Chamber Update

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There are almost 56,000 businesses in Anne Arundel County, most of which are independently owned and operating as small businesses. In the face of market evolution or adversity, small businesses have the ability to change and adapt quickly.

In the short amount of time that we have dealt with this virus crisis, many of our businesses have discovered new and creative ways to meet the needs of their customers. The entrepreneurial spirit never shuts down, even though many operations have at this time. You will find drive-thru pickups of hearing aids and desserts, pop-up taco quick marts, Zoom home workouts, home delivery of many products that were previously sold only at the location, and much more.

We thank our businesses and organizations for all that you are doing at this time, and we know that you will be more innovative than ever when the restrictions are lifted.

We welcome these new members: A Step-Ahead Organizing and Cleaning Service, Bannister Private Capital, Rooftop General Contractors, Bradford Counseling Services LLC, and Bay Hills Golf Club.

We have some exciting ribbon cuttings on the horizon that are postponed until further notice. This includes a ribbon cutting for our newest business, Paramount Yard Pest Control.

On March 9, we held a multi-chamber bowling outing at Dave & Buster’s in Arundel Mills. Over 60 people from five chambers got together for a great evening of food, drinks and bowling.

Our Successful Women in Business group held a multi-chamber event at Walden Country Club in celebration of Women’s History Month. The event was sponsored by the American Business Women’s Association, Maryland Capital Chapter. This great organization’s mission is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition. For more information, visit www.abwa.org.

Our guest speaker was Mary Margaret Revell Goodwin. Mary Margaret is a pioneer for women, overcoming polio to become an international long-distance swimmer. She worked for the Pentagon for 14 years and during that time became a long-distance runner. Mary Margaret is president of the Mary Edwardine Bourke Emory Foundation, which is raising money to open the Women's History Museum in Centerville. She delivered a fascinating presentation on women in Maryland who made a difference in gaining the vote. To find out more and donate to the museum, visit www.mebefoundation.org.

We have rescheduled our Shop Local Fun Fiesta at Park Plaza to May 16. Stay tuned!

Our annual Fourth of July parade will be held on Saturday, July 4, from 10:00am to 11:30am in Severna Park. This year’s theme is “Celebrating our Rich Community History.” Our grand marshal is local historian and retired business owner Scott Jay. We would love to see an outpouring of community participation with floats and walkers! Please contact our office at 410-647-3900 with questions. Applications can be downloaded from our website at www.gspacc.com.

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