FARMINGTON — Erin Arthers said her favorite part of working for a chamber of commerce is meeting people and business owners to learn about their enterprises.

Arthers, 30, formerly of Dover-Foxcroft, is the new executive director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. She started the job Monday.

She comes to Franklin County after serving for about a year and a half as executive director of the Piscataquis County Chamber of Commerce, she said. That chamber served businesses and organizations in the Maine Highlands region.

She also served on the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council and was a member of the Downtown Dover-Foxcroft Steering Committee.

With a degree in business and marketing from Liberty University in Virginia, Arthers became familiar with the work of the Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce while serving on its board. It was part of her work for Bangor Savings Bank where she worked her way up from a teller to management over seven years, she said Tuesday.

Those years in banking grew Arthers’ skills and talents for making business calls. She said many of those same skills will help her as she meets members of Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and nonmember businesses, she said.

One important goal for Anthers is to help members and nonmembers realize the value of being a chamber member, she said. She plans to meet each member over the next couple of months.

Upgrading and improving the chamber website,, can provide listed businesses with a link where they can list specials and events and change them. It will also be a hub for a calendar of listing of local events, she said.

Anthers said she sees the chamber’s role as providing resources, promoting and advocating for businesses.

“The Franklin County business community has a great asset in Erin,” chamber President Scott Landry said. “Her experience working in a region similar to ours is a great fit.”

The chamber is also planning to restart its breakfast forum series with one on the Affordable Care Act in August, Arthers said. More information will be available later.

For now, she’ll work in the office in the front of Walmart from 8 a.m. to noon five days a week. During the afternoon, she’ll meet business owners and working on other chamber projects, she said.

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