The PCCC is a membership-based, non-profit organization providing vital support to the businesses and communities of Piscataquis County. Our mission is to strengthen and advance the economic vitality of Piscataquis County through promotion, advocacy, collaboration and support for its businesses, communities, and future leaders. Through our work, we believe Piscataquis County will be associated with forward movement, thriving businesses, an unmatched quality of life, and a passionate commitment to investing in the next generation.
What is our PURPOSE?
To Promote: The PCCC serves as the primary ‘destination-marketing’ organization for business and tourism in Southern Piscataquis County through multiple media outlets and events, and provides exclusive advertising opportunities to members, increasing exposure to visitors, residents, and other businesses.
To Protect: The PCCC is committed to being the “voice of business”, seeking to influence legislation and regulation by local, state and federal governments in a proactive manner, supporting legislation that benefits businesses and the communities in which they reside and, when necessary, opposing legislation that does not.
To Provide Support: The Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce is proud to provide support to the business and residential communities in the following ways:
- By providing networking opportunities for business owners for the purpose of cultivating relationships with other business owners and community members.
- By providing advocacy for reputable businesses and fostering ethical business practices in Piscataquis County.
- By providing educational opportunities to students through mentoring and sponsorship in an effort to groom and equip our next generation of business and community leaders through the Jr. Chamber initiative.
- By providing leadership for the advancement of economic vitality and quality of life for all communities within the borders of Piscataquis County.
- By providing opportunities for collaboration between the businesses and residents to enhance the beauty and hospitality of our communities in an effort to increase tourism to our area.
Board of Directors
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Meet the Director
I have had the incredible opportunity as Executive Director of the Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce to work closely with the business owners and community members of Piscataquis County over the past three years. During this time, I am excited to say that we have seen exponential growth, both as a chamber and as a county.
There is something so intrinsically unique and special here, it is something I was able to acknowledge almost immediately upon taking the position, however I still find it difficult to express in words.
When one thinks about where they want to spend their work-week, raise their children, experience the beauty of nature, or even retire, it is difficult to believe it can all be found in one place. But it can. Right here, in Piscataquis County.
We are the second largest county in Maine, and one of only two counties still considered 100% rural, yet we are accomplishing forward movement that is difficult to find in other counties like ours across the nation.
As with any rural area in the country, we face our challenges, I won’t deny that; however, I am confident we’ll work through them and find solutions, ultimately strengthening our economy and improving the quality of life here.
We are committed to doing exceptional work here as a Chamber of Commerce, and I consider myself privileged to hold this position and play an integral role in the collaboration needed to make a recognizable and lasting impact within the borders of our region and abroad.
If you are interested in learning more about our Chamber’s practices, programs, or benefits, or if you would just like more information about this wonderful county, please do not hesitate to contact me. It will be my pleasure to help you!
We all have a stake in the future and your Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce membership gives you the opportunity to shape it. Your membership also helps you run your business more effectively, improves the region’s business climate and gives you unparalleled networking and educational opportunities. You will benefit in ways that will help your business to be more productive, more efficient and more profitable. You can grow your business and expand your reach by forming new business and professional relationships.
Here are just a few benefits you can expect as a member of the Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce:
- Free listing on our website (visited by thousands each week)
- Free Listing in our Regional Guidebook/Visitor's Guide ( 10,000 copies printed)
- Member-only opportunities to advertise on our website and guidebook (in addition to your free listing), major events and festivals.
- Exclusive invitations to "Business After Hours- Mixers"
- Exclusive invitations to workshops and "Business Breakfasts"
- Free Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies, Grand Opening and Re-Opening Celebrations
- Access to a network of organizations to help you sustain, strengthen, and grow your business
- Display and distribution of your advertising materials at the Visitor’s Center
- Customers referred to you through the Chamber's online resources and walk-in traffic at the Chamber's Visitor Center.
- Promotion for your business through our website and social media outlets, print, various relationships with the press
- Free Certificate of Origin Service
- Free Business Consulting Services
- Free social media lessons (2 @ 30 minutes)
- Advocacy for your business at the local, state, and federal level
- Opportunities to mentor high school students through our Junior Chamber of Commerce, helping to shape the next generation of business owners.
The Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce is about people, about ideas, about influence and the power of connection. Your business thrives on it. Your future depends on it. The Chamber is your link to influential people, processes and programs, innovative ideas and exclusive opportunities. Simply put, Chamber membership allows you to improve your business, foster regional economic growth and enhance quality of life. It is an investment in the future of your business, your community and the Piscataquis County region.
Business After-Hours Mixer: Networking at it's best! Provides chamber members and guests with opportunites to rub elbows with other local business owners in a casual setting, while learning more about other businesses and providers in Piscataquis County.
Business Breakfast: A quarterly meeting for members only where attendees can enjoy a light breakfast while learning about important current or upcoming issues which may impact business in our region at the local, state, and federal levels.
Piscataquis Regional Guidebook: Our #1 printed resource, available at every visitor center in Maine, rest stops, convenience stores, waiting rooms, airports, and other Chambers of Commerce. The Guidebook provides a directory of member business locations and contact information, maps of the area and things to do. It is included in vacation and relocation packets mailed by the Chamber to tourists or families moving to the area. Members may advertise in the guidebook for an additonal fee.
Business of the Year: Each October, at the Chamber's Annual Dinner, one member is chosen through a process of community nominations and voting to receive the distinguished honor of being named the "Picataquis Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year". This business is honored at the event by the Chamber Board of Directors, business owners, community members and dignitaries, and also receives a free promotional package from the Chamber.
Chamber Bucks: A much-loved program utilized by community members and business owners alike, where gift certificates can be purchased in denominations of $10 or $20, and can only be redeemed within the borders of Piscataquis County, keeping business local!
Junior Chamber for Emerging Leaders: Piscataquis County has no future without our youth – they will be our future business owners, civic leaders, and entrepreneurs. They are the key to our forward movement. As a chamber, we have developed a program which connects high school students with business owners who are successful in the fields these students want to pursue. Through internships, mentoring, and training, our current chamber members work with these students as an investment in our future, while demonstrating to each young person that they matter; we care for them, we want them to stay and build a successful life here, which is more than possible, but likely. Interested students can easily join the program by emailing the director HERE.
Chamber Jobs: Workforce remains one of the County's greatest challenges. Finding qualified employees to fill key positions is a tremendous need for every employer in Piscataquis. As an added benefit to membership, the chamber will post openings for our members on our website at no cost and promote those positions through social media and verbal referrals until each position is filled.
How To Join
The Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce has grown into a network of over 200 members. We are proud to represent businesses which reside within the borders of Piscataquis County, and out-of-county businesses with which our community and business owners have established relationships. If you are interested in becoming a member of our chamber, please contact the Executive Director, Denise Buzzelli at 207-564-7533 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment. We are committed to providing you with a tangible value for your membership, and we look forward to working with you for the future of Piscataquis County. For a membership application and information on our benefits, click HERE.
To join, please contact the Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce at (207) 564-7533.
Piscataquis Regional Guide Book
Below is a link to a PDF version of our most current "Piscataquis Regional Guidebook". This beautiful guide provides information on area attractions, maps, county-wide events, town information, area services, lodging and dining information, and includes vibrant color photos depicting the beauty of our county. Hard copies are available at the Chamber Visitor's Center, 1033 South St., Dover-Foxcroft.
You can download your own copy of the Guidebook (in Adobe PDF format) by clicking here or by clicking on the guidebook thumbnail to the right.