News and Events in Wiscasset

News and Events

You are Invited

to the

Wiscasset Area Chamber of Commerce

9th Annual Dinner

 

Thursday, February 6, 2020

At

The Montsweag Farm Restaurant

 942 US Route 1, Woolwich

 

Cocktails and Hors d’Oeuvres at 5:30pm

Meeting at 6:15pm

Dinner Buffet at 6:30pm

(Baked Stuffed Haddock, Chicken Marsala, Prime-Rib Carving Station,

Salad, Baked Potato Bar, & Vegetable Medley. Dessert & Coffee.

Dietary options available upon request)

Live  Pie Auction with David Sawyer 7:35pm

Tickets $50~ Reservations Required

Please contact the chamber for any questions or requests –

207-882-9600

to register: https://biz.wiscassetchamber.com/events/

Program Manager’s Corner: Are Relationships Really Important?
Ken Bloch, Program Manager
If you have been around a while, you may have noticed that some government purchases are not advertised. You may have also heard your PTAC Counselor talk about small business subcontracting opportunities. Being positioned to take advantage of each of these situations can be dependent on how well you build relationships.
When a Federal buyer is looking for that 3rd bid in order to buy $20,000 worth of the things you sell, will they have your name? Will they know that you are a reputable, capable and motivated company? Or will someone else’s company get a shot at that unadvertised opportunity?
When that fortune 500 defense contractor is looking for a woman-owned small business partner that can deliver for them on the next generation “widget”, will their Small Business Liaison Officer (SBLO) know about your hard-charging, competitive firm?
Both opportunities are better for you as a small business owner if the people that need the help know who you are. And the only way they will know it is if you spend the time to build those relationships. Obviously, in any kind of government procurement, you have to be capable and qualified, but sometimes they have to also know who you are. Maine PTAC can help you with that.
Upcoming Events
Visit maineptac.org/events to find other events near you
Responding to an RFP: Creating Winning Proposals
Wednesday, March 25th
9:30am – 12:00pm
74 Orion Street, Brunswick
Selling to the Government: An Intro to Federal Contracting
Thursday, April 26th
9:30am – 11:30am
17 Main Street, Fairfiled

Save the Date:  📌Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 5:30pm    (Snow date March 21) ⛄

What::  A Recipe Auction🎤 and 🍽 Dinner 🪕🎶

Winter 🧣fundraiser to support Wiscasset Feed Our Scholars, Food Backpack Program🍎🥣🍝

Sponsored by:  The St. Philip’s Episcopal and Congregational Churches.  ✝️

Place:  St. Philip’s at 12 Hodge St, Wiscasset .  🌲

After we enjoy a nice meal, conversation, and light entertainment, the recipes for each dish will be auctioned.  So, bring your special, tasty culinary masterpiece and its recipe!  OR, come enjoy dinner (donations welcome), and then participate in the Auction.  A nice evening with good company for a great cause—providing food to local students for their weekend meals.

Contact:  Gretchen Burleigh-Johnson.   Gburleighj@gmail.com.    207 882-7184

Coastal Maine Cuts

Tiffany Dauphin and Chantel Jacobs opened their doors at 106 Main St. in Wiscasset, December 5.

They are a barber shop for women, men and children, no appointment necessary. With an emphasis on family, they have a homey room with leather sofas, streaming videos and video games, and plenty of room  for kids to play.

Visit their Facebook page and website for more information

Photo credit: Gina Hamilton

Winter Fun at Hidden Valley Nature Center

Anyone looking for ways to enjoy the snowy winter need venture no further than Midcoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson for a multitude of options. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat tire biking are all on the list of events there in the upcoming weeks. Trails at HVNC are groomed and open daily; Midcoast members are free and non-members pay a $5 day-use fee.

Currently in session, the Youth Cross-country Ski Clinic is offered Saturday mornings from 9:30-11 am until February 8th. Kids ages 5-14 get fun and professional instruction in ski skills and take to the nearly-30 miles of trails at HVNC. An adult X-C ski clinic will be offered on Sundays, February 9th and 16th; ski rentals will be available for all adult participants.

