discovery.
“R&D is a surrogate for innovation. It’s time to show the rest of the world that the Bangor Region is a center for innovation. We have the intellectual and financial firepower to succeed. We have the job base. The UpStart Maine coalition helps create the gravitational pull to keep and bring entrepreneurs and a talented workforce to the region." EVAN RICHERT
Jason Harkins, Associate Professor of Management at the University of Maine and co-founder of CoVort said “Richert is a tireless supporter of entrepreneurship in the Bangor Region, using his deep knowledge of municipal planning, government and business incubation, as well as a strong network to advance key entrepreneurial initiatives happening around Bangor.” Richert has spent much of the last two years promoting the region through UpStart Maine, including the group’s introductory video, “Upstart Maine,” which provides an attention-grabbing, polished glimpse into the work they do, and directing UpStart Maine’s podcast, called “Good Odds: Startups from Maine.” When asked the meaning of this award for him, Richert shared: “It’s about persistence. It’s about working with groups of people who want to get something done. It’s not just about the victories; it’s about overcoming the small failures, too.”
PAST RECIPIENTS INCLUDE: Sen. Susan Collins, Cong. Michael Michaud, Sen. Olympia Snowe, Gov. John E. Baldacci, Habib Dagher, Sen. Richard Rosen, Sen. Ed Youngblood, Ben Sprague & Jerry Goss, D’arcy Main-Boyington, Benjamin Breadmore, Dr. Susan Hunter
CATHERINE LEBOWITZ AWARD FOR PUBLIC SERVICE This honor goes to an individual or individuals from the public sector who has advanced the cause of economic opportunity in the Bangor Region.
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M. JANE IRVING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD This recognition goes to a group or organization that has made the Bangor Region’s quality of life better, either by helping others directly or by enhancing community or regional assets that add to that quality of life.
The Bangor Area Recovery Network (BARN) has been a safe haven for people in need since 2008. Located in Brewer, the BARN offers peer-to-peer support in a safe, clean and sober environment for all. Open 365 days a year, the BARN hosts over 125 meetings and sees more than 1,500 people come through its doors each month. It is a host site for 12-step meeting groups and a place for loved ones to find guidance and positive infrastructure. “The BARN is a beacon of hope,” says BARN President, Chris Martin. “It is a physical and emotional sanctuary for all. Even if you just want to have a conversation or need a hot cup of coffee, someone will be there to help you. It’s a special place,” he adds. In addition to hosting meetings, the BARN offers a variety of programs designed to help those in recovery learn valuable life skills and find constructive outlets to express themselves. These programs include: classes, (yoga, meditation and writing), personal finance, food preparation and CPR. Many of the classes offered are through partnering with other area nonprofits, such as Food AND Medicine. The BARN is able to provide this array of services and support on an annual operating budget of $110,000. It receives no state or federal funding. The two, part-time staff work 20 hours a week, helping those new to recovery with basic needs and coaching. Volunteers help fill the void, logging 900 hours each month. The BARN’s Volunteer Coordinator organizes those 900 hours and ensures that its doors remain open while the other part-time volunteer runs its recovery coaching program. “One of the biggest issues those in recovery face is stigmatization,” says BARN Vice Chair, Jennifer Morin. “They are worried that people will look at or treat them differently. In actuality, people in recovery, statistically, make the best employees and are noted self-starters.” The BARN’s “Why Recovery?” program seeks to debunk the myths and societal stigma surrounding recovery. It is one part of a larger educational component intended to increase awareness and promote the restorative power of recovery.
“Investing in recovery is crucial for our community. Here, we support our own. We focus on the power of vigilance, strength and resiliency. We believe that sometimes people do bad things; that does not mean they are bad people,” says Martin. In addition to his role as BARN president, Martin currently serves as Deputy Chief on the Brewer Police Department. He has spent a majority of his 24-year law enforcement career working on drug-related crimes. Martin elaborates, “Recovery helps to take back all the things that addiction stole from you; healthy relationships, your moral compass, your pride. It is a long-term solution that helps restore the torn fabric. In recovery, we’ve seen people’s faith and hope restored and we’ve seen families reunite. We’ve witnessed the power of watching people recover and fully reintegrate into society, so we know it works.” The BARN also owns a women’s sober home in Brewer that augments its mission of supporting people in recovery. The home brings an income stream to the Center, which assists in the funding of its day-to-day operations. The group also hosts weekly meetings at the Penobscot County Jail, where each Friday, they meet with men’s and women’s support groups. “We hope that by receiving this award, we can increase awareness and decrease the stigma associated with recovery,” says Morin. “The support of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce and their leadership has been an influence and has helped set the example needed to change people’s perspectives.”
