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					                                                                InTouch                    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER…….....…..………....DECEMBER 2010

                              Meet The Reps                                                                               Highlights in this Issue:
                                                                                                                 P. 2: From the President’s Chair
                  Change of Date: Thursday, December 16, 5:30-7:00 PM                                            P. 3: Annual Award Nominations
                   @ the Mid-Maine Chamber, 50 Elm Street, Waterville                                            P. 4: Member Events Calendar
                                                                                                                 P. 5: Local Holiday Events Calendar
                                                      for our members to share their experiences and
                                                      feelings candidly with those in position to effect             Good Health = Good Business
                                                      policy.                                                    P. 6: Holiday Donation Opportunities
                                                                                                                 P. 8: Member Spotlight: Day’s Jewelers
                                                      The series has historically been well attended by
                                                      Chamber of Commerce members, local town
                                                      representatives, state representative and senators,
                                                      as well as representatives from our federal dele-

                                                 So come enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and adult
                                                 beverages with your fellow Chamber members
T  he Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce’s Public and elected officials in the next round of “Meet
Policy Committee will again host a series of     the Reps” hosted by the Mid-Maine Chamber of
“Meet the Reps” with the first one of the season Commerce in their new building located at 50
starting December 16th.                          Elm St., Waterville, on Thursday, December
The purpose of these events is to give the mem-
bers of the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce an          RSVP is required. Please register by calling
opportunity to visit and talk with their elected      Katie Hoskins at 207-873-3315, email
officials in an un-structured, non-threatening,, or registering
                                                      online by clicking “Meet The Reps” on the                 What is it?
casual environment. This format has provided a
greater possibility to talk face-to-face with your    Chamber’s event calendar at                      has been developed in Maine,
elected officials gaining insight into their posi-                                  through the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, as a
tions, the legislative process, and also allowing                                                               statewide internship-matching program that links
                                                                                                                employers, students, colleges and universities. It pro-
                                                                                                                vides powerful high-tech Web-based search technol-
                         Mid-Maine Chamber                                                                      ogy, a matching and reporting system coupled with
                                                                                                                high touch personal assistance.

                          Gift Certificates!                                                                    Who does it help?
                                                                                                                The outreach program provides a
                                                                                                                statewide service that bridges the gap between educa-
 Looking for the perfect gift this holiday sea-                                                                 tors, businesses and students. This highly interactive
 son? Don’t forget about our Mid-Maine Cham-                                                                    web based search platform is a win-win for the stu-
 ber of Commerce Gift Certificates! These Gift                                                                  dent, employer and the college or university, and
 Certificates are redeemable at nearly 200 local                                                                here's how:
 businesses throughout the mid-Maine region
                                                                                                                      Students - Often time's students feel the need to
 including hair salons, restaurants, hardware
                                                                                                                leave the state to pursue more plentiful career ad-
 stores, gift shops, fitness centers, and more!
                                                                                                                vancement opportunities. Through it's simple but
 They are perfect for every person on your list
                                                                                                                sophisticated keyword search technology, the Intern-
 including teenagers, moms, dads, clients and
                                                                                                       portal allows students to browse and
 colleagues!                                          the blue insert in this newsletter or visit               connect with potential employers statewide. In addi-
                                                                tion to the statewide access to work experience oppor-
 You can purchase them by stopping into the           gift_certificates.html.                                   tunities, provides students with
 Chamber office at 50 Elm Street in Waterville                                                                  helpful resources as they prepare to transition from
 anytime between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday           If your business is interested in accepting Cham-         student to career development.
 through Friday, or by calling in advance, 873-       ber gift certificates, please contact Katie Hoskins             Employers - Internships are becoming a primary
 3315. Gift certificates come in denominations of     at 873-3315. The ability to accept Chamber Gift           recruiting tool for companies across the
 10’s, 25’s and 50’s. We accept cash, check, Visa,    Certificates is a free benefit exclusive to mem-
 MasterCard, Discover and American Express. To        ber businesses.                                           See “” continued on Page 3...
 view the entire list of redeemable businesses, see

                       50 ELM STREET, WATERVILLE, ME 04901 • TEL: (207) 873-3315 • FAX: (207) 877-0087 • E-MAIL:
                               WEB SITE: • Mike Crowell, Chair of the Board • Kimberly Lindlof, President & CEO
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From the President’s Chair
                      I am happy to report that I am
                      back at the Chamber, and al-
                      ready deeply immersed in the
                      full swing of things. It has                      Cape Air                                    Minuteman Signs
                      been fabulous to return to a                Contact: Nancy Witham                           Contact: Kevin McKeen
                      new office with increased visi-
                                                                     75 Airport Road                                 341 Main Street
                      bility that is profoundly more
                      accommodating and spacious.                  Augusta, ME 04330                               Waterville, ME 04901
 Bowdoin Photography  If you have not been in, please             Phone: 1-800-352-0714                            Phone: 207-660-6671
drop by and get the tour. It is truly a much better
image for you, our members.
A huge thank you goes to my colleagues, Danielle
and Katie, for holding down the fort in my absence
and to the executive board as well for the additional
responsibilities that they assumed while I was away.
