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2012 October InTouch Newsletter



    50 ELM STREET, WATERVILLE, ME 04901 TEL: (207) 873-3315 FAX: (207) 877-0087

    info@midmainechamber.com www.midmainechamber.com

    Nikki Desjardins, Chair of the Board Kimberly N. Lindlof, President & CEO




    Highlights in this Issue:

    P. 2: From the Presidents Chair P. 2: Mid-Maine Chambers Centennial P. 4: Member Events Calendar P. 6: CMGC: Wealth Strategies P. 8: Member Spotlight: Kaplan University

    U.S. Senate Candidates Forum

    Angus King

    Independent for Maine

    Andrew Dodge

    Independent for Liberty

    Cynthia Dill


    Danny Dalton


    Charles Summers


    Stephen Woods


    2012 U.S. Senate Candidates forum will be moderated by Laurie

    Lachance, president of Thomas College. President Lachance will conduct

    the forum by asking each candidate questions of importance to Maine citi-

    zens around business and economic issues, and responses will be of equal

    time. This event is free and open to the public.

    October 23, 2012

    at Waterville Opera House


    Major Sponsor:

    October 25, 2012 11:30AM Networking

    Noon Luncheon

    at Best Western Plus 375 Main Street, Waterville

    Speaker: Sara Burns, president of Central Maine Power, will present her path to success & her struggles along the way.

    Men and Women are welcome.

    $20 for members who pre-register $25 registration at the door

    $25 general admission Includes luncheon buffet.

    Email biz.dev@midmainechamber.com or call 873-3315 to register.

  • - Kimberly

    Business After Hours:

    Mid-Maine Chambers Centennial

    Continued on page 5

    Charlie Haberstock is 8 years old and has a business card collection of over 1,400 cards. He likes to know about each business and asks many questions so he decided to help us by interviewing some area business-es. Below are excerpts from his interview. Charlie received a little help from his mom, Carrie Haberstock.

    Tucked in to a historic corner of Water-ville lies the oldest continuously open fami-ly run furniture store in central Maine, Hamelin Furniture Company. In the 1890's, traveling jewelry salesman, Eugene James Hamelin, sold his inventory while passing through Waterville after learning his com-pany went out of business and settled on the corner of South Street and Western Avenue, then called Mill Street. "In those days," says grandson, John Hamelin, "it was common for salespeople to go door to door asking homeowners what they needed. My grand-father started to buy furniture from crafts-men, (usually funeral directors built when 'times were quiet'), store the pieces at home

    and then deliver them to homeowners by horse and cart. Soon he had built his busi-ness up to where there was a demand for more storage space. He had a two story barn built behind his house which stands, 100 years later, in the same location and now serves as display space for the compa-ny. The city grew up around us filling in the farm fields. The old trolley tracks that lead to town are still under Western Avenue."

    Thus began the family run retail store. Five generations as of today, they supply quality furniture from Maine, New England, and the rest of the United States. They work with manufacturers who stand by their products and, because they have low over-head, they can offer affordable prices. "We are unique in that we are an old furniture company that works with customers not as a number," says John, "We do not have delivery days. Our truck goes out whenever there is an order, and we are here if our customers need us.

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    Veilleuxs Funeral Home & Are You Ready To Party?? 8 Elm Street, Waterville

    October 17th 5:30-7:00 PM

    Complimentary hors doeuvres and drinks. Door prizes, 50/50 raffle & other fabulous prizes!

    $100s in Chamber Gift Certificates will be given away to one lucky winner in celebration of 100 years!

    From the Presidents Chair

    JOBS? QUALIFIED WORK-FORCE? Which comes first?

    To that end, the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce is working with local businesses

    and area educators to satisfy the needs of both. As a free member benefit you may post your available positions on our website. Its easy! Email Robyn at biz.dev@midmainechamber.com to get your username and password.

    Help me to educate our future workforce so our students of today can see first hand the skills they are going to need to thrive professionally. Ill be reaching out to you in the upcoming week to seek your participation to achieve this goal. Ill be coordinating bus tours with Waterville, Winslow and Jobs for Maine's Graduates in mid-November as well as setting up mock interviews with students in late November.

