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Chamber Connection

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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.

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Women's Network Luncheon

womens network luncheon logo 2018 finalThe 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.

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Business After Hours

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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.

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The Kenney Awards

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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.

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The Kenneys will recognize six awardees; Peter G. Thompson Lifetime Achievement, Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, President’s Choice, Community Service and the Cynergy Young Professional. You are guaranteed to feel like a star from the moment you arrive and step onto our very own red carpet—from the ‘paparazzi’ snapping pictures of your grand entrance into the awards ceremony to the custom designed Kenney award—this will be the formal affair of the season.

The winners of the Peter G. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award, Large business of the Year, and Small Business of the Year will be announced prior to the ceremony and the remaining awards will be chosen via live voting from 3 nominees during the show. The formal announcement of the nominees and winners will be in the December issue of the Business Insider.This event is the premier opportunity for the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce to highlight and celebrate the success in our community. The 2020 Kenney Awards will take place on Friday, January 24, 2020 at the Augusta Civic Center.

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The Great Race

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Gardiner, Maine will host a stop on the 2018 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. The Great Race, the world’s premiere classic car rally, will bring more than 100 antique automobiles to Historic Downtown Gardiner and the Waterfront Park.

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Business EXPO

Business Expo LogoThis 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.

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Kennebec Leadership Institute

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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. 

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