People and Business: Jan. 26

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Portland Chamber launches
new member incentive

PORTLAND — The Portland Regional Chamber launched a new program on Jan. 13 called Business Boosters, which offers small businesses a new membership discount when joining the chamber.

The program will offer a 50 percent discount off chamber membership dues to the first 100 small businesses that sign up. The businesses must be in the Portland area and have fewer than 50 full time employees.

In addition, the newly-joined small business members have the opportunity to receive a 20 percent discount off their second year of membership dues.

The Business Boosters program is made possible by the support of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine. The program will run for one month, ending Feb. 13.

For more information, visit or contact Kerry Rasor at [email protected], or 772-2811.


Susan Rowan of South Portland, executive director of the Maine Cancer Foundation in Portland, was recently presented with The Maine Breast Health Leadership Award at the 13th annual Silver Tea hosted by former First Lady Karen Baldacci. Rowan has served as the executive director of the foundation since 1998 and, among other accomplishments, has played a key role in the Women’s Cancer Fund, a program established by the foundation in 2001.

Marla Davis, RN, MSN, Mid Coast Hospital’s Director of Community Health Improvement, was recognized by the Sagadahoc Board of Health for her leadership in the creation of the Board of Health and her support of local public health activities. Davis served as the first chairperson of the board since it was established in 2006. Along with an award commemorating her tenure, she also received an expression of legislative sentiment from the 124th Legislature.

Sherrin Vail, acting director of property management for Avesta Housing, was awarded the Megan McCadden Leadership Lyceum Scholarship at the National Apartment Association’s Assembly of Delegates. Vail was instrumental in forming the Maine Apartment Association in 2006 and has served as its president for more than four years. She has also served as a member and advocate of the Landlord/Tenant Working Group for the State.

The Natural Resources Council of Maine recently presented former speaker of the House Hannah Pingree, with the 2010 Environmental Award in recognition for her leadership in passing laws protecting the health of Maine’s people, environment, and wildlife. While in office, she served as an advocate for reforming laws governing the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products and sponsored bills creating Maine’s lead-poisoning prevention fund, and expanding Maine’s energy efficiency programs.

Sirva, Inc. and North American Van Lines recently recognized Portland-based Allen and Coles Moving Systems with an award for National Account Growth at the National Convention in October.

The Somali Culture and Development Association
in Portland was recognized as one of Top Ten 2010 Census Volunteers in Maine by the Census Bureau for helping achieve a complete and accurate census count of immigrants and for communicating the importance and safety of the census.  

KeyBank recently awarded Mainely Kidz PT founder Jen Corbeil with the Key4Women Achieve Award. The award is given to a woman entrepreneur who successfully executes her business vision, contributes to the community, and shows a strong willingness to serve as a model and resource to other women entrepreneurs.

Portland Pie Company was named one of the Top 100 Pizzerias in the Nation by Popular Plates magazine, making it the only pizzeria in Maine to make the magazine’s list.

The Chaplaincy Institute of Maine recently presented Mair Honan with its Planetary Chaplain Award. Pastor Mair was recognized for her work with the marginalized and homeless population of downtown Portland through her work as a co-founder of Grace Street Ministries. Along with the award, the recipient of the Planetary Chaplain Award receives a $500 contribution to an organization or cause of choice.

Drummond Woodsum Attorney Bill Stockmeyer of Portland has been elected by his peers as a Fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel.

Denise Allen, a teacher of health sciences at Greely High School, recently received the Community Service Award from Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine.

For the third consecutive year, The Woodlands Club Executive Chef Jeffrey Stewart, was named “Signature Chef of the Year” at Greater Portland’s Tenth Annual March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction Fundraiser held at The Woodlands Club in Falmouth. His winning dishes were Maine lobster tostadas, beef short rib tacos and fresh apple empanadas with cinnamon whipped cream.

Maureen McQuade, former innkeeper and owner of Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, was awarded the title of Master of New England Innkeeping by New England Inns and Resorts Association in recognition of her contributions to the culture of hospitality in the region.

Bath Savings Institution
recently honored employees for outstanding service at its 2010 Annual Employee Recognition Night. The Relationship Builder Award was presented to the Brunswick branch for their customer relationships and success in exceeding their goals for the year. Three employees earned the Exceptional Service Award, including Trena Bean of loan processing, who earned the Internal Customer Service Award; Tyler Zamore of the Yarmouth branch who won the Tellers Exceptional Service Award and the 2010 Assist Award; and Michelle Barker of the Freeport branch who won the Exceptional Customer Service Representative. The 2010 Neighbor to Neighbor Award was presented to Lisa Cox from loan processing for her work organizing Habitat for Humanity events and the United Way Food Drive. The Information Technology group earned the Smooth Sailing Award, and Assistant Vice President Linda Anderson and the Boothbay Harbor branch received the Customer Care Award.

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Residents at The Highlands of Topsham and Highland Green held their 12th annual holiday fundraiser, Stars of Hope, to benefit the Maine Alzheimer’s Association. Pictured here are Jeffrey Ketchum, director of operations at The Highlands of Topsham, on right, presenting a check for $1,540 to Cathy McGucken of the Maine Alzheimer’s Association.