Director and Administrative Assistant's Comments



The New Year has officially begun and what a difference 6 months makes! We have now been here for more than half a year and believe the Chamber is running smoother than ever with the help of our excellent Board of Directors. Thanks to our hard earned knowledge and experience we are absolutely thrilled to start planning this year's events. Spring Celebration is first on the list, on April 9 and we are already in the process of creating new activities and improving past ideas to make it the most innovative spring event yet. As ever we always need volunteers to assist in our events to make them run smoothly, so we entreat you for your help! January also means we are in our annual membership drive, and it's time for Chamber members to renew for 2016. The benefits of the Chamber are nearly endless, and we never stop working for you! We are already in the process of compiling our new for 2016 Member Directory, to be printed and distributed later this year. The Directory will be an excellent tool to find businesses, restaurants, services, merchants and more with greater ease than ever. We are also offering Chamber businesses the opportunity to promote themselves with advertisements or personalized logos in our Directory for a nominal fee! We have also decided to take a more aggressive stance on Social Marketing this year, with a greater presence on our media outlets. We are determined to provide the level of service, benefits, communications, and partnerships that members deserve and expect. We look forward to the new beginning 2016 will bring. Happy New Year and Best Wishes!

Larnet St. Amant
Morgan Coulson
Welcome New Members:
Berlin Automotive

Renewing Members:
Nurse Professionals Homecare, L.L.C.
Bustle
Stevenson United Methodist Church
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Sisters Gift Store
Inca Ruins
Sheppard Realty
Bank of Ocean City
Bruder Hill

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 on Business

Our Cool Town Heats Up with Berlin Restaurant Week

It certainly has cooled down a bit recently, but Berlin is really getting fired up with it's very own version of Restaurant Week. From January 11 to 17, each restaurant is featuring excellent, delicious specials for lunch and dinner. (Some even offer breakfast!) This is an excellent opportunity for restaurants to show off their culinary talents and dazzle patrons with delectable wonders. We love how much business it's been bringing into Berlin during such a cold time of year when people normally don't venture outdoors! Be sure to come out and try the great deals restaurants are featuring before it's too late.

Specials Include:


LUNCH $10
House or Ceasar Salad
1 topping small pizza
cannoli
OR
Cup of Soup DuJour
1/2 Chicken Salad Sandwich
Cannoli
DINNER $20
Choice of Appetizer:
Eggplant Parmesan
Meat Balls
Garlic Shrimp
Choice of House or Ceasar Salad
Choice of:
Petite Filet Mignon w/ 2 grilled shrimp w/potato & Veg
Eggplant Parm w/Pasta
Tortellini w/Lobster Cream Sauce



All week: Local craft beers on special for $4.50
LUNCH: $8.50
Blacksmith Burger & Fries (Vegetarian also)
DINNER:
Monday: Latin America Dinner Special: $10
Tuesday: Blacksmith Burger & Fries $8.50 (Vegetarian also)
Wednesday: Thai/Vietnamese Dinner Special: $10
Thursday: 1/2 price bottles of wine and Steak Night $16.00
Friday & Saturday: Steak Night $16.00
*Blacksmith orders locally and will adjust side items accordingly. It doesn't get any fresher than that.


Offered Tuesday - Thursday
11 AM - 10 PM
Dine In Only
3 courses for $20
1st Course: Your Choice of one:
Hummus
Gnocchi
Chips & Salsa
Basket of Sweet Potato Fries, Hand Cut Fries or Onion Rings
2nd Course. Your Choice of one:
Side Caesar Salad
Side House Salad
Side Spinach Salad
Cup Black Bean Soup or Cup of the Soup Du Jour
3rd Course. Your Choice of one:
Chicken Picatta
Salisbury Steak
Summer Pasta
Black Bean Wrap
The Globe Sandwich
No Substitutions Please


