February 2013

Volume 2 Issue 2

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Calvert Dollars and Sense

Business & Consumer News

Published compliments of
the Calvert County Minority Business Alliance

Business News

Calvert Library Meeting Room Use Expanded for Business Meetings, Trainings, Client Meetings and Informational Sessions

Most everyone knows that Calvert Library Prince Frederick and Fairview Branch have meeting rooms where library events, workshops and classes take place. Not everyone knows that those rooms are available for community groups and nonprofits to reserve for free when the library is not using them. When the new location for Southern Branch opens, they too will have a meeting room available to the public. Calvert Library Board of Trustees also recently made a change to the meeting room use policy that expanded the use to include business meetings, trainings, informational sessions and client meetings. Businesses do need to pay for their use of the rooms and will find that the fees are very reasonable. The charges vary by location and can be found on the library website at While the rooms are very popular on weekday evenings, they are frequently available during the work day. According to Patricia Hofmann, Library Director, “The library’s busy-ness on weekday evenings may frustrate some community groups but overall, it is an indicator of the health of our community. The fact that we have many active community groups and a lot of demand for library programming shows how involved the citizens of Calvert are. We are delighted to be the center of so much community activity and engagement.”

Each library location has free WiFi and Prince Frederick has mounted LCD projectors and screens in two of their meeting rooms. There are tables and chairs that groups can arrange for their use. Reservations can be made online from the comfort of your home or office and you will receive confirmations via email.

Business Tidbits

The Health Care Law & Small Businesses
During a tough economic climate, small businesses face many challenges in order to grow and create jobs. One of those challenges is the 2010 health care law and its many mandates, regulatory hurdles, and burdensome requirements. The House Small Business Committee has produced a resource to help raise awareness about the law’s regulations and requirements for small businesses. These charts outline select Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provisions that will become effective in 2013 and 2014, and the consequences for small businesses. full article

How to Build a Small-Business Nest Egg
When you start your own business, you already have so many things to figure out – marketing, websites, customers, when you’re actually do the work while doing all that other stuff. Amid all that, it might be tough to find the time to weigh all the options for setting up a retirement plan. Fortunately, Denise Appleby, a retirement consultant in Atlanta, has done the legwork for you. To get a good understanding of the different types of plans that small-business owners can use, you may want to check out the handy explainer chart she has assembled.: full article

Member Services & Events

  • Friday, February 8, 2013 - Friends and Lovers Bistro - Doors open at 6:30 pm - Featuring Gretchen Richie with Randy Richie on the keyboard; Solomons Island Yacht Club 14604 Solomons Island Road Solomons Island, MD 20688 ;A sip of wine, tasty Tidbits, Silent Auction and all that JAZZ. Admission is $25.00. Seating is Limited; For Tickets- Call 443-295-7456 or Mail check to CMCC, P. O. Box 807, Solomons, MD 20688;Order Online through PayPal at
  • Sunday, Feb.10, 2013Valentines* Tax Time* Pamper yourself because you deserve it to Event! - 2pm-6pm; Holiday Inn Express, Prince Frederick, MD; First 50 guests get a free gift; Food orders contact: Mornic Weems Toye 301-904-0240; Event details or questions Text 443-404-8941

Important Dates

College Goal Sunday

Get help filling out the FAFSA online to qualify your student for financial aid. One hour slots available from noon and ending at 4:00pm.

Sunday, February 10 -Calvert Library Prince Frederick


Southern Maryland Legislative Reception

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 7-9pm
Loews Annapolis Hotel, 126 West Street. 
Cost: $40. 
Mail Payment to Tri-County Council for Southern MD. PO Box 745 Hughesville, MD 20637.  For questions, contact Helen Fassel, 301-274-1922.

JobSource Mobile Career Center

Stop by to get job counseling, resume help, search for jobs, and get connected with Southern Maryland JobSource. This 38 foot mobile center features 11 computer workstations, smart board instructional technology, satellite internet access, exterior audio visual and broadcasting capabilities, state-of-the-art workforce applications, and connectivity for wireless mobile device access.

Wednesday, February 13
Calvert Library Prince Frederick

NAACP Luncheon

If you want to purchase a ticket please contact Mrs. Ruth Reid 410-535-2730 or Joyce Freeland at 410-535-0413.

Saturday, February 23, 2013
12:30 pm
Rodn'Reel Restaurant in Chesapeake Beach, Md.
Tickets are $40.00.

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CCMBA's Board Members includes Chair of the Board, Eric Franklin, President ERIMAX, Inc.; Gayle Reid, Reid Bus Service;, Edsel Brown, Jr., Edsel Brown, Jr. Financial Advisors; and Michael Moore, Mike’s House of Style, and Mable Smith.  The CCMBA officers are President, Dawn L. Tucker, Lord and Tucker Management Consultants; Angela Waul, Waul Enterprises; Natalie Holland, Treasurer, Cutty’s Rock and Ribs, Inc.; and Shanell Nero, Hooked on Nero.  CCMBA Committee Chairs include Communications Chair, Sharon Wallace, Wallace Creations; James Gray Jr., Systems Network Alliance and Government, Business, and Policy Chair, Frank Taylor; and Social Media Coordinator James Gray.

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