September 2014 

MEET & GREET PLANNED
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

BUSINESS Queen Anne's is planning a "Meet and Greet" with state and local elected officials and candidates! Cash bar and hors d'eourves will be served!

Thursday, October 23, 2014
from 6 to 8 PM
at Red Eye's Dock Bar
in Grasonville, MD

While there is no charge for this event, we would appreciate donations and hope if you are not a member of BQA, that you would sign up at the event! Look for more details about speakers in the October newsletter!
 
WITH SYMPATHY

Our sincerest condolences go out to Congressman Andy Harris and his family for the loss of his wife Sylvia "Cookie" Harris on August 29, 2014. It brings to mind the saying that "behind every great man, is a great woman." She was indeed a great woman and will be missed by many.
COUNTY JOINS COALITION!

 

At the County Commissioner's meeting on August 26th, Commissioner Dave Olds made a motion to join the Coalition. That motion was amended by Commissioner Jim Moran to include emphasizing the County's support for the state's Water Implementation Program and its intentions to do so would be stated on the coalition's website.  

 

The amended motion passed 3 to 2.

 

Well done gentlemen! Thank you for showing that Queen Anne's County supports our Bay!

 

For more news about the Chesapeake Clean Coalition, please visit the "Recent News" page on  their website!

 

  

THANK YOU FOR RENEWING!

BQA would like to acknowledge the following members and thank them for renewing their membership! 

 

Dissen & Juhn Corporation

QAC Sheriff's Office

The Update

UM Shore Regional Health


 

 

LETTER FROM THE BQA CHAIRMAN!

Dear BQA Members and Area Businesses.

 

I'm asking for your support of Business Queen Anne's, in the form of membership (business or individual) &/OR sponsorship. We understand and respect the difficulty some may have, teachers, students, public sector workers, entrepreneurs, individuals and small business owners when taking a public, visible stand on some of the issues we support. It's no secret some here have and will continue taking counter "sense of community", regrettable actions, against local people and businesses, simply because they have a differing opinion, idea or vision for growth, jobs and local opportunity?   For that reason, BQA will respect any business, individual member or sponsors request for 'anonymity' with their support!  

 

Our mission 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! 

 

 

In Spring 2002 Business Queen Anne's founders saw a need for balance and expanded local opportunity, they stepped up to the plate to lead the charge. The organization was formed as a sorely needed balancing alternative, a pro-active, pro-business coalition for economic development and responsible government. Our objective is to help foster a climate conducive to the continual and orderly growth of both residential and non-residential tax bases in Queen Anne's County. With the proper balance and financial security a solid commercial tax base offers, County residents could enjoy lower more reasonable residential tax rates while enjoying the benefits of business and commercial opportunities, local commerce, local jobs and local tax revenues to pay for services, right here in our County!    

 

86% of Queen Anne's County residents now leave our County daily for work, they take with them opportunity, energy, commerce, business and tax revenues in the form of gas, meals, retail commerce and recreational activities monies that could be spent right here benefiting Queen Anne's County? The extensive and frequently frustrating 'time and toll', beyond just Bay Bridge fee's, of lengthy congested commuting times, leaves most unable, unwilling and frankly drained once they do return to the County. This time they could be spending here, with family, friends, neighbors, community organizations, schools, charities and other local activities, and most importantly, involvement and volunteerism here in our County.

 

The recent primary election, one historic in terms of candidate spending, will bring a new slate of commissioner's. They may come together, work and succeed at finding consensus to the differing ideas, opinion's and visions for the Counties future, or they may get stuck with the same status quo resisting all growth, jobs and local opportunity. The second option all but assures continued reductions in local services.  

 

With the Fall election comes another opportunity to speak up, promote and endorse what we see as necessary balance in this County. We want and need to be able to counter misinformation and 'campaign promises' that will surely bombard all our mailboxes & inboxes again, we need your help! In the past we've been successful with common sense, targeted ads on the most important and specific issues of concern here, our goal 'then and now' is to counter misinformation, sleight of hand, and convenient omission of facts, providing easily verifiable facts and of course, consequences. It is up to all County residents and businesses to take a stand and be heard, as to what they want, need and desire for Queen Anne's County, and we hope you support us in pursuing that goal.   

 

Thank you!    

Steve Donovan

BQA Chairman 


BQA MEMBERSHIP & AD SPONSORSHIP
WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN BUSINESS QUEEN ANNE'S?

BUSINESS Queen Anne's is not like any other business advocacy group in Queen Anne's County. When an issue that affects business arises in Queen Anne's County, we don't have to be neutral or careful to not step on toes! That can make some a little leery, but if your businesses needs someone to stand up and support you, then you'll be glad to have BQA there for you!

BQA has been vocal in the past on issues such as:

Four Seasons on Kent Island
FASTC Project
Wye Mills/Chesapeake College Expansion
Conowingo Dam
Minimum Wage Legislature
KI Sewer
Sunday Hunting in QAC
Slippery Hill Community
Adequate Public Facility Ordinance

Generally, we support property rights, balanced business growth, an adequate commercial tax base; we support having businesses that allow residents to work and live here in Queen Anne's County!

Also, the board of BQA has interviewed the local candidates and report to the members their positions so members can easily choose a candidate that is aligned with their views on the issues at hand.

If you like what Business Queen Anne's does, but have concern as to customer reaction or backlash, we have a solution... Companies or individuals can become anonymous BQA members or sponsorship supporters!
 
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
With Sympathy
County Joins Coalition!
Thank You!!
Letter from the Chair
BQA Membership & Ad Sponsorship
Mark Your Calendar
Queenstown Premium Outlets
Assistance Needed

 

Your BQA Board!

 

Steve Donovan, President

Title One & Associates, Inc.

410-758-1831

smd@annapolis.net

 

Mareen Waterman, Vice President

Coldwell Banker Waterman Realty

410-643-5005

mareenwaterman@mris.com 

 

Nick Deoudes

Deoudes-Magafan Realty, Inc.

410-827-5441

ndeoudes@atlanticbb.net 

 

Mike Dahle

Bay Carpets Flooring America

410-820-7288

mdahle@baycarpets.com 

 

Tim Champion

Champion Improvements Inc.

410-643-4886

 improve@atlanticbb.net 

 

Bob Wilson

Mears Point Marina

410-827-8888

bobwilson@mearspoint.com 

 

Cheryl Russell

Delmarva Power

410-758-4127

cheryl.russell@delmarva.com 

  

Gary Hofmann

QAC Sheriff's Department

410-758-0770

sheriff@qac.org 

  

George O'Donnell

ASTECH SECURITY

410-490-7400 

george@astechsecurity.com 

 

Jack Ashley

410-310-0800

jackashley@mris.com

  

Sandra Early 

Administrator  

410-643-6288  

sandra.early@verizon.net 

  

 

 

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
  
  
 
 
QUEENSTOWN PREMIUM OUTLETS! 

What's happening in September?

 
Queenstown Premium Outlets
Family Fun Walk
Saturday, September 6th
from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Please join us for a morning of fun, fitness and activities while supporting the American Cancer Society.

To register visit www.relayforlife.org/QAfamilyfunwalk
or contact Stephanie at 302-669-6320.

 

MEMBER ASSISTANCE NEEDED!

 

BQA is 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

 

Click the logo above for the latest QAC Financial Status Update!! 

 

 

 

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