BREAKFAST
$2.99 Choice of :
Pancakes(2) & Eggs(2), cream chipped beef on toast(new item!), Egg & Cheese sandwich, Cheese Omelet w/ toast or Grits & Potatoes. (no substitutions)
LUNCH $7.99
Comfort Lunch Menu
Choice of: Pot Roastw/carrots,mushrooms,potatoes
Chicken & Dumplings,
Chili & Cornbread
BLT & Chicken Noodle Soup
Shrimp Scampi
DINNER $20.00 includes: starter, entree, coffee,tea or soda & house dessert
(dine in only)
choice of 1 appetizer
Crab Dip w/soft pretzel, Bowl of Soup, Garden or Caesar Salad, Clam Strips, Snow Crab Cluster
choice of 1 entree
Fish of the Day, White Clam Boat, Mary Mussels, Crab Cake (1)
4 Piece Chicken Jerk or Fried, Shrimp Casserole, Beef & Oysters


Main Street Deli 
LUNCH OR DINNER
$8.00
Choice of Sandwich or Sub:
Pulled Pork, Pulled Chicken, Buffalo Chicken, Chicken Parmigiana, Meatball with soft drink and chips.


LUNCH $8.99 
Choice of:
Beef Burguignon with savory scone & side salad
Turkey Monte Cristo grilled cheese & side salad
Death by Chocolate Dessert Sampler platter $4.99
*10% off wine


Drummers at The Atlantic Hotel
LUNCH $14.50
Chef's ultimate grilled cheese with choice of soup or side salad
& Lemon Lust for dessert
DINNER $36
Garden Salad
Atlantic Trio Dinner: Includes: a 5-6 oz lobster tail, 1 crabcake and 2 fried oysters served w chef's choice starch and veg
Dessert: Lemon Lust


Rayne's Reef Luncheonette
LUNCH OR DINNER
Cheeseburger & fries $7.50


Berlin Coffee House Restaurant Week Menu
$6.95
Belgian Waffles with or without sausage and a house coffee or tea


Leaky Pete's Oyster Bar and Chophouse
LUNCH
Grilled Cheese sandwich with Jarlsburg Swiss, apples and Dijon and a bowl of Cream of Crab. $10.95 
DINNER 
Pork Osso Bucco over Creamy Grits, Demi glace and root vegetables $23.95


LUNCH & DINNER $7.49
Monday: Meatloaf Sandwich & homemade chips
Tuesday: Chicken & slippery dumplings
Wednesday: Hot Roast Beef Open Face w gravy & fries
Thursday Kenny Cristo Sandwich & homemade chips
Friday: Fish tacos

Wanna Eat for Free? Enter the Berlin Restaurant Week Contest & EatBerlintoWin!

Here's how:
1. Check-in to or mention the restaurant on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (Make sure your check-in is PUBLIC so we can view it & enter your name!)
2. Upload a photo of your meal & tag it #EatBerlinToWin & #BerlinRestaurantWeek
3. Thats it!
Win gift certificates to our participating restaurants!
*One entry per person. Name will be announced next week. #EatBerlinToWin #BerlinRestaurantWeek


UPCOMING EVENTS
Make sure to keep a record of this year's calendar; the event dates have been finalized for 2016!

[January 17th and 24th]
[Pooch Playdates]

[January 20th]
[Berlin Chamber of Commerce 2016 Installation Dinner]

[ We'd like to invite you January 20, 2016 to join us for our annual Chamber Installation Dinner, at Touch of Italy in Ocean City, MD. Dinner begins promptly at 6 p.m.; the cost is 43 dollars per person, and space is limited to make sure to RSVP to the Chamber at 410.641.4775 or chamberinfo@berlinchamber.org. 
The menu will feature their famous "Nonna's Sunday Dinner" and each meal comes with a complimentary alcoholic beverage. There will be a cash bar as well.  ]
[January 28]
[Worcester Youth and Family Community Day]
[ SAVE THE DATE!! The next Community Resource Day will take place on January 28th at Salem United Methodist in Pocomoke from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Amanda Chaffee at 410-641-4598 or achaffee@gowoyo.org.]

