Each year the Chamber of Commerce recognizes business leaders who exemplify corporate citizenship through their commitment to growing our regional economy, supporting philanthropic endeavors, and enhancing the quality of life in Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis.
The Chamber of Commerce celebrates the achievements of young women and men in our region as they begin their journey in their chosen career fields. Miss Maryland 2003, Marina Harrison, a graduate of the Anne Arundel County Public School system and a successful career individual exemplifies what can be achieved by young people.
An Advocate for Business
The Chamber of Commerce's approach to addressing the many opportunities and challenges in our region has earned it the respect and following of elected and appointed leadership at all levels of State, County, and City government.
Chamber members form working groups that seek to understand regional opportunities and challenges, develop solutions, and collaborately enjoin citizens and public officials in efforts that enhance the quality of our life for our citizens, employees, and businesses in Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis.
- The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County's Great Give 2014 is March 21. Has your organization registered yet?
- Grand Opening - Heron's Weight Loss & Smart-Lipo Centers
- South River High School’s Conducts First Annual College/Career/Job Expo!
- Hospice of the Cheseapeake Announces 2014 Gala Sponsors
- UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center February 2014 Calendar of Events
- The Public Relations Society of America, Central Chesapeake chapter presents a special lunch program
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!
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!
Chamber Advocacy Principles
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.
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.
Source of Credible Information
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.
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.