I could not have done it without your dedication to
the Chamber and its members.
                                                             Next Business After Hours:
There have been some big changes this month, not
the least of which is the transformation happening in
January of state government. Your Chamber stands                                                    Oak Grove
ready to embrace those changes and work with the
new administration as well as state and local legisla-
                                                                                          Living & Rehabilitation Center
tors and municipal official, to better the business                                                     27 Cool Street, Waterville
climate and thus your bottom line. Please join us on                                      Co-Sponsored by Care & Comfort
Dec. 16 from 5:30 to 7 PM to meet and chat with
your elected officials at our first Meet the Reps event
at the chamber office at 50 Elm Street in downtown                                               Wednesday, December 8th
Waterville. Thanks to Eagle Rental for once again
sponsoring this series -- that means tasty hors d'oeu-                                                5:30-7:00 PM
vres and drinks for all of you!
                                                                 50/50 sponsored by:
On a sad note, Danielle Chaput is moving on to an-
other non-profit opportunity and relocating to the                                                    Beer, wine, & hors d’oeuvres
greater Portland area. She will be greatly missed at
the Chamber, but also at KV Connect, Big Broth-
                                                                                                       door prizes, 50/50 raffle
                                                                  of Augusta/Waterville
ers/Big Sisters, and other places where Danielle has
made her mark in a relatively short period of time.
She was an asset to us all, and served our members
well. Best of luck to you, Danielle!
Happy, happy holidays to you and yours. Please stay
safe.                                                     In November’s member spotlight article, Glacial Energy’s contact information was inadvertently

                             - Kimberly
                                                          omitted: For a free, no obligation savings analysis, contact Scott Nutting at 207-215-9201 or by email
                                                          at: or by using the following link:

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                                                                                                               Relocation • Seasonal • Residential
                                                                                                             (207) 873-2119 ~
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                                                                                                                 27 Cool Street • Waterville, ME 04901
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                                                                                                                                                  Page 3                                       material, the job market, the skills needed for suc-
                                                       cess, and the regional economy. Various tools and
                                                                                                                Annual Award Nominations
...continued from cover                                resources make an invaluable
                                                       asset to the educator community.                         The Mid-Maine Chamber is now accepting nomi-
country. A recent study by the National Association                                                             nations for businesses and individuals for the
of Colleges and Employers revealed that 82.5% of       Why                                    2010 Annual Awards Dinner. Nominations need
employers surveyed have an internship or co-op         The program offers in-state employers faster access      to be made for a specific category. Categories
program. Furthermore, over 50% of interns accept       to statewide talent. is a free          include:
full time employment with the company for whom         online system that assists in retaining students by
they interned. This allows businesses to bring fresh   offering valuable internship opportunities through-      -Distinguished Community Service award
ideas and talent, the latest technologies, and ener-   out the state. An internship program is a powerful       -Business Person of the Year
getic students into their companies. A well matched    recruitment tool, with more than 50% of interns          -Business of the Year
internship helps businesses attract and recruit tal-   accepting employment from their host company.            -Outstanding Professional
ented individuals, saving money, time and effort       Maine's declining and aging population make pro-         -Community Service Project of the Year
often incurred in relocation, recruiting and con-      grams to incentivize retention of students critical to   -Rising Star Award
stantly training individuals.         Maine's future workforce.                                -Customer Service Stardom Award
will work with Maine businesses statewide, provid-                                                              -Elias A. Joseph Award
ing resources and assistance to grow the number of     Goals for
internships offered in Maine, and ultimately work-                                                              To view the criteria for each award, please
                                                       The goals of the program are to enhance the career       visit and click on
ing toward building a stronger talented workforce.     development efforts already in place by the col-
   Educators - expands and                                                                     the Annual Awards Nominations on our home-
                                                       leges and universities + provide businesses with         page. To place a nomination, please email, fax or
enhances current efforts by Maine's education com-     statewide access like never before + offer students
munity. While internships are beneficial to students                                                            mail your nomination to Katie Hoskins at
                                                       meaningful internship experiences in Maine = a , fax: 207-877-
and employers, the internship experience is equally    positive impact for Maine and our future work-
beneficial to the faculty involved at each college                                                              0087, address: 50 Elm Street, Waterville, ME
                                                       force!                                                   04901. Deadline to submit a nomination is
and university. provides yet
another venue for faculty and administration to                                                                 December 10th. Please include:
                                                       For more information about the program, please
communicate with students and business profes-         contact Joyce LaRoche at 207-623-4568, ext. 23,
sionals involved with internships. Faculty and ad-                                                              1.) your name and business
                                              or Amy Downing at
ministration have the ability to monitor the stu-                                                               2.) your nominee’s name and business
                                                       207-623-4568, ext. 14, adown-
dent's progress and applicability of educational                                                                3.) the category for which you are nominating
                                                                                                                4.) specific reason(s) why your nominee qualifies
                                                                                                                for a nomination in that particular category.
