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                                  B TO B TRADE SHOW SPACE NEARLY                                  MAINE GRAINS & GRAPES FESTIVAL
    INSIDE:                       SOLD OUT!                                                                                The Chamber is teaming up again
                                  Exhibit space for this year’s Androscoggin Business to                                   this year with the Androscoggin
                                  Business Trade Show on June 11th at the Androscoggin                                     Bank Colisee’ to kick off our sum-
                                  Bank Colisee is nearly sold out! More than 100 businesses,                               mer festival season! Get your tick-
    Chair’s Column                most of them Chamber members with special discount                                       ets early!
                                  rates, have already signed up for the show. This year’s                                  The 2nd Annual Maine Grains &
                                  show, with the theme “Recharge Your Business,” will draw                                 Grapes Festival will be held at the
    Calendar of Events            nearly 200 exhibitors and more than 2,500 attendees.                                     Androscoggin Bank Colisee’ on
                                                                                                                           Saturday, June 20, 2009. There
                                                                                                  will be two sessions, session 1 runs 3:00pm-6:00pm and
    Liberty Festival 2009                                                                         session 2 runs 7:30pm-10:30pm, doors opening at 2:30pm
                                                                                                  & 7:00pm.

    Best Places to Work                                                                           The event will feature breweries and wineries from around
                                                                                                  the State of Maine including: Allagash Brewery,
                                      Thursday, June 11, 2009 • 9:30am – 6:00pm                   Carrabassett Brewing, Casco Bay Brewing, Fiddler’s
                                           The Androscoggin Bank Colisee                          Reach Winery, Gritty McDuff’s Brewing, Kennebec River
    Business Day                                                                                  Brewery, Sea Dog Brewing, Sebago Brewing Company,
                                    FREE ADMISSION WITH BUSINESS CARD                             Shipyard Brewing, Tanguay and Sons Winery and more! It
                                    Organized by the Lewiston Auburn Economic                     will also feature a sampling of foods from local restaurants
    ALDI Grads                                    Growth Council                                  and live entertainment. There will be festival shirts and
                                                                                                  souvenirs, paraphernalia from the brewers and vintners on
                                  The event includes a special Chamber breakfast at the new       sale for those attending the festival.
    Work Healthy Awards           Bates College dining hall. Last year over 400 people
                                  attended the trade show breakfast – making it the largest       Upon entrance, you will receive 10 tasting tickets and a
                                  breakfast event in Chamber history.                             sample glass. Each ticket gives you either a 4oz sample of
                                                                                                  beer or a 2oz sample of wine. 
    Job Fair                      A Chamber After Hours caps the afternoon’s events, with
                                  appetizers provided by Margarita’s, The Bread Shack, and        Interested in volunteering for this year’s event? Email
                                  the Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch’s Great                 Maureen at mmaube@androscoggincounty.com.
    Adopt A Spot                  American Grill. The 2009 Business to Business trade show
                                  will feature a chance to win a new Toyota Prius compli-
                                  ments of Emerson Toyota.  The day will also have a special
    LAEGC Annual                  “Personal Recharging” station in the Shipyard Lounge fea-
    Dinner                        turing refreshments courtesy of Federal Distributors, the
                                  latest Wii games courtesy of Best Buy, aroma therapy, and
                                  massages by Katy Taylor of Kripalu Therapeutic Massage.
    Member in Focus               This year’s sponsors are:
                                                                                                               How to Get Your Tickets
                                  Gold Sponsors                                                                        $25.00 in advance
                                  CMP, Gleason Media Group, Nassau Broadcasting, Sun                                  $30.00 day-of-show
    Moxie Festival                Journal, and WGME-13.                                                    Plus applicable fees online and by phone.
                                  Prime Sponsors                                                      Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the
                                  Alliance Press, Androscoggin Bank Colisee, Androscoggin                  Colisee’ box office, charged by phone at
                                  County Chamber of Commerce, Central Maine Medical                                  783-2009, or online at
                                  Center, Mainebiz, Time Warner Cable, Unitil, and                              www.mainegrainsandgrapes.com
