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MONTHLY NEWSLETTER JULY/AUG. 2012

Wednesday, August 1 Downtown Waterville 11:00 AM—11:00 PM

Highlights in this Issue: P. 2: From the President’s Chair P. 2: Mid-Maine Chamber’s Centennial P. 4: Member Events Calendar P. 6: Waterville Public Library Business Services P. 8: Member Spotlight: Stained Glass Express

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Tourism in Central Maine: How Can You Help? By Bruce Harrington here in central Maine by posting reviews of businesses that you visit on a regular basis. For examChamber of Commerce is to support tourism in ple, I frequently dine at local restaurants with our region. Tourism includes travel and services business associates, potential clients, and with my connected with travel, including lodging, dining, family. I now post a review of my dining experiattractions, events, and much more. Our chamber ence after every visit so that people from away body, made up of over six-hundred business mem- who are looking for a place to eat can readily find bers and countless employees, can have a signifi- my opinion of the food, service, and value of local cant impact in how our region is viewed by tourrestaurants. My opinion is used by tourists and ists and would-be tourists to the area. other visitors to the area as a means to decide The most popular online tourism Web site is where to spend their money while in town. www.tripadvisor.com, where customers post reYou can do this, too. It is very simple – you log views about hotels, flights, restaurants, vacation in to www.tripadvisor.com, click on the “Register rentals, and things to do. Many people contemplat- Now” link in the upper right hand corner of the ing a trip will decide where they stay, eat, and page, complete some very basic information such what they do, based on reviews posted on sites as your name, city, and display name for the site, like this. and then click on “Sign Up.” Once signed up, you You can help support the tourism industry right

One of the areas of focus for the Mid-Maine

can start posting reviews right away about places that you visit. When positing reviews, keep the following tips in mind: 1) be positive – we are working to support our local businesses and to build critical mass in our region so that people will want to visit our region; 2) be detailed – the more information that you can provide, the better consumers are able to evaluate the restaurant, hotel, or attraction that you are talking about; 3) be creative – facts tell and stories tell, so tell a story so that readers can emotionally relate to your experience; and 4) add reviews of your favorite things to do, because if you like it, someone from away would like it, too. So please help support our local businesses in the wide world of tourism by positing positive reviews on www.tripadvisor.com.

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


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From the President’s Chair Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) needs our help. It wants to hear from as many Chamber Member businesses as possible. An online survey has been developed by an independent agency, infomaine, (which will also tabulate the results). The feedback generated over the next several weeks will help drive future economic policy decisions that will have a direct impact on your bottom line. The results will aid in determining L.D.s that should be proposed and then trends illustrated in the data will be used as further proof to the legislature that businesses have spoken. “Businesses are being given a unique opportunity to influence Maine’s future business climate and their very own profitability,” said DECD Commissioner, George Gervais in a recent press release. The online survey, consisting of approximately 40 questions, asks you to rate everyday challenges from attracting and retaining employees to overall infrastructure needs. The questionnaire also digs deeper into specific policy areas such as workforce development, regulation, access to capital and incentives, workers' compensation and marketing. I’ve been assured that individual responses to the survey will be confidential and included in an overall summary. PLEASE, take a few moments to provide thoughtful answers to these 40 questions. To participate in the survey go to http://www.maine.gov/decd/survey/ . Thank you for your time in speaking directly to those who make the laws that affect your cost of doing business. Non-profits are invited to complete this survey as well.

The Bank of Maine 258 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Waterville Wednesday, September 19 5:30-7:00 PM

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Mid-Maine Chamber’s Centennial

Charlie Haberstock is 8 years old and has a business card collection of over 1,400 cards. He likes to know about each business and asks many questions so he decided to help us by interviewing some area businesses. Below are excerpts from his interview. Charlie received a little help from his mom, Carrie Haberstock.

