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Greater Freeport Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Chatter News Edition

I just left a meeting attended by some of our newer Chamber members and one of our discussion topics was about how the Chamber is a strong incubator for collaboration and new ideas.  We continue to see many partnerships form within our organization on a regular basis.  We are a strong network of smart business owners finding every possible way to support each other and keep business local.  

A recent testimonial came from our past Executive Director, Sande Updegraph, now owner of Maine Memories Gifts.  Sande states: " Thank you, Jim DeGrandpre.  Jim offered to connect me with an outstanding marketing and social media guru that could give my business a real boost.  And, she is affordable!  Thanks, Jim, for being a chamber member and for caring enough to support my business."  Thank you too Jim! 

If anyone has any similar testimonials, please call me to share them so we can put them on our Facebook page and our website!

Welcome to Amy Gillis as our newest Board member.  Amy brings many years of experience to our board and has been an active volunteer and events committee member as well.  Amy is actively involved in management and marketing for both the Freeport CafĂ© and The Lobster Cooker.  She also won our Volunteer of the Year for 2015.  We are very lucky to have Amy on our board!

I also want to welcome Cory King as the new Executive Director of the Southern Mid Coast Chamber of Commerce.  He comes from Skowhegan's Chamber with some great experience and ideas and I look forward to collaborating with him.  I also want to wish Carolyn Farkas-Noe, who is retiring from that role all the best.  She has been very supportive of our Chamber and I thank her on behalf of all of our members.  Enjoy your well earned retirement!

Stephanie Petkers, Executive Director


Special July Fourth Member Newsletter
With the summer finally upon us it's time to prepare for the big Fourth of July happenings in Freeport and the surrounding area.
We would like to pull together a special a "July Fourth Member Newsletter
" to promote your news, specials or events happening in town during this festive time!
Please don't miss the opportunity to share your promotions with other members and with our mailing list of over 700 special contacts!
Forward your promotion today to Michelle Fougere at

Deadline for inclusion in this special newsletter edition is June 20th for a release date of June 27th.

Join the Freeport July Fourth Parade 
Michelle Barker, Chamber Board President, will be organizing the Fourth of July parade in Freeport this year. New this registration!
Just complete the registration form and she will get you in the line up! Please let her know if you have any questions. She is creating the line up soon, so please let her know if you are planning to attend.  If you are interested in marching and representing the Chamber of Commerce, our theme is "Freeport is Our Business" and we will provide a t-shirt to any member who marches with us.
Contact Information: 
Michelle Barker
Assistant Branch Manager
Freeport Office
Bath Savings Institution
(207) 865-6998

METRO (Greater Portland Transit District)
114 Valley Street, Portland, ME  04102

METRO BREEZ Express Service offered by Greater Portland Transit District connects Freeport, Yarmouth,  Falmouth and Portland starting June 16.
METRO BREEZ will be FREE from Thursday, June 16 - Saturday, June 18.
Route map, schedule and additional information at

Michael D. Wallace
Modern Woodmen of Maine
Modern Woodmen of America 
is a national not-for-profit financial services organization.  I have been in southern Maine for seven years and recently moved to live and work in Freeport.  I really enjoy the community building aspect of what I do.  Day to day, my work impacts peoples lives at all levels.

Shari Broder, LLC
Certified Life Coach
twitter: @lifecoachshari

I work with women who have tried just about every diet there is and are afraid they will never permanently lose weight.  I teach them how to enjoy the foods they love while ending their patterns of overeating so they can lose their excess weight for good.  I also provide general life coaching services for people who want to have better relationships or plan how to live their dreams.

Ribbon Cutting at My Amethyst Touch --- Congrats Melissa!

Pictured L to R:   Dean Gilbert, Mortgage Network, Woody Woodbury, Freeport Hardware, Melissa Jones, LMT, Owner, My Amethyst Touch, Michelle Barker, Bath Savings Institution, Nancy Kieran, Kendall Tavern Inn B and B.  My Amethyst Touch is located at 20 Independence Drive.

First Chamber Wellness Expo

On June 2, the Chamber held its first Wellness Expo at the Freeport Fire Station from 3-6PM.  The expo was sponsored by Brett Davis Real Estate and Beansprouts Early Learning Childcare Center and was organized by the Chamber Health and Wellness Committee.  

