Business Before Hours

Business Before Hours are held from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Chamber office on 16 Water Street in Kennebunk. The cost is $5 for Chamber members and $10 for non-members. If you would like to attend a seminar, please register by contacting the Chamber office at 207-967-0857 or

February 19 – “Simple Strategies for Email Marketing”

Presented by Nathan Leary, owner of Mainely SEO

This information-packed seminar will show you how email marketing - the hands-on, low-cost marketing tool - will help drive your business success. Discover how consistent, permission-based communication with your customers will help you stay connected, increase referrals, and generate repeat sales and unwavering customer loyalty.

March 25 – “What Google Can Do for Your Business”

Presented by Susan O'Neil, @Website Publicity
Learn how to get more free, local and paid web traffic to increase leads, sales and reservations. Bring your questions!

April 9 – “Conducting Effective Meetings”

Presented by York County Toastmasters

Toastmasters International is a 90 year-old organization dedicated to improving individuals' public speaking and organizational leadership. The information gleaned from this presentation can be used to enhance and improve employee communication, your organizations productivity and increase morale of your workforce. 

April 22 – “Patient Protection & The Affordable Care Act”

Presented by Koriahn Quint, Kennebunk Savings
What is expected of me as an employer, and what's ahead? How has this change affected you? What changes do you have? Are you implementing the law? Have all your questions answered and get an overview of PPACA.

May 28 - "Home Care: What You Should Know"

Presented by Karen Banning & Arlene Roy, Caring Companion Home Care

Karen Banning, Director of Caring Companion Home Care and Arlene Roy,Scheduling Manager, will speak about everything you want to know about Home Care and will cover the journey of Home Care from start to finish. The presentation will include initial inquiries, resources available, services offered, and end with success stories. Caring Companion Home Care is based in Concord, MA and serves the entire MetroWest Boston area as well as York County, ME.

July 17 – “Social Media 101 - The Basics of Social Media”

Presented by Nathan Leary, owner of Mainely SEO

Why use it, which channels and what to say: Have you been thinking about marketing your business with social media, but you feel overwhelmed and not sure how to get started? Or maybe you’re not convinced that it works? This presentation will show you the value of using social media to reach your customers, how it can lead to new customers and how it drives repeat business from your current customers. We’ll take a look at the 5 most popular social media networks – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Pinterest – and help you decide what is right for your business. We’ll also look at what comes next: how and what to post on social media.

August 21 – “Social Media 102 - You're Social, Now What?”

Presented by Nathan Leary, owner of Mainely SEO

Making Social Media Work for You. You’ve thought about what social networks to use for your business or nonprofit, and you’re ready to take the next step. Where do you go from there? This presentation will give you a closer look at the popular social media networks – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+. We’ll show you the benefits of using each, how other organizations are marketing with them, and some dos and don’ts of each channel. You’ll also get tips on how to tell if your social media activity is working.

We thank the Chamber's annual sponsors for their support of this series.







Weirs and GMC Gold sponsors

Biddeford Savings
Gorham Savings Bank
Southern Maine Health Care

Norway Savings Bank
Ocean Communities Federal Credit Union