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Promote fitness in May Governor’s council supports employee health month • Improved physical fitness Maine companies last year celebrated with Activity is promoting Employee Health & Fitness wellness walks, company wide scavenger hunts, Day in the State of Maine, “Fitness Changes Evehealth fairs, free chair massages and healthy rything,” as part of National Employee Health & lunches and snacks. Fitness Month. Registration is easy. Online, go to (NEHF) is a nawww.maineinmotion.org/ national health obsertional_wellness.asp vance promoting the benefits of physical By registering ahead of time, the organization activity through workis able to promote your site in Its press materials. site health promotion Reporting Participation Companies that return activities. participation forms by June 9 are entered into a Maine is celebratdrawing to win incentive prizes that can be used at ing this event on May your worksite. 18, 2011. Given this is a month-long National Prizes include pedometers, T-shirts, water celebration, if you cannot take part on May 18th, bottles, etc. Companies also receive a certificate feel free to hold your event on a different day to of participation signed by the governor. Participabest suit your needs. tion can also be reported online at Worksite Health Promotion Programs enhance www.maineinmotion.org/national_wellness.asp. the overall health and productivity of your organiHere are some simple ideas for celebrating zation. NEHF Day. Give employees a pedometer and Benefits to Employers: encourage them to take extra steps in honor of Employee Health & Fitness Day. Provide prize • Enhanced productivity drawings (health/fitness related items) throughout • Improved health care costs the day for participation. Create an indoor walking • Decreased rates of illness and injuries course at your worksite or around your building with directional signs. Benefits for Employees:

Kennebec Valley benefits most from CMP upgrade project

The Maine Governor’s Council on Physical

• Lower levels of stress • Increased well-being, self image and selfesteem

Kennebec and Somerset counties are expected to have received the biggest slice of the money pie once Central Maine Power Co.’s ongoing grid upgrade is completed. According to a study prepared by the University of Southern Maine, CMP’s $1.55 billion Maine Power Reliability Program will have contributed $442 million to the Kennebec Valley economy. That’s the single largest monetary benefit by region. Western Maine places second with about $250 million. The local figure includes a total of $120 million in investment and $84 million in payroll during the four-year project. That translates into an average of 650 jobs a year during the same period, which ends by 2013. Continued on Page 2 Highlights in this Issue: P. 2: From the President’s Chair P. 4: Member News P. 5: Business Showcase Photos P. 7: Member Events Calendar P. 8: Member Spotlight — Color Graphics

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June 6, 2011 Natanis Golf Course 735 Webber Pond Road, Vassalboro 12:30 PM Shotgun start Only 2 hole-in-one sponsorships remain! Thank you to our major sponsor Huhtamaki:

2011 Spring Clean-Up Friday, June 10 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. At Eagle Rental Waterville Industrial Park To register see yellow flyer INSIDE

50 ELM STREET, WATERVILLE, ME 04901 • TEL: (207) 873-3315 • FAX: (207) 877-0087 • E-MAIL: info@midmainechamber.com WEB SITE: www.midmainechamber.com • Bart Stevens, Chair of the Board • Kimberly N. Lindlof, President & CEO


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From the President’s Chair

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ince tourism is such a huge driver in the Maine economy, the Mid-Maine Chamber has taken a more aggressive approach to promoting our tourism-related businesses and assets in several different ways. With the (huge) help of Tom McCowan of O'Donnell, Lee, McCowan & Bowdoin Photography Phillips, LLC, member restaurants have been contacted and added to the Office of Tourism's award winning Web site, www.visitmaine.com. The office is in the process of adding non-Kennebec Valley Tourism Council (KVTC) members, but those who are members of our Chamber, to the KVTC Web site: www.kennebecvalley.org. The the new banner ad at the top of the Mid-Maine Chamber home page and visitmaine.com both link to that site as well. Lastly, in conjunction with Maine VOD, Vaughn Stinson of the Maine Tourism Association and I are cohosting a new program, “Inside Maine Tourism,” aimed at promoting tourist sites around the state. You can view episodes on TimeWarner Network 9 or online at www.InsideMaineBusiness.tv. You'll notice that some shows are strictly featuring tourism-related information, while others stick to business-related topics. I invite you to check these out weekly. Feel free to forward specific links to friends, colleagues and family outside of our region to tempt them to visit our great state! Please keep in mind that the Chamber hosts an event calendar, and as members, you are invited to populate it with activities and events happening at your business. Go to our home page, and click on Event Calendar on the left hand side of the home page -- about half way down. There's so much to do in our region -please help us get the word out. Happy Spring.

