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March 2018 Newsletter!

11 Mar 2018 10:14 AM | Christine Richardson (Administrator)


Doug Cashmere – ACE Hardware President 
Brian Conrad – Edward Jones – Vice President 
Linda Loane – Pasadena Pawn & Gun – Treasurer 
Angela Balsamo – Coffee News – Secretary
Jerry Nicklow - Huff Insurance – Immediate Past President


Mary Brodowski – BB&T
Dr. Christine Calvert, DVM – Calvert Veterinary Center
Lisa Hart- Arundel Federal Savings Bank
Paulette Morris – Idea Weaver Promotions, Inc. 
Christine Richardson – Q Marketing & Design
Sam Tanner - Keller Williams Realty
Ruth Toomey, An Extraordinar Limousine 

Pasadena Business Association
P.O. Box 861
Pasadena, MD 21123-0861
 p: 410-360-4PBA 

Executive Director
Sandi Parrish 

Doug Cashmere

Vice President
Brian Conrad

Immediate Past President
Jerry Nicklow 

Angela Balsamo

Linda Loane

Website Manager
Christine Richardson

Doug Cashmere, Ace Hardware & Hearth, PBA President

The Why and How of your Pasadena Business Association
I am excited to be writing to you as we begin a new year here at the PBA. This is the time of year when all our members are planning for their year and organizing their efforts to execute those business plans. Many of you are thinking about last year and evaluating what worked and what did not work.

I am proud to report that your Pasadena Business Association is alive and well. Your newly elected board of directors is actively planning for 2018 and organizing our efforts so that we can execute our plans for 2018. We have exciting initiatives planned with our committees, including Shop Local, legislative, education and scholarship, Crab Feast (moved to September), A Child’s Christmas, Taste of Pasadena, the Thanksgiving parade,  Tree Lighting Ceremony, and the flag.

When you look at this list of impressive local initiatives, it highlights the how and why of the PBA.

Why? The PBA provides an excellent way for PBA member businesses to make a significant difference in the Pasadena community, enhancing the wellbeing of our businesses and neighbors who live and work here. Through a very methodical and exhausting approach, your PBA board evaluates the needs of many different groups in your community. We help raise funds and provide support for the homeless, students in need of education assistance, the hungry and our veterans, and we make the holidays special for hundreds of local children.

How? We do it all with your help! Through your board of directors and your committees and dozens of member volunteers organized and coordinated by our executive director Sandi Parrish, we work through all the local community initiatives near and dear to PBA and our member businesses. Without you and your involvement, nothing we do could be possible. So I challenge you when planning your year to set aside some time to get involved with PBA. Join a committee, come to our meetings and support our events. The more you put into your membership with the PBA, the more you will get back. You will feel good about giving back to the community and you will have some fun!


If You Haven't Paid, Your Dues Are Past Due.  
Invoices were emailed in early December and mailed in mid December and again in February. All members pay dues now no matter when you joined.  Dues are prorated when you join with full dues due on January 1.  Your dues are now past due and if not paid you will not be included in the Membership Directory and Community Guide.  We print and distribute 5,000 copies.  That alone is worth the dues investment.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 @ Noon
Cheshire Crab
 1701 Poplar Ridge Road, Pasadena

Speaker:  Darryl Hagner, AA County Police Department Business Liaison

$18.00 with reservation by Friday, March 30, 2018
 (covers buffet and non-alcoholic beverages)
$23.00 if reserving after Friday, March 30, 2018

You can pay in advance for the luncheons or mixers by mailing your check to PBA, PO Box 861, Pasadena, MD 21123-0861, or you can register and pay on the website by credit card, or you can email your reservation to Sandi and pay at the door by cash or check.
If you reserve and do not cancel prior to the event you will be invoiced.

We give a head count based on the reservations and that is what we are required to pay. Please make every attempt to reserve your space for the meeting so the restaurant knows how much food to prepare.



Not to late to advertise

What a great way to get your business name out to possible customers for pennies and it remains out for one year. I have had members of the community tell me they use it as their yellow pages when looking for goods or services. We print and distribute 5,000 copies of our directory and have the community calling asking when the new issue will be available because their copy is getting worn out.  The Membership Directory and Community Guide advertising and renewal information was sent out. If you had an ad in the previous directory you should have received an Advertising Renewal Statement and Ad Proof.  You can simply sign the form and return with payment or you can go online and pay with a credit card.  If you wish to change to a larger size ad simply use the Advertising Rate form sign and return with your payment. You must provide a camera ready ad in a pdf.   If you are new to the PBA and wish to advertise you should have received an Advertising Rate form to use. All dues and directory costs must be paid for your inclusion in the directory. 

We are looking for vendors for the Taste of Pasadena.  
If you are interested contact Lisa Hart, Arundel Federal Savings Bank, lhart@arundelfederal.com or 410-437-4770.
Mark your calendars and watch for more details on the event.