PAST RECIPIENTS INCLUDE: George Eaton II, Hilda Hutchins McCollum, Senior League World Series, Bill Lucy, Hammond Street Senior Center, City of Bangor, Mark Woodward, Eastern Maine Community College, Maine Troop Greeters, Bangor Housing
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Good Shepherd Food Bank has been providing food to Mainers facing hunger for more than 35 years. Hunger, also known as food insecurity, affects a significant portion of Maine’s population. Maine ranks ninth in the nation for food insecurity, with 20% of Maine children and 16% of Maine seniors identified as food insecure. In recent years, Good Shepherd Food Bank has been working to not only reduce those numbers, but to do so with healthier foods and nutritional education.
In 2017, the Food Bank distributed 24 million meals to a network of more than 400 partner agencies across Maine, including food pantries, meal sites and schools, from it’s two locations in Auburn and Hampden. Together with its statewide network, the Food Bank serves families, children and seniors in need throughout Maine. The Food Bank’s Hampden distribution center is the former Bangor Daily News printing location. The Food Bank is currently renovating the space to accommodate more cold storage, which is essential for distributing fresh products. The 40,000 square-foot facility is strategically located to optimize delivery and facilitate distribution in central, northern and Downeast Maine. “Our Hampden facility is an investment in the region,” explains Melissa Huston, the Food Bank’s Community Engagement Officer. “We saw economic opportunities to partner, particularly with farmers, to provide fresh foods, but we faced the challenge of infrastructure. We had outgrown our previous location. We had a vision for how we could partner with others to better serve this part of the state, so when this opportunity came along, we acted on it.”
With the assistance of its partners, the Food Bank now distributes more perishable foods than ever before, including produce, meat and dairy. This is in part due to the organization’s partnerships with Maine dairy farms, fisheries and other local producers through a program called Mainers Feeding Mainers. More than 70 farms participate in this program to help solve Maine’s hunger problem. According to Kristen Miale, president of Good Shepherd Food Bank, “Hunger has been a problem in Maine for decades and in recent years, it’s been worse than ever before. This tells us that we need new and innovative solutions. We plan to work deep within communities across the state to find solutions that work to not only meet the need for food assistance today, but shorten the line at the food pantry tomorrow.” Miale believes that the campaign to end hunger in Maine is not only about access to food, but also about how people use that food. A program she started in Maine, Cooking Matters, helps to teach people how to stretch their food budgets and prepare healthy, delicious meals. “Often times, people with low incomes want to eat healthy, but they feel the need to buy as much as they can with their limited resources, and that equals cheap calories. People can’t afford to risk losing food by trying something different. That’s why programs, like Cooking Matters are so important,” says Miale. By 2025, the Food Bank aims to ensure that everyone in Maine who needs food, has food. This “bold goal,” according to Huston, will involve connecting people with the proper resources to help eliminate food insecurity in our state. The Food Bank is in the midst of a capital campaign to ensure the Hampden renovation project is completed on time and ahead of next year’s growing season. A series of campaign receptions are planned to engage as many community members as possible in this exciting project. “By hosting events we are able to have important conversations about the work we do,” explains Huston. “We want to share our vision to eliminate hunger in Maine far-andwide.”
PAST RECIPIENTS INCLUDE: American Folk Festival, Bangor Humane Society, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Maine Discovery Museum, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of EMHS, Acadia Hospital, Foster Center for Student Innovation at the University of Maine, Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau, Penobscot Theatre, Penquis
NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR This award is given to anonprofit agency that has made a notable difference in the lives of the people who live in the Bangor Region.
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ARTHUR A. COMSTOCK PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AWARD This award recognizes an individual who embodies Arthur’s generous spirit, donating over an extended period of time his or her expertise to both the Chamber and the community at large.
Renee Kelly epitomizes dedication to the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce. From her initial experience in one of the first Bangor Region Leadership Institute (BRLI) classes, to her tenure as a BRCC board member, Kelly’s passion and drive have helped shape the organization, striving to further its vision and mission. “I knew Arthur, the award’s namesake, so to me it represents commitment,” says Kelly, who has been a board member for 12 years. During that time, she has served as Chair-Elect, Chair and Immediate Past Chair and been a member of the selection committee responsible for hiring current BRCC President, Deb Neuman. Over the course of her time with the Chamber, Kelly has been integral to the organization’s growth and prosperity. BRCC’s core programs: BRLI, Building Bridges and FUSION: Bangor sustain and enrich its mission. Through hosting community development and networking events, such as: Hot Stove, Success Seminars, Early Bird Breakfast and Business After Hours, the BRCC has become as a statewide leader in business advancement. Kelly’s guidance, vision and governance have been crucial to this process. Fellow BRCC board member Dave Dunning comments about Kelly: “Her quiet but steady leadership style have served the Chamber and it’s members well. She has spent countless hours working for the betterment of the Chamber, as well as economic development and entrepreneurship in the Bangor Region.” Her position as the University of Maine’s Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development enables Kelly to have a hands-on approach with emerging entrepreneurs and innovators. Kelly oversees the Foster Center for Student Innovation at the University of Maine, an incubator where young professionals nurture ideas and gain insights towards solving the complex problems that plague modern society. By connecting young, enterprising minds with the proper resources, Kelly is empowering the future innovators of this region. One of the most important lessons that Kelly instils in her mentees is the power of networking.
