LA Metro Passport Challenge

The LA Metro Chamber of Commerce and Uplift LA welcome you to join us on Saturday, September 21, 2019 as we embark on a challenging journey throughout the LA Metro Region while testing your knowledge, strength, and perseverance. This scavenger hunt will challenge teams of 4 to explore and learn about some of the great destinations that the LA Metro region has to offer!

Travelers will solve clues, leading them to different destinations around the LA Metro region. Teams will have 4 hours to solve clues, complete physical challenges and test their mental prowess at Destination Spots in order to earn as many points as possible. Clues to the Destination Spots will incorporate history, community, and the arts, promoting our region as a center of culture for our residents and visitors. Whether travelers are visiting a newly established or a seasoned business or attraction, this scavenger hunt will take everyone on a fun adventure around the region.

Travel Sponsor – $1,000.00
Destination Spot – $350.00 – Deadline for registration is August 23, 2019
Individual Traveler – $25.00
Team of 4 Travelers – $100.00

If you would like to participate, but your business is not usually open on a Saturday, we have options for you:

  • Still be a Destination Spot – we will be providing signs at Destination Spots indicating that that this business is a Destination Spot in the LA Metro Passport Challenge.
  • You can choose to fly “Stand By”, by adopting an Historical Destination Spot – one of the many Historical Landmarks in and around our community, where you can set up a table to display information about your business/organization and even provide a Turbulence Challenge if you want to.
  • You can choose to be a Travel Sponsor which includes a Destination Spot (if desired), logo on passport, put Swag in the goodie bags given to all travelers, mentions in all social media prior to and day of event, access to the “flight manifest” and a sponsor table during “Check-In” and “Pre Flight Instruction” in the morning and during “Baggage Claim” at the end of the event.

10:00am – Boarding and Departure to destinations yet to be discovered.

10:00am – 2:00pm – Travel Time – Travelers will travel by personal vehicle to Destinations around the LA Metro region by following clues found in their Passports.

2:00pm – Arrival Time at your Final Destination

2:00pm – 3:00pm – Baggage Claim – Purchase a beverage and munchies to enjoy while points are added up. Top 3 Teams of Travelers will be awarded cash prizes. All travelers will be entered to win door prizes.

Register here! Questions? Call the LA Metro Chamber at 783-2249.

LA Metro Chamber announces 2019 scholarship recipients

Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce announces 2019 scholarship recipients

For the past 20 years, the LA Metro Chamber has given scholarships to local graduating seniors planning to continue their studies at either an accredited college or university, as well as a certificate program. The Chamber has also given scholarship awards to adults continuing their education while working called the Member Employee Scholarship.

This year’s local high school recipients were announced at the June membership breakfast held at Poland Spring Resort on June 13th.  The recipients are Ryan Theriault from Edward Little High School, Sadie Waterman from Oak Hill High School, Hunter Steele from Lewiston High School, Catarina Bifulco from Leavitt Area High School, Abigail Castonguay from Saint Dominic Academy, Joshua Landry from Poland Regional High School, and Riley Leeman from Lisbon High School.  These students were selected from their respective guidance office for good academic achievement, positive involvement in the local community, a good record of extracurricular school involvement, and time management skills fostered through part time employment, and continuing their education in the state of Maine.

This year’s Member Employee Scholarship recipient is Laura LaBelle, staff accountant at the City of Lewiston. Laura stated in her essay “Not long ago I did not think it would be possible for me to be an employee of the City of Lewiston or have the opportunity to obtain a college degree” Laura has overcome many challenges but is determined to succeed in her role at the City of Lewiston and as a college student.

The Chamber raises the funds for scholarships through the Annual Chip Morrison Scholarship Scramble.  This year’s scholarship scramble will be held on Wednesday August 21stat Fox Ridge Golf Course in Auburn. The funds raised from the scholarship scramble help improve the education of our local workforce. Opportunities to support the scholarship scramble are still available.

The Chamber’s scholarship program aligns with the Maine Spark initiative, a 10-year commitment from Maine’s most influential education and business leaders to work together to ensure that Maine’s workforce is productive and competitive. MaineSpark is powered by a coalition of organizations—schools and universities, nonprofits and foundations, government agencies and businesses—with a common goal: by 2025, 60% of Mainers will hold education and workforce credentials that position Maine and its families for success.  LA Metro Chamber President Rebecca Swanson Conrad said, “We are pleased to align our scholarship program with Maine Spark’s goal to connect people with the education, training, jobs, programs and resources needed to thrive in Maine’s robust and changing economy aspirations.”

