The Union Area Chamber of Commerce Winter Conference will be held Wednesday, Feb. 24 at the Union Masonic Lodge. The title of the conference is “Regulations: How do they affect you and your business?” Attendees are urged to arrive at 6 p.m. so they can meet with the speakers and network prior to the program at 6:30 p.m.

Peter B. Beaulieu, director of the Sales, Fuel & Special Tax Division of Maine Revenue Services, will discuss the proposed changes to the sales, use and service provider tax code. The conference is an opportunity for people to learn first-hand about the proposed tax changes and how they could affect individuals and businesses. Since there will be a referendum to decide whether the changes will take effect, becoming well informed should be useful for both individuals and business owners to help them decide how they will vote in June. The talk is non-partisan and informational only.

Other speakers at the Winter Conference will include Jill Goodwin of Monroe & Goodwin, the legislative liaison for the Maine Builders Alliance. Goodwin will explain how to determine who is a workers’ compensation employee versus who is a subcontractor, a problem that applies not only to construction businesses but to many other businesses as well. She will also discuss other items of concern to construction companies including licensing requirements.

State legislators Rep. Wes Richardson and Sen. Chris Rector will provide an update on bills that are under consideration in the Legislature. They will also explain the path of bills as they move through the legislative process and will have handouts with information on all legislators and their committees.

The Union Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes all area businesses and individuals to attend the conference. Admission is $5. Admission is free for contractors that bring their company business card. Light refreshments will be available.

The Union Area Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to form a solid bond between members, to increase consumers’ awareness of the businesses in the area and to contribute to communities. Currently the chamber has more than 100 members drawn from inland Midcoast towns. For more information, contact President Martha Johnston-Nash at 785-3300 or uacoc@tidewater.net, or visit unionareachamber.org.