 EPA’s Renovation, Repair                                                            at the Skowhegan Com-
 & Painting training is now                                                          munity Center, located     Nominations will be reviewed the by the Annual
 available. This course was                                                          at 39 Poulin Drive,        Awards committee and will be announced by the
 developed by the US Envi-                                                           Skowhegan. Specifics       end of 2010. If you have further questions, please
 ronmental Protection Agency          are from 8 AM - 4:30 PM.                and concerns of the proposed      contact Katie Hoskins. Thank you for your nomi-
 to train renovation, repair, and     You must pre-register by call-          project will be addressed by      nations!
 painting contractors how to          ing Denise Delorie: 692-7385            representatives from First
 work safely in housing with          or                  Wind, as well as an outline of
 lead-based paint and comply                                                  potential Tax Incentive Fi-                                       Last year’s Distin-
 with EPA’s RRP Rule, and             The Somerset County Com-                nancing scenarios and a de-                                       guished Commu-
 HUD’s Lead Safe Housing              missioners, Somerset Eco-               scription of the development                                      nity Service Award
 Rule. Course locations: Dec.         nomic Development Corpora-              of a Community Benefit                                            went to Walter
 13, Augusta AMHI Grounds,            tion, and the Kennebec Valley           Agreement required of wind                                        Simcock. Left to
 Response Training Room;              Council of Governments will             power projects by recent State                                    Right: Mike Cro-
 Dec. 14, Skowhegan Recrea-           host an informational meeting           Legislation, 35-A M.R.S.A.                                        well, Chair of the
 tion Center; Feb. 17, Water-         on the wind power project               Sec 3454(2). This meeting is                                      Board, Mr. Sim-
 ville Alfond Youth Center            proposed by First Wind for              informational only and is not                                     cock, Kimberly
 Library; Feb. 18, Augusta            Mayfield Plantation, Somerset           part of the required Land Use                                     Lindlof, President
 AMHI Grounds, Response               County held on Tuesday, De-             Regulation Commission per-                                        & CEO of the Mid-
 Training Room. All courses           cember 7 from 4:00-7:00 PM              mitting process.                                                  Maine Chamber.

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Dec. 1-2: The United Way of Mid-Maine 2010           Tours of the KVCC campus will be available from        Dec. 14: The Maine Association of Non-Profits
Community Forums will take place. Dec. 1 will be     4-5PM for those who wish to come early. Tours          SkillBuilder; Communication Styles & Leadership
held at the Bingham Town Office from 12-1:30         will leave from Carter Hall. RSVP by calling           session will be held at the USM Lewiston Auburn
PM, and Dec. 2 at Belgrade Community Center for      KVCC at 453-5800 or the Buker Center at 622-           College from 9 A.M. to noon. This SkillBuilder
All Seasons from 12-1:30 PM. Refreshments and        5001.                                                  will include a discovery of your core communica-
lunch will be provided. There is no Fee to attend.                                                          tion style strengths, how your strengths can cause
Contact United Way of Mid-Maine at 873-0686                                                                 communication problems, and which communica-
to save your spot.                                   Dec. 9: St. John Regional Catholic School will be      tion tools are most effective for you. FMI: non-
                                                     holding their second annual Barnes and Noble 
                                                     Bookfair, all day at the Augusta store on 9 Market-
Dec. 1&9: Inland Hospital will be hosting a Pre-     place Drive. Just mention St. John Regional
diabetes: What is it? What can you do about it?                                                             Dec. 16: Maine Association of Non-Profits Skill-
                                                     Catholic School when you checkout and our              Builders presents, Our Place in the World pre-
conference in the Medical Arts Conference Room       school will recieve a percentage of all
at 10:30 AM. There is no charge for attending the                                                           sented by Barbara Wentworth from 9 A.M – noon.
                                                     sales. Please join us in the evening beginning at 6    This session will give participants the opportunity
conference. Pre-registration is required 861-3333.   PM for a preview of our Christmas concert; a craft     to go beyond direct service efforts to identify
                                                     activity and story time with a special guest. You      longer-term impact as an organization and as a
Dec. 2: Design, create, and paint greeting cards     can also visit to support us on       member of a larger community. It will be held at
with Tricia Moran from 3:30-4:30 PM at Fresh         line from December 9th until December 13th. Just       the Bulker Community Center in Augusta. FMI:
Water Arts. Children, youth and adults will ex-      use Bookfair ID 10262467. Thank you for your
plore the medium of watercolor paints and create     support!
unique card designs to give to friends and family.
To register: 680-2055 or   Dec. 9: Join Apollo Day Spa & Bistro for their               Business Breakfast Series
                                                   holiday open house from 4:00pm-8:00pm. Learn
Dec. 2 & 7: Uhl-Melanson Investor Services will about Aveda's new Holiday packages, and men's                           Special:
be hosting two 1 hour educational tax update semi- care line. Terez, an Aveda make-up specialist will
nars for their clients. C. Patrick Michaud, CPA,   be there to answer any product or application
MSA, and partner with Nicholson & Associates,      questions. Feel free to bring your friends and fam-
PA. will present “Tax Changes & Updates for        ily for a tour. Holiday Gift Certificates will be
2010 and Beyond.” An evening of “Tax Facts &       available. There will also be raffle tickets for sale,
Snacks” will be offered on December 2nd from       with proceeds going to the Maine Children's
5:30 – 6:30 PM. and a “Lunch & Learn” from         Home. Winners of the raffle will receive duffle
noon – 1 PM on December 7th will be offered. If    bags filled with gifts from Apollo and other area
interested, contact Debbie at 859-8877.            businesses. We look forward to seeing you there!           Buy 10 Breakfasts for the price of 9!