To fulfill its customers' needs from all over New England and as far away as Pennsylvania, Skowhegan Press has several methods of printing. First, and probably the most frequently used machines are the digital presses. Then there is the wide format printer that makes full size posters as wide as 44 inches. This machine, and the digital presses use four cartridges, (cyan, magenta, yeluring our visit to Skowhegan Press on 17 low and black), to make just about any colParlin St, in Skowhegan, we bumped into a or! We also got to see printers that used good friend who was getting some photo plates and ink to mass produce more intricopy work done. Then we noticed zooming cate projects. off the Digital Color Machine another We also saw folding machines that rapidly friend's work being printed! It was clear to fold masses of brochures, notecards, enveus that this was the place to be if we wanted lopes, etc., stitching machines that throw in high quality printing done in a family staples where necessary, huge cutters with friendly environment. In fact, the business 30 inch razor blades and 2 1/2 tons of presis entirely family run except for one emsure to cut 5 inch stacks of paper in seployee who has been considered family conds, laminators, three hole drills, and an since childhood. The youngest family mem- address machine that can shoot out 7,000 bers come in after school and do such tasks pieces in an hour! Skowhegan Press did as cleaning and brochure folding and the $100,000.00 worth of work with the post older ones help make decisions and run the office this past year! business--12 family members in all. Continued on page 3

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Even in this rough economy, it finds ly members of all ages working togethitself expanding every year having er and the wonderful strong smell of ink grown 30% in the last 6 years. The fam- in action; well worth the trip!” ily tries its best for the community volunteering its services when possible. Several times they have donated to local churches giving reduced rates or no rates for printed material. Jeremy Martinez, the president, says that being a member of the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce has helped them stay in touch with what is going on in Waterville and has referred them to customers. They have even done some printing for the Chamber. So be sure to have Skowhegan Press meet your next printing needs. You'll find the Jeremy Martinez showing Charlie whir of the machines, the friendly famione of their printing machines. July 26: Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area and Barrel’s Community Market are offering a Cooking Simply with the Seasons, the first of a monthly bereavement workshop series. 11:45-1:15PM at the Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area Community Center, 304 Main Street, Waterville. Registration required. FMI: 873-3615 x 15 or sswiftsimons@hvwa.org July 27: 7-9PM Bossov Ballet Theatre’s Cinderella at Waterville Opera House. FMI: www.operahouse.org

Chamber Tip of the Month Did you know you can participate in our Gift Certificate and Chamber Advantage Discount Card Program at no extra cost? Deadline for Inserts (620 Copies), Member News, Member Calendar & People News to be in the September InTouch is August 17. Email biz.dev@midmainechamber.com for more information!

www.watervillefire.com Coburn Park in Skowhegan. The community event, which is free and open to all, will offer cold drinks, hot dogs (provided by Joseph’s Market in Waterville), and watermelon. While you’re there, take part in some friendly competitive games of wiffleball and frisbee. FMI: www.unitedwaymidme.org

July 28: The 43rd Intown Arts Festival 9AM4PM. Over 100 artists line Main Street in beautiful Downtown Waterville for one of the state's oldest art shows. Offering a wide variety of art in a range of prices, the Waterville Intown Arts Fest promises something for everyone. FMI: www.watervillemainstreet.org

August 4: Stained Glass Express is hosting “The Glass Circus: Make it and Take It.” This an opportunity to try out the different glass techniques taught at Stained Glass Express. For $8 a project (or all five for $35) you can try out each of the following 5 techniques by making a pre-planned project: Fused Glass, Stained Glass, Etching, Mosaics, Lampworking (making beads with a torch). FMI: 8729305

July 28: United Way of Mid-Maine will be hosting the “DOG ‘DAZE’ OF SUMMER” community appreciation event 11AM-2PM at

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August 6: Hospice Volunteers of Waterville is hosting its 11th annual Susan McConnell Memorial Swing for Hope and Hospice Golf Tournament at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro. To register a team, make a sponsorship or request a brochure, call committee chair Paul Drouin at 873-1493 or the Hospice office at 873-3615. August 10: Join private and public business leaders for a day to discuss collaboration, innovation, and using lean continuous improvement principles and methods to improve organizational effectiveness at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland. The Summit will include speakers and 15 informational workshops across healthcare, services, government, education, finance, manufacturing, and other businesses on how Lean leaders and practitioners are using Lean to change its culture and improve its way of doing business. continued on insert page 9


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Bangor International Airport's interim director, Tony Caruso, has been hired to stay on the job permanently. Caruso was named interim director following the departure of former director Rebecca Hupp, who left in January to take a similar position in Boise, Idaho. Caruso has been at the airport for 16 years, the last 10 as assistant director. Congratulations to Joshua Wiseman who recently joined Macdonald Page & Co LLC as a Supervisor in its South Portland office.

beth Ferry & Mariah Barnett of Winslow High School, Tressa Loiko of Cony High School and Ian Bernier of Messalonskee High School. Each student will receive $500. Brandi Farrington has been named director of Kennebec Behavioral Health's Halcyon House Emergency Shelter for Youth.

