Pasadena Business Association
Great Businesses Making A Great Community

  • 15 Dec 2016 12:39 PM | Deleted user

    Our December meeting was held at Beefalo bobs on Ft. Smallwood Road. What a nice hall and the food was great and the staff is so nice. Ellen Sample, Director Office of Real Estate and Noise Abatement and Paul Shank, Chief Engineer, Division of Planning and Engineering for BWI Airport talked about Next Gen, traffic patterns and new technology for air traffic control at BWI airport. We know that many of our members have concerns about the airplane noise and we are going to put one of our members on their business advisory board so we can stay aware and have some input into this situation.

    Delegate Nic Kipke presented a citation to the PBA for their 30th Anniversary and also to North Arundel Savings Bank for their 60th Anniversary. Congratulations to North Arundel Savings Bank.

  • 10 Dec 2016 11:37 AM | Deleted user

    Doug Cashmere, Ace Hardware & Hearth

    In true Pasadena Style I am proud to say that this year’s Christmas Tree lighting was a huge success with over one thousand people in attendance. The event has always been one of the highlights of the year for everyone involved with the Pasadena Businesses Association. It’s about the kids is the overwhelming theme of the event. And the kids had a wonderful time this year thanks to: DJ Marcus spinning a mix of Holiday and Popular Music, Photos with Santa Claus taken by Mojo Creative Digital, cookies from Two Rivers Restaurant and Mutiny Pirate Bar & Island Grille, Hot Chocolate from The Green Turtle, Ice Cream from Bruster’s, Free State Photo Booths by Katrina Williams, games for the kids sponsored by Ace Hardware, face painting by Welcome to Neverland, games by Macaroni Kid, Buses by Atlantic Coast Charters, portable heaters by Bay Country Rentals, games from Marco Pizza and Calvert Veterinary. Arundel Federal Savings Bank provides the electricity for the tree. With an event like this we could not make it happen without the countless hours of help from the members of the PBA: Sandi Parrish, Linda Loane, Larry Sells, Scott Ellis, Angela Balsamo, Paulette Morris , Brian Conrad , John Thomas, Mike Jacobs, Gina Cook, Lisa Hart, Dick Parrish, Dave Rosage , John Williams, Ruth Toomey , and Hayley Gable – Bowerman . We always have special help decorating the tree from Gable Signs. And a big thanks goes out to Lake Shore Fire Department, Rivera Beach Fire Department, Russell Schlick Ladder Truck and the Anne Arundel Police reserve Officers and Eastern District especially Corporal Bellis. Thanks to Nic Kipke and his Family for lighting the Tree. Thanks to The Pasadena Community for another great Tree Lighting!!!

    The Pasadena Business Association wants to thank Ace Hardware & Hearth, Lake Shore Plaza for all of the help with the tree lighting ceremony. They not only help coordinate the entire evening, the employees set up for the event, work the event, and clean up after the event. They are a great group to work with and I personally want to say thanks to Doug, Scott and everyone at Ace Hardware who helped make this night so special.

  • 02 Dec 2016 11:54 AM | Deleted user

    PBA Wishes Everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    As I am sitting at my desk writing this message, I can hardly believe that my first year as President is already coming to an end, and what a year it has been. We have had great, informative monthly membership meetings, awesome networking events, and just incredible signature events. None of this would be possible without the incredible officers, board of directors and executive director. And most of all it would not be possible without our fantastic business members. It is great to see how everyone works together to make sure the PBA stays at the top of our game.

    I had the honor of attending the recent Veteran’s Day ceremony and once again, I was at a loss for words from the outpouring of love and respect that our community gives to those who have served our country. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make sure that this is such a special event in Pasadena.

    Another special event that we had in November, was the PBA’s 30th anniversary celebration. It was great to see everyone at Kurtz’s and to take a stroll down memory lane with a fantastic slide show of past PBA events. And it was topped off by the original Executive Director, Carol Cross, sharing her memories of the early years of the PBA. It was just amazing and I was glad to be a part of it.

    Looking ahead, we have A Child’s Christmas, which from what I hear, we have every child being taken care of this year by our incredible members. This is truly a special campaign that gives back to the children of Pasadena. As the years go by, I am continually amazed by the hard work, dedication and generosity of our local business community. They say that small business is the backbone of the local community. If that is the case, from what I see, Pasadena is in a great place, because the small businesses of the PBA are comprised of some of the greatest people that I know.

    I am looking forward to serving again next year and please let me know if there is anything more that I can do for you to make our organization even better than it already is.

    Jerry Nicklow, PBA President

    Huff Insurance
  • 01 Dec 2016 10:16 AM | Deleted user

    The PBA is seeking a two-year contract for the Pasadena Business Association Membership Directory and Community Guide. You must be a paid-in-full PBA member and all requirements of the bid process must be followed. A bid packet can be requested in two ways: Email: and a packet will be emailed to you. Phone: Call the PBA office at 410 360 4PBA and a packet will be mailed via U.S. mail.