Dec. 5: At 6 PM. the Warming Up for Christmas,       Dec. 10-12: The Nutcracker Ballet will be per-          Available only before January 12th. Exclusive
Benefit and Concert for the Homeless Shelter will    formed at 7 PM Friday, 2 PM and 7 PM Saturday,            to Mid-Maine Chamber members. Contact
take place at the Waterville Opera House. FMI        and 2 PM Sunday at the Waterville Opera House.               Katie Hoskins at 873-3315 or email                                  FMI                         to reserve
                                                                                                                        your 2011 special today!
Dec. 6: Kennebec Valley Community College will       Dec. 11: Blue Wave Studio’s Saturday Night
hold a free Open House for veterans and their        Dance Night that was scheduled for Nov. is now            This special is good for one employee from a
guests featuring dinner, campus tours, a panel       being held in Dec. Lessons are from 6:30-7:30            member business to attend each breakfast. The
discussion, financial aid guidance, program infor-   PM, and then open dancing from 7:30-9:30 PM.             employee does not need to be the same person
mation, and much more. The “Welcome Home to          $7.50/person for the lesson and dance, and $5 for                       at each breakfast.
KVCC” Open House from 5-8 PM is open to any          students and seniors. For a full calendar of events
veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces and their guests.   go to

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                                                    Holiday Events Calendar
Kringleville, November                                    Dec. 2: Hospice Volunteers of Waterville: Lights          Benefit and Concert for the Homeless Shelter will
26-December 22                                            for Life Open House & Tree Lighting. you are wel-         take place at the Waterville Opera House. FMI
One of Downtown's oldest                                  come to join at the Hospice Community Center for
traditions. Parents, bring                                an open house 4:30-7 PM. Guests enjoy refresh-
your children to visit Santa                              ments prepared by the Lights for Life Committee           Dec. 7 & 16: at the MaineGeneral Medical Cen-
at his Waterville home, Kringleville in Castonguay        while enjoying music a time of support and camara-        ter, Augusta Campus, Conference room 2a, Coop-
Square. Visit for more infor-        derie. Activities for children are also part of the       ing with the Holidays support group will be held
mation, including Santa's schedule, photos from past      evening. A special tree lighting ceremony rounds          from 6-7:30 PM. HealthReach Hospice & Volun-
years and more!                                           out the evening, in commemoration of people we            teers of Kennebec Valley will help people manage
                                                          have loved and lost.                                      the holiday season for family and friends grieving
Dec. 2: Design, Create, Paint Greeting Cards from                                                                   the loss of a loved one. The cost is free; please con-
3:30 – 4:30 P.M. Children and adults will explore         Dec. 4: The Gardiner Holiday Parade and tree light-       tact Blyths Edwards at 626-1780 to register.
the medium of watercolor paints and create unique         ing will take place. The parade will begin at 10 AM.
card designs to give to friends and family for the        and the tree lighting at 6:30 PM. There will be carol-    Dec. 10-12, Waterville Opera House Main Stage -
holidays!. For ages 7 to adult. Register in advance.      ing as well, beginning at 5:30 PM. FMI contact            The Nutcracker at 7:30 PM.
Freshwater Arts: 680-2055,                                Gardiner Main Street: 582-3100 or                         There's always something new in this perennial,                                                    holiday favorite from the Bossov Ballet Theater.                                                                                             FMI: 873-7000
                                                          Dec. 5: At 6 PM. the Warming Up for Christmas,

                                                    Good Health = Good Business
By William McPeck, MSW, CWWPC                                                                                      plish), relevant (it is something you want to do) and
                                                                                                                   time limited (you can achieve it within a specified
                                                                                                                   period that you establish). Research has shown us
Holiday Season 2010                                                                                                that behavior change is more successful when the
With the holiday season upon us, I have four well-                                                                 individual seeking to make a lifestyle behavior
ness/health/well-being thoughts I want to share with                                                               change has social and environmental supports. If
you.                                                                                                               you are an employer, what social and environmental
                                                          2.) With all the great food and drink available dur-
1.) The holiday season can, for many, be yet another                                                               supports can you establish to help your employees
                                                          ing the holidays, it is well documented that many of
stressor in today’s already stressful life. Dealing                                                                achieve their New Year’s resolutions?