[January 20]
[Catch The Wave, OC Blood Drive]


[Every Second Friday of each month our Gallery celebrates work of local artists featuring their artwork on the exhibit. In February we will be featuring artwork submitted by Worcester County high school students for an annual art competition sponsored by the Berlin/Ocean City Optimist Club. Monetary awards in this contest will be presented to students on February 12 at 6 pm during the opening exhibit reception. Join us from 5 pm - 8 pm for the opening reception, meet the artists, enjoy complimentary refreshments and live music entertainment. ]

 

[The Granville Trimper Pancake Breakfast is held in February of every year in honor of the late vice president and manager of Trimper's Rides on the Boardwalk in Ocean City.]
[January 15th]
[Mayor's Prayer Breakfast]

[The  Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, the Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce, the Berlin Chamber of Commerce, the Snow Hill Area Chamber of Commerce and the Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce are thrilled to announce that the 2016 Mayor's Prayer Breakfast will be held on Friday, January 15th 2016.
We are very excited to introduce Mark Mero as the Key Note speaker for the event. Tickets are only $20 per person for a full breakfast, with sponsor tables available - you may purchase online or at any of the chambers of commerce visitors centers. Please call 410-213-0144 for more info.]

[January 16]
[Burley Oak's Snow Job Bottle Release]
 
[The winter cold is finally setting in so we figured there was no better time to release Snow Job, our winter warmer! Rich with malts, this ale features fresh cranberries, juniper and orange peel to make you feel warm and fuzzy from the inside out. As if that's not enough coziness, our winter beer garden will officially be opening! The release is all day long, but The Show City Band starts rockin the house at 8pm. Don't get left out in the cold! Bottles go on sale at 11am, and quantities are limited!] 

 [January 20]
[Cannery Village Open House]
 
 


[January 19, 25; February 3, 6, 11, 16]
[Empty Bowl Project]
 
[ Join the Art League of Ocean City to help end hunger!
Here's how you can help: join us on these dates to create a bowl free of charge as part of the Empty Bowl Project. Then join us for the Soup Dinner on March 19, 2016 from 5-8 PM. For a $20 donation, enjoy a dinner of soup, bread, and desserts donated by local restaurants and take home a bowl to remind you of all the empty bowls in the world.  Proceeds to benefit Diakonia and the Art League of Ocean City. ]

[Feb 4th]
[9th Annual  Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce Business Marketplace & Expo]
[Seminar 3- 4:30 p.m. : Multi Media Marketing options at all price points for your business  
Expo 4 to 7 p.m. : Over 350 attendees from area business communities. Don't miss this fantastic networking opportunity
Expo is FREE To Attend ** No Registration Required. 35  Businesses will be showcasing the many services & products that they offer. Fantastic door prizes & show specials!! Combining the Chamber's Annual Expo with our monthly Business After Hours this event has something for everyone! 
Special Grand Prize Drawing at 6:45;    Raffles;    50/50;    Complimentary Appetizers;  Cash Bar / Happy Hour Prices ]

The Berlin Chamber of Commerce's February Business After Hours

Hosted by the Waystead Inn, 15 Harrison Avenue Berlin, MD. February 11 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Join us for networking, refreshments, and fun!
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.
NYE BERLIN 2016

 
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- Natalee Sondberg Dehart
President Elect- Donna Compher
Secretary- Nicky Chavis
Immediate Past President- Tom Sholtis
Treasurer- Brian Roberts, CPA
Executive Director- Larnet St. Amant
Administrative Assistant- Morgan Coulson
Director- Charles Adams
Director- Halima Yusuf
Director- Shelly Bruder
Director- Steve Frene
Director - Cate Nellans
Town of Berlin Liaison - Ivy Wells