As we continue to follow the recommendations from Governor Mills and the CDC, the KV Chamber is offering bi-weekly webinars to our members and community. Our new virtual program, Chamber Connect, features guest speakers who will discuss topics on which they are subject matter experts to keep the business community informed on best practices, financial support, and more during the pandemic. Chamber Connect is held via Zoom every Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Chamber Connect is free for members and $5 per person for the public to attend.
Every Chamber Connect will have a limited number of spots available so it is suggested that you RSVP early! A Zoom conference line will be emailed to attendees prior to each program.
The event will be held March 26, 2021. Stay tuned for more details!
Peter G. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award
This award is named for community leader Peter G. Thompson. Like Peter, nominees in this category have been active leaders in the Kennebec Valley region for many years. These business/professional leaders have made a lasting impression on the business climate in our area.
Large Business of the Year
Nominees in this category are KV Chamber members and have 15 or more employees. Throughout their history in the Kennebec Valley, they must have demonstrated revenue growth and job creation. This business is recognized for excellence in their industry through their innovation, unparalleled customer service, staff development and marketing practices. Their impact on the Kennebec Valley is measured through their community involvement and economic impact.
Small Business of the Year
Nominees in this category are KV Chamber members and have 14 or less employees. Throughout their history in the Kennebec Valley, they must have demonstrated revenue growth and job creation. This business is recognized for excellence in their industry through their innovation, unparalleled customer service, staff development and marketing practices. Their impact on the Kennebec Valley is measured through their community involvement and economic impact.
President's Circle Award
Nominees in this category are KV Chamber members that are active in the Kennebec Valley. Their impact on the Kennebec Valley is evident through their revenue growth and job creation. They are leaders in their industry and maintain an exemplary business image in our community.
Community/Special Service Award
Nominees in this category are KV Chamber members and active in bettering the Kennebec Valley. They are recognized by their peers for their integrity and performance. Throughout their history, their track record of community leadership is evident.
CYNERGY Young Professional
Nominees in this category are Kennebec Valley Chamber members and young professionals who have shown exemplary leadership in our region. These individuals are recognized for their long term commitment to the betterment of the Kennebec Valley.
Chamber Connections is a quarterly series that focuses on the political environment within the State Capitol. Each program is designed to be a non-partisan, informational presentation that addresses topics that directly and indirectly affect Chamber members. The goal of Chamber Connections is to inform and educate members while encouraging their participation in the political process.
The Chamber's Women's Network meets monthly to strengthen business relationships, hear topical speakers and develop leadership. The Women's Network is all about business and building relationships! This event is usually held on the second Wednesday monthly, excluding July and August. Early Networking begins at 11:30 a.m., buffet lunch at noon, speaker at 12:30, and adjourns at 1:00 p.m.
The Chamber organizes free monthly networking receptions for members by pairing with host businesses. The host business pays a nominal fee to the Chamber and agrees to host the reception with food and drink in an acceptable venue. Attendance may range from 75 to 300. Business After Hours occur monthly on the fourth Wednesday of the month, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
What are The Kenney Awards?
So you’ve experienced the Grammys and the Emmys, but are you ready for the Kenneys?
The Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud to present The Kenney Awards! The Kenney, named for the region we hail from, will be awarded annually to area businesses and professionals that are deserving of our attention and recognition.
Macomber, Farr & Whitten
Skowhegan Savings Bank
Augusta Natural Gas
Bangor Savings Bank
Blane Casey Building Contractor, Inc.
D. R. Struck Landscape Nursery
Free ME from Lung Cancer
G&E Roofing Co.
Gibson LeClair, LLC
KV Federal Credit Union
PERFORMANCE Food Service - NorthCenter
Smart Eye Care
Sprague & Curtis Real Estate
Vickerson Appraisal Services
Walton External Affairs
This exciting and highly regarded annual business and organization networking event is held each October at the Augusta Civic Center. Over 100 businesses and organizations of the Capital Area exhibit their services and wares. More than $6,000 in prizes are offered to attendees, including a $1,000 cash Grand Prize!
The show that everyone is talking about. What makes it so special? Local businesses showcasing local products and creating local demand. Come meet the capital area's business community—explore, make connections and learn more about what makes this area so unique.
This event is a terrific opportunity to build your business. Get out of the office and get up to speed on topics from technology to marketing. In a single afternoon you can network with prospects and compare hundreds of the latest products, services, and companies committed to helping your business grow. The business world is moving fast, embrace the opportunities at the Kennebec Valley Chamber's Business EXPO.
The goal of the Kennebec Leadership Institute (KLI) is to assure a continuing flow of able, committed and resourceful leaders to serve our communities. As the oldest leadership program in the state, KLI draws prospective leaders from a wide cross-section of businesses, organizations and the community at large. Its purpose is to inspire these promising individuals to work more effectively within their own spheres of influence while expanding their civic and community participation.