Mar 17 – WORKSHOP-HOUSING; virtual. Sponsored by QAC Chamber of Commerce. 1:30-3pm. Meeting Link: https://bit.ly/PlanQAC21_Housing. Call in: 202-860-2110 or 415-655-0001. Meeting # 182 711 3901. Password: 2021.
· Sonny Schulz- Lifetime Achievement Award
· Doug McCartin, Capriotti’s Kent Island, Entrepreneur of the Year
· Matt Albers of LCLM Private Client Group, Volunteer of the Year
· Dan Bungori, Chesterwye Center, Business Leader of the Year
· Jesse Parks, Chairman of the Chamber
· Jill Hite, Keep the Beat Training, Public Servant Award
By Avra Sullivan
“Being a member of the Chamber of Commerce means being a member of the community,” says Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce president Linda Friday. Now in her 10th year as president, Mrs. Friday explains how the Chamber is such an integral part of life in Queen Anne’s County. The Chamber acts primarily as a resource for businesses of any size or tenure.
Linda explains that, while they are not financially supported or a part of the government, they have a strong relationship with local and state officials. County commissioners often approach the chamber to get ideas and opinions on issues that will affect the local community. In turn, chamber members have gone to Annapolis to speak on behalf of residents on topics such as the new emergency room facility.
The Chamber can assist business owners with issues related to permits, licensing, expansion and even provide help for businesses who may be struggling. The Chamber also is a networking epicenter. They hold a members event every month, either an after-hours mixer, a breakfast, or a themed event such as their Harvest Breakfast in November in which all of the food is provided by local farmers.
In April they hold a legislative wrap up where they invite local legislators to give an overview of what transpired during the General Assembly. The Chamber also holds several events geared towards connecting local businesses with the community they serve. The annual golf tournament is now in its 25th year. Linda says thanks to the dedicated members who help to produce this event, it has always been a great success.
This October the Chamber will host the 2012 Business and Home Expo. This is a full day of celebrating businesses in Queen Anne’s County beginning with the Excellence in Business Awards and reception followed by the expo complete with food and wine catered by area restaurants. The expo is free to the public and tickets are available for the awards ceremony and banquet.
The Chamber also believes in giving back to the community and investing in future business leaders. Their VISION program gives young entrepreneurs a chance to network, learn, and grow their business. The group is focused on ages 18-40, but Linda says any age is welcome. This group recently became involved with the Adopt-A-Bear program, and last year adopted over 1,100 children in the Queen Anne’s County area. The group currently is collecting school supplies for a local elementary school, and last year was able to pack a large van with supplies for area school children.
Membership in the Chamber is open to any business, and the benefits are numerous. Large and chain businesses can join, and Linda encourages this as a way to connect and be a part of the community. “We can be as good as you want us to be,” says Linda. From referrals, e-blasts, member-to-member discounts and exposure at local events such as the Queen Anne’s County Fair, the chamber is an excellent way to get your business in front of potential customers. “Just to know we lend a hand to help a business and to be a support system for them is very rewarding,” says Linda.
The Chamber of Commerce is a bank of resources and help to businesses, but they cannot do it alone. Technically staffed by only two individuals, Linda and Financial Administrator Susan Sweitzer, she says they are looking for volunteers. Any help is appreciated, be it one hour or 10 hours. For more information on volunteer opportunities, upcoming events or joining the chamber, visit the Chamber website at www.qacchamber.com or call 410-643-8530.
Thank you to all of our sponsors, golfers, volunteers and the staff at Prospect Bay Country Club for making our 24th Annual Golf Tournament a fun and successful day!
AND THE WINNER IS….ADVANCED PAIN MANAGEMENT
With a score of 56 Advanced Pain Management’s team of Bill Hughes, Margaret Evans, Mike Holmes and Mike Miller won the coveted Chamber Pot Trophy. Congratulations Advanced Pain Management!
Coming in second was the team from the Chesterwye Center, Dennis Roberts, Rodney Bliss, Ron Walden and Dan Bungori. In third place was the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center team of Vicki Paulas, Tim Nyo, Ray Morrison and George Burkhead.
While no one was able to claim the Hole-In-One prize of a new car from Fred Frederick Chrysler Dodge Jeep we did have a Closest-to-the-Pin winner on Hole #12 by Ray Morrison, Team CBEC, of 8 feet 8 inches. Our two long drive winners were Chris Dugovich on Hole #1 and Matt Brooks on Hole #10.
Congratulations to all our winners!
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS
Events like the golf tournament are a team effort and we would like to thank our dedicated committee members for their help with the planning of this event and their efforts in soliciting prizes for our winners and for door prizes. This year’s committee was Frank Divilio – State Farm, Jesse Parks – KRM Development, and David Thompson, Ralph Twilley and Bill Stoops all of CNB.
Thank you gentlemen!
Golf Cart Sponsors
Advanced Pain Management
Anne Arundel Medical Center
New York Life Insurance Co.
Fred Frederick Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
Beverage Cart Sponsor
Shore Health System
Draper Bros. Liquors
Hole & Tee Sponsor
Aflac – Anne Cassidy
Chesapeake Real Estate Assoc.
Harris Crab House
Jospeh W. McCartin Insurance
Kent Island American Legion
Maryland Residential Management
Paula’s Fine Jewelry
Tidewater Physical Therapy