Chamber Connections 
October 23, 2020
Member Spotlight
Uncommon Design, LLC
Carla founded Uncommon Design over 20 years ago and continues to take great pride in the creative process and the relationships she builds with her clients. Inspired by the belief that “Image is everything,” her design philosophy is to make the idea clear and simple, the design surprising and beautiful. She strives to be unique, to push the envelope, and create eye-catching graphics that will make you or your business stand out from the crowd. She has a diverse selection of customers, from small start-ups and churches to larger associations, non-profit organizations, and various government agencies.
Contact Carla Conway, Creative Director 
301-452-4505 or
Small Business Seminar
Flexible Workforce and Staff Augmentation
for a Post COVID World
Staff Augmentation is an outsourcing strategy that can be used to staff a project and respond to most urgent pressing business objectives. With Staff Augmentation, lead the process of understanding the projects to outsource, evaluate the existing staff and resources, and then determine which additional skills are required without taking on the full cost of bringing on, training, and maintaining employees on their payroll. Join the Managing Partner for MBA Growth Partners, Bola Audena, MBA, PMP, for an in-depth presentation followed by a Q&A.

Participants will understand the process of leveraging Staff Augmentation with:
  • Day to day Business Operations
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Special Strategic Projects
  • Change Management & Transformation Efforts
Bola Audena is a Managing Partner at MBA Growth Partners, a business advisory firm offering strategic growth and operational efficiencies support to small to mid-sized organizations, booth in the for profit and non-profit space. Bola has 20 years of experience in the business strategy and management consulting field, with specific focus on Go to Market strategies, Strategic Planning, and Business Process Optimization. What differentiates MBA Growth Partners is the emphasis on sustainable and repeatable business systems and processes leveraging best practices, data driven insights, and commitment to success. MBA Growth Partners works with business owners to strategize to address and implement solutions for those items keeping clients up at night.
Chamber of Commerce GDP Meeting
Join Anne Arundel County Councilman Andrew Pruski Thursday, October 29th at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the proposed GDP. Share your thoughts, opinions, and feedback on the plan!
Spirit of Community Award Winners Announced
These outstanding educators and public safety officials are
the reason our region is such a great place to live and work!
Public Safety Winners
  • Police Officer of the Year: Cpl. Richard Brookman, Anne Arundel County Police Department
  • Police Officer of the Year: Sgt. Charles Boswell, Laurel Police Department
  • Sheriff’s Deputy of the Year: Cpl. Michele Goodman, Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Office
  • Volunteer Firefighter of the Year: Zachary Zwicker, Odenton Volunteer Fire Company
  • Firefighter of the Year: Captain Paul Supko, Anne Arundel County Fire Department
  • Military Service Member of the Year: SSG Jacob W. Huffman, Fort Meade/NSA
  • Public Safety Officer of the Year: Michelle Claycomb, Anne Arundel County Crossing Guard
  • Public Safety Officer of the Year: Tonia Beaty, Anne Arundel County Crossing Guard

Elementary Educator of the Year
  • Sandra Chedick, Pershing Hill Elementary, Fort Meade, MD

Middle School Educator of the Year
  • Tiffany Grove, Arundel Middle School

High School Educator of the Year
  • Dr. Gary Van Essen, Arundel High School

Administrator of the Year
  • Eugene Whiting, MacArthur Middle School

Administrative Support Staff of the Year
  • Charm Herring, Crofton Elementary School
Anne Arundel County Department of Inspections and Permits Announces Expedited Process to Assist Restaurants Seeking Tent Permits for Cold Weather Due to COVID-19 Crisis
Anne Arundel County Department of Inspections and Permits is providing updated guidance for restaurants applying for expedited tent permits. The updated guidance includes requirements for tent sidewalls and flaps, heating, and emergency exit signage and lighting.
Please consider signing this petition
regarding adding a dog park and
amphitheater in Odenton!
This proposed park is packed full of amenities that could benefit Odenton immediately.

The proposed park has multiple dog parks for different sized dogs. Our dog owners might do quick jaunts around the Town Center, but there is no place within Odenton where a dog can just run without being leashed. Dog owners will welcome having three different areas for dogs. One for small dogs, one for large dogs and one extra to let the land rest. This forethought into how to make Odenton a welcoming community for dog owners shows the care given to this project.

The proposed park also has nature trails to provide a sense of peace and tranquility to one of the busiest areas within Odenton. The Town Center is designed to be the heart of Odenton with two arterial roads having near constant traffic. While new construction includes sidewalks to connect the Town Center to the surrounding areas, there are limited places members of the public can go to escape walking beside a busy road. The proposed playground will also be a welcome addition to the area.

The proposed amphitheater will create Odenton’s first non-commercial, outdoor, public gathering space. To build a sense of community, Odenton needs a central location to gather for events. There is no public space within Odenton serving this purpose and as such, the Odenton community does not have any centralized events to help establish the feel of a community.

The proposed Odenton Park provides a solution to many shortcomings that Odenton currently is exhibiting. As developers continue to build more houses, condominiums, and apartments within Odenton, people are increasingly requesting something to do in Odenton. A park would indicate a very strong showing from the County that this concern is being taken seriously. I strongly support the Odenton Park and encourage you to advocate and budget for funding in fiscal year 2022 to make this park a reality.
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