 Our February General Membership   Meeting was held at BeefaloBobs on   Ft. Smallwood Road.  The buffet is   always great choices and great food.     Thanks to BeefaloBobs for hosting   the meeting for again.  Phil Hager,   Anne Arundel County Planning & Zoning Officer gave an overview of the New General Development Plan.  This was a great opportunity to see some of the changes and if they effect any of our businesses.


Thank You” to PBA Member Mike Jacobs & Josh Jacobs - JB Machine; Retired Scout Master Dan Demers; Eli Hall – Arundel Federal and Sandi Parrish – PBA Ex. Director for taking down the Rt. 100 Memorial Flag. The weather forecast was calling for 20-50mph winds and higher wind gust. For those of you who don’t know, the PBA maintains the flag area and purchases new flags each year at a cost of $500.00 for each flag. If you would like to donate to the “Flag Fund” please contact Lisa Hart @ Arundel Federal #410-437-4770 for more information. Thank you and God Bless America! 


A multi-organization event!
door prizes – hand out table – table rotations -  great connections!

Thursday, April 12, 2018
7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
RSVP by April 10th
HELLA’S Restaurant & Lounge   8498 Veterans Highway, Millersville, MD  21108

COST $30 Advance *  $35 at-the-door & $45 non-member
Bring Your Business Cards and Hand-Outs for the Information Table!



                                 Shop Local – Support Local
              Paulette Morris, Idea Weaver Promotions, Inc., Shop Local Committee

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “Shop Local”?  Most would answer, it means to shop at local merchants, dine at local restaurants and hire local service providers.  This is all true, but shopping local is so much more.  There are a lot of reasons why so many communities and businesses are embracing the “Shop Local” concept. Here’s a few great reasons to consider the next time you head out for your next shopping or dining trip.  When we use local providers for the products and services we need, we are also partnering with those merchants in supporting local non-profit organizations and creating jobs. Another perk of doing business locally is the experience allows us to build working relationships. We have the opportunity to get to know the people behind the business and they get to know us.  Customer Service is also better when the business knows you personally. It’s good to know people, right?

Here’s more good news!  “Technology” meets Shop Local”.  Many local businesses now offer online shopping, delivery and store pickup for their products.  There are even local service providers who can come to you to help you select the products you need.

The bottom line is, Local businesses and professionals employ people, donate to local non-profits organizations and support other local businesses.  They are eager to serve us and appreciate our business.

The Pasadena Business Association is planning some new “Shop Local” activities for 2018.  These events will be designed to showcase our local businesses and organizations. 


Douglas Realty
April 24, 2018
8585 Ft. Smallwood Road, Pasadena
4:00 – 6:00 Pm
Ribbon Cutting @4:30 PM
Open house with tour of the new office
Dessert and Coffee Bar


Sunset Elementary School After school Math Tutoring Program  
We are looking for tutors on Tuesdays from 3:15-4:00pm weekly for 4th & 5th grade students. 
Career Day - We would love members of the PBA to speak (20-30 minute mini-presentations) at our Career Day on 4/20/18.

National Elementary Honors Society Book Kits - We would love to have members of the PBA donate new or gently used books for rising Kindergarten students

We would love monetary donations for tote bags (or donated tote bags) for the book kits.  We are looking for these donations by the beginning of May 2018.

Presidential Awards Breakfast - We would love monetary donations or food donations for our Presidential Awards Breakfast to honor all 5th grade students who have earned all As during this academic year.  The breakfast will take place on 6/1/18.

Thank you!  We look for to collaborating with the PBA!
Michelle Zitofsky, Ed.S., School Counselor@Sunset Elementary School, mzitofsky@aacps.org, 410.222.6478


I am planning Career Day on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 for our students at Jacobsville Elementary SchoolCareer Day involves having a variety of presenters come to the school and speak to the students about their careers.  Career Day will give students the opportunity to learn about a variety of careers.  By starting career exploration at a young age, students can begin to understand the many opportunities they will have for their own future careers.  In addition, students will begin to connect the education they are receiving now to how it will relate to their future.  

I would like to invite you to come and speak to the students on Career Day about your career.  Participating in Career Day would involve speaking to individual classes from Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.  The presenters would speak to one or two classes at a time for about thirty minutes for each presentation.  Presenters would need to plan on being at the school on this day from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for their presentations.  However, even if you could make it to Career Day for only part of the day, I will arrange the schedule to work that in.  A lunch break will be provided if you attend for the whole day.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at the school at 410-222-6460 or email me at dkennedy@aacps.org.  Please fill out the bottom portion of this letter as your response and return it to me as soon as possible so I can finalize my Career Day schedule.  Thank you for your consideration.  

Name: ________________________________________________

_____ Yes, I will be able to participate in Career Day!  Please add me to the schedule and send me more information.  (Please fill out the rest of the information.)

_____ Yes, I can attend, but only from _________________ to ________________ (Fill in time period.)

_____ No, I will not be able to participate in Career Day this year. 

Phone Number: ____________________________ Email Address: ______________________________

Place of Work: _________________________________________________________________________

Job Title: _____________________________________________________________________________



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