Golf Tournament Sponsorship Opportunities

Chip Morrison Scholarship Scramble

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Fox Ridge Golf Club
Registration: 8am, Shotgun start 9am

Sponsorship Opportunities

Download the golf brochure here

TOURNAMENT – $5,000 • LIMITED TO ONE

  • Logo/name on gift to be provided to golfers
  • Recognition in all publicity
  • Banner or sign at registration & reception
  • Opportunity to present tournament prizes
  • Team entrance included
  • Two preferred parking spaces

CHIP – $5,000 • LIMITED TO ONE

  • Logo/name on gift to be provided to golfers
  • Recognition in all publicity
  • Banner or sign at registration & reception
  • Opportunity to assist with prize presentation
  • Team entrance included
  • Two preferred parking spaces

CO-SPONSOR – $2,500

  • Logo/name on gift to be provided to golfers
  • Recognition in all publicity
  • Banner at post-tournament reception
  • Team entrance included

HAT – $2,500 • LIMITED TO ONE

  • Logo/name on hat to be gifted to golfers
  • Recognition in all publicity

TOURNAMENT RECEPTION – $1,500 • LIMITED TO ONE

  • Signage at the reception

BARBECUE – $1,500 • LIMITED TO ONE

  • Signage at the barbecue

CART – $1,000 • LIMITED TO TWO

  • Signage on each cart

REGISTRATION – $1,000 • LIMITED TO ONE

  • Signage at the registration table area and event

CONTRIBUTING – $1,000

  • Signage at the Tournament

CLOSEST TO THE PIN – $500 • LIMITED TO TWO

  • Signage at the hole site

LONG DRIVE – $500 • LIMITED TO TWO

  • Signage at the hole site

HOLE – $400

  • Signage at one tee

GREEN – $200

  • Signage at one green

You can sign up for a sponsorship or register your team by clicking here

Download the golf brochure here

For more information contact Maureen at the LA Metro Chamber, 783-2249 or maureen@lametrochamber.com.

Beckie’s March 2019 Message

News From 415 Lisbon Street

Spring is coming, we promise!  Don’t forget that our April events are mixed up for April Fools. No joke, we are having Business Before Hours on our usual breakfast date (Thursday, April 11, 7-9AM) at Fishbones and Breakfast for Dinner on our usual Business After Hours night (Thursday, April 18, 4:30-7PM).

And just to get you prepared to be off schedule, the March Business After Hours is one week later than usual on Thursday, March 28 at Side By Each, our newest LA Metro brewery. This event is the night before the Magnetize Maine Summit sponsored by Uplift LA.  Please send young professionals from your business or organization to this important conversation about Maine’s economic future, click here for more information.

And just in case there is more snow in our future, our friends at MDOT show us how to save our mailboxes from destruction click here.

Workforce Development

KUDOS to our local educators!

Jim Horn from Edward Little High School has designed a 2-year aviation program partnering with UMA beginning this September. Nine area high schools are invited to participate. The EL videography class is doing video promotion to send to schools and air on local public access stations.

New Ventures Maine, in collaboration with Lewiston Regional Technical School, Central Maine Community College (CMCC), and other community planning partners, are offering a hands-on, half-day conference designed to encourage girls to consider careers in fields traditionally populated by men. The Totally Trades Conference will bring together over one-hundred ninth-graders from particular schools in Androscoggin County on Friday, May 17.

Economic Development

Maine International Trade Center is hosting the New Product GlobalShowcase at Maine International Trade Day. This annual event – with over 300 attendees including Maine business professionals, investors, government officials, R&D groups, representatives from foreign trade and consular offices, and media – provides excellent exposure for entrepreneurial, innovative companies.

Does your company have a new product or service? If so, enter today! The New Product Global Showcase is open to all Maine companies and industries. To be eligible, the product or service:

  • was launched within the past two years (May 2017 – May 2019)
  • must have commercial viability and currently be in the market
  • will be evaluated on international market appeal as well as innovation

This is a juried process, and participation is limited. Questions? Contact Tom Conley at 207-553-7708. LEARN MORE

You are invited to a Climate Round Table at the Chamber on Thursday, March 21.  Small businesses have a big part to play, and a lot to gain, in efforts to improve Energy Efficiency throughout Maine. Join the Maine Climate Table, business leaders, service providers, and others committed to promoting energy efficiency in our state for a convening that will explore opportunities, challenges, and resources for small businesses seeking to improve energy efficiency in their operations. The day will include facilitated discussion sessions, a resource panel, and a networking lunch. Registration required click here.