                                  Major Sponsors
THE BUSINESS SERVICE              Albin, Randall & Bennett, CPAs, Androscoggin Bank,
CENTER AT KEYBANK PLAZA           Auburn Business Development Corporation, Bangor
P.O. BOX 59                       Savings Bank, Camden National Bank, Community Credit
LEWISTON, ME 04243-0059           Union, Downeast Energy, Hilton Garden Inn/Auburn
                                  Riverwatch, Lewiston Development Corporation, Maine
PH: (207) 783-2249
                                  Family Federal Credit Union, Maine Turnpike Authority,
FAX: (207) 783-4481               Mechanics Savings Bank, The Medicine Shoppe, New
WEBSITE:                          England Business Finance, Northeast Bank, and TD
                                  Don’t miss the show from 9:30 to 6 p.m. June 11 at the
                                  Androscoggin Bank Colisee! Call Paul or Stephanie at
                                  784-0161 for more details.
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                       CHAIR’S COMMENTS                                                          CALENDAR OF EVENTS
                       By Peter Murphy                                                                             MAY
                                                                                 5 T      Brown Bag, “Investing in Challenging Times,” Sal
                       Chamber/CMCC Scholarship                                           Bonetti of Morgan Stanley, Noon at The Chamber
                       Scramble                                                  7 Th     Auburn Citizen of the Year at Lost Valley
                         On Wednesday, August 26, the 10 Annual
                                                                                 14 Th    Chamber Breakfast at Hilton Garden Inn, 7:15 am,
                         Chamber/CMCC Foundation Scholarship                              Saving $$$ on Electricity
                         Scramble will tee off to raise funds for scholar-       14 Th    LAEGC Annual Meeting
ships. Start will be at 10:30 a.m. at Martindale Country Club. Last year,        14 Th    Score Seminar, "Franchising", 1-4 pm at the Chamber
over 80 Chamber members signed on as sponsors and the tournament                 18 M     Sales Success Steps Seminar Series begins, 5:29 pm,
raised over $42,000 in scholarships for local youth to attend college.                    at the Chamber
                                                                                 19 T     Non Profit Brown Bag, "How to Keep and Recruit Your
The major sponsor for the tournament since its inception has been White
Rock Distilleries and a major co-sponsor has been Skelton, Taintor &
                                                                                          Volunteers", 11:30am at the Chamber
Abbott. Last year the Wal-Mart Distribution Center and Mechanics                 20 W     Seminar, “Making the Best Use of a Trade Show”, Kurk
Savings Bank joined as major co-sponsors. Their leadership has made a                     & Skip Lalemand, The Chamber, 8:30-10:30am.
difference.                                                                      21 Th    Business After Hours, 5-7 pm, A Fireside Inn and Suites
                                                                                 25 M     Memorial Day, Chamber closed
Solicitors are now seeking the following sponsors:                               27 W     Chamber Roundtable Lunch at Marco’s Restaurant,
                                                                                          11:30am – 1:30 pm
          Cart Sponsor                  $1,500 (limited to 2)
          Reception Sponsor             $1,500
          Contributing Sponsor          $1,000 (limited to 5)
          Longest Drive Sponsor         $500 (limited to 2)                      3 W      Seminar, “Refresh, Renew, Re-energize” with Lee Szelog,
          Hole Sponsors                 $400                                              8:30-11:30 a.m., at The Chamber
          Green Sponsors                $200                                     11 Th    Trade Show Breakfast at Bates, 7:15am
                                                                                 11 Th    Business to Business Trade Show at Colisee
Call Chip or Maureen at The Chamber and let him know that you will
join the 30 organizations who have already signed on as sponsors. Let’s
                                                                                 11 Th    Business After Hours at the Trade Show
keep up our momentum, providing important support for local students to          24 W     Joint Seminar with MEBSR, "Talk to a Laywer About
attend post-secondary education.                                                          Diversity in the Workplace"
                                                                                 25 Th    Business After Hours, 5-7 pm, Agren Appliance
MEMBER SURVEY SEEKS FEEDBACK                                                                                      JULY
                                                                                 3 F      Chamber closed for Independence Day Holiday
The Chamber’s annual survey of members will be underway soon, seek-
                                                                                 4 S      Liberty Festival, Auburn & Lewiston
ing feedback from members on Chamber programs and services. Again
this year the survey asks for ideas about programs to support small busi-        9 Th     Chamber Breakfast at Lost Valley, 7:15am
ness members. Board Chair Peter Murphy noted, “our annual survey                 10-12    Moxie Festival, Lisbon Falls
tells us what our members think about the organization and the services          16 Th    Business After Hours, Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub, Main
we provide. The Board pays close attention to the survey results as we                    Street in Auburn, 5-7pm
plan programs and budget for the future.” He added, “I hope every sin-
gle Chamber member takes the opportunity to let us know what they

