Friday March 22, 2013 | 04:26 PM
Posted by Chris Hall

Yesterday was Member Appreciation Day at the Portland Regional Chamber.  It's a little hard to describe just how much energy and excitement we feel every year when we say 'thank you' to the 1250 employers who support our organization.  But trust me, it's a special feeling.

This year we had a huge party at Bruno's over on Allen Ave.  Bruno's has been there for more than 30 years.  If somehow you've missed it, get on over and bring the family for dinner, or check out the sports bar for a game.  We had over 150 people in their function room and more in the bar - it was a blast.

What's even more impressive is the way Chamber members connected.  'Networking' is an over-used word, but when you see people making business and social connections you appreciate how much our organization contributes to our communities.

We host over 100 events a year in the eight towns and cities in our region.  All those events bring people together to improve themselves, their business and their community.  It's something you have to experience to believe, and it's amazingly effective.

If you missed our party at Bruno's don't worry, we'll be back soon with another event in your town.  Until then, here's to the people that make our region's business community work - thank you!

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Chris Hall is the CEO of the Portland Regional Chamber. He’s been working in Chambers of Commerce in Maine for over 20 years, and Notes from the Chamber will bring you his perspective and comment on what’s happening in the Portland region that’s most important to our economy today and tomorrow.

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