Midcoast business news

Posted June 20, 2011, at 8:39 p.m.

Health care insurance seminar

CAMDEN, Maine — Camden-Rockport-Lincolcnville Chamber of Commerce will present a new seminar, “Maine’s Health Care Reform and Chamber Blue Options Insurance,” 8-9 a.m. Thursday, June 23, at Lord Camden Inn, Main Street. The seminar is free.

Eric Jermyn from Anthem and Dan Wyman from Allen Insurance and Financial will conduct the seminar.

To register, email Dan Bookham at dbookham@camdenme.org or call 236-4404.

New communications director

ROCKPORT, Maine — Pen Bay Healthcare announced that Megan Williams is the new director of communications. She will be responsible for oversight of the communications department. She will lead all communications efforts, internal and external, of Pen Bay Healthcare, including working with her team to develop and implement strategies to increase public awareness of services and resources available at Pen Bay. She also is charged with maintaining relations between Pen Bay Healthcare, MaineHealth, local agencies, schools and other community organizations.

Williams joined the communications department as a communications specialist in August 2009. Previously, she was marketing and sales coordinator for MVP Promotions, based in Lancaster, Pa. She earned a degree in communications with a concentration in advertising from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and has taken post-graduate programs in graphic design, studio art, art history, teaching and communication leadership. Williams is a member of the Maine Public Relations Council.

Financial Scholars Program

WALDOBORO, Maine — Camden National Bank recognized Medomak Valley High School students at a certification ceremony held at the school on May 27, as the first graduates of the Camden National Bank Financial Scholars Program. The financial literacy program, launched in four schools this year, is part of Camden National’s ongoing initiative to increase financial literacy education throughout the state.

More than 30 students were recognized as Financial Scholars with 17 students becoming certified in the program, having completed all of the program’s instructional modules. The Financial Scholars Program utilizes the EverFi Financial Literacy E-Learning Platform, an online program that uses new media technologies to teach students about more than 600 personal finance topics.

Although the program has already been implemented in three other schools — Belfast Area High School, Camden Hills Regional High School and Lincoln Academy — and is scheduled to launch in three more schools in the fall, the Medomak students were the first to become certified in the program. The students’ achievement was made possible in part by the efforts of Medomak Valley teacher Joyce Davidson, who integrated the online program with her existing business mathematics class.

New business

CAMDEN, Maine — Chocolatier Blue, a family-owned specialty chocolate shop, will open for business on Saturday, June 25, at 12 Bay View St. The shop is owned and operated by Dwight and Maggi Blue of Warren. Dwight’s brother Chris Blue, a graduate of the French Pastry School in Chicago, established the business in 2007.

Since then, Chocolatier Blue has grown to four locations — three in California and one in Lincoln, Neb., where the Blues grew up on a self-sustaining family farm. Another shop will open this summer in California.

For more informtation, visit http://chocolatierblue.com/.

Animal league donation

CAMDEN, Maine — To mark the 125th anniversary of the schooner Isaac H. Evans, Capt. Brenda Thomas launched the season on May 29 with a Benefit Day Sail that yielded $1,400 for the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League. Each year, Thomas and her husband choose a local nonprofit to benefit with 100 percent of the proceeds of the first sail of the season. For more information, call the rescue league at 236-8702.

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