    The Chamber has been informed that the national
    "Certificheck Program" has gone out of business.                             A TRIBUTE TO AMERICA:
     Local Chamber members can no longer redeem                                  LIBERTY FESTIVAL 2009
          these instruments at local businesses.                                 The best Fourth of July celebration in Maine will be in Lewiston-Auburn
                                                                                 again this summer. This year’s 13th annual festival will be held only on
                                                                                 July 4th with a celebration on the banks of the Androscoggin River featur-
      If you have questions, please call The Chamber                             ing a wide variety of food, games, carnival rides, and live music for all
                    office at 783-2249.                                          ages, and culminating with THE BEST FIREWORKS in the state. For
                                                                                 more information, visit www.libertyfestival.org.
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BEST PLACES TO WORK IN MAINE                                                  BUSINESS DAY AT THE STATE CAPITOL
                                                                              On March 17th, over 200 businesses from across the state met in the State
                                                                              Capitol to talk with the Governor and members of the Legislature about
                                                                              the important issues they are working on and how they impact local busi-
                                                                              nesses. The Androscoggin County Chamber was represented by almost
                                                                              40 members and each member of our local delegation was “shadowed” by
                                                                              a member of the Board of Directors or Business Advocacy Committee. In
                                                                              addition several local Chamber members put up exhibits in the Hall of
                                                                              Flags, including Poland Spring Bottling Company, Procter and Gamble,
                                                                              The Employment Times, and Austin Associates. “It is my hope that we
The Maine State Council of the Society for Human Resources Managers
                                                                              were able to develop great contacts to facilitate better communications
has kicked off the fourth annual “Best Places To Work in Maine” pro-
                                                                              with legislators for the remainder of the legislative session.
gram. The event, endorsed by Best Companies Group, the Maine State
Chamber of Commerce, Employment Times, and Mainebiz, recognizes               On Friday March 27th, the Business Advocacy Committee hosted one of
companies that have established and consistently fostered outstanding         their periodic breakfast forums with local legislators – and 10 local legis-
workplace environments.                                                       lators discussed important issues with them.

In June, Best Companies Group will survey all the Maine companies that
have registered online by the deadline of May 29th. The scientifically val-   LOCAL LEGISLATORS ARE ALDI GRADS
idated survey will incorporate a company’s employee benefits and poli-        Two members of the current Androscoggin County legislative delegation
cies and responses from a comprehensive employee engagement and sat-          are graduates of The Chamber’s Androscoggin Leadership Development
isfaction survey. The data collected from the assessment will be used to      Institute. Stacey Dostie of Design Matters represents Sabattus and Wales
determine the Best Places to Work in Maine.                                   in the House of Representatives. Mike Lajoie, former Lewiston Fire
                                                                              Chief now represents part of Lewiston in the House of Representatives.
Here are some examples of unique benefits offered by companies that
made the Best Places to Work list in 2008:
• Offered the option to work compressed work weeks
• Paid all or part of employee’s health club membership
  or fitness/wellness program
• Provided cafeteria or meal subsidies, free daily snacks or beverages
• Allowed employees paid time off for community service
  activities/volunteer work

The program also helps companies that want to improve their score. The
Best Companies Group “Employee Feedback Report” is presented to each
participating company, even if they did not make the list. The report
includes the summarized employee engagement and satisfaction data, the
Maine Benchmark Report, and the transcript of employee written com-
ments. The report is used by many to make significant improvements in         CHAMBER WEBSITE ADVERTISING
their workplace culture.
                                                                              Ads are now available on the Chamber website! They can be reserved on
Any company with at least 15 employees in the state of Maine is encour-       the members search page by categories. For example, if you were an
aged to participate. Companies selected as a “Best Place to Work in           accountant you would want an advertisement on the “Accountants” page
Maine” will be announced at a gala event in the fall of 2009. A complete      on the website. Only two ads of 120x90 pixels will be allowed in each
list of top companies will be featured in a statewide publication. Winners    category and they will be priced as follows:
can expect a positive effect on employee morale, employee relations and       • 9 or more members in a category, $175/calendar quarter per category,
recruitment.                                                                    120x90 pixels, JPG, $600 year per category

Interested companies can apply to participate in the program online at        • 8 or less members in a category, $ 90/calendar quarter per category,
www.bestplacestoworkme.com. The deadline for registration is May 29,            120x90 pixels, JPG, $250 year per category
2009 and all registered companies will be surveyed simultaneously fol-
lowing the deadline date.

Further details about the Best Places to Work in Maine program can be
found online at www.bestplacestoworkme.com.

