Please give a warm welcome to our newest members of the chamber: Living with the Magic Vacations, The Axe House Annapolis, Pic N Paint Pottery and Larry Sells Consulting.
An incredible day was had by all at the annual Driving Force for Business Golf Tournament, held at the beautiful Chartwell Golf and Country Club on Monday, September 14. With COVID protocols in place, we had a record number of golfers and sponsors, and fantastic volunteers who kept the tournament running smoothly. We also had perfect weather!
Our wonderful sponsors of the tournament were Lean on Dee Senior Care Advocates, Chick-fil-A Severna Park, Emerald Financial Partners, The Matt Wyble Team of Century 21 New Millennium, Alexander Animal Hospital, Passanante’s Home Food Services, Fellner Legal Services, Kris Leigh Assisted Living, Garry’s Grill & Catering, Bernward Construction and Mechanical, Moran Insurance, Spring Arbor Senior Living, Minuteman Press of Crofton, M&T Bank, Griswold Home Care, The MWE Partnership, Consolidated Insurance + Risk Management, Reliant Management Consultant, LogoZone Promotions, Steak ‘n Shake in Millersville, Landmark Roofing, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, the David Orso Team of Compass Real Estate, Bank of Glen Burnie, Gardiner and Appel, Cedar Square Homes, Firehouse Subs, Broadleaf Tobacco, The Blended Essentials, Virtual Safety Man, Chesapeake Think Tank, SERVPRO of Annapolis and Severna Park, Wilkins Automotive, and Barranco Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
The tournament winners were Team Eddie Conway of Garry’s Grill, taking first place out of 29 foursomes, Team Wyble of the Matt Wyble Team of Century 21 New Millennium, taking second place, and Team Freddie Cassilly of the Cassilly Financial Group coming in third. Winners of the specialty holes were Chris Schenck of Chick-fil-A Severna Park (putting contest), Dave Ambrose (closest to the pin) and Matt Griswold (longest drive). Congratulations to all!
On Thursday, September 24, our Successful Women in Business group held a tasting at Annapolis Home Brew. Co-owner Steve Bolton could not have been more accommodating, setting up socially distanced tables and introducing us to amazing libations and teas. Annapolis Home Brew is a unique business where you can make your own wine, mead, beer, kombucha and more! They hold classes on a regular basis, and you can learn how to make so many things that make great gifts, complete with your own private label!
We sampled raspberry chocolate port, cherry bombs soaked in “moonshine,” spiced cider, “apple pie” and several more delicious concoctions. It was a great time and so nice to network in person.
On the third Tuesday of each month we host a Learn and Lead webinar from 8:00am to 9:00am. The event is free and open to all and led by Todd Popham of Popham and Associates and hosted by Jenn Triplett of Treebranch Group. Topics include time management, coping with stress, and many other aspects of being an effective leader. You can register for the event at www.gspacc.com.
We also hold a virtual networking event called Chamber eClub on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Our sponsor for the past two meetings has been Minuteman Press of Crofton. This networking event is also free and open to the public, and you can register through our website.
We are so excited to have some ribbon cuttings on the horizon. Larry Sells, semi-retired from The Voice Media Inc., has started a consulting business. We will have a ribbon cutting for Larry Sells Consulting mid-October, so check the website.
A new business has opened in Severna Park: Axe House Annapolis. It is an axe-throwing entertainment venue, and we are helping them celebrate on October 3 at noon. It is a ton of fun and is open for parties, small groups, and anyone from 4 to 104 can enjoy target practice!
On October 8 at noon, we are holding a ribbon cutting for a new pest control business in Severna Park called Paramount Yard Pest Control. The event will be held at the chamber location. Congratulations to this new business that has been doing very well over the summer!
On October 21 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, there will be a ribbon cutting celebrating the grand opening of a new Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Severna Park. Congratulations to all!
Our health and wellness committee is going strong with practitioners in many fields including acupuncture, cranial sacral massage, essential oils and more. We are working on a community-based forum to present ways to keep your immune system strong, especially as we enter the cold and flu season.
Stay tuned for “A Slow Walk to Alzheimer’s,” a webinar that will be presented on October 29. The webinar is being organized by Winsome Brown of Lean on Dee Senior Care Advocates. Check our site for more details.