Insider Newsletter
Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce
May 2020

Stay Informed on COVID-19 & Our Community
The first phase of Governor Mill's plan to restart Maine's economy begins today, May 1st. Progression through the four phases of the plan will occur month-by-month, depending on the success of previous stages. For example, Stage 2 will begin in June, and Stage 3 will begin in July and continue through August. Stage 4, which lifts the most restrictions, will start at a point to be determined in the future.  However, the month-by-month plan should not be considered a hard and fast timeline.

The Governor also extended the State’s stay-at-home order in the form of a new “Stay Safer at Home” Executive Order . The new Order requires Maine people to stay at home with limited exceptions for already permitted activities, such as grocery shopping or exercising. Additionally, the new Stay Safer at Home Order allows Maine people to visit businesses or participate in activities that are deemed safe to open under Stage 1 of the reopening plan. The Order will extend through May 31, 2020 but is subject to change.  

The Maine Department of Economic & Community Development released the the general checklist (for all industries), and some industry-specific checklists, to identify best practices for safely operating business during COVID-19. Please note these checklists may be updated as new information about COVID-19 or safe business practices emerge. New industry checklists will be distributed ahead of each staged opening to allow businesses to prepare. Click here to view the checklists .

Do you have suggestions or feedback for improving the plan or adjusting the timeline? Please take this survey to share your feedback on the State of Maine’s Four-Stage Re-opening Plan for Maine’s Economy. The survey is 16 questions and should take 8-15 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey and submit it no later than   Wednesday, May 6th.

The KV Chamber has created a webpage  to keep our community up-to date on the situation regarding the spread of coronavirus and additional resources.
Now more than ever, we need to support our local businesses and organizations. The Kennebec Valley Chamber has created a  Facebook Group  for restaurants, businesses, and nonprofits to post updates on their organizations including new hours, menu options, service offerings, and more.

Please join the group and share it with others in the community! If you are a business owner, we encourage you to share your information in this group!
Eat Local!
Join us in supporting our local restaurants

Tired of cooking and looking for lunch or dinner options?  Check out our list of KV Chamber Members and what food options they are currently offering! Please note that this list is constantly being updated and we encourage you to check with the business to confirm these details.
Kennebec Valley Chamber Update
As we continue to follow the recommendations from Governor Mills and the CDC, we are adapting to continue to serve our members and community. We are transforming our in-person events to digital events held via Zoom:

  • Small Business Resource Team Workshops remain free for both members and the public.

  • Beginning Wednesday, May 20th, Chamber Connect is free for members and $10 per person for the public.

  • Women's Network Luncheons are $20 per person. KV Chamber Members will have lunch on us! Members will receive a $10 Chamber Gift Certificate to be redeemed at participating members of our Shop Local Program.

  • Chamber Connections are $20 per person. KV Chamber Members will have breakfast on us! Members will receive a $10 Chamber Gift Certificate to be redeemed at participating members of our Shop Local Program.

  • Business After Hours will be held digitally and will continue to be a free networking event for members and guests.
The Value of Coaching
with Maine Coaches Connection

Monday, May 4th | 10:00-11:00AM

FREE Zoom Webinar
Have you ever wondered what professional coaching is and if it could make a difference in your business practices? Small business owners and leaders often feel the burden of responsibility for their employee’s well-being and the pressure of making sound business decisions. Coaches provide support, challenge existing mindsets while maintaining focus on purpose and desired outcomes. Join us in this seminar to learn how coaching can contribute to the ongoing success of your business and your overall satisfaction. 
The webinar will cover:
  • What coaching is and the role of the coach in the process.
  • The benefits coaching contributes to a business’ success.
  • The impact coaching can have on your perspective, priorities, and focus.
  • A small business owner sharing his experience with coaching.
Small Business Listening Session
with Congressman Jared Golden

Wednesday, May 6th | 10:00-11:00AM

FREE Zoom Webinar
Congressman Golden would like to hear from you! This Chamber Connect will be a small business listening session with the Kennebec Valley Chamber. Congressman Golden invites small businesses to share the challenges they are facing during the coronavirus crisis, how small business relief programs - like Payroll Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan - are working for them, and help answer their questions about the federal response to the crisis.
A Zoom conference line will be emailed to a ttendees after registering for the event.
Women's Health Month
with LeeAnna Lavoie, MPH, CHES, MaineGeneral Health

