Local chamber of commerce to host annual dinner

FORT KENT, Maine — The Greater Fort Kent Chamber of Commerce will host Maine District Office Senior Area Manager of the U.S. Small Business Administration James Pineau as the keynote speaker at the 71st annual dinner on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Fort Kent.

According to a press release from the chamber, the Small Business Administration helps Americans start, build and grow businesses by providing “aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, preserve free competitive enterprise and maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. [They] recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace.”   

Pineau joined the SBA in 2014 after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and graduating from the University of Southern Maine with a bachelor’s in communications. Before he joined the SBA, he worked on economic and workforce development as well as military and veteran affairs issues under U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree as a legislative assistant.

The theme for this year’s annual dinner is Inspire-Innovate-Lead. The evening will start with a social hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by chamber awards and ending with the announcement of the Greater Fort Kent 2018 Citizen of the Year.  A local business will cater the event, according to the press release.

“It just seems fitting for an organization such as our chamber, whose mission is ‘to promote and advance a healthy business environment’ to emphasize how our local businesses and chamber members in the communities we serve influence and support not only their own growth, but through inspiration, innovation and leadership, promote growth in others around them,” said Connie Ouellette, GFKCC board president.

Anyone interested in obtaining tickets may contact the Greater Fort Kent Chamber Office for availability at 834.5354 or

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