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Who is Your Covid Hero?


This has been a very unique year and because of that we want to honor it with a very unique awards reception on May 13; but L-I-T-E-R-A-L-L-Y we cannot do it without you, and here’s why.

We want to honor those individuals, organizations, businesses and colleagues that helped you get through the only pandemic most of  us has ever experienced, but to do so we need to hear your stories so we can share them.

Each of us could take five minutes and think of probably a dozen individuals that helped you personally since the pandemic began in February/March 2020. 

Who is your Covid Hero?  

Some were philanthropists who supported organizations in need.

Some were volunteers who helped with a project even though they were high-risk

Some were citizens who chose to volunteer their time because they just wanted to give back

Some were lenders that helped you secure a loan

Some were frontline workers who supported us by their strength to show up

Some were agencies that connected us to resources

Some were healthcare professionals who led the with guidance and compassion

Some were colleagues who shared a laugh with us

A business that re-opened so you had an escape

An elected official who helped share updates or create policy for your survival

A customer who went out of their way to check on you and the staff

A neighbor who organized a socially distanced gathering

An employee who did extra cleanings to ensure everyone else would have a safe environment

An owner who invested in order to make the business safer

An employee who figured out a new procedure to help the office keep functioning

A staff member who just made you smile and made your days just a little easier 

From now until, April 23 we will be accepting (100 word maximum) nominations for your Covid Hero.  We will not be tabulating these to pick a “a winner”- that’s not what this is.  Everyone who is nominated in this process is a winner, and will be included in this event and throughout the year.  You can e-mail all of your nominations to Cory at the Chamber office. 

At our Awards Reception on May 13 we unveil the heroes nominated and will look to highlight several of the stories to give examples of Covid Heroes in our region.  We also hope to continue to the tell the stories, after May 13, through our various chamber channels. 

If you would rather submit your nomination, we have created a form for submissions (or again just e-mail Cory)- either way works.  

For more details check out the Covid Hero blog here

 

Event Details: The annual chamber golf tournament, is one of the first of the year and is designed for very friendly and relaxed competition. Enjoy 18 holes of golf in this scramble format, with numerous side games, a tournament raffle & more. New to the 2021 Event is the Chamber’s 2020 Annual Awards reception.  Come out in the early afternoon, after the Hacker's Ball for a networking social hour followed by a shortened Annual Awards reception.  Heavy appetizers will be provided.

Hacker's Ball attendee's admission to the Awards Reception is covered by the Golfing fee $85. If you are not golfing in the Hacker's Ball, awards reception fee is $25.

Our committee is working with the Brunswick Golf Club to help ensure an event that will meet all requirements on the day of the event.

Download the Event Flyer

Event Details and Registration

We Are Hiring: Look for a Chamber Coordinator (20 Hours)

Click here to submit your resume and cover letter 

We Need You!! - Chamber Committees Looking for new members

Chamber committees are vital to the longevity of the Chamber and help to manage the workload of our Executive Director. Committees are a great way to keep you, our members, involved and have a greater say in the Chamber.

Our Committees include:

Ambassadors - The Chamber’s front line for member interaction. We’ve divided the team into three sub-groups of Greeters, Mentors, and Business Engagement.

Finance - The financial overseers of the organization. This group provides the monthly checks and balances over all financial matters of the Chamber. Perform annual reviews of the membership schedule and recommend changes to the Executive Committee.

Government Liaison - The legislative policy arm of the Chamber. Tasked with reviewing and discussing political and policy issues, vetting organizations wanting to address our membership, building relationships with regional politicians, and conducting events during election cycles to get our members connected with candidates.

Keystone Events - Responsible for keeping the planning and execution of the Chamber’s keystone events, like the Hacker's Ball and Chamber Annual Awards, on schedule and appropriately planned, as well as consider other events to add to the Chamber calendar.

Marketing - Tasked with shaping the messaging of the Chamber across all media outlets. Help manage social media, help with a newsletter and announcements, provide guidance and input about a potential Chamber Rebrand and website refresh and assist with or help manage the cleanup of constant contact and other membership records.

If you are interested or have more questions, please reach out to Nick Favreau, Chamber Board Chair, at chairsmmc@gmail.com

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2021 Moving Forward Business Survey Results

Over 500 Maine business leaders from 35 industries helped the Maine Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE), the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and the Maine Tourism Association (MTA) chart the course for 2021 by participating in the 2021 Moving Forward Business Survey.

The six-part comprehensive survey was administered in December 2020 to capture the perspective of business owners heading into 2021. Survey analysis finished two weeks ago and the final 36-page report is being released to Maine Legislators to provide them with the information directly from Maine business owners to help them shape policy and decide how to invest the funds Maine receives through the American Rescue Plan.

Click here for the One-Page Top Takeaways
Click here for the Press Release on the Survey Results
Click here for the Eight-Page Executive Summary
Click here for the full 36-Page Report

**The SMMC played a key role in creating and analyzing the results of this survey.  If you have any questions please e-mail executivedirector@midcoastmaine.com 

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