September 20, 2022

Welcome New Member:


Katrina James

Member Spotlight of the Week

Name of Business: Coffee News Maryland

Point of Contact: Angela & Tom Balsamo


Length of time business has been operating: Almost 16 years


Description of Business: Coffee News is the only weekly, category-exclusive publication in the DMV. We have 5 editions throughout Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, and Howard Counties. Coffee News can be found in places that consumers are waiting while they are actively spending disposable income! The print publication is just the tip of the iceberg though. We actively promote our advertising partners on all our social media platforms… Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google. Plus, we’re active members of 5 additional Chambers and several other networking groups. We network to enhance our advertising partners visibility in the community, so they can focus in and on their business (although we love when they join us out for networking).


Your Business Mission Statement

Our mission is to offer weekly, category-exclusive advertising at the best value in the Baltimore market. Through our affordable publication, we will provide our clients with a local, community approach to advertising, while still helping to expose them in areas beyond the county borders. Promotion of our clients will extend outside the normal distribution of Coffee News as we will actively promote them through our vast networking in area chambers, business groups, and community associations. Our goal is for Coffee News, and subsequently our clients, to be seen everywhere.


What’s Your Why?

Helping business owners navigate the obstacles of promoting themselves because that’s something we wished we had with our previous businesses.

Quick little story to explain why that’s our why…. Angela and Tom launched in January 2007 after almost a decade of owning and operating 3 retail franchises. They expanded into Howard County (where they both grew up) in March 2015. Throughout their first business venture, Tom and Angela invested a great deal of time and money to promote their businesses throughout the communities they served. It was stressful, expensive, and at times frustrating trying to decide if something was “working” or not. The same lessons they learned from purchasing advertising and marketing for their businesses, Tom and Angela have applied to promoting Coffee News and working with their clients to help them get the most "bang for their buck". Being a business owner is stressful enough. They want to help ease the burden of the confusing and ever evolving marketing space that can often cost business owners more money than they bargained for leaving them short on funds to implement a solid marketing plan. They know what it’s like to take money off the kitchen table to make payroll. They know what it’s like to have the allure of a shiny marketing piece dangling in front of you with promises of big returns, but the reality of the bank account just doesn’t make it possible. They know what it’s like to be part of a co-op that pours hundreds of thousands of dollars into television ads, only for those ads to get bumped to terrible time slots because another business came along and paid more for the prime-time slots. We’ve been there. Not a lot of other people in our industry can say that, but we can.


What sets your business apart from others?

Isn’t it kind of obvious by now. 😉 Seriously though. We’re the antithesis of print advertising. You can change your ad for FREE as often as you’d like. We don’t have premium pricing. No on-the-thumb, top right hand corner, color, double page/ad, etc. Same playing field for everyone. Every single reader actually wants to read the paper, because they’re willingly picking it up. Our social media is about our partners. We encourage multiple forms of advertising (within the budget that make sense for your business).


What are some of the personal rewards that come from your business?

Gosh, what a great question. The friends we’ve made who have become like family. The knowing that if we ever needed something, we have surrounded ourselves with people who would drop everything to be there for us. It’s such a comfort to know that while it’s just the two of us, we’re really not in business alone.


How long have you been a chamber member? Almost 16 years!


 What benefits have you experienced with your chamber membership?

We’ve met some great friends, had some wonderful experiences and memories that will last a lifetime, been able to help advertising partners and friends solve problems because someone we met through the Chamber was the person to save the day, and we’ve found a community of like-minded individuals who get us and that’s priceless.


Do you offer any discounts?

We do offer Chamber members a discount on advertising. Plus, we buy you coffee (or beverage of choice) often! Oh, and we publicize community events that your business, church, school, or community group are hosting for FREE.


Interested in joining our organization ~ Visit Our Website
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Executive Director's Message


We would like to thank everyone who attended and supported last weeks Multi- Chamber Fall Bash! Most notably, we would like to thank our sponsor, Minuteman Press of Baltimore & Crofton for their continued support. We also, would like to give a big thank you to the Walden Country Club for hosting us again for this years event, Lights Camera Action Selfie Studio for providing the photo booth, and Honey Bee Photography for taking amazing photos. Lastly, we would like to acknowledge and thank the following participating Chambers for their incredible support: Greater Severna Park & Arnold, Central Maryland, and Northern Anne Arundel County. Participants enjoyed an evening of networking, entertainment, and games. 

