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Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce and Thomas College to hold May business breakfast on ‘Maine’s Workforce Challenge’

Community Author: MacKenzie Riley
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Contact: pr@thomas.edu
MacKenzie Riley | BDN
MacKenzie Riley | BDN

WATERVILLE — Thomas College and Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce will host a business breakfast on Maine’s Workforce Challenge 7:15-9 a.m. Thursday, May 3, in the Spann Student Commons Summit Room on Thomas College’s campus, 180 West River Road.

Department of Labor Commissioner John Butera will give insight on the challenges of finding trainable staff and retaining them.

Butera, a Waterville resident, has served as Gov. Paul LePage’s senior economic adviser since 2011 and has also worked on economic and community development, business finance, workforce development and labor issues. Previously, Butera spent nearly 30 years in economic development in the public and private realms, including holding positions within the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development and serving as executive director of the Central Maine Growth Council. Butera holds a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce holds monthly informative presentations on a variety of educational business topics at Thomas College’s Spann Student Commons. The cost of the Business Breakfast is $18 for members, $25 at the door & for non-members. Breakfast is included with the reservation. To register, e-mail programs@midmainechamber.com or call 873-3315.

The sponsors for the Business Breakfast are: AT&T; People’s United Bank; Cross Employee Benefits; Nicholson, Michaud & Company; O’Donnell, Lee, McCowan & Phillips, LLC; print media sponsor Morning Sentinel, a division of Maine Today Media, Inc. and radio sponsor MIX107.9.

About Thomas College: Founded in 1894, Thomas College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in programs ranging from business, entrepreneurship, and technology, to education, criminal justice, and psychology. Its Guaranteed Job Program, the first of its kind in the nation, is built on student’s academic, career, and leadership preparation. Thomas is also home to the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation and the Center for Innovation in Education. Money Magazine recently ranked Thomas 23rd in the Country for adding the most value to their degrees, and data reported by the New York Times ranks Thomas in the top 15 percent of all college and universities in the U.S. for upward mobility of its graduates. For more information, visit www.thomas.edu or contact MacKenzie Riley at rileym@thomas.edu or 207-859-1313.

About Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce: is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and advocating for business prosperity and regional economic improvement.  Its region includes the towns of Albion, Belgrade, Benton, Branch Mills, Burnham, China, Clinton, Fairfield, Hinckley, Oakland, Rome, Shawmut, Sidney, South China, Thorndike, Unity, Vassalboro, Waterville, Weeks Mills and Winslow.  For more information on the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, including how to become a member, call (207) 873-3315 or visit www.midmainechamber.com.