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CMP project Continued from Page 1 It also means millions in municipal tax revenues and a stimulus for retail sales. According to Peter Thompson, president of the Kennebec Valley Chamber, at least 60 area businesses have been or will be directly affected, many of whom are members of the MidMaine Chamber of Commerce. According to Thompson, they include Eagle Rental, Nale Law Offices, O’Donnell Lee McCowan & Phillips, Perkin’s Leasing and Management, Poirier Capital Investment Group, Spring Brook Oil, Northeast Labs and Lenny Poulin, Grounds Maintenance.

The CMP construction project will modernize the company’s 40-year-old power system. The improvements are expected to keep the grid operating reliably over coming decades and provide infrastructure for Maine’s emerging wind, hydro, biomas and tidal energy industries. The new lines start near the New Hampshire border and will stretch to Orrington where they connect to transmission lines from northern and eastern Maine. In total, the four-year job is expected to have created an average of 2,100 jobs per year and inject more than $1 billion in spending into the overall region economy, according to CMP.

Fitness Continued from Page 1 For more information contact Diane Campbell at dianec@mcd.org or by phone at 6227566, ext. 230. Would you like a Catalog?

The National Association for Health & Fitness also has a catalog of promotional materials, including a Took Kit on how to hold a successful event, that you can purchase. To view a copy of the online catalog, go to www.jimcolemanltd.com/nehf.

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Workers with disabilities

Business Resources

By Tom Donohue

Green workshops scheduled

It’s hard to imagine with 8.8 percent unemployment that America will soon be facing a worker shortage as 77 million baby boomers begin retiring. Many businesses already face a skills shortage, unable to find qualified workers for positions that are open. There is a great untapped resource, however, to which these businesses can turn—individuals with disabilities. Unfortunately, too many employers are not aware of the pool of qualified workers with disabilities, do not know how to reach them, and are concerned about the perceived costs and challenges of providing accommodations. The U.S. Chamber and the Business Leadership Network, now called USBLN, hosted a conference recently to highlight employer best practices in hiring and accommodating workers with disabilities. USBLN is a national organization that helps build workplaces where people with disabilities are respected for their talents. I was honored to chair this organization in the 1990s. At the event, many companies shared their success stories about employing and advancing people with disabilities, marketing to consumers with disabilities, and contracting with companies owned by people with disabilities to the benefit of their bottom lines. These and other employers know that employees with disabilities are generally dependable, dedicated, hardworking, and productive. Companies that take a lead in hiring people with disabilities are positioning themselves for success when worker and skills shortages will

Delta Ambulance paramedic Jessica Blomerth has been promoted to Director of Education, and will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of all educational Emergency Medical Services programs companywide. Oakland resident and lia sophia advisor Julie Jacques recently joined other high achievers on

make diversity and inclusion programs a necessity rather than a choice. Keynote speaker Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) said that since the start of the recession adults with disabilities are leaving the labor force at greater than 10 times the rate of adults without disabilities. He urged the business community to increase the number of Americans with disabilities in the workforce from 4.9 million today to 6 million in 2015. To meet that goal, we need to increase education and awareness, removing stereotypes and misperceptions about people with disabilities. Groups like USBLN, with its 60 affiliates representing 5,000 employers nationwide, are changing attitudes every day. We also need to make certain that laws and regulations are conducive to inclusive hiring practices. The Americans with Disabilities Act has always enjoyed broad bipartisan support, and we are particularly proud of the role that the business community played in 2008 when Congress passed amendments to ensure that people with disabilities have a fair chance to excel in the workplace and clarified the obligations and requirements of employers. Let’s see if we can not only meet — but exceed — Sen. Harkin’s challenge. It’s a good thing to do, and it’s good for business. Tom Donohue is president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. an incentive trip to Puerto Rico. Jacques earned the reward for reaching sales and recruiting goals. Inland Hospital staff have earned the American College of Radiology (ACR) accreditation for its MRI services. In just over one year Inland Hospital’s imaging department and cardiac practice, Heart First, have received ACR accreditation for nuclear medicine, CAT scan and now MRI. Full Service Office Supplies Retail Store and Furniture Showroom in Downtown, Skowhegan

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Three workshops, with nine speakers, will provide hoteliers and restaurateurs with practical advice about reducing energy, water, waste and toxins; and attracting new customers. The workshops will be 9 a.m. to noon, May 4, Samoset Resort, Rockport ; May 5, Bluenose Inn, Bar Harbor ; May 12, Meadowmere Resort, Ogunquit To register, or for more information, contact Dan Ruben, dan_ruben@usa.net, 617-527-7950. Registration is $20. A continental breakfast is included. The workshop sponsors include the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Maine Innkeepers Association, Maine Restaurant Association and Boston Green Tourism.

