Chamber Sponsored Networking Events
Chamber After Hours: Held on the fourth Wednesday of every month, 5 – 7 p.m., Chamber After Hours is a powerful tool for business to business networking, in a casual, laid back environment. (Exceptions may occur due to holidays, please check the community calendar.)
Small Business Success Seminars: Held on the third Wednesday of every month, noon - 1:00 p.m. Co-hosted at Topsham Public Library, Foreside Rd., Topsham.
12 @ 12 Networking Lunch: Are you are looking for a way to meet with a group of SMMC members in a smaller group event? Hosted by the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber in the Community Room, 8 Venture Ave., Brunswick Landing, Brunswick from noon to 1 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. For members only and by invitation.
Educational Programs, Seminars and Events
Regional Luncheons: Held on the second Wednesday about nine (9) times each year, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Chamber luncheons feature guest speakers that are relevant to the current business climate. Check the scrolling calendar on the Chamber homepage for specifics.
Seminars and Workshops: provide educational opportunities for small and large businesses alike. Topics cover areas such as Customer Service, Marketing your business, Maximizing your web site potential, Public Relations, and Presentation Skills. Check the scrolling calendar on the Chamber homepage for specifics.
Promotion of Your Business
The Chamber actively focuses on promoting your business within the region, out to the world and to other Chamber members. Promotional activities include:
Website – All Chamber members receive a free listing on the Chamber website. In addition each member can add content, photos and videos at no extra charge.
My Chamber App - All Chamber members receive a free listing on this mobile application. Uprgrades are available.
A Variety of Expositions - Member to Member Exhibit at Annual Meeting; B 2 B Expo; Home and Wellness Expo; special networking events with other Chambers and Business Associations.
Cooperative Advertising – Member only opportunities to advertise at reduced rates (example: Maine Invites You, the State Travel Planner)
Participation in Trade Shows – The Chamber promotes our region to the traveling public. (examples: AAA Travel Marketplace, Brunswick International FlyIn, Great State of Maine Air Show, other opportunities as they arise.) Chamber staff also work with Maine Office of Tourism at trade shows.
Chamber Information Kiosks – in prime locations to promote the region at the Kittery and Yarmouth State Information Centers.
Chamber Connections e-Newsletter – Chamber Connections provides valuable business and community information as well as promotion of Chamber members and events.
“Allure of the Coast” Guide – Distributed annually at Portland International Jetport, Amtrak Station, State, Regional and local information centers, via mail, and at local establishments, “Allure of the Coast” is a terrific marketing vehicle, available only for Chamber members.
Inquiries – The Chamber receives hundreds of inquiries from the general public annually, on items ranging from where to stay when visiting to recommendations on where to buy a car. It is the Chamber policy to first recommend Chamber businesses.
Regional Visitor Information – Chamber members can display marketing literature at the lobby at the Flight Terminal at Brunswick Executive Airport no charge. The Chamber negotiates other locations in the region for members (example, Bath and Brunswick Train Stations.)
Participation in Midcoast Council of Chambers "MC3" –This council of Chambers, which includes participants from Brunswick to Searsport, promotes Midcoast region businesses via trade shows, a website, blog, email newsletter, information center kiosks and professional public relations efforts.
A Voice in the State Legislature
Legislative Activities - The Chamber tracks, takes positions on, and testifies on pieces of legislation that most directly impact our members. For an overview of legislation we are currently tracking and acting on, visit the Legislative Issues section of this web site.
Legislative Events - The Chamber holds local candidate forums and annual meetings with state legislators, providing direct interaction between business and government.
Access to Chamber Products and Services:
Chamber BlueOptions Health Insurance: Offered to local Chamber members only, via the Maine State Chamber, Chamber BlueOptions provides cost effective insurance options for local businesses. Click here to read the brochure.
Complimentary membership in the Maine State Chamber – Members with 10 employees or less receive complimentary membership in the State Chamber via OneVoice, which includes their grass-roots advocacy.
Complimentary supplies of the “Allure of the Coast” Guide, MC 3 Brochure and more.
Join over the businesses and organizations in the 16 communities of our region and become a part of the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber. To join the Chamber, fill out our membership application, or contact us today at 207-725-8797 and ask for Membership Development. Join today and let us help you grow your business!