Director and Administrative Assistant's Comments

April Showers indeed! While the weather may have dampened our day during Spring Celebration, we still had a wonderful time and are incredibly grateful to all the  volunteers, sponsors, visitors, and vendors who came to enjoy the day! Our face-painting, moon-bounce, games, and especially the gorgeous tea party were so much fun! We look forward to sunnier skies next year, but on to the next event!

Spring Cruisers is coming up   May 21; every Spring and Fall you can hear the sounds of roaring classics as they cruise into downtown Berlin. With music in the streets, boutiques, antiques, a wine bar, a brewery, galleries and vintage stores to browse and lots of delicious artisan and locally crafted food at 9 amazing restaurants, this is the place to stroll around while enjoying hundreds of 50's, 60's and 70's classic cars of all types. Registration starts that morning at 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. and the event lasts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is 10 dollars, and the first 50 registrants get a dashboard plaque! Trophies for winners are awarded at 2 p.m.

After Spring Cruisers ends, it's only a few more weeks and our Annual Jazz and Blues Bash will kick off Summer in Berlin. The event will be held June 4th, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. We've added an extra hour of music, shops, vendors, food, and Burley Oak beer-- an extra hour to enjoy the Coolest Small Town in America!  We are again holding a Poster Design Contest, after the success of our contest with our Spring Celebration Poster. We need an energetic, creative design for this fun filled event! The due date is May 10th, the images must be high resolution (big enough to print on 36 by 48 posters if necessary, and clear enough to print on t-shirts.) The winner will get their name on the website, the posters, the t-shirts, the rack cards, and win a prize! Submit your designs to  chamberinfo@berlinchamber.org

Anyone wishing to be a vendor at our Jazz and Blues Bash - - we still have spaces open! Visit our website here  to download an application for food or arts vending. We are also offering students the opportunity to earn service hours by playing or volunteering at the event-- see flyer below for details.


Membership is up and better than ever, we are working on our Annual Directory, and our new window clings have arrived! If you have not renewed or signed up for membership, you cannot be included in the Directory for 2016. Please make sure to renew! You don't want to miss an opportunity to advertise and promote your business in a comprehensive Directory for the Berlin Area, especially with Summer fast approaching! The Directory will be available at locations around the area, including Visitor's Centers! Applications for membership can be done  here , or visit the Chamber office Monday, Tuesday or Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also download a paper application here.


This Summer marks two very auspicious occasions for us, the Anniversary of working here for a year (woohoo!) and the 30th Anniversary of the Berlin Chamber of Commerce. We'll be holding a special Celebratory Business After Hours this June 16th at the Chamber Building to commemorate the occasion! Details to be released soon! We are very excited for all the fun this Summer is going to bring-- we hope you'll join us!

Cheers!
Larnet St. Amant
Morgan Coulson
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR SPRING CELEBRATION SPONSORS!!!
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
  
 
     
 
Main St. Sweets
 
Welcome New Members:
Ireland RnR

Renewing Members:
Atlantic Physical Therapy And Rehabilitation
Berlin Farm Supply
Carolyn Connelly- Friend of The Chamber
Evergreen Lodge #153
Local Media 360
The Dispatch
Moore Companies
Professional Mortgage Services, Inc.
Seaside Dance Academy
Sunny Day Guide/Surfside East
Waterman's Inn
Bruder Hill
Coastal Association of Realtors
Jesse Klump Memorial Fund, Inc.


