Monthly Newsletter· March 2014
2014 Business to Business Showcase To Be The Biggest Yet By Bruce Harrington, Business to Business Showcase Committee chair We will continannual Midue to hold a concurMaine Chamber of rent internship fair. Commerce BusiBusinesses who are ness to Business interested in hiring Showcase is right Thursday, March 27 · 12-6PM an intern will have around the corner, Exhibitor booth space limited; an opportunity to and this year it register at www.MidMaineB2B.com meet the local talpromises to be this ented college stuor 873-3315. biggest yet! The dents right at their showcase was own booth. If you moved to the field house at Colby Col- have interest in hiring an intern, please lege in 2013 and was expanded to ac- be sure to indicate that when registering commodate 150 booths representing for your booth. over 140 different businesses. This We will be marketing the event year will be even bigger, with 170 state-wide to build on the momentum booths and over 160 businesses. We gained last year, with a focus on bringare 70% booked at the time of this writ- ing out-of-town business people to the ing, and are sure to have more booths event. Our vendors will have an opporbooked by the time you are reading this. tunity to not only network with the local So, mark your calendar as you don’t business community, but also to meet want to miss this year’s showcase on business people from around the state Thursday, March 27. who could use the products and services We have made a few changes to of our members. This will make this enhance this year’s Showcase. First, event a truly business to business event the showcase will start and end earlier and will help support our chamber than in years past. We will open the members. doors to the public at noon, and the Booths are available for the low Showcase will run until six. A recep- price of $199 this year, making this the tion with cash bar will begin at four and most affordable and widely attended run through the end of the Showcase. event in the area. If you have not regisSecond, the showcase has been moved tered for you booth, you can do so at from Wednesday to Thursday, a change www.MidMaineB2B.com or by conthat should help further boost attend- tacting the Mid-Maine Chamber office ance. at 873-3315.
Business to Business showcase
Highlights in this Issue: P. 2: From the President’s Chair P. 3: Do You Suffer From Ergonomic Ambivalence? P. 4: Member Events Calendar P. 6: Chamber Positions on Pending Legislation P. 7: Member News P. 8: Member Spotlight: Catharsis Media
Waterville Creates! By Jennifer Olsen, Waterville Main Street
Waterville Creates! is a collaborative organization established to work directly with community arts, creative, and cultural institutions to enhance and strengthen the vitality of Waterville. At the heart of this initiative is the promotion of Waterville as a major arts destination for Maine residents and visitors to the state. Through increased collaboration and with its primary arts and cultural entities, Common Street Arts, Maine Film Center, Waterville Public Library, Waterville Opera House, Colby College Museum of Art and Waterville Main Street, serving as anchoring institutions, Waterville Creates! will become the generating and coordinating entity for arts programming and cultural collaborations within the community. It will also serve as a vibrant “face” of Waterville as the city builds its profile as a major site for art and culture in central Maine and will simultaneously foster greater public awareness of and support for a robust creative economy in Waterville. It is important to note that although the initial phase includes the major arts organizations within the community, it is the express goal of Waterville Creates! to embrace and create strategic partnerships with arts, cultural and commercial entities within the community as well. Last year, with the help of the Unity Foundation, local arts organizations and community stakeholders met with facilitators individually and as a group to seek immediate and long-term opportunities to work together.
