Announcements

Fall 2021 Conference- Lewiston Ramada, hosted by LA Metro Chamber of Commerce
October 5-7, 2021

Posted Septeber 28th, 2021

We look forward to seeing you all at the Ramada in Lewiston.  Check in is at 3 PM.  The address is:  490 Pleasant St, Lewiston, ME 04240

Tuesday Evening Arrival Activity & Dinner: For the evening activities with our host the LA Metro Chamber, Shanna has put together a fun adventure.  We will meet in the lobby of the hotel to drive or carpool to Splittin Wood, an ax throwing venue. Drinks are available with cash and cards accepted, and the LA Metro Chamber will be covering the cost of the activity. Donations are welcomed to offset the costs, should you choose. Dinner will be directly after at Sea40, for group hibachi. The regular menu will also be available. Dinner shares the plaza with our activity, and no driving is required between the two.  For those joining us for dinner only, please plan to arrive at 6 PM.  Sea40 is located at 40 East Ave, Lewiston, ME 04240

Auction Items Needed!
Please plan to bring at least 1 auction item and if you can let me know BEFORE the conference what that item is, it would be very much appreciated. This auction is how you support each other to provide funds for chambers who need a little help to get to our in local conferences as well as Institute. Please plan to bring an item!

Area Guide/ Chamber Brochure Exchange
If you have area guides or chamber brochures, feel free to bring those with you so other chambers can take some back to their regions and place them in their visitor centers.

Bring your Business Cards & Chamber Swag!
We will have drawings throughout the day so bring your business cards with you and if you have any chamber logo items leftover from an event you’ve done bring those for our give-away table!

What’s the deal with Breakfast?
Breakfast will be provided in a room that is separate from the meeting room but in the conference center. If you have registered as a commuter with food only and no overnight accommodations, you are included in the arrival day’s breakfast count.

Please let me know if you need anything further. See you in Lewiston!  -Angie

 

Registration is Now Open for the Spring Conference!

Posted March 10th, 2020

Registration is now open for the 2020 Spring MACCE Conference!

Register now and don’t miss out on the early bird registration discounts available through April 10th.

We are excited to bring this conference to you from the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel in beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine.  While the agenda committee is finalizing the Thursday/Friday agenda, I can tell you that the event kicks off on Wednesday at 4 p.m. with an impressive tour of the Jackson Laboratories followed by dinner downtown.  During the conference there will be time for networking with other chambers, partner updates, a session on how local chambers of commerce can help advance the state’s 10-Year Economic Strategic Plan, a review of successful chamber programs, and the ever popular cracker barrel session- just to hit a few highlights!

A few pre-conference details to remember:

Auction Items Needed!
Please plan to bring at least 1 auction item and if you can let me know BEFORE the conference what that item is, it would be very much appreciated. This auction is how you support each other to provide funds for chambers who need a little help to get to our in local conferences as well as Institute. Please plan to bring an item!

Area Guide/ Chamber Brochure Exchange
If you have area guides or chamber brochures, feel free to bring those with you so other chambers can take some back to their regions and place them in their visitor centers.

Bring your Business Cards & Chamber Swag!
We will have drawings throughout the day so bring your business cards with you and if you have any chamber logo items leftover from an event you’ve done bring those for our give-away table!

Night on the Town!
Group Networking- If you are arriving on Wednesday, May 13th and plan to participate in the 4:00 pm visit to Jackson Laboratories, Group Networking and Dinner. PLEASE email me to let me know so we don’t leave without you! This excursion will end with our dinner reservation at 6:00 pm. The dinner venue will be one of two that Alf is working with and we will update you with that information as soon as it is finalized. The cost for dinner will not be included in the conference- each guest is responsible for your own meal charges.

What’s the deal with Breakfast? 
Breakfast will be provided in the conference center. If you have registered as a commuter with food only and no overnight accommodations, you are included in the arrival day’s breakfast count.

Are Scholarships available?
The Maine Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE) promotes Chamber Executives and their key staff members to become more involved in networking and professional development opportunities.  To that end, MACCE makes available scholarship opportunities to help local and regional chamber staff members attend in-state MACCE conferences. This financial assistance depends on available MACCE funds and will be overseen by the MACCE Board of Directors.  The MACCE Conference Scholarship Fund is intended to assist staff members of local and regional chambers who might not be able to attend a MACCE conference otherwise.  Please see attached application for full details and how to apply.

*A reminder to those chambers who have received Scholarships for past conferences: Any scholarship recipient in the past 12 months will be expected to provide an item for the scholarship auction which happens annually at the Spring Conference. This auction goes back directly to funding these scholarships, so a donated item of value helps us raise the funds we need to support this program.

Please let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing you in Bar Harbor!

Best,
Angie

New Chamber Staff at Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce

Posted January 21st, 2020

Hello everyone,

We have a new member of the chamber family to welcome!  Lisa Hagen has been hired as the Marketing & Membership Coordinator at the Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce.  Her email is info@damariscottaregion.com and her phone number is 563-8340.  Those in her region are encouraged to reach out and say hello!

 

New Chamber Directors in 2019

Posted December 11th, 2019

Hello everyone,

We had such a great turnout at the fall conference and this was especially welcoming to the new additions to the Chamber family!  I wanted to share those folks contact information here in case anyone wanted to reach out and see how they are doing since the conference.  It’s always nice to get a friendly email!  🙂   Please let me know if I missed anyone!

