A Message from the QAC Chamber Chair
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce, we offer our sincerest appreciation to our members. We do what we do for our members.
Formed in 1980, the Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce represents our business community promoting the interests of local businesses and residents.
I personally joined our Chamber of Commerce in early 2011. My wife and I had recently relocated to Kent Island after a recruiter for Edward Jones asked me “Bill, where do you want to spend the next 30 – 40 years of your life?”. I was building a financial services business from scratch, not long after the Financial Crisis of 2008, in an area I was not from, and where I knew only two people well, my mother and father. So, I turned to the QAC Chamber of Commerce. Linda Friday, our President, greeted me with open arms, quite literally. I asked her to how to become a member before I asked what the Chamber does locally because I knew it was something I needed to be involved in to be a part of our business community. Almost 8 years later, I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Chairperson of the Board for our Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce.
In a time of social media, online shopping with free 2 day shipping, groceries delivered to your front door, and online bill pay we don’t have to leave the comfort of our home or office very often. We are living in a time of extraordinary convenience. Convenience is not a good way to build, maintain, or grow existing relationships or business. We need to meet people face to face and shake a hand to build real relationships. That is where trust is built and where business is built and grown.
That is where Chamber of Commerce comes in to facilitate the introductions of business people at our regular monthly events. We have some fantastic and extraordinarily successful and innovative business people in or community that you may not know of because they don’t have a storefront. Come out and meet some of those people at our events in 2019!
Linda Friday, Tracy Wilson, and the Board of the Chamber strive to actively connect people and organizations in our county. Our Workforce Development efforts will continue in 2019 introducing our educators at the high School and college level to the needs of the business community and facilitating the necessary face to face communication and accountability.
When I was new to the business community I found the Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce and this invaluable directory of our members. I didn’t stop there though. I have benefited as a member of the Chamber through active participation at our regular mixers, lunch and learns, seminars, networking groups, young professional meetings, and golf tournaments, meeting people face to face, shaking their hand and learning about them, their story, and their business. Like many things in life, you get out of the Chamber what you put into it. Please tell us how we can help, what you need, and who you’d like an introduction to. Put more of yourself into the Chamber of Commerce in 2019 and beyond.
William J. Caughey IV, Financial Advisor, AAMS
Edward Jones Investments
1A Chester Plaza
Chester, MD 21619