Chamber holding ‘chat’ sessions

Posted Jan. 31, 2011, at 8:23 p.m.

Our Chamber will hold its first Wine, Cheese and Chamber Chat, hosted and sponsored by Midcoast Federal Credit Union, Route 1 in Thomaston, 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, March 3. We invite members of the local business community to join our staff, board and members for an evening of networking and exchanging of ideas.

There’s no question that we are all conducting business in challenging economic times. During a short evening program, we’ll introduce you to our Chamber staff and board. You’ll hear stories from some of our members on how they have leveraged Chamber benefits to optimize their membership investments, and we hope to hear from Thomaston-St. George area businesses about the triumphs and challenges they are experiencing.

Our staff and board serve on committees such as the Knox Waldo Regional Economic Development Council and the Rockland Economic Development Advisory Committee, and we attend numerous community and networking events throughout the year. Holding events like “Chamber Chat” helps us to understand the needs of the area business community while helping that same business community better understand our efforts to strengthen our regional economy and support local businesses.

Space is limited for this event, so if you are already a member of the Chamber, let us know if you would like to share your success stories and information about your business. If you are not a Chamber member, we invite you to join us for wine, cheese and a little Chamber Chat.

The Chamber also will host its annual Business Expo 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. This year’s Expo Lead Sponsor is Time Warner Cable. Co-sponsors include Machias Savings Bank, North Atlantic Painting, Philbrook and Associates, and Eastern Tire and Auto Service.

Exhibiting businesses are encouraged to do business at the Expo this year, whether it’s making appointments, selling products, giving away samples or doing demonstrations. Our focus this year is to encourage the public to join us. We have so many great businesses, and this is definitely not just a business-to-business event. Exhibitors will be divided into three categories: Business Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and Lifestyle.

Exhibitors must be a member of a local, regional, or state Chamber in Maine.

For more information or to register for either of these events, contact Robin McIntosh at 596-0376, ext. 23 or robin@therealmaine.com.

Shari Closter is the interim executive director of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 596-0376, e-mail shari@therealmaine.com or visit www.TheRealMaine.com.

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