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 Environmental Initiatives
The increasing degradation of the Chesapeake Bay has generated well-founded concerns over the environmental impact of past land development activities and future land development plans in jurisdictions bordering this important body of water. Some advocates supporting restoration of the Chesapeake Bay, and protection of its coastal land and wildlife habitats, defend their concerns with well documented scientific studies, while others are no growth advocates who mask their intentions with the cloak of environmentalism and diminish the credibility of well intended groups seeking solutions to the Bay’s present predicament.
The environmental stress on the Chesapeake Bay has its origins from use and misuse over many decades, and even centuries. Recently, the Bay’s health has focused on new development and redevelopment around the Bay and its tributaries, and on nitrogen content and discharge concerns. Business and industry have stepped forward to assist in this effort and are actively a part of the solution to improving the quality of the Chesapeake Bay and not the source of its stress. Our quality of life in Anne Arundel County is dependent upon a healthy Bay, and our ability to retain and attract new business to the area is dependent upon our quality of life.
Restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed is everyone’s responsibility in Maryland and our home county of Anne Arundel. Businesses and residential communities have joint accountability in protecting the environmental health of our Bay. Failure to address the existing environmental stress on the Chesapeake Bay from past residential and agricultural development is ignoring a large contributor to the Chesapeake Bay’s unhealthy condition. Imposing excessive fees and restrictions on new development and redevelopment projects in an effort to restore the quality of the Bay, while ignoring past inequities, is engaging in a fruitless effort that will lead to disappointing results.
Below is a link to the Chamber of Commerce Environmental Committee:
Chairman: Susan Ford, Attorney - Council, Baradel, Kosmerl & Nolan, P.A.