Chamber Update

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Please give a warm welcome to our newest members: CW Technologies, Crofton Yoga and Three Signs LLC. Thank you to our renewing members for keeping us “Chamber Strong!”

Our wellness committee presented “Creating a Work/Life Balance When Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s” with guest speaker Ellen Torres, program director of the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Maryland. Ellen provided invaluable advice on handling this difficult life situation.

Our monthly cookout at the chamber was sponsored by the SPACC Business Builders Group. This 30-members-strong group meets weekly to build relationships, provide referrals and support one another. In addition to the members of the group, a special thanks goes to Bruster’s Real Ice Cream for providing dessert, Leave Dinner to Lettie for the delicious salad and baked beans, and Pam Negron of the Negron Farmers Insurance Agency for the freshly popped corn.

On Monday, September 27, we held our annual Driving Force for Business golf tournament at the gorgeous Chartwell Golf and Country Club. The weather was perfect, and the greens were in superb shape for this sold-out event. The tournament was sponsored by the wonderful Live! Casino and Hotel.

Golfers were treated to Chick-fil-A breakfast sandwiches upon arrival and enjoyed libations at the Matt Wyble Team of Century 21 New Millennium hospitality tent. At noon, play began with a “shotgun” start, and as golfers made the rounds, they enjoyed snacks from sponsors Bank of Glen Burnie and Meridiem DermSpa, and drinks from sponsors PERSICO Asset Management and SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park. Freshly grilled hot dogs were provided by Emerald Financial Partners, and ice cream and beer by Fellner Legal Services. Around the corner was the Reliant Management tent providing more libations.

Specialty holes included the longest drive, closest to the pin, best overall (first, second and third) and the putting contest.

Chick-fil-A provided its giant inflatable cow on the driving range for a contest, offering 15 sandwiches to each winner who “hit the cow.” M&T Bank had a closest-to-the-pin contest and gave away a signed football by a Ravens player.

Wilkins Buick sponsored a hole-in-one contest offering a new car to the winner. No lucky person this year, but someday someone will score!

Eagle sponsors included Alexander Animal Hospital, KMA Law Office, Steak n’ Shake, Garry’s Grill, Moran Insurance, Rosso Commercial Real Estate and Chick-fil-A. Sponsoring the foursome photos was Barranco Funeral Home and Cremation Services, and the photographer was Laura Weigmann of Laura’s Eyes Photography. Our sign sponsor was Signarama, Glen Burnie, and our goodie bag sponsor was Bernward Construction Mechanical. Par sponsors included Severna Park Lanes, Griswold Home Care, Arundel Federal Savings Bank, Broadleaf Tobacco and the Severna Park Community Center.

Landmark Roofing sponsored the pro shot, where golfers could purchase the opportunity to use a shot hit by the pro rather than their own. Proceeds benefited the Wellness House of Annapolis, a nonprofit helping people who are living with cancer. Over $1,500 was raised at the tournament, and Landmark Roofing gave a matching donation.

Fabulous volunteers included Tommy Sommers of LogoZone Promotions, Crystal and Robert Gazic of Severn Bank, Lou Facciponti of Lighthouse Insurance, Faith Burns of Mid-Atlantic Settlement Services, Selby Scaggs of MWE Partnership, Dana Eckert of The Bank of Glen Burnie and Kevin Murnane of SERVPRO.

Thanks to Chartwell for making this a fantastic event enjoyed by all!

Congratulations to the tournament winners:

First Place – The Voice Media

Second Place – Charter Financial Services

Third Place – Moran Insurance

A ribbon cutting celebration was held for SPAN as the recipient of a new porch roof from Landmark Roofing. What a great example of a local business supporting a community organization that helps people in need.

A ribbon-cutting was held in September to celebrate the opening of JB’s, Severna Park. Owner Don Kelly told us about his vision to create a place for families to enjoy, and the restaurant boasts 44 TVs for watching so many sports. We are so excited to have this new venue in our community!

A multi-chamber Successful Women in Business was held at Yellowfin. The keynote speaker was Linda Penkala, author of a book on women’s heart health. Many thanks to Jennifer McAndrews of Synergy HomeCare for sponsoring the event.

Plans are underway for our upcoming Shoptoberfest, to be held on October 23 from 11:00am to 3:00pm at Park Plaza. We will have entertainment, a costume contest for kids under 10 and dogs, a photo booth, games and much more. Come out for a fun afternoon and meet the local business owners who make this the best place to live, work and play!

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.

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