Spectrum Generations is delighted to introduce Lynn Boardway as the new Adult DayBank of America recently promoted Bill Break Coordinator at its Cohen Community Williamson to Maine state president. In addi- Center in Hallowell. Lynn’s duties will be to tion to his responsibilities as state president, manage the adult day program. Williamson is a senior client manager in its global commercial bank. Gilman Pelletier has recently become the Commander of the Bourque American LeJoe Rossignol from Phoenix gion, Post #5 in Waterville, the largest post Computers is now a certified in the state. VSP-5 and VSTP-5 with a VMware Academic Specialization. This cer- Steve's Appliance, in Sidney, is proud to tification allowed Phoenix Computers to announce, John Pelletier has joined their become a Professional level VMWare Solu- sales team. John has over 20 years’ experition Provider. ence in the furniture and mattress industry, his knowledge and expertise will be a great Skowhegan Savings announced Bruce Har- addition. Welcome John! rington of Fairfield has joined the bank as a Commercial Loan Officer. Harrington, who Northeast Laboratory Services anwill be working from the Fairfield office, nounced several new hires & promocomes to Skowhegan Savings with several tions. Andrew McCaw was promoted years of experience in commercial banking. to Radiation Safety Officer. Jeremy He will specialize in providing commercial Boutin was promoted to Environmenfinancing to small and medium sized busital Health & Safety Officer. Gina Powser & nesses in the greater Waterville region. Kate Yentes were hired as a Chemistry Analysts. Carrie O’Brien was hired as MicrobiolCarrie Bolander, DO, and Melissa Collard, ogy Analyst. The following people where MD, both obstetrician/gynecologists, have hired as Production Technicians in Northeast joined MaineGeneral Obstetrics & GyneLaboratory Services Media Manufacturing cology and are members of MaineGeneral Division: Donna Mitchell, Brian GrayMedical Center’s active medical staff. Guerette, Alan Douin, Jean McIntyre, and Carrie O’Brien. KFS is proud to announce the winners of this year’s KFS college scholarships: Eliza- Dr. David Austin, long-time provider at

Lovejoy Health Center (part of Health Reach Community Heath Centers) recently returned from his fourth trip with Doctors Without Borders, an international organization that provides medical care to more than 60 underserved countries. This time he spent four months in Djibouti, a small country in Eastern Africa with a population of just over 800,000, where he provided care at a hospital. The program focused on malnourished children. Congratulations to the 2012 winners of the Taconnet Federal Credit Union’s Trek to Success Scholarship Competition: Tim Dudley, Lawrence High School $5,000, Kelsey Bolduc, Messalonskee High School $2,500, Laura Burnham, Gardiner High School $1,000, and Abigail Lutz, Winslow High School $500. Taconnet FCU wishes them all a bright and successful future. Welcome to Chase Fabian who began his duties as a Patrol Officer for the Waterville Police Department recently. Michael W. Rankin and Bethany Mitchell recently joined Macdonald Page and Co LLC. Michael is an Audit Staffer in their Augusta office. Bethany Mitchell is their Marketing Coordinator. Welcome to Mike and Bethany! Spectrum Generations, Central Maine’s Area Agency on Aging and Aging and Disabilities Resource Center, is delighted to introduce Natalie Labbe, Activity Aide for the Adult DayBreak program at its Muskie Center in Waterville. Jennifer Diehl, MD, a primary care physician, has joined Augusta Family Medicine and is a member of MaineGeneral Medical Center’s active medical staff. continued on page 5


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Get Your Brand Noticed in a Crowd of People By Tracy O’Clair Regardless of the demographical make up of a crowd, there are three fail proof rules to getting your brand noticed and recognized in a multitude of people: Be heard, be seen and be nice. If you follow these guidelines you’re guaranteed to attract people’s attention. Afterwards it’s your responsibility to collect leads, qualify prospects and convert them into sales. Be Heard. Remember no one is going to buy from you if you do not tell them what you are selling and how to purchase it. The quickest and most effective way to do this in a mass of people is via word of mouth. Develop a sales pitch with an attractive spin and tell everyone. Send your employees out into the masses with a message that includes an action statement (i.e. go to the shop and receive a free candy bar, attend the tour at 2 p.m.). Your representatives should be prepared to answer all questions related to your products/services and deliver it with a smile. Be Seen. Don’t expect people to pour into your store just because you have a sign with your logo and store hours on it or recognize you in a crowd of over 10,000 people. Take advantage of people’s visual senses, stand out from the crowd and make people remember your brand. Let your visual presence aid your word of mouth marketing. You want people to say, “Did you see that 15 foot XBOX in front of the video game store.” or “Find the girl with the Dr. Seuss hat on; she’s passing out tickets.” Be Nice. Make sure your business atmosphere is positive, your staff is friendly and your customer service is up to par. Be courteous and allow people to approach you without feeling like they are bothering you. Be optimistic if something goes wrong and treat your team with the same respect as you would have for your customers. Don’t forget people may remember you by your niceness but will definitely not forget you by your rudeness. Tracy O’Clair is a Marketing Consultant and owner of TOCmedia, a strategic marketing management firm.

