Chamber Update

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Please give a warm welcome to our newest members: Garten, Idea Weaver Promotions Inc., Leave Dinner to Lettie Personal Chef, Effectv, A Comcast Company, First Home Mortgage – Tanner Greenwalt, Sweet Piggy Baking Company, United States Cybersecurity Magazine and Transworld Business Advisors. And we thank all our renewing members for keeping us Chamber Strong!

On the first Tuesday of August, our community held the annual National Night Out at the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company. This event is celebrated by millions across the country as a way to enhance the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement in a fun and friendly way. We greeted thousands of attendees who came for food, entertainment, demonstrations, and the opportunity to meet with local police, fire and rescue workers, and local politicians.

The wonderful event was organized by Sandi Parrish of the Pasadena Business Association; Sara Gannon, legislative assistant to Councilman Nathan Volke; Joe Angyelof, president of the fire company; Sam Tanner, PBA board member and owner of the Entrusted Group LLC of Keller Williams; Beau Breeden of the Delmarva Financial Group; Nancy Greer of the Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi; Councilwoman Amanda Fiedler; and others. It was hosted by the Eastern District Police Station, the Pasadena Business Association, the Greater Severna Park & Arnold Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Severna Park Council, the Broadneck Council of Communities and the Cape St. Claire Improvement Association.

The chambers in Anne Arundel County recently held a multi-chamber networking breakfast at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum, Maryland. Over 100 people attended and enjoyed meeting new people in person.

Paulette Morris, owner of Idea Weaver Promotions Inc., held an informative workshop on crafting a powerful “elevator speech” at Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar in Severna Park. Paulette is a charter member of the Toast of Severna Park Toastmasters Club, past president of the club, area governor and distinguished toastmaster. Toastmasters is a wonderful group to join if you are interested in fine-tuning your public speaking skills no matter what level. You can find them on Facebook or contact me at the chamber for more information.

We held a ribbon-cutting on August 30 for the grand opening of Chick-fil-A’s new location at Anne Arundel Community College. Owner Chris Schenck has been with the company since 1986, starting out at the Annapolis Mall. He worked his way up to purchase the location at Marley Station years ago. He has owned the Chick-fil-A in Severna Park for eight years and is excited about the new location in the newly built Health and Life Sciences building at the college.

On the last Friday of the month, we held our Fly-by-Friday cookout at the chamber. The event was sponsored by the Wednesday Business Connectors group, which includes Daniel Downer of Daniel Downer, Attorney at Law; Ken Menzies of Kenneth G. Menzies Jr., PA; Robin Torrence of ATG Title Company; Carlyn Lowery of Exceptional Homes at eXp Realty; Justine Baker of First National Bank; Bill Regan of C&F Mortgage Corporation; and Mimi Shea of Caring Transitions. We also enjoyed popcorn from Pam Negron of the Negron Farmers Insurance Agency, and ice cream from Bruster’s Real Ice Cream. Many thanks to all who came to enjoy the afternoon with us.

In September, we are resuming our committee events, which include monthly meetings organized by the wellness committee, the Learn and Lead committee, the Successful Women in Business committee, and the pet committee.

We are looking forward to a great golf tournament to be held at the Chartwell Golf and Country Club on September 27. Sponsors include Live! Casino and Hotel, our tournament sponsor; Emerald Financial Partners, The Matt Wyble Team of Century 21 New Millennium; Chick-fil-A Severna Park; Moran Insurance; Rosso Commercial Real Estate Services; Alexander Animal Hospital; Steak ‘n Shake; the Bank of Glen Burnie; Fellner Legal Services; M&T Bank; Meridiem DermSpa; PERSICO Asset Management; SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park; Arundel Federal Savings Bank; Passanante’s Home Food Services; Landmark Roofing; Bernward Construction Mechanical; Barranco Funeral Home and Cremation Services; Broadleaf Tobacco Company; and Reliant Management Inc.

We are planning a spectacular Shoptoberfest, which will be held in Park Plaza on October 23 from 11:00am–3:00pm. The event will feature local entertainment, a photo booth, a Halloween costume contest, wonderful items for sale from our local businesses, food and much more. Lots of “trick-or-treating” will take place at the exhibitor tables, and it’s a great way to have fun and meet the local businesses and organizations that make our community a wonderful place to call home!

As always, please visit www.gspacc.com for more information about the chamber and our activities. You can also email me at ceo@gspacc.com or call 410-647-3900. Remember to shop local, give local and support local!

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