Please give a warm welcome to our newest members:
We also thank the many members who have renewed. We are so proud to have you in the chamber family.
There were two ribbon-cutting celebrations in March. The first was for Unity Bands, a nonprofit founded by John Schirripa to raise funds for COVID research. The organization sells unique, customized wristbands and merchandise to support COVID-19 response and research.
The second ribbon cutting was for the grand opening of Trillium Wellness in Severna Park. Owners Carol Heckman, Lisa Manning and Jill Madey are a unique team of health and wellness practitioners promoting integrative wellness and a relationship-centered approach.
Our Successful Women in Business group recently had a field trip to Pic ‘n Paint Pottery in Pasadena. Owner Mary Orzano helped us navigate the beautiful collection of items to paint and the unique collection of paints. We had a wonderful time and could have stayed for many hours. Pic ‘n Paint has a large room for parties, bridal showers, girls night out activities, family nights and fun! We then headed over to the Hysteria Taphouse for dinner.
The Wellness Coalition held a Zoom event with keynote speaker Patrick Lee of the Chesapeake Think Tank. Patrick talked about the business benefits of a healthy workforce. A healthy workforce increases productivity, lowers absenteeism, improves talent acquisition and retention, and more.
Registration opened for our Shop Local Fun Fiesta, to be held at Park Plaza on Saturday, May 7. The event will feature businesses and nonprofits, entertainment, music, food and more. Our gold sponsors are Mike’s Pharmacy, Landmark Roofing and the Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi. Each will select a charity and present a check for $500 at the event.
Shop Local exhibitors include EscapeTime’s Mobile Escape Room, a face painter at Mike’s Pharmacy’s booth, a fun photo booth provided by Angie D Entertainment, a doggie costume contest celebrating Cinco de Mayo, and other entertainment. You can also purchase great Mother’s Day gifts at the festival!
Registration is open for the 2022 Independence Day parade, to be held in Severna Park on Monday, July 4, from 10:00am to noon. Parade applications are coming in steadily. We are especially encouraging neighborhoods to put floats together for the parade. For a little encouragement, we are offering a $500 cash prize for each of the top three categories: Most Patriotic, Best Theme and Best Overall. Start planning now and get your volunteers together for this beloved community event.
As always, please check out our website calendar for upcoming events (www.gspacc.com) and our Facebook page. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-647-3900. Thank you for buying local and shopping small!
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