Ryder Transportation Roger Buker 30 Industrial Park Road Waterville, ME 04901 Phone: 873-2166 Roger_buker@hotmail.com www.ryder.com

H & R Block Cory Dow 233 Main Street Waterville, ME 04901 Phone: 873-2600 cory.dow@hrblock.com www.hrblock.com

Favorites Donald Barberino 6 Jefferson Street Waterville, ME 04901 Phone: 861-4343 www.favoriesME.com

Thornridge Farms Nursery, LLC. Mark Andre’ 11 Ten Lots Road Fairfield Center, ME 04937 Phone: 872-2069 andreforhouse76@yahoo.com

Provost Monuments, Inc. Bernadette LaCroix 28 Bangor Road Benton, ME 04901 Phone: 453-7365 provostmonuments@yahoo.com www.provostmonuments.com

Kaplan University Matthew Cote 14 Marketplace Drive Augusta, ME 04330 Phone: 620-0837 mcote@kaplan.edu augusta.kaplanuniversity.edu

Fowlers Roofing DECD Clyde Fowler Jr. Ronald McKinnon P.O. Box 188 59 State House Station Gardiner, ME 04345 Augusta, ME 04330 Phone: 582-6522 Phone: 624-9819 clydefowler79@hotmail.com ronald.j.mckinnon@maine.gov www.fowlerroofing.com www.maine.gov/decd/

Constant Contact. She will be offering two seminars, The Power of Email Marketing Congratulations to John Nale of Nale Law and Social Media Marketing Made Simple. Offices, LLC., for being featured in the sum- Seminars will be held locally and are availamer issue of Maine Seniors Magazine. The ble for businesses and organizations per rearticle focuses on how he is dedicated to im- quest. FMI: toclair@toc-media.com proving the lives of others. Danielle Amerault recently joined the GoldTracy O’Clair, owner of TOCmedia, recent- en Pond Wealth Management team as Adly became an Authorized Local Expert for ministrative Assistant. Welcome Danielle! People News continued from page 4

Dr. George Spann, past President of Thomas College recently retired. Congratulations!

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Waterville Library Business Services By Tammy L. Rabideau, MLS

July 20

The Waterville Public Library Business & Career Center (WPLBCC) loves to support local businesses and is vigorously committed to supporting the vitality of the local economy. Some of the business services provided by the Library are as follows. All WPLBCC programs are free to the public.  The WPLBCC offers business workshops facilitated by business development professionals. Programs range from business start-up and expansion, resource navigation, and QuickBooks support. Program attendees receive the added benefit of networking with other small business owners and entrepreneurs.  The WPLBCC hosts mini job fairs showcasing 6-8 local hiring employers.  The WPLBCC hosts individual employer recruiting events.  The WPLBCC distributes announcements of job openings in Waterville area businesses to local job seekers on the WPLBCC distribution list. There is no charge for the listing business.  The WPLBCC provides access to a broad collection of business books and other print resources.  The WPLBCC provides free WI-FI.  The WPLBCC provides access to proprietary business databases licensed by the Maine State Library. All Maine citizens can access these databases, however, there can be a learning curve for navigating the steps to gain access. Contact Tammy Rabideau for assistance in accessing the business databases listed here: http://libraries.maine.edu/ mainedatabases/topic.asp? topic=Business

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 The WPLBCC supports the strength and development of the local workforce by providing a number of workforce development services and programs. The Library is actively collaborating with many local partners (service organizations and businesses) to understand and respond to local workforce needs.  The WPLBCC has a teaching/learning lab with 12 laptop computers, projection and a comfortable room.  The WPLBCC distributes e-newsletters announcing programs, services and resources. To be added to the distribution list, contact Tammy Rabideau.  The WPLBCC can be followed on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ wplbcc.  The WPLBCC has a web site: http:// www.watervillelibrary.org/ departments/business/.  The WPLBCC supports networking events which include business sponsorship opportunities. Contact Tammy Rabideau for more information. Tammy Rabideau is Business & Caree Center Coordinator at the Waterville Public Library. FMI: 207.680.2611 or business@watervillelibrary.org, http://www.watervillelibrary.org/departm ents/ness/, http://www.facebook.com/wplbcc

