A monthly publication of the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce.
P. O. Box 9 Prince Frederick, MD 20678-0009 (located at 120 Dares Beach Road)
www.calvertchamber.org (410) 535-2577 or (301) 855-1930
The Chamber will host a . . .
STATE LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST
Monday, January 14, 2008
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Holiday Inn Select
$30 Per Person
CONSTELLATION ENERGY GROUP
Invited Speakers: Honorable Steny H. Hoyer; Senator Thomas V. “Mike” Miller; Senator Roy Dyson; Delegate Anthony “Tony” O’Donnell;
Delegate Sue Kullen; Delegate James E. Proctor, Jr.; Delegate Joseph F. Vallario, Jr.
This “breakfast” is a venue for Chamber members to learn from our State delegation about bills and legislation to
be presented during the 2008 Legislative Session in Annapolis that could have significant impact on our region. A
question and answer format will be used.
Reservations required by January 7, 2008
Only reservations accompanied by payment are considered a reservation.
(See flyer insert for details.)
The 3rd Annual Chocolover’s Affair is scheduled for Friday, April 11, 2008! The
Chocolover’s Affair is a night of pure indulgence designed to raise much needed
funds to help further the mission of the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce.
An extravagant celebration of chocolate, the evening features music, a social hour,
fine dining, a live and silent auction, Chocolate Martinis, and more! Local restau-
rants and caterers will feature their signature chocolate desserts for all to sample.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS, This year Darren Rickwood of First Home Mortgage will chair the event. Darren
3RD ANNUAL CHOCOLOVER’S Rickwood also chairs the Chamber’s Ambassadors Committee. If you are interested
AFFAIR, FRIDAY, APRIL 11,
in helping out on the committee, contact the Chamber at 410-535-2577 or 301-855-
2008, SHOW PLACE ARENA,
UPPER MARLBORO 1930.
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We All Benefit When We Shop Locally
by Carolyn McHugh, President & CEO
Frequently I hear people discuss leaving the county to shop. When I ask them why I get the usual reasons: “I don’t think I can find what
I want locally” or “I can probably get a better price in (wherever. . . fill in the blank).
There’s a negative chain of action that’s set in motion every time we opt to spend our shopping dollars outside the county.
1) Local employers pay wages to local residents. When the profits of a business are down, that means less money for the business to
spend with other vendors, and less employment opportunities for our residents. Less employment or lower wages means less opportunities for the
employees to shop and contribute to the economic livelihood of our community.
Local banks make business, personal, and/or mortgage loans based on the amount of deposits in their establishment. When local busi-
nesses struggle, they deposit less money, creating a smaller pool of money the banks have available for loans in the community.
When local businesses fail because of competition from outside our borders, both commercial and residential property values can drop.
Why are residential values effected? When businesses close or downsize, employees may lose jobs, move, or even declare bankruptcy. When
there’s a glut of houses on the market, property values decrease which means less money for infrastructure such as roads, public amenities and
Often people assume the product they’re seeking isn’t available locally and don’t bother to look or inquire. Or they may think they’ll find
it for less elsewhere. Before making that assumption they might be better served to think of the wear and tear on their car and the cost of gaso-
line. If the item has to be returned or serviced, that’s more time and money to trek out of town. If those factors are considered, the great deal
might not be such a bargain. If you know for certain that the item you’re seeking can be purchased for less elsewhere, why not approach your local
small business owner, show him the sales ad from an out of town vendor and ask if he can do a little better on his price. If he can, everyone wins. .
.the buyer ( because he didn’t have to travel out of town) and the retailer (who was able to compete).
Local business owners can usually address a problem firsthand rather than directing you to write a letter to a company headquarters in
Timbuktu, or worse, overseas.
Locally owned businesses are less prone to mergers, spin-offs, or being ‘acquired.’ The owners live here and they want to stay here,
which means you won’t see a new face every time you go into their store.
One important factor to consider is that local businesses usually support local initiatives at a much higher giving level than a large out-
of-town or out-of- state chain store. After all, it’s the local business owner’s community and it’s often his neighbor’s son that on that little league
team he’s sponsoring. Or it’s an abused women’s shelter, or a Meals on Wheels program that he’s supporting in order to ensure his community is
the kind of place where we all want to live and work.
Local business owners are also often the ones giving back to their community by coaching your child in soccer, or volunteering in a ser-
vice organization dedicated to serving those less fortunate in our community. They carve the time to serve on local boards of directors for organi-
zations such as the hospital, Red Cross, or United Way.
