Chamber of Commerce
FEBRUARY 2002 NEWSLETTER

Chamber Sleg Dog Race to Be Part of Region Wide Winter Activities
On February 16-17 a series of winter activities will be held in Dexter, Dover-Foxcroft and Milo.

Dexter will be host the Town of Dexter Winter Festival 2002. The 40th Annual Schoodic Lake Ice Fishing Derby will be held in Milo and Dover-Foxcroft will be the site of The Maine Highland Sled Dog Challenge.

Chamber Board of Directors to Meet in Sebec
The Southern Piscataquis County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will meet on Thursday February 14, 2002 7:00 am at the Sebec Village Bed & Breakfast.

The meeting is open to all members, if you are planning to attend, please contact the Chamber at 564-7533 prior to February 13th.

Bangor International Airport to be Featured at February Issues & Eggs Breakfast
Bangor International Airport and its links to the Piscataquis Region will be the topic of the SPCCC February Issues & Eggs Breakfast.

The monthly breakfast meeting will be held on Wednesday February 13th 7:00 am at the Covered Bridge Restaurant in Guilford.

If yo would like to attend or would like more information about the breakfast meeting contact the chamber at 564-7533.

Chamber Welcomes New Members
The SPCCC would like to welcome the following new members: Pine Tree Hospice of Dover-Foxcroft / The Flying Dutchmen of Guilford / By the Wayside Bed & Breakfast of Parkman / Sandra Taylor Dried Florals and Paintings of Guilford / The Lake Shore House of Monson.

Better Business Lighting for Winter
Winter is here with darker days and weather that can make your business harder to spot and more treacherous to approach.

There is still time to ensure visability of your business and install new building illumination, path lights, or parking-lot lighting to increase the appeal, security, and safety of your business in the months to follow.

Here's what other business owners have to say about the lighting of their businesses:
"We leave the lobby, entry and inside security lighting on 24 hours a day. It helps protect our property and gives a sense of warmth and security to our workplace."
Michael F. Cook, Owner
Michael F. Cook and Associates, Farmington

"Our business has increased 50% since we increased the wattage and number of fixtures in our store. Now, customers can really browse - and buy - in comfort."
Baree Pribyl, Owner
ABCD Books, Camden

"I can't believe how much more business I do at night since we installed a new area light and increased the lighting in our parking lot. I think people feel safe and it lets them know we are open for business."
John Disanto, Owner
Anjon's Italian Restaurant, Scarborough

You know that the smart use of lighting can make your business more productive, safe, and profitable. Call Dick Bacon, CMP's Lighting Expert today at 1-800-649-1169 and get started on your way to a better bottom line!

Dick's Expert Picks - Lighting tips to grow your bottom line.
1) Add track lighting to highlight your product of the day. Use over 80 hours of spot light for $1 in electricity costs.

2) Place high turnover items under highly lit and color corrected lighting for best brand recognition. A 2-lamp fluorescent fixture will run over 150 hours for just $1 of electricity.

3) Add lighting to your building exterior or walkway. If customers can see you, and feel safe and comfortable, they will stop at your business. Highlight your storefront dusk to dawn for just 28 cents of electricity.

Meet CMP's Experts - ready to help you grow your bottom line
Business Lighting

Our business customers have some to know - and rely on - Dick Bacon, our resident lighting expert. The over 400 CMP customers who have taken Dick's advice have learned first-hand that an investment in the right lighting pays off in productivity, sales, and profits. Ask for a free subscription to CMP's Lighting Connection newsletter, where you'll find Dick's column - Ask the Expert. It's filled with useful tips and information. If you're designing a new lighting project,, or trying to update an existing design, give Dick a call here at CMP. Lighting plays a key roll in the success of your business. Make a small change or a big change. And see what happens!

Indoor Air Quality

It's a fact. Poor indoor air quality causes discomfort and health problems which can lead to lower productivity and increased absenteeism. CMP can start you on the road to better IAQ with IAQ seminars, our innovative Building Systems Diagnostics program, and referrals to other experts. Don't wait for the symptoms of poor IAQ to hurt your bottom line. Contact CMP now.

Custom Solutions

CMP's Custom Solutions can help put your business growth and expansion plans into action. CMP Account Managers, like Chris, will see if you qualify for special project funding from CMP. Both upgrades and new installations of electricity-based solutions could qualify for an up-front cash contribution to fund the project. Call CMP today!

Renewing Members
The Southern Piscataquis County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the following members for renewing their memberships:
AMB Video & Signs / Bangor Savings Bank / Foxbrook Variety / Moosehead Manufacturing Co. / Piscataquis Observer / Prouty Ford Sales & Service / A.E. Robinson Oil Co. / Rowells Garage / McKusick Petroleum Co. / Watson Springs / Charles Dean Memorial Hospital / Guilford B & B / A Fierce Chase Ski Center / Heart's Desire / John Clark DDS / Nelson Guest Rooms / Penquis Orthopedic / Piscataquis Valley Snowmobile Club.

Supervisor Development Program
Improving Supervision Skills...

The Penquis Training and Education Center is pleased to offer a program in Supervisor Development which builds skills, intruduces some basic tools and techniques, and provides supervisors with a safe environment to ask questions, practice skills, share ideas and grow.

An Award of Completion for continuing education units will be provided to each participant.

Call: (207) 564-2942

Penquis Valley Region Expo
Friday, April 5, 2002
6-9 p.m.

Saturday, April 6, 2002
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sponsored by Pan American Airways Corp.

Maine Community Foundation
Piscataquis Fund

Moosehead Manufacturing Company

Webber Hardware Store

Spring Creek Bar B-Q Emporium

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