“The stronger your network is, the more successful you will be,” proclaims Kelly. She leads and supports many area programs designed to help start-up companies and entrepreneurial-minded individuals. These programs include Top Gun, Upstart Center for Entrepreneurship and Union River Center for Innovation. Kelly participates in events promoting these ideas, such as the Big Gig, a networking event for local innovators and entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas. Kelly has also served as panelist on WLBZ’s “Greenlight Maine,” a competitionbased forum in which innovative products are evaluated by experienced and analytical business minds.
“Building an entrepreneurial ecosystem, or support network, throughout the region and state is critical to our success. By creating and fostering these connections, we are able to offer diversity and opportunity.” RENEE KELLY Kelly credits the Chamber’s staff for their collective role in making the Bangor Region an epicenter for innovators to thrive. She lauds their commitment, their willingness to rise to challenges, their ability to create opportunities and their creative capability as problem solvers. She cites recent BRCC initiatives, such as “7TH Up,” a program in which seventh graders are introduced to various vocations through interactions with local businesses, as an example of the progressive thinking necessary to sustain the economic viability of our region. “For a community to flourish and grow, we need to have resources and the ability to connect people to those resources. I believe the Chamber is essential in this process and that we are not only succeeding in providing that, but doing so in a fun and innovative manner,” concludes Kelly.
PAST RECIPIENTS INCLUDE: Irv Marsters, John Simpson, John Diamond, Nelson Durgin, Andrew Hamilton, Steve Pound, Dennis Marble, Ric Tyler, Michael Ballesteros, Stephen Rich
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As is true of most great ideas, CourseStorm, was formed out of necessity. The “impossibly simple course registration” is the brainchild of co-founder and CEO, Brian Rahill. As a father of four, Rahill grew weary and frustrated while navigating through cumbersome registrations for various activities his children were involved in. Rahill saw an opportunity to develop a more user-friendly solution and with the help of his co-founder, Matt James, the two set the foundation for a revolutionary software start-up. The Orono based company prides itself on the simplicity and usability of their software.
“Keeping it simple and turnkey was crucial,” says Rahill. “The market is full of clunky software. We wanted our product to save time and be easy to implement,” he adds. Based on this straightforward pretext, CourseStorm has blossomed to a staff of nine since its founding in 2015. This fast growing start-up has doubled every year for the past couple of years, and is on pace to continue to do so for the foreseeable future, according to Rahill. “We want to continue to grow, but we want to do so responsibly. It is essential for us to retain our values and preserve our culture as a company while we continue our mission of connecting people to education,” says Rahill. CourseStorm has been used in 44 states to-date. Educational organizations are the primary users of CourseStorm’s product. Its ease of use, coupled with no long term contractual obligations, have allowed CourseStorm to
grab a fair share of its target market in a relatively short time span. Rahill credits this success to his hardworking team, including graduates of local colleges and universities, “When you have smart people surrounding themselves with other intelligent people, who are passionate about what they do; the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts. That’s what we have here,” explains Rahill. “I am very grateful for all the support we have had throughout the years,” he adds. Both Rahill and CourseStorm have benefitted from support at both the state and regional levels. Investments in educational initiatives and infrastructure for small businesses, particularly start-ups, have been instrumental in enabling CourseStorm to develop and grow at a sustainable scope and scale. Renee Kelly, Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development at the University of Maine states, “CourseStorm has taken advantage of the entrepreneurial network in our area, participating in Top Gun and Scratchpad Accelerator programs, working to scale their business. They are engaged in our community and they are early pioneers in the start-up community in this region. We are proud to work with them to grow their start-up.” CourseStorm was featured on WLBZ’s “Greenlight Maine,” a forum where local entrepreneurs showcase their product concepts before a panel of business professionals and receive feedback and advice. “Being on Greenlight was a great way to create awareness of our software. It was great to meet other, like-minded people,” says Rahill. Rahill hopes that by creating a software start-up in this region, he will encourage similar industries that will establish roots here. This will create opportunities to keep local graduates in the area, in addition to attracting brilliant minds from elsewhere. “I think that people from here like it here. By offering the right balance of work opportunities and quality of life, people from elsewhere will come here, fall in love with the place and not want to leave,” says Rahill.
PAST RECIPIENTS INCLUDE: Webster Atlantic Corp.-Mark Wellman/Tori Britton, Waterfront Concerts Alex Gray, Sutherland Weston Marketing Communication, Geaghan’s Pub and Craft Brewery, Cerahelix, Inc., C&L Aviation Group, Husson University, Abe & Heather Furth, Adam Moskovitz
BION AND DORAIN FOSTER
This award recognizes an individual or business whose innovation and creativity have succeeded in opening new economic opportunities for our region.
