Pasadena Business Association
Great Businesses Making A Great Community

  • 10 Nov 2016 1:13 PM | Deleted user

    A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS - Jacqueline Dunn, Chair, 

    "Give back to those less fortunate" is just one way that the PBA supports the community. To that end, we are again hosting A Child's Christmas. The schools have been sending their numbers for children and families in need.

    There are several ways you can participate: 

    SPONSORS: Let Sandi or Jacqueline know if you are willing to sponsor a child, children, or family. We will provide you with a wish list from the child with sizes, necessities needed and of course toys and other items wanted. If you want to sponsor a child, children or a family but shopping is not an option we will do the shopping for you. 

    Send your monetary donation payable to PBA but earmarked A Child’s Christmas and Sandi will be happy to assign you a child or family and do the shopping for you. 

    FOOD: Last year, we didn’t have a lot of food to give to families, so we’d appreciate it if a few businesses would be willing to place a box in their businesses to collect non-perishable food. 

    TOYS: Businesses may also want to place a collection box for toys or other gifts. 

    GIFT CARDS AND CASH DONATIONS: If your business wants to decorate a gift tree for those who prefer, we are accepting donations of gift cards or money that can be sent to the PBA office earmarked for A Child’s Christmas. 

    SINGLE GIFT ITEMS: Lastly, if you’d like to purchase a gift such as a bike, electronic game, or a single gift let Jacqueline or Sandi know and we can select a gift from one of the wish lists. 

    OTHER IDEAS: Businesses can collect like items such as hats, mittens, gloves, socks, underwear, etc. 

    Jacqueline can also print a wish list onto paper ornaments if you want to decorate a tree where your employees and/or customers can pick a gift to buy.

    A Child's Christmas Sponsorship Form

  • 10 Nov 2016 9:16 AM | Deleted user

    Thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s parade another great success! What a great afternoon it turned out to be, even if it was tremendously windy. What was amazing about this year’s event was the amount of food that was collected - $22,000 worth, to be exact. After the parade concluded, we went to Chesapeake Christian Center to unload the food. Lauer’s had so much food to unload from their truck that they had to make multiple trips. Special thanks to the Northeast High School football team for helping with this unloading process.

    We also want to thank all of this year’s corporate sponsors – A1 Septic, ACE Hardware and Hearth, Bay Country Rentals, Calvert Veterinary Center, Chesapeake Bank, Cityline Business Park, Fast Signs, Friends of Downs Park, Frank & Bills Auto Collision, Gable Company, Maryland Yacht Club, Kurtz’s Beach, Pasadena Pawn & Gun, and Redmond’s Towing.

    Also thanks to Himmel’s Lawn & Garden for providing the décor, flowers and hay bales for the reviewing station,Delegate Nic Kipke for again being our emcee, and the Anne Arundel County Police and Reserve officers for maintaining traffic. Our Grand Marshals were some of the members who joined the PBA in 1986 and are still members today. They helped the PBA celebrate their 30th Anniversary. Bills Auto Collision, Gable Company, Maryland Yacht Club, Kurtz’s Beach, Pasadena Pawn & Gun, and Redmond’s Towing.

    Mark your calendar for the first Sunday in November next year – we’ll be back!

  • 09 Nov 2016 9:11 AM | Deleted user

    Our November General Membership Meeting was held at Mutiny Pirate Bar & Island Grille. We had a great turnout for Sharrie Wade, Clark & Anderson, to give her annual tax tips. Thanks to Mutiny Pirate Bar for the great buffet, the food was awesome. They have a very unique restaurant and great food so if you are planning a holiday party give them a call. PBA Board Members Angela Balsamo and Brian Conrad took advantage of a photo op.

