By Liz League
We are excited to announce our newest members of the chamber: Thinking Tree Psychology, Three Wild Sheep, The Williams Home Team of Taylor Properties, 3rd Gen Painting and Remodeling, Chesapeake Smart Energy Solutions and Heartspace Acupuncture.
A huge thank you goes out to Bulldog Bikes and Floats for its fun bull roast and seafood feast at its location on Ritchie Highway. Owner Mike Prager opened his doors to all members of the chamber and gave a 20% discount on purchases. When you see a bike at a fundraiser, you can almost be certain it was donated by generous Mike.
On June 5, five chambers hosted a “Let’s Do Lunch” speed networking event at the beautiful Yellowfin Steak and Fish House in Edgewater. More than 100 guests attended and met people from all areas of the county. We hold six of these events each year to expand our members’ reach beyond our area.
On June 6, several chambers gathered at Magothy Payments to celebrate its new location in Severna Park with a multi-chamber ribbon cutting. Close to 100 people attended as testament to the money-saving services on credit card processing and to the dynamic personality of owner Jaron Rice.
Our chamber was a proud sponsor of Chick-fil-A’s Serve Tour 2019. Close to 100 volunteers, transported by bus, visited charitable organizations all day and performed services. The tour ended at Orphan Grain Train with more volunteerism and a party. Each volunteer received one year of delicious Chick-fil-A food.
Wild Bird Center in Severna Park was host to the Successful Women in Business’ First Cup Club. Owner Kim Stagi served fragrant teas and scones, and we enjoyed hearing her vision for the store while browsing the amazing selection of products, which goes well beyond birding. You can find local honey, soaps, teas and many bee restoration products.
PARADE, PARADE, PARADE! The theme of this year’s Independence Day parade is “Let Freedom (B)Ring – Celebrating our Country’s and Community’s Generosity.” We have more than 80 entries this year and fun will be had by all. The parade begins at St. Martin’s-in-the-Field Episcopal Church on Benfield Road, and culminates on Cypress Creek Road.
Our grand marshal is Dianna Lancione, owner of The Voice Media Inc.
We wish to recognize and thank our sponsors: School of Rock, Annapolis for its Judges Table sponsorship; Kogen Dojo for its Mascot sponsorship; and event sponsors Kris Leigh Assisted Living; Delegate Heather Bagnall; Wright Orthodontics; the Winkelmeyer family; Creative Force Dance Center; Silver Aero Limo; the Severna Park Handyman; Carole Brown, Esq.; Kwon’s Tae Kwon Do; Mosquito Squad; Bruster’s Real Ice Cream; WNAV; and Budding Voices LLC. Sparkler sponsors include the Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi, Severna Park Republican Women’s Club, Misty Clean, Christ Embassy Anne Arundel, Brightview Severna Park and the Negron Farmers Insurance Agency.
Star-Spangled Restaurant Week will be held from July 7-13. Visit our Facebook page, “GSPACC Restaurant Week,” for regular updates and specials.