One dollar spent in your community supports business, charities, churches, and schools. What, you say? How? Consider what happens
when a business owner pays an employee. Let’s call the following scenario the Flight of the Employee Dollar:
The employee deposits his check at a local bank,
And later withdraws money to purchase produce from a local farm stand.
The farmer pays his local electric coop.
The electric coop pays an Internet provider.
The Internet provider buys dinner at a restaurant.
Restaurant owner buys tires at a local dealership.
Tire dealership pays an account.
The accountant buys anniversary flowers for his wife from the local florist.
The florist pays an attorney.
On Sunday the attorney drops money into a church collection plate.
On Monday the Church deposits money back into the local bank.
And the cycle begins again.
So you have to ask yourself, do I really need to shop out of town? Why not try a local vendor first.. . .you know, like the one who’s under-
writing your child’s little league team. Or the one that donated to the local homeless shelter. Do you need a particular item or service? You can
look for local vendors at www.calvertchamber.org
Please support our local economy by choosing to shop locally. In the long run, it benefits us all.
The Navigator, January 2008
The Employer’s Posting Notice, C-24 has been
revised effective 11/2/07. Employers are re-
quired to post the updated notice. The
downloaded form is required to be printed on 8
½ x 14 yellow or gold paper.
Effective October 1, 2007 a new WCC Employee
Claim Form C-1 is required. All claims filed
after this date are required to be submitted on
the new form.
The “Maryland Worker’s Compensation Com-
mission for Smarties: Guide/Tips for Doing
Business with the Commission” now available
provides employers with valuable worker’s com-
pensation information. The guide contains in-
formation on the new C-1 form and the required
Employers can download a copy of the notice,
forms and guide from the state web site at
Calvert Business Support
A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU
CONSTELLATION ENERGY GROUP
THE SHOW PLACE ARENA
For information on the Corporate
Partner Program or Sponsor Level Program
contact the Chamber at 410-535-2577 or
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JOHN E. KELLY, JR. ELECTED TO EGSA BOARD OF DI-
RECTORS . . . John E. Kelly, Jr., President & CEO of Kelly Genera-
Press tor & Equipment, Inc., was recently elected to the Electrical Generat-
ing Systems Association (EGSA) Board of Directors as Secretary-
Treasurer. The Electrical Generating Systems Association (EGSA) is
Releases the world’s largest organization exclusively dedicated to On-Site
Power Generation. The Association is comprised of over 500 compa-
nies-Manufacturers, Distributor/Dealers, Manufacturer’s Representa-
tives, Consulting & Specifying Engineers, Service firms, End-Users
CALVERT COUNTY MENTORING PARTNERSHIP (CCMP) and others-throughout the U.S. and around the world that make, sell,
TO HOLD JOB SHADOW EXPERIENCE ON TUESDAY, JANU- distribute and use On-Site Power generation technology and equip-
ARY 29TH . . . On Tuesday, January 29, 2008, 30 at-risk students from ment, including generators, engines, switchgear, controls, voltage
Northern, Calvert and Southern Middle Schools will participate in a job regulators, governors and much more. EGSA is a leading authority in
shadow experience. Students will be dismissed at 2 p.m. and arrive at the development and monitoring of performance standards for the On-
various worksites between 2:00 and 2:30 p.m. where they will spend the Site Power Industry. Mr. Kelly has been a member of EGSA since
next two to three hours learning what it’s like to be a part of the real 1996 and has served as the Chairman of Distributor Council as well as
work world. This event, coordinated by the Calvert County Mentoring being a Founding Member of EGSA’s Certified Electrical Generator
Partnership (CCMP), is being held in conjunction with National Mentor- Systems Technician Certification Committee in 2006. “I am honored
ing Month. CCMP hopes Job Shadow Day will become a regular annual to have been elected to the Board of Governors. This association has
event. We are still trying to finalize the list of job shadow hosts for this become a vital and influential voice in the On-Site Power Industry,
year’s event and it’s not too soon to start planning for next year. If your especially in pushing forward the most demanding certified generator
organization would like to provide an interesting job shadow experience technician standards to raise the bar industry wide of the skill set
for a student, please contact Lorraine Joyner at 410-414-5997 or via needed to service all equipment.”