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Upcoming Events July 24: Leading Women’s Luncheon 11:30AM Best Western Plus Ann LePage, First Lady of the State of Maine, will be the speaker. August 1: Taste of Greater Waterville 11AM—11PM Downtown Waterville September 13: Business Breakfast Series 7:30-9 AM Thomas College Integrating Marketing: Getting The Whole Picture Alexandra Heseltine of Gray Cat Marketing & Design explains why marketing is more than a Web site, advertising or social media. It is a holistic approach to identifying your customers’ pain points, meeting them where they are and offering them a solution to a problem. September 19: Business After Hours 5:30-7 PM The Bank of Maine 258 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Waterville September 26: Super Raffle Dinner 5PM T&B’s Outback Tavern

27 Cool Street • Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 873-0721 • Fax (207) 877-2287 www.genesishcc.com Rehabilitation and Living Centers


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Alfond Youth Center’s Camp Tracy is now offering rental and group outings such as: Team Building Seminars, Corporate Retreats, Company Outings and more! FMI: Patrick Guerette 873-0684 x203. Where's Waldo is turning twenty-five this year, and to celebrate he is visiting twenty different local businesses all through the month of July. Those who spot him (6” tall cutout) at different locations in downtown Waterville can win prizes, including buttons, books, and more. FMI: Children’s Book Cellar 8724543 or kidsbookscellar@myfairpoint.net.

Congratulations to KVCOG, which will be receiving $70,000 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration in order to implement regional comprehensive economic development strategies (CEDS). KVCOG serves Kennebec, Somerset and western Waldo counties.

Magic Falls Rafting Co. is recruiting veterans from Iraq & Afghanistan to become guides this season & is waiving its fees for veterans. FMI, contact, adventures@magicfalls.com. Sheridan Corporation was named Northern Region Volume Builder of the Year by Butler Manufacturing. Congratulations!

Hampton Inn, Waterville received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The On May 15th, Macdonald Page & Co LLC accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, moved its Augusta location from 227 Water is given only to establishments that consistentStreet to nearby One Market Square. The new ly achieve outstanding traveler reviews on space has many advantages, including 2 enTripAdvisor, and is extended to Selah Tea Café will now be open for breaktrances on street level and better parking avail- qualifying businesses worldfast, 6:30AM Monday - Saturday and 8:00AM ability. The new, modern interior also provides wide. Approximately 10% of on Sunday. There will be some new breakfast efficient office space for our employees and a accommodations listed on options and features throughout the week. One comfortable environment for our clients. TripAdvisor receive this presof the features in the coming weeks will be a tigious award. vegan tofu scramble served with home fries Kennebec Valley Community College has and toast! been named one of the best community colleg- Emergency Dental Care is now being provided es in the nation by The Aspen Institute. It is on Friday’s starting July 1, 8AM – 3PM at the Bangor International Airport has received among 120 community colleges around the Community Dental Center. $4 million from the Transportation Security country to be recognized by the Institute for its Walk-ins and appointments acAdministration to upgrade its baggage inspec- efforts to ensure student success and are in the cepted. Services provided: exam, tion system. The announcement comes just running for $1 million in awards. Way to go! x-ray, treatment that may inone day after the airport learned it will receive clude extraction, filling or repair, a nearly $5 million grant to rehabilitate its Somerset Stone Center has a free visualizer infection alleviation, aviation apron. that allows one to upload a photo of one’s pa- and referral. FMI: 872-8891 tio, driveway or deck, select Belgard products Colby College professor Peter Harris' PKNand overlay them over the photo in order to Pine Tree Society has earned the highest posWaterville V6 presentation is up on the PKN “visualize” how your improvements will sible rating – 4 stars – for sound fiscal manTokyo page (international site). It currently look. Check it out today! agement from Charity Navigator for the 2nd has 814 views-wow! http://pechaconsecutive year. kucha.org/presentations/379 Family Violence Project is looking for the following items for its 2 emergency shelMaineGeneral received an “A” — the top The L.N. Clark Inspiration Netters: tape measure, vice grip, cordless drill, rating — from a national nonprofit group that work, "Caring Connections Through Your Allen wrench set, indoor extension cords, tracks hospital safety, quality and affordabilCancer Journey” now has $5 tickets available hammer, pliers, screwdrivers, nails & screws, ity. Congratulations! for purchase for their Summer/Fall Raffle package/sealing tape, spackle, putty knife, Fundraiser. Eight wonderful items listed on paint can key gorilla glue/liquid nail/goo gone, tickets!! All proceeds go to help Maine Cancer twin sized blankets, sheets & comforters patients' and their families. FMI: 453-2553 or among other items. If you have any of these to inspiration@lnclark.org. donate, please contact 877-0835. continued on insert page 10


