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City of Portland: Want to Help Asylum Seekers

June 14, 2019

Portland makes plans to handle ‘very critical emergency’ as surge of asylum seekers arrives

City Manager Jon Jennings said 350 cots will be placed in the Portland Expo on Wednesday night to...

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Ways to Help Asylum Seekers

June 14, 2019

Here's how you can help:

There are two organizations that house and support asylum seekers when there is an overflow at the shelters which is currently happening: Greater Portland Family Promise and...

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Free Workplace Violence Prevention Training for Small Business Retail Workforce

June 7, 2019

Free Workplace Violence Prevention Training for Small Business Retail Workforce

The University of Southern Maine, in collaboration with Maine Small Business Development Centers, has launched a free...

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Mid Coast Parkview Honored: American Nurses Credential Center Awards Elite Magnet® Status for the Third Time

May 17, 2019

Commitment to Nursing Excellence Reaffirmed at Mid Coast Hospital

American Nurses Credential Center Awards Elite Magnet® Status for the Third Time

Brunswick, ME – For the third time in 10 years,...

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Manufacturing & Construction Job Fair, April 23

April 5, 2019

SAVE THE DATE for the

Southern Midcoast Manufacturing & Construction Sectors Job Fair

Tuesday, April 23rd  

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

At the L.L. Bean Learning Commons

29 Sewall St., Brunswick, ME...

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New Dental Care for Military TRICARE Members by December 31

November 2, 2018

TRICARE Ends Dental Healthcare for Military Retirees on 31 December

The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) is ending on December 31, 2018. In place of TRDP for 2019, the Federal Employees Dental...

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University Nursing Workforce Plan Aims to Double Enrollment

September 14, 2018

University Nursing Workforce Plan Aims to Double Enrollment

University of Maine System Responds to Nursing Cliff With Plan To Double Nursing Enrollment, Expand Nursing Programs Into High-Need...

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Call For Business Owners- Your Support Needed For New Bridge

March 22, 2018

Plea for Business Owners to Be Heard on Frank J. Wood Bridge Replacement
Submitted By John Shattuck, Town of Topsham

Please save the date for what is expected to be the final public meeting on the...

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No on Question 4: Official SMMC Stance

November 3, 2016

SMMC Official Stance
Vote No on 4:
If Question 4 passes it would hurt all businesses,
restaurants in particular, and our fixed-income seniors

After surveying the membership, the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber is urging Maine citizens
to vote NO on Question 4: An Act to Raise the Minimum Wage.

To be crystal clear, the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber is not opposed to a minimum wage increase.  However, Question 4 does much more than just add a simple raise to the minimum wage.  If passed it would be the steepest increase to minimum wage in US History, it adds inflation after 2020 so
minimum wage will continually rise, and most importantly, this rule will fundamentally change one of the
biggest industries in our tourism-driven state, the restaurant industry, by eliminating the tip credit. 

 

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No on Question 2: Official SMMC Stance

November 3, 2016

SMMC Official Stance 
Vote No on 2:
It’s Bad for Maine’s Business Recruitment & Growth

After surveying the membership, the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber is
urging Maine citizens to vote NO on Question 2: The 3% Surcharge on Incomes Over $200,000

The Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber works with business owners daily and understands the importance of a quality education.  Our students of today are our workforce of tomorrow, and we believe that we always need to provide the best education for our students in Maine.  Yet, we do not feel that the solution presented by Question 2 is fair or equitable.  In the long run, it drastically hurts the business community in Maine.

 

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