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Letter from the Director, from March 2017

Hello from High Street,

Greetings March.  March means spring is not too far off , at least in most parts of the country. Ok, we can dream, right?  It’s a busy season at the chamber as we try to offer a lot of educational programming, March Dine Around month, Member Breakfasts and our Annual Meeting, all before the busy summer season begins.

As I write this letter Kristy has just put the complete March Dine Around specials on my desk. One word: YUM!  Nineteen participating food establishments with offerings of appetizers, flat bread pizzas, chocolate dipped espresso cookies, Mac N Cheese Madness, Pub Grub to fine dining, Pizza’s, Italians, Lobster rolls and gourmet ice cream.  If you aren’t tempted to go out and eat when you see the offerings, perhaps our frequent Diner Card drawing will do it.  Pick up your card at the office or participating business, visit six Dine Around locations and get chamber stickers on your card.  Drop off the completed card at our office to enter the drawing for $200 in Dining Gift Certificates on April 5th.

March is also a month for great informational and educational offerings.  Check the inserts in your newsletter for “Making the First Impression” 4-part series on customer service, “Cybersecurity: Privacy and the World We Live In” and “Substance Abuse and Drug Testing in the Workplace”. Sign up for one or these great programs.  Speaking of great information, our first Membership Breakfast of the year will be held April 6, with speakers from Maine Dept. of Transportation, presenting on the big Route 3 reconstruction project happening on MDI.  This project will affect traffic flow this summer.   Come hear about the project and what your business needs to know, as well as updates from the Chamber and the City.

Planning for the Annual Meeting on May 18th has begun.  Mark your calendar now, as the chamber is planning a unique format at the new Acadia Events Center in Trenton. You won’t want to miss this one.  Ballots are coming in to the office daily for the Business Awards and Citizen of the Year.  Like previous years, we will put the top three businesses in each category on our website for public voting in late April.  Look for more details soon.

You probably noticed that our Monthly “Chamber Business” is a bit smaller.  We have gone from 8 pages to 4.  The Ellsworth American, who for years has printed and underwritten this newsletter for the chamber, like all businesses, are looking for ways to keep costs under control.

We so appreciate the years they have done this service for all our members.    Our main features, Member News, the calendar, New Member highlights, Events and photos will all still be here. More information can always be found on our website www.ellsworthchamber.org

Enjoy March, if not the weather…than the food!! See you dining around.

Gretchen Wilson

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