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Stained Glass Express is a stained glass para-

Stained Glass Expresstroduction to an area of glass and get to keep

dise located at 10 Railroad Square in Waterville. Within the store is a retail store that offers glass, supplies and inspiration to glass hobbyists and artists as well as many glass gifts and custom items. In addition to our custom items, we offer the very popular Kitra’s blown glass balls: witch, birthday and many others. We have a great selection of the beautiful J. Delvin jewelry boxes. We have an entire display of wine stoppers, wine holders and grape glass items. For over 20 years we have been a supplier of Meyda Tiffany lamps and panels. In addition we have blown glass items such as miniature animals and paperweights. We always have a large assortment of glass jewelry; much of it is locally made. In the downstairs of the store is The Glass Academy at Stained Glass Express where clas-

the items they work on. Down the hall is The Studio at Stained Glass Express where we do repairs and custom work. There is always something interesting going on in the studio. You can either peek in the window that is opened to the hallway to see what is going on or just wander in and watch for a time. Over the past few years we have specialized in Cabinet Glass and have an amazing selection of clear textured glass. Did you know that also in the Stained Glass ses in Stained Glass, Fused Glass, Mosaics Express building, there is: The Grand Central and Bead making are taught by some of the Café. (brick oven pizza), Patkus Guitars, A best glass artists and technicians in the area. Quilters Workroom, Obx Counseling, SomerWe also offer private parties, studio space and set Violins and Remedy Salon and Spa! on August 4th we will have our annual Glass Visit us at www.stainedglassexpress.com Circus: Make it and Take it day. From 10-4 or stop in from 9-6 Monday through Friday on this date beginners or experienced people and 9-5 on Saturday. can came in and for $8 per project get an in-

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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Member Calendar Continued from page 3 August 9: The ever-popular celebration of Big Trucks and Community Helpers returns! Join the Waterville Public Library in the Concourse from 9AM-noon to see and touch emergency vehicles, Public Works trucks, and meet the drivers. August 11: Join the Cowboy Junkies at the Waterville Opera House at 8PM. They are an alternative country/blues/folk rock band with a mellow tune. FMI: 873-7000 August 15: TOCmedia is hosting The Power of Email Marketing from 1:30-3PM at the MidMaine Chamber of Commerce. FREE, fun-filled, informative and inspiring workshop designed to teach you all about the basics and best practices of email marketing, along with some tips and strategies for integrating social media marketing for any small business, professional, group or organization. Register at www.tocmedia.eventbrite.com August 18: The Healthy Family Fun Concert will be at Augusta’s Waterfront Park from 11AM- 4PM. This is a benefit event for Kennebec Behavioral Health's Halcyon House Emergency Shelter for Youth. FMI: gmyers@kbhmaine.org or https://www.facebook.com/groups/430186337000425/ August 22: TOCmedia is hosting Social Media Marketing Made Simple from 1:30-3PM at the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce. In this free session you will learn to navigate the social media landscape effectively, get tips on integrating your social media marketing with your email and other marketing efforts, and how to save time. Register at www.tocmedia.eventbrite.com August 29: 7:30-9AM at Saint Joseph’s College, Standish. Don Gooding, executive director of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development will discuss the frontlines of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development in Maine. Please be sure to mark your calendars and register at: https://mdf.wufoo.com/forms/leadership-unplugged-august-292012/ September 7 & 8: Held at Head of Falls in Downtown Waterville, Hill 'n the Ville is a free day-long music festival designed to welcome college students to Waterville and provide meaningful interaction between students and residents brought to you by Waterville Main Street. September 14: Thomas College’s Lunder Scholars Golf Invitation at the Belgrade Lakes Golf Club. September 15: The Let’s Go! Family Fun Day is a new, annual Inland Hospital event kicking off a year-long series of activities focused on helping families with children live healthy, active lives. FMI: www.inlandhospital.org Ellen Wells, Community Wellness Coordinator at ewells@emhs.org or 861-3292. September 21: Maine Development Foundation’s 34th annual meeting, The Power of Maine People, will be from 9AM - 1:30PM at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland. Hear the stories of some of Maine’s most inspiring entrepreneurs and celebrate the achievements of the award winners from around the state. September 22: Inauguration Ceremony of the incoming Thomas College President, Laurie Lachance. October 20 & 21: Come to Downtown Waterville’s Harvest Fest for a weekend of family fun. Hay rides, scarecrow building, family pumpkin carving, pumpkin bowling, candy apple making, pony rides, face painting, an apple pie & dessert contest, and more brought to you by Waterville Main Street. October 25: The Maine Office of Tourism is coming to the Kennebec and Moose River Valleys. Please join us 10AMnoon at the Belgrade Lakes Maine Lakes Resource Center for an exciting one-on-one with the folks from the Maine Office of Tourism.


