April 2017


Pictured above is the crowd of over 75 community members, business representatives and elected officials at the Medical Cannabis meeting held at Annie's Steak and Seafood Restaurant on April 5th.
The presentation was given by Chief Executive Officer Ashley Herr, Chief Operating Officer Paige Colen, and Dr. Jaime Fleetwood of Hippocratic Growth. They are working towards opening a medical cannabis dispensary in Maryland and shared a LOT of information about the diseases and conditions where various form of medical cannabis are extremely beneficial to both adults and children suffering from chronic and debilitating conditions.  This lecture was part of a series they are doing to promote a better public understanding of medical cannabis, the regulatory system in place, and how the legalization by the State will impact citizens and businesses.
One of the videos presented that evening to show the effects of medical cannabis on a Parkinson's patient. Click here to view that video.  The effects were astounding.
More information can be found at the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. http://mmcc.maryland.gov/

For more info on Hippocratic Growth, please visit their new website at www.HippocraticGrowth.com

BQA would like to thank Mike & Helen Katina of Annie's for putting out a fabulous dinner and to the presenters from Hippocratic Growth who did a fine job answering questions from both BQA members and the public.
BQA has no position on medical cannabis, but believes that since it has been legalized by the state, the more the public knows, the better served they will be.

Queen Anne's County Commissioners are open to hearing from their citizens to find a way to provide their citizens and businesses with high speed broadband.

At their March 28 meeting, the commissioners passed a motion to hold a public hearing and move forward with contract negotiations with FTS for design, engineering, construction, operations and maintenance of a fiber optic broadband network in Queen Anne's County. A date has not yet been set for the public hearing.

The County has also published their Fiscal Year 2018 information. Check that out here!

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Karen Sutter, CEO and John Sutter, COO

The Sutter Group is a full-service creative agency specializing in branding and marketing. Their clients really appreciate the wisdom that they've gained in their more than three decades of experience designing, developing or maintaining brands. They're not a mega-agency with more clients than bandwidth and attention to serve them, nor are they an upstart agency that won't be able to fulfill a wide range of needs. The Sutter Group combines the quality and talent of a big agency with the level of service and care of a small business.

Their dedication to branding consistency and quality digital marketing services has made them one of the most highly sought after creative agencies in the D.C. metropolitan area.

BQA is excited to have this company join us! Karen lives in Queen Anne's County and is involved with many local causes. She works with the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, the Kent Island Beach Clean Up group, and also serves on the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council. 

According to Karen, "I have been a member of the tech council since 2006 as an industry partner. Belonging to CRTC has kept the Sutter Group and me ahead of the rapidly changing trends in technology that affect our business. It's also been a tremendous learning opportunity through participation in forum groups like the Public Policy Forum and Emerging Technologies. In 2013 I was asked to join the Board of CRTC and have enjoyed meeting with the CEO's of some of the most innovative technology companies in Maryland."

We are sure she will be a great asset to BUSINESS Queen Anne's! Welcome Sutter Design!


BQA keeps you INFORMED on issues facing economic development, jobs and opportunities right here IN QAC, so the 86% of County residents who spend too much time commuting out of the County and across the bridge every day can actually "LIVE, WORK & PLAY" right here in QAC!! 

If you know a business that would be a great asset as a member, please contact our Membership Chair, Jack Ashley at jackashley@mris.com

You can also contact administrator@businessqueenannes.com for a copy of the following application!

In This Issue

Your BQA Board!
Steve Donovan, President
Title One & Associates, Inc.
Nick Deoudes
Deoudes-Magafan Realty, Inc.
Mike Dahle

Bob Wilson
Mears Point Marina
Gary Hofmann
QAC Sheriff's Department

George O'Donnell
Jack Ashley

Barry Waterman
Coldwell Banker Waterman Realty
Sandra Early 

BUSINESS Queen Anne's would like to invite all members (and even member guests!) to attend our monthly board meetings typically held the last Thursday of the month at Mear's Point Marina. (Please contact the office at administrator@businessqueenannes.com to verify)

Occasionally, we have County reps visit and give us updates. At the last board meeting it was decided that the next time we have speakers at the board meetings we will give our members ample notice in case they would like to attend...we want you to be in the know!

If you have a speaker that you would like to connect with and you think that Business Queen Anne's could help make that happen, please let us know.

County Commissioner's Meeting

Second and Fourth

Tuesday of the month!

Click here for published agendas!

107 N. Liberty Street
Centreville, MD 21617
Planning Commission Meetings
160 Coursevall Drive
Centreville, MD 21617
(Same link above takes you to agendas for the Planning Commission too.) 

Visit the County's New Website to sign up for notices!

BQA wants you to get involved!

We are the only organization to consistently and publicly support  property rights and beneficial development projects in Queen Anne's County! If the growth of our County interests you at any level, you should be a part of this prominent group!
Become a member! 
Join the board! 

BQA is looking to grow membership and our Executive elite board and we are in search of Woman Business owners in the County...are you the woman for the job?
We are also looking for members to sign up to attend Commissioner's Meetings and/or Planning Commission Meetings!

If you are interested, please contact Administrator, Sandra Early at

BUSINESS Queen Anne's

A Coalition for Economic Development and Responsible Government

The mission of BUSINESS Queen Anne's is to actively advocate sound economic growth; review all proposed state and local legislation and regulations; provide an objective assessment of proposed development in Queen Anne's County and its incorporated towns; endorse and support countywide growth that is well managed and consistent with adopted state and local planning and regulatory guidelines, comprehensive plans, and state and local initiatives; create positive and "business friendly" attitudes on the part of Queen Anne's County elected and appointed officials; and support business activity that promotes and encourages a vibrant economy, development of an adequate labor pool, a fiscally responsible and accountable county government, and a continued unique quality of life in Queen Anne's County.

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BUSINESS Queen Anne's c/o Sandra's Office Support | 405 Victoria Way | Stevensville | MD | 21666