MESSAGE: We welcome some new people to our board of directors.

Elected at the chamber’s “Big Night Out” Annual Meeting on Jan. 23 for a three-year term were attorney Don Lawson and Renee Behm-LeBlanc (independent consultant BeautiControl). Elected to serve a second, three-year term were Jason Buchanan (Colonial Danforth Consulting), Matt Barbour (McLeod- Ascanio), and Mike Bourret (Coastal Counties Workforce). Nick Favreau (Bath Iron Works) was appointed an ex-officio member of the board of directors. The leadership team elected is: Matt Barbour, chairman; Jason Buchanan, first vice chairman; Bob Langworthy, treasurer, and Amanda Leland, secretary.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

— “Proven Legal Strategies to Avoid and Handle Employment Discrimination Claims” is the topic for the Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Small Business Success Seminar at the Topsham Public Library (25 Foreside Road). Let Thad Zmistowski and Sarah Newell of Eaton Peabody help you navigate the employment discrimination laws that cause business owners and managers to lose sleep at night. Sarah and Thad will provide information you need to know to ensure that your business is following the law and using good judgment in hiring, managing and terminating employees. This program will address hiring practices, employee discipline and the mechanics of a proper termination and will provide businesses of any size with proven strategies to ensure compliance with employment discrimination laws. The program will also help businesses develop a plan for handling, defending, and, when appropriate, settling discrimination claims. Go to our scrolling calendar at www.midcoastmaine.com to register.

MEET OUR NEWEST MEMBER: Premium H2O Inc. Plumbing and Heating provides services from Freeport to Boothbay. Whether it’s new construction in residential areas or some in commercial, this contractor provides it. They also provide remodeling, installation of new heating systems and they service plumbing and heating issues and problems. To learn more, go to www.premium-h2o.com.

The chamber proudly serves 700 businesses and organizations in the following communities: Arrowsic, Bath, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Brunswick, Dresden, Edgecomb, Georgetown, Harpswell, Phippsburg, Richmond, Topsham, West Bath, Westport Island, Wiscasset and Woolwich.


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