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Blue Hill Chamber membership declining

Written by  Jennifer Osborn Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 2:45 pm

BLUE HILL — Membership in the Blue Hill Area Chamber of Commerce has declined by about 10 percent in the past year.

The chamber’s executive director, Kurt Stoll, spoke briefly to several dozen members who attended the annual meeting Friday at Parker Ridge.

The chamber currently has 255 members down from 275. Non-renewing members either had closed their businesses, moved away or didn’t renew for economic reasons, Stoll said.

Despite the decline, the chamber is “doing well,” Stoll said.

In other business, Cullen Schneider, owner of Fairwinds Florist, stepped down from her two-year term as president of the chamber’s board of directors.

Scheider’s parting words of advice were to “embrace newcomers and continue to make the peninsula the way we want it to be.”

Schneider was replaced by Blue Hill native Scott Gray, who is assistant store manager at Tradewinds Marketplace.

Gray told the group about his career, which includes an 18-year stint for Hannaford Bros. and several years at Wallace Tent, before starting at Tradewinds.

Gray also offered a bit of advice.

“When customer service is dealt with properly, you will not have problems staying in business on the peninsula,” Gray said. “You can beat them every day by your customer service.”

The chamber announced several awards:

• Business of the Year: Blossom Studio.

• New Businesses of the Year (tie) Kingdom Bikes and the De-Li Coffee House and Deli.

• Nonprofit of the Year: Tree of Life Food Pantry.

• Chamber Champion Award: Marci Roraff.

For more business news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

News reporter Jennifer Osborn covers the island of Deer Isle-Stonington and the towns of Surry, Blue Hill, Sedgwick and Brooklin. She also writes the Gone Shopping column.

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