Continued on page 2. 50 ELM STREET, WATERVILLE, ME 04901 • TEL: (207) 873-3315 • FAX: (207) 877-0087 email@example.com • www.midmainechamber.com Brad Fisher, Chair of the Board • Kimberly N. Lindlof, President & CEO
From the President’s Chair In Memory of Walter Simcock… Our region has seen the loss of several great philanthropists over the last few years, but none dearer to me personally or more generous to the Mid-Maine Chamber than Walter Bowdoin Photography Simcock. Walter served as chair of the board, called “president” back then, in 1968, a time when he recalled that he went door-to-door to collect dues in order to make payroll for the chamber office staff. He recounted Old 470 Days and the founding of Kringleville – stories that he would tell when we “did lunch” in a “place where we could be seen.” He loved Waterville, particularly its children, but understood the dynamic of how a successful business organization – namely the Mid-Maine Chamber – could help to foster business growth in the region. To that end, he was a strong supporter of the Chamber, even after he sold Colonial Distributors. His contributions were specific, helping to launch programs such as the Business Breakfast Series when we partnered with Thomas College and the Taste of Greater Waterville, but he also made less public contributions like purchasing a phone system for the chamber, sharing his office furniture once he sold Colonial, and donating a dozen pieces of original artwork by Keith Curtis and other area artists that reflect the spirit of our region. Of course, he’d “purchased” all of that artwork while supporting the Arts Fest, an annual event sponsored by Waterville Main Street.
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Waterville Creates! Continued from page 1.
The recent expansion of Colby College Museum of Art, the historic rehabilitation of the Waterville Opera House, Walter also believed in people. And we all know who we Maine Film Center’s conversion to digiare because when he believed in you, he gave you the tools tal format and addition of year-round that you needed to excel. John Christie, former publisher programming, the establishment of Comof the Sentinel and KJ shared that in his estimate, Walter mon Street Arts as the local gallery and must have purchased over a thousand articles/photos from instruction space, all working in close them to give away. Amy Cyrway of The Framemakers collaboration with Waterville Public Liput it best, and I’m paraphrasing, “Walter gave me the brary and Waterville Main Street will wings to fly. He allowed me to use my creativity and be bring about a vibrant, cohesive accessibility for all media. my best.” What a gift. We will miss you so… Simultaneously, the City of Waterville commissioned a plan to implement the Converge and Create brand in a very strategic way. In typical Waterville fashion, we converged the flow of our momentum! The arts are ready to move, the plan has been set, and the design elements are in place. Stay tuned for an
outcome that will manifest immediately. Our first project together is the reimagining of Arts Fest, a daylong “Feast of Creative Delights,” occurring Saturday, July 12th, the first Saturday of the Maine International Film Festival, and just prior to The Colby College Museum of Art’s Summer Luncheon. In addition to the traditional Arts Fest show and sale, partners from Stained Glass Express to Day’s Jewelers will engage the community in interactive demonstrations in a whole variety of disciplines, because, after all, we are all creators. Prepare to be dazzled! If you would like to know more about how to participate as an individual or as a business, please contact Jennifer at Waterville Main Street at 680-2055 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do You Suffer From Ergonomic Ambivalence? By William McPeck, MSW, CWWPC