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BRCC VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR The Volunteer of the Year award is given each year to an individual who has contributed significant time and talent to furthering the Chamber’s mission.
For over six years, Jaclyn Fish has been an avid and active member of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce. Fish, a current board of directors member, previously served as Vice Chair on the Bangor Region Community Council. Her involvement with FUSION: Bangor is extensive and varied. Since joining in 2012, Fish has held several key positions, including: Events Chair, Steering Committee, Treasurer and Board Chair. FUSION: Bangor is a BRCC program that brings likeminded young professionals together through various community service initiatives and networking events, such as the Annual Awards Extravaganza, Newcomers Night and Happy Hour, held at local businesses. FUSION also offers sports leagues, including kickball, dodgeball and volleyball. “FUSION was my first experience with the BRCC. I was so impressed that I became a member and immediately became involved in the organization,” says Fish. “FUSION shapes connections, builds relationships in the community and introduces young professionals to the opportunities in our region. We support each other’s careers through referrals, working together and we become friends” Fish adds. In addition to her contributions to the BRCC, Fish has also donated her time and talents to the Bangor Breakfast Kiwanis, the Katahdin Area Council, Northern Light Health and to her alma matter, Husson University. As a Trustee and Alumni Board member, Fish was recently named to the institution’s Hall of Fame. Fish, Vice President & Regional Market Manager at Bangor Savings Bank, credits her employer for allowing
and encouraging her commitment to her various community interests. “Bangor Savings Bank has been so supportive of my endeavors. They want to see their employees succeed; to create positive change and make an impact in their communities,” says Fish. She has been with the bank for more than 10 years and plans to have a long standing career with Bangor Savings Bank. Fish, a mother of two, juggles work, volunteering and home life with the help of her husband, Max. “Between our work commitments, the kids’ activities and everything else going on, it’s not always easy to balance our schedules. It’s a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun,” shares Fish. For Fish, her extracurricular activities and her home life are not always mutually exclusive. Recently, when Fish was inducted in the Husson University Hall of Fame as 2018’s Young Alumna, her children, ages 11 and 9, were in attendance. “To have them there to see that moment meant the world to me,” beams Fish. Fish credits the BRCC for its progressive influence and impact. She served on the CEO Search Committee and shared responsibility for hiring current BRCC President, Deb Neuman. “Deb is a strong female role model who leads by example. I appreciate the support from her and her staff who are the glue that holds all the varied BRCC programming together,” says Fish. “I feel very fortunate to a part of this bright organization and I view the Chamber as an extension of family,” she concludes.
PAST RECIPIENTS INCLUDE: Fritz Oldenburg, Chris Olsen, Tom Palmer, Joyce Vachon/Mary Phillips, John Lefevre, John Browning, Tom Violette, Cyndi Rollins, Dan Dauphinee, Deb Neuman, Kelli Roy, Anne-Marie Storey, Jerry Whalen, Glenn Mower, Lee Speronis/Husson Hospitality Program, Betsy Vickery, Kathy Hunt, David Dunning, Carrie Meo, Kathleen Shane
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@WORK Personnel 304 Stillwater Avenue Furniture 360 Video 3Point Cleaning
A Body In Knead, LLC A-COPI Imaging Systems AAA Northern New England AARP Maine ABC7-Fox22 Acadia Auto Auctions Acadia Benefits, Inc. Acadia Federal Credit Union Acadia Hearing Center Accents Home Furnishings & Decor Adams Real Estate Advance Auto Parts-Bangor Advanced Key & Landscaping, Inc. Advanced Modifications, Inc. Advantage Payroll Service/Paychex Affiliated Appraisal Services Airgas Inc. Airport News & Gifts Al Benner Homes, Inc. Alan P. Hess Ameriprise Financial All Points Insurance Allen / Freeman / McDonnell Agency Allenfarm Fence Company. Inc. Alterity Financial Group Always Commercial Cleaning Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter Amato's American Folk Festival American Heart Association American Red Cross of Northern and Eastern Maine Anah Shriners
Anchor Design Company Angelo's Pizzeria Anglers Restaurant ANM Properties, llc Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield - Local Anthony John's Day Spa Salon and Boutique Aquatic Development, Inc. Arista Hospitality Consulting LLC Artifex architects & engineers AskHelpful.com ATC Tennis Center of Bangor and Hampden Aubuchon Hardware Avalon Village Awards Signage & Trophies
