Androscoggin Leadership Development Institute – New & Improved for 2018!

Androscoggin Leadership Development Institute – New & Improved Format, Begins September 12

The Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Uplift LA present an updated version of the Androscoggin Leadership Development Institute (ALDI).  ALDI will run weekly September 12 – November 14 and help participants foster stronger working relationships, learn to communicate and motivate and gain skills needed to advance their careers. Beckie Conrad, LA Metro Chamber President & CEO stated, “I’m pleased that Uplift LA has taken the lead for the Chamber to redesign and refresh the Androscoggin Leadership Development Institute to meet the needs of our rising professionals and expand their capacity to increasingly take on leadership roles within local businesses and organizations.”

Hone your leadership skills – Be it managing a team, running a nonprofit, or starting up your own business, ALDI is the place to hone the skills that will make you a successful leader and manager. The 2018 Program is designed for first time to middle managers who are interested in developing their communication, strategic planning, and core leadership skills.

The Androscoggin Leadership Development Institute is designed to provide rising leaders the real world skills needed to have a tangible impact on their businesses and communities. The program will challenge participants to use learned skills vital for today’s managers and leaders. Additionally, ALDI will address complex challenges facing businesses today. The program culminates with a capstone that will bring real expertise back to your workplace and community!

ALDI is a 3 month program combining classroom learning, interactive sessions, and hands on experiences designed to enhance leadership skills, cultivate strengths, and strengthen weaknesses. Participants will learn from experts in their fields who have demonstrated success in communication, networking, strategic planning among others. The program prepares its graduates for success in the business, nonprofit and government worlds, ensuring they have a foundation capable of meeting the pressing demands of today’s ever-changing workforce.

Member & non member cost is $750 until 9/5/18, on 9/6/18 the cost increases to $1,000. Registration is limited! Sign up today! All classes will be held in Lewiston and Auburn. Register online at Questions? Call 207-783-2249.

Class Schedule: 

September 12, 5-8pm – Intro to course – Orientation, ice breakers, structure of program, expected outcomes, discussion of capstone, start thinking about specialty areas, background data. Facilitated by: Dan Bourgeois-Capozzi, Androscoggin Bank

September 15, 9am-3pm – Core Skills – Behavioral Identification – Participants will use a behavior assessment in class. The facilitator will help participants understand their own behaviors and identify how to best interact and communicate with others. Facilitated by: Ann Burrill, Androscoggin Bank

September 19, 5-8pm – Core Skills – Communication and Demeanor – using behavioral results to apply to these areas, role playing activities, networking will be briefly covered. Facilitated by: Ann Burrill, Androscoggin Bank

September 26, 5-8pm – Core Skills – Networking – importance of internal vs. external; difference between initial introductions and building a professional network; what to do after; career pathing. Facilitated by: Shelly Prey & Kendra Wheeler, Bangor Savings Bank

October 3, 5-8pm – Local Issues – Employers of participants will receive a survey upon sign up to find out what’s important to them, a panel discussion will be built around that data. Facilitated by: TBD

October 13, 9am-1pm – Core Skills – Strategic Planning – how to build one, take a look at the health and wellness of the organization, potential futures, complexities involved, continuous improvement, successful cultures build this in to overall operations; Harvard Business Review case study. Facilitated by: Paul Beaudette, Leading Edge Business Solutions & Shanna Cox, Project Tipping Point

October 24, 5-8pm – Local Issues (2nd session) – Employers of participants will receive a survey upon sign up to find out what’s important to them, a panel discussion will be built around that data. Facilitated by: TBD

November 1, 4-8pm – Specialty Areas – Participants will be given 5 topics (Entrepreneurship, Managing a Team, Change Agility, Nonprofit, Civic Policy) and asked to select top 3 areas for deeper discussion. Groups split up based on choices. Participants will create a deliverable from each specialty area (capstone). Facilitated by: Varies

November 14, 4-8pm – Specialty Areas (2nd session) – Participants will be given 5 topics (Entrepreneurship, Managing a Team, Change Agility, Nonprofit, Civic Policy) and asked to select top 3 areas for deeper discussion. Groups split up based on choices. Participants will create a deliverable from each specialty area (capstone). Facilitated by: Varies

Chip Morrison Scholarship Scramble

The 19th Annual Chip Morrison Scholarship Scramble will be held Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at Turner Highlands Golf Course.

