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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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Consistent with the vision, mission, and core values of the Chamber of Commerce, the Government Matters Committee formulates positions and advocates on City, County and State legislation that impacts businesses in the City of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and the State of Maryland.

Nonpartisan Approach

The Chamber of Commerce is nonpartisan in its approach, and does not endorse or oppose legislation based upon political party philosophies or political party sponsorship. Nor does the Chamber of Commerce endorse or support candidates for public office. All elected and appointed officials are welcome to comment and provide information on legislative issues pending before the Government Matters Committee and the Chamber's leadership as they deliberate.

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Furthermore, it is our philosophy that chambers of commerce should be resources of credible information that support business concerns, not tainted by political ideology, partisanship, and electoral politics. Elected and appointed officials in all levels of government need to have confidence that chambers of commerce are pragmatic in their approach to issues of importance to businesses. They also need to know that chambers of commerce support a sound process more than ideologically driven motives when identifying workable solutions to problems facing businesses and the broader citizenry.

Diverse Membership

The leadership of the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce believes that the Chamber's role as a business organization is to welcome and nurture a diverse membership from all political, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds. In doing so, we serve as a forum where business people from these various backgrounds can come together and work on real solutions for the challenges that face businesses and the broader community they serve.