Insider Newsletter
Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce
January 2021

 As we reflect on 2020, we are grateful for the support of our members and our community. We look forward to what 2021 has in store with great optimism, and we are excited to continue to work with you throughout the year.

The KV Chamber wishes you a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2021!
Advocacy Update

On January 1st, Maine’s Earned Paid Leave law went into effective. Everything you need to know can be downloaded here: Earned Paid Leave FAQs.
CEO Spotlight: Bob Moore, Augusta Food Bank
Wednesday, January 6th | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm | FREE Webinar!

Join Cynergy and United Way of Kennebec Valley's Emerging Leaders for our first combined event - CEO Spotlight! Bob Moore of the Augusta Food Bank will be joining us to share his journey and experience as a leader in our community.
A Zoom conference line will be emailed to attendees after registering for the event.
Thank you to our Cynergy Sponsor!
Myth or Facts: Answering Your Questions About Natural Skincare
with Kristin Mutchler,
Pickle's Potions and Lotions

Wednesday, January 13th | 12:00 - 1:00PM

$20 per person
KV Chamber Members will receive a $10 gift certificate to enjoy lunch on us!
Kristin Mutchler began Pickle's Potions in 2015 in response to a desire to provide effective, natural products for her children. Her business has been growing and they recently opened a shop on Main Street in Winthrop. She is married to Gary - a British man she met in a youth hostel in China. They have two kids, Elijah (9) and Eloise (7). They currently live in Wayne Maine, and have been there for 5 years since they moved to the USA from South Korea.

Kristin’s passion is to create high-performing, luxurious yet affordable natural skincare products for the ingredient-aware modern woman.
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!
Meet the Reps

Wednesday, January 20th | 7:30 - 8:30 AM

FREE Webinar!
Join us for our first Chamber Connection of 2021 and meet your representatives! Representatives for the towns that comprise our Kennebec Valley region will introduce themselves and discuss the issues they will be addressing in the 130th Maine State Legislature.
After registering for the event, attendees will be emailed a Zoom link to attend.
Thank you to our Chamber Connection Sponsor!
Wednesday, January 27th | 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Although we are not networking together face-to-face, we are excited to catch up and network virtually! Our members and guests are invited to join us on Wednesday, January 27th from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. for a virtual Business After Hours. Share updates on your business and reconnect with the KV Chamber!
After registering for the event, attendees will be emailed a Zoom link to attend.
Thank you to our Business After Hours Sponsor!
Did you miss the live stream of this year's Kennebec Leadership Institute's graduation in December? Watch the full ceremony in the video above! Congratulations again to the KLI Class XXXIII! You have joined a wonderful network of alumni and leaders in our community.
Thank you to our 2020 KLI Sponsor!
FREE Face Masks Available!

Does your business need PPE? The KV Chamber has masks available for our members! Please contact us at or by calling (207) 623-4559 so we can assist you with your needs.
Member Anniversaries
40+ Years
Charlie's Toyota | N.R.F. Distributors, Inc.

30+ Years
Delta Ambulance | Lipman, Katz & Boston, LLC | Marketplace at Augusta| McDonald's - Bangor Street, Augusta | Rolfe's Well Drilling | Thayer Engineering Co., Inc.

20+ Years
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association | Sparetime Recreation

10+ Years
Augusta Crossing | curtisWorks Communications Solutions | Steve's Appliance Service & Sales, Inc.

5+ Years
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Masiello Group | Bug Busterzzz Pest Control | Gold Bridge Partners, Inc. | KYOCERA Document Solutions New England | Wayne Ladner Maine Insurance

Also Renewing
American Red Cross of Northern New England | Highbrow | Kennebec Valley Tourism Council | Paychex | Quarry Tap Room | What About Maine
Chamber Member News
Augusta Adult and Community Education is invested in creating educational and professional development opportunities for our local residents and businesses. We create classes and professional development sessions specific to your organizational needs. These sessions range from the 21st century skills of team development and navigating virtual platforms, to technical skills such as Microsoft Office and Quickbooks. In an effort to understand the needs of individual businesses we are conducting this quick survey regarding training and development that you and your employees would benefit from. Please take a moment (survey takes about 2 minutes to complete-7 questions) to fill in the form and we will contact you to follow up. Even if you are unsure what you might need or want, please take the survey so that we may capture the overall needs of the Augusta business community. Link to the survey:
Camden National Bank announced its 2020 Leaders & Luminaries Awardees and provided $22,000 in grants for their respective organizations. The honorees include: Doris Dennee from The Iris Network, Evelyn Kieltyka from Medical Care Development, Inc., Jackie Studer from Classical Uprising, Ray Gerbi from the Pejepscot History Center, and Dr. Robert “Bob” Holmberg from Community Compass.
Gardiner FCU has long been committed to financial education for area school children, K – 12. No longer able to go into the schools to assist with financial education due to the pandemic, Gardiner FCU has found new ways to reach out with valuable lessons for all ages. For the Kindergarten or first grade classes, they launched a new YouTube channel, called GFCU4kids. There, they have uploaded recorded video classes for the students. Below the link to each video is a list of materials needed or a linked PDF worksheet, to finish the lessons. These can be used by teachers in the classrooms, or by parents in the homes. On their website,, there have been new links and features added to pages that are targeted for certain age groups. There are interactive games, animated videos, and resources to help put our youth on firm financial footing and have them better prepared than most of us were. To help replace the workshops, previously offered to their adult members, a new page was added to the website. It covers topics from tips & resources for the college-bound and their parents to ten financial tips for seniors. All of these pages and links are available, under the Products & Services tab on their website.

Gardiner FCU is also very excited to announce that they have partnered with ZOGO, to make an app available to students, teachers, CU members and community members. They are the first institution in Maine to make it available. There are great lessons on budgeting, credit, loans & more. If you are interested, go to the app store on your phone, look up ZOGO and download. Your access code is GARDINER. It’s that easy to earn free gift cards, all while becoming smarter savers & better budgeters.
To submit Member News, send your press releases to:
KVCC Board of Directors
Earl Kingsbury, Chair*
Augusta Civic Center
Tim Walton, Chair Elect*
Walton External Affairs
Michele Pelletier, Vice Chair*
PERFORMANCE Foodservice - NorthCenter
Matthew Tardiff, Treasurer*
J.S. McCarthy Printers
Alec Rogers, Past Chair*
Quality Inn & Suites Maine Evergreen Hotel
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
Nathan Cotnoir
Camden National Bank
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
Lynn Quirion
Macomber, Farr & Whitten
Andrew Silsby
Kennebec Savings Bank
Eric Stinneford
Central Maine Power Company
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,