Volume 31, Issue 9 | September 2023
2023 Board of Directors
Derrick Elzey Chair

Donna Frankowski Vice Chair
Tylor Lennox Treasurer
Ashley Haldeman Secretary

Allen Duncan

Nancie Corbett

Rich Cropper

Tina Simmons

Don Robertson

Amy Hedger

Stephanie Gamm

Diana Dovel

Don Boger

Nicole Zeien

Celeste Rayne Past Chair
13 - 17 Bikefest
14 - Chamber Connections Meeting
15 - Board of Directors Meeting
15 - 17 Worcester County Fair
20 - Chamber 101 Lunch
21 - BAH Hogfin
21 - YP Joint Mixer
24 - Oktoberfest in the Pines
27 - Tawes Fest
28 - Chamber Connections Meeting
29 - 1 Oceans Calling
29 - 31 OC Resort Gift Expo
6 - Ribbon Cutting Farmers Bank of Willards 8700 Coastal Highway 1030-1130
10 - Mini Golf Tournament
12 - Chamber Connections Meeting
12 - Mum Mixer at Libelle Homestead
14 - Harbor Day at the Docks
20 - 22 Sunfest
20 - Board of Directors Meeting
26 - Chamber Connections Meeting
26 - Ribbon Cutting Junior Achievement 930
26 - BAH Seacrets Area 51
29 - 30 OC Resort Gift Expo
Stay up to date on all our doin's.
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Catching Up With Senator Carozza
Be A Santa to a Senior - Home Instead
President's Corner
Oh, hi there. Not much time to chat, we have SO many events coming up, I barely know where I am! I know you just scrolled down to here but scroll back up and make sure you mark down all we have going on for the next three months. Some tried and true classics and some new things. Zero excuses to not come to see us, we have something for everyone coming up.

This is coming to you a few days later than normal because of the holiday but our annual Classic Car & Jeep show was this past Saturday. Gonna predictively announce it was a huge success, LOL. Next up, our brand new Oktoberfest in the Pines...

The only area Oktoberfest celebration to feature authentic Bavarian performers, this is sure to become a community annual must-do. Food trucks, beer garden, kid and adult games with prizes, vendors, cultural info and demos. Event is free to all, although, there will be plenty of great things to purchase so bring that wallet. This awesomeness will be in White Horse Park from 1-6, Sunday, September 24.

Because we are gluttons for punishment, just two weeks later, on Tuesday, October 10, we are unveiling our innovative answer to golf tournament overload, mini golf! Head to Nick's Dino Golf on 125th at 1:30pm for the 2:00 shotgun start. Teams of two, $50/team. Several contests to get in on, prizes, mulligans, cash bar, and our soon-to-be coveted tournament trophy. The winning team can show off their mini golf prowess for an entire year by displaying the trophy and their names will grace a plaque to forever hang in our office. Loads of sponsorships to be had starting only at $50!!

Surely, they must be done. Nope! And don't call me Shirley.

What's our calendar without the always fun annual awards banquet? This year, we're heading over the bay and partnering with the Carousel on Thursday, November 9. Seems our future is so bright, we need to wear shades. So, grab your brightest garb, and shades and head east for the evening as we celebrate YOU!

As with all our events, there are vendor and sponsorship opportunities for all budgets. Links to the specific events are below. We appreciate your support and generosity in assisting us with these community-centered undertakings. No better way to get your name out there than by showing your dedication and interest in our neighborhoods.

See you SOON!

P.S. Don't forget about our Sept 21, Oct 12, and Oct 26 Business After Hours!
Corporate Sponsors
Make sure you're not missing out on opportunities. It's your partnership, gonna take full advantage of it???

And, YES! Free lunch.
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Life's Short,
Feel Your Best!

Coastal Aesthetic & Wellness is a MedSpa focusing on helping clients look and feel their best. Offering Botox and fillers, bioidentical hormone replacement, weight loss management, a variety of skin care treatments, ZO skin health products, and Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup.

We aim to educate our patients in a safe environment while offering them comprehensive aesthetic care options. We understand that many people have concerns about their appearance, and strive to help everyone reach their goals. By combining the latest technology and science, we can give our clients the best care.

Worcester County's New Distillery is Unforgettable

Forgotten 50 Distilling is creating spirits from insightful recipes to show both the quality and craftsmanship known in our area, with a contemporary style to reflect how Berlin and the surrounding area is moving forward.

Not your ordinary venue; we’re working hard to bring something different and special. The distilling and bar program will need time to grow. Craftsmanship is our strength - so we’re starting small - there’s lots to learn and time needed to hone new skills but what we will offer will pack a punch.

In the meantime, our kitchen will be producing a variety of innovative small bites and sharing plates, alongside some larger dishes that pair well with our drinks. Offering both rural and urban styles, we’ll have coastal cooking with a little city flair and flavor.

Head Distiller, Cody, will be producing premium small-batch spirits, having the flexibility of a versatile custom-tailored still to showcase a range of boutique liquors. Collaboration is key for him and important for the team to create unique and exciting flavors that can be used in our cocktails, paired with food, and enjoyed on their own.

We’re focused on spirits so we can build a home for informed cocktail and liquor lovers while finding a place for all to have fun and share in the experience. Everything we do is relatable to our surroundings but also offers a little adventure and something new. We’ll always have one or two experiments running and we’ll be hosting various cocktail, spirit, wine, and beer events to keep things fresh for our locals and visitors alike.
Chamber Partnership Exclusive Offer
Therapy To Go

Shore Therapy Solutions is a mobile therapy provider serving Worcester, Wicomico, and Somerset Counties in Maryland as well as Sussex County in Delaware.