  • 07 Nov 2016 12:17 PM | Deleted user

    Tiffany Fowler Fitness, LLC - Tiffany Fowler
    E-mail : / Website:
    3437 Brookhaven Road, Pasadena, Maryland 21122
    Phone:443-333-9367, Cell: 443-677-1141
    Fitness isn’t a fad, it’s a lifestyle - I am a health and fitness professional who is very passionate about working with those that are fairly new to fitness. I am a mother of two beautiful girls, and realize how easy it is to become consumed by daily sacrifices that have to be made in order to raise a happy and healthy family. My mission is to guide my clients so they are better able to balance family, career, and fitness. If exercise could be packaged into a pill, it would be the most prescribed medicine there is.

    Concierge Mortgage, LLC - Kathryn Fitzmaurice
    E-mail : / Website:
    101 W Ridgely Rd, Ste 5A,
    Timonium, Maryland 21093
    Cell: 410-591-3195

    Life After Recovery Coaching - Jennifer Klotz
    E-mail :
    Business Address: 304 Gatehouse Lane, Unit D,
    Odenton, Maryland 21113
    Cell: 443-481-7387
    Company Bio: Discover the meaning of True Recovery and how it can provide you a more joyful life than you ever could imagine!

    Fifer’s Craft House & Deli - Billy Fifer & Richard Fifer Jr.
    8894 Fort Smallwood Road, Suite 4, Pasadena, MD 21122
    410-360-Beer (2337), 443-261-9980 (Richard)
    Email: / Website:
    Fifer’s Craft House offers a diverse selection of spirits, wines, and craft beers. We also make the finest deli sandwiches—come in and see us!

    Partners in Care - April Stup
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    Business Address: 90 B Ritchie Hwy, Pasadena, Maryland 21122
    Partners in Care is the recognized leader in Maryland for programs and services that support the independence of older adults by using the time and talents of our members, leadership and staff. We promote active engagement of members and their families by offering services in exchange for their donated time and talents. We help our members remain actively involved in the community through our transportation, home repairs and a meaningful social network of care. Our programs support individuals and families, relieve stress on caregivers, reduce hospital admissions, delay nursing home placements, and provide critical services during a time of government cutbacks and economic challenges.

    Thirty-One by Kaitlyn Merrill - Kaitlyn Merrill
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    Business Address: 96 Will O Brook Drive, Pasadena, Maryland 21122
    Thirty-One has crafted a tote or storage compartment for anything you can imagine! Thirty-One was founded on the idea of helping women to build confidence with the stylish totes and handbags that Thirty-One has created. We sell a variety of purses, tote bags, wallets, storage containers, household accessories, and now, even jewelry! Thirty-One offers monthly specials for all customers and hostess rewards with opportunities for exclusive items only available when you host a party!

    Send Out Cards – Lois Ann Gallagher
    Email: / Website:
    697 Paddle Wheel Court W
    Millersville, MD 21108
    Helping you live a rich, connected life and business by changing lives one card at a time.

    Magothy Motorcars, Inc - Bennie Tucker
    E-mail : / Website:
    Business Address: 4433 Mountain Rd Suite 1, Pasadena, Maryland 21122
    Phone:410-437-8700, Cell: 443-306-5655, Fax: 410-437-8700
    Company Bio: Magothy Motorcars is owner operated with NO commissioned sales staff. There is absolutely no pressure to purchase a vehicle from us and our goal is to make friendships in hopes you return again and tell your friends. Referrals are the key to help any business grow stronger. The plan is simple - if you like our vehicle, let’s make a deal. If not, hopefully we can find exactly what you are looking for. All of our vehicles are inside our climate controlled warehouse, so no matter the weather stop on by and browse our inventory! Our advantage is our low overhead costs. We use the same network for finding vehicles as our largest competitors. We also offer the same great financing and extended warranty programs. With no salesman, Josh and Bennie (owners) work with you one on one. As owners, we look forward to working with each and everyone wanting to purchase a vehicle. Because we do take the time to work with you personally, please call or email for an appointment, even if you’re not in the market right away. Stop on in and let’s talk about future vehicles we should keep an eye out for.

