2015 marks a big year for the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce (SACC), as it is the 75th anniversary of our organization servicing, promoting and helping to grow the business community of the lower Somerset county region. Established in 1940 under the wings of the Skowhegan Hospitality Association, the chamber has long stood as an advocate for business in the region, but also the chamber has been a leader in many initiatives that have seen the region prosper. Throughout 2015, the SACC will be highlighting different successes the region has had over the years, and the role the chamber has played in helping to make them happen. I hope you enjoy this retrospective and that you continue to look at what is happening at the Skowhegan region when you are making plans for what to do, and where to shop and where to play.
January is a long and challenging month for all Mainers as winter is officially welcomed in and makes its own resolution to stick around for 10 weeks or so. The weather is chilly, the roads are always covered with something and staying warm takes precedent over many other priorities. However, it is also a busy month for winter outdoor enthusiasts and for planning the activities for the year to come. Right now hundreds of travelers are streaming through the region, usually via Route 2 & Route 201, to head to the mountains or a winter cabin. We have dozens of drop-ins weekly by snowmobilers, skiers, snowboarders and all of the other winter players. Many are stopping for a quick recommendation for lunch, a place to stay for the night or to find out what else is happening in the region.
Also it’s a great time for the SACC do work on some planning for the year. The first big event of the year is the F.A.B. Fair at Skowhegan High School on February 21, 2015. The ‘premiere crafter, non-profit, business, everything/anything fair’ has been around for over 30 years and was most famously known as either the SCAG Fair or the Getting to Know You Fair. Booth spaces for the F.A.B. Fair (Fun And Business Fair) are very affordable ranging from $20 up to $70 for the day. All booth spaces are welcome, so if you have something to show off, sell or inform the region about, you won’t find a better opportunity to meet face-to-face with hundreds and hundreds of potential customers.
You can get the F.A.B. Fair 2015 application here.
If you are interested in being a sponsor of the event, the very affordable F.A.B. 2015 Sponsor Oportunity is here.
In addition to the F.A.B. Fair, the SACC is also hard at work on other projects. The planning for the 20th Annual Maine H.O.G. Rally (Harley Owners Group; July 23 – 25 in Skowhegan) is well under way with new commitments and activities coming in weekly. RiverFest 2015 planning has been going on since the fall. The Run of River Project is in a funding phase where a capital campaign is being developed to get the project into its final stages. The 2nd Annual COTA (Celebration of the Arts) is being looked at down the road for September and the SACC is looking at creating a business workshop day/conference for local business people in the late spring. Add to that the Annual Awards Dinner in March being planned, and ideas about possibly doing more activities at the Skowhegan Opera House, and it is clear that it has been a very busy time of year for sure.
Stay up to date with what is happening in the Skowhegan Area but checking this website weekly, finding the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce on Facebook or sending us your e-mail address to be added to our weekly newsletter updates called the SACC News & Notes.
The following is three articles that appeared in a special two-page spread section in the Morning Sentinel on Wednesday, Decemebr 10, 2014. All articles were written by the SACC.
State of the Chamber on the Brink of 75
What role will you play?
By: Executive Director Cory King
It has been a truly remarkable year for the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce. As I am rapidly approaching the completion of my eighth year as the Executive Director, I can’t help but think of where we are and how far we have come. Some of this may be very eye-opening for some of you, but it’s time to tell this story.
Get your very own Skowhegan Indian!
The Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce a new fundraising partnership featuring the work of local whittler, Sharon Kimball. The artistry is amazing as Sharon has created three pieces of art for the Skowhegan-lover in your family. The three pieces are various-sized depictions of Bernard Langlais’ iconic masterwork, The Skowhegan Indian. Sharon has created three sized works to scale including a …17-inch, an 11-inch and a 4-inch ornament-sized Indian. The proceeds from the sales of these statues will go towards an evolving maintenance and stewardship account for the Indian to beautify the statue, the area around it and for continued maintenance through the years. Each piece is hand-whittled and unique to the owner of that piece. There is nothing like it around.
The Statues are available through the Skowhegan Chamber of Commerce (23 Commercial Street, in the downtown parking lot) Call or come by anytime to order yours.
Statues will be available for order at the Skowhegan Celebration of the Arts on September 13, 2014.
We have some on hand and if they need to be ordered the orders are delivered as recieved in a first come first served fashion . As they are hand whittled, there is no automatic production, but the wait is well worth it.
The 17-inch statue price $75
The 11-inch statue price $35
The 4-inch ornament price $10
Don’t miss your chance! To order call 474‑3621 or visit Cory at the Skowhegan Chamber in the municipal parking lot.