March 7, 2023

for your support

Thank You Renewing Member(s):

Beltway Merchant Services

Dan Helhowski

Monarch Apartments

Michael Mongeon

Newk's Eatery

Tom Saia Jr.

Weichert Realtors

Thomas Allotta

Member Spotlight of the Week

Greater Crofton Chamber

Of Commerce

Member Spotlight Questionnaire

Name of Business: The Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC)

Point of Contact: Steve Adams or

Length of time business has been operating: 30 years

Description of Business:

AAEDC is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Annapolis, Maryland. AAEDC’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for business growth in Anne Arundel County, thereby increasing job opportunities, expanding the tax base, and improving citizens’ quality of life. To do so, it provides the public with a host of services including financing, site selection assistance, permitting and zoning guidance, workforce development support, community revitalization, market research, and small business counseling and resources. On a larger scale, AAEDC plays a

vital role in enhancing commercial districts, improving infrastructure, and both growing and promoting business sectors such technology, agriculture, and maritime within the county.

What’s Your Why?

As a resident of Anne Arundel County, my why is getting to play a very small part in helping to sustain and celebrate our incredibly diverse regional economy. I take great pride in collecting, curating, and sharing information about programs and resources that are (hopefully) helpful to businesses of all shapes and sizes and

sectors, as well as directly connecting many business owners to AAEDC’s business development and finance teams. Getting to use my writing background to craft content is the icing on the cake!

What sets your business apart from others?

I think what truly sets us apart from many governmental organizations is our staff-wide focus on customer service. Though they are cliches, we really do operate as a team and we really are here to help. We share

information and refer business owners and businesses to each other’s departments on a daily basis, and we respond to all inquiries as quickly as possible – whether that means providing an answer ourselves or, if we

don’t have it, putting you in contact with someone who does. Put simply, we’re unique because we’re really able to do whatever we can to help all Anne Arundel County business owners’ businesses start, grow, and


What are some of the personal rewards that come from your business?

Broadly, it’s rewarding every single time I find out that someone learned about a program or a resource that helped them from content that I communicated on behalf of AAEDC – whether through an email, social media,

or word of mouth. I also love seeing our audiences grow, since reaching more eyeballs means helping more business owners. Last but not least, it’s always awesome to hear that someone enjoyed listening to or watching

an episode of the My ArundelBiz Podcast, which I have the privilege of co-hosting with Grayson Orphe.

How long have you been a chamber member?

While AAEDC has been a chamber member for decades, I first became a member when I joined AAEDC, in July 2021, and was proud to become a board member in January 2023.

What benefits have you experienced with your chamber membership?

As a non-business owner in the unique position of managing AAAEDC’s sponsorship of and membership in all six chambers of commerce that operate in Anne Arundel County, I’d say the greatest benefits of our GCCC

membership are having countless opportunities to let GCCC members know about our programs and services (through presentations, at ribbon cuttings and networking events, etc.) and having a steadfast ally that very

regularly shares our content with GCCC members.

Chamber Member Benefit Inclusive of Membership

We love to celebrate our Chamber Members. Have you received an award recently? Been recognized for a business achievement? Celebrating a milestone in your business? Let us know!

Upcoming Chamber Event(s)

Website accessibility and the lawsuits you didn’t know existed

Tuesday, March 7th, 2023 | 9am-10am


MD 21054

Do you think that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) only applies to physical locations? Think again. Websites must also be accessible and bolt-on solutions may not do what you think. Join Michael Carico of AbleSpark to find out how the ADA applies to your website and why you should care. The Zoom Link will be provided 24 hour prior to the event date.

Free for Members $10 Non-Members

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Quarterly Blood Drive

Thursday, March 9th, 2023 | 8am-2pm


Crofton, MD

Please join the Greater Crofton Chamber of Commerce for our March Blood Drive.

Sponsored by Mia Anderson,

Professional Realtor

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Chamber 101

Friday, March 10th, 2023 | 10am-11:30am

Crofton Community Library

Crofton, MD

Are you a new member? Or maybe you would like a refresher course on Chamber Member benefits? Then this event is for you!

Learn about our special events throughout the year including our Festival on the Green in the Spring & Fall, our monthly networking mixers, our community service events, and much more. We will begin with some open networking before our presentation.

Sponsored by Human Resources inc.

Free for Members $10 Non-Members

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March 11th, 2023 | 10am

Showman Furniture

National Carpet & Flooring

Crofton, MD

Please join us for not (1) but (2) Grand-Reopenings/Ribbon Cuttings! These will be "back-to-back" separate Ribbon Cuttings, located in the same shopping plaza.

Refreshments will be served.

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The DRIPBaR Crofton Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

March 21, 2023 | 1:00pm

The DRIPBaR Crofton

 Crofton, MD   

Please join us as we celebrate the opening of The DRIPBaR Crofton! Meet the owners and learn about all of the exciting services they provide! Refreshments will be served.

Click here to register

After Hours Mixer With The Maryland Black Bears

March 24th, 2023 | 7pm-9pm

Piney Orchard Ice Arena

Odenton, Maryland

Join us for an unforgettable night of high impact hockey on March 24 as the Maryland Black Bears take on the Northeast Generals. This event is in support of Anne Arundel County Police and Fire Departments.

$25 Ticket for Members $30 Non-Members

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Sponsor This Event

Business Builder Breakfast

Thursday, April 13th, 2023 | 8am-10:30am

Speed networking, 90-second small group introductions with table

rotations every ten minutes. Make lots of valuable connections

quickly for follow-up partnerships later.

$30 Early-Bird Member Ticket

$45 Early-Bird Member Ticket

Early Bird pricing until 4/1

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Sponsor or Volunteer for Our Next

Community Shred Event

Congratulations Family Bike Shop - Crofton on 21 years!

Upcoming Member Event(s)


Tuesday, March 21, 2023 | 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Rage Arena in Glen Burnie

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2nd Annual Crofton Cherry Blossom Festival

The Crofton Civic Association is hosting the Crofton Cherry Blossom Festival on April 8, 2023, from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM. (No Rain Date.) Visitors are encouraged to walk the Crofton Parkway to enjoy Crofton's display of cherry blossoms and stop at many points along the way for live music, food trucks, a community yard sale, face painting, and more. Over a dozen local civic and service organizations will be on hand offering information on getting involved in Crofton life and offering activities for the kids. Bring the whole family!

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GCCC Bronze Sponsors

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