                      Did You Know?
               All employees of Chamber members can
                  participate in any Chamber event?
       Please share program information with your colleagues!
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                       WHAT’S UP…?                                            St. Pierre with Louis Carbonneau in a supporting role, and Andrew
                                                                              Harris as director.
                     The Building Materials Exchange in Lisbon is
                      making home improvement and weatherization              Attention 1st time Home Buyers (anyone who has not owned a home in 3
                      projects affordable for Maine homeowners. A             years).  Call Linda Beaulieu, Realtor, ABR, for info on the $8,000 tax
                   fantastic new design for a reusable interior storm         credit the government will give you if you buy a home before Dec.1, 2009
             window heads their new products list. See                        at 795-9652. 
         www.mainebme.org for details and their stimulating inventory.
                                                                              Alice Ruvane of Chill Yoga invites you to join her and Glenn Close at
A group of Central Maine Federal Credit Union employees recently              Back Cove on May 9th for the annual NAMI Walk.  Sign up at
gave of themselves by donating their blood to the American Red Cross.         www.nami.org/walks/me.

Cheryl Dobbelsteyn has been named Director of the St. Mary’s                  Need a gift for Mother’s Day on May 10th?  Need a giveaway for the
d’Youville Pavilion Rehab Center.                                             Business-to-Business Tradeshow on June 11th? The Basket Case can
                                                                              help! Call Barbara Lauze at 783-7303, or visit www.the-
Denise Marois has been appointed Box Office Manager at the Franco-            basketcase.com.
American Heritage Center.
                                                                              Pajama Party Dance at The Great Outdoors, Rte 117, Turner. Dance to
Maryann Lanzieri and Frank Whittier, lighting consultants at Lighting         Firewater Creek, doors open at 7PM, Music 8pm-Midnight (and maybe a
Concepts, have received the national certification of Certified Lighting      little beyond?). Visit www.greatoutdoorsme.com or call 224-7061 for tick-
Specialist from the American Lighting Association (ALA).                      ets and information.

GHM Insurance Agency is among a select group of agents nationwide to          Kristen Phillips LMT has made the Yoga Center of Maine and
be recognized as a OneBeacon Lighthouse Partner.                              Brunswick Physical Therapy office on Center St. her new home for
                                                                              Massage Therapy. For more information call 576-4320 or visit
Designs by Skip recently hired Bruce Bickford as a Sales rep.                 www.KristensMassage.com.
Kelly L. Turner has joined Skelton Taintor & Abbott as an associate           A Journey for Hope, October 4, 2009, a charity ride/run/walk to benefit
attorney.                                                                     the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. www.demps-
Sebago Technics, Inc. announces the appointment of three Vice
Presidents: Owens A. McCullough, P.E., Patrick S. Somma and Troy F.           Patricia Estes HHP, of Woodbury Hill Wellness is now credentialed in
McDonald, P.L.S.                                                              holistic psychology. She is available for workshops and counseling in
                                                                              stress and anxiety management, thought reframing and classic Positive
Kenleigh Nicoletta, an Associate with Brann & Isaacson, ran in the            Mental Attitude (PMA). 786-3997
Boston Marathon as a member of the American Liver Foundation’s Run
for Research Team.                                                            Bates Dance Festival announces the Youth Arts Program July 20-August
                                                                              8. A summer dance and music camp for kids ages 6-17. For more informa-
Argo Marketing opened a new state of the art ‘Call Services Laboratory’,      tion call 786-6381 or visit
designed to service marketing companies in need of establishing best          abacus.bates.edu/dancefest/youthprogram.php.
practices with regards to sales, customer service and the implementation
of emerging technology.                                                       NAUI Scuba Class starts May 17th. For more information contact
                                                                              Skindivers Paradise at 784-7300 or www.skindiversparadise.com.
Coldwell Banker Millett Realty was presented the top award of #1
Selling Company in Maine at the annual Coldwell Banker awards event.          Louise Nicholas from L Enterprises reminds the membership that
                                                                              Mother’s Day is just around the corner.  Surprise that special woman in
Excel- Learn to Create Pivot Tables in 3 hours! May 8.  Call Tricia           your life with a Miche Bag.  For more information call 512-8134.
Richardson at VTEC: 699.3403 to register. 
                                                                              International Door Corp/Door Systems Corp, located at 66
Are you moving or relocating locally or out of state? Are you in need of      Westminster St. in Lewiston, is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of
office moving or reconfiguration services? Bisson Moving and Storage is       their brand new Showroom.
happy to help! Call 800-370-8469 for an estimate today!
                                                                              Adam Morris has joined Maine Family Federal Credit Union as
Dragonfly Trips specials: 7 nights in Barbados starting at $699 per per-      Director of Marketing.
son (September travel) and 7 nights all-inclusive in Punta Cana from $869
per person (price based on June 11 departure, others available). Contact      Time to hit the deck at Gritty’s and soak up some sun! There is nothing
Jane Grant at jane@dragonflytrips.com or 888-222-6846.                        better than good friends, great beer and food on the deck.

