Chamber of Commerce
JULY 2000 NEWSLETTER

Chambers Welcome New Members

The SPCCC would like to welcome:

Corina Larsen of Gossamer Press, new owner of D&B Printing in Dover-Foxcroft.

Gene Sutton & Dennis Dorsey of All resource Divers of Sebec.

  

Spccc renews 15 members

The Spccc would like to thank the following members for renewing their memberships:
Arcady Music Nelson Guest Rooms
Barco Federal Credit Union Mainley Own to Rent
Mr. Paperback Cat Trax
Goulette's IGA Piscataquis County Democratic Committee
D-F Carquest Peace of Mind
Trebor Inn Community Health & Counseling
The Hitching Post B&B Wildflower B&B
Snow's AG & Saw Shop  

SPCCC & YMCA to sponsor Youth Golf Tour
The SPCCC and the Piscataquis Regional YMCA will once again sponsor the Piscataquis Regional Youth Golf Tour.

The Piscataquis Region Golf Tour will give children an opportunity to play in a series of 9 hole golf tournaments in the Piscataquis region beginning on July 11th.

Area golf course's taking part in this tour are the Foxcroft Golf Club, Dexter Municipal Golf Club, Piscataquis Country Club and Whitetail Golf Course. For more information contact the YMCA at 564-7111.

Building Bridges Program Coming to Piscataquis
The SPCCC and the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council have joined together to bring the Building Bridges program to Piscataquis County.

The Building Bridges program is an effort to establish a dialog between local business people and educators.

During a six to ten week period in the fall, educators will be given an opportunity to visit local businesses to learn how the world of work has changed and what skills are necessary to be successful in the workforce today. For more information contact the chamber at 564-7533.

D-F Retail Area Trade Presentation

An analysis of the Dover-Foxcroft retail trade market is being prepared and will be presented at an open breakfast on 7 am. July 26th at Foxcroft Academy. Prepared and presented by Professor James McConnon, Business Specialist, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, this presentation is part of a larger project sponsored by the Eastern Maine Development Corporation. With the assistance of the Southern Piscataquis County Chamber of Commerce, the presentation will outline the trends and current conditions of the Dover-Foxcroft retail market.

The trade area analysis is a program developed by Professor McConnon and provides data on the activity of a variety of retail sectors in Dover-Foxcroft and its relation to other Maine Communities of a similar size. According to John Holden, Community Development Specialist with EMDC "Professor McConnon's presentation can be an enlightenment to the local merchants wishing to diversify their sales or increase market share".

The presentation will be followed by a number of confidential consultations with downtown merchants. Conducted by the staff of the Small Business Development Center, the consultation will provide individual shop owners with suggestions to improve business performance. EMDC is conducting similar presentations and consultations in other communities in Eastern Maine and plans to hold a "rural downtown conference" in the fall to offer speakers and suggestions to improve downtown economics.

For more information about the Dover-Foxcroft Trade Area Presentation contact John Holden at the Eastern Maine Development Corporation at 1-800-339-3548.

"Now Open"
The SPCCC would like to congratulate Gary Niles of Northern Lights for opening a movie theater in D-F. The former Miami North bowling alley will now offer two movie screens, plus a bowling alley and lounge. Fresh Hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, and snacks available at our newly remodeled concession stand. Only $3.50 per person, call 564-0133 for movie listings and times.

Issues & Muffins
The SPCCC will hold a special breakfast meeting at 7 am. July 26th at Foxcroft Academy. The topic of the meeting will be the Eastern Maine Development Corporation plan to include downtown Dover-Foxcroft in its statewide study of Maine's Downtown's.

Center Theater Group
On July 14th & 15th, the Center Theater Group will hold the 2nd annual Center Theater Film Festival at the old center Theater in D-F. This year's festival will offer live music as well as movies.

Electric Energy Aggregation

Increased leverage and savings

  • The aim is to grant chamber members the savings that larger companies enjoy through higher individual usage.
  • In partnership with the local and regional chambers of commerce, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce Members Electric Aggregation Program provides small companies the leverage to compete aggressively in the newly deregulated market.
No risk to your business
  • There is NO risk to participating companies.
  • Once an energy supplier has been secured, businesses will be notified of the negotiated price. They then have the option of accepting or declining it with 24-48 hours of the offer. The offered rate will be viable for 12 months.
  • If the Maine State Chamber of Commerce Members Electric Aggregation Program is unsuccessful in beating the standard offer price, businesses are under no obligation to the program.
  • Although there are no guarantees in the level of savings, we will offer participants a price below the standard offer price.
  • The Maine State Chamber of Commerce has partnered with PA Strategies, LLP, to formulate bids. The bidding process will begin in August in order to garner the lowest rate possible and lock in the rate when they are at their yearly low. A rise in the standard offer is expected upon its reviews in February 2001.
Don't miss out
  • To participate in the Maine State Chamber of Commerce Members Electric Aggregation Program, simply complete the appropriate forms available through your local or regional chamber of commerce, then mail them to the Maine State Chamber (7 university Drive, Augusta, ME 04330-9412) no later than Thursday, July 20, 2000.
  • For more information, please contact the Maine State Chamber of Commerce by calling (207) 623-4568.

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