Its all on your doorstep

By Dan Bookham | Oct 27, 2011

Camden Hills & Penobscot Bay — Getting going early with your holiday shopping or looking to connect with local services, businesses, and non-profits? There are resources for that as close as downtown Camden, downtown Rockland and the internet: The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you are looking for information on a wide range of local businesses and services, both the Chamber Information Centers (located on the Public Landing in Camden and in the Lighthouse Museum in Rockland) and the Chamber's websites (www.camdenme.org and www.therealmaine.com) can connect you to member businesses and organizations from accountants to web design and everything in between.

The Chamber’s Information Centers don’t just function as resources for visitors. Due to our role as the public face of the business community the Chamber is often the first stop for businesses, programs, organizations, and agencies looking to connect with and help local residents, businesses and non-profits.

We have information on local stores, merchants, dining, and more; brochures and contact information for over 600 local businesses and non-profits; we have IRS forms and other government publications; we have maps and guides to help with your weekend recreation; we often serve as a ticket agent for local events; we even have free copies of a variety of magazines, newspapers, and other publications produced by members.  Just stop on by and browse!

For businesses, the Chamber offers a wide range of free publications from the SBA, the IRS, the State of Maine, Efficiency Maine and more, all intended to connect you with programs, ideas, and incentives that are designed to protect and enhance your bottom line.

In addition to information from the state and federal governments and the non-profit sector, the Chamber offices also carry a wealth of information on helpful services and products offered by Chamber members: everything from graphic design to consulting to insurance plans to building renovation and more.

What’s wonderful about both Chamber offices is that they are truly local resources, staffed by employees and volunteers who live in the area, who are familiar with the members, and can help connect you to just the right business or service. In this age of the global economy, offshore call centers, automated phone systems, and virtual FAQ pages, it’s nice to know that there are real, friendly, knowledgeable human experts who can help you cut through the static and clutter to find exactly what you need.

To take advantage of this free information stop by either Chamber office any time Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm and browse the free literature on hand, or visit us online 24/7 at www.camdeme.org or www.therealmaine.com and search the directory to find the perfect local business or service for your needs.

If you have a business that is not a Chamber member and who would like to be a part of this great local resource, contact us today! Membership is open to all, and costs less than you might think (for most small businesses a Chamber membership works out to less than $21 a month). For more information on how the Chamber can help you business or organization- either as a new member or an existing one- contact Membership Services Managers Karen Brace (Camden office) via email at kbrace@camdenme.org or by phone at 236-4404 or Robin McIntosh (Rockland office) at robin@therealmaine.com or 569-0376.

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