Back in Motion Bagel Central Bangor Area Homeless Shelter Bangor Area Recovery Network, Inc. Bangor Area Staffing Solutions Bangor Art Society Bangor Band Bangor Celtic Crossroads Bangor Daily News/Bangor Publishing Company Bangor Drive-In Bangor Escape Rooms Bangor Family Chiropractic Bangor Federal Credit Union Bangor Frameworks Bangor Gas Company Bangor Heat Pump, Inc. Bangor Housing Bangor Humane Society Bangor Int'l Airport (BGR) Bangor Letter Shop & COLOR COPY CENTER Bangor Lions Club
Bangor Mall Bangor Mall Cinemas Bangor Media, LLC Bangor Millwork & Supply Inc. Bangor Motor Inn & Suites Bangor Motor Sports Bangor Municipal Golf Course Bangor Nursing & Rehab Center Bangor Pipe & Supply, Inc. Bangor Private Investigations Bangor Public Library Bangor Publishing Company Bangor Region YMCA Bangor Savings Bank Bangor School Department Bangor Symphony Orchestra Bangor Target Area Development Corp. Bangor Truck Equipment Bangor Water District Bangor Wealth Management Bangor Win Supply Bangor Wine & Cheese Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Barresi Financial, Inc. Baystate Financial - Ed Troscaniec bbd marketing llc BBSC Cpa's Beal College Bean Group Beauty With Confidence By Michelle Lakeman Bedworks of Maine, The Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northeast Real Estate Bernatche Auto Body BerryDunn Best Western White House Inn Better Business Bureau of Maine
Better Homes and Gardens,The Masiello Group Black Bear Inn & Conference Center Black Bear Medical North Black Bear Tech Blaze LLC, Bangor Blue Seal Feeds - Bangor Blueberry Broadcasting/ WVOM Bob Ziegelaar Bonney Staffing Center Bouchard Cleaning & Restoration, Inc. Boulos Company Brokerage Services Bowman Constructors Boys & Girls Club of Bangor Brandywine Graphics Brantner, Thibodeau & Associates Brewer Family Dentistry Brewer Federal Credit Union Brewer Motor Inn Brewer Rehab & Living Center Brewer School Department Brogue Insurance & Financial Services Bronson Audio Visual & Event Services Brookings-Smith Bruns Chiropractic Clinic Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Bucksport Dentistry Budget Document Technology Buffalo Wild Wings Business Lending Solutions
C&L Aviation Services Caleidoscope Communications Camden National Bank Camp CaPella, Inc Canuck Investments Carden Kennels, Country Club for Pets Care and Comfort Career Center, Bangor
The City of Brewer congratulates Bangor Area Recovery Network on receiving the M. Jane Irving Community Service Award.
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Carpenter Associates Casco Bay Energy Company, LLC Casella Resource Solutions Catholic Charities Maine-Bangor Central Equipment Company & White Sign Div. Central Maine & Quebec Railway Central Maine Auction Center Central Maine Moving & Storage Central Security, LLC CES, Inc. Challenger Learning Center Changing Seasons Federal Credit Union Chapel Hill Floral Charlotte White Center Chick-fil-A Bangor Chris Olsen Cianbro Cigaret Shopper Citizens of Maine, LLC City Drawers City of Bangor City of Bangor Community and Economic Development City of Brewer City of Old Town Clear Channel Airports ClearPoint Financial CMG FInancial (formerly Regency Mortgage) Coca Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England COESPACE Coffee News USA, Inc. Cole Land Transportation Museum College Avenue Dental Associates Collins Center for the Arts Combined Management Inc. Commercial Screenprint & Embroidery Inc. Community Care Community Health and Counseling Services Computer Essentials Concord Coachlines Consolidated Communications Consumer Title Context By Design ConvenientMD Urgent Care Country Inn At The Mall County of Penobscot CourseStorm, Inc.
Courtyard by Marriott CoVort Coworking Space Creative Arts Center Creative Dental Solutions Creative Print Services Cross Insurance Cross Insurance Center CrossFit Bangor Cumberland Title Services, LLC Curran Homestead Village CUSO Home Lending
D.R. Disc Golf DA Carson Carpentry Darling's Agency Darling's Corporate Darling's Ford VW Audi Darling's Honda Nissan Volvo DaVinci Signs LLC Dawson Insurance Agency Day's Jewelers Dead River Company Deighan Wealth Advisors Dennis Paper & Foodservice Destination Occupation Devil's Half Acre Distillery Dickel Floor Corp. Maine Wood Floors Digital Workshop Dirigo Counseling Clinic Dirigo Pines, LLC DMCP Group, LLC-DBA: Dunkin' Donuts DOC's Place Domino's Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center Dorr Lobster Dorr's Equipment Co. Double Blue Sports Analytics, Inc. Doug Guerrette State Farm Down East Toyota Rental Downeast Capital, Inc. Downeast Direct Cremation, LLC Downeast Horizons, Inc Duff & Associates Dunnett Inc. Dysart's Broadway Restaurant/Pub/Event Center Dysart's Restaurant - Coldbrook Rd.
