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7th Up Logo finalThe Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Augusta School Department, transports over one hundred 7th graders from Cony Middle School on a day-long tour of different Chamber member businesses to expose the students to all the great businesses that are right HERE in the Kennebec Valley!

Our short-term goal is to spark an interest in a future career and to excite each student about what exists for them in our community. Our long-term goal is to develop our region’s workforce and economy of the future.

  • Students will be exposed to a variety of jobs and workplaces
  • Students will learn about educational opportunities to train for these jobs and hear the stories from people in these jobs
  • Students will learn about the importance of "soft skills," such as showing up on time, working as a team member, and having a positive attitude
  • The annual event will become a valuable part of their education and curriculum
  • The program will eventually benefit area businesses and our economy by developing our future workforce

The 7th UP program was launched in 2018 by the Building Bridges program of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Bangor School District to introduce 300 7th grade students to the many career opportunities this region has to offer.

The Kennebec Valley Chamber launched the 7th UP Program in Augusta in 2019, bringing 180 Cony Middle School 7th graders on tours of 12 Augusta area businesses.

In 2021, the program will be held virtually, with video tours of businesses presented to students as well as virtual interviews with representatives from the host's businesses for a more in-depth look at the opportunities available in our region. Each student that participates in the Biz Tour will also receive a bag of school supplies and goodies donated by area businesses. 

If you are interested in acting as a "host" business, please contact us at  or by calling (207) 623-4559.

Thank you to our 7th Up Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor


Backpack Sponsor


Classroom Sponsors

Staples Logo

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maine general

NRF Logo

Gilbert Group

Bus Sponsors


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Whispering Woods




Lunch Box Sponsor


Water Bottle Sponsor

Kents HIll School