Some will debate whether ergonomics is a wellness issue or a safety issue. The truth of it is that it doesn’t matter. The truth is that wherever work is being done, ergonomic issues could be present. All employers need to take ergonomics into consideration. Simply stated, the science and practice of ergonomics is adjusting the work environment to match the needs of the employee. Too often we try to make the worker fit the environment – wrong, wrong, wrong. Ergonomic Risks Ergonomic risks include: Sitting or standing for too long periods of time Repetitive motions and awkward hand movements Poor posture and working in awkward positions Overreaching and overexertion Lifting How many of these risks are present in your work environment? To help determine your risks, review your injury reports and conduct an ergonomic risk assessment. The challenge with ergonomics is that while some ergonomic risks can hurt employees right away, such as lifting related issues, many ergonomic related injuries only appear over time, as a result of prolonged and repetitive exposure. This is why ergonomic injuries are sometimes referred to as repetitive strain injuries or cumulative trauma injuries. Solutions Obviously the solutions will vary with the nature of the risk. In an office environment where employees work regularly with computers, conduct workstation evaluations of all employees for starters and then for new employees when they are hired. If an employee shifts desks or cubicles or experiences a major change to their work area, then a re-
areas where repetitive training pays big dividends. As a general rule of thumb, employees should not lift more than 50 pounds, under ideal conditions, unassisted. Ergonomics is a topic that should also be periodically covered in the awareness related activities of your wellness and/or safety program. Next Steps Since ergonomics is adjusting the work environment to match the needs of the employee, no cookie cutter solution will work. evaluation would be in order. Solutions will need to be as individualized as In a retail setting, look at cashier movements, the areas around where cashiers work the employee – work environment fit. Ergonomics is one of my sub-specialties, and how stock is unloaded, stored and subseso feel free to reach out to me to talk about quently put out on display for sale. In a manyour specific circumstances. ufacturing setting, look at the employee’s Additional Resources movements, the work area surrounding them Here a couple of Web sites to check out if and if they might be working in awkward you wish to gather more information: positions. Maine Training Employee training is part of the solution as http://www.safetyworksmaine.com/training/o well. Maine has a law related to computer use nline_classes/vdt/VDT-Main.htm NIOSH known as the Video Display Terminal Law. The law can be found in Title 26 MRSA Sec- http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ergonomics/ OSHA tion 252 et seq. The law states that every https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/ergonomics/inde employer shall establish an education and x.html training program and provide the training annually. An employer is defined in the law Have a particular topic or subject you would as any person, partnership, firm, association or corporation, public or private that uses two like to see me address? Let me or the Chamber know! (2) or more terminals. New employees who use terminals are Bill McPeck is a Certified Worksite Wellness required to be trained within the first month Program Consultant, Wellness Culture Coach of employment. Employers with fewer than five (5) terminals at one location may provide and Holistic Stress Management Trainer. He is available to help you with all your employthe training in writing only. Otherwise, the employer must provide the training both oral- ee wellness, safety, work-life and well-being needs. Contact Bill with your questions and ly and in writing. comments at 355-1203 or Employees who do lifting on the job should be trained in proper lifting techniques email@example.com. and body mechanics. Yes, we have all had lifting training before, but it is one of those
March 5-8: Common Street Arts presents “Imaginary Journeys,” an exhibit of works in all media. Wed-Sat. 126PM. FMI: commonstreetarts.org. March 5: Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) Sustainable Food System Speaker Series on a Farmworker Cooperative with Jane Livingston of MaineWORCS. 12:301:30PM. FMI: Heather at 453-5858 or firstname.lastname@example.org. March 7: Understanding Lyme Disease with Dr. Tim Borelli, infectious disease specialist, at Alfond Center for Health 7:30-9AM. Part of MaineGeneral Workplace Health’s Friday Forum for Business series. FMI: Sharon.email@example.com. March 7-9: The Vagina Monologues at Waterville Opera House. 