Eagle Crest, LLC d/b/a Riverview Motel Eagle Financial Strategies East Commerce Solutions, Inc. East Side Rehab. & Living Center Easter Seals Maine Eastern Area Agency on Aging Eastern Maine Community College Eastern Maine Development Corporation Eaton Peabody Ed McCurdy MC/DJ Educate Maine Edward Jones - Financial Advisor: John P. Byrne Edward Jones - Financial Advisor: Stephanie Oiler Edward Jones Investments-Rob Smith: Advisor Edwards, Faust & Smith, CPAs Electric Power Systems Elite Auto, Inc. Ellen M. Leach Memorial Home Ellis Commercial Management Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce Emera Maine Employee Health Solutions Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Epic Sports Epstein Commercial Real Estate Epstein Properties ERA Dawson-Bradford Co., Realtors ESOCO Orrington Evenrood's Everett J. Prescott, Inc.
F. W. Webb's Bath Center F.A. Peabody - Hampden Division Fairfield Inn by Marriott Fairmount Market Families And Children Together (FACT) Farrell, Rosenblatt & Russell Fedcap FGS/CMT, Inc. Fiberight Fields Pond Audubon Center- Maine Audubon Fireside Inn & Suites First Advisors
First National Bank FirstLight Fitch Company Engineers (The) Fleming Appraisal & Associates Forest Society of Maine Fork & Spoon Restaurant/Basil Creek Catering Four Points by Sheraton Bangor Airport Frank's Bake Shop & Custom Catering Frost's Garage, Inc. Furbush-Roberts Printing Company Furniture Mattress & More
GAC Chemical Corp. Gateway Title of Maine, Inc. Geaghan's Pub & Craft Brewery General Electric Co. General Rental Center George Stevens Academy Getchell Brothers, Inc. Gifford Electric Gilbert & Greif, PA Girl Scouts of Maine Gods Oils Gold Star Cleaners-Bangor Gold Star Cleaners-Brewer Gold's Gym Goldman Financial Planning Good Samaritan Agency Good Shepherd Food Bank Goodwill NNE Gordon Contracting Governor Paul LePage Governor's Restaurant Gr8ful Pie Grace Evangelical Seminary/ New England Bible College Gracie Theatre at Husson University Granville Stone Greater Bangor Association of REALTORS Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau Greenpoint Auto Greenway Equipment Sales Gross, Minsky, & Mogul PA Groth & Associates a Financial Advisory Practice of Ameriprise Financial Ground Round Gunn's Sport Shop
The City of Brewer congratulates CES, Inc. on receiving the Business of the Year Award.
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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor Hahnel Bros. Co. Hammond Lumber Company Happy Endings Martini, Tapas & Dessert Bar Hardy Orthodontics Harlan, Kallem, Hackman & Ostwald, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Harley Plumbing and Heating Plus Harvest Moon Deli - Bangor Harvest Moon Deli - Orono Haverlock, Estey & Curran, CPAs HCP Computers Healing Resources of Maine Health Equity Alliance Healy Chiropractic Henry's Bridal Boutique & Formal Wear Hermon Meadow Golf Club Hero's Sports Grill Hilton Garden Inn Bangor Holiday Inn - Bangor Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway Bangor Home Health & Hospice of St. Joseph HubFuel Hughes Property Management Human Resources Association of Eastern Maine Husson University HW Staffing Solutions
Independence Advocates of Maine Infinity Federal Credit Union Innovative Solutions Now, LLC Invironments Irving Energy
J B Paint Company J.P. Oltmann J.T. Hicks & Company, PA Jeff Kirlin Jeff's Catering, Inc. John Bapst Memorial High School John T. Cyr & Sons, Inc. Jolain's Gourmet Catering JWClark Dental Studio
Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce Katahdin Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, Inc. Katahdin Federal Credit Union Katahdin Trust Company Ken Huhn Kentucky Fried Chicken-Longview Drive Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco BellBroadway Key Bank N.A. - Bangor Mid Mall Key Bank N.A. - Brewer Key Bank N.A. - Water Street KFI Kiley & Foley Funeral Service Kyocera Document Solutions NE, Inc.