  • 01 Nov 2016 11:45 AM | Deleted user

    Cheshire Crab hosted a networking mixer to celebrate the opening of their dock bar finally.  Although it was raining we still had a great time at the inside bar and the new high top tables.  I was happy to see so many members that we don’t usually see due to their busy work schedules.  We had great food and networking with 26 members in attendance.  Thanks to Cheshire Crab for hosting the mixer.

  • 25 Oct 2016 5:54 PM | David Fletcher

    Are you using Twitter to grow your business? You should be, here’s how!

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    Twitter has an estimated 300 million active users worldwide. This platform can be a powerful way to engage with prospective customers and encourage them to enter into your store! For businesses who have not used the social media site, however, it can be intimidating to get started. Here is what all businesses should know about using Twitter to grow a business.

    Understanding the Twitter mentality

    Twitter has been likened to a giant, worldwide conversation. Posts can only be made using 140 characters and the rate at which people tweet means that your posts are only going to be at the top of people’s feed for a short time. To successfully use Twitter, you need to learn how to leverage these characteristics of Twitter to your advantage.

    • Tweet regularly throughout the day – although you do not want to overwhelm your followers feeds, you do want to send out a few posts each day
    • Do not be afraid to reuse content – since your posts disappear quickly, you can reword and reuse some of your posts occasionally
    • Use Twitter to enter the collective conversation, not to just broadcast about your brand- the majority of your posts should be educational for your followers and only some directly promotional
    • Since people regularly retweet– or repost– other people’s posts, try to stay below the 140 maximum (around 120 characters is best) to make it easy for your posts to be retweeted as well

    Getting started

    Like other social media sites, establishing a profile on Twitter is a branding exercise. Twitter gives you the chance to customize a profile picture, the header, and even the background on your profile page, so take advantage of it. Here’s a link to my profile where I have a custom photo and background in place. Keep the images you use consistent with the rest of your branding efforts across the various social media platforms so that people recognize you.

    You will also have a profile you will need to fill out, with information such as your location and company website. Make sure that you have every part filled out so that people who click on your page can learn as much about you as possible.

    The most important part of your profile, however, is your bio. You only get 160 characters for your bio, so like your tweets it needs to be short and sweet. Focus on explaining to customers the value you offer. Use keywords to help people find your company and make yourself more visible in searches as well.

    Getting followers

    The best way to start gaining followers is to follow others. Many Twitter users will reciprocate when you follow them, but that is not a guarantee. Start by following professional contacts, customers, and anyone that regularly posts interesting information. As you follow people, actively engage with them. Retweet their content, ask them direct questions, and generally join in their conversation. The more you engage, the more followers you get. I have also experienced this firsthand, the less I engage, the more followers I LOSE!

    You can also boost your Twitter followers by advertising your account. Include Follow buttons on your website, newsletters, emails, and other communication you regularly have with your customers.

    Finally, the best way to gain followers is to produce high quality content. As you produce posts that people enjoy reading, you will attract attention. People will become more likely to retweet– or repost– your content. As people do this, your message will then become visible to that person’s network of followers. The more often you are retweeted, the wider your brand reach will go and the more followers you will gain.

    Effective tweeting

    Twitter can be a fantastic tool for getting your content in front of prospective customers  and driving traffic to your website. Twitter helps you leverage the power of inbound marketing, by providing answers to people who have questions and then building relationships with them. Much of the content you produce should be focused on educating your followers. Tweet intriguing descriptions and links to your latest blog posts or articles you found on other sites that you thought would be helpful. This is the type of information will let viewers know that you are here to provide industry answers and it will help begin to build the relationship of trust.

    Of course, Twitter is not a formal business environment. That means it is ok to mix up the types of content you tweet. Images are fantastic for attracting attention in tweets, particularly since the amount of text is so limited. Posting occasional humorous images, such as memes, can be great for getting retweets and showing your brand personality to your customers.

    Twitter posts are often searched by subject, with people using hashtags (#) to indicate a key subject. Try to incorporate a few hashtags into your posts. It will help make the posts more searchable so that people can find your account when they want answers about your industry.