email at email@example.com so we can add you to our list of potential CALVERT LIBRARY RECIPE CONTEST . . . You probably
job shadow hosts. Thanks to this year’s job shadow hosts: Asbury of think “books” when you think of the library. Well, for the next few
Solomons, Calvert Animal Control, Calvert Department of Economic months think FOOD! January 11 through February 23, 2008, the Cal-
Development, Calvert Emergency Management, Calvert Library, Calvert vert Library Prince Frederick will host the Smithsonian Exhibit, Key
Marine Museum, Calvert Sheriff’s Office, Maertens Jewelry, Prime Ingredients: America by Food. The library and partners have planned
Time Children’s Center, Saphron Restaurant, and Southern Maryland numerous events to complement this exhibit including a local cook-
Automotive. book exhibit, a performance by Mary Ann Jung portraying Julia Child,
a placement art exhibit around the theme of “Food & Family Tradi-
THERAPY DOGS HELP CHILDREN YOUNGSTERS TO LEARN tions,” a “What’s this For?” odd kitchen utensil hands-on display, a
. . . The library is going to the dogs! Come join us at the new Calvert Seafood Industry exhibit developed by the Calvert Marine Museum,
Library, Prince Frederick as children have the opportunity to “Read to a book discussions, the Friends Books & Bubbly fundraiser featuring
Dog”. Members of the Chesapeake Kennel Club will bring registered local wineries, food in film discussions, oral history opportunity to
therapy dogs to listen to a child read. Studies have shown that petting share your family food stories, demonstration to learn how to catch
animals can lower blood pressure, calm stress, and draw out a lonely or and prepare local fish, an opportunity to get the skinny on soul food,
depressed person. Dogs sit or lie close and listen quietly as children read and more! One of the most exciting projects will be a recipe contest
aloud to them, creating a calm, encouraging environment. It’s the ulti- with the winning recipes featured at premier Southern Maryland res-
mate in nonjudgmental support, with the added bonus of nice, soft fur. taurants during the last week of the exhibit. Participating restaurants
The program runs from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, January 5th. Suggested for are Café des Artistes, The Crossing at Casey Jones, Jake & Al’s Chop-
beginning or reluctant readers. Registration is required. For more infor- house, The Tides, Saphron and West Lawn Inn. Rules are available
mation call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. and entries are being accepted now at all Calvert, Charles and St.
Mary’s County libraries. You can also check the rules online by click-
EVER WONDER WHAT REALLY HAPPENS AT A CEMETERY ing on Key Ingredients from www.calvert.lib.md.us. You will also
. . . Please join Sharon DiMaggio and Marci Kreamer Thursday, January see a schedule of the exciting events surrounding this exhibit. Key
2th at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of engaging conversation in a relaxed Ingredients: America by Food has been made possible in Prince Fre-
atmosphere at Chesapeake Highlands Memorial Gardens, 3270 Broomes derick by the Maryland Humanities Council. Key Ingredients is part
Island Rd., Port Republic, MD 20676. Seating is limited so please call of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian
410-257-0544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Institution and the Federation of State Humanities Councils. Support
email@example.com by January 21st to reserve your for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States
space. Congress, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Hearst
Foundation. Events created in partnership with the Calvert Historical
THE CALVERT COUNTY COMMISSION FOR WOMEN . . . Is Society, Calvert Marine Museum, College of Southern Maryland,
now accepting nominations for the 2008 Outstanding Achievement Friends of the Calvert Library, Maryland Cooperative Extension and
Awards. Awards will be presented to women for outstanding achieve- various community spirited volunteers such as Ed Dorsey, Martha
ment in each of the following categories: Advocacy, Business Leader- Grahame, Pam Klink, Andrew Pollard, Megan Williams and others.
ship, Service, and the Woman of Tomorrow (must be less than 21 years For more information, contact Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291.
of age). Nominees must be residents of Calvert County for a minimum
of 5 years. Submissions should describe in one page or less the nature of Have business information you feel might be useful to
the achievement with specific examples and a description of any impact share with other Chamber Members? Email me at
or benefit that resulted from the nominee’s actions. Include the nominee
and nominator’s contact information. Send nominations to: Commis- firstname.lastname@example.org
sion for Women 2008 Awards, 175 Main Street, Prince Frederick, MD
20678. Deadline: February 1, 2008. For additional information and
(Certain Press Releases provided through the courtesy of
descriptions of category criteria, go to www.calvertwomen.org. Ques- Danita Boonchaisri, Marketing & Communications Spe-
tions may be addressed to email@example.com. cialist, Calvert County, Maryland Department of Eco-
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Chamber Newsletter—Flyer Inserts
The ability to market your business to other mem-
bers is one of the many benefits of Chamber mem-
bership. Inserting a flyer in the Chamber’s news-
letter is a cost effective way to reach approximately
700 businessmen and women.
Cost for an insert is $150 for Chamber members
and is due at the time the flyers are delivered to the
Chamber office. The deadline for the Chamber to
receive your flyers is the 15th of the month prior to
your insert month. Example: December 15th for a
January newsletter. It is always important to pro-
vide the Chamber with the Flyer Insert Contract
(available through the Chamber office) as flyer in-
sert space is limited each month.