Make It Here: Tourism

As part of the Francophone Francophile Network, Museum LA has secured an intern from Quebec from March 25 to June 14 to complete our cultural heritage trail to link to the international network of trails.  We need housing for her stay. She speaks both French and English. If you know anyone who may have a room where she could also have access to cooking, or a furnished apartment, or camp (she has a car) please be in contact with Rachel Desgrosseilliers at rachel@museumla.org.

This year, the Maine Tourism Association will be hosting its 98th Annual Meeting as the tourism reception at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism on April 9 & 10, 2019. The opening reception will be held at the Governor Hill Mansion in Augusta. This reception includes hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and networking with tourism professionals across the state.

It’s time to update your free 2019 event listings on VisitMaine.com! The VisitMaine.com website is a key resource for the Maine Office of Tourism marketing and PR teams for information to use in response to inquiries from Travel Media, and in selecting events to feature in social media posts @VisitMaine with 200K+ combined FB and Instagram followers, and in MOT’s consumer email distributed monthly to approximately 390,000 potential visitors.Visit the PartnerLogin page at MOTPartners.com for instructions on how to manage your VisitMaine.com listings.

LA Metro Partners

The Retail Association of Maine is the host state this year for the annual Eastern States Retail Executive Conference in July. Each summer, the states from Maine to Virginia get together to discuss legislative issues of importance to the northeastern states. You are invited to join them! The event will take place at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, ME from July 14-17. For registration click here.

The SBA’s Emerging Leaders Program will take place at TechPlace facility on Brunswick Landing in Brunswick this year! They need your help to recruit interested small businesses.The SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative is a federal training initiative that specifically focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities. This initiative provides these executives with the organizational framework, resource network, and motivation required to build sustainable businesses and promote the economic development within underserved communities.

This training is for established business owners and is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business. The Emerging Leaders Initiative advanced training series is open to small business owners and executives that:

  • Have annual revenues of at least $250,000
  • Have been in business for at least 3 years
  • Have at least one employee, other than self
  • Must has decision making authority
Please encourage interested businesses to apply at https://www.interise.org/sbaemergingleaders or contact Brad Currie at Bradley.currie@sba.gov or 207-248-9040.

Make Shift Coffee House is an initiative to get people from all walks of life to get together for food, coffee, music and conversation about what are often divisive issues. https://makeshiftcoffeehouse.com/  There is a Make Shift Coffeehouse coming up on Friday, March 22 at USM LA College in Lewiston. Click here for the flyer.

MaineCanDo was founded last year to help individuals, employers, and investors prevent future #MeToo incidents in the workplace. #MaineCanDo and Pan Atlantic Research have teamed up to conduct the first comprehensive survey of sexual harassment and workplace culture issues in Maine in the #MeToo era. This data will be used by organizations such as #MaineCanDo and the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault to understand and raise awareness of the level of workplace sexual harassment in Maine. This brief, confidential survey seeks observations and experiences in the workplace around this critical topic. https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4839517/MANP. Responses from both employers and employees are strictly confidential. No identifying data will be collected, and all data that is collected will only ever be analyzed or reported at the state and county level – not by individual organization. Employee responses will never be matched to their employing organization.  If you’d like more information about how the data will be analyzed, please contact Jason Edes, Director of Research at Pan Atlantic Research at jedes@panatlanticresearch.com.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 classes of the Maine Development Foundation’s Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL) and Leadership Maine classes. Now in their 27th year of bringing diverse groups of proven professionals together for powerful, experiential development, both programs have widespread impact on individual growth and the enrichment of entire communities.Register at https://mdf.wufoo.com/forms/ql86toh12xqrsf/

Chamber Member Employee Scholarship – Applications Available!

Download the application here.

The purpose of the Chamber Member Employee Scholarship Program is to recognize an employee of a LA Metro Chamber member who has shown effort in advancing his or her education.

Scholarship Awards

Scholarships of $1000 each will be awarded annually. The scholarships will be awarded directly to the recipient. One award will be made per individual, although the award may be divided to apply to two semesters of college work.

