December 23, 2022
Our Premium Members:
Post Openings
on our Job Board:

Please note: our January Business After Hours will be held January 18th, which is a week later than previously published.

Chamber News...
PLEASE NOTE: The Chamber offices in Camden and Rockland will be closed December 26 through January 2 for a holiday week break. There will be no Friday Report published on December 30.

Happiest of holidays to all, and we look forward to serving you in the year ahead!
The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to recognize
as a Supporting Partner of The Chamber

Supporting Partners are Pen Bay Chamber members who provide financial support of $10,000 or more annually through sponsorships, advertising and promotion, premium membership, and/or donations above and beyond regular membership dues.

Our sincere thanks to Eaton Peabody for their generous and ongoing support of The Chamber.
Christmas & New Year's Dining
In addition to our weekly dining grid found in the left column of this newsletter, we have compiled a comprehensive list of member restaurants, cafes, food stands, and markets in our region that will be offering Christmas and New Year's Eve options, ranging from sit-down dining to a la carte, grab and go, and more.
Nominations for our 2022 Annual Awards are due today!
Who will be awarded the prestigious Community Person Of The Year award? Nominate a deserving person today! Plus, milestone anniversaries and a variety of other award categories to honor outstanding businesses, organizations, and individuals. Nomination deadline is today: Friday, December 23. To view the award categories and to submit a nomination, click here:
Chamber Gala tickets are now on sale!
Scheduled for Friday, February 10, 2023 at the Samoset Resort, the evening will celebrate and recognize those who have made extraordinary contributions to our community this past year. Click here for more details and to purchase tickets:
Decorate a Table at the 2023 Gala!
Chamber members will have the unique opportunity to decorate a table at our 2023 Gala, allowing your business/organization to be seen by hundreds of Gala attendees. Signing up to decorate a table is FREE and only costs what members are willing to put into the decorations and main centerpiece which will be raffled off during the event. A limited number of tables are available, so reserve your table to decorate today! Click below to get started:
Chamber's shop local campaign, Keep the Cheer Here, heralds in the holiday season

"Keep the Cheer Here" is a centralized hub for local retailers and event planners to share their holiday tidings, encouraging people to shop local and celebrate local during this holiday season.

Members can still post your free listing and see all the great listings already posted here:
Has your business or organization been in the "Featured Member" spotlight?
Each week, the Chamber features one of our members here in our Friday Report e-newsletter (distributed to 2,000 emails) and on our Facebook page (5,000 followers). Featured Member posts link directly to your Chamber business profile webpage and to your Facebook page.

Simply click below to complete the two easy steps. Featured Members will be chosen as submissions are received (limit of one featured listing per member, per calendar year). We invite you to take advantage of this great Chamber member benefit to promote your business.
The Everyman Rep is Midcoast Maine's own professional theatre company. We've been on something of a hiatus since the pandemic, but we'll be back on stage at the Camden Opera House with a Lux Radio Theatre-style production of It's a Wonderful Life at 7:30 on Jan 6; purchase tickets here. And look out for the next in our series The Painting Speaks.
To learn more about becoming a Featured Member, click here.
Member News...
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Holiday on the Harbor:
First Night in Rockport
On Saturday, December 31, Happenings on the Harbor presents: Holiday on the Harbor in Rockport Marine Park. Join family, friends, and community for a festive First Night Celebration. 4:30pm: food trucks, fire pits, luminaries, music; 6pm: Grand fireworks display. After the fireworks, head up to the Rockport Opera House for Rockin’ In The New Year Dance Party with The Right Track, 8 – 11pm. More...

$20 Round-trip fares on the Downeaster in January!
Our January fare sale is here! Book a trip in January and ride the Amtrak Downeaster from Brunswick to Boston or any station in between for $20 or less round trip. No black out dates. Use promo code: V520 and book 3 days in advance of travel to take advantage of this deal. Offer is only good until 1/28/23. What are you waiting for? It’s time to take the train.

AIO Food Pantry attempts to Fill The Strand Theater with food!
On Monday, January 16, 2023, AIO Food and Energy Assistance will host its third Fill The Strand food and funds drive to benefit AIO’s Food Assistance, Energy Assistance, Weekend Meal, and Diaper Assistance Programs. This event challenges the community to fill every seat in the historic theater with bags of food and funds for AIO’s programs. AIO has raised nearly $50,000 in the first two Fill the Strand events. The goal for the third event is to raise $25,000. More...

Camden Conference talk at Cushing Public Library is January 15
The Camden Conference and Cushing Public Library present J. Brooke Harrington and Judith Bing in a virtual talk on Sunday, January 15 at 1:30pm. Please email to register for the zoom. This presentation explores change: first, in the architectures of granaries and their importance in societies; and second, through a historic survey of architecture in Ukraine. This two-part talk was prompted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the global food crisis threatened by blockage of Ukraine’s grain shipments. More...

Member to Member Marketplace...
Tailored Living is now The Tailored Closet & PremierGarage
Same great company, brand new names! To celebrate, we have a gift for you. Between now and Feb. 1, 2023, if a new client mentions you as a referral, we will send you a $150 Visa gift card upon the completion of your referral’s project. You can see our customized storage solutions for your whole home at and Or contact Marci at 207-236-3319 or
Call Sterling Elite for your holiday transportation
The holiday season is right around the corner! Do you have a holiday party coming up for your company or family? Give Sterling Elite a call to reserve your group’s holiday transportation. Let us be your designated driver. Call us at 207-785-3100 or check out our website at to see all of our transportation options.

Have an offer to share?
Members are invited to email with details of goods, programs, products, or services they would like to offer to their fellow members. Please limit your offer to headline + 75 words and include an end date not to exceed 1 month.
Member Events...
Our online calendar is your guide to live & virtual events in the Camden-Rockland Region. Click here to view.

Have an event to share? Members are invited to share events on the Chamber Calendar. Login to your Chamber Profile Page to get started.
Chamber Board of Directors
Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce board meetings are generally held on the third Thursday of each month. For details, contact

Sheila Lowe, Chair

Jake Miller, Vice Chair

Jeffrey Hamilton, Past Chair

Richard 'Sandy' Cox, Secretary

Steve Matteo, Treasurer

Chris Austin

Maggi Blue

David Gogel

Jodie Heal

Martha Kempe

Diane Lebson

Joan LeMole

Richard Lyon

Rick Manning

Michelle Peacock

Dan Pease

Garry Schwall

Laura Tracy
Chamber Staff

Eric Belley
President & CEO

Amy Rollins
Member Services Director

Diane Norton
Director of Member Marketing & Development

Elizabeth Burrell
Information Center Associate

Chamber Offices

Camden Office
2 Public Landing
Camden, ME 04843 
Information Center open:
Mon-Fri, 10 am - 4 pm

Rockland Office
25 Park Street
Rockland, ME 04841
Information Center open:
Mon-Fri, 10 am - 4 pm
Still available at the Chamber offices. Stock up for the holidays now while we still have supplies!