As one of Gov. Paul LePage’s account executives at the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, I am honored to have the opportunity to work one on one with Maine’s job creators to help them support and grow their operations.
As I travel and visit with businesses in my region, which includes Hancock, Somerset, Piscataquis and Washington counties, I get to see firsthand many tremendous Maine companies, meet extraordinary small-business owners, witness the fine work of dedicated employees, and observe the quality products and services that are ultimately generated.
My role affords me an opportunity to collaborate with many public and private organizations that seek to assist businesses and promote Maine’s many attributes. We work together in an effort to bring services, resources and assistance together to meet the needs of individual businesses.
Undeniably, one of the most important entities we work in partnership with are Maine’s regional chambers of commerce. There are approximately 65 regional chambers of commerce dotting Maine’s landscape. They range in size and capacity, but each endeavors to promote and advocate for the businesses within their service areas. Through events such as networking and informational breakfasts, business after hours and annual award dinners, they tout the exceptional work of Maine companies and job creators.
I was pleased to attend and speak at the fall conference of the Maine Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Washington County. Chamber of commerce executives from across Maine traveled to Lubec and Campobello Island in early October to exchange ideas, gain insights into the newest marketing and social media initiatives, and learn about how the coveted Chamber BlueOptions health care plan may or may not be affected by the federal Affordable Care Act.
The Chamber BlueOptions health care plan is another of the benefits that Maine chambers offer to their members, as the program is open exclusively to chamber members who are self-employed or who employ between 2 and 50 employees. It provides Maine businesses with another option to provide vital health insurance benefits to their employees.
In addition to my presentation, the chamber executives also received updates and presentations from their other partners, including the Maine Office of Tourism, Maine Department of Labor, Maine Innkeepers Association/Maine Restaurant Association, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Of particular importance, the chamber executives had an opportunity to discuss international collaborations with the Honorable Trevor Holder, minister of tourism, heritage and culture for the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, Canada.
While visiting Down East, the chamber executives were able to experience what many of us often take for granted. They enjoyed the beauty and splendor of the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse and the many other scenic wonders and world-class seafood in Washington County, but they also got to witness the work ethic and steadfast determination of Down East’s industrious workers and businesses. Yankee ingenuity is alive and well Down East and across our state, and I am fortunate enough to observe it on a daily basis as I meet with job creators and their employees.
It’s a reason why I so enthusiastically embrace my responsibilities as a governor’s account executive and why I eagerly stand ready to assist Mainers with any business-related issue that may present itself. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 624-7457.
Brian Mulligan works for the Maine Department of Economic & Community Development and serves as Gov. Paul LePage’s account executive covering the regions of Hancock, Somerset, Piscataquis and Washington counties. The governor’s account executives are professional economic development liaisons whose primary responsibility is to work one-on-one with businesses to help them succeed and grow.