Wednesday, May 13th | 10:30-11:30AM

$20 per person
KV Chamber Members will receive a $10 gift certificate to enjoy lunch on us!
LeeAnna Lavoie is the Director, Community Health of MaineGeneral’s Prevention and Healthy Living department. In 2002, she earned her undergraduate degree in Community Health and in 2018 her Masters of Public Health from the University of Southern Maine. LeeAnna has worked in public health over the past 15 years overseeing grant projects, workplace wellness and other initiatives within the healthcare system. Today, she provides leadership and oversight for the chronic disease prevention and management division.
IMPORTANT: Attendees must make the full payment prior to the event in order to receive the link to attend the digital event. KV Chamber Members will receive a $10 chamber gift certificate from our Shop Local program to enjoy lunch on us from a participating member!
Thank you to our Women's Network Luncheon Sponsor!
Chamber Member News
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is donating the proceeds collected in Q1 2020 from its employee-driven charitable giving program, Casual for a Cause, to ten non-profits providing assistance to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. More than $11,000 is being donated through the program, which pools employee contributions collected each quarter and distributes them to non-profits selected by and voted on by the employees.
For the first time in the theater’s history, Theater at Monmouth will not produce a Summer Repertory Season. After months of planning for the 51st Season, the theater will remain dark for the foreseeable future. By making the difficult choice to postpone productions this summer, TAM hopes to ensure that it will survive until next year and thrive in the summers to come. TAM currently plans to produce the plays of the (R)evolutionary Season in 2021. Thanks to an outstanding group of artists, technicians, and administrators, the summer was on its way to being one the theater’s strongest yet; and they look forward to coming back stronger than ever in 2021.
To submit Member News, send your press releases to:
Welcome New Members!
Dave's Diner
David Tourtelotte, (207) 588-0022

River Road Variety
Steve Marson, (207) 588-6340
Member Anniversaries
30+ Years
S.J. Wood Construction Co.

 20+ Years
Lake & Denison, LLC | Newcomer Relocation Rental Services | Oakes & Parkhurst Glass | Oakhurst Diary

10+ Years
AAA Portable Tiolets | Bryant Dental Care | Foster Insurance Agency | Milestone Communications | The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers | United Insurance | Value Housing

5+ Years
New Dimensions FCU | Sportsman's Alliance of Maine

Also Renewing
Damon's Beverage Mart - Augusta | Monmouth Audio, LLC | New York Life | Snow Pond Technology Group, Inc. | Statewide Towing, Inc.
KVCC Board of Directors
Alec Rogers, Chair*
Quality Inn & Suites Maine Evergreen Hotel
Leon Emery, Chair Elect*
Emery’s Meats & Produce
Earl Kingsbury, Vice Chair*
Augusta Civic Center
Matthew Tardiff, Treasurer*
J.S. McCarthy Printers
Nathan Cotnoir, Past Chair*
Camden National Bank
Chuck Hays, Past Treasurer*
MaineGeneral Health
Cathy DeMerchant, Human Resources*
Capital Area Staffing Solutions, Inc.
Katie Doherty, President & CEO*^
Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce

* Executive Committee  ^ Full -Time Executive

Karen Boston
Lipman & Katz, P.A.
Lori Dube
Sprague & Curtis Real Estate
Elisa Ellis, Special Counsel
Ellis Law, LLC
Sue Grenier
G&E Roofing Co., Inc.
Eric Jermyn
Cross Insurance Agency
Steven Marson
Central Maine Pyrotechnics
Stacey Morrison
Ganneston Construction Corp.
Richard Parkhurst
Stained Glass Express
Michele Pelletier
Performance Foodservice - NorthCenter
Lynn Quirion
Macomber, Farr & Whitten
Andrew Silsby
Kennebec Savings Bank
Eric Stinneford
Central Maine Power Company
Tim Walton
Walton External Affairs
Rebecca Wyke
University of Maine at Augusta
KVCC Staff

Katie L. Doherty, President & CEO,
Lindsay L. Corbett , Office Manager,
Kayla M. Tracy , Events & Membership Director,
Caroline A. Saban , Marketing Director,