Business Expo showcases local organizations at Samoset

By Daniel Dunkle | Apr 11, 2019
Video by: Tyler Southard
Photo by: Daniel Dunkle

Rockport — The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce held its 26th annual Business and Community expo Wednesday, April 10, at the Samoset Resort.

Executive Director Tom Peaco said the event had 120 booths showcasing local businesses, nonprofit organizations and museums.

Each year the event is held in the spring as anticipation builds for the busy summer tourist season. Peaco said the snowy weather this week may actually have helped attendance, since sunny skies can lead people to engage in other activities. Most years more than 1,000 visitors come to the event over the course of its five-hour span.

Local organizations offered free gifts, games, raffles and prizes to those visiting their booths. The Strand Theatre team actually offered visitors a chance to perform a scene in a movie before a green screen. In some scenes, for example, the attendee was encouraged to pretend they were running away from a building that was exploding.

Another highlight this year was the Owls Head Transportation Museum, which is raffling a Ford Thunderbird.

Peaco said local people who visit the expo often learn about a local service or product or team they had not known about before, and that is a big part of what the event is about.

 

Maine Lobster Festival Director Nancy Jeffers, left, and Chamber Executive Director Tom Peaco chat at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Expo April 10 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Megan Williams becomes a movie star at The Strand's booth at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Expo April 10 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. Filming her is Strand Education Coordinator Brittany Parker. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Emily Bruso works the booth for Granite Coast Orthodontics at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Expo April 10 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Marketing Consultant Dwight Collins with BinnieMedia works at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Expo April 10 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
The picaTHINK booth offering coffee, tea and information on its business creating branding strategies, is a popular attraction at the expo. Working the booth are Cassidy Parmley, left, and Carly Roberts. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Jody McKee, left, and Heidi Brown of the Courier Publications/VillageSoup ad team work at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Expo April 10 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Nick O'Hara, left, and Doug Woodbury work at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Expo April 10 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
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