Agren Appliance will sponsor a Maine play premiere in 2009, God               The University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College
Touches, at the Franco American Heritage Center.  Written by                  announces the appointment of Dr. Joyce Gibson as Dean of the College,
Lewiston native Paul Baribault, this dramatic comedy features Dennis          effective July 1, 2009.
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Looking to plan a future meeting or event? Sunday                delicious sandwich, salad or wrap in the sun or under our
River is offering a free overnight stay to qualified meet-       spacious awning. For more information visit www.heidis-
ing planners! Come and experience the $14 million in             auburn.com.                                                           2008-09
recent upgrades; call 1-800-430-0767 to set up a visit.                                                                           BOARD OF DIRECTORS
                                                                 Austin Associates, PA, CPAs and Camden National
Music, poetry, dance, artwork, and individual stories of         Bank bring you a complimentary seminar, Accounting &          Peter Murphy, Chair
hope and recovery will fill the Franco-American                  Commercial Lending in a Challenging Economy, preced-          Neokraft Sign Co
Heritage Center on June 6 when Tri-County Mental                 ed by a complimentary breakfast on May 20 at the Hilton
                                                                                                                               Art Boulay, Chair Elect
Health Services hosts the fourth annual Inspired Voices          Garden Inn Riverwatch in Auburn.  To register call 783-       Strategic Talent Management
Benefit Concert and Art Exhibit.                                 9111 or email hillary@austinpa.com.
                                                                                                                               Robin Robbins, Treasurer
Tina Currie of Five County Credit Union has been pro-            Free Medicine Disposal Day for Androscoggin County!           Androscoggin Bank
moted to Commercial Services Manager.                            May 9 at Lewiston High School, 9:00 - 11:30 AM. FMI:
                                                                                                                               Trisha Fletcher, Past Chair
                                                                 AVCOG - 783-9186 or Healthy Androscoggin - 795-               Team Fletcher,
Dube Travel is starting a new avenue of travel called            5990.                                                         Coldwell Banker Millett Realty
“Women on the Go”. If you are interested in receiving
mailings regarding upcoming trips e-mail Terry at                Museum L-A Multi-media extravaganza celebrates L-A’s          Jan Barrett
tcarpentier@dubetravel.com or call 784-2916.                     music history from 1940-1970’s. Tickets for dinner, danc-     Ware Street Inn Bed & Breakfast
                                                                 ing and show are $85 per person, General admission,           JoAnne Campbell
Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care was the for-              reserved seating tickets may be purchased for $20 by call-    Mechanics Savings Bank
tunate recipient of a very generous gift of $500 from the        ing the Colisée at 783-2009.
employees of Liberty Mutual.                                                                                                   Doug DiVello
                                                                 Northeast Bank teamed up with City of Lewiston and            Central Maine Healthcare Corp
The Thomas College Art Gallery will feature the original         investment group to celebrate the groundbreaking of
photography of Patrick Brancaccio through June 26.                                                                             Susan Donovan
                                                                 Birch Hill Senior Housing Project.                            Donovan's Auto Sales
The Brunswick Business Center and owner Art Boulay               Eric Blom, former business editor for the Press Herald        Adam Dunbar
was recognized April 8 as the Small Business of the Year         joins Broadreach Public Relations as VP – Public              Wachovia Securities
by the Southern Maine Midcoast Chamber.                          Relations.                                                    Patti Gagne
May 22-25 – McLaughlin Garden Lilac Festival, for                                                                              Patti Gagne Agency, Allstate Insurance
                                                                 Nordic Walking LLC: Rita & Kate offering free Nordic
more information call 743-8820 or visit www.mclaughlin-          Walk demonstrations every Sat @ 10:00AM from                  Clif Greim
garden.org.                                                      Simard-Payne Police Memorial Park 4/25 thru 5/30.             Harriman and Associates