Peter Jamieson: Katahdin Area Chamber  peter@katahdinmaine.com

Jim LaBelle: Biddeford + Saco Chamber jim@biddefordsacochamber.org

Grace Bardley: Moosehead Lake Region Chamber destinationmooseheadlake@gmail.com

Sue Bowman: Sebasticook Valley Chamber info@ourchamber.org

LaNiece Sirois: Central Aroostook Chamber  lsirois@centralaroostookchamber.com

Kim Howard: Old Orchard Beach Chamber kimh@oldorchardbeachmaine.com

Not at the conference but new to the position: 

Alice Pearce: Ogunquit Chamber Alice@ogunquit.org

Alf Anderson: Bar Harbor Chamber alf@barharborinfo.com

Shanna Cox: LA Metro Chamber shanna@lametrochamber.com

 

Save the Date!
Spring 2020 Conference Announced

Posted November 4th, 2019

 

Hello everyone,

At the October business meeting we announced the date and location of our upcoming Spring Conference.  We found out the dates we had chosen were the dates MOT had also chosen for the Maine Governors Conference on Tourism.  This would have impacted our attendance and so we have changed our dates.   Please save May 13-15, 2020 to attend the MACCE Spring conference at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Event Center in Bar Harbor, Maine.  More information will be released once the agenda committee has met and once I have looked into the welcome activities with Alf, the Bar Harbor Chamber Director.

Have a wonderful week!

Angie

 

Bob Harris, The NonProfit Center

Posted October 17th, 2019

We spoke of Bob and his amazing resource center at the MACCE conference today.

CLICK HERE for access to the resource center.

He is known around the world for sharing best practices and promoting sustainability of associations and chambers.  Specialities:

*  Strategic Planning – without games and group hugs
*  Board Roles and Responsibilities – customized to the organization
*  Staff Training (risk, efficiency, policy mgmt, governance, etc.)

Golf Outing at Sugarloaf Golf Club

Posted September 16th, 2019

Tee times have been made at Sugarloaf Golf Course starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 16. The “Maine resident” rate on Wednesday’s is $59 and includes use of a cart. If you are interested in playing, please contact Eleanor at the Wells Chamber by emailing her at eleanor@wellschamber.org or call 646-2451 so that she can make sure to have enough tee time set.

For more information on the course please check out the Sugarloaf Golf Club website.

Fall 2019 Conference Agenda:

Posted September 16th, 2019

The agenda for the 2019 Fall Conference at Sugarloaf is now ready!  Click HERE to download the file.

Have you registered yet?  Click the link below to get started!

 

Fall 2019 Conference Registration is OPEN!

Posted August 20th, 2019

The 2019 Fall MACCE Conference will be held October 16-18 at Sugarloaf, hosted by Trisha Mosher and the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.

Take advantage of early bird discounts by registering before September 13th! Registration for this conference will close September 27th.

Scholarships are available, click to download the packet.

Haven’t paid your dues yet?  Take care of that online when you register at the link below.

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Executive Director Announced, Bar Harbor CoC

Posted August 6th, 2019

From the Bar Harbor Chamber Members Facebook Group:

 

BAR HARBOR, Maine – Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors has named Alf Anderson as the chamber’s new executive director. Since 2015, Anderson has served as the director of membership sales and marketing at the chamber, and after an extensive search, was hired for the position.

“We had several strong candidates for the position, but Alf brought an excitement about the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce and our members that was exactly what the search committee and I were looking for,” said Bethany Reece, president of Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce. “I am confident that Alf will work for the best interest of our members and bring exciting new ideas to the chamber.”

Originally from Connecticut, Anderson graduated from Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts, and spent the next 15 years on Boston’s North Shore, working in the academic publishing industry where he oversaw a national events program and managed a sales team with annual revenues surpassing $8 million. In 2013, he continued moving north and settled in Bar Harbor where he has since lived with his wife, Heather.

“Like many people, I fell in love with Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island on my very first visit. And now, I am humbled by the opportunity to serve this region in my new role at the chamber. It has a great foundation with exceptional staff members, including Melanie and Chris Graten, and a strong board of directors,” said Anderson. “I look forward to working closely with them, our business members and the community to help deliver a successful future for us all.”

Anderson officially starts in his new role on August 12, 2019

Executive Director opening, Old Orchard Beach CoC

Posted July 25th, 2019

In a letter to her membership on July 22nd Kim Verreault announced that she will be stepping away from her role as Executive Director for the Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce at the end of October. “I am doing so to begin a new chapter in Florida where my husband and I will be closer to family. I assure you that between now and the Fall that I will continue to work diligently on your behalf to provide you with the standard of service you expect as a member of our Chamber. In addition, I will be available before my departure to assist the new Executive Director with the transition.”  Click here to read Kim’s full letter.

Kim has asked that we share the opening with an emphasis on the amount of destination marketing the job in this tourism community requires.  The job posting can be found at this indeed.com link.

For more information please reach out to Kim directly.

 

Fall 2019 Conference Registration is OPEN!

Posted July 15th, 2019

The 2019 Fall MACCE Conference will be held October 16-18 at Sugarloaf, hosted by Trisha Mosher and the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. Please take a moment to register today!

Haven’t paid your dues yet?  Take care of that online when you register at the link below.

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Spring 2020 Conference RFP Available

Posted July 5th, 2019

Would you like to host the Spring 2020 MACCE conference in your area?

The MACCE Board has been working hard to get the conferences scheduled a minimum of 6 months out and to do this we need your suggested locations.The optimum April 2020 dates are April 8-10, 14-16 or 15-17.

Click the link below to download the fall conference RFP and send it along to your members who will be able to accommodate our conference. The dates are listed in the RFP.

The deadline for returning this is October 1. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks!

Angie

Download the Spring 2020 Conference RFP

 

Fall 2019 Conference Announced

Posted June 15th, 2019

Last week at the MACCE conference we happily announced that the 2019 Fall MACCE Conference will be held October 16-18 at Sugarloaf, hosted by Trisha Mosher and the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. Please mark your calendars now and save the dates! I will circulate a registration link in the middle of August.