Mediation certification course A 40-hour transformative mediation certificate training program is being offered by Youth Alternatives Ingraham in South Portland June 1, 2, 3 and 9, 10. At the conclusion of the training participants will receive a Mediation Certificate, the accepted state and national standard for new mediators. The cost is $750 and the price includes all materials, continental breakfasts, snacks and beverages. Participants may bring their own lunch, or eat at a nearby restaurant. Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Youth Alternatives Ingraham, 50 Lydia Lane, South Portland. Deadline for registration is May 15. FMI Karen Groat 632-1111 or e-mail to kgroat@yimaine.org

Check the state of our air Air quality matters and where you live has a big impact on whether the air you breathe is healthy. Learn how Maine air measures up in the American Lung Association's 12th annual report on air quality, State of the Air 2011. New features in this year's online report enable you to compare Maine air to air in another city at http:// www.stateoftheair.org/2011.


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Maine-based Gifford's Ice Cream (www.giffordsicecream.com) has a newlook on its packages in retail outlets throughout New England, New York and New Jersey. The product's updated brand, a year in the making, features a completely revamped package look and new Gifford's logo for its retail ice cream and low-fat frozen yogurt flavors. The project was driven by the company's desire to more clearly inform customers about the premium ingredients and attention to detail and quality.

cooking enthusiast in your family. With the many kits available, the Chicago Bake Oven fits into any landscape. Movable carts are also offered for those who are on the go. Congratulations to our Chamber Member 2011 Kennebec Valley Tourism Council (KVTC) Regional Grant Winners: Maine International Film Festival, Mid-Maine Chamber, Somerset Economic Development Corp. and Waterville Main Street. KVTC has established this program to support local tourism promotional initiatives that will enhance the potential of making the KVTC region a destination.

Health Center been providing primary care to families from birth through retirement and beyond for Albion, Thorndike, Unity and other surrounding communities. Congratulations to Sustain Mid Maine Coalition’s Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Team for receiving a $500 grant from the state planning office. This will be used to improve signage at SKILLS, the area’s recycling facility

KFS is offering four $500 scholarships for the pursuit of a 2- or 4year degree program at a Maine Woodfords Family Services is offering American college. Candidates for the scholarHeart Association CPR and First Aid classes ship must be receiving their dimonthly. FMI Susan Nappi 878-9663 X4131 or ploma in 2011 and be entering college in the fall of Congratulations to Bangor Savings Bank $1,000 e-mail snappi@woodfords.org. winners: Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area 2011. Candidates must have 3.0 GPA or higher in high school. Applications and information are and Kennebec Behavioral Health Services. online at www.kfsavings.com, at KFS offices in Mid-Maine Chiropractic of Waterville has reWaterville and at high school guidance offices cently added a new Website, http:// Spectrum Generations Family Caregiver Support (Lawrence, Messalonskee, Temple Academy, Wawww.midmainechiropractic.com . Program is providing four Maine Savvy Caregiver terville, and Winslow). Deadline is May 6. trainings this spring and summer. Savvy Caregiver is a 12-hour training program for family caregivers Dress Me Bridal is proud to announce the arrival of people with dementing disorders like Alz- Several Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce of the Sandal's Beach destination wedding heimer’s disease. These trainings are sponsored by members have been named award winners in the line! Come on down and check them out! Dress the Office of Elder Services, Department of Health state’s 13th Annual Maine Fitness Awards. InMe Bridal & Catering, 129 Main St., Waterville. and Human Services and funded by a grant from cluded were Lohmann Animal Health Internathe U.S. Administration on Aging. Registration is tional, Winslow; Huhtamaki, Waterville; Inland Mike Davis Entertainment has a diverse selection required. FMI or to register, please call 1-800-282- Hospital, Waterville and United Way of Midof musical instruments - from used band instru0764 ext.127 or 139. Maine/Wellness Circle, Waterville. ments to guitars and percussion. If you perform on stage, check out their sound and lighting items. Their inventory changes on a regular basis so Good Will-Hinckley’s Hinckley Training Institute The 16th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit student scholarships at Kennebec Valley Community (HTI) division provides a multitude of training to stop by often. They also have a good selection of College is scheduled June 20 at the Waterville business and the community in the following areas: accessories and sheet music for a wide variety of Country Club, Oakland. The format will include education, construction, safety, management, huinstruments. man resources, small business, personal enrichment best ball scramble; there will be prizes, a luncheon and outdoor adventures. Customized training is also and live auction. FMI Kimberly Sheff 453-5020 or Unique Designs is introducing new product lines available. Full course descriptions, dates, pricing ksheff@kvcc.me.edu featuring luxury bedding and indoor-outdoor area are shown on their Web site at www.gwh.org/hti. rugs. Choose your size, color and style to fit your The Maine Development Foundation/Maine needs at affordable prices. Stop by Unique Designs Lovejoy Health Center is inviting community Employers’ Initiative (MEI) and Saint Joseph’s at the Hathaway Creative Center today. partners to contribute to the Annual Appeal. This College Online have entered into an educational year, donations will be utilized to complete the partnership that offers MEI employers, direct and Somerset Stone now offers a wide variety of bake purchase of monitors that instantly transmit patient immediate benefits. FMI go to http:// oven kits to bring entertaining and outdoor living to vital signs into the electronic medical record sys- online.sjcme.edu/ or contact Suzanne Murphy, new levels. These brick ovens create a centerpiece tem. FMI call 861-3466 or visit assistant director of continuing education, at smuron your patio and creates a great experience for the www.LovejoyCHC.org. Since 1978, Lovejoy phy@sjcme.edu and 893-7824.