Over 20 exhibitors participated providing samples, demonstrations, recipes and free giveaways.  If you are interested in participating on our health and wellness committee, please contact me at


Pictures:  Sign in Front of Firestation.  Ken Sparta, Boy Scouts of America and Paul Conley, Deputy Chief, Freeport Fire Rescue.  Tom Bringle, Arthritis Foundation and Lolita Kenney, Cutting Edge Hair and Nails.  Becky Foster, Royal River Natural Foods

Upcoming Events
Business After Hours Events
  • Tuesday, June 14, Best of Best - Register here!
  • Thursday, June 16th, 8:45-9:30AM - Metro Bus ribbon cutting
  • Tuesday, July 26, 3-7PM, Business After Hours, Ring's Marine Service, Inc. Register today!
  • August BAH, Maine Wicked Goods/Maine Senior Guide
  • September BAH, Maine Optometry
  • October 20, 5-7PM, BAH, Freeport Salon
  • November BAH, Bath Savings Institution
  • December BAH, Nordica Theatre, "ELF"

If you would like to reserve a 2017 BAH date, please contact Stephanie at  Please note your space should be able to accommodate at least 50 people.

  • September 9, Golf Tournament and Golf Ball Drop
  • November 15, Member Appreciation Breakfast
  • December 6-23, Holiday Shop Small Scavenger Hunt

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Tuesday, June 14, 5-7PM
Best of Best
Location: Buck's
Freeport, ME

Let's celebrate Best of Best business after hours at Buck's Naked BBQ & Juke Joint.

Join us in celebrating the best of Freeport!
Light fare will be provided, cash bar and  beverages. 
You must register your attendance.

Limited space availability!

Tuesday, June 16, 8:45-9:30AM
Metro Ribbon Cutting
Location: Freeport Town Hall - Front Lawn
Freeport, ME
Getting around I-295 is a breeze!  Introducing the new METRO service from Portland to Freeport!

Join us in welcoming the Metro bus as it makes it debut on Thursday, July 16th the town of Freeport.

The Chamber encourages a strong showing of member support for this new service to town!

No registration is necessary to attend.  
Tuesday, July 26, 3-7PM, NOTE SPECIAL START TIME
Business After Hours at Ring's Marine Services
22 Smelt Brook Road
South Harpswell, ME
Join us for a fun afternoon of kayaking, biking and more.  Casual summer event.

Don't miss out on this special event!
Details are still underway but you can 

Golf Tournament and Golf Ball Drop!
Golf Tournament Entry 
September 9, 2016
Registration at 12:00PM
Shotgun start at 1:00PM
9 Hole Scramble Match
Helicopter Golf Ball Drop 5:00PM
Purchase golf balls for a chance to win a $2,500 CASH prize.
Or download a copy of the registration form, fill it out and return it to the chamber office or mail to:
Greater Freeport Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 335
Freeport, ME 04032

Tri Town Track and Field Buy-A-Brick - Consider Supporting this Important Project!

A new track and field facility will provide additional business for our members by bringing in more people for large track events, Friday night football games and more.  It will also support our youth who represent the next generation of business owners!

Donate Today
Sunday, June 12th, 2016
Bike Coalition of Maine
Maine Women's Ride
L.L. Bean Flagship Store, Freeport

The Maine Women's Ride is a rolling celebration of women and bicycling in Maine, and it is one of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine's most important annual encouragement programs. We want every woman in Maine to feel safe and confident riding a bicycle, be it for transportation, fitness, recreation, or fun!
The ride provides a friendly, supportive environment for women and girls of all ages and abilities to ride together, and afterwards we hold a wonderful post-ride party with refreshments, yoga and massage, music, and door prizes. This year, the ride is celebrating it's 15th anniversary!
Maine Women's Ride
Sunday, June 12th, 2016 - L.L.Bean Flagship Store, Freeport
We hope our fellow Chamber members will come out to enjoy the day with us!
A Special Thank You to Our Cornerstone Members

Chamber Staff Members

Stephanie Petkers  
Executive Director
(207) 847-5240 ext.1 
Michelle Fougere
Office Administrator
(207) 847-5240 ext. 3
Email:  Michelle Fougere

"People like to do business with people they know"