Benefits of being a member:
Social Media Promotion
Link to your website from the Chamber Website
Listing of your business searchable on our website
Listing in our yearly Berlin Chamber directory
Recognition and member articles in newsletter
Referrals to visitors and area residents
Events listed on our website
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Brochures for your business in the Chamber Center
Networking Events
Do you have news or events coming up you want shared? Send them to us! The Chamber does marketing for you!
Contact us  here.
  Spotlight

More and More Businesses get "Baked"
Photos Via Baked Dessert Cafe's Facebook.
Baked Dessert Cafe is gracing restaurants around the area with it's delicious and amazing natural and homemade pastries and baked goods. Blacksmith Berlin - 104 Pitts St, Berlin, MD 21811, 410.973.2102 is featuring their liquor soaked Bundt Cakes (YUM!), Sello's Italian Oven & Bar- 9802 Golf Course Rd, Ocean City, MD 21842, 410.390.3543 has their Triple Bumble Berry Pie, Gluten Free Almond Biscotti Crusted Cheesecake and their Espresso Liquor Soaked Mini Bundt Cakes stuffed with homemade Caramel and Hazelnut Buttercream. Excuse us while our mouth waters! Rosenfeld's Jewish Delicatessen- 6301 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842, 410. 520. 0283 features their New York Style Cheesecake! Congrats to Baked for showing the area what Berlin already knew-- that your pastries and baked goods are absolutely amazing! 


For Lunch, get "Waystead"


The Waystead Inn is extremely proud to announce their Waystead Lunchbox Club. If your business or office is geographically located within one mile of the Waystead Inn in Berlin Maryland, then guess what? They will now deliver fresh hand crafted Soups, Salads and Sandwiches to you. If you are a Berlin merchant or work in a nearby office park, you can order from them a la carte or select a Combo Lunch Scheme. Stay tuned to enjoy Chef John's Weekly Specials.
Their entire Lunchbox process is handled online but they accept phone orders at 443.513.0462.  Lunch boxes will be delivered in half-hour time slots from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm Monday through Friday. We are very excited they will be bringing this much needed service to our Berlin neighbors.

Waystead Lunchbox Club Facts:
All lunch orders must be placed by 12:30 pm for that day
You can order lunch online & pay online
You can order lunch via telephone (443) 513-0462 (cash only)
2 item minimum on all orders
Free Membership Free Delivery
Group Orders Are Welcome


Saltwater Gets Even More "Media" and Lights up Berlin with Literacy Award
Photos via Saltwater Media's Facebook.
We want to give Saltwater Media Congratulations from the bottom of our hearts for winning the Light of Literacy Award of "Business Luminary." We're so proud to have such an outstanding business in our community! We're thrilled to have such a unique and influential creative force right around the corner. Saltwater has also recently started broadcasting their own Podcasts, called "So What's Your Story?" for writers and authors, with the help of Tony Russo - author of Easter Shore Beer, The Heady History of the Chesapeake Brewing. Co-owner Stephanie Fowler noted,  "The idea came to me after talking with some folks and realizing that there were some incredible "behind the story" stories as well as interesting facets to the writers themselves. I wanted to talk about that and share it with others." We love it, another huge accomplishment for a cool business in America's Coolest Small Town. 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Make sure to keep a record of this year's calendar; the event dates have been finalized for 2016!

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS FOR APRIL
April 21, 2016 Beginning at 5:30 p.m. 
Hosted by Pitt Stop Beer & Wine 9040 Worcester Highway Berlin, MD 21811
Come enjoy an evening of networking refreshments and fun! 
Click the photo to RSVP on Facebook. 
[Please join us for Ireland RnR Tour's Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 
Thursday, April 28th
Ceremony is scheduled to start promptly at 4:30pm at
The Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce
Eunice Q. Sorin Vistor & Conference Center
12320 Ocean Gateway
Ocean City, MD
A short 5 minute Ireland tour video
will be shown & tour information will be provided.
Refreshments will be served before & after the ribbon cutting.
To RSVP and for more information, contact Mike Healy at 571-385-6970.]

[April 22]
[Greater Ocean City Chamber Open House]

[May 13]
[Second Friday & MayDay Play Day]

[Every Second Friday we celebrate our local shops and artists, enjoy complimentary refreshments, stroll the town and grab a bite to eat, do some shopping, indulge in a glass or wine or craft beer, enjoy entertainment provided at various locations! From 5 to 8 p.m.