                                                          us gain 5 or more pounds over the holidays. As an
with family, trying to accomplish all the holiday         individual, commit to no weight gain or to gaining
related activities and attend all the holiday events      no more than 2 pounds this holiday season. If you        4.) With the holiday season comes holiday parties.
are typical stressors related to the holiday season. If   are an employer, try running a simple, no weight         With the parties may come an increased exposure to
you are in retail, you and your employees also have       gain (a gain of 2 or less pounds is considered no        the use and potential abuse of alcohol. Remember
the added stressor of dealing with the holiday shop-      weight gain) challenge for your employees this holi-     that three or more drinks on any one occasion is
ping crowd. In early November, I found it very            day season. Challenges can be fun and are a great        risky drinking. Buzzed driving is unsafe driving.
interesting to see an OSHA guidance document              way to build spirit. To get started, all you need is a   Back when I was a fire marshal, I also observed a
cross my desk advising large retailers about how to       scale to weigh participants at the beginning and end.    high correlation between intoxication and fires,
protect their workers from the crowds on Black            If you can offer an incentive of some type, all the      especially dieing in a fire.
Friday.                                                   better.
As an individual, remember to take some time for                                                                   Have a joyous and safe holiday season.
you this holiday season. The season can be abso-
                                                          3.) Many of us establish New Year’s resolutions to
lutely beautiful and magical, so be sure to take some
                                                          start the New Year. If you are going to make a New       Bill McPeck is a Certified Worksite Wellness Pro-
time for yourself and do what you need to do to
                                                          Year’s resolution this year, make it a SMART reso-       gram Consultant and Director of Employee Health
enjoy it. If you are an employer, I ask you to think
                                                          lution. Make your resolution specific, measurable        and Safety for Maine State Government. Contact
about what you can do to help reduce the stress your
                                                          (measurable both in terms of the outcome and meas-       Bill with your questions and comments at 287-6783
employees may be experiencing, no matter what its
                                                          uring your progress along the way), achievable           or
                                                          (something you have the confidence you can accom-
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         Holiday Donation Opportunities
 Maine Children’s Home for Little                        support services. Donations can be made
 Wanderers: Christmas Program—                           to HVWA in lieu of holiday gift giving                        December 2010
 The Maine Children's Home distrib-                      or in memory of a loved one to Hospice
 utes boxes of gifts and clothing to                     Community Center. FMI: 873-3615,            Dec. 1    Wed.    Noon Information Services Committee
 approximately 1,600 financially                                                                                 Sam’s Italian Foods
 disadvantaged children throughout the state. It
                                                    American Lung Association: Support a             Dec. 7    Tues.   8 AM         Biz Attraction & Retention
 is the only program of its kind that provides
                                                    Cause Holiday Cards— The Lung Associa-                                               Chamber Boardroom
 new toys, books, games and new, warm cloth-
                                                    tion will receive ten percent of Shutterfly
 ing to boys and girls throughout Maine. Each                                                        Dec. 9    Thurs. Noon            Public Policy Committee
                                                    proceeds from the sale of its “Support-A-
 child typically receives: Mittens, insulated                                                                                            Chamber Boardroom
                                                    Cause” cards. Cards can be personalized
 gloves, and a hat; A reading book; A color-
                                                    inside and outside with both photo and text      Dec. 16 Thurs.     7:30AM                Executive Board
 ing/activity book; Crayons or markers; A
                                                    layout options. Pricing is based on volume,                                           Chamber Boardroom
 large and a small toy; A family game; A
                                                    starting as low as $1.49 per card. Visit Shut-
 warm outfit. To donate, call 872-0261.                                                              Dec. 17 Fri. 11:30-1 PM      Board of Directors Luncheon
                                           Christmas Seals– This year’s
 Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter: Overflow               Christmas Seals can be directly bought
 Shelter— Volunteers are needed to set up           online. To order, visit http://                  Dec. 15    Wed.      8 AM            Membership Services
 winter sleeping quarters in the basement of                                            Chamber Boardroom
 the First Baptist Church to house people           england, call 202-785-3355 or email
 turned away by the overcrowded homeless
 shelter. The church shelter is scheduled to
                                                                                           Upcoming Events
 open Dec. 1. The shelter is seeking donations  Ongoing donations year-around for:                   2010 Business Breakfast Series
 of twin beds that are in good shape. Call 872- Unity Foundation, Crisis & Counseling Cen-           7:30-9 AM, @ Thomas College
 8082 to volunteer and donations may be sent    ters, Waterville BPW c/o REM, Kennebec
 to the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter, P.O. Box    Valley Community Action Program, Healthy             Dec. 8: Business Success Stories: How Three Local
 2612, Waterville, ME 04901. Checks should      Maine Partnership of Greater Waterville,             Businesses Did It: Becoming a successful business
 be marked "For Overflow Housing."                                                                   requires a lot of knowledge and information. One of the
                                                REM, Waterville Area Habitat for Humanity,
 American Cancer Society: Honor gifts—                                                               best paths to success is to learn from colleagues the do’s
                                                Salvation Army, Motivational Services, Wa-
 honor friends and family with a holiday dona- terville Sunrise Rotary Club, Clinton Lions           and don’ts that led them to their success (and/or fail-
 tion in their name.                                                                                 ures). A panel of three local, successful business people
                                                Club. Jobs for Maine Graduates, Learning             will offer their insights and secrets to success: Phil Roy,
 Pine Tree Society: Holiday Cards— Every        Disabilities Association of ME, Waterville           owner of Grondin’s Certified Cleaners; Mitch Sammons
 card purchased will support Pine Tree Soci-    Public Library, Family Violence Project,             of Sheridan Corporation, and Mike Runser from Valley
 ety’s full range of services designed to help  Skills. Inc., Sexual Assault Crisis & Support        Distributors. Come hear how these business owners built
 Maine people with disabilities lead active,                                                         strong, vibrant businesses from humble beginnings.
