Insider Newsletter
Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce
October 2020

The Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce loves showing their appreciation to their members, and the Chamber is excited to now have an entire month to share our gratitude with our members!

For the entire month of October, the Chamber will be conducting contests on Facebook with 17 prize drawings throughout the month. Winners will be selected at random and will be invited to come to the Chamber to collect their prize. Didn't win one of the daily contests? Keep playing along and sharing your support for local businesses! Those that do not win one of the daily prizes will be entered to win a prize drawing each Friday in the month of October.

The contests will feature the below industries with multiple prizes that also relate to the industry.
  • Arts & Culture
  • Automobile & Transportation
  • Construction & Real Estate
  • Education
  • Financial
  • Hospitality
  • Health & Wellness
  • Insurance
  • Legal & Government
  • Nonprofit & Associations
  • Recreation
  • Restaurant
  • Retail
  • Printing
  • Professional Services
  • Utilities
Monday, October 5th 2:00 PM
Rare Bird Art Studio
319 Water Street, Augusta
Thursday, October 8th 2:00 PM
Wicked Good Elderberry
87 Main Street, Belgrade
Thursday, October 8th 4:00 PM
Central Commons
6 Beech Street, Hallowell
Friday, October 9th 3:00 PM
Freckle Salvage Co. - The Vault
129 Main Street, Winthrop
Thank you to our Ribbon Cutting Sponsor!
Pathways to Possibilities and Opportunities in Crisis
with Laurie Curtis, CurtisEase Coaching

Wednesday, October 7th | 12:00 - 1:00PM

$20 per person
KV Chamber Members will receive a $10 gift certificate to enjoy lunch on us!
Laurie Curtis could say her motto is "Focus on what's strong, not what's wrong." See possibility in any situation. Tips, tools, and techniques to broaden perspective, spot opportunities, and build resources. Have a notebook ready for your personal discoveries!

Laurie has certifications in positive psychology and in positive psychology coaching. She is a facilitator pursuing certifications in Life Stress Reduction and Traumatic Incident Reduction, two person-centered methods of applied metapsychology for rapid resolution of life stress and all degrees of trauma.

Laurie is also a Mindfulness Based Strengths Practice trainer with The VIA Institute on Character, and an Imago Relationship practitioner. Laurie has developed a practice called CurtisEase and is currently working with clients via Zoom.
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!
FREE Face Masks and Hand Sanitizer Available!

Does your business need PPE? The KV Chamber has masks and hand sanitizer available for our members! Please contact us at or by calling (207) 623-4559 so we can assist you with your needs.
The KV Chamber is excited to offer the 7th UP Biz Tour virtually to students at Cony Middle School! Instead of going on in-person tours of local businesses, students will watch video tours as well as have a chance to ask questions during virtual interviews with a representative from each business. Each student that participates in the Biz Tour will also receive a bag of school supplies and goodies donated by area businesses.
Thank you to our 7th UP Biz Tour Sponsors!
Presenting Sponsor
Backpack Sponsor
Classroom Sponsors
Welcome New Members!
Catie Joyce-Bulay, Freelance Writer
Catie Joyce-Bulay, (509) 366-2500

LaRochelle Interiors, LLC
Lori LaRochelle, (207) 215-7872

Winchenbach Painting
Eugene Winchenbach, (207) 691-2577
Member Anniversaries
30+ Years
Caron's Collision Repair Center | Century 21 Venture Ltd. | Downeast Energy | D.R. Struck Landscape Nursery | Eaton Peabody Consulting Group | Everett J. Prescott, Inc. | Greater Augusta Utilities District | Kennebec Technologies, Inc. | Lajoie Brothers, Inc. | Longfellow's Greenhouses | Maine Street Solutions at Verrill Law | Peachey Builders | PERFORMANCE Foodservice - NorthCenter

20+ Years
Augusta CareerCenter | City of Gardiner | Coldwell Banker Rizzo Mattson Realtors | Gagnon Home Improvements | Tri-State Staffing, Inc.

10+ Years
Black Diamond Consultants, Inc. | Capital Area Federal Credit Union | CBU Benefits, LLC | GHM Insurance Agency | Kennebec Valley Community College | Maine Turnpike Authority | Mid Maine Generator | Rotary Club of Augusta | Tallwood Design | Turner Publishing 

5+ Years
Atlee Gleaton Eye Care | Augusta Downtown Alliance | Augusta Food Bank | Belgrade Lakes Marine & Storage | Blais Property Management | Maeghan Maloney District Attorney | Maine Isshinryu Karate Academies | Malloy Construction, Inc. | Mill Park Petanque | PGT Public Affairs | Travis Mills Foundation

Also Renewing
Advanced Inspections, Inc. | A&D Services Inc. | City of Hallowell | Earthly Delights | Hallowell Area Board of Trade | HUB International New England LLC | Levey, Wagley, Putman & Eccher, P.A. | Maine Tourism Association | Maine Veterans' Homes | Modern Pest Services | Strategic Real Estate Services | The Black & Tan | Vision Hallowell
Chamber Member News
Amtrak Downeaster has expanded its carry-on bike program and is now accepting bicycles from all Downeaster stations in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Newly installed luggage racks that convert to bike racks make it possible to roll bikes on board from any Downeaster station, then secure and store them on the train. Previously, bikes had to be stored in a special car, restricting access to only a few stations. Now, standard full-size bicycles may be carried on at any Downeaster station and stored in the designated racks, as long as the front wheel is removed. Bicycle space is limited to four per train, and a specific bike reservation is required in advance of travel. A nominal bicycle fee applies.
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust was recently named a recipient of the Independent Community Bankers of America’s (ICBA) 2020 National Community Bank Service Award for extraordinary efforts to help small businesses, consumers, and their communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 National Community Bank Service Awards, presented by ICBA and sponsored by FIS, generated more than 100 inspirational stories from community banks like Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, whose story is showcased in the September issue of ICBA’s magazine, Independent Banker.
MaineGeneral Health has been named one of the 2020 Best Places to Work in Maine. This is the second year in a row that the health system has earned this distinction. This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Maine, benefiting the state's economy, its workforce and businesses. The 2020 Best Places to Work in Maine list is made up of 84 companies in three size categories: small (15-49 U.S. employees), medium (50-249 U.S. employees) and large (250+ U.S. employees).
Quirk Auto Group will be hosting blood drives at their locations in Augusta, Bangor, Belfast, and Portland in partnership with the American Red Cross in memory of Michael G. Quirk. This event will be open to employees, family, friends, and members of the community. Sign up to donate blood or volunteer by clicking the link on the locations below:
SCORE is hosting free webinars for businesses. On October 14th from 9:30 t0 11:00 am, SCORE is holding a Facebook for Business webinar. In this workshop, you will learn tips and tricks to build your network exponentially, create a steady stream of brand-specific content, and how to use Facebook Groups and video content to increase engagement. SCORE is also presenting a 3-part QuickBook Basics for Small Businesses series, which begins on October 19th at 6:00 pm. This course covers program navigation, basic bookkeeping principles, and other accounting functions. For more information and to register for these free webinars, visit
To submit Member News, send your press releases to:
KVCC Board of Directors
Alec Rogers, Chair*
Quality Inn & Suites Maine Evergreen Hotel
Earl Kingsbury, Chair Elect*
Augusta Civic Center
Tim Walton, Vice Chair*
Walton External Affairs
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
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,