The golf tournament funds scholarships for students at Central Maine Community College and regional high schools.

For many students, a college education would not be possible without financial assistance. The Scholarship Scramble has been an important source of scholarship funds. These funds provide critical resources for need based and merit-based financial assistance, helping students on the path to a successful career and a brighter future. Please sponsor today to make a difference tomorrow.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities click here!


Fish Bones American Grill Hospitality Scholarship Application

Fish Bones American Grill Hospitality Scholarship Application


  1. Application must be received by NOON on Monday, April 30, 2018 and include the following:
  2. Student’s high school transcript.
  3. Letters of reference, two letters should be from teachers or counselors.
  4. A typed letter of not more than 300 words describing your affiliation with the hospitality industry, why you are applying for this scholarship, and your career goals.

NOTE:  All materials submitted will be held in strict confidence by the committee and become the property of the Fish Bones Hospitality Scholarship Fund and the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Lewiston, Maine.


  1. Open to all students, traditional or non-traditional pursuing a career in the Hospitality, Travel Tourism, and Food Service Industry.
  2. Open to any secondary or post-secondary student pursuing a career in the Hospitality, Travel Tourism, and Food Service Industry.
  3. Student must maintain a full class semester of 12 credits, and;
  4. Student must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Awards will be disbursed after receipt of an official sealed transcript detailing the above mentioned criteria.  Please mail transcript to L/A Metro Chamber of Commerce C/O Fish Bones Hospitality Scholarship Fund, 415 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, ME 04240.   Deadline to receive transcripts is June 1st,2018


  1. May be used at any accredited college, university, or technical school providing training in Food Service and/or Food Service Management and Hospitality.
  2. Must be used within 12 months.
  3. May be used to defray tuition, supplies or room and board. The scholarship will be issued to the Institution.
  4. This scholarship is provided for one-time use only. No continued scholarship support for the student is stated or implied.


The Selection Committee will give consideration to the following criteria in making a final decision:

  1. Desire for career in Food Service Industry.
  2. Employment record and extracurricular activities.
  3. Need based on information obtained in application.
  4. Scholastic record.

Contact for more information

415 Lisbon St, Suite 1, Lewiston ME


Download the application by clicking here!

LA Metro Marketplace

The LA Metro Marketplace is a showcase of the greater Lewiston Auburn area. Under one roof we will capture an inspiring representation of the many facets of our communities. As you explore the LA Metro Marketplace, you’ll be captivated by the number of world class products made here, the top notch services provided and overall how much we have to be proud of right here in our own area. Anyone walking into the Marketplace that day will leave with a positive image of our area

Register today!

LA Metro Marketplace

2018 Chamber Member Employee Scholarships – Applications Available

The purpose of the LA Metro Chamber Member Employee Scholarship Program is to recognize an employee of a LA Metro Chamber investor who has shown effort in advancing his or her education at the college level.
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.
Eligibility. Applicants will…
  • Be employed 20 or more hours by an investor 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
  • 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
Deadline! The completed application and employer verification form must be received by May 4, 2018. Recipients will be notified by June 1, 2018 (recipients will be notified by mail/e-mail.)
Download the application below or contact Jenny Moulton at 207-783-2249 or

Purchase a limited edition print today!

View of Lewiston from Auburn Riverwalk, 2017 by Kenneth Harvey

Selected “Best in Show” and reproduced as 100 limited edition prints to celebrate the 130th Anniversary of the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Kenneth Harvey, from Sabattus, Maine is a self-taught watercolorist. After working for a major corporation for 32 years, he retired to follow his lifelong dream of becoming a full-time artist and paints primarily en plein air, mostly in the Boothbay coastal area of Maine.

The prints are for sale at the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, 415 Lisbon Street, Lewiston. $100 each, limited supply!