                                                Center, Woodfords Family Services, Kenne-
 more socially connected lives.
                                                bec Messalonskee Trails, United Way of               January 12: Preparing Maine/Realizing Maine:
 Spectrum Generation: Meals on Wheels           Mid-Maine, Allies, Inc, Waterville Historical        Education is Job One. Yellow Light Breen, Senior
 Ornament Drive: Donations of hand made         Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kenne-          Vice President & Chief Strategic Officer of Bangor Sav-
 holiday ornaments and/or meal sponsorships bec Valley, Maine & Company, Belgrade                    ings, will discuss Maine's challenges and opportunities
 to be delivered to their Meals on Wheels re-                                                        and how we must focus to create educational and eco-
                                                Regional Conservation Alliance, Unity Barn
 cipients in December. Nothing Says Lovin’                                                           nomic opportunity for Maine's current
 like Somethin’ from the Oven: Take the stress  Raisers, First Choice Pregnancy Resource             and future generations.
 out of your holiday baking and order Spec-     Center, Hardy Girls Healthy Woman, KV
 trums delicious pies today. Pick up an order   Connect, Sustain Mid-Maine, Kennebec Val-            2010-11 Business After Hours
 form at the front desk for choices and differ- ley Human Resources Association.                     5:30 to 7 PM
 ent holiday delivery dates. All proceeds sup-                                                       December 8: Oak Grove, co-hosted by Care & Comfort
 port the Spectrum agency programs.             To contact any of these organizations, visit         January 19: TY Events & Catering
                                       and search our               February 16: Cacciatores: An Italian Steakhouse
 Hospice Volunteers of Waterville: Dona-                                                             Please see insert for full 2011 schedule!
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MaineGeneral                                                                                  tage Policy Center’s
announced the                                                                                 chief executive officer    Special Invitation to Mid-
formation of a                                                                                Tarren Bragdon to
campaign cabinet and steering com-                                              serve as Co-Chair of the LePage
                                                                                                                         Maine Chamber Members!
mittee to help raise $10 million in     on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11.     Transition Team. To fulfill his du-
local funds to build a new regional     Please support this important event     ties as Transition Co-Chair, Tarren           Skowhegan Area Chamber
hospital in Augusta. The funds will     with the purchase of the special        will take a leave of absence from            Holiday Business After Hours
be matched by a $10 million chal-       commemorative T-shirts. S-XL are        MHPC. During Tarren's absence,
lenge grant from the Harold Alfond      $15/ea. 2XL-3XL are $18/ea. To          MHPC will continue its aggressive
Foundation. FMI about supporting        order, Lt. Scott Holst: 314-2703,       advocacy of the shared pro-growth,       On Wednesday, Dec. 15 from 5:15-
the campaign, call 861-8676 or 626- .              pro-liberty agenda.                      7PM the Skowhegan Area Cham-
1809.                                                                                                                    ber of Commerce will hold its De-
                                        On June 17, 2011 the Trek Across        In this season of Thanksgiving           cember Business After Hours at
The Maine Heritage Policy Center        Maine will begin from the moun-         please think about what Unity Barn       Good Will-Hinckley. All members
has launched a new Web site,            tains of Sunday River to the sea in     Raisers has done that you are            of the Mid-Maine Chamber of Com-, which in-           Belfast. The Trek is 180 miles of       thankful for, put a financial value on   merce are also invited! This night
cludes a petition to fix Maine’s        beautiful scenery and is in support     that work and, in the spirit of this     will give an opportunity to network
welfare system and to learn more        of the American Lung Associa-           holiday season, send in a donation       with those you may not regularly see
about Maine’s dependency issues.        tion. There will be overnight stay at   today! Your donation can and will        and to enjoy great atmosphere with
                                        University of Maine at Farmington       make a huge difference in what           the Festival of Trees still on display.
Guiding Stars, the                      and Colby College in Waterville.        Unity Barn Raisers can continue to       Refreshments and door prizes will be
world’s first store-                    The Trek is not a race and all ex-      do for our community in 2011 and         available. Please RSVP to Cory King
wide nutrition navi-                    perience levels are welcome. To         beyond! Donations can be made            at or
gation program, an-                     register:,       online, dropped at the Unity Barn        to Lisa McGowan at
nounces a partnership with              Gale Auclair 624-0302, trekacross-      Raisers' office or mailed to: UBR,
MaineGeneral Health to help pa-                       PO Box 381, Unity, ME 04988.
tients, visitors and staff identify
more nutritious food choices in the     Congratulations to Maine Center
hospital. Guiding Stars will rate       For Integrated Rehab. in Fair-
meals, snacks and grab-and-go           field. MCIR’s Out-Patient Brain                                                   Certified Retirement Plan Specialist
items according to its nutritional      Injury Rehab and the Out-Patient                                                  designation from the College for Fi-
value in the medical center’s cafete-   Stroke specialty programs                                                         nancial Planning in Denver, Colorado.
rias and the food served to patients.   were recently awarded a 3-year                                                    Congratulations Holly!