Also in February, two Family Days at HVNC will give people a chance to ski or take some of Midcoast Conservancy’s fat tire bikes out on the trails. Staff will be on hand to offer basic instruction and advice on trails to explore. Monday, February 17th, families are encouraged to come ski HVNC; skis will be available. Tuesday, February 18th, the fat bike fleet will be ready for riders; helmets will be provided to those who don’t have their own. Registration is suggested for both events to ensure that equipment is available; go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/explore/events/ to sign up.

Saturdays in February, from 12-4 pm, gear will be available for use at HVNC on a first come first served basis. Rent skis, snowshoes or bikes by the hour and take to the trails for a winter adventure.

And finally, everyone is encouraged to put their ski, snowshoe or fat bike skills to the test at the annual winter Biathlon at HVNC on Saturday, February 29th, from 8:30 am to 2 pm.  All ages and abilities can have fun in the snow, taking laps around the 1k course between turns on the paintball rifle range. Rifle safety instruction is provided for all racers, four-person teams are welcome, and creative costumes could garner an award at the end of the racing day! Fire pits will be blazing, and chili and cocoa will be available to warm people up from the inside. Register at https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/midcoast-conservancy-biathlon-3/

Free Internet Safety Class in Damariscotta 

The National Digital Equity Center (NDEC) is pleased to offer FREE digital literacy classes to residents and businesses for its second year of the Maine Digital Inclusion Initiative.

The Maine Digital Inclusion Initiative is a program of the National Digital Equity Center committed to closing the digital divide in rural Maine.  Our staff includes trained Digital Literacy Instructors who will be providing a free class on Internet Safety at Skidompha Public Library on Tuesday, January 14, from 9:30 am -12:30 pm.

Staying safe online is essential in today’s world. This class teaches you how to keep your information and your computer/devices safe.  The class will be presented by Marita Fairfield, NDEC Program Director.

This class is co-sponsored by Central Lincoln County Adult & Community Education and the Island Institute.

If you are interested in joining the class, please go to www.digitaleequitycenter.org/events-classes/ to register online or call the National Digital Equity Center at 207-259-5010 or email info@digitalequitycenter.org.

Community Development Block Grant Program  Releases 2020 Schedule

The 2020 Community Development Block Grant season is about to begin!
CDBG funds have been put to effective use in Lincoln County by
supporting job creation, business growth, public services,
and improvement of public infrastructure. We’ve met with a few County
towns interested in pursuing economic development projects, and want
to update everyone. 
All CDBG funded activities must meet
one of three National Objectives of the
program: 1) benefit to low and moderate
income persons; 2) prevention and/or
elimination of slum and blight
conditions; and 3) meeting community
development needs having a particular
urgency. Every application is submitted
via a municipality on behalf of either the
town itself, a business or a non-profit. It’s an excellent example of public/private partnership. Four programs should be of interest to LC towns: Community Enterprise (business façade or streetscape improvements in villages or downtowns; Economic Development (gap funding to assist specific businesses in creating jobs for low-to-moderate income people), Micro-Enterprise Assistance (grants or loans to for-profit businesses for working capital and interior renovations), and Public Infrastructure. HEAD to lcrpc.org for more info about the CDBG application processes, match requirements, eligible activities, deadlines, etc. Please give us a call — 882-5983 — if your town is interested in pursuing a CDBG grant or if there’s a business or non-profit which could be a good fit for the CDBG program.

The new Form W-4 FAQs. 

IRS: Recent legislation requires tax exempt organizations to e-file forms

IR-2019-206, December 13, 2019 – The Internal Revenue Service said today that the Taxpayer First Act, enacted July 1, requires tax exempt organizations to electronically file information returns and related forms. The new law affects tax exempt organizations in tax years beginning after July 1, 2019.

MaineDOT

Pike and some of its subcontractors will be on site taking care of punch list items. The message board signs will be turned off at the end of shift on Friday morning.

About the steps, some of the railing will be installed so that at least half of the staircase on both sides of the street can be opened to pedestrian traffic. The remainder of the railing will come in a couple of weeks.

The Pike crew will probably be back next week to clean up their equipment yard. Next spring, the other parts of the project, including work on Water St south and the Haggett parking lot will resume.