7:30PM on 7th & 8th; 2PM on 9th. FMI: 873-7000 or operahouse.org. March 8: KV Connect presents The Great Skate at The Bank of Maine Ice Vault. $5 ice time and skate rentals 10-11AM. Please bring non-perishable food item to donate to United Way of Mid-Maine. Families welcome. FMI: firstname.lastname@example.org. March 8: Humane Society Waterville Area 1st annual Fur Ball at Winslow VFW 7-11PM. Live music, food, fun. Cocktail attire; tickets must be purchased in advance. FMI: 873-2430 or www.hswa.org. March 8: Live music with Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket at Mainely Brews Restaurant & Brewhouse at 9PM. 21+. FMI: 873-2457. March 10: Thomas College annual Career Fair in the Alfond Athletic Center 10-2PM. All Thomas students and alumni welcome to attend and network with potential employers. FMI: email@example.com or 859-1464. March 10: KVCC Sustainable Food System Speaker Series on Nutrition, Health, and
March 19: Maine Development Foundation presents Leadership Unplugged with Laurie Lachance at Thomas College 7:30-9AM. FMI: Cooking Matters in Maine with Courtney Ken- www.mdf.org. nedy of Good Shepherd Food Bank. 12:30March 19: Business Workshop Series on cash 1:30PM. FMI: Heather at 453-5858 or flow projections 9-11AM at KVCOG. FMI & firstname.lastname@example.org. to register: 453-4258 ext. 223. March 11: Coastal Enterprise Institute Annual Meeting on “Climate Change, Social Eq- March 19: Maine Development Foundation’s Leadership Maine informational session hostuity and Economic Opportunity” at Bowdoin ed by Bangor Savings Bank in Augusta. PreCollege. 7-10:30AM. FMI: 725-3000. registration required. FMI: www.mdf.org. March 12: Kennebec Valley Human ReMarch 20: KVCC Sustainable Food System sources Association monthly meeting at Speaker Series on Securing a Farm for the O’Brien’s Irish Restaurant & Pub. Visit Future with Mike Gold of Maine Farmland kvhra.shrm.org to register. Trust. 12:30-1:30PM. FMI: Heather at 453March 14: Colby College hosts Maine Associ- 5858 or email@example.com. ation of Nonprofits annual Leadership ConferMarch 22 & 23: Maine Maple Weekend tastence 8:30-1:30PM. FMI: 871-1885 or ings at Tree Spirits Winery & Distillery. 11www.nonprofitmaine.org/everyoneleads. 5:30PM both days. FMI: Bruce at 861-2723. March 14: Waterville Opera House presents Lúnasa live in concert. 8PM. FMI: 873-7000 March 22-Apr. 26: Maine Open Juried Art Show at Waterville Public Library sponor operahouse.org. sored in part by PFBF, CPAs, Waterville Area Art Society, and Waterville Main March 15: Spring Fever Indoor Yard Sale at Fairfield Community Center 9-4PM. ProStreet. FMI: 680-2055. ceeds benefit Fairfield Days 2014 (June 14th). March 23: Sweet People Productions preMarch 15: Boomers: Reinventing Retirement sents Keb’ Mo’ live at Waterville Opera workshop with Jim Peacock of Peak Careers House. 8PM. FMI: 873-7000 or Consulting at Waterville Public Library. operahouse.org. Free. FMI: www.peak-careers.com. March 25: Opening reception & award cereMarch 15: Shamrock Shake at Waterville mony of Maine Open Juried Art Show 6-8PM. Elks Lodge. Proceeds benefit Hospice VolQuilt show & reception 5-7PM. FMI: Waterunteers of Waterville. Social hour 7PM; ville Main Street at 680-2055. dance 8PM to midnight. Cash bar, light reMarch 30: Trail Adventures outdoor walk on freshments, 50/50 raffle and more. $20/perGood Will-Hinckley trails. 1-3PM. FMI: son; $30/couple. FMI: www.hvwa.org. firstname.lastname@example.org or 238-4250. March 17: Maine Film Center presents The life of Oharu at Waterville Opera House. 7PM. Part of Monday Night Movies series. Find more great mid-Maine events FMI: 873-7000 or operahouse.org. anytime at www.MidMaineFun.com!
Taste of Waterville has a new, shortened name— so we’re giving it a new look, too! American Express OPEN Small Business Credit Cards Jasginder Singh 200 Vesey St., New York, NY 10285 (917) 593-8729 email@example.com www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/ credit-cards
Athena’s by Stacey Wing Stacey Wing 101 Hanscom Rd., Benton, ME 04901 380-0340 firstname.lastname@example.org www.athenashn.com/6799
ATV Sales by Alan & Jacob Alan Imes 392 Main St., Waterville, ME 04901 861-1889 email@example.com
Duratherm Window Corporation Timothy Downing 720 Main St., Vassalboro, ME 04989 872-5558 firstname.lastname@example.org www.durathermwindow.com
HealthFirst Federal Credit Union Lynda Quirion 9 Quarry Rd., Waterville, ME 04901 877-9474 email@example.com www.healthfirstfcu.org
Maine Fire Equipment Co. Todd Smith 25 S. Factory St., Skowhegan, ME 04976 474-2992 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mainefire.net
Vote at facebook.com/tasteofwaterville.
