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A Note From Craig

It looks as though March has come in like a lamb but it sure is staying cold.  How quickly I have become soft to the cold after working out on the water all my life.  How quickly we change.


I'd like to take a minute of your time and call attention to our 87th annual meeting.  This year, the Chamber board decided to return the event to the evening and to partner with the University of New England as our host.  The event will be held on March 26th from 6-9:00 PM and will feature entertainment, great food, a cash bar, and a few prestigious awards.  Cost of the event will be $30.00 per person or a table of eight (8) can be purchased for $220.00.  The event space can hold 100 individuals so please reserve early by emailing or calling 207-282-1567. 


I have received a few questions and comments regarding our move to Water St in Biddeford.  First and foremost, our emails and telephone numbers will remain unchanged.  You can still find us on Facebook and Twitter as well.  All that will change will be our mailing address.  That will be 28-34 Water Street, Biddeford, ME 04005.


As for the somewhat negative comment about Water St being a "bad" neighborhood, let me tell you that I listened to the same thing growing up in Camp Ellis.  No one wanted to live there either when my brother, sister and I were growing up but now people are purchasing homes for hundreds of thousands of dollars if not a million dollars and we contribute significantly to the property tax account.


The area around Water St has significant historic value.  The landlord's association that was formed has brought accountability to the area and they have worked closely with the City of Biddeford to run natural gas lines to improve their energy efficiency.  In fact, the owners of the building we are moving in to have installed two brand new natural gas furnaces to heat our space and the 12 apartments above us. 


Often, it takes change, one step at a time to bring prosperity to neighborhoods once thought of as "bad."  The Chamber will enhance one more building on Water St and join Lacava and the landlord's association to bring economic prosperity to one more neighborhood in our great cities.  I refuse to be swayed by nay-sayers.  I look forward to opening our office space and follow that with the opening of a Welcome Center.  Estella, John, Mary Anne, Art, Debbie and I will be inviting everyone to stop by just as soon as we get settled.


Don't forget, when March comes in like a Lamb, it tends to go out like a Lion.  I just hope it does so a little warmer and with more sunshine. 


We wish you all great business success.  Always choose a Chamber member first and we hope to see you at our events. 



Craig A. Pendleton, Executive Director

Biddeford Saco Chamber of Commerce & Industry

138 Main Street, Suite 101

Saco, ME  04072

(o) 207-282-1567

(m) 207-590-9614




The Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc. is organized to advance and promote commercial and industrial prosperity, as well as the civic, cultural and educational interests of the communities it serves.



Sign-ups for 2014 Business After Hours are now here. Check out the Available Dates ~ 2014 BAH. If your company would like to highlight themselves and be in the spotlight for a fun evening of networking, please contact us as soon as possible.  In 2014, based on input from members and our Ambassador committee, we will also be looking for businesses that may be interested in hosting a Business Before Hours. We recognize that there is a group of business owners and workers that just can't make after hours; some have young children and some work late. Networking is important, so based on interest we will try a few of the morning events and see how popular they become. If there is interest, please let us know.