January 2017

LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN
Happy New Year to BQA Members and all QAC Businesses!
 
It's good to be a member of Business Queen Anne's and this year we are going to working on building our membership!
 
Business Queen Anne's is the most visible vocal advocate for the business community and business opportunity in the County, whether that of entrepreneur, small or large businesses.  Queen Anne's County continues to have one of the lowest commercial tax bases of all Maryland Counties, leaving the burden of the rising cost of government services falling on residential tax payers/homeowners, instead of a correct balance of residential and commercial like we see in neighboring Talbot and Anne Arundel County.
 
My wife and I moved our family and small business from Annapolis to Centreville in 2007 seeking different schools and an area more grounded in the America we grew up in.  We thoroughly enjoy the people and businesses we've met as well as the open spaces and superior quality of life.  And as small business owners, we recognize every 'quality of life' definition must include people, families, jobs, equal opportunity and intelligent growth.
 
During our first election here, we noticed an un-balanced mix of information related to candidates, platforms and the counties worsening fiscal situation, not to mention the continuing difficult economy for everyone across the country after the Great recession.  Some of the mis-information we saw was purported as fact, some difficult to corroborate and some simply not believable or reasonable.
 
So we spoke to neighbors, other small business owners, local officials, we sought other sources of Local information and came across local publications like the Weekly Update which were running AD's sponsored by BQA.  The AD's were interesting, funny, direct and thought provoking, and each presented easily verifiable facts in order to allow County voter's to make their own informed decision. 
 
I contacted BQA to thank them, to tell them how purposeful the ads were and that we appreciated the information without the sales job attached!  They invited me to a board meeting where I met these amazing business leaders and the rest is history!  We need to continue this effort because the economy on this side of the bridge is not doing as well as the other side, and advocacy for business is more important than ever today. 
 
So we encourage all local businesses to join us! There is an application at the end of this newsletter but you can also contact the administrator at administrator@businessqueenannes.com to request an application. Please join the effort to advocate for business in Queen Anne's County!
 
Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2017!
 
Steve Donovan
BQA Chairman
 
SKI GROUNDBREAKING

On Friday, December 2nd, there was the official ground breaking for the Southern Kent Island Sewer Project! This has been a long time coming and an exciting day for many that have been working on this project for many years.

According to the Record Observer on December 9th, "Commissioner Jim Moran said the county is interested in projects that improve the quality of life for its citizens, the environment and the water. Commission President Mark Anderson gave thanks to the partnerships with departments and agencies at various levels of government."

Back in August, Phase 1 was approved and in November the Maryland Board of Public Works approved $33 million in Water Quality Revolving Loan funds to be used for the sewer project.

The SKI Sewer Project will serve over fifteen hundred existing homes and eight commercial properties with an anticipated 560 infill properties. Phase one, which is beginning here today, includes construction of the main truck line. It will be a sealed pressure system, which will prevent ground and storm water from getting into the line.The first phase of the four phased project, expected to be fully completed in 10 years, will serve the Kent Island Estates and Romancoke on the Bay communities.

For more information, call the Department of Public Works at 410-758-0920, visit the Southern Kent Island Sanitation Sewer Project webpage on the county's website at www.qac.org, or visit the project's office site at 9410 Romancoke Rd., next to United Communities Volunteer Fire Department. The office is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
BQA MEMBERSHIP, SUPPORT & SPONSORSHIP
WHY do you need to JOIN, SUPPORT, SPONSOR BQA?

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!


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.
  

You can find BQA on Facebook! Make sure to "Like" us!

 

 

In This Issue

Your BQA Board!
 
Steve Donovan, President
Title One & Associates, Inc.
410-758-1831
 
Nick Deoudes
Deoudes-Magafan Realty, Inc.
410-827-5441
 
Mike Dahle
MCDLLC
410-820-7288

Bob Wilson
Mears Point Marina
410-827-8888
 
Gary Hofmann
QAC Sheriff's Department
410-758-0770

George O'Donnell
410-490-7400 
Jack Ashley
410-310-7400

Barry Waterman
Coldwell Banker Waterman Realty
410-643-5005
Sandra Early 
Administrator  
410-739-4716
MEMBERS INVITED!

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.
 
MARK YOUR CALENDAR

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!
  
MEMBER ASSISTANCE NEEDED!


 
 

BQA wants you to get involved!


 

Become a member! 

Join the board! 


 

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

administrator@businessqueenannes.com 

 

 

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