Volume 31, Issue 5 | May 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
5-7 Springfest
6 - MD Coast Bike Festival
7 - Bay Day
11 - Chamber Connections Meeting
11 - Business After Hours at Bluebird Farms
16 - Ambassadors Meeting
19 - Board of Directors Meeting
25 - Chamber Connections Meeting
30 - Joint Mixer with Bethany Fenwick
Stay up to date on all our doin's.
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Eastern Shore Investigations
President's Corner
What Is the Meaning of May?

May comes from the Latin Maius, probably referring to the goddess Maia. She embodied the concept of growth, both in nature and in business.

Well, how perfect is that?? Venture forth into May and GROW!

As for us, this year's edition of our Business Directory is at the printers and will be distributed the last week of May. Those that are not delivered directly to OP residents will be at our office, the OPA Admin Building, OP Library, the Ocean City Visitors Center (at the Convention Center and the OC Chamber office), and high-traffic eateries, banks, and realtor offices. Make sure to get yours. The clickable pdf version will be available on our website as well.

May 30 we will be mingling with members of the Bethany/Fenwick Chamber at the Freeman Stage. Please join us. We look forward to seeing all of the changes at Freeman and also meeting new friends and potential collaborators. Then, June 20, the Salisbury Area Chamber is gathering all Lower Shore Chambers together at Bordeleau Vineyards in Eden. A bit of a drive but well worth the trip! The ultimate networking event with beautiful scenery and libations.

Then we steer head-on toward our 16th annual Flounder Tournament on August 5. Sponsorships, auction items, anglers. We need them all! Be on the lookout for those opportunities.

Be well, people.
Corporate Sponsors

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That Time of Year...

Odyssea Jet and Prop Shop is a family-owned and operated watercraft service shop based in Ocean Pines, Maryland. The shop provides a comprehensive range of services for all models of jet skis, boats, and trailers. With a strong commitment to customer satisfaction, the Odyssea Jet and Prop shop has established itself as a reliable and trusted name in the watercraft industry.

At Odyssea Jet and Prop shop, we take great pride in providing our customers with top-notch service. Our experienced technicians are equipped with the latest tools and technologies to ensure your watercraft is in top condition. We offer routine maintenance, repairs, seasonal services, Maryland Trailer Inspections, Canvas Fabrication, and many storage options including winter and summer storage for boats, jet skis, and trailers. Our services are tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual customer, ensuring that your watercraft is running smoothly and efficiently.

At the heart of the Odyssea Jet and Prop shop is our commitment to customer satisfaction. We understand that your watercraft is an important investment, and we are dedicated to ensuring that it is always running at its best. Whether you need routine maintenance, repairs, or storage services, we are here to help. Our team of experienced professionals is committed to providing you with the highest level of service and support, so you can enjoy your time on the water with confidence.

As a family-owned and operated business, we understand the importance of building lasting relationships with our customers. We take pride in our work and strive to exceed your expectations with every service we provide. We believe that our commitment to customer satisfaction is what sets us apart from other watercraft service shops, and we are proud to be a trusted name in the industry.

We look forward to serving the local boating community and building a long-term relationship with you. Contact us today and let us help you keep your watercraft running smoothly all season.

11206 Five L Drive Ocean Pines
Benefit for Unstoppable Joy
Happy National Travel & Tourism Week!
The Maryland Tourism Coalition (MTC) is inviting Marylanders and visitors to our wonderful state to participate. The Scavenger Hunt will take place May 7-20 and winners will be announced May 25th.

Those participating will need to find at least 6 of the 10 icons and take a selfie. Once completed, they will need to post their entries to Facebook and/or Instagram and use the hashtags #TourismWorks4MD and #NTTW23MTC.

Please share the scavenger hunt with your guests. A printable copy is available to print or share. Place them in your lobby, visitor center, or checkout.

One of last year's winning posts

Participants must post their entries to Facebook and/or Instagram and use the hashtags #TourismWorks4MD and #NTTW23MTC
What is National Travel & Tourism Week
National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) is an annual industry tradition celebrating the value travel holds for our economy, businesses, personal well-being, and more.

May 7-13, 2023, marks the 40th anniversary of NTTW. We are demonstrating how integral travel is to every industry and nearly everything we do. Our recovery is the nation’s recovery, and travel is essential to a future of growth and innovation. 

Join us as we keep moving #TravelForward.
Chamber Partnership Exclusive Offer

Next Young Professional Gathering
May 10
Tall Tales
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. 
If you can’t make it to our meeting in person, the option to join us via Zoom is also available. Keep an eye on our Facebook page (Ocean Pines Chamber YPP) as well as our LinkedIn Group for more information on upcoming events!
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! 

Next Ambassador's Meeting is
May 16
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. We meet every third Tuesday of the month at 1:30am at the chamber office. Stop by!

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
Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore
Williamson Termite & Pest
Care Patrol
Talkie Communications
The CRICKET Center
Eastern Title and Settlement
Travelista Travels - Kacie Walls
TMC Accounting
5 - 10 years
My Backyard
Atlantic United Methodist
Shore United Bank
Shaffer Law Office
PKS & Company PA
11 - 19 years
Nock Insurance
Coastal Wealth Management
Worcester County G.O.L.D.
American Granite and Tile

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Owner, Steve Hannon, is a licensed Private Investigator located in Ocean Pines with over 35 years of experience in investigations.

With my business, I can provide the best affordable service to other businesses, Attorneys, and citizens from Ocean City to the Bay Bridge.

If you have a business that has hired an employee with integrity issues or is looking to hire an employee, I have multiple databases available to me and a very low cost for background checks.

Some of the services I offer are Infidelity Investigations, Private Process Services, and Criminal and Civil Investigations. If you're interested, please call 410-977-5938.
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