|Organized in 1957, the Chamber acts as an active advocate for business in the Greater Severna Park and Arnold areas. As a proactive business organization, the Chamber seeks to build a healthy business climate, increase the quality of life for all residents and provide member businesses with beneficial services and programs. In 2017 we’re celebrating our 60th anniversary of service to the business community.|
As members of the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce, we are committed to:
- Be fair in our business practices,
- Be neighborly,
- Support the community to the best of our ability,
- Be here for you.
To support and promote Greater Severna Park and Arnold Business in Harmony with the Community.
2017 Officers and Board
|President:||John Barranco Barranco & Sons Funeral Home|
|1st Vice President:||Diane Brewer HeimLantz, PC|
|2nd Vice President:||Rick Hennen Southern Trust Mortgage|
|Treasurer:||Diane Neighoff CFS Insurance|
|Secretary:||Megan Orzechowski Opportunity Builders|
|Chairman of the Board:||Maggie Harris Anne Arundel Community College|
|Legal Counsel to the Chamber:||Michael Wilsman, Attorney-at-Law|
|CEO:||Linda S. Zahn|
About Severna Park
Located in the central part of Anne Arundel County and bounded by the Severn and Magothy Rivers, Severna Park shares much of the county's 500-plus miles of shoreline which provides waterfront living for many residents and a beautiful setting for sailing, fishing, crabbing, and waterfowl hunting.
A proud and well-established mix of old and new communities, Severna Park offers excellent schools, recreational opportunities, churches, regional village shopping centers offering a wide range of shopping and dining choices, and easy access to universities and hospitals.
Throughout the year the Chamber sponsors many events. The annual Youth Leadership Conference, held in March, involves students from area schools in both the public sector and our private schools. Much of the planning is done by the students themselves, so it presents a great leadership opportunity. In May businesses participate in the Chamber's annual Home-Based and Small-Business Showcase. November brings the annual Holiday Trade Fair at Earleigh Heights Fire Hall.
2009 marks the 35th Anniversary of the annual Independence Day Parade which the Chamber sponsors, and the community is always encouraged to participate. The theme for 2009 was "Red, White, Blue.....and Green" as a tribute not only to our Nation's birthday, but also to our environment. Our Grand Marshals represented the Magothy River Association (President Paul Spadaro) and the Severn River Association (Vice President Don Morris-Jones). The Festival at Cypress Creek Park, which follows the parade and features great entertainment, is open to not-for-profit organizations for fund raising and awareness. On the first Friday of December the holiday season is traditionally ushered in with the annual lighting of the holly tree next to the Chamber building. Carols fill the air and visitors are warmly invited into the Chamber's Community Room by Executive Director Linda Zahn to enjoy hot apple cider and cookies served by Chamber volunteers and area girl scouts.
Senior population in Severna Park continues to increase and for many who prefer to stay in this area close to family and friends there are excellent up-scale senior residences and assisted and independent living housing. In September 2008 the Chamber sponsored an event, "Living Long - Living Well," for seniors and the families of our seniors. The event boasted seminars, exhibitors and health screening. Programs designed to meet specific needs that can help improve the quality of daily life for older adults are offered at seven senior centers located throughout the county. For more information call the Department of Aging and Disabilities MAPS (Maryland Access Point for Anne Arundel County) at 410-222-4257, and the Department of Aging and Rehabilitation at 410-222-4464.
The Anne Arundel County Police do an excellent job of protecting citizens and their property and educating them in ways to better protect themselves. There is a longstanding position of zero tolerance in regard to graffiti and youth vandalism in Severna Park. Anyone with information about graffiti or vandalism is encouraged to contact Captain Thomas Rzepkowski at Eastern District Police Headquarters, 410-222-6140, or Detective J. Martelle or Detective Ed Stratton at 410-222-6145.
The Earleigh Heights Fire Department is proud of its service to the community over the past 91 years.
The fire company features a full service response cadre of apparatus and highly trained volunteer and career firefighters and paramedics. They could not operate without the help of the local communities through donations, bingo, and the annual carnival in July. For dates of upcoming events call 410-647-3119.
The quality of life and convenient location to Washington and Baltimore continue to be dominant factors in attracting new businesses and residents to this area.
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