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

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.

Fish Bones American Grill Hospitality Scholarship Application

Fish Bones American Grill Hospitality Scholarship Application

INSTRUCTIONS:

  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.

ELIGIBILITY:

  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

USE OF SCHOLARSHIP:

  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.

SELECTION GUIDELINES:

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 Erin@LAMetroChamber.com for more information

415 Lisbon St, Suite 1, Lewiston ME

207.783.2249

Download the application by clicking 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.”

Membership Drive Deal!

We invite you to join the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce during our membership drive with a special deal!

Join before September 30, 2017 and get 15 months for the price of 12! You won’t be billed again until January 2019! Seize this opportunity!

Take this opportunity to grow your business with so many wonderful benefits!

  • Join a robust professional network
  • Membership listing on the LA Metro Chamber website
  • Display your business card, rack card, or brochure in our lobby
  • Receive customer and client referrals
  • Public new member recognition
  • Social media activation for your events
  • Grand openings and ribbon cuttings for your business
  • Opportunities to get involved in roundtables, committees, councils or initiatives that serve your strategic goals

New! Tourism related businesses will also get a listing on www.DiscoverLAMaine.com our new website dedicated to marketing the LA region to visitors worldwide.

Click here to become a member today!

Golf Tournament – Sponsorship Opportunities!

18th Annual Chip Morrison Scholarship Scramble

A golf tournament to fund scholarships for students at Central Maine Community College and Regional High Schools.

Brought to you by: Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Central Maine Community College Foundation.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Poland Spring Resort
640 Maine Street, Poland Spring

As a friend and supporter of the LA Metro Chamber and CMCC, we would like to offer you the opportunity to be a sponsor for this event. Last year over 63 local businesses joined as sponsors, in addition to a large field of participating golfers.

The event raised over $38,000 for scholarships for local students. In the last 17 years, the Scholarship Scramble has raised over $647,000 to support local students. Your sponsorship will make a difference in the lives of students and their families.

In addition to the satisfaction of helping worthy students realize their dreams of a college education, you will receive benefits outlined here.

Questions? Contact Maureen at the LA Metro Chamber at 783-2249 or Maureen@LAMetroChamber.com.

LA Metro Chamber Board of Directors Expresses Strong Support for LAEGC

On behalf of our members, the Board of Directors of the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce expresses its strong and resolute support for the Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council (LAEGC) and the work that it does on behalf of our communities.

LAEGC should be allowed to continue its important work for the economic future of our communities uninhibited by personal or political motives and agendas.

Whether working on large projects such as the Miracle Enterprises redevelopment of The Barn or with small businesses such as Legends Sports Bar and Grill or Top it Frozen Yogurt; or helping with saving community icons such as Lost Valley, LAEGC has made a tangible and positive impact on business in our communities.

We applaud the Auburn City Council for its service to our communities, its steadfast resolve to ensure sound fiscal stewardship, and its commitment to education and workforce development opportunities. We support the Auburn City Council for its diligence while also imploring it to maintain Auburn’s commitment to LAEGC — now and in the future. We believe it is in the best interest of both Auburn and Lewiston.

There is work to be done here. We see energy, momentum, and enormous potential in the greater Lewiston Auburn metropolitan area, and we are committed to hustling every day to make it a desirable place to live, work, and play. Together with our membership, we will raise the tide.

The Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council is an important partner in our efforts, and we look forward to working together to secure a brighter economic future for our communities.

Contact:
Jennifer Ziebart, Director of Marketing and Communications
Jenny@LAMetroChamber.com, (207) 783-2249