BUCKSPORT — Citing financial issues, the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce is closing effective Saturday, May 30, according to a press release issued Friday.
“The chamber is unable to fiscally survive on memberships alone and the current pandemic of COVID-19 has limited our ability to hold fundraising events,” the release stated. “All employees have been furloughed in hopes of a possible future chamber merger. There will be no online presence going forward unless a merger happens.”
“The board of directors and the staff would like to thank the many people who have been involved in the chamber over the many years,” the chamber stated. “For anyone with immediate and pressing questions the board of directors is listed on the chamber’s website, www.bucksportbaychamber.com. You may contact them by email listed next to their names.”
The chamber had hired a new executive director last January, Teri Doty, who replaced longtime director Leslie Wombacher.
The closure in Bucksport comes on the heels of the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce’s decision last winter to close its physical office on South Street — a decision in the works but hastened by COVID-19. However, the Blue Hill chamber is still functioning with its board of directors and has plans for local business promotion this summer, according to Blue Hill board President Chrissy Allen.