June 20, 2024 | Issue 25

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Please Welcome Our Newest Member, VFW Randall Collins Post 3108 Auxiliary!

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, guard and reserve forces.

VFW has many programs and services that work to support veterans, service members and their families. Randall Collins Post 3108 is located at 34 Field St. in Belfast.

FMI: Randall Collins VFW on Facebook | 207-338-2538

Recent New Members:

Perfect Edge Lawn Services | Keepsakes | Maine Timber Arts

Wild Grace Farm Store | Florette | Green Nubble Enterprises

*** Arts in the Park - June 29 & 30 ***

Join us for the 28th annual Arts in the Park on the waterfront in Belfast

featuring over 120 Maine artists! Rain or shine! Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 4pm!

This is one of the most respected arts and fine crafts festivals in midcoast Maine. The variety of art offerings are outstanding, along with live music, and the smells of local eats all adding to the creative atmosphere. The venue is undeniably beautiful, in a large open park on the ocean’s edge, with a harborwalk, sailboats nearby and a summer breeze to enjoy. The Gazebo at Steamboat Landing hosts live music throughout the weekend.

This event is brought to you by Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce and the Belfast Parks & Recreation Department.

Many thanks to our returning Platinum Event Sponsors KSW Federal Credit Union and RE/MAX Jaret & Cohn Real Estate. Thanks to our Special Event Sponsor Camden National Bank.

Live Music from Smoke & Mojo, Jonesville, Anni & The Rainmakers, Belfast Bay Fiddlers, New Shades of Blue, and Adam Ouellette!

Food and treats provided by Belfast Lions Club, Big Daddy's Hot Box, Ca C'est Bon, Ruckus Donuts, and Stone Fox Farm Creamery!

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SCORE Maine 'Successful Women Owned Business Award' Presented to Trove's Laura Brown

Laura Brown, owner of Trove in downtown Searsport, has been selected as the 2024 winner of the SCORE Maine “Successful Women Owned Business Award”.

SCORE is a national organization that offers expert and confidential business advice and continued mentoring to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Laura teamed up with Waldo County based Score mentor Jayne Giles in 2020 who provided countless hours mentoring and developing plans as Trove was getting off the ground, opening its doors in June 2021. As a growing Searsport based business, Trove has brought new focus to downtown Searsport and to Maine artisans. 

Trove’s mission is to elevate the perception of handmade goods in the retail marketplace by showcasing the best work of artists and designers who create with the highest standards of quality. Since opening its doors, Trove has grown to represent over 65 Maine artisans and artists, the majority of which are women- and family-owned businesses. Certified as a Made in Maine business, Trove has established itself as one of the first new businesses in historic downtown Searsport’s renaissance. In 2023, Trove was recognized as a top five retail gift shop destination in the state of Maine by Maine Decor Magazine and received high praise from Downeast Magazine in 2022. 

Local Entrepreneur Cole Ellis of Keep It Clean Heat Pumps LLC Reaches Final Three on Greenlight Maine

Cole Ellis, owner of Keep It Clean Heat Pumps, has advanced to the final three contestants on the Emmy-nominated show, Greenlight Maine, which will air on WABI TV 5 and WGME 13 Portland on June 22nd at 7pm. His company is a trusted provider of heat pump cleaning services in Midcoast, focusing on enhancing indoor air quality by cleaning heat pump mini splits and installing electric ionizers. This achievement on Greenlight Maine highlights the innovation and dedication of Keep It Clean Heat Pumps.

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June 13th Newsletter

1) Chamber Job Search

2) DownEast Magazine / Vote for the Best of Maine

3) Friends of Sears Island / Solstice by the Sea

4) Fort Knox / Medieval Village

5) Anodyne Bookshop / Summer Wine & Sign Series

Chamber Job Search (HOT ITEM)

Still looking for that new job? Need to know what's available in the greater Belfast area? We have a great page full of job opportunities large and small!


Chamber Members - you can submit your job postings by logging into your

ChamberMaster account or email chamberoffice@belfastmaine.org

Upcoming Events

Announcements & News

American Red Cross - Extreme Heat Preparedness Checklist

Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition Walk & Roll Harborwalk Event June 22

Belfast Maskers to Hold Open Table Reading & Auditions for 'Playboy of the Western World'

BlueJacket Ship Crafters - June ShipShape News

Castine Merchants Association - Upcoming Community Events

Coastal Mountains Land Trust - Art on the Hill: Live Music from VoXX June 23

Down East - Searsport Shores Invites You to Connect with Nature, Music and Your Inner Artist

Growth at Belfast-Based SolarLogix Prompts New HQ (Mainebiz)

Lincolnville Brightens Finding Our Voices with June/July Events

Local Color Gallery - Fourth Friday Welcomes Liz Prescott

Mammie's Country Kitchen to Be Featured on America's Best Restaurants (VillageSoup)

Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. - Grammy-Nominated Max Wareham Performs June 22

UMaine Trustees to Consider Authorizing Sale of Hutchinson Center (TRJ)

Waldo County Amateur Radio Assoc. Field Day at THMS June 22 & 23

Member Promotions

Consider Becoming a Chamber Member!

Our Vision is that the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce will be recognized as a major catalyst for developing a thriving and connected business community and visitor destination choice in the region.

The Mission of the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce

is to champion a thriving business environment for its members through promotion, networking, advocacy, community partnerships and access to relevant information.

Follow the link above to find information about membership benefits and learn how we can promote you and help you achieve your goals. Your support helps us to better promote our region and businesses!

Community Links:

Belfast Free Library | City of Belfast | Harbormaster

Public Transportation | Waldo County General Hospital | YMCA

*** Weekly Deadline for Newsletter Submissions is Tuesday by 4pm ***

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Your Chamber Working For You!

Dorothy Havey, Executive Director


Scott Smith, Operations Manager


Board of Directors

President / Erin Merrifield, RE/MAX Jaret & Cohn

Vice President / Chris Nickerson, Whale's Tooth Pub, Northport Inn & Lodge

Treasurer / Michelle Curtis, First National Bank

Secretary / Megan Day, Waldo County General Hospital

Paul Dean, Councilor, City of Belfast

John McKeith, The Belfast Center

Elaine Potoker, Interloqui

Terri Tower, Camden National Bank

Mary Tripp, Bank of America

Travis Wood, Waldo County Technical Center

Staff Photography by Dave Waddell, Down East Magazine

Our Vision

The Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) will be recognized as a major catalyst for developing

a thriving and connected business community and visitor destination of choice in the region.

Our Mission

The Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce promotes a dynamic economy and strong communities through economic development, promotion of our region, business advocacy, and member services for Waldo County and beyond.


33 Main St. | PO Box 58 | Belfast, ME. 04915

207-338-5900 | www.belfastmaine.org

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Information Center: Daily, 9am - 5pm