Eaton Peabody Consulting Group, LLC has announced                FREE demo poles will be available on site. Come try this      Kevin Healey
the addition of Mathew H. Eddy and John P. Holden to             new efficient/fun style of Fitness Walking.                   St. Mary’s Health System
its consulting staff.                                            www.nordicwalkingllc.com
                                                                                                                               Elaine Hemenway
                                                                 Rinck Advertising has launched their new website!             Payroll Management Inc
L/A Community Little Theatre presents: Disney
Through The Years. May 23, 2PM & 7:30PM and May                  www.rinckadvertising.com.                                     Jennifer Hogan
24, 2PM. All tickets $10, FMI or tickets: visit                                                                                Community Credit Union
                                                                 Join Kristin & Ed Fournier and TriVita’s Michael
www.laclt.com or call 783-0958.                                  Ellison and Brazos Minshew in Bangor on May 19 to             Gretchen Jones
                                                                                                                               Skelton Taintor & Abbott PA
Get more information on the $8,000 tax credit for first-         learn about the benefits of Sonoran Bloom Nopalea™,
time buyers by calling Laurie Danforth of Keller                 proven to help with inflammation issues. For more infor-      Jonathan LaBonte, YPLAA Chair
Williams Realty Mid Maine at 689-9866.                           mation call 783-0110 or email,                                Androscoggin Land Trust
Androscoggin Habitat for Humanity will hold Build-A-                                                                           Mary LaFontaine
                                                                                                                               Career Center
Car, Build-A-Home Race Event Information Meeting at              Over the last 2 years Starbucks in Auburn has con-
Lewiston High School on May 13 at 6pm.  For more                 tributed to the community by: collecting items for The        Kurk Lalemand
information visit www.androhforh.org or contact Deb              Androscoggin Humane Society and New Beginnings;               Next Level Business Coaching

Leonard at Deb@MainelyTechnology.com.                            sent pounds of coffee to the troops in Iraq; all marked out
                                                                                                                               Marc Lamare
                                                                 pastries go to Hope Haven; and raised over $300 for           Elmet Technologies
Central Maine Medical Center is the only hospital in             Good Shepherd Food Bank.
Maine to earn HealthGrades 5-Star Rating for carotid                                                                           Darlene Cadorette Levesque
surgery excellence.                                              Scott Simmonds of Insurance Consultants of Maine              White Rock Distilleries
                                                                 was inducted into the Million Dollar Consultant® Hall of
                                                                                                                               Rick Malinowski
Gleason Media has introduced a new interactive web               Fame.                                                         Procter & Gamble
page that lists all Androscoggin County legislators with
links to their state web sites and email. Visit                  The Maine International Trade Center launched Asia            Scott McKenney
                                                                                                                               Hilton Garden Inn
LewistonAuburn.com.                                              Desk, which provides technical assistance, market
                                                                 research, trade leads, and organizes Trade Missions.          Iman Poeraatmadja
Remodeling or building a new home this spring? That’s a                                                                        Burgess Computer
great time to invest in your family’s safety. Call or email
Rick Rodrigue at Chandler Security Systems today at                                                                            David Scobey
576-3418 or chandlersecurity@roadrunner.com.                                              Oops!                                Bates College

Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli patio is now open. It’s been a long              The wrong ad for Greater Androscoggin Humane            Susan Stacey
                                                                                                                               Central Maine Community College
winter so don’t spend your lunch hour inside. Enjoy a                Society was posted in our 2009 Resource Guide. Their
                                                                        correct address is 55 Strawberry Ave, Lewiston.        Laurie St Pierre
                                                                                                                               Percy's Burrow

                                                                                                                               Peter Steele
                                                                                                                               Twin City Times

                                                                                                                               Peter Traill
                                                                                                                               Nason Mechanical Systems Inc.

                                                                                                                               Jennifer Willey
                                                                                                                               Canteen Services

                                                                                                                               Thomas Wilson
                                                                                                                               Gritty McDuff’s
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2009 WORK HEALTHY AWARD WINNERS!                                                                        ADOPT A SPOT TO BEGIN 26th SEASON
                                                                                                        With the spring planting season almost at hand, organizers of The
                                                              Healthy Androscoggin’s Work
                                                                                                        Chamber’s popular Adopt-A-Spot beautification program are getting
                                                              Healthy Award Program recognizes
                                                                                                        ready. The project, part of The Chamber’s Regional Image Committee, is
                                                              businesses and organizations within
                                                                                                        now in its 26th season. Local businesses and civic groups get an opportu-
                                                              Androscoggin County that place a
                                                                                                        nity to help beautify the Twin Cities by planting public gardens on munic-
                                                              high priority on promoting good
                                                                                                        ipally-owned lands in high visibility places. The Chamber provides
                                                              health of their employees. By sup-
                                                                                                        attractive signs to recognize each spot’s sponsor.
                                                              porting tobacco-free lifestyles,
                                                              encouraging physical activity or          While adopters are expected to commit to a spot for only one year, many


                                                              promoting healthy eating, the fol-        businesses and groups choose to keep their spot year after year. Over 50


