At Large  Susan Reeder Jessee (Democratic) Jobs-Creating and maintaining family supporting jobs takes planning & commitment and must be funded appropriately to grow a diversified industrial base. Education-An excellent school system drives economic development, job creation, and a great quality of life. Competitive teacher salaries and tools for students in the classroom are essential. Growth-Responsible growth […]

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Since the summer, I’ve posted about the tangible benefits of Chamber membership. While those benefits add value to your overall investment, what about the big picture? Today, let’s talk about the real value of Chamber membership. An investment with the Chamber is more than a marketing or PR decision; it is a strategic, focused, and […]

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Connections are made every day at the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, but none so significant to me as the partnership formed between Stauffer Funeral Home and the Captain John Ryan Dennison Memorial Fund. While attending a Generation Connect event in November, Jonathan Sanderson was networking and educating young professionals about the Captain John Ryan […]

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After posting “5 Ways to Maximize Your Membership,” “5 (More) Ways to Maximize Your Membership,” and “5 Ways to Maximize Your Membership… Continued,” we’re up to a grand total of 20 ways to maximize your membership with this most recent post! Chamber membership has something for everyone, including benefits such as: 1. Access Member 2 […]

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Remember that your annual membership renewal is a crucial business expense. In my last post, “If You Need Something, Ask!“, we talked about the importance of  confirming your expectations of Chamber membership. Here’s my point: If you look at Chamber membership as your invitation to attend business card exchanges and Coffee & Contacts, then you’re missing […]

5 Ways to Maximize Your Membership (part 1)

Last week, we authored 5 Ways to Maximize Your Membership so that you can begin to fully leverage membership from all aspects, whether that means saving  money or getting connected. This week, we’re ready to supply five more ways to maximize membership, so you can continue on the up-and-up! Here’s how: 1. Download a FREE Prescription Drug […]

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Chamber TV Special Correspondent Lauren Hagan caught up with Executive Director Eric Nichols at the new Willow Ponds Community at Homewood Retirement Centers. Eric and Lauren discussed how to engage the active senior population in partnering with the business community on a volunteer basis. Relevant links for this segment: Willow Ponds Community at Homewood Retirement Centers Frederick […]

5 Ways to Maximize Your Membership (part 1)

How are you making your Chamber membership work for you? When leveraged fully, your membership offers a complete business strategy for success. Our new website — — makes it easier than ever to explore all of your member benefits without ever leaving your desk! Benefits are crafted to help you save money, promote your […]

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Last month, Chamber TV Special Correspondent Justin Saltzman (Liberty Mutual Insurance) caught up with Professor Cyd Maubert (Mount St. Mary’s University) at the Frederick New Media & Technology Conference (FredNMT). Justin and Cyd dove into the nuts and bolts of copywriting for the web, and why it’s important for your organization.  Relevant links for this segment: Copyblogger […]


About the Awards At the third annual Public Safety Awards on March 11, 2014 more than 330 professionals gathered to celebrate the hard work and achievements of Frederick County Fire and Rescue, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Services personnel. The event included breakfast provided by Leiter’s Fine Catering and a ceremony including video presentations detailing the […]


Our recent membership satisfaction survey yielded some really interesting information. Thanks to many of you, we now know that there’s a wide disparity of opinion about the term “networking.” Most new members cite that as a reason they first joined the Chamber, but each individual has a different understanding of what that might be. Most […]

Ambassadors of the Year

At the annual holiday Business Card Exchange at Frederick City Hall, we announced the Ambassadors of the Year for 2013. Chamber Ambassadors are volunteer outreach coordinators who work with new Chamber member businesses for the first 90 days of membership. Ambassadors help new members understand the various programs and services, and how best to take […]

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This December we launched Chamber TV: On The Go & In The Know! Special correspondents for the upcoming Season 4 On The Go include Justin Saltzman (Liberty Mutual Insurance), Jenna DeStefano (Healthy4Lyfe), Joe Porpiglia (D&D Consulting and Training), and Lauren Hagan (Frederick Chamber). This month, we interviewed Danny Farrar, Founder of SoliderFit, about how to […]

Meghan Butler

We’re pleased to welcome Meghan Butler to the Frederick Chamber as Director of Events.  Meghan brings experience with event planning and philanthropy as well as an excitement to meet new people and build connections. Meghan joins us by way of Ceresville Mansion in Frederick, where she worked for three and a half years as an […]

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The season 3 finale was co-hosted by Joe Porpiglia (D&D Consulting and Training) and Lauren Hagan (Frederick Chamber) at the Chamber Studio. Our episode opens with Dr. Mimi McLaughlin of McLaughlin Family Chiropractic. Dr. Mimi discusses workplace ergonomics, because it’s critical to stay fit in order to increase productivity and wellness in the workplace! Watch […]


The following post was submitted by Ric Adams, President and CEO of the Frederick Chamber. As a business community, the connections we make drive Frederick County forward. However, my question to you is this: Are you reaching back a hand to bring tomorrow’s leaders alongside you? You may have heard the proverb, “One generation plants […]

Chamber TV Episode 34

Co-hosted by Jon-Mikel Bailey (Wood Street, Inc.) and Lauren Hagan (Frederick Chamber) on tour at Unique Optique. Our first special guest, Karl Kidd, fifth grade teacher at Urbana Elementary School, joined us to discuss how he has connected with the education community since winning the FCPS 2013 Teacher of the Year Award. If you want […]

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After some slight prodding from my wife (and learning adult beverages would be available) I attended Artomatic in downtown Frederick…and I wasn’t disappointed. Artomatic is a five week event that features over 40,000 square feet of art and covers two buildings. As we approached the former Board of Education building where the event was held, the […]

Chamber TV Episode 33

Co-hosted by Justin Saltzman (Liberty Mutual) and Lauren Hagan (Frederick Chamber) on tour at Audio-Video Group. Our first special guest, Shabri Moore of Moore Wealth Inc., joined us to discuss transitioning leadership by developing a success plan for your organization. Paul Frey, Executive Director of Leadership Frederick County (LFC), was our second special guest. Paul […]