                                        accreditation by CARF, the Com-
The Maine Tourism Associa-              mision on Accreditation for Rehab.      On Oct. 22 at the City of Waterville’s
tion with their collaborators at        Facilities. Only 3-percent of                                              Daniel Doornbos, MD, a
                                                                                18th Annual Employee Recognition   specialist in pulmonary
Sephone Inc. is proud to an-            all CARF Surveys result in "no          Dinner held at the Elks Lodge and
nounce their new Web site               recommendations" such as                                                   medicine and critical care,
                                                                                Banquet Center, the Public Works   has joined MaineGeneral The               MCIR’s. This achievement is an          Fleet Maintenance Division: Fred
redesign makes the site user            indication of MCIR's long-standing,                                        Pulmonology Services in Waterville
                                                                                Dechaine, Mark Clement, Carey Col- and is a member of the active medical
friendly, provides easier access to     enduring commitment to superior         lamore and Floyd Giles was awarded
business information and more           service on behalf of the survivors of                                      staff. Doornbos earned his medical
                                                                                with the Above and Beyond award.   degree from the University of Kansas
connectivity to resources needed        stroke and other types of brain in-     The Visionary award was presented to
to plan a vacation or visit to          jury and their families living in                                          School of Medicine in Wichita and
                                                                                Rob Boschen, and the 2010 Employee completed his residency training in
Maine. The site will have ongo-         Maine. MCIR has additional out-         of the Year was awarded to Amanda
ing upgrades, so keep visiting!         patient locations in Brewer and                                            internal medicine at the University of
                                                                                Domini. Congratulations!           Vermont in Burlington. He completed
                                                                                                                   fellowship training in pulmonary and
The Waterville Fire Department
reminds you that the upcoming           Maine's next Governor, Paul             Holly Caron, of Golden Pond Wealth critical care medicine at Cedars-Sinai
                                        LePage, has named Maine Heri            Management, recently received the  Medical Center in Los Angeles.
2011 Firefighter’s Convention falls
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                                                                                                                          ensures that the diamonds are 100% conflict
Day’s Jewelers                                                                                                            free and provides jobs for people in one of the
                                                           chandising and information technology functions are most poverty stricken nations in the world.
             Founded in Portland in                        conducted at this location. Day’s employs approxi-
                            1914, Day’s Jewelers is        mately 50 people in downtown Waterville.               Kathy, Jeff and Jim Corey, Day’s owners, attribute
                            one of Maine’s oldest and                                                             the company’s success to four basic values that have
                            most respected firms.          Day’s Jewelers is well recognized as a leader in the been the core of its mission for nearly 100 years:
                            Day’s operates retail jew-     jewelry industry. The company was selected as one provide the best value, provide the largest selection
                            elry stores in Auburn,         of the 27 Best Jewelers in America by National Jew- in a wide variety of price ranges, operating in an
                            Bangor, Brunswick, South       eler in 2009. Day’s President, Jeff Corey is Vice      environment of absolute trust and transparence, and
                            Portland, Waterville, and      President of Jewelers of America, the largest organi- recognizing that the true value of a piece of jewelry
                            Manchester, NH employ-         zation of jewelers in the country, representing nearly is not in it’s cost, but what it means to the person
                            ing about 150 people. The      10,000 jewelry stores. Corey was inducted into the     who wears it. To learn more about Day’s Jewelers,
                            company recently inaugu-       Jewelers Hall of Fame in 2000. Kathy Corey, Day’s visit
                            rated a new division,          VP of Merchandising, was selected as retail jeweler
                            LimeLight, opening the         of the year by the Woman’s Jewelers Association in
first store in the Cambridgeside Galleria in Boston in     2009.                                                    “Business Spotlight of the Month” selection proc-
November. Day’s also operates a full e-commerce                                                                           ess takes place at every Business After Hours from
Web site,                                                                                           the door prize drawing. A business cannot be se-
                                                       Day’s is recognized for its recent initiative introduc-
                                                                                                                          lected more than once every two years, and must
                                                       ing Made in Botswana diamonds to the United                        be a member in good standing. The more co-
Day’s corporate headquarters is based in downtown States. These diamonds are mined, cut, polished and
Waterville located on the two floors above the Main marketed by the people of Botswana. The initiative                    workers that attend our BAH’s, the better chance
                                                                                                                          your business will be selected!