Help choose the new Taste logo by voting at facebook.com/tasteofwaterville during the month of March. And be sure to save the date—this year’s Taste is August 6th!
Terry Brann, CPA, has been hired as the director of finance at MaineGeneral Health. Terry is former acting deputy commissioner and state controller at the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services. Welcome aboard! United Way of Mid-Maine is pleased to announce the hire of Ben Sandy as fundraising and marketing manager. Ben is a 2013 cum laude graduate of UMF, and his main duties will be resource development and establishing positive relationships in the community. Reach Ben at email@example.com. Century 21 Nason Realty came in 2nd place statewide in 2013 for Century 21 in dollars closed & units sold with Kim Moxcey placing 1st statewide in both categories. Shelley Barbeau Wehry & Bart Stevens also placed in the top ten in units closed, and Jane Bolduc, Kristin Lynn McQuillan & Tracy Chadbourne achieved million dollar producer status. The team won the Century 21 Quality Service Pinnacle Award, with Kim Moxcey, Shlley Wehry & Bart Stevens receiving Quality Service Pinnacle status. Kim Moxcey was also the only agent in Maine to receive the Century 21 President’s Award. Congratulations!
Macpage welcomes the following new staff: Michael Bechard, tax staff accountant; Rebecca Carrier, tax manager; Casey Jorgensen, administrative assistant; Melissa Murray, staff accountant with the Credit Union Services team; Rachel Sawyer, tax supervisor; and Bonnie Wright, administrative assistant. Welcome, all! Maine Department of Labor is pleased to announce that the Bureau of Employment Services has named Peter Diplock manager of the Augusta CareerCenter. Diplock, who holds a BA in Public Administration and an MS in Vocational Rehabilitation, is a nationally certified rehabilitation counselor who joined the DOL in 2002. Jill Huard of Century 21 Surette Real Estate has been awarded the Accredited Buyer’s Representation designation by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council of the National Association of Realtors. To earn the designation, real estate professionals must successfully complete a comprehensive course in buyer representation, as well as an elective course focusing on a buyer representation specialty, and submit documentation of professional experience. Great work, Jill!
Positions on Pending Legislation The
Public Policy Committee of Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce came up with the following positions, which align with our 2014 White Papers. Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce has taken the following three positions on pending legislation of the 126th legislature:
Legislation Tracker Concerned about the workings of state government? Want to find out about legislation from the 126th Legislature’s 2nd Regular session? The State’s Web site lets you do just that. Track the progress and scheduling online at: maine.gov/legis/lio/publications.htm
LD 1641, An Act To Amend the Workers’ Compensation Laws as They Pertain to Employee Representation Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce is opposed to LD 1641, An Act To Amend the Workers’ Compensation Laws as They Pertain to Employee Representation. Although the fiscal note on this bill is zero, we fear an undue burden will be placed upon business. LD 1698, An Act To Streamline the Work Permitting Process for Minors and Conform Allowable Places That Minors Can Work to Federal Law Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce is in support of LD 1698, An Act To Streamline the Work Permitting Process for Minors and Conform Allowable Places That Minors Can Work to Federal Law and applauds the cooperative spirit in which this bill was crafted. LD 1710, An Act to Retain Call Centers in Maine Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce is opposed to LD 1710, An Act to Retain Call Centers in Maine. We believe that this will essentially deter any new call center investment in our state, while serving as threatening to all call centers already in Maine.
Ezhaya Scholarship Application Deadline Friday, April 25, 2014 Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce region high school seniors who will be attending an accredited New England college or university are eligible and invited to apply.