Other important information to remember:
●Check with the Chamber staff to determine the
correct number of flyers to print.
●Flyers must be flat, single sheet (8 1/2 X 11).
●May be double-sided.
●Must be printed on 20 lb. paper stock.
Contact the Chamber at (410) 535-2577 or (301)
855-1930 or firstname.lastname@example.org for
further information. Flyer Insert Contracts are
available at the Chamber office.
NAVIGATOR PRINTED BY
The Navigator, January 2008
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS The Chamber Wants You!
Christmas In April * Calvert County The Chamber’s Public Policy Committee
P.O. Box 2761
is co-chaired by Harriet Yaffe, The Arc of
Prince Frederick, MD 20678 Southern Maryland and Mark Davis, Davis,
(410) 535-9044 Phone Upton & Palumbo, LLC. The primary focus
of this committee will be on local issues; iden-
Christmas in April * Calvert County is a non-profit organization that tifying issues that will have an impact on the
repairs and improves the homes of low-income homeowners, especially Chamber and its members. This committee
those who are elderly, handicapped or families with children.
will meet on the 2nd Friday of every
Infinite Errands, LLC month at 8:30 a.m. at the offices of Davis,
P.O. Box 986
Upton & Palumbo, LLC. If you have an
Huntingtown, MD 20639 interest in joining the Public Policy Com-
(410) 414-5222 Phone mittee, call the Chamber office at
email@example.com 410.535.2577 or e-mail your interest to cal-
Infinite Errands is Calvert’s premier personal and corporate concierge
and errand service. With more than 20 years of customer care experi-
ence, we started this service to accommodate today’s busy lifestyle.
Whether a time challenged business or overworked family, we help
manage hectic schedules by taking care of time consuming tasks at the
office and at home. We pick up/deliver; plan events/trips, send flowers,
shop for gifts, detail cars, etc. Call today and start getting the most out
of your time or to join our team of local vendors making a difference in
So. MD CAN/College Access Network
Sonia K. Wagner
P.O. Box 114
Sunderland, MD 20689
(410) 474-4144 Phone
(410) 286-2566 Fax
So. MD CAN is a 501c3 organization that impacts the lives of students
in Southern Maryland by delivering a curriculum-based program rich
in resources and tools. So. MD CAN guides high school juniors and
seniors through the college admissions and financing process.
931 Skinners Turn Rd.
Owings, MD 20736
(301) 855-7986 Phone
(301) 855-2868 Fax
Build cabinets and countertops for commercial and residential.
Please join us in welcoming our newest
Chamber members by patronizing their
businesses. Their Chamber membership
reflects their integrity as responsible
business owners and demonstrates com-
mitment to the community.
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Windows Mobile Devices and Exchange Server
With Windows Mobile powered devices connected to an exchange server, staying connected to
your business and clients is easier than ever. Not only does it give you real-time access to your email
and contacts, but your calendar and tasks as well. This allows you to be anywhere in the world and
be able to send and receive emails, edit your calendar, task list, and contacts and the changes are
transmitted back to your company’s server. If your information in set to be shared on the server this
allows others in the company to see your changes as soon as they are made.
With the recent growth of “Smart phones”, which is nothing more than an PDA and cell phone
combined into one unit, it is possible to be connected to your data virtually anywhere in the world.
The only limitation here is that you need to be in an area that has cellular phone coverage, and if
traveling to other countries, you need a smart phone device that can connect to the different cellular
systems that exist around the world.
With Windows Mobile you can configure it to use a different schedule to synchronize your
data during peak and non-peak times. This is to say that you could have it synchronize every few
minutes Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm. After 6pm during the week and on the weekends you can have it syn-
chronize only once every hour. This is all customizable and you can adjust it to fit your needs.
If you have any questions or are interested in getting more information about this technology
please give us a call at Idea Solutions: 1-888-535-4332
The Navigator, January 2008
CHAMBER MEMBERS CELEBRATING
Calvert County Government - Wilson H. Parran
Calvert Internal Medicine Group - Keith Kelley
Calvert Memorial Hospital - James J. Xinis
Calvert Well Drilling Company - Michael K. Gribble
Direct Mail.com - Kirk Swain
Frazer, Frazer, Hoerauf & O’Shea, P.A. - Mark Frazer, DDS
Prince Frederick Animal Hospital - Dr. Nancy G. Ramsey, DVM
Rymer & Associates, P.A. - Thomas A. Rymer, Jr., CPA
State Farm Insurance Co. - Mike Paxon
Thomas L. Hance, Inc. - Tracy H. Atherton
One Year - 2006
Century 21 New Millennium - Shelly DonBullian
Fridays Creek Winery - Frank J. Cleary
Kelly Generator & Equipment, Inc. - John E. Kelly, Jr.
