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Halloween Happenings in the Midcoast: Make Your Plans

Looking for some fun this Halloween weekend? Check out our list of activities below, ranging from haunted attractions to graveyard tours and family Halloween events.

Please make sure to call ahead and check on any event you plan on attending -- we try to keep this updated, but sometimes events will be canceled at the last minute, especially outdoor events that depend on good weather. Continue Reading →

PBRCC Letter to the Editor

Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014

PBRCC Letter to the Editor

This letter is written on behalf of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce regarding the tannery property and discussions currently occurring about options for this property in Camden. As a membership driven organization, representing 1,000+ businesses across Knox, Waldo and Lincoln counties, the Chamber acts as the voice of business in the region and is driven to be a catalyst organization that ensures our region is a vibrant place to do business, live and work.

The Chamber would like to encourage the community to keep its options open in regard to business and economic development for the region, when considering future uses for the tannery site. The need is present to keep commercial zones open for future job growth. Our year-round community is dependent on the opportunity for businesses to be able to grow, expand and to create jobs. Together we can all move forward in finding a balanced approach that supports business and entrepreneurial design, while keeping the character we love intact.

Our goal continues to be serving as an advocate for local business and supporting the work of our many members. We encourage our communities to continue making strides in retaining a vision that make business, along with neighborhood enhancement, a viable option. This is a long-term decision that will serve us all well.

Staci Coomer
Executive Director
Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Continue Reading →

A Case for the Chamber

Posted Monday, September 15, 2014

A Case for the Chamber

Midcoast businesses are beyond busy, we understand…so why should they try to cram their already hectic schedules to join and actively participate in their local chamber? Like they say: Membership has its privileges… and, it’s true! Membership offers many benefits and keeps business owners on top of important, ever-changing issues and trends within their community and local marketplace.

Research points out that consumers are more likely to do business with a company if it’s a chamber member. When consumers know that a small business is a member, they are 44 percent more likely to think favorably of it and 63 percent more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future. Continue Reading →

Over $30,000 in Auction Items Already for Chamber Auction

We are excited to have just over 35, valued at over $35,000, for the PBRCC online and live auctions! Up for bid starting on September 15 will be many exciting products, getaways and services from hundreds of businesses and organizations. New auction items are arriving every day!

Find our online Auction Page: https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/auctionhome.action?auctionId=216967527 Continue Reading →

WCSH6 Touts Rockland's Growth and Energy

Posted Wednesday, July 9, 2014

WCSH6 Touts Rockland's Growth and Energy

Rockland will be busy this coming weekend, as the annual North Atlantic Blues Festival will bring thousands of people to town. And those crowds will come at the same time there's something of a "business boom" in Rockland's downtown.

That was the phrase used by one Main Street landlord, who has just rented her storefront space to a new art gallery.

But that landlord clearly isn't the only person using the term. The promotional group Rockland Main Street, Inc. says about ten new businesses have opened in the downtown in the last few months, several of them opening their doors few weeks ago - just in time for summer. Gordon Page of Rockland Main Street says it's a sign that there's more confidence in the economy, and that business owners and customers want to be in the downtown area. Continue Reading →

PBRCC Auction Online Bidding Opens on September 15, with Live Auction on October 15

The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce our online and live auction event for 2014. On September 15 at 8am, the “doors” will open to our auction, which will take place online at www.BiddingforGood.com/PBRCCAuction. All money raised supports our mission of promoting the interests of our members by advocating for the commercial and economic development of the region.

The fourth largest chamber in the state of Maine (and the largest chamber representing smaller, coastal communities), we are one of the largest membership-driven community organizations in the area. We represent the coming together of businesses, non-profits, government, and citizens in support of a vibrant and growing region with unparalleled quality of life and quality of place. We are the voice of business in Knox, Waldo, and northern Lincoln counties.

The online auction bidding will run from September 15 at 8am through October 8 at 9pm, with about 100 items heading to a live auction on Wednesday, October 15 at Cellardoor Winery, located at 367 Youngtown Rd. in Lincolnville. There will be live auction items, cash raffle prizes, raffle items, cash bar and a munchies. Once again the wonderful Bruce & Becky Gamage will be our auctioneer team... READ MORE Continue Reading →