Camden National Bank helps kick off Taste of Waterville Aug. 5

Camden National Bank joined the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce for the 23rd annual Taste of Waterville on Aug. 5. For the second year in a row, the bank helped kick off the festivities with a celebratory toast on the Village Green, according to a news release from the bank.

During the event, Camden National hosted a special celebration to thank the volunteers, board members and organizers who help put the Taste of Waterville together.

“The Taste of Waterville is the largest annual event in Waterville and the biggest fundraiser for the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce,” said Kimberly Lindloff, president & CEO of the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce. “We are grateful to Camden National for its major sponsorship and to their employees for the way they embrace the event through the kick-off toast and other volunteer support.”

She continued, “This year’s Taste was one of the largest in the last five years, and we couldn’t do it without the help of our local businesses and the ongoing support of sponsors like Camden National.” Camden National was the entertainment sponsor for this annual community event that helps support the Waterville area’s local restaurants and businesses. Nearly 10,000 people attended this year’s Taste of Waterville and enjoyed a day of food, fun, music and art. Started in 1992 by a group of area business owners, the Taste, now organized by the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, is attended by people from all over Maine and showcases the food the region has to offer. For more information, visit www.tasteofwaterville.com.

A&K Fine K9 Pet Grooming opens in July in Augusta

A&K Fine K-9 Pet Grooming, a stand-alone salon-style grooming service, opened last month at 10 Bangor St. in Augusta.

The business is owned and operated by Asia Le, a graduate of A+ Grooming Academy in New Gloucester, according to a news release. Le gained experience as a professionally certified groomer, then salon manager in Auburn. The salon also carries a line of Maine-made leashes, collars and organic dog treats in an effort to support Maine’s local businesses, Le said in a news release.

12 central Maine companies make Best Places to Work list

Seventy-five businesses made The Best Places to Work in Maine Program list, 12 of them in central Maine, according to a news release.

Augusta and Waterville-area businesses named best places to work included Kennebec Federal Savings, GHM Insurance, both of Waterville, and Finance Authority of Maine in Augusta won in the small employer category (15-49 employees). Day’s Jewelers, of Waterville, Franklin Savings Bank and Wester Mountain Financial Services, both of Farmington, Maine State Credit Union, of Augusta, and Skowhegan Savings Bank, of Skowhegan, won in the medium category (50-249 employees). Cianbro and Sebasticook Valley Health, both of Pittsfield, Redington-Fairfiew General Hospital, of Skowhegan, and T-Mobile, of Oakland, won in the large category (more than 250 employees).

The 2015 Best Places to Work in Maine program recognizes companies that have established and consistently fostered outstanding workplace environments, according to the news release. Partners endorsing the program include Best Companies Group, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, the Maine Department of Labor, the Department of Economic and Community Development, Maine HR Convention, and Mainebiz.

The assessment process, administered by the Best Companies Group, evaluates each company’s employee policies and procedures as well as responses from the company’s employees. The program is part of a long-term initiative to encourage growth and excellence throughout all Maine companies.

Each winning company in all three categories will find out how it ranked at an awards banquet Oct. 7 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland.

Compiled from contributed releases

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