Helping Businesses Prosper in Waldo County

RESOURCES for MEMBERS

We want to assist our Chamber Member businesses to have access to the information they need to prosper in Waldo County.  Below are a variety of topics with information and links under each to help our Members succeed!

Employment:

On-site Safety and Health Consultation – MAINE DEPT. OF LABOR

A safety and health audit by an experienced occupational safety and health professional can help you identify hazards and reduce or eliminate the risk of injuries and illnesses.

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Maine tourism association to begin operating a staffing service

The Maine Tourism Association (MTA) will soon begin operating a staffing service for its members to address the workforce shortage in the tourism industry.

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Marijuana and the Workplace

Resources for employers to help develop, adapt and document your policies on marijuana and your workforce.

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Minors in Non-Agricultural Employment 

Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards has revised Chapter 11 of Rules Governing the Rules Governing Hazardous Occupations for Minors under the Age of Eighteen in Non-Agricultural Employment.

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Monitor outsourced payroll tax deposits

Many small business employers hire third-party payroll service providers to perform their payroll processing functions and tax-related duties, including making employment tax deposits through the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS)

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TRAINING – MAINE DEPT. OF LABOR

SafetyWorks! professionals can train you and your employees on a wide range of safety and health topics — at no cost to you.

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Youth Employment

The Maine Tourism Association (MTA) has let us know that the “Youth Employment and the Steps to Success” initiative (YES) has been created by the Maine Departments of Labor and Education in an effort to increase youth employment in Maine.

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Business Ownership:

Conversion to Employee Ownership (Co-ops)

Cooperative Development Institute (CDI) is the source for cooperative business development in the Northeast. Their mission is to work with people in the Northeast to create cooperative businesses and networks that grow a prosperous, equitable economy.

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Government:

State Senate Candidate Forum 2018

The Chamber co-hosted a Candidates Forum for the State Senate candidates on the ballot for Waldo County.

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'In Business' Cable TV Segments

‘In Business’ Archives

This program is presented by the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce. It is a regular feature within the “Good Morning Belfast” Television show which is seen on Community TV stations in Mid-Coast Maine.

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Risk Management:

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS for BUSINESSES

All Chamber members should go to the EMA website (www.waldocountyme.gov/ema) to begin their planning for how their organizations can recover from a disaster, whether it is weather related or from some other event.

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SCORE:

SCORE – Support for Waldo County Businesses

SCORE, the nation’s largest volunteer business mentoring service, is a nonprofit association dedicated to provide mentoring to individuals in business, or to those thinking about starting a business.

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Seeking out SCORE support

If you are an aspiring small business owner, you likely have a lot of questions on how to begin!

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Want to be a Volunteer Mentor?

Interested in volunteering and have a background in business?

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Taxes:

Pass-through businesses – 20% deduction

Following Tax Reform, the IRS has  updated information regarding the new 20% deduction for pass-through businesses.

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Paycheck Checkup for Taxpayers Who Itemize

Given changes in tax laws, people who’ve itemized deductions on past tax returns should do a “paycheck checkup” using the updated IRS Withholding Calculator.

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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: A comparison for businesses

The IRS is promoting a new side by side document posted to IRS.gov that compares the old and new tax law for business owners.

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Become a Member

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2018 BELFAST BAY AND BEYOND MAGAZINE

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Where to eat, play, stay and just hang out. A great resource for finding out what’s happening and what’s special about visiting and living in Waldo County. It’s all here in the 2018 Belfast The Bay and Beyond magazine—the official publication of the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce—

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