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‘Best’ Business Showcase yet The Alfond Youth Center gymnasium was once again packed with business owners, visitors and smiles April 6 at the Fifth Annual Mid-Maine Chamber Business to Business Showcase. Hundreds of people attended or participated this year. At right, Judith Bean, legal assistant for the Law Office of Tobi Schneider, accepts the evening’s top prize, $1,000 in cash from Matthew Jancovic, Oxford Networks, and Kim Lindlof, MMCC president and CEO. Said Lindlof, “It was the best B2B yet. We can’t wait for 2012.”

Good Health = Good Business By William McPeck,

In late March, I had the good fortune to attend the 21st Annual Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference in Colorado Springs sponsored by the American Journal of Health Promotion. The conference was attended by 650 wellness professionals from 46 states and 16 countries. I personally had the opportunity to meet new colleagues from Malaysia, Singapore and Africa. I think the two most important aspects of the conference were: 1. The opportunity to meet and talk with many of the current leaders in the field. The conference was a literal who’s who in the wellness field. 2. The opportunity to learn about the latest research and newest practices emerging in the field. I spent two days prior to the main conference learning about program evaluation from Ron Goetzel, a leading researcher on worksite wellness programs. I believe that it is critical that we improve both the frequency and quality of the evaluations taking place within the worksite wellness community. I came away from the main three-day conference with the following observations and insights: 1. The role of technology in the field is exploding. I see the result being a greater opportunity to deliver targeted, individualized programming. I also think this will be of significant importance to the wellness programming efforts at the small worksites. 2. There was a greater recognition that worksite wellness needs to be more about helping employers address employee engagement and productivity and less about controlling healthcare costs. 3. There is increasing attention being placed on the culture of health within an organization. Continued on Page 6

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Free Worksite Wellness Program Specifically for Your Business

Supporting Employee Health is Good for Business! Contact Amber Desrosiers, MBA Program Director P: (207) 873 0686, E: adesrosiers@unitedwaymidme.org Disclaimer: LIVE HEALTHY is a program of United Way of Mid Maine, and serves Albion, Benton, Belgrade, Fairfield, Oakland, Rome, Sidney, Vassalboro, Waterville and Winslow. Planned Approach to Community Health (PATCH) is a Healthy Maine Partnership and provides funding for LIVE HEALTHY through a contract with United Way of Mid-Maine.