                                                                                                        locations were planted last year at parks, traffic islands, welcome areas,

                       TI N               HE                  lowing businesses and organizations


                  M           G G OOD         L I
                                                                                                        boat launches, and bridge entrances. It’s not too late for those interest-
                          U N             A                   are realizing the benefits of a health-
                                      C O
                              I T Y
                                                              ier workforce.                            ed in getting involved in the program. Call Emily Savoy at the
                                                                                                        Chamber at 783-2249 for information.
Gold Award: Central Maine Medical Center, Occupational Medical
Consulting LLC, ING and St. Mary’s Health System
Silver Award: Sun Journal, Thayer Corporation, Formed Fiber
Technologies, City of Lewiston, Northeast Bank, Maine Oxy, and
Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care
Bronze: Catholic Charities of Maine-Refugee & Immigration Services,
Androscoggin Bank, Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce,
Seniors Plus, Mainely Technology, Advocates For Children,
Mechanics Saving Bank, Gleason Media Services, Support Solutions,
FISC Solutions, Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, Mountain
Machine Works, Community Concepts, Inc., Uncle Andy’s Digest,
Central Maine Community College, Pathways, TD Banknorth and
Futureguard Building Products.
Quality: Wales Elementary School
Merit: Western Maine Community Action
Whether large or small, employers can take action to support employee
health. A beginning step for a Work Healthy Award is a written
tobacco policy. Call Healthy Androscoggin today at 795-5990 to get
started on your way!                                                                                    LAEGC ANNUAL DINNER MAY 14
 TH                                                                                                     The Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council will host its Annual
                                                                                                        Dinner and Business Forum on Thursday, May 14, at the Ramada
FAIR                                                                                                    Conference Center in Lewiston. The keynote speaker will be Emmet
The largest job fair ever was held at Central Maine Community College                                   Beliveau, a Maine native who is now working as the Director of Advance
on April 2nd. Over 1000 job seekers came through the doors to meet with                                 for President Barack Obama, coordinating all the necessary preparations
the 40 employers at the fair. The event was sponsored by: The Chamber,                                  whenever the president travels around the country and the world.
Central Maine Community College, The Employment Times, The                                              The event, which attracts well over 300 business and community leaders,
CareerCenter, The Auburn Mall, Gleason Media Group, IKON, Neokraft                                      also serves as the forum for the Cities of Lewiston and Auburn to present
Signs and the Sun Journal.                                                                              their annual Economic Achievement Awards to the area’s preeminent
                                                                                                        companies and organizations. The program will also include a video pre-
                                                                                                        sentation highlighting the many exciting projects taking place in
                                                                                                        The cost of attending is $45 per person, or a table of 8 for $315. Special
                                                                                                        thanks to Camden National Bank, Maine Turnpike Authority, Kaplan
                                                                                                        University, Oxford Networks, Sun Journal, and WGME-13.   To make a
                                                                                                        reservation call LAEGC at 784-0161.

