The St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce, “where business and community meet,” is a nonprofit association of businesses that has been dedicated to community progress for more than 40 years.
The chamber’s membership represents a diverse cross-section of businesses, organizations and industries in St. Mary’s and the entire Southern Maryland region, including more than 25,000 employees.
Since 1974, the chamber has supported education, promoted tourism and worked to bring new jobs to the county. It is often the first point of contact for visitors and persons relocating to the county, as well as a continuing resource for existing businesses and residents. The St. Mary’s County Welcome Center, located at 37575 Charlotte Hall School Road in Charlotte Hall, is managed by the chamber through a contract with the St. Mary’s County government.
The chamber speaks for its members as new legislation is proposed and implemented. It takes an active stance in local affairs, helping its members meet the challenges of doing business in the county. The chamber also seeks community-based solutions to address issues like infrastructure, economic development, workforce housing and preservation of the rural landscape through the use of transferable development rights.
The chamber works with agencies such as Maryland’s Southern Region Small Business Development Center, Community Development Corporation, the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland and Southern Maryland JobSource (the regional workforce investment board).
The chamber sponsors many events throughout the year.
The Business Showcase, which provides local businesses with an opportunity to promote their goods and services in a professional setting, is held each May, and a chamber golf outing is held annually as well. A Taste of St. Mary’s, which allows visitors to Leonardtown to sample local restaurant fare, is held each September. An annual meeting with Southern Maryland legislators provides an opportunity to update chamber members on proposed legislation.
Monthly business after-hours events are informal evenings for members to meet and greet each other in a relaxed atmosphere.
The chamber also supports programs such as the Business, Education and Community Alliance, which oversees a common college scholarship application.
The chamber’s ambassadors committee arranges ribbon cuttings for new businesses in the county, as well as for relocations of existing businesses, changes in ownership or other significant happenings in the life of a business.
Training and education opportunities through seminars and information forums are offered to members by the chamber, which provides assistance in addressing current business and community issues.
Calls and emails requesting information for local products and services are received by the chamber on a frequent basis, and these inquiries are referred to chamber member businesses that meet those needs.
To learn more
The chamber’s offices are located at the Capt. Walter Francis Duke Terminal of the St. Mary’s County Airport, 44200 Airport Road, Suite B, in Hollywood. For more information, call 301-737-3001.