ROCKPORT, Maine — The interest in this year’s Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Business and Community Expo has been so great that the spaces were sold out a week-and-a-half ago.
Robin McIntosh, member services manager for the Chamber, said 112 businesses and nonprofit organizations will be at the event scheduled for 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.
There is a lot of excitement for this year’s expo because it is the first one with the combined chambers of commerce. Penobscot Bay and the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville organization recently combined into a larger, regional chamber. The chamber now contains more than 1,000 members serving most of Knox County and Lincolnville in Waldo County.
“There’s a lot of excitement with the expanded membership,” she said.
This annual event by the Chamber is an opportunity for the local members to show off their products and services.
The expo is open and free to the public to attend.
In a news release from the Chamber, the organization indicated it has a new section for nonprofit organizations.
“So in addition to our many great business members who you’ll see, you’ll be able to learn more about programs at our local museums, arts organizations, animal shelters and community programs in topics as varied as sailing, music, health, education, the environment and more,” the Chamber stated in its release.
There was a focus this year to seek diversity in the participating businesses and nonprofit organizations so that everyone can see the exciting things happening in the midcoast.
The businesses that will be in attendance range from banks and computer companies to real estate, builders and transportation firms. There are companies both new and well-established. The Chamber said the public will be able to interview an insurance company, buy olive oil or chocolate, and talk to landscapers, painters and roofers.
“We encourage people to attend whether they are residents, businesspeople or both,” the Chamber release stated. “The exhibits are so diverse this year, we are confident that everyone will find something they are interested in or a new service they might use.”
A Business After Hours reception, sponsored by the Samoset and including a cash bar, will be held 5-7 p.m.
Computer Solutions of Rockland is the expo’s lead sponsor this year. Co-sponsors include Eastern Tire and Auto, North Atlantic Painting, Machias Savings Bank and Philbrook and Associates Bookkeeping. The Loft Sponsor is J&B Diversified Associates.
For more information about the event, contact Robin McIntosh in the Chamber’s Rockland office at 596-0376 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the expo online at www.mainebusinessshowcase.com. More information on the chamber is available at: http://www.mainedreamvacation.com/.