We collaborate with our clients, their families, and healthcare providers to develop treatment plans tailored to your needs in the best environment for you. Our service allows us to provide expert, individualized therapy in your home, covered by insurance, without the need to be homebound.

Shore Therapy Solutions owner, Lisa M. Clifford, PT, DPT, MBA, CWT received her Doctoral degree from Rutgers University and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2013. She has worked with a variety of musculoskeletal and neurologic disorders to allow her patients to return to their normal lives and all of the activities they enjoy. Additionally, Lisa is also a LSVT BIG certified clinician specializing in the treatment of patients during all stages of Parkinson’s disease.

Recently, Lisa also became a certified wound therapist through the International Lymphedema & Wound Training Institute (ILWTI). Throughout the course of her career, she has always returned to the home health setting and enjoys the individualized, one-on-one approach that this allows for.
The Young Professionals of the Pines (YPP) aims to unite the next generation of professionals. YPP creates opportunities for emerging business leaders to build relationships, expand their leadership skills, and develop their careers while paving the way for the future success of the Ocean Pines community.

The group is designed for professionals between the ages of 21 and 35. 

Keep an eye on our Facebook page (Ocean Pines Chamber YPP) as well as our LinkedIn Group for more information on upcoming events!

Carozza Participates in First Apprenticeship 2030 Commission Meeting

Annapolis, Md – Senator Mary Beth Carozza (R-District 38) today said “we will be bold in creating new pathways for work and careers” after participating in the first meeting of the Apprenticeship 2030 Commission on Tuesday. Senator Carozza was appointed to the Commission by Senate President Bill Ferguson in July. Fellow Eastern Shore Delegation member, Delegate Carl Anderton, was appointed by House Speaker Adrienne Jones.

The purpose of the Commission, established by passage of Senate Bill 104 in the 2023 Maryland General Assembly Session, is to examine and make recommendations to reduce skill shortages in high-demand occupations and provide affordable training for career pathways for young people.

“I constantly hear about the shortage of skilled and trained employees, and this appointment will support my ongoing work with local industry, students and community leaders interested in apprenticeships to meet the needs of employers while keeping our young talent right here on the Shore,” said Carozza who has worked on this general priority with Shore employers, local technology high schools, Wor-Wic Community College, and the Tri-County Council since she was first elected as a Delegate in 2014.

Carozza noted workforce shortages in all the major industries, and that the work on the Apprenticeship Commission will be focused on the goals of expanding registered apprenticeships to 60,000 and having 45 percent of high school graduates complete the high school level of a registered apprenticeship by 2030.

During the Commission’s virtual meeting, Senator Carozza questioned the Maryland Department of Education Senior Director of Career and College Pathways. “What has the interaction been with local employers to increase their interest to participate and increase the number of youth apprenticeships?” asked Carozza, who continues to advocate for more local flexibility for students and employers in building out apprenticeship programs across all industries.

The Commission is due to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by the end of this year.
Have you looked at your utility bill lately? 
Join the Chamber Energy Purchasing Cooperative

The war and the economy continue to escalate utility prices to historic levels. Join The Chamber Energy Co-Op today!

The Chamber of Commerce has partnered with nationally recognized energy management experts and consultants, CQI Associates, to run the cooperative. The Chamber Energy Co-Op program provides competitive electric and natural gas rates for your business and your home.

CQI’s 25-plus years of experience provides the best option for stabilizing your utility expenses. There is no better time for members to enroll in the Chamber Energy Purchasing Cooperative Program and gain price stability, budget control and peace-of-mind.

Since 2004 cooperative participants have consistently realized electricity and natural gas rates below both market rates and the weighted annual utility standard offer service rates.


Maryland passed the Climate Solutions Now Act requiring a 60% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2031. Any business with a 35,000 sq. ft. or more facility, schools, and municipalities that do not comply will be assessed a penalty of $51 or more per ton. Penalties could start as early as 2024. This could cost a small facility, school or municipality thousands of dollars.

Welcome to the
Ambassador Corner! 

Want more exposure for your business while advocating for the community and chamber? Become an Ambassador! We welcome all new partners to the chamber and ensure that they get the most out of their partnership.

Our partners renew their support on their anniversary months. The below list are those who renewed since the last edition of the Chamber Chatter. Thank you for your continued trust and support!
1 - 4 years
Aero Energy
Sweetwater Exteriors
Movement Mortgage
OC Beach Pics
Atlantic Acupuncture
Royal Plus Electric
Chesapeake Health Care
10-19 years
RJ Lock Security of the Eastern Shore
Atlantic Moving Systems
Arctic Heating & Air
Outback Steakhouse WOC
5 - 9 years
Chesapeake Manor
Spirit of Giving

Our local community is amazing all year round, but it is even more apparent during Home Instead’s “Be Santa to A Senior” season.

Starting in October Home Instead begins to receive name nominations from within the community and local facilities. The names may have a need like dish towels, bath towels, cleaning supplies, or food. These names (first only) are coded and written on an ornament where they then get displayed on one of our local businesses that host the giving trees. The community then picks an ornament, purchases the items, wraps the gift, and returns the gift (and ornament) to the location they picked up from. Home Instead Elves and helpers then pick those gifts up and get them delivered.

Last year Home Instead saw a dramatic increase in gifts, almost eight hundred gifts changed the days of seniors. As we meet needs, bring smiles, and connect our community through the spirit of giving we have set a new goal of eight hundred and fifty gifts for 2023.

We are so thankful that the Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce provides Home Instead with a gift drop-off site and they help us connect to local businesses that also wish to help us bring the spirit of giving to Worcester, Wicomico, and Somerset counties. We are grateful for all the participation from the community as well.

If you would like more information on our “Be A Santa to A Senior” season please call Crystal Heiser, CSA at Home Instead (410-641-0901).
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