L & K Manufacturing DBA Cobbler Technologies
Lamey Wellehan Law Office of Joseph M. Baldacci Lean Into Fear Coaching Leen, Chase & Dufour LG&H, Certified Public Accountants Liberty Mutual Insurance Lighthouse Arts Center Lighthouse Radio Network, Inc. WHCF 88.5 FM Lincoln Denture Center Lindsco Equipment Links Web Design Linnehan's Right Way Auto Literacy Volunteers of Bangor Living Innovations LL Bean Longhorn Steak House Lucerne Inn Lucky Clover Hospitality
M Prints Mabel Wadsworth Center Machias Savings Bank-Bangor Machias Savings Bank-Brewer MacMillan Apartments Maine Air National Guard Maine Center for Integrated Rehab Maine China Network Maine Community Foundation Maine Construction Group Maine Contracting Maine Department of Economic and Community Development Maine Development Foundation Maine Discovery Museum Maine Distributors Maine DOT Maine Energy Inc. Maine Fire Protection Systems Maine Forest & Logging Museum/ Leonard's Mills Maine Geeks Maine Innkeepers Association Maine International Trade Center Maine Lakes Publishing, Inc. DBA-The Real Estate Book Maine Mental Health Connections, Inc. Maine Mobile Massage Maine Multicultural Center Maine Parkinson Society Maine Public (MPBN) Maine Salt Company Maine Savings Federal Credit Union Maine Sports Chowdah Maine Staffing Group Maine State Chamber of Commerce Maine State Legislature/Senate Maine Technology Group Maine Trailer, Inc. Maine Troop Greeters Maine Yoga Adventures Mainebiz MaineSpace Self Storage Make-A-Wish Maine Manpower Margarita's Mexican Restaurant Marilyn Monroe Spas Marit's Salon Marsh Property Management, LLC Mason's Brewing Co.
Matheson Valley dba. Advantage Gases & Tools McLaughlin Seafood, Inc. Means Wealth Management Med-A-Vision, Inc. Memorymaker Photography MERT Enterprises, Inc. Mexicali Blues Miles Theeman Milford Motel - Suites- on the River Miller Drug Millers Workshop Milne Travel Modern Pest Services Moe's Original Bar B Que Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce Morgan Hill Event Center Morita's School of Dance Mortgage Network, Inc. (NMLS#2668) Mosquito Squad Murphy's Lawn Care dba The Yardsmith Mutual of Omaha Myerowitz Chiropractic & Acupuncture Clinic
N.H. Bragg & Sons N.S. Giles Foundations Inc. Nautel, Inc. Nelson Durgin New England Communications New England Cupboard New England Home Health Care New England Marketing Solutions New England School of Communications New Panda Garden Restaurant News Center Maine, WLBZ 2 NextHome Experience NGS, Inc. Nickerson & O'Day North Country Rivers, Inc. Northeast Coffee Company Northeast Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Assocociates, PA Northeast Sports Network Northeast Technical Institute Northeastern Log Homes, Inc. Northeastern Workforce Development Board Northern Border Regional Commission Northern Light - Acadia Hospital Northern Light - Beacon Health Northern Light - Eastern Maine Medical Center Northern Light - Foundation Northern Light - Home Care & Hospice Northern Light - Rosscare Northern Light - WorkHealth Northern Light Health Northern Maine Distilling Company (The) Norumbega Financial Noyes Construction Nurse Anesthesia of Maine
Oak Grove Spring Water Co., Inc. Off On Vacation Office Depot Office Pride of Maine OHI
Old Town - Orono YMCA One Ten Digital Oriental Jade Restaurant & Bangor Beer Company Osborne Media Osteopathic Center for Family Medicine OTELCO Overhead Door of Bangor
PanikSwitch Cycles Parkside Children's Learning Center Partners for Peace Pat's Pizza Pathways of Maine Paul Bunyan Campground PenBay Computer Systems, Inc. Penobscot Cleaning Services, Inc. Penobscot Community Health Care Penobscot County Federal Credit Union Penobscot Eye Care Penobscot Financial Advisors Penobscot Home Performance Penobscot Job Corps Center Penobscot Nation Penobscot Theatre Company Penobscot Veterinary Services Penquis People's United Bank Pepino's Pepsi Bottling Group Performance Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab, Inc Perkins Home Services Phenix Title Services Phillips-Strickland House/Boyd Place Pine Tree Food Equipment Pine Tree Society Pine Tree Waste Inc. / Casella Waste Systems, Inc. Pineland Farms Dairy Company Plisga & Day Land Surveyors Plymouth Engineering, Inc. Portland Glass Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce Pottle's Transportation Inc. Predictive Success Corporation Premier Home Care Prentiss & Carlisle Company Inc. PrintBangor Pro-Realty Production Services of Maine Purdue University Global
Quality Inn-Hogan Road Quality Inn-Odlin Road Quality Jewelers Quality Property Management, LLC Quirk Auto Group Quirk Insurance
R.H. Foster Energy, LLC R&A Wealth Management, LLC Rachel's Jewelry RainStorm, Inc Ramada Inn Randlett Chiropractic, LLC, P.A. Randy Tompkins RBC Wealth Management