Learn more and download the application at www.MidMaineChamber.com
Tues., Mar. 4
Business Expansion & Retention Chamber Boardroom
Thurs., Mar. 6 12:00 PM
Information Services Committee Applebee’s
Fri., Mar. 14
Public Policy Committee Chamber Boardroom
Fri., Mar. 21
Executive Committee Chamber Boardroom
Tues., Mar. 25 4:00 PM
Taste of Waterville Committee Chamber Boardroom
Wed., Mar. 26 8:00 AM
Membership Services Chamber Boardroom
Fri., Mar. 28
Board of Directors Chamber Boardroom
March 6: Meet the Reps 5:30-7PM at Hampton Inn Waterville 425 Kennedy Memorial Dr., Waterville Join Mid-Maine Chamber and KV Connect for Meet the Reps, a chance to interact with your representatives at the local, state, and national level in a casual setting. Free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Christian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 13: Business Breakfast Series 7:15-9AM at Thomas College Summit Room, Spann Student Commons “Connecting Students to the Workforce” with Craig Larrabee, president & CEO of Jobs for Maine’s Graduates. To register, visit www.midmainechamber.com or e-mail Christian at email@example.com.
March 19: Business After Hours 5:30-7PM WorkReady Partners Waterville Public Library, 73 Elm St., Waterville Join us for networking and much more! This is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with other business professionals! Remember your business cards. No registration required. Join us!
Cross Insurance, a subsidiary of Cross Financial Corp., and one of the largest independent insurance providers in NE, has announced the acquisition of The Driscoll Agency, Inc., an independent insurance agency based in Norwell, MA, specializing in professional risk management services & surety bonding. Congratulations! Bangor International Airport announced new service to Chicago by United Airlines which means the airline is once again at BGR. The flight is non-stop and service starts June 5. In July, there will be 2 daily flights. No Limit Custom Ink, a.k.a. NLC Ink Screen Printing & Embroidery, has just completed its 3rd year in business! A lot has changed at NLC Ink in just 3 short years with the addition of new top of the line automated equipment for screen printing, additional heads for embroidery and knowledgeable dedicated staff. The one thing that has not changed at NLC Ink is their focus on customer service, quality work all done in-house and the amazing turnaround regardless of the size of the job! Go see the 2 local guys, Marc & Cam, who own and operate NLC Ink, and they will show you why their first 3 years have been a success!
Good Will-Hinckley is looking for waste oil to help defer the cost of heating oil. To donate, call 2384000. When making a waste oil donaPlace an order at Paper Klip tion, please make sure to label the container of $100.00 or more and re- with your full name & number. ceive free TWIZZLERS! And remember, Barrels Community Market is showing its delivery is FREE. If placing members a little love each Monday with a feayour order online, enter tured product at a 20% discount exclusive to TWIZZLERS into the coupon code; if calling members. Stop in! in your order, mention TWIZZLERS to customer service. Stock #HRS 51902. Limit 1 Maine Academy of Natural Sciences ran a blood drive on Jan. 9, 2014. The 5 hour event per customer. Offer expires 3/14/2014. brought in 19 donors-enough to save 57 lives! Winslow-based trailer manufacturer Alcom Common Street Arts is LLC has announced plans to open a plant in looking for Sioux Falls, S.D. Initially, it plans to hire 20 volunteers, and there are many people to work at a new 54,000-square-foot building. The company said it expects to hire ways to get involved, from gallery-sitting to organizing the up to 180 people there in the next 3 yrs. Last studio supplies to handyear, the it opened a plant in Missoula, Mont., painting our gallery wall text, where it has 70 employees. CEO Trapper & more. Interested in volunteering? Contact Clark said in a statement that the company firstname.lastname@example.org! decided to expand to SD because of building & workforce availability, location & around Waterville Public Library Business & Ca$90,000 in workforce development money reer Center recently held a job fair in partnerfrom the state to train workers. ship with Kennebec Valley Community Ac-
By the numbers…
Uhl-Melanson Investor Services has a brand new Web site! It is now up and Mid-Maine Adult Education has the following enrollrunning, so check it out at ment numbers for Winter 2014 as of 02/19: www.uminvestorservices.com. GED/HISET: 83 (primarily under age 40 w/ largest concentration under age 30) With sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-20s, the High School Diploma: 69 (primarily under age 30) 2014 Maine Pond Hockey College Transition: 15 (mostly under 40 yrs. old) Classic on China Lake was English as a 2nd Language: 11 (Mostly Spanish & a great success! 24 teams Asian spread evenly over all ages) competed in the second annual tournament with players from across WorkReady/JobClub/Workforce: 55 students (no age demos available) Maine, as well as New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Join us at our next Business After Hours on March 19 th and Washington, D.C. to learn more about WorkReady!
