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Greater Freeport Chamber of Commerce
Chamber News Edition

Make 2016 Your Healthiest Year Yet!

The Chamber is actively seeking volunteers to join a new committee forming in
2016.  Health and Wellness is on our minds all the time but even more so as we begin a new year.  Balancing commitments with time for ourselves is difficult and we would like to help our  members make it a bit easier.  The Chamber is seeking volunteers to join a Health and Wellness committee.  

This committee will meet monthly and bring relevant wellness
programming and information to our membership throughout the year.  The committee will meet in the Chamber office the 1st Wednesday of the month from 12-1PM, feel free to  bring your own lunch. First meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 3.  

If you are interested in becoming a member of this committee, please contact me at or 847-5240

Have a Happy & Healthy New Year,


January Chamber Newsletter
Get an extra boost for your business in January by sharing your sale, promotion, or special event in the Chamber Member monthly newsletter.
Please send submissions to Michelle Fougere at
Deadline for submissions is Monday, January 11 for release on 
Monday, January 18.
Thank you
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Friday, January 29, 2016, 5-9PM
Annual Dinner & Auction
Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport

Join us for this 1920's Great Gatsby themed event with a silent auction and awards!

This is sure to be the Chamber event of the year!  Get dressed up in your best Great Gatsby attire and come join the Chamber for a night out. 

Enjoy appetizers, a seated dinner, short awards program, silent and live auctions and networking!

Our auction will include both items and experiences so be prepared for a night to remember!  Our Annual Dinner and Auction will raise money for our scholarship fund, educational and development programs for Chamber members in 2016. 
Ticket are $50 per person or $450 for a table of 10. 
Sponsorship opportunities are available:  

To donate an item for our auction please fill out the form linked below and return to the Chamber office or email to  at  
To reserve a discounted overnight stay at the Hilton, please reserve here:

Enjoy a warm stay in a Maine Forest Yurt for one evening!
This experience item is valued at $125.
Maine Forest Yurts amenities: 
  • Family/Kid Friendly
  • Suitable for Events
  • Free parking on premise
  • Pet-friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Composting Toilet
  • Fully Furnished
 This item will be available as part of our Silent Auction

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - Let's Talk Tuesdays, 9-10AM
Freeport Chamber Office, 57 Depot Street, Freeport

Talk Tuesday's is a new venue to discuss topics of general interest to our members.  Our first topic will be Budgeting for the Off Season.  

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - Budgeting for the Off Season
Having a business in Maine has unique seasonal challenges.  Let's share ideas about how to carry your business into the winter and spring.  This is a great way to learn from shared experience in a small setting.  Please join us if you can.  No registration is required and is open to all members. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - Parking and Accessibility in Freeport
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - Advertising Your Business

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 5-7PM
Business After Hours, Hosted by Freeport Salon
32 Independence Drive, Freeport

Details are still being developed for this event but registration is open!  

Freeport Family Ski Day
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Mt. Abram, Greenwood

Freeport Family Ski Day at Mt Abram Ski Area, Greenwood, ME
Special group pricing will be offered for this special day!

More details coming soon!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 5-7PM - Joint Event with Yarmouth Chamber
Business After hours, Hosted by Beansprouts/Fusion
Lower Main Street, Freeport

Details are currently being worked on but  registration is open.

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Day of Business - Business to Business Expo
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Time Topic Location
9:00 - 11:30AM Business Seminar Freeport Community Services, Bradley Room
1:00 - 5:00PM Business to Business Expo Hilton Garden Inn

This event will be held jointly with Southern MidCoast Chamber

~ Noteworthy ~
T he Chamber is currently working on a local calendar for the shared use of our members.  Check it out today!.

Monday, February 1, 8:30-10AM
METRO North Express Service Public Discussion
Portland - Falmouth - Yarmouth - Freeport
Nordica Theatre, Freeport Village Station

Come join us for an update on 2016 plans for bus service between Portland and Freeport from the staff of METRO, Greater Portland Transit District.  Donna Larson, Freeport Town Planner will also be available for questions.  This is your opportunity to learn about how this new transportation option can help your business.  There will be ample time to ask questions during the presentation.  This meeting is open to members of Greater Freeport Chamber of Commerce or Freeport USA. 
Date:  Monday, February 1
Time:  8:30-10:00 AM
Location:   Nordica Theatre, Depot Street
Registration:  No charge but registration is requested. Register here.

Anthem Chamber Blue Options 
Workplace Wellne$$:  Healthy Employees Make Ā¢ents!

Businesses should take precautions for winter safety and avoid workplace injuries by preparing for snow and ice

As Mainers look forward to the fun that comes with winter's arrival, employers should take precautions against the hazards that snow presents to those walking and working outdoors.  Although slipping and falling on snow and ice may seem an inevitable nuisance in the winter, the costs are real.  Hundreds of Maine workers are seriously hurt enough to miss work. Each year, slips and falls on ice and snow lead to more than 25,000 days of lost time for almost 700 workers, racking up more than $1.5 million in medical costs.  The total combined costs to Maine workers, employers, and insurance providers exceed $2.3 million annually for falls related to ice and snow.
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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"