Join Ocean 98 as we shut down the Main Street of Berlin, MD and have a Party in America's Coolest Small Town! This free family event will enjoy live music, Ocean 98 Corn Hole games, a beer garden by local brewery Burley Oak and more! This event is sponsored by Park Place Jewelers and The Car Store.]

[April 23]
[Burley Oak Field Day for Grown Ups]

[Be a kid again!
What was the best day of elementary school? Well, other than the last day before summer break, it had to be field day! We're bringing that back, but with improvements. Because, well, beer makes everything more fun!
Gather three of your friends- with an epic team name- and register anytime the day of the event between 2 and 4pm. Or just come to be a spectator and cheer on your friends from 4-7! Please purchase your ticket accordingly. It doesn't cost anything to register for a team, we just want to know in advance how many people plan on participating in the competition side! Space is limited to 128 teams, so make sure to get your ticket in advance and get to the brewery early to sign up.
Ticket price is $30 in advance or $35 at the door. It includes all the 2oz. samples you can responsibly consume, high fives from JJ the MC, and a good old fashioned fun time!]

[April 24]
[Ocean 98's 10th Annual Best Bloody Mary Contest]

[Come Celebrate 10 years of choosing who has the Best Bloody Mary in the area! A $10 donation allows you to judge this year's contestants choosing Best Overall, Spiciest, and Best Presentation! Join us at Seacrets in Morley Hall on Sunday, April 24th starting at Noon! 21+ Only. All proceeds benefit the Ocean 98 Cash For College Fund]


[April 30]
[Mother's Day Craft & Coffee with Dad]
[Sign daddy & the kids up for our Mothers Day craft while you sit back and enjoy your Saturday morning coffee in peace! Win win!! $5 charge for each child's craft; coffee, juice & donuts will also be served!]

[April 21]
[Delmarva Birding at Berlin Falls]
 
[Meet at Burley Oak Brewing Company at 6:00 pm for a FREE birding experience at Berlin Falls Park. The park is located right across the road from Burley Oak. Bring your binoculars and scopes to explore the trails and ponds at this impressive birding hot spot. 176 species have been recorded here on eBird.org!
Following the hike, birders will enjoy great beer and good company at Burley Oak in beautiful Berlin, Maryland - named by Budget Travel as America's Coolest Small Town 2014! Tally the birds that have been seen on the Thursday DBW trips, and learn about other local birding hotspots from our DBW guides.
Please note that Burley Oak only serves their own (delicious!) craft beer and root beer, and does not serve food. If you're hungry, grab a meal in downtown Berlin before or after the Tally Rally, or bring something yummy with you to Burley Oak!]

[Seahorse Painting with Dawn Tarr at Bungalow Love]
[April 22]

[Come out and paint this fabulous seahorse with Dawn Tarr. Dawn will provide all materials needed, instruction and laughs. You will each leave with a seahorse masterpiece painted on a square canvas, approx 12" by 12" in size. Non alcoholic beverages and light refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to bring an adult beverage to enjoy responsibly.


Order tickets via Eventbrite:

[Spring Just Walk Berlin]
[May 7]
[1, 2, or 3-mile Funwalk. Everywalk entered in a free raffle to win a fit-bit. Registration starts at 8:30 AM. 124 N. Main Street, Berlin, MD 21811. Free-- in Stephen Decatur Park in cooperation with the Worcester County Health Department. Sponsored by the Berlin Parks Commission]

[Alice in Wonderland, an Other Voices Production]
[May 7]
[The Worcester County Library Foundation presents The New Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, an Other Voices production. Show times are Saturday, May 7 at 2 pm & 7 pm at the Ocean City Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for theatre seating and $15 for orchestra. Tickets are available at all Worcester County Library Branches, the Ocean City Convention Center box office (410-289-2800), and TICKETMASTER (1-800-551-7328).]