    Deadline: To request a bid packet: January 9, 2017

    All questions must be submitted to the PBA via email by January 13, 2017, and all bids must be submitted in duplicate via U.S. mail, the envelope clearly marked DIRECTORY BID, to:
    Pasadena Business Association, P.O. Box 861, Pasadena, MD 21123-0861.

    Bids must be received in the PBA office no later than January 16, 2017 and the sealed bids will be opened by officers and/or directors of the PBA at the next scheduled board meeting, tentatively January 18, 2017

  • 30 Nov 2016 8:57 AM | Deleted user

    Marco's Pizza - Brian and Beth Bogard
    Business Address: 4155 Mountain Rd., Pasadena, Maryland 21122
    E-mail :, Website:
    Phone:443-812-3979, Cell: 443-812-3979
    Category: Restaurant, Catering

    Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty, Heather Frees
    Business Address: 1500 Thames St., Suite C, Baltimore, Maryland 21231
    E-mail : Website:
    Cell: 215-817-8988
    Category: Real Estate

    Morgan Stanley – Dave Nolan, Financial Advisor
    6230 Old Dobbin Lane, Suite100, Columbia, MD 21045
    Mobile: 443-604-6180 Fax: 410-872-2985

    Financial Advisor specializing in comprehensive financial planning for businesses and families. I have been a Pasadena resident for over forty years.
    Category: Investment Advisor, Financial Services Provider

    Negron Agency - Farmers Insurance - Pamela Negron
    1300 Ritchie Highway, Arnold, MD 21012
    Email:, Website: Mobile: 301-606-51476

    We are your new local Farmers Insurance representative. Our staff has a combined experience in the industry of over 16 years.
    Category: Insurance

    Northerncraft Construction - Bruce Northcraft
    Business Address: 7810 Bertha Rd, Pasadena, Maryland 21122
    E-mail :, Organization Website:
    Phone:410-437-9516, Cell: 410-978-9072

    Company Bio: Building the way we were raised, with integrity and pride. Being the best in our field means that we are committed to every project, we have ingenious ideas that become reality and we make every client happy. We offer 3D design to make your dream your reality.
    Category: Construction Services/Contractor

  • 22 Nov 2016 9:45 AM | Deleted user

    The Pasadena Business Association marked their 30th anniversary with a festive party at Kurtz’s Beach on November 19th. Attended by many long-time members as well as some more recent businesses, a good time was enjoyed by all.

    Thirty years ago a group of concerned business owners organized to allow a larger voice in local issues and to give back to the community. The organization has been very successful in meeting the goals and purpose of the founding members. Over the many years we have lost some of the founding members and they are missed but honored by the current group often.

    Attendees had a blast flipping through every directory PBA has printed and watching the slide show of events through the years. Carol Cross, PBA’s first Executive Director, joined in the festivities, sharing how the group started and fun stories of those first few years

    Thanks to all who attended, Kurtz’s for the warm hospitality, and all the PBA businesses that donated door prizes. Door prizes were awarded throughout the evening to the delight of the winners.

    Thanks to Lauer’s for the cake and Edible Arrangements 726 for the fruit display. They were delicious

    Hopefully, this fine group of business owners and volunteers with thrive for another thirty years and beyond as they do so much good for the community. Events such as the Pasadena Tree Lighting , Caring and Sharing Parade, School Supply Drive, A Child’s Christmas, Veteran’s Day Ceremony, and other events were created by this Association and continue to benefit the Greater Pasadena area.

    Here’s to another 30 years of businesses in Pasadena.

  • 18 Nov 2016 10:15 AM | Deleted user

    Trade Show exhibiting is a great way for businesses and organizations to showcase products and services. Planning and setting realistic goals is the key to a successful event.

    Get the Facts before the Show:  Who might attend? Number of attendees & do they reside in your service area? Date, Hours, Cost? Most shows provide table, tablecloth (curtain for booths) sign with your business name. Is “Actual Selling of Products” allowed at the event?  Check with Show Management for the rules.

    The 3 main categories of shows include:

    • ·       Booth (example 8” x 10” space). Corner Booths provide extra exposure, may cost a bit more.
    • ·       Tabletop (table only).
    • ·       Workshop (conference room, office, rented space, etc.).

    TIP: Don’t let a “no selling” rule discourage you. Trade Shows are excellent for prospecting & making connections that open the door for future business.

    Planning & Setting Goals: What do you wish to accomplish? Prospect for new clients. Showcase new products.  Sell seasonal merchandise. Supporting the community, etc.

    Theme...Is it necessary?  Not always...However...If the show has a theme...DO PARTICIPATE. Holiday or seasonal themes are great or you can choose a theme that relates to your business.