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Tammy’s Tips for Businesses Workforce development By Tammy Rabideau

The Waterville Public Library Business & Career Center hosts a number of workforce development programs. Individuals can sign-up for most sessions by stopping by the Information Services Desk in the Library, calling 680-2603 or by e-mailing business@watervillelibrary.org. Mondays, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., bi-weekly (5/9, 5/23, 6/6). Seasoned Worker Network Meetings. For more information, call Bill Flynn at 649-9024 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (M-F) or visit the Seasoned Workers Network Web site. Basic computing support is offered to the group following each Seasoned Worker Network meeting. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-11a.m., weekly. Employment Support Specialist Dana Hamilton from the Kennebec Valley Community Action Program facilitates a WorkReady Plus resource group for WorkReady graduates. Tuesdays, 10a.m.-1 p.m., bi-weekly (4/26, 5/10, 5/24, 6/7). Employment expert Tonya Clark (T-Mobile) is available in the Library to assist with sharpening resumes, provide interview tips or conduct mock interviews. Tuesdays, 12 p.m. -4 p.m., weekly. Employment Support Specialist Dana Hamilton from the

KVCAP provides assistance with job search activities. Tuesdays, 2 p.m.-5 p.m., weekly. Local Veterans' Employment Representative Doug Hudson from the Augusta CareerCenter is available to help Veterans of the U.S. military with job search activities, resume writing, and interviewing skills. Tuesdays, 5 p.m. -7 p.m., weekly. Workplace Computing Skills Educator Carlene Campbell is available in a lab format to answer basic computing questions. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., biweekly (5/12, 5/26, 6/9). Essentials of College Planning by Joanne Richards of the Maine Educational Opportunity Center.

ness@watervillelibrary.org, http://www.watervillelibrary.org/departments/b usiness/, http://www.facebook.com/wplbcc.

of the importance of emotional health and the need to expand worksite level programming to include emotional health issues. At a Making Connections session led by my small business wellness article co-author, Mari Ryan, I learned about some exciting small workplace initiatives in upstate New York and central Pennsylvania. Mari and I agreed to work on organizing a network of small worksite wellness providers through an online Web based platform known as ID Wellness. If interested in the network, e-mail williammcpeck@gmail.com. Bill McPeck is a Certified Worksite Wellness Program Consultant and Director of Employee Health and Safety for Maine State Government. Contact Bill with your questions and comments at 287-6783 or william.c.mcpeck@maine.gov.

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Thursdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., as scheduled, Job Corps orientation session by Carrie Dionne. For more information, please contact Tammy Rabideau, Business & Career Center Coordinator, Waterville Public Library, 680-2611, busi-

Good health Continued from Page 5 Most of the attention remains conceptual, with little guidance on the practical approaches of how a wellness coordinator can change the organizational culture. 4. The concept of well-being appears to be gaining some traction in the field, though many of my colleagues still consider wellness and wellbeing to be one and the same, when well-being is actually much broader in scope. 5. During the conference, I had a great luncheon conversation with John Harris, VP of Innovation and Chief Wellness Officer for Healthways about the subject of well-being. Healthways and the Gallup organization have teamed up to deliver the Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index, which is producing some exciting information It is exciting to see an increased recognition

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Upcoming Events 2011 Business Breakfast Series 7:30-9 a.m., Thomas College May 4: The New Nonprofit—Good Intentions, Performance, and Innovation. Tom Davis, CEO of Skills, Inc., in Waterville and the 2010 Maine Biz Nonprofit Business Leader of the Year, will share his perspective on how nonprofits can adapt to a rapidly changing economic environment. June 8: Conflict Resolution: Beyond the Rock and the Hard Place. Linda S. Blessing, senior associate at D. Gallant Management Associates, will present six easily learned techniques for smoothing office conflicts and dealing with hostile or uncooperative co-workers.

May 18: Business After Hours 5:30-7 p.m. MaineGeneral Elmwood Primary Care Complimentary beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres will be available. A 50/50 raffle, sponsored by Belgrade Lakes Resources, LLC., and door prize drawing will also take place.


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May 3: The Ultimate Cake Decorating Challenge at Good Will-Hinckley, five-week course from 6-8 p.m,.Price Cafeteria, GWH. Learn how to bake a great cake, how to make and color icing and the best way to ice the cake. Fee $75. To register http://www.gwh.org/hti/Calendar.aspx .

Downtown Center will also present Waterville Main Street with a special “Decade Award” recognizing Waterville for 10 years as a Main Street Maine community.

