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The Pivots to Success During COVID-19 and Beyond

September 9, 7:15 AM9:00 AM

$20 – $27

Business owners Chris Gaunce (Central Maine Motors Auto Group), Mike Fortin (Fortin’s Home Furnishings), and Robin Samalus-Getchell (The Robin’s Nest) speak to their challenges, pivots and successes dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and offer helpful tips to continue to help your business flourish in the months ahead.

What set these businesses apart? What changes or adaptations were made to their business model or approach to customer service? Come and spend an enjoyable morning interacting with these local business owners. It will be time well spent.

A little background on our panelists:

Chris Gaunce is the third-generation owner-operator of Central Maine Motors Auto Group, located on Kennedy Memorial Drive and Airport Road in Waterville. Through Chris’ business savvy, CMMAG continued to experience success during the pandemic.

Mike Fortin, owner of Fortin’s Home Furnishings, located on the Augusta Road, Winslow remained successful as he continued to focus on top-notch customer service and supplying name-brand merchandise tailored to buyer’s needs.

With nearly 30 years in the local floral industry, Robin Samalus-Getchell, owner of The Robin’s Nest located in The Hathaway Creative Center in Waterville, quickly became known for quality fresh flowers, fair pricing and a high level of customer service.

Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce holds monthly informative presentations on a variety of educational business topics. The cost of the Business Breakfast is $20 for members, $27 at the door and for non-members. Breakfast is included with the reservation.

To register, e-mail Cindy@midmainechamber.com or call 207-873-3315.


September 9
7:15 AM – 9:00 AM
$20 – $27
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Best Western Plus
375 Main Street
Waterville, ME
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