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.
- Walmart Holds 2nd Annual Golf Tournament to Support the Children's Miracle Network
- FASTSIGNS of Annapolis Named One of the Top Centers in the Country
- Maryland Live! Casino Celebrates Launch of New Live! Rewards Card Tier Program
- The Hon. Albert Matricciani (Ret.) Returns to WTP
- Severn Savings Bank Named to Maryland’s IOLTA Honor Roll
- Philip Carter Dales Joins Hyatt & Weber Firm
- Varuna’s Annual Earth Month Celebration
- Central Chesapeake Chapter of PRSA to Host Ralph Crosby
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!
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.