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Nominations are now open for the Chamber of Commerce 2015 Annual Business Awards. Nominations are being accepted in the following categories. Please click here for award categories and nomiation forms. Deadline for nominations is August 14, 2015.

Annapolis, MD (September, 2014) – The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce (AAACCC) announced today that Cathy Shaw has joined their team as Director, Marketing and Communications. She is responsible for the AAACCC’s overall communications, marketing, and membership development efforts with a focus on advancing the organization’s strategic objectives and serving member needs.

Small Business Digest

Maryland grants residents access to two of the largest metropolitan areas in the nation, and, on average, it is the wealthiest of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In short, it offers ample opportunity for young families to settle down and raise their kids ... Read more!

With an annual median household income of $71,122, Maryland is the richest state in America, 24/7 Wall St. said, citing U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 American Community Survey (ACS) ... Read more!

BUSINESSWEEK - The agency is waiving its upfront, 2 percent loan-guarantee fee for those smaller loans and reduce a monthly guarantee fee paid by the lenders by 3/10 of a percent. The SBA didn’t announce an end date for waiving the fees. The changes mean small business owners borrowing $150,000 will no longer have to come up with $2,550 in upfront fees at the time the loan closes. That will help many of the Main Street retailers, service businesses, craft breweries, and car dealerships that apply for SBA-guaranteed loans ... Read more!

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Whether you're a member business or an educated consumer, here are some quick suggestions to get the most out of your buying or selling experience.

For Businesses - Showcase the Chamber Logo

Market and promote your Chamber membership! Display the Chamber logo on your storefront and across all of your print and electronic marketing materials.

Develop special discounts and promotions that will appeal to other Chamber member businesses, your current customers, and potential new customers. Make it exclusive! (read about the Chamber Advantage Program here).

Communicate your involvement in the community! Seven out of ten consumers believe that being involved in a Chamber of Commerce is an effective strategy for enhancing a business's local reputation and curb appeal. (read the report here).

For Consumers - Look for the Chamber Logo or Ask for a Member Referral

Local businesses have a stake in the local community and economy. Buying local should be at the top of you list and a no-brainer!

Look for the Chamber logo at businesses or ask them if they are a Chamber member.Ask the business of they are offering special Chamber pricing and/or discounts - many do and savings can be substantial!

Call the Chamber and ask for a referral. We will be happy to assist and send you in the direction of member businesses who excel at quality and service.