    Twitter can be an enormous effective tool for finding new customers when used correctly. Although jumping into the virtual conversation can feel intimidating for those who have not used the platform before, it does not have to be. Set up an effective profile and broadcast to the world why you have the answers they seek.

    About The Author:

    David Fletcher is a sales and marketing consultant that travels around the country speaking on some of todays hot topics such as inbound marketing, social media management, lead generation, and sales development. David owns Maven Sales Group with his wife Shannon with an office located here in Pasadena, MD.

  • 24 Oct 2016 11:52 AM | Deleted user

    We held a Ribbon Cutting for Fifer’s Craft House & Deli and what a great time.  The children (including my grandchildren) painted a crab shell, they had bobbing for apples, and Katrina Krauss Photography/Freestate Photo Booths was there taking the pictures with many different props to choose from.  This is always a great hit for young and old.  This was an honor for me since I have known the twins, Billy & Richard since they were born and I am so pleased they have now opened up another business in Pasadena.  Stop in and check out their inventory and have a sandwich while shopping.

  • 15 Oct 2016 11:48 AM | Deleted user

    We had 46 vendors at the Annual Trade Show.  Thanks to Jim Anderson for chairing this event again this year. 

    The vendors were:  Ace Hardware & Hearth; Anderson Davis & Associates, CPA,PA; Atlantic Coast Charters; AVON; Bay Vanguard Federal Savings Bank; BB&T; Block Advisors; Bruster’s Ice Cream; Calvert Veterinary Center; Chesapeake Arts Center; Chesapeake Bank of Maryland; Chesapeake Christian Center; Clay Shaw State Farm Agency; Coco Couture; Coffee News; Design Tops; E Water Company; Edward Jones – Brian Conrad & Dan Higgins; Fastsigns of Glen Burnie; Fiore Chiropractic; Frank & Bill’s Auto Collision Center; Friends of Downs Park; Himmel’s Farm & Garden Center; Huff Insurance; Huntington Learning Center; Katrina Krauss Photography/Free State Photo Booths; Lake Shore Pet Hospital; Lake Shore Rotary; Lindner Glass; Mike’s Pharmacy; M&T Bank; New Life Addiction Counseling & Mental Health Services, Inc.; Paintball Sports & Supply; Painting with Pride; Pasadena Pawn & Gun; PNC Bank; Q Marketing & Design; Stoney Creek Fishing & Hunting Club; The Bank of Glen Burnie; Victory Awards; Wise Care Urgent Care. 

    We thank all of these vendors for making this a great Trade Show.  We want to thank Lauer’s Supermarket and Bakery for the great food, Cheshire Crab for the bar and Glory Days Grill for the beer station.

  • 08 Oct 2016 11:43 AM | Deleted user

    Our October General Membership Meeting was held at Cheshire Crab.  We want to thank Cheshire Crab for a great meal again and for reaching out to us to host another meeting.  We had a good crowd ready to hear what Kevin Aftung,  Director of Emergency Management, had to say about what his office does to keep this County running during a major storm.  We appreciate him taking the time to address our members.

    Delegate Nic Kipke used our meeting as an opportunity to present a citation to Amy Fischer.   She administered CPR to a man until first responders arrived...he survived.  Kenny King P.E. Teacher and Steve Gorski Principal of Chesapeake High School, along with Delegate Nic Kipke posed for a photo.   We are so proud of Amy.

  • 04 Oct 2016 11:39 AM | Deleted user

    PBA held their first Coffee with a Cop thanks to McDonald’s of Riviera Beach.  This was a great way for the community to come in and meet those that serve and protect us every day.   We hope to do more of these and hope that you will stop by the next time and meet the Captain Urbas and Lt. Crosse and the officers from the Eastern District.  As you can see from the pictures young and not so young came out to say hello.


Pasadena Business Association
P.O. Box 861, Pasadena, MD 21123-0861 | Phone: 410-360-4PBA | Fax: 410-544-7060 | 

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