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State of Maine Cheese Company Hosts PBRCC Volunteers

Posted Wednesday, February 25, 2015

State of Maine Cheese Company Hosts PBRCC Volunteers

Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce (PBRCC) volunteers and staff were invited to tour the State of Maine Cheese Company as part of a new program to familiarize current PBRCC representatives with various Chamber member businesses.

Cathe Morrill opened the doors at State of Maine Cheese Company earlier this month to host an open house and tour of her store and facility. Morrill purchased the Rockport property in 1996. Located at 461 Commercial Street (known as US Route 1), the business offers a large selection of local wines, handmade items like knitwear, soaps, and lotions, general merchandise, meats and, of course, cheese. 75,000 pounds of cheese a year, to be exact; making her company one of the largest in the state. Most of Morrill’s cheeses are available to sample on a daily basis.

On certain days, visitors can watch the cheese being made (check for times, as they vary). Group tours of the production area are offered all year.
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New Monthly Online Giveaway to Showcase PBRCC Members

Posted Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New Monthly Online Giveaway to Showcase PBRCC Members

In 2015, the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce introduces a new monthly giveaway program on their Facebook page; beginning this month. All products and services included in each giveaway have been generously donated by current PBRCC member businesses.

“We are introducing these giveaways to encourage online engagement for the Chamber, and, more importantly, for our members,” said Maggi Blue, PBRCC Marketing Director. “Meaningful online interaction can be difficult as we become inundated with emails, Facebook messages and other targeted online advertising campaigns. This is a simple way to showcase participating members, forward traffic to their online outlets while introducing the regional,and out-of-state, community to products and services they may not be aware exist.” Continue Reading →

PBRCC Receives Real Estate Donation

Posted Monday, January 5, 2015

PBRCC Receives Real Estate Donation

The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce received a donation of real estate at 215 Commercial Street in Rockport at the intersection of Route 1 and 90.
“We appreciate that this opportunity presented itself to the Chamber,” stated Staci Coomer, PBRCC Executive Director.
“The Chamber board is pleased to accept this donation,” explains Mike Hall, PBRCC Board President. “We do not take a donation like this lightly and have appointed a committee to review possible uses for this space.” He went on to state that the Chamber has no plans for the real estate donation at this time.
The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce will continue to operate from both office and visitor center locations; 1 Park Drive in Rockland and 2 Public Landing in Camden.
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PBRCC “Midcoast Money” Makes the Perfect Gift

Posted Tuesday, December 2, 2014

PBRCC “Midcoast Money” Makes the Perfect Gift

Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce “Midcoast Money” Gift Certificates
Perfect gift for your employees and customers or friends and family.

The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to continue its Shop Local, Shop Midcoast Program.  Midcoast Money is available in denominations of $10, $25 and $50 and can be purchased by calling the Chamber office at 207-596-0376.

How It Works
Our Midcoast Money is redeemed like a check. A business receiving Midcoast Money simply deposits it like any other check. The money is in an account, maintained by the Chamber, and funded by the original purchase of the gift certificate. If a customer uses only a portion of the Midcoast Money, the recipient can give back cash or a credit. Either way, businesses that receive Midcoast Money will get the full value of the check.
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PBRCC Announces 2014-2015 Board of Directors

Posted Monday, November 10, 2014

PBRCC Announces 2014-2015 Board of Directors

The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce has named its 2014-2015 board of directors and appointed Mike Hall of Hall Funeral Home as President.

Hall succeeds outgoing President, Peter Horch of Horch Roofing.

“I am very passionate about supporting our local businesses and economy,” Hall said, “and look forward to working with the Chamber’s excellent group of volunteers and staff in the President role.” Continue Reading →

Halloween Happenings in the Midcoast: Make Your Plans

Looking for some fun this Halloween weekend? Check out our list of activities below, ranging from haunted attractions to graveyard tours and family Halloween events.

Please make sure to call ahead and check on any event you plan on attending -- we try to keep this updated, but sometimes events will be canceled at the last minute, especially outdoor events that depend on good weather. Continue Reading →

PBRCC Letter to the Editor

Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014

PBRCC Letter to the Editor

This letter is written on behalf of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce regarding the tannery property and discussions currently occurring about options for this property in Camden. As a membership driven organization, representing 1,000+ businesses across Knox, Waldo and Lincoln counties, the Chamber acts as the voice of business in the region and is driven to be a catalyst organization that ensures our region is a vibrant place to do business, live and work.

The Chamber would like to encourage the community to keep its options open in regard to business and economic development for the region, when considering future uses for the tannery site. The need is present to keep commercial zones open for future job growth. Our year-round community is dependent on the opportunity for businesses to be able to grow, expand and to create jobs. Together we can all move forward in finding a balanced approach that supports business and entrepreneurial design, while keeping the character we love intact.

Our goal continues to be serving as an advocate for local business and supporting the work of our many members. We encourage our communities to continue making strides in retaining a vision that make business, along with neighborhood enhancement, a viable option. This is a long-term decision that will serve us all well.

Staci Coomer
Executive Director
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