A core mission of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce is connecting our members with opportunities to stay up-to-date with the latest in a variety of business disciplines, to enhance existing skills, to learn new skills, and to boost their bottom line. We offer a variety of programs across a variety of disciplines for a variety of business sectors: everything from seminar series, through workshops and specific trainings to wellness and lifestyle classes and presentations.
Thanks to the support of Bangor Savings Bank, our keystone Success Express Workshop Series has been a great success this year, offering programs to help businesses improve their performance in key areas and kick their business up to the next level. Sales, marketing and business development professionals as well as entrepreneurs who want to sharpen their skills have been finding real value in these interactive workshops. These programs are designed to provide local businesses with the information and resources needed to help increase sales, enhance productivity and improve profitability.
The Success Express Workshop Series is designed to connect local businesses with three main areas of focus: core business skills, “how to” sessions involving practical skills; and managing yourself. The remaining programs for 2011 are Sept. 22: Time Management 101; Oct. 27: Succession and Legacy Planning; Nov. 10: Online Business Processes: Right For You?; and Dec. 14: Year- end Tax Planning.
All seminars in the series take place at 8 a.m. at the Lord Camden Inn on Main Street in Camden. The seminar series is sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank and hosted by the Lord Camden Inn. The Success Express Workshop Series is open to all members of the community. The cost to Chamber members will be $5; non-Chamber members will pay $10. Participation in each session is capped at 40. To register in advance email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming this fall are three new offerings from the Chamber: a nonprofit skills workshop series, a three-session public relations class offered in conjunction with 5 Town CSD Adult Education (details to follow in another article), and a wellness brown bag lunch series offered in collaboration with Camden Public Library.
Starting in November 2011 and continuing through the winter and spring of 2012, the Chamber will work with the Camden library to present a series of talks on the topic of wellness. During the course of the eight-month series, presenters will cover issues such as preventive health, alternative practices, nutrition for optimum health, and the benefits of cardiovascular exercise and stretching. Through these talks, attendees will become informed about the range of services available in our immediate area, many of which are not in the forefront of the public’s general awareness.
Starting in October at the Rockland Public Library, the Chamber will offer a new, free seminar series designed to tackle five big issues in the nonprofit world: raising unrestricted funds from the business community and individuals; collaboration between organizations; board development; generating press and PR; and staging truly special events. The seminars will be offered from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month, starting Oct. 12. They are open to all and will be free to attend (although a suggested donation of $5 per person to defray costs would be greatly appreciated by the Chamber, a fellow nonprofit!).
The Chamber is always looking to offer programs, workshops, and seminars to our members and the community because, in the words of management guru Tom Peters, “Innovation comes only from readily and seamlessly sharing information rather than hoarding it.” Hope to see you at the sharing sessions!
Dan Bookham is executive director of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. Contact him by phone at 236-4404, email at email@example.com, or at www.visitcamden.com or www.therealmaine.com.