May 12: Crisis and Counseling annual dinner Thursday at the Waterville Elks Club, 76 IndusMay 5: Kennebec Behavioral Health child psy- trial St. Waterville. Social hour 5:30 p.m.; buffet dinner 6:15 p.m. followed by coments by Lynn chiatrist Janine Taylor, M.D., will present "Children with ADHD" to parents, caregivers and Duby, CEO, Mary Darling, president and award presentations. Cost: $25 person; table of eight teachers at 5:30 p.m. at Winslow Elementary $150. RSVP by May 3. Contact Jo Ellen Staples School, 285 Benton Ave. For details about school 626-3448 x 159 jstaples@crisisandcounseling.org. talks or other free presentations in KBH’s 2011 Community Learning Series, go online to May 14: Waterville Area Habitat for Humankbhmaine.org, call 873-2136, ext. 1905, or e-mail ity will hold its third annual benefit dance featurgmyers@kbhmaine.org. ing Fallen Angel from 9 p.m. to 1a.m. at T&B’s May 5: Nancy Makin at INTERIORS is hosting an Open House at 319 Main St., Waterville from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. celebrating customer appreciation and 25 years in business. Refreshments and prizes. FMI call 873-6261 or e-mail designs@interiorswtvl.com May 7:: 1st Annual Hope & Healing Caring Connection 3 Mile Hike to benefit L.N Clark Inspiration Network and Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area will be held Saturday 9 a.m. at “The Quarry Road Trail” in Waterville. There will be a 50/50 raffle, snacks and activities. Raffle tickets can be purchased prior to hike by calling HVWA, 873-3615 or L.N Clark Inspiration Network, 4532553. FMI or to register contact 873-3615. May 12: 7th Annual Downtown Celebration, 5:30 p.m. at Selah Tea Café, 177 Main St. A celebration of all things Downtown, including recent accomplishments, spectacular volunteers, and – of course – the Downtown Business of the Year announcement. The following businesses have been nominated by their peers: Cancun Mexican Restaurant, Pinnacle IT, Jorgensen’s Café, Joseph’s Market and Yardgoods Center. Special guest Roxanne Eflin from the Maine

Outback Tavern (formerly Hafford’s) in Waterville. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. FMI or to purchase tickets, you may visit www.watervilleareahfh.org. or 873-3615 ext. 13 All proceeds go towards the next building fund for WAHFH’s fourth home. May 16: Savings Bank of Maine will officially change its name to The Bank of Maine. May 31: The Waterville Historical Society will reopen the Redington Museum for the 2011 season. Operating days will be Tuesday through Saturday until Labor Day with tours scheduled at 10 and 11 a.m. and 2 and 3 p.m. FMI Donnice Finnemore at 872-9439.

Business Breakfast: Denise Martin of Good For You Coaching & Consulting was featured speaker at April’s Business Breakfast at Thomas College. The well-attended affair offered members insights into the psychology of good customer service and communication using techniques from the science of human behavior and applying them to business.


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company has been nominated for L.L. Bean Product of the Year (2010) with its unique Coaster concept. Their Mission: To meet or exceed our customers’ expectations in concept, design, production, delivery and overall value for each project entrusted to us for execution and management. Color Graphics can be reached at: 547-3095. peter@colorgraphics.me or through their website: www.colorgraphics.me

Color Graphics is a print management and sign manufacturer offering a variety of print-related services and products for small and large businesses, advertising agencies, graphic designers, non-profit organizations and industry trade shops such as other sign and print shops. It was founded by Peter Schutte in 2005, after he merged his two former businesses with the largest sheet-fed company in Maine. Peter is the former owner of Graphic Color Service and Digital Color of Fairfield where he worked for more than 20 years and is one of the founding members of the Maine Sign Association and past President of the Maine Graphic Arts Association. Color Graphic’s Sidney location houses its sign business, which produces custom banners, in-store promotional signage, real estate signs, decals, vehicle graphics, tradeshow displays, canvas art prints,

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and indoor and outdoor rigid signage. Color Graphics has a unique flat-bed printer that prints direct to full-sheet board with non-fade ink and with photographic quality. It’s the only one of its kind within an 80-mile radius and many sign shops go to for this type of printing. New to Color Graphics is large product engraving and CNC routing for custom shapes. Also, the

“Business Spotlight of the Month” selection process takes place at every Business After Hours from the door prize drawing. A business cannot be selected more than once every two years, and must be a member in good standing. The more coworkers that attend our BAH’s, the better chance your business will be selected!

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Have some news you would like to share? Submit a short announcement to the Chamber office by the 3rd Friday of the prior month. Inserts are also available for $125 per month. Call 873-3315 or email info@midmainechamber.com. Disclaimer: The Mid-Maine Chamber’s InTouch newsletter is published monthly as a benefit to members and affiliates. All member news is compiled and submitted solely by our members; therefore, we reserve the right to omit and/or edit as appropriate, and cannot guarantee complete accuracy of all announcements. Sponsorship inserts do not necessarily reflect the position of the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce.


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