The Mid-Maine Chamber’s Business Expansion and Retention Committee facilitates and collaborates with other agencies to retain and attract quality job opportunities for central Maine residents. One major project that the BE&R Committee maintains is a comprehensive Business Visitation Program in collaboration with the Central Maine Growth Council.
This program allows Chamber members to visit face-to-face with area business owners. The Business Visitors provide businesses with helpful information and resources for businesses, and help to identify red-flag situations.
Another major project the Committee produces is the Annual Economic Review of central Maine. The publication provides statistics about the area and is distributed to all Chamber members, posted on the Chamber’s web site, and is also located in the Visitor Information Center at the Chamber’s office.
The Committee also partners with the Chamber’s Membership Services Committee to implement a Business-to-Business Showcase tradeshow once per year complete with educational seminars for business owners and managers.
Business Expansion and Retention Committee meets on the 11st Tuesday of every, other month beginning in February at 8 AM in the boardroom except July & August For more information on joining this committee, please contact the Chamber’s office staff at 873-3315
2017 Business Expansion & Retention Program of Work
To facilitate and collaborate with other business community agencies to retain and expand quality job opportunities for central Maine residents
- Provide assistance to the Central Maine Growth Council, as needed, in the development of information/materials for business attraction/retention purposes. Assist with business recruitment efforts of the CMGC or other economic development organizations. Assist with marketing initiatives if needed. Integrate Community Branding where appropriate. Assist with the Foreign Trade Zone Alternative Site Framework (FTZ/ASF) initiative.
- Select/write one piece per month for inclusion in InTouch newsletter. Utilize social media opportunities to spread the good business news that is occurring within our region.
- Support Thomas College’s entrepreneurship endeavors being officially launched in January 2017.
- Explore and develop programs to address workforce/labor issues including the perfect attendance program with the Albert S. Hall School. Work with local schools: K-12, JMG, higher education and Adult Ed. Identify specific actions to link business and education for a “work ready” workforce.
- Assist with programs designed to support local businesses and the local economy, including but not limited to: Waterville Public Library Business & Career Services (including its job fairs), Waterville Main Street, Tech Night, and Colby College business incubator. Actively seek ways to reduce duplication of efforts and to create appropriate linkages.
- Work with KVCOG on its Community Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) & Inventorying sources of funding for risky capital- start-ups that are a challenge to find $.
- Work with area businesses on professional recruitment as needed.
- Continue with the ribbon cutting service for new businesses opening/relocating/expanding in the region.
- Purchase children’s books for regional early education/reading initiatives.
- Discretionary budget for advancing workforce needs in our region to include coordination of workforce practitioners’ group three times per year.
- Work with area partners including: Waterville Business & Career Center to plan, promote and implement Small Business Waterville during Small Business Week through a sub-committee. Secure sponsor to promote. Encourage people to shop on Small Business Saturday.
- Continue support and promotion of bass fishing in our region. Investigate other programs to attract to our region and/or develop a commercial outreach effort. Find out if possibility to partner with other orgs. That could benefit from such promotion like guides, lodging, etc. Sponsor Man vs. Maine Bass Trail.
Meeting Place and Time
1st Tuesday of every, other month beginning in February at 8 AM in the boardroom except July & August
Staff: Kim Lindlof
Board Members: Bruce Harrington, Ken Hoehlin
Members: Tom Munson, John Picchiotti, Michelle Robicheau, Dana Hamilton, Gary Poulin, Nancy Smith, Peter Diplock, Hannah Bard, Tammy Rabideau, Brad Jackson, Craig Day, Rick Hopper, Sarah Ross, Alisa Johnson, Brian Mulligan & Dan Vigue.