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Member News Continued from page 7 Kennebec Valley Community College is now accepting applications for a new 2-year program beginning this fall. The Energy Services and Technology (EST) program, which is unique in Maine, will prepare students for careers in the rapidly growing field of installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting high-efficiency plumbing, heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) systems in buildings. It will be the first program of its kind to be offered in Maine. Combining forces, Colorgraphics, Atkins Printing & Premier Marketing bring you an ever expanding line of print options and new services in mobile media. Colorgraphics: single source for materials to promote and market your business; Premier Marketing has a 30-year history of assisting people and companies with marketing solutions: apparel, promotional products and emerging technologies in mobile media. Atkins Printing, in business since 1910, brings a long-standing tradition of expertise that will expand services and capabilities. Fairfield Farmers’ market is now opened for the season. The market is located in the Nazarene Church parking lot at 81 Main Street and is open Wednesday afternoons from 2-6PM and on Saturdays from 9:30AM1:30PM. Inland Hospital was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Hospital Safety ScoreSM was calculated using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety. FMI: www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. The Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area Resale Shop officially opened on June 4th. The store hours are Monday through Friday, 10AM-4:30PM. It is located in the basement of the 304 Main Street building. If you are interested in volunteering in the shop, have questions, or want to donate items, please call Susan Roy at 873-3615 ext 13. Are you caring for an adult with Alzheimer’s or memory issues (under a doctor’s care) who cannot be left alone? Do you need a day out to run errands, or just need a little time for yourself? If so, please call Spectrum Generations today and talk to a Family Caregiver Specialist to hear more about your options. FMI: 1-800-639-1553 and ask for extension 127 or 139. Johnny’s Selected Seeds announced that it is a 100% employee-owned company. Congratulations! Did you know that everyone can use Skills Recycling Center in Waterville? No transfer station permits required. Even better, nearly all items can be recycled completely free, even old TVs! Electronics that do require payment to recycle have minimal fees, $5 and up!! Check out its Web site for more info: www.skillsrecycling.org Time Warner Cable Business class recently announced the launch of wideband Internet for businesses across Maine. A division of Time Warner Cable, Time Warner Cable Business Class offers business communications tools to approximately 450,000 business customers throughout Time Warner Cable’s markets. Friends of the Lawrence Public Library will be sponsoring Summer Concerts in the Park in Fairfield for the 2012 season. Concerts will be held every Friday from June 15th to August 31st, from 6-7:30PM. Good news for Waterville travelers! Waterville’s Public Works Department has released the following paving schedule. All dates are approximate, due to weather conditions, etc.: Chaplin Street: Week of July 23; Colby Circle: Week of July 23; Eustis Parkway: Week of July 23; North Street (Eustis to Mayflower Hill): Week of July 23; Temple Street: Week of July 23; Donald Street: Pending for the month of August; Linden Street: Pending for the month of August; May Street: Pending for the month of August; Vigue Street: Pending for the month of August


155 Silver Street  Waterville     

1200 Sq. Ft. Heat, Lights & A/C Included 5 Offices & File Room Lots of Parking $1200 per mo. Call Don Plourde 861-2462

54 College Avenue   Waterville      

Restaurant/Tavern/Bar Great Traffic Count. Over 22,000 Sq. Ft. Banquet Facility 3 Parking Lots

$199,900 Call David Cosgrove 242-1839

$195,000

$149,900

$139,000

28‐30 Gold Street 

222 Main Street 

Classic brick office building w/many recent updates! Large lot w/ample parking! Convenient location with excellent visibility! MLS 803922 Call David Cosgrove 242-1839