On Wednesday, September 28, beginning at 9:00 am, we are hosting a Chamber 101 at Chesepiooc Real Ale Brewery. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Chamber, hear about member benefits, and network with new members. You’ll also meet the Chamber staff and learn more about how we can assist you. It’s free for both new members and businesses interested in joining, but we ask that you register in advance.

October is fast upon us and we are excited for this Fall’s upcoming Festival on the Green. Vendor and sponsorships slots are still available. This is a great opportunity to provide your business additional exposure and take part in a fun, family friendly community event. 

Thank you again for all of your continued support and we wish everyone a fruitful and productive week!

All the best,

Clifton Harcum

Executive Director

Greater Crofton Chamber of Commerce


Connections ~ Marketing ~ Community ~ Visibility ~ Friendship

Upcoming Events:

Arcadia Living Crofton - Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting

Thursday, September 22, 2022 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Free for all to attend

Click Here to Register

Chamber 101

Sponsored by HRi

at Chesepiooc Real Ale Brewery

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 | 9:00am - 10:30am

Free for all to attend

Click Here to Register

Fall Festival on the Green

in the overflow parking lot of the Crofton Country Club

Saturday, October 1, 2022 | 10:00am - 4:00pm

Free for all to attend

Click Here to Register as a vendor and/or sponsor

Community Shred Day

Sponsored by: Shore United Bank

Saturday, October 15, 2022 | 10:00am - 1:00pm

See the flier below for details

Community Awards Celebration

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm

$40 Per Person ~ See flier below for details

Email for tickets

Meet the Candidates


Other Networking Event:


Tuesday, September 20, 2022 | 6:00p-8:00p

Click Here to Register

The Crofton Chamber is participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® on Sunday, October 16th with our Chamber member the Greater Maryland Chapter to raise awareness and funds in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. 

Please help us make a difference by making a tax-deductible donation on our team fundraising page or by joining our team. All donations benefit the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association - and every dollar makes a difference in this fight.

Our Team Page: Walk to End Alzheimer's October 16th

Thank you for your support!

Visit our Website

CQI Energy Co-op

Savings Opportunity for Members 

Have you looked at your utility bill lately? Rates are going through the roof!

Unprecedented temperatures, the war and the economy continue to escalate utility prices to historic levels. CQI’s 25-plus years of experience with proven results provides the best option for stabilizing your utility expenses. There is no better time for members to enroll in the Chamber Energy Purchasing Cooperative Program and gain price stability, budget control and peace-of-mind.

The Greater Crofton Chamber of Commerce has partnered with nationally recognized energy management experts, CQI Associates, to administer and manage the Chamber Energy Purchasing Cooperative. Competitive rates are obtained by leveraging aggregated usage from members of 23 Chambers of Commerce. The group purchasing power allows members to receive lower rates than they could typically attain on their own.

Since 2004, the Cooperative electricity rates have been lower than both market rates and the weighted annual utility standard offer service rates. During our previous campaigns, participants saw an average annual savings of $4,000. Natural gas rates were also lower on average than market rates and utility monthly winter peak indexed rates.

TAKE ACTION REGISTER NOW in the current campaign which runs from September 6, 2022 to September 30, 2022.

NO ACTION will result in continually paying higher utility bills.

Sean Corcoran

CQI Associates, LLC

Direct: 443-896-7090



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Upcoming Chamber Members' Events

Capitol Raceway


Saturday, October 1, 2022 | 12n - 8pm

Capitol Raceway, 1451 Capitol Raceway Rd, Crofton

For Tickets or Vendor Registration contact Margie Hicks 443-226-1117

See flier below for all of the details

Chesepiooc Real Ale Brewery


Saturday, October 1, 2022 | 2pm - 6pm

Chesepiooc Real Ale Brewery, 2408 Crofton Blvd, Crofton

Advance tickets required: Click HERE

Hunt for Hope Wellness

Master Your Emotions and Conquer GRIEF & LOSS! (online event)

Tuesday, October 11th, 2022 | 7 – 8:30 pm

Free for all to attend.

Click here for more information and to register

Greater Maryland Chapter, Alzheimer's Association

Walk to End Alzheimer's

Sunday, October 16, 2022 | 11am Registration, 12n Ceremony & Walk

Sandy Point State Park, 1100 E College Parkway, Annapolis

Click here for more details: Walk to End Alzheimer's

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please email ***

Photos of the Week

Multi-Chamber Fall Bash

Quote of the Week