July 2018

COMMISSIONER ELECTION RESULTS
BQA would like to extend a big 'Thank You' to all who accepted our invitation to come in and share their thoughts, goals and solutions for the County with BQA's board and our attending Members! 

Here is the list of Commissioner Candidates still in the race:

AT LARGE:
Republican: Jim Moran
Democrat: Elaine Harrison

DISTRICT 1:
Republican: Jack Wilson
Democrat: Dino Romano LaMana

DISTRICT 2:
Republican: Steve Wilson
Democrat: Benjamin Tilghman

DISTRICT 3:
Republican: Phil Dumenil
Democrat: Jim Coulter

DISTRICT 4:
Republican: Chris Corchiarino
Democrat: Deborah Krueger


Here is a great link, not only to get the results, but to get more information on each candidate!

If you know of a business that would help us continue our efforts to inform QAC residents and businesses for the general election this fall, please send them our way!

And anyone interested in a leadership position with BQA, we would love to add you to the board of directors! Contact the office by emailing: administrator@businessqueenannes.com

FOUR SEASONS AT KI DISCOVERY CENTER
K. Hovnanian Announces Grand Opening of Four Seasons at Kent Island Discovery Center
 
CHESTER, Md. (July 6, 2018) - K. Hovnanian announces the opening of its Discovery Center in Chester, offering visitors an opportunity to learn more about the Four Seasons at Kent Island community and its many features, amenities, and home styles.
 
Located just off U.S. 50 at 101 Chester Station Lane, Chester MD 21619, the Discovery Center is open from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
 
"Our models will be here this Fall, but until then, as our information grows,  you can really get a great sense of what life at Four Seasons at Kent Island will be like by previewing our new homes and waterfront resort amenities right now at the Discovery Center," said Doug Shipe, community manager. "All are welcome and we look forward to answering any questions. Our goal is to help those interested in the community picture themselves living the Four Seasons lifestyle."
 
Upon entering the Discovery Center, visitors will see dynamic images and interactive displays, as well as a birds-eye image of Kent Island and other material about life at the 55-plus active adult community in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay region.
 
Visitors will have the opportunity to add their names to the already 400+ Four Seasons at Kent Island Interest List and receive the latest information and continuous updates about the community. Model home construction is expected to begin by late July for five single-family home models and by the fall K. Hovnanian will break ground for two condominium models.
 
The interior reflects the community's look and feel with an open layout and comfortable resort-themed decor. A sign post outside the Center greets visitors with mileage markers showing the community's great proximity to popular regional destinations such as Annapolis (18 miles), Rehoboth Beach (76 miles) and Washington, D.C. (46 miles).
 
About K. Hovnanian's Four Seasons at Kent Island
The Four Seasons community will feature single family homes starting in the low $400,000's, as well as waterfront condominiums with elevators and individual garages. The community is planned to include a 28,000-square-foot state-of-the-art clubhouse, featuring a banquet hall, fitness center, both indoor and outdoor pools and an amphitheater and more with a view of the Chester River. There also will be miles of trails and a 470-foot fishing pier on the Chester River.
 
Four Seasons at Kent Island will provide for more than 336 acres of open space, including a 131-acre public eco-park adjacent to the Cross Island Trail, Maryland's most popular hiking and biking trail, and a 6.5-acre waterfront park along Macum Creek with parking and restrooms. K. Hovnanian has committed more than $30 million in improvements and payments to Queen Anne's County over the build out of the community. For more information, stop by the Discovery Center at 101 Chester Station Lane in Chester and visit www.khov.com



CONOWINGO DAM UPDATE
Exelon is appealing the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE)'s decision from last April charging the energy monolith with significantly reducing nutrient and sediment pollution coming from the Conowingo Dam - an order which could cost Exelon up to $172 million annually.


For the full story, click here!

SDAT's MARYLAND BUSINESS EXPRESS
SDAT's Maryland Business Express Releases New Online Services,
Begins Accepting Resolutions
Resident Agent and Principal Office Changes Can Now Be Made Online,
LLCs Can File Articles of Cancellation


The Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) has updated its award-winning Maryland Business Express (MBE) site to now allow online filing of resolutions, which add, edit, or remove a resident agent and change the principal office location for businesses. In addition, Maryland Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) can now file Articles of Cancellation online and other documents updating customers on the status of their filings have been enhanced to provide more detailed information, increase security, and ensure authenticity.

"With this update, more than 18,000 filings that previously were done by mail or in-person annually can now be filed online through Maryland Business Express," said SDAT Director Michael Higgs. "Continuing to improve this modern and easily accessible alternative to paper filings will ensure that Maryland is Open for Business 24/7."

Most Maryland entities will now have the ability to file online resolutions that add, edit, or remove a resident agent and/or change their principal office location through MBE. All businesses are legally required to have an active and valid principal office and resident agent in order to maintain good standing status and do business in Maryland. Once a resolution is filed, the customer will receive email updates on the resolution's status and after it has been accepted, customers can order and receive a certified copy of the resolution immediately. This new feature allows customers to make these changes whenever it is convenient for them, rather than having to file in-person because MBE is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In addition, a Maryland Limited Liability Company that is in good standing can now file Articles of Cancellation online, which includes choosing the effective date for the cancellation as well as the Registered Agent who will act as the representative for the company for one year after termination. After a cancellation has been approved, certified copies of the Articles of Cancellation can be ordered online and received immediately. This new online service allows LLC owners the ability to wrap up business affairs without a hassle or delay in order to begin their next venture.

Finally, numerous documents produced by MBE have been updated to provide more detailed information to customers by including the filing approval date/time, page numbers, and department ID number. A watermark will also be shown on all documents generated while registering a business until the business has been approved in order to enhance security and to ensure authenticity.

Through its partnership with NIC Maryland, SDAT has consistently launched new online services for customers and has developed nationally recognized sites, such as Maryland Business Express, to help businesses thrive in the State of Maryland.

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 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
Just a reminder that the 
Membership Dues Renewal Invoices 
will go out this month and will due upon receipt
If you have any questions, 
please contact Sandra at
 

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 
Barry Waterman
Coldwell Banker Waterman Realty
410-643-5005
Sandra Early 
Administrator  
410-739-4716
SIGN UP FOR CITIZEN'S ALERT
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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!
  

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