Investors Opportunity! Established convenience store with apartment, and 2 single unit homes. Wow! MLS 1046716 Call Betty Mills 692-3226

251 Main Street 

This property is in a highly visible area on Main St. Brick building in great condition! Great investment property. MLS 871656 Call Don Plourde 861-2462

143 Silver Street Suite 4, Waterville ME 04901 

Office 872‐7650  Toll Free: 888‐ 271‐9829  www.cbplourde.com 


$299,000 319 Main St., Waterville 

$59,900

$795,000

2 Seavey St., Waterville 

Main Street commercial property. Easy access from I-95. Many possibilities. MLS 1055401 Call Pam Natole 692-7041

Commercial building with many possibilities. Easy, accessible location. MLS 1039803 Call Don Plourde 861-2462

$199,500

$209,900

97 Veteran Dr., Winslow 

Winslow Commercial Building, handicap access, 9000 Sq. Ft. Many Possibilities! MLS 1025671 Call Don Plourde 861-2462

18 Meadow Rd., Augusta 

Spacious, professional space. CAT 5 wired. Completely IT ready. 10,000+ Sq. ft., wheel chair access. 3 Phase power. MLS 1048387 Call Judy Williams 242-1243

$275,000

683 Augusta Rd., Winslow 

Yuuup! Self Storage Unit Facility. Currently 2 Bldgs, 52 units with expansion opportunity for 8 Bldgs on 5 commercial acres.

MLS 839163 Call Rachel Anderson 649-2156

323 Ridge Rd., Fairfield 

6000+/- Sq. Ft. building and residence only one mile from I-95. 1 Story with bath & kitchen facilities. MLS 1050483 Call Jean Yarberry 649-9352

Commercial Lease Space  97 Western Avenue, Fairfield  $7.70 Sq. Ft.        

6,000+/- Sq. Ft. Retail Space 593 Sq. Ft. Office Space 602 Sq. Ft, Warehouse Space Concrete & Tile Floors Level Entry I-95 Visibility Ample Parking

Contact Don Plourde for more information. 872-7650 dplourde@cbplourde.com


July 24, 2012 11:30 Networking Noon Luncheon at Best Western Plus (375 Main Street, Waterville)

Ann LePage, First Lady of the State of Maine will be our speaker at the Mid-Maine Chamber’s second Leading Women’s Luncheon. As you learn about Ann’s path to success, you will be able to network with other women and share your opportunities and challenges with each other. Bring plenty of business cards! Members: $20 for Advanced Registration Non-Members & at the Door: $25 Includes Luncheon Buffet Thank you to our sponsor

R E G I S T R A T I O N

F O R M

Cost per person: $20 members, $25 Non-Members & at the Door

Name(s): __________________________________________________________Phone: __________________ Company: __________________________________Address: ________________________________________ CHECK ENCLOSED FOR $ _________ as noted above. (PLEASE NOTE: Your reservation guarantees your Luncheon. To cancel, please call the Chamber three (3) working days prior to the event, or you will be charged. Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, 50 Elm Street, Waterville, ME 04901-6015 E-mail: biz.dev@midmainechamber.com • PHONE: 873-3315 • FAX: 877-0087


2012 September 13: Integrated Marketing– Getting The Whole Picture Alexandra Heseltine of Gray Cat Marketing & Design explains why marketing is more than a Web site, advertising or social media. It is a holistic approach to identifying your customers’ pain points, meeting them where they are and offering them a solution to a problem. All Breakfasts are held at the Thomas College Student Center. 7:30 to 9:00 AM

Thank you to our 2012 sponsors

Special thanks to Time Warner Network 9 & Local Access Channel 7 for taping and rebroadcasting our Business Breakfasts!

R E G I S T R A T I O N

F O R M

Cost per person: $14 members, $16 late registration (after Friday before the event), $20 non-members

Name(s): ________________________________________________________________ Phone: __________________ Company: ________________________________________Address: ________________________________________ CHECK ENCLOSED FOR $ _________ as noted above. (PLEASE NOTE: Your reservation guarantees your Business Breakfast. To cancel, please call the Chamber three (3) working days prior to the event, or you will be charged. Late-registration fee applies after the Friday prior to the breakfast.) Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, 50 Elm Street, Waterville, ME 04901-6015 E-mail: prog.asst@midmainechamber.com • PHONE: 873-3315 • FAX: 877-0087


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