Street jewelry store. All accounting, marketing, mer-

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     Gift Certificate Participants                     The Framemakers                        Morning Sentinel
          Accounting Solutions                               Friendly’s            Musical Memories Guitar & Vocal
             Adams & Worth                          George’s Restaurant                              Lessons
          Advance 1 Cleaning               George Roderigue & Sons Painting               Nardi Appraisal Service
                 Agora Hair                      GHM Insurance Agency                       Natanis Golf Course
          Alfond Youth Center                      Governor’s Restaurant                  Northeast Lab Services
           AmComm Wireless                               Grandeur Sun                          Pagoda Express
             American Glass                        Thomas M. Grant, CPA                      Papa John’s Pizza
     Animal Hospital of Waterville                Grondin’s Dry Cleaners              The Paper Klip Office Supplies
     Anne Pratt Giroux Audiology               Hamelin Furniture Company                        Paragon Shop
          Anytime Fitness Gym                           Hamlin’s Marine           PFBF, Certified Public Accountants
           Apollo Salon & Spa                 Hammond Lumber Company                     Phoenix Computers, Inc.
                Applebee’s                    Hammond Tractor Company                         Pine Tree Cellular
      Are You Ready To Party??                            Hampton Inn                        Pleasant Street Inn
                Asian Café                            Hanover Computer                         Pleau’s Market
               Atkins Printing            Helping Hands/Helping Hands Trade                    The Pointe Afta
            Aussie Pet Mobile                                 School                               Pool-Tech
      Barrels Community Market                 Heritage House Restaurant             Poulin & Associates Eye Center
          Beverly’s Card + Gift                       Hewins Travel AAA                           Pro Moving
            Blue Wave Studio                            Hillman’s Bakery                            The Pub
BNI & Elm City Referral Source Chapter                      Holiday Inn                The Purple Cow Restaurant
             Budget Host Inn                   Houle’s Plumbing & Heating                Radio Communications
               Buen Apetito                       Insulation Solutions, Inc.            Railroad Square Cinema
               Bug Busterzzz                        Irving Heating Oil Co.         Ray Haskell Ford, Lincoln, Mercury
    Butcher’s Choice Steak House              J&S Car Wash & Express Lube           RE-BOOKS Used and Rare Books
              C.B. Davis Co.                                  J&S Oil                      Remedy Salon & Spa
 Cacciatores “An Italian Steakhouse”            Jokas’ Discount Beverage             Saulter Dental Hygiene Center
    Can Cun Mexican Restaurant              John Boivin’s Plumbing & Heating                 SBS Carbon Copy
             Care & Comfort                      Johnny’s Selected Seeds                 Silverton Sporting Ranch
     Caswell’s Liquidation Center                      Jorgensen’s Café          Somerset Stone Center & Excavation
             Cattleman’s LLC              Joseph’s Clothing & Sporting Goods        Sparetime Recreation Waterville
 Central Maine Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep                   Joseph’s Flooring                          Spell Bound
        Central Maine Disposal                          Joseph’s Market                   Spring Brook Ice & Fuel
  Central Maine Family Fun Bowling                 Kennebec Chocolates                     Stained Glass Express
                    Center                         Kennebec Electric Inc.         State Farm Insurance (John Fortier)
         Central Maine Motors                        Kennebec Eye Care                          Strictly Roofing
          Central Maine Power            Kennebec Valley Community College        Sunset Flowerland & Greenhouses
         Central Maine Toyota                    Kennebec Water District                T&B’s Celebration Center
           Central Maine Web                        Killarney’s Restaurant                       TD Insurance
       Champion’s Fitness Club                              KMD florist                            Thai Bistro
          Charles J. Ruff, DMD                  KSW Federal Credit Union                       The thirsty Mule
         Children’s Book Cellar                      Lakeside Landscape                   Thompson Volkswagen
           The China Dine-ah                           Larsen’s Jewelers                         The Turf Club
       Colby College Bookstore                          The Last Unicorn          Uhl-Melanson Investor Services, LLC
           ColorGraphics, LLC              Lavoie’s Landscape Management                        Uncle Henry’s
          Comfort Inn & Suites                          Leaps N Bounds                         Unique Designs
          Corpus Christi Parish                    Levesque Pools & Spas                    V-Town Construction
               Dairy Queen                       MacKenzie Landscaping                        V-Town Paintball
           Dance Connection                           Magic Falls Rafting                    Virtual Dimensions
              Day’s Jewelers                  Maine Eye Care Optical Shop                       Visions Flowers
                Day’s Travel                     MaineGeneral Gift Shop                       Ware-Butler, Inc.
            Dirigo Stoves, LLC               Maine International Film Festival           Waterville Acupuncture
            Downeast Energy                         Maine Made & More              Waterville Country Club Pro Shop
      Eli Fitzgerald Photography                Mainely Central Vacuums           Waterville Country Club Restaurant
         Elm City Photo Service                              Maingas               Waterville Florist & Event Planning
                ExpressCare                      Marden’s Discount Store                Waterville House of Pizza
     Eye Center of Central Maine                    Medical Supplies, Inc.              Waterville Irving Mainway
              Fabian Oil, Inc.                     Mei Dream Restaurant                    Waterville Main Street
         Fairfield Irving Big Stop                     Meierdirk Roofing                 Waterville Opera House
       Fairfield Main Street Irving         Midnight Blues Club & Restaurant           Weight Room Fitness Center
                 Fireside Inn               Mike Davis Entertainment/Sound                   Winslow Car Wash
             Flo’s Flower Cart                               Solutions                         Yankee Trophy
       Fortin’s Home Furnishings                             Ming Lee                        Yardgoods Center
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