  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously won a Chamber Member Employee Scholarship from the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Eligibility

Applicants will…

  • Be employed 20 or more hours by a member in good standing of the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
  • Begin course(s) within 6 months of receiving award
  • Be applying to or matriculated in college-level coursework applicable toward an Associates, Bachelor’s or Master’s degree

OR

  • Be applying to or matriculated in a technical institute or certificate program
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • If already matriculated, proof you are a student in good standing from the college you are attending

Application Requirements

  • Scholarship application
  • 250-300 word processed essay (see attached)
  • Completed employer verification form
  • Professional letter of reference/recommendation (more points will be given when the author is knowledgeable of the applicant’s professional work and/or collegiate work and speak to: motivation, financial need, aspirations, etc.)
  • Unofficial transcript or letter of acceptance for upcoming semester
  • Application MUST be complete to be considered!

Deadlines

The application and employer verification form must be received by April 26, 2019.Recipients will be notified by May 31, 2019 (Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail/e-mail)

Download the application here.

Stuff The Bus!

The Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Uplift LA and Northeast Charter & Tour are joining forces to brighten the holidays for local families in need.

From now until December 18 you can donate NEW toys and clothing, appropriate for children ages 0-18. All donations received will be distributed by representatives of Advocates for Children, YWCA Central Maine, Promise Early Education Center, Sandcastle Clinical and Educational Services, Boys & Girls Club, Tedford Housing, Tri County Mental Health, Safe Voices, and Trinity Jubilee Center and will stay within our community, assisting only local families.

Where can you make your donation?
*At the LA Metro Chamber, 415 Lisbon Street, Lewiston by December 14
*Drop off at one of our participating bus stops before December 17
(List available here)
*Business After Hours at Lost Valley on Tuesday, December 18

Annual Award Nominations Being Accepted

Deadline is November 10! Nominate someone today! Click here.

The following is a list of awards to be presented at the annual dinner on Thursday, January 24, 2019
Eligibility:
  • Nominees must be members in good standing of the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce (individuals must be employed by a member e.g. owner, staff) or be an individual member.
  • Individual award nominations may not be active members of the LA Metro Chamber staff or Board of Directors.

Ray Geiger Chamber Champion Award
The Ray Geiger Award is the highest honor given to a member by the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. It is our most prestigious award. It is given to an individual who has proven to be a champion of and for the LA Metro Chamber. The award is presented to an individual who has invested a great deal of time, energy, and resources into furthering the LA Metro Chamber’s mission and working toward bettering our communities.

Theresa Samson Women’s Business Leadership Award 
The Theresa Samson Women’s Business Leadership Award honors a successful woman business owner or primary manager for her business success, career achievements and contributions to the community. Businesses led by women are and will continue to have a noticeable impact on the economy. This annual award helps inspire the continued growth of women leading businesses in our community.
Ken Additon Small Business Advocacy Award
The Ken Additon Small Business Advocacy Award goes to an individual who has demonstrated commitment to small-business advocacy above and beyond policies that specifically impact their own business or industry and a proven history of volunteer efforts to advance and improve the overall small-business community, as well as success in advocating for pro-small business policies and success and growth as a small-business owner.
Community Service Award
The Community Service Award honors outstanding individuals or organizations that give their time and expertise to the community, above and beyond their own field of endeavor, and demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in all they do. The recipient is an inspiration to the community, both in their profession and in their efforts to make the LA region a better place to live, work and play.
Business Leadership Award
A business, agency, organization, community or non-profit corporation, which has helped invigorate the economic health of the area while also contributing to the social, cultural, intellectual or physical well-being of the LA region.

Deadline is November 10! Nominate someone today! Click here.

Top Gun LA – Deadline Extended!

Application deadline has been extended to Thursday, November 15!

The Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce announces that applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Top Gun LA entrepreneurship acceleration program.

Top Gun, Maine’s premier entrepreneurship program, accelerates the progress of the state’s most promising start up and early stage companies through a combination of mentoring, learning sessions, and networking. First established by the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs, Top Gun celebrates its tenth year in 2019. The LA Metro Chamber has offered the program locally since 2017. The Top Gun program is also offered in Portland, Bangor, Rockland and Waterville.

Program information and applications are available at http://www.mced.biz. Application deadline has been extended to Thursday, November 15! The program begins February 6, 2019 and runs through the end of May 2019. In addition to submitting a short online application, prospective companies will be required to submit a pitch deck and present a live pitch to the interview committee in the location they wish to join.

The program will conclude with regional pitch off events where the top two semi-finalists in each region will move on to compete for a $25,000 cash prize sponsored by the Maine Technology Institute.

For more information on the 2019 Top Gun LA entrepreneurship acceleration program, contact Top Gun LA program coordinator Scott Benson at 783-2249.