Chamber Update

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Please give a warm welcome to our newest members: Three Rivers Roofing, Braveheart Run Club, Life of Joy Foundation, Severna Park Medical Supplies, Precise Books and Tax Solutions LLC, Lynch Physical Therapy, and Vineyard Childcare Center. We also want to send a huge thank you to all our renewing members! We truly are Chamber Strong!

Plans for the parade are well underway. We are so excited to have many wonderful sponsors: Chick-fil-A of Severna Park, Bernward Mechanical and Construction, Kogen Dojo, Steak ‘n Shake of Millersville, Coffee News Maryland, Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar, Primary Residential Mortgage Inc., Citizens for Heather Bagnall, M&T Bank, Jackie D’Amico Designs, McDonald’s of Severna Park, Sandy Spring Bank, SERVPRO of Annapolis, Franklin’s Toys, Premier Insurance Advisors and Mosquito Squad.

If you are interested in participating in the parade, please contact me at ceo@gspacc.com or call 410-647-3900. You can visit the website for a downloadable application and sponsorship information.

The parade will be held on the official federal holiday of Monday, July 5, from 10:00am to noon. The theme is Celebrating Our CommUNITY, and our grand marshal is Eddie Conway, owner of Garry’s Grill.

If you would like more information about being in the parade, please email me at info@gspacc.com. We especially love to see our communities and nonprofits on the parade route. There is a simple application to complete and a “hold harmless” document. Sponsorships are available too!

We are also holding our Star-Spangled Restaurant Week from July 3 – July 11. Enjoy specials offered by our local eateries! We will continue to update our website with participating restaurants, so please visit often: www.gspacc.com.

We held our first in-person/virtual multi-chamber networking breakfast at the wonderful Lures Bar and Grille in Crownsville. The in-person attendees were in a large, heated tent and served a delicious breakfast of bagels, pancakes, and breakfast tacos. It was great to be in person and hear laughter and chatter at this well-attended event. We offered a virtual component as well.

On April 14 there was a ribbon cutting celebration of our newest business in Severna Park, Severna Park Tutoring and Educational Advocacy, located on Benfield Road. Delightful husband and wife team John and Sara Miller have lived in the area for over 10 years and decided on a business focusing on education. At the well-attended celebration, we met the Millers, their children and their parents, who recently moved here.

Our second ribbon cutting of the month celebrated the one-year anniversary of Healing Thyme Therapeutic Massage and Wellness Center in Annapolis, and their business partnership with Refill Goodness of Maryland. They are not just a massage studio, but also have space to host small events such as bridal showers, girls night out, book club, workshops, meetings etc. If you are looking to relax and de-stress, this is the place for you!

Please join us on May 4 for our in-person Successful Women in Business event at the beautiful Homestead Gardens in Severna Park. The event takes place from 5:00pm to 6:30pm and is free. We will hear from store manager Heidi Tyler on “Creating Beautiful Window Boxes” and enjoy a bit of shopping afterward.

Our pet health and wellness committee successfully launched its first meeting. Committee chairs are Jill Weissenbach of Higgins and Friends Pet Sitting, Tiffany Jackson of Ally 4 Pets LLC, Mariah Johnston of Constellation K9 Training and Bonnie McLeod of Whoof on the Wharf. Please join us on May 13 at 11:30 where the topic is “How Pets Help Our Well-Being.” Presenters are Pets on Wheels of Central Maryland and Fidos for Freedom. Visit www.gspacc.com for more information.

On the morning of May 20, 8:30am to 9:30am, the wellness committee is presenting a webinar on “How to Care for Your Voice for Lifelong Vocal Health.” Our speaker is Tiffany Erler, MS, CCC-SLP, founder and clinical director of Budding Voices LLC. Learn about the ways we damage our voices and exercises that will keep our voices youthful for life.

On May 20, the chambers in Anne Arundel County are hosting a luncheon with Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford at the BWI Marriott. The event will be from 11:30am to 1:30pm and we will hear a “state of the state” update. Please visit our website for more information on tickets and sponsorships.

And on May 20 at 5:00pm, we will hold a ribbon-cutting celebration for Whoof on the Wharf at the Pier 7 Marina. Whoof on the Wharf combines the fun of kayak rental with your pup as a crew member! The event is open to all and free.

As always, we urge you to support our small businesses in every way you can. Shop local, eat local, give local, support local for a better community.

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