tion Program and Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce. More than twenty employers seeking new employees participated in the event. Healthy Maine Streets, a program of Maine Development Foundation, is celebrating March as National Nutrition Month. Visit healthymainestreets.org to learn more about the program and how to promote workplace wellness within your business or organization. Humane Society Waterville Area celebrated Spay/Neuter Awareness Month in February with its 7th annual “Spayghetti” Supper. Proceeds went to benefit the shelter’s spay/neuter programs.
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Catharsis Media Helps People & Organizations Tell Their Stories Everyone has a story to tell, and every day Damian Veilleux and Michael Cole of Catharsis Media are bringing them to life. “Everyone’s story is different,” says Veilleux, CEO and co-founder of Catharsis Media, a full service production company located in Fairfield. “The trick is to make sure that the story speaks to the audience, and that’s where we come in.” Veilleux and Cole created Catharsis Media in 2013 and since then have built a reputation for professionalism and creating quality videos for their clients, including Days Jewelers, United Way of Mid-Maine and Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Waterville. “But we don’t do just video,” says Cole. “It’s so much more than that. There’s more than one way to get the story out there.” Catharsis Media specializes in multimedia of all forms from video, photography and graphic design to custom musical scores, marketing and advertising. “People relate to people.” Veilleux said. “I
lege, where he graduated with a B.A. in Forensic Psychology, Veilleux is able to combine his skillsets creating designs and strategies that speak directly to the human element within us all. Cole comes from a background in the audiovisual world, receiving his degree in Communications and New Media from SMCC in 2007. “It’s all about being original and helping each client stand out,” says Cole, the lead videographer at Catharsis, who works to develop the shots, camera angles and visual elements think more today than ever before people are looking to do business with the person first and which carry the piece. Cole started his career the business second. We want to know who is with an award winning film for a national competition while attending Waterville High representing our brand.” And that’s exactly School in 2004, and his work has since broadwhat Catharsis is working hard to do. cast nationally and internationally during his 3 Veilleux has been a professional graphic years at WABI TV5. designer for a decade, working with clients In addition to their competitive pricing, such as Hannaford, Fairpoint Communications, Veilleux and Cole don’t force their clients into L.L. Bean and the Boston Red Sox. Veilleux a “one size fits all” answer. “Every client is has even worked with world renowned musidifferent,” says Veilleux, “We work to find the cians such as K.I.S.S., Metallica, Aerosmith media solution that’s right for them, not the and dozens more. Through his experience working with these clients and at Thomas Col- one that’s right for us.”
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Business to Business Showcase 2014 Thursday, March 27, 2014 Colby College Field House 4000 Mayflower Hill, Waterville 12:00 to 6:00 PM
Join us for mid-Maine’s premier tradeshow, featuring: 2,000+ attendees and unmatched networking $1,000 cash prize Free admission with business card ($5 general admission)
The cost is $199 per booth for members of Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce. Please fax this form to 877-0087 or e-mail Christian at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your booth.
Name: ___________________________________________________ Company: ___________________________________________________ Signature: ___________________________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________________________ E-mail: ___________________________________________________ *Booth: 1st Choice ________ 2nd Choice ________ 3rd Choice ________ Please check what you would like provided: Electricity
(Note: tablecloths requested on the day of the event will have an associated cost of $30.)
Do you have internship opportunities available? (Check yes or no.)
If yes, your booth will be marked with a balloon at the showcase. *Please see reverse to view floor plan. Booth choice will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis. $1,000 cash prize sponsored by: Thanks to our sponsors:
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