"Maine's Retail Sector: How Are Things Going This Season and what Can We Expect in 2012?"

"Maine's Retail Sector: How Are Things Going This Season and what Can We Expect in 2012?"

December 14th, 2011, from 7:30 - 9:00 AM,

at The Inn at Brunswick Station, 4 Noble Street, Brunswick.  Cost is $8 for members and includes buffet breakfast; nonmembers & the public $15

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Join us for a breakfast buffet at the beautiful Inn At Brunswick Station.  Our guest speaker is Curtis Picard, Executive Director of the Maine Merchant's Association.  Curtis will speak to us about Maine's retail sector, discuss a recent survey of retail businesses of Maine, and touch on retail/merchant-sensitive legislative issues on the docket for the 2012 legislative session.  This is a must attend event if you want up-to-date information on both the Mid Coast and Maine's retail sector! 

A special "Thank You" to our 2011 Breakfast Sponsor, Border Trust.  Because of their generousity, each chamber member saves $8 dollars per person -- almost 50% -- each and every time they attend a breakfast event. 

Social Media Breakfast Maine 29 - Looking Ahead at 2012

Social Media Breakfast Maine 29 - Looking Ahead at 2012

Please join us on December 16th from 7:30am until 10:00am at the Portland Masonic Temple, 415 Congress Street in Portland, and meet three of Portland's favorite marketing and social media professionals. They are coming to talk about changes they have seen and what they think is important to look at for 2012. Rich Brooks is going to take a look at social and mobile opportunities and give his opinion on if we should Buy, Sell or Hold on each. Monica Wright is going to talk about what Google+ is and why it is so important (Google+ is by far the biggest change to the social media landscape). Also, Marc Pitman will discuss his growth in the past year using social media to sell his book, get speaking opportunities, and grow his business.

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Seasonal Sing-a-long and Fundraiser at Savory Maine

The folks at Savory Maine invite you to join us for a festive seasonal sing-a-long and fundraiser on Thursday, December 22nd from 4-6pm. It will be a late afternoon of spirited music, hot beverages, and our delicious “homemade” treats. All will be sure to brighten your spirits and fortify you for your last minute shopping. This is on the day of downtown Damariscotta's wrap-it-up party.

Donations for the Lincoln County Animal Shelter and the CHIP energy fund will be welcome in the stockings we will have hung by the window with care. This event is free and open to people of all ages to come and have a joyful time.

Savory Maine is located at 11 Water Street in Damariscotta. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Mondays, Wednesday through Saturday and for brunch on Sunday.

The downstairs retail space has environmentally friendly gifts and food items, all fromMaine.





Ribbon Cutting for Mid-Coast Shoe Repair - Dec 14th

Ribbon Cutting for Mid-Coast Shoe Repair - Dec 14th
Mark your calendars and please plan to come help us celebrate at the BDA-sponsored Ribbon Cutting for Mid-Coast Shoe Repair in support of the new owners. The event will take place on Wednesday, December 14, at 1 pm, in Suite 19 on the second floor of the Fort Andross building, above the Flea Market. Refreshments will be served, and there will be a variety of specials and drawings offered to all attending including 10% off all shoe repairs. FMI call 729-4439.

Downtown Bath to Host Annual Holiday Open House

Downtown Bath will sparkle with holiday lights during the annual Holiday Open House, from 5-8pm on Friday evening, December 16. The streets will be lined with luminaries, and downtown Bath shops, galleries, restaurants, and banks will stay open until 8pm to welcome shoppers with festive holiday music, refreshments, and one-of-a kind gifts.

Members of downtown Bath’s arts community will also open their studios that evening with special holiday offerings of their work.

Come see Bath’s historic downtown in holiday dress and enjoy the festive window decorations. Be sure to vote for your favorite storefront or shop-window as part of Main Street Bath’s Window Decorating Contest. All voter ballots will be entered in a drawing to win a Gift Basket full of stocking stuffers from downtown merchants.

The voting begins Monday, December 12, and continues through Sunday, December 18.

Enjoying Now with Real-Time Analytics

Enjoying Now with Real-Time Analytics

Time is so important during the holiday season! We need time to buy and wrap our gifts, time to celebrate the holidays with family, time to reflect on the past year and think of the new year.

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New Updated Brunswick Map

The BDA is currently working on updating the Downtown Brunswick Map. If you would like your local business or organization to be included in the new map, please contact Tracy Coughlin at for details. Deadline for map commitments is Monday, December 12th.