Help Brighten the Holidays! 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 12 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, Boys & Girls Club, Tri County Mental Health Services, Trinity Jubilee, Tedford Housing, Safe Voices, and Sandcastle Clinical & Educational Services 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 8
*Drop off at one of our participating bus stops before December 11
(List available here)
*Business After Hours at Lost Valley on Tuesday, December 12


Annual Award Nominations Being Accepted

Deadline is November 15! Nomination someone today! Click here.

The following is a list of awards to be presented at the annual dinner on Thursday, January 25, 2018
  • 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 15! Nomination someone today! Click here.

Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber Supports Merger of Twin Cities

Following a day-long retreat on September 22nd, the board of the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce voted to support the merger of Lewiston and Auburn.  “The decision to take a position followed several months of conversation at the board level,” said Beckie Conrad, Chamber president, “and took into account a survey of the membership earlier this summer about the merger that found 63% in favor of combining the cities and 15% undecided.”  She continued, “The board’s vote followed a morning of discussion reviewing the Chamber’s mission, its current initiatives and how those initiatives support the two key results we heard from our business climate survey where owners and directors of our member businesses and organizations were asked for the most important issues facing them today.  Overwhelmingly, the business climate survey showed that the barriers to an even stronger local economy are workforce development and local image and that the Chamber has a role to play in both areas.”

The retreat was designed to define the Chamber’s leadership role in the Lewiston Auburn metropolitan region and decide if member priorities and the Chamber’s mission were being met.  Given the number of members who cited a workforce deficit and fostering a more positive image as pressing needs, the merger was slated as a separate topic in the afternoon to consider how combining the two cities might have an impact on these issues.  Board Chair, Robin Robbins commented, “As part of being a leader in the community we must be innovative as well as recognizing and supporting opportunities that move our region forward.”

Prior to considering the merger, the board looked at new ways to serve and promote the Lewiston Auburn metro region by transitioning from membership to “investment” in Chamber priorities that will benefit new strategies of regional economic development and tourism, both designed to make the area a more desirable place to live, work and visit. Conrad said that the conversation was thoughtful and difficult at times and that getting to the core of the Chamber’s work to best support both the membership and the larger community brought up many questions about the role of a Chamber of Commerce. She shared research on Chambers in other communities where economic development, tourism and image campaigns were key priorities to drive change.

Following the morning presentations and discussions, the board then addressed the Chamber’s leadership role as the largest organization in the area that encompasses businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Of the more than 1050 members, 89% are from the for-profit sector, 10% from the not-for-profit sector and 1% from government. “We all agreed,” Conrad said, “that Lewiston and Auburn are one economy. Business does not stop on the bridges and in all actuality our greatest strength is that the community functions as a large regional economic engine for Central Maine.”

“Ultimately,” Conrad continued, “that was the basis for the board’s decision to support the merger.  If we function as one economy, what naturally follows?  Do we currently have a consistent, coordinated and unified long term approach to preK-16 education, workforce development, urban housing, planning, and public investment to grow our economy and encourage private investment, both local and from outside investors?  We all acknowledged that meeting those priorities is possible—as it has been for years—if we keep trying as two cities but that if we merge, a unified approach will be required. Fundamentally, I believe the board considered the issue as they would for their own business or organization. When an opportunity to be stronger is presented, the risks and rewards are weighed and a decision to move forward occurs.”

Prior to the vote, many board members spoke passionately that the merger was the right move, and in response for her to share her own opinion, Conrad said, “I’ve lived here 39 years, owned two businesses, worked in higher education and volunteered for numerous social service, arts and civic organizations tasked with joint projects. But no matter how hard each of us has worked, and no matter how committed we are to change, the fact is we have not made the progress we want on poverty, graduation rates, our image—all things that have an influence on business. So as president of the Chamber, I believe we need a catalyst beyond staying the cooperative but separate course and hoping we’ll pick up the pace. The merger is the opportunity to drive us. To engage all of the good hearts and minds on both sides of the river to work together across the next decade to realize Lewiston-Auburn’s unique attributes as Maine’s best place to live, work and play.”

Robin Robbins added, “The board recognizes that a merger of the twin cities is the first step toward a stronger future. It will require engagement from businesses, organizations, civic leaders and residents all working in unison to develop a more vibrant Central Maine economy. The LA Metro Chamber is prepared to be a leader in ensuring that one merged community will be successful.”