    Bowdoin Photography

    Serving Kennebec & Somerset Counties With Products and Services For Your

    Entire Family






    166 College Ave., PO Box 215 Waterville, ME 04903-0215


    166 College Ave., PO Box 215 Waterville, ME 04903-0215


    Full Service Office Supplies Retail Store and Furniture Showroom

    in Downtown, Skowhegan

    The Paper Klip

    New & Used Furniture

    A Local, Independent, Family- Owned & Operated Company

    www.WarrensOfficeSuppplies.com 800.924.9006

    Thank you to our

    50/50 Sponsor:

    Sponsored by:

    Colby students assisted MMCC on

    C2IT day. Thank you Colby College!

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    Voted The #1 Electrical Contractor For Greater Waterville Area for 2011!


    Quality Lighting Fixtures Quality Electrical Work







    25 YEARS








    Waterville Main Street is pleased to announce that Jennifer Olsen has accepted the

    position of executive director. Olsen has served as the executive director of Main Street Skowhegan since March of 2010, and in that time, has achieved a number of successes, including developing a downtown strategic plan, leading and implementing a community-wide branding initiative, and helping the town secure a $400,000 Communities for Maines Future grant to redesign the pedestrian corri-dors in downtown. Welcome!

    Heather Hodgkins was recently hired in De-velopment for Good Will-Hinckley. Welcome Heather!

    MaineGeneral Health announced that effective January 1, 2013, Chuck Hays will take over as CEO of MaineGen-

    eral Health and will assume overall responsi-bility for the leadership of the states third largest health care system. Scott Bullock will step down as CEO but will remain as Presi-dent and, over the next few years, will focus on supporting Hays with policy and planning issues, physician recruitment, community and governmental relations and fund-raising.

    Waterville Police Department an-nounces the following recent promo-

    tions: Duane Cloutier to the rank of detective; Jennifer Weaver, Alden Weigelt and Lincoln Ryder to the rank of sergeant.

    Kennebec Savings Bank recently announced the addition of Katie Coughlin Vickers to the banks family of employees. Hired as vice president & commercial banking officer, Katies primary responsibility will be cash management and small business relationships.

    eWaste Recycling Solutions, LLC, announc-es the hiring of Al Ahlers as its environmental compliance manager and Leo Amaral as its operations manager. Ahlers is in charge of implementing and executing ERS environ-mental management system. Amaral oversees ERS transportation, warehouse and recycling operations.

    Andre Giguere will now be teach-ing tennis lessons full time at Champions Fitness Club in Waterville. Since 2005, Andre has been teaching and in 2008, be-came a certified instructor through the Profes-

    sional Tennis Registry.

    Congratulations to Wayne Gendreau of Accounting

    Solutions who recently received "A Commu-nity Award" by the Waterville Board of Edu-cation for his time and contributions to the George J Mitchell Before/After School Child Care Program.

    Ambreen Ijaz, MD, a medical oncologist at MaineGenerals Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, has been named one of two na-

    tional chairs of the bladder disease committee for Via Pathways.

    Dan Brown began his duties as a ca-reer Firefighter/Driver for the Waterville Fire Department recently and Allison Brochu start-ed with the City of Watervilles Finance De-partment as a Finance Clerk I.

    Summit Natural Gas Michelle Moorman

    1-800-720-8193 7810 Shaffer Parkway, Suite 120

    Littleton, CO 80127 www.summitmaine.com


    Welcome Wagon Rhonda Picard 207-314-3533


    www.welcomewagon.com 3 Old Quarry Road

    Vassalboro, ME 04989

    Maine Technology Group Tracy Gervais

    100 Pleasant Street Waterville, ME 04901

    207-692-0954 tracy@mainetechgroup.com www.mainetechgroup.com

    Mid-Maine Regional Adult Community Education

    Susan Tuthill 207-873-5754

    1 Brooklyn Avenue Waterville, ME 04901

    stuthill@aos92.org midmaine.maineadulted.org

    Common Street Arts Emilie Knight 207-577-2488

    16 Common Street Waterville, ME 04901