[May 26]
[Berlin Chamber's May Business After Hours]

[April 26]
[Atlantic General Hospital Dermatology Open House]
[Ribbon cutting and Open House - Come enjoy great food, fun, and tours of our new beautiful office. Food menu includes the usual finger foods but also shrimp platter and stuffed mushrooms to snack on. There will be awesome skin care products that are being raffled for those who stop by. Come and bring a friend!  We'll  also be including free Botox in the raffle!!! There will be 5 different Botox packages given out. You will also be able to sign up for Botox discounts for the future. 38394 Dupont Blvd, Unit FG, Selbyville, Delaware 19975]


[April 25]
[Pizza for Paws]

[Join us in support of the Humane Society! 10% of all proceeds will go to the Humane Society of Wicomico County!] 

[April 22]
[Worcester Youth and Family Coyote Ugly Stomp out Child Abuse Fundraiser]
[Help.....STOMP OUT CHILD ABUSE (April is stop Child Abuse Month) Coyote Ugly Rodeo @ Cowboy Coast 17th Street Ocean City Maryland April 22, 2016 from 7pm to 11pm. COYOTE DANCERS, FOOD SAMPLINGS FROM DIFFERENT RESTAURANTS, DJ BIGLER, 50/50, WINE RAFFLE, BALLOON RAFFLE, ORIOLES TICKET RAFFLE AND MUCH MORE.... Carole Setzler and Joe Kendall are Pirates for WCYFCS for the Pirate Event and we need to raise funds so we do not have to walk the plank!!!! Help us STOMP OUT CHILD ABUSE. Tickets on sale.... March 25th from Carole Setzler, Joe Kendall, Kendall Home Furnishings and Worcester County Youth and Family Services in Berlin
]

[April 24]
[The Globe Theater's 10 Year Anniversary Party]

[Help us celebrate 10 GLOBETASTIC years!! We'll be kicking off the day with Sunday Brunch at 10am but it doesn't stop there!! Join us at 8pm for a FREE concert brought to you by The Nighthawks! Dance the night away with all your friends! Make sure to make a dinner reservation before the concert starts so you have plenty of energy to get your groove on! We are also accepting nonperishable food donations at the door!]

[April 25]
[Seaside Dance Academy Fundraiser at Burley Oak]

[The Seaside Dance Parents Association is having a fundraiser on Monday, April 25 from 6 to 9 PM. It is being held at Burley Oak Brewing Company and features Guest Bartenders Steven and Spencer from 94th Street Bull on the Beach! The SDPA is a non-profit organization and we are raising funds to further the education of Seaside Dance Academy's Competitive Dance Team.
Over the summer the Academy will be hosting Dylan Pearce, co-director of the DEViATE In-House Dance Convention, from New York City. Dylan will bring a team of established choreographers and Broadway dancers. DEViATE uses their depth of professional experience to take the students through the steps in the life a professional dancer; from audition, through choreography and rehearsal, and into discussions on how to achieve career longevity.
The goal of our fundraiser is to offset the cost of our Competitive Dance Team's participation in the DEViATE In-House Dance Convention.
Please come out and enjoy a fabulous night, win great prizes, and meet some of our dancers!
]

[May 7]
[Berlin Touch a Truck Day]
[Many types of vehicles from the Electric, Public Works, Water Resources, Police and Fire departments will be on site for children to touch and learn about their favorite piece of equipment and view demonstrations on their use. The Electric department will be demonstrating how an electric pole is set and how to be safe around electricity. Free information and activity books will be available for children ages 6-12 on a first come, first serve basis. The Berlin Police Department will also be hosting a K-9 demonstration. The event is free, fun and educational for all ages. Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Ice Cream will be available for sale.]

