• History

  • Mission Statement

    We are a membership driven organization to serve, represent and be the foremost advocate to our members in such a way as to enhance the quality of life and well being of our unique county, its residents and visitors, through continued and orderly growth of our business enterprises

    Character Counts!

    The Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a Character Counts! Business of Character. As such we require our membership to practice the values of Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship toward each other, their customers and their community.

    "We are formed; we exist"

    William Cunningham, acting president, was talking about the embryonic but energetic Chamber of Commerce of Queen Anne's County.

    Serving with Cunningham, an official of the Maryland National Bank, in acting capacities are Dr. James C. Foor, a Chester veterinarian as Vice President; Lee Willis, a builder and developer as Secretary, and Thomas Roe, a certified public accountant as Treasurer.

    Cunningham's announcement was made following the third meeting of the Board of Directors at the Fishermans' Inn, Thursday night.

    Serving on the Board are Pat Thompson, County Attorney; James Dudley, a Queenstown farmer; Dr. Robert Schleiger, President of Chesapeake College; Oscar Schulz, Restauranteur, and Julius Grollman a Businessman.

    Cunningham said, "The main emphasis is going to be given in the early stages to membership development."

    In line with the objective, prospective members were invited to write to P.O. Box 303 Stevensville, 21666, or to call 643-3801. Dues will be $25.00 annually.

    A related objective Cunningham said, will be "to take unified action on issues that affect the area."

    The officer and board members will meet again at the Fisherman's Inn, Thursday, June 5, at 8:00p.m. when one agenda item is expected to be approval of bylaws.

    The Star-Democrat
    Tuesday, May 6, 1980

  • What is a Chamber of Commerce?

    The Chamber of Commerce is an interconnected group of businesses and professionals working together to increase local commerce and to serve their communities more effectively than can be done individually. 

    There is a distinct advantage in combining efforts with other like-minded businesses and applying available technology to expand your own business while increasing global awareness of your community. The more your local business community grows, the more potential there is for your own business or service.

    As a business person in today’s economy, it is imperative that you apply all the tools available to you in order to succeed. Many of the tools necessary for expanding your business and reaching potential customers and clients are only available to you through your local Chamber of Commerce. 

    Without the support of the Chamber, and the technology it makes available, it is much more difficult for an independent business to be successful in the turbulent economic seas prevalent today.

    Prospective customers searching for reputable businesses through the internet or by traditional sources normally begin with the local Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber, in turn, can drive incoming business directly to you as a member.

    Chambers of Commerce are not governmental organizations and receive no direct government funding. Each Chamber is a separate and independent entity and these individual entities are not connected by government or funding.

    The Chamber exists to serve its members. It provides the resources and tools you need to maximize your success. Membership in your Chamber of Commerce can give your business a powerful edge in today's competitive market.


    “The Chamber of Commerce is the most trusted source for information on local businesses and services.”