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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.

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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!

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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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History of the Chamber of Commerce

The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1918 as the Annapolis Chamber of Commerce.  At that time, the primary center of business activity in Anne Arundel County was in the City of Annapolis.  The rest of Anne Arundel County was rural farm land and sparsely populated.  The far northern part of the county was a residential suburb of Baltimore City.

After the Second World War, development in Anne Arundel County began in earnest and commercial activity in the county began to grow.  The Annapolis Chamber of Commerce created a committee of the chamber to focus on concerns of particular interest to county businesses and the development of commercial property in Anne Arundel County.  The chamber of commerce also changed its name to the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce.

In the early 1950’s, the Anne Arundel Trade Council was formed from the chamber’s committee on county business concerns.  This newly formed organization focused primarily on servicing businesses in Anne Arundel County and promoting commercial development in the county.  During the years between the 1950’s and 1980’s, the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce exclusively focused on city business concerns and changed its name back to the Annapolis Chamber of Commerce.  The Anne Arundel Trade Council continued to grow in membership with a strong advocacy role in the areas of commercial development, economic development, and public education in Anne Arundel County.

As the decade of the 1980’s gave way to the decade of the 1990’s, both the Greater Annapolis Chamber of Commerce and the Anne Arundel Trade Council experienced an increase in the number of duplicate memberships.  Toward the latter part of the 1990’s, the duplication of membership between the two organizations exceeded 32 percent and both organizations were expending resources on duplicative programming.  The business community in both the county and the city recognized this trend and began discussions on bringing the two organizations back together as one.  On January 1, 1999, the Greater Annapolis Chamber of Commerce and the Anne Arundel Trade Council reunited to form the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce with over 1,200 business members.

Today, the organization is one of the largest chambers of commerce in Maryland with a strong advocacy role for businesses, a vibrant networking role that helps businesses expand their customer base, and unparalleled access to resources important for businesses to grow and succeed in the City of Annapolis, and Anne Arundel County.  The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce has also become the leading business organization in the region; fostering communication, the exchange of ideas, and facilitating effective collaboration on issues affecting business and economic development.  In addition, the organization provides services and programs to meet the varied needs of its members and affiliates which help them meet the challenges of a constantly changing business environment.

The Chamber of Commerce is known for creating innovative and workable solutions to problems and issues facing the City of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and the region.  In everything it does, the Chamber of Commerce strives to make Annapolis and Anne Arundel County a better place to live, work, and do business.