Volume 29, Issue 5 | May 2021
2021 Board of Directors
Celeste Rayne Chair
Derrick Elzey Vice Chair

Wes McCabe Treasurer
Olive Mawyer Secretary
Sarah Yonker

Laura Morrison

Allen Duncan

Ashley Sloan Haldeman

Nancie Corbett

Donna Frankowski

Rich Cropper

Steven Sweigert
Past Chair  
Sat, May 22, 2021
Ribbon Cutting Pine'eer Craft Club

Thurs, June 11
Business After Hours at Lighthouse Sound

Sat, August 7, 2021
Flounder Tournament Register

Wed, November 10, 2021
Annual Awards Banquet
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President's Corner
First, I must apologize for the suspicious email that came from my email account this past Tuesday. Viruses of any type are annoying. Please delete the email and accept my apologies!

The sun is out, the temps are climbing and the pollen is in the air. Must be full-on Spring around here. Yesterday, MD's Governor Hogan gave us great news. Starting this weekend, distancing requirements will be lifted. Just in time for our seasonal visitors. While this is wonderful news, we also know that our businesses are facing unprecedented staffing and supply chain issues. One step forward, two steps back, huh? Know that all area Chambers and Economic Development offices are working hard for you at the state level, trying to find relief for you. Unemployment benefits are changing such that most will be forced back to work and the Town of Ocean City is working on an H2B work force exchange with El Salvador, along with the returning J1s. Hang in there!

Ribbon cuttings and Business After hours are back and our YPP group is off to a wonderful start. Make sure you are taking advantage of us! Partnerships only work when you show up.

Stay well and positive. We ARE going to get through this together.

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Calling All Emerging Professionals

We are happy to announce that the Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce has started its very own young professionals’ group! 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. YPP members are not required to become chamber partners.
YPP is a great opportunity for emerging professionals to connect with each other and learn valuable skills. We provide monthly member spotlights, giving young professionals the chance to showcase their businesses. We also provide training opportunities to assist our members with issues specific to a young career. Training topics include how to budget when purchasing a new home, how to balance your career with the demands of having a young family, and much more.

YPP meets at 8:30 am on the first Wednesday of every month. Additionally, YPP hosts recurring happy hour events for its members. If you or a colleague are interested in joining YPP, please reach out to Kerrie Bunting. And follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn to learn about all future events. 

The Ocean City Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons, will present a comprehensive Safe Boating Course at the Ocean Pines Library.

This course will be given on four nights starting on Tuesday, June 8th, and continuing on June 10, 15, and 17, including a review and exam on the last night. The course will run from 6:00 to 8:30 each night. Registration information may be obtained by e-mailing: ocpsabc@gmail.com. If you wish to register on the first night, please arrive 15 minutes early.

There is a $20.00 fee for the course material. Middle and High school students can take the course, including material, for free.

Anyone born after July 1, 1972, is required to satisfactorily complete a safe boating class to operate a recreational vessel or personal water-craft in Maryland. (January 1, 1978, in Delaware). Successfully completing this class also satisfies state requirements nationwide.

This course covers basic boat handling, rules of the road, navigation, federal and state regulations, aids to navigation, and required equipment, among other topics. 

Statistics show that in 82% of boating fatalities, the captain had no formal boating education. The Ocean City Power Squadron encourages all boaters to complete a boating safety class.
Networking - May 26, 2021 from 5pm - 7pm at Pines Public House

Next Meeting - June 2, 2021 from 8:30am - 9:30am at the Chamber office
(11031 Cathell Road)
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If you have any questions or require additional details, please contact Joe Tabeling with CQI Associates at joe@cqiassociates.com or 443-472-3870.

Vacation with Vacasa

Vacasa unlocks the possibilities of how we enjoy vacation homes. We take care of managing our homeowners’ vacation houses so they can actually enjoy their free time (and their home when they want to). And our guests book vacations with peace of mind, knowing they’re going to find exactly what they’re looking for without any surprises.

With industry-leading technology, we help people invest smarter—from where to buy a property, to which amenities will earn five-star reviews. It all works together to maximize revenue for our homeowners.

At Vacasa, our people are leading the charge. With our professional, local caretaking teams in every market we manage, central support staff, and 24/7 customer service, we’ll be there every step of the way.

Today, Vacasa is the leading full-service vacation rental management company in North America. We have big plans for the future, but our focus remains true: to empower our homeowners, guests, and employees to invest in vacation.
We believe the best vacations are in strong local communities. We strive to foster positive social impact and institute long-lasting change. Learn more about our social responsibility initiatives. Visit our website to get started to simply contact me! 

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
Farmers Insurance/Susan Shollenberger
Atlantic Financial Group
Virtual Assistance by Anita
Revision Wellness
5 - 9 years
Tri County Workforce
An Optical Galleria
PKS & Co
Berkshire Hathaway/Mary Bradford
Kiwanis Club of Ocean Pines
Absolute Investigations & Fingerprinting
10 - 19 years
All State Construction
Worcester County Tiimes
Catered Living of the Pines
Master Jack
Mike's Flooring
Problem Solvers

AMA Consulting & Business Svcs Inc is a full service accounting agency, specializing in tax debt relief and resolution work, individual and business credit repair, helping with obtaining new credit (tradelines), Federal & State Tax lien removal is no problem for us.

We are problem solvers. We have settled many cases on State and Federal levels and we are committed to helping clients secure good outcomes with all of our cases despite difficult circumstances.

Jeremy and Mae enjoy spending time with their families and volunteering with non profit organizations.