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Reach Maine Marketing Realty of Maine Rebecca's Records Management Center/Lynch Logistics RedWire Online Marketing Redzone Wireless Residence Inn by Marriott Richard P. Hawkins Richard S. Cattelle, Inc. River City Athletics/Fields4Kids RM Flagg Food Service Equipment and Maine Kitchen Cooking School Robert Cross, Loan Officer NMLS# 1469943 - Residential Mortgage Services Robinson Ballet Company Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine Roy & Associates, CPAs PA RSU 22 RudmanWinchell, LLC
S.J. Rollins Technologies S.W. Cole Engineering Inc. Saliba's Rug Sales, Inc. Salvation Army, The Sam's Club Sandra A. Morin, Acct. Sandy Blitz Sargent Corporation SCORE Bangor Scotts LawnService Sea Dog Ventures Seaboard Federal Credit Union Seacoast Security Sealander Architects Season's Securitas Security Services, USA Seeds of Hope Food Pantry SequelCare of Maine ServiceMaster Contract Services SERVPRO of Bangor/Ellsworth Seven Islands Land Company Sewall SGC Engineering, LLC Shaw House Shepherd's Godparent Home Sherwin Williams Shindigs Sierra Communications Inc. Sleep Number - Bangor Mall 10206 Smart EyeCare Center SnapSpace Solutions Snowman Group (The) Solstice Senior Living at Bangor Somic America Specialty Sweets Spectacular Event Center & Catering Spectrum Enterprise Spectrum Medical Group, PA Spectrum Reach Spinglass Management Group, LLC SpotOn Sprague's Nursery Springborn Staffing St. Joseph Healthcare Stagecoach Express Catering Staples - Bangor Mall State Farm - Beth Gardner Insurance Stephen B. Rich AIA Stillwater Environmental Engineering, Inc. Stockton Harbor Yacht Club
Stompers Wine & Beverage Superstore Storm Warriors International Stucco Lodge Sullivan Tire - Bangor Mall Blvd Sullivan Tire - Brewer Sullivan Tire - Hammond Street SuperSlow Zone Sutherland Weston Marketing Communications Swanson Consulting & Associates SystemArchitecture.NET Systems Engineering
T & T Capital, Inc. T&B Title of Ellsworth LLC Target Marketing Maine Target Technology Incubator Taylor Rental, Party Plus TC Hafford Basement Systems TD Bank - Exchange St. TD Bank - Stillwater Avenue TD Bank - Union St. TDS Telecom Tender Lawn Care The Advertising Specialists of Maine, Inc. The Charles Inn The CPA Solution, LLC The Housing Foundation The Jackson Laboratory The Lane Construction Corp. The Maine Edge The Sheridan Corporation The Stone Manor (An entity of Rose Property LLC) The Tarratine The UPS Store Therapeutic Bodywork Learning Center, LLC Thompson-Hamel, LLC Thursday Night Music Tiffany's Catering, LLC Tiller & Rye Tim Horton's- Main St. Bangor Tim Horton's- Odlin Rd. Timber Kitchen & Bar Town of Eddington Town of Glenburn Town of Hampden Town of Hermon Town of Holden Town of Orono Town of Orrington Town of Searsport Town of Veazie TownePlace Suites - Bangor TownSquare Media Trade Winds Car Wash Tradewinds Variety VI Transco Business Technologies Treworgy Family Orchards Tropical Tastes & Styles LLC - International Market True North Neworks True North Property Management Tuesday Forum
UniFirst Corporation Union Street Cleaners Uniship Courier Services United Insurance United States Postal Service United Technologies Center United Way of Eastern Maine University Credit Union University Inn/Academic Suites University of Maine University of Maine Alumni Association University of Maine Augusta at Bangor University of Maine Foundation Uno Pizzeria and Grill UPS
Vacationland Inns Vacationland Realty Vafiades, Brountas & Kominsky, LLP Valerie Kitchen VanceGray Wealth Management, Inc Varney Agency Verve Burritos, Bangor Verve Burritos, Orono Vigilance Software Visiting Angels Voyager Networks of New England
W.A. Bean & Sons W.S. Emerson Co. Inc. WABI-TV Wal-Mart - Bangor Wal-Mart - Brewer Walden Park, LLC WardGreen Group Watch Me Shine, Inc Waterfront Concert Series Wayfair, LLC WBRC Architects/Engineers Webber Group Webber Supply, Inc. Weber MT, Inc. Wellman Paving Inc. Wellness Connection of Maine Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC Wellspring, Inc. Westgate Center for Rehabilitation& Alzheimer's Care Whitmore Contracting Inc. Wicked Brew Cafe LLC Wilcox Wellness & Fitness Wilde Agency The Wilson's Lawn Service, Snow Plowing, Line Striping Wings For Children & Families, Inc Wink's Heat Pump Cleanings Wireless Zone (Verizon Wireless) WKIT / WZON - The Zone Corporation Woodard & Curran Woodlands Senior Living of Brewer Woodman's Bar and Grill Worcester's Wild Blueberries Wright Software Solutions
U.S. Congressman Bruce Poliquin U.S. Senator Angus S. King Jr. U.S. Senator Susan Collins U.S. Small Business Administration UBE Physical Therapy and Performance UBS Financial Services Inc. UCP of Maine
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