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MEMBER IN FOCUS:                                                              Poliquin has been such a fixture on Lisbon Street, he’s got an loyal clien-
By Toni Seger, ProseWorks ™                                                   tele any business owner would envy. Customers prize his exceptional ser-
                                                                              vice and attention to detail. “People are amazed when I say we make
Paul’s Clothing and Shoe Store                                                alterations at no charge, but that’s the concept of service I learned. Maybe
                                                                              I’m just old fashioned,” he says with a grin. In addition to free alterations,
Paul Poliquin always wanted his own business and he’s always enjoyed          Paul’s Clothing doesn’t levy either service or freight charges on special
working hard for it. At the age of 6, he sold greeting cards, at 9 he had a   orders and they never abandoned free 30 day layaway. In addition, this is
paper route and by 15 Paul was working for a painting contractor who          the first shoe store I’ve been in, in decades, where a patron gets their feet
also had him working on demolition sites. The long standing owner of          measured for a real fit!
Paul’s Clothing & Shoe Store at 281 Lisbon Street, Poliquin has enjoyed
a very comfortable life working in Lewiston’s downtown and he’s always        Now, Paul Poliquin has a vision for upper Lisbon Street which he’d like
given back to the community he loves.                                         to see realized. “Look at the change in Lower Lisbon”, he points out with
                                                                              pride. “The Gateway is just beautiful. We eliminated blight and substitut-
Having grown up as one of 11 siblings, Poliquin learned to assert himself     ed new and refurbished buildings that have been a boon to this city;
on issues that concerned him the most. When some thought the Bates Mill       Andover College, Northeast Bank, The Chamber, Oxford Networks. It’s
should be torn down in 1992, Poliquin                                         fantastic what we have here. Now that we’ve accomplished so much, we
spoke out about wanting to see it restored.                                                                    don’t want to drop the ball.” What
A life long Lewiston resident, Poliquin                                                                        Poliquin is referring to are the empty and
believed the historic buildings were key to                                                                    deteriorating store fronts at the upper end
a new phase in the economic life of L/A. At                                                                    of the street. He proposes forming a small
the time, Poliquin was serving on the city                                                                     steering committee of a half-dozen people
council and would later serve as its                                                                           which he is willing to chair that actively
President. Along with the Mayor and other                                                                      works toward bringing life back to upper
city councilors, he traveled to Washington                                                                     Lisbon. “A couple economic development
D.C. in order to lobby then Senate Majority                                                                    experts from City Hall, an elected offi-
Leader George Mitchell about reviving the                                                                      cial, two store owners and a reporter
mill instead of tearing it down. It proved to                                                                  would be a great way to brainstorm
be an exciting experience. Poliquin and his                                                                    ideas.” Because he believes in ‘walking
group left Washington with a check for                                                                         the walk’, Paul Poliquin is prepared to
$1.2 million to make roof and furnace                                                                          offer three free months in a year’s lease
repairs in the main area of the mill and                                                                       to the right tenant for the corner portion
begin the process of trying to attract ten-                                                                    of his building at Lisbon and Chestnut.
ants.                                                                                                          He believes if other landlords clean up
                                                                                                               the facades of empty buildings and offer
Today, the results of a community wide                                                                         similarly attractive terms, they’ll all see
effort grow more apparent all the time as the formerly dark and empty         new businesses in the downtown.
mill that was once the city’s biggest economic engine, comes back to life
in a host of new guises. “Community work is always an investment in           In fact, by the time this article appears there should be survey forms in
time”, says Paul, “and you have to be patient to realize a vision, but when   Paul’s store asking patrons what sort of business they think should be
you see what can happen it makes it all worth while.” Paul Poliquin is so     located on his prize intersection where parking is abundant. “Couldn’t
happy about the city’s progress at the mill, he’s determined to see mill      you see a nice cafe on the corner?”, he asks with a twinkle. I can and we
building # 5 saved as well. “We have a terrific opportunity right now.        begin to explore the many different types of specialty businesses that
There are economic stimulus dollars available that could help turn build-     aren’t located in the downtown and would greatly add to its flavor. “I
ing # 5 into a convention center. I can already see the jobs we could cre-    want to see more families in the downtown and we can realize that if we
ate.”                                                                         offer something for every age group.”

Having worked on Lisbon Street since graduating high school in 1972,          There should also be a new, hand made wrought iron fence framing the
Poliquin has seen lots of ups and downs over the years. He’s convinced        new parking area Paul cleared for his tenants after buying and demolish-
the best time to launch a new business is in a downturn because a rising      ing the dilapidated building. next to him. Paul’s vision includes a time
economy will lift new businesses with it. “These are tough times, no          when Lisbon Street doesn’t have empty storefronts anymore. At that
question, but we’ll get through it by helping each other. We need to see      point, he proposes a parade down Lisbon Street and a celebration of eth-
this as an opportunity to launch new initiatives.” Having been located in     nic diversity, with a fabulous buffet, in the now empty McCrory depart-
the downtown for so long, Poliquin is very familiar with the people who       ment store which Paul envisions as a mini-mall with a restaurant at its
live in the Twin Cities and he talks to them regularly. He’s always hired     center.
local tradesmen to work on his properties which he thinks is more impor-
tant than ever.                                                               Check out Paul’s incredible Carhartt inventory, his unbelievable 90 styles
                                                                              of work boots and vote your preference in his survey at 281 Lisbon.
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2009 MOXIE FESTIVAL July 10-12, 2009                                           THANKS TO OUR ADVERTISERS
                                                                               From Chip Morrison
Plans are underway for the 26th Annual Moxie Festival from July 10-12
in Lisbon Falls. The festival is being organized by a local committee
                                                                               The Chamber News is one of the premiere chamber newsletters in the
headed by Sue & Toby Conroy. For information about sponsorship
                                                                               state and indeed across the country. It is possible only with the support of
opportunities or the festival, call The Chamber at 783-2249.
                                                                               our advertisers.

                                                                               I deeply appreciate the long-time support of our newsletter advertisers.
       The Moxie Festival                      July 10-12, 2009                They include: Affordable Exhibit Displays, Alliance Press, Central
                                                                               Maine Medical Center, Community Credit Union, GHM Insurance,
                                                                               Gleason Media Group, Next Level Business Coaching, Ouellette &
            Pancake Breakfast                                                  Associates and Oxford Networks
            Canoe Race
            Parade                                                             The Chamber News is distributed to over 1,300 chamber member busi-
            Crafts                                                             nesses six times a year, with a total distribution of over 2100 readers.
            Moxie Recipe Contest                                               If you would like to become one of our advertisers, call me at 783-2249.
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                 For more information call 783-2249 or visit

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