RE/MAX 100 - Carol Smith
TD Renovations - Travis E. DonBullian
Troese-Hyson Title Services - Mary D. Hyson
Twin Shields Investigations - Roquel Norris
Calvert Animal Hospital - Dr. Carl G. Brown, DVM
Calvert Trash Systems, Inc. - Robert McReynolds
College of Southern Maryland - Dr. Bradley Gottfried
Radio Shack - Michael S. King
Harms Development, LLC - John E. Harms
Chesapeake Security Service Co. - Barbara Howdyshell
Ten Years - 1998
Burnt Oaks North Apartments - Donna Muller
Five Years - 2003
Calvert Design Group - Carrie Raines
Darden Technologies, Inc. - Mia Darden
Homefront Furnishing, Inc. - Michael Fahey
Bead Boutique - Tricia H. Darrow
First Home Mortgage - Darren Rickwood
Eugene M. Karol
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The Navigator is published by THE MEMBER-TO-MEMBER
The Calvert County DISCOUNT PROGRAM
Chamber of Commerce
P. O. Box 9 42 Participants Providing Various
Prince Frederick, MD 20678-0009 Discounts To Chamber Members
firstname.lastname@example.org EmbroidMe Homefront Furnishings
Carrie Polk-Nationwide Insurance DiGiovanni’s Dock of the Bay
Law Offices of Julie A. Schejbal Shelden Studios
2007 Board of Directors Discount Services of Maryland, Inc. Mark Z Signs
Dowell Financial Services, LLC Gateau Physical Therapy
Chairman Waterview Production J & J’s Physical Therapy
Darren Maertens Dickson’s Fields of Flowers Liberty Tax Service
Maertens Fine Jewelry & Gifts Alicia’s Touch B-Sure Home Inspection
Mary Lou Too Charters Expressions Catering
Sleep Inn & Suites C.P. Sheridan Title Co.
Mortgage Shares The Calverton School
Show Place Arena
Valpak Choice Home Center
2nd Vice-Chair American Red Cross, SO MD Chptr. Sisk Auto Body, Inc.
Deb McClure Bronze Door Day Spa Jon S. Frank & Assoc.
The McClure Agency, LLC LDG Automotive Specialists, Inc. Matrix Security
Secretary Keep Well Fitness Center @ CMH Twin Shields Investigations, LLC
Patricia O. Blackford, CPA Colonial Printing and Promotions Julia & Co. Salon & Spa
Treasurer The Arc of Southern Maryland, Inc. Cash Flow, Plus, Inc..
Elizabeth Hubbard Glover’s Septic Services, Inc. Washington Mutual Home Loans,
EmbroidMe Alexander Chiropractic Center Mary Osbourn
Big Boys Trash Service, Inc. Culligan Water, Heather Ivey
*** Jax Photography
Mark Davis, Davis Upton & Palumbo
Tommy Godbold, The Accessory Zone (Visit our website for a list of discounts available to you as a Chamber member,
Gladys Jones, College of So. Md. or call the Chamber to find out how you can provide a discount to fellow
Carrie Polk, Nationwide Insurance Chamber members as well!)
Pam Shubert, Asbury~Solomons
Lauren Simpson, Holiday Inn Select Solomons Shop Calvert First!
James Ward, Poor Richard Web Press
Larry Weckbaugh, Constellation Energy Group
Harriet Yaffe, The Arc of Southern Maryland
Sam Young, Calvert Commercial Real Estate
President/CEO, Carolyn McHugh
Office Manager, Cathy Wehrle
Receptionist/Secretary, Eunice Benson AFTER HOURS
January - Hilton Garden Inn Solomons
A BIG THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING
BUSINESSES FOR February - Calvert Library, Prince Frederick
DONATING PRIZES MONTHLY FOR OUR
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS! March - Asbury~Solomons Island
231 Self Storage
Bronze Door Day Spa April - Annmarie Garden
Chesapeake Highlands Memorial Gardens
Culligan Water May - Davis, Upton & Palumbo, LLC
Dickson’s Field of Flowers
DiGiovanni’s Dock of the Bay
Liberty Tax Service
Mark Z Signs NETWORKING MADE SIMPLE…
My Phone Man
Patuxent Heating & Air Cond. Reservations are encouraged. Spend more
The Show Place Arena time networking, less time standing in line!
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Chamber of Commerce, U.S. POSTAGE
Promoting Your Success!” PAID
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Calvert County Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 9
Prince Frederick, MD 20678