[Ocean City's Spring Fest]
[May 5-8]

[CELEBRATE FOUR FUN-FILLED DAYS AT SPRINGFEST 2016!
What better way to kick off than summer season than with a FREE four-day festival in Ocean City, MD? Enjoy delicious food, live music and great rates on accommodations. Get your tickets today!  Headliners include the soulful tunes of Dr. K's Motown Revue, multi-platinum selling country singer and songwriter Sara Evans, and the popular alternative rock band Collective Soul. Get your tickets today!  Springfest celebrates arrival of spring and the upcoming summer season. Join us under the four huge big-top tents located in the Inlet Lot at the south end of Ocean City's famous Boardwalk, for a little fun in the sun at one of Maryland's top Spring events. 
Watch the 2016 promo video for more info and an inside look on the fun!  So bring the whole family to Springfest. Find the perfect place to stay and book your Springfest weekend now! Admission to Springfest is FREE!]

[Worcester County Arts Council 2nd Friday Reception]
[May 13]
[Date & Time: May 13, 2016; 5 pm- 8 pm; Featured Artists: Ron Michaels and Joan Stockman.
Location: Worcester County Arts Council: 6 Jefferson Street, Berlin MD 21811 
Contact Information: 410-641-0809 Join us from 5 pm - 8 pm for the opening reception, meet the artists, enjoy complimentary refreshments and live music entertainment.
Exhibit on display: May 2 - 31.]
Use your favorite Berlin hashtags on your social media outlets! #berlinmd #americascoolestsmalltown #shopberlin #eatberlin #berlinMDchamber #bMDCoC 

Need help with Social Media for your Business? Our administrative assistant is here to help! Email her at chamberinfo@berlinchamber.org with all your social media and marketing questions.

Around Town Photos

Spring Celebration









Take Pride in Berlin Week


Worcester County Democratic Dinner-- Our Executive Assistant with Mayor Williams

Want to be part of our events for the year? We need Volunteers! Sign up on our website, or click here!

We want to you to rejoin the Chamber for 2016!

Why be a Chamber member? Our administration now has a grounded foundation, as we have been here for six months and now are ready to pursue the New Year with knowledge, enthusiasm, and experience. Some of the benefits you would get to enjoy as a member are great opportunities for advertisement and promotion during events such as the Spring Celebration, Jazz and Blues Festival, Bathtub Races, Fiddler's Convention, Fall Cruisers, as well as Business After Hours and Learning Seminars. While the Chamber is already a great networking tool for expanding your business and clientele, these events would be a gathering of members not only in our Chamber, but Chambers around the area, and an opportunity to collaborate on the expansion and diversification of their businesses. We are also working to create new fun inventive local social events that, through sponsorship, your business could gain a larger following from. This year we will also be creating a Membership Directory booklet, with the opportunity for businesses to buy placed advertisements so they will really stand out!
                We also promote local business members through social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Constant Contact e-blasts, advertising on our website and our new campaign with Instagram. Along with the efforts of the Chamber Administration, each business within the Chamber supports the advertisement and promotion of its fellow members. We strive to make sure that each member gets the individual attention they deserve and to enhance their profitability by any means that we can.
Your business is already a huge success, and we'd love to help you achieve the apex of what you're capable. You have our full support should you need it, and if you have any questions or concerns please call or email at any time. Membership is $125.00 for a business of less than 5 employees, $145.00 for a business of 5 employees or more, and $95.00 for non-profit organizations.  If your business doesn't fall into these guidelines, please let us know. Thank you so much for becoming a part of our wonderful community, and we look forward to working with you as soon as possible.

Larnet St. Amant
Morgan Coulson
Berlin Chamber of Commerce
410-641-4775

Please return the portion below with your payment by cash or check to The Berlin Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 212, Berlin MD 21811, download this letter here and print it from home, or use your credit card at our website: www.berlinchamber.org to sign up digitally for your convenience.
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Board of Directors 
President- Donna Compher
Immediate Past President- Natalee Sondberg Dehart
President Elect- Cathryn Nellans
Secretary- Nicky Chavis
Treasurer- Brian Roberts, CPA
Executive Director- Larnet St. Amant
Administrative Assistant- Morgan Coulson
Director- Charles Adams
Director- Tom Sholtis
Director- Halima Yusuf
Director- Shelly Bruder
Director- Steve Frene
Town of Berlin Liaison - Ivy Wells