    TIP: Do not let the theme overpower your message or image.

    Pre-Show Advertising: Make the most of your Trade Show investment by getting the word out. Mail, Print, Email, Social Media, Blog.  Invite fellow exhibitors. If possible, get prelist from show management. Advertise; Newspaper, Membership organizations, Networking groups.

    TIP: include your show dates on your outgoing mail & emails.

    Create an Inviting and Informative Booth or Space: Choose the Literature and/or imprinted products you wish to hand out to visitors. Help visitors remember you by having your business or organization name on everything you hand out. Your table display should give someone a quick snap shot of your products or services when they are standing in front of your booth. Door Prize Drawing and/or Games can create excitement and increase traffic to your booth. Don’t put a barrier between you and your visitors.  Consider placing table in back or side of your booth.

    TIP: Use back of your door prize slip to take notes.  Jot down details discussed with prospects for easy follow up.

    Meet & Greet: Position table & materials to make your table a workable space to accommodate multiple types of visitors at the same time without causing a traffic jam in your booth. (Some may want to just pick up info quickly, others may linger longer). Don’t forget your tools; Pens, Small Clipboard, Business Cards, Emergency kit to make quick repairs to your display if needed. Wear a name tag. Take photos!!

    TIP: Position “Door Prize” drawing on one side of your table & literature at other end.

    Trade Show Etiquette & Trade Show Networking: Mind your manners...booth display or games should never be disruptive to neighboring exhibitors. Greet everyone who steps into your space. Do visit other exhibitors, but be ready to “clear out” when they have visitors. Eat Lunch away from your table. If needed, consider the buddy system with a neighboring exhibitor who may also need a break.

    TIP: If you are already chatting with another prospect when a new person steps in to your booth, a quick hello and smile will make them feel welcome to browse.

    Break-Down rules: Respect the show “Break-Down” schedule. Leaving early may be disruptive to other exhibitors. Check with show coordinator regarding rules for leaving early.

    After the Show:  Follow up…Mail, Email, Telephone, Face-To-Face...DO IT!!!

    TIP: Don’t forget fellow exhibitors as prospects.

    Evaluate: Set several dates for tracking show success, days, weeks, months, to determine if your expectations met? Make notes while your memory is fresh for “next time”. 

    TIP: Prepare your “after the show” follow-up mailer or eblast before the show.

    Last, but not Least: Trade show exhibiting is hard work, but with proper planning and organization it can be well worth the effort.  Wear comfortable shoes (after all, it’s a work day). Wear your BEST SMILE and ENJOY THE SHOW!

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  • 17 Nov 2016 9:15 AM | Deleted user

    PBA held a Ribbon Cutting for Pace Wellness Pharmacy to welcome them to the PBA and the Pasadena Business community. Senator Ed Reilly, Delegate Nic Kipke, Sara Gannon from the County Executives Office, Linda Zahn, CEO of the Greater Severna Park- Arnold Chamber of Commerce, and PBA Vice President Doug Cashmere presented citations to Dr. Esther Alabi .

  • 12 Nov 2016 9:41 AM | Deleted user

    Once again we were blessed with a beautiful day on Nov. 11th for our 6th annual Veteran’s Day ceremony at the Rt. 100 Memorial Flag. It took many hands to make this a memorable day for our Veteran’s and active military. We want to “Thank” each and every one for attending, if it wasn’t for all of you we would not be afforded the freedoms that we each enjoy. We thank you for your service to our country and our community.

    This year with a heavy heart we bid a fond farewell to BS Troup #773; we thank them for their 14 years of service to this community and to this “Flag Project”. We welcome the Solley Cluster Girl Scouts that will be taking over where the boy scouts left off; working side by side with Himmels Farm & Garden & US Navy Chief Petty Officers Association of Ft. Meade, MD under the direction of Dotti Snyder, Retired Chief Kirk Towner, Adrienne Trout & Amanda Smith.

    Northeast Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Sarah DelSignor provided a wonderful array of patriotic songs throughout the ceremony. This was their 1st year participating in the ceremony and they did a beautiful job, we thank you all.

    We thank the students from Bodkin, Jacobsville & Pasadena Elementary schools for providing each veteran & active military “Thank you” cards & handmade pins. I will say that this was highlight of the day; I heard from several that they have the cards proudly displayed in their homes for all to see.

    We thank Father Rafferty Our Lady of the Chesapeake for the prayers, The US Navy Honor Guard of Ft. Meade, MD for the presentation of colors; Major Rick Barnes MD Defense Force Band for sounding “Taps” and Jerry Nicklow, Huff Insurance and Mike Jacobs JB Machine for being our MC’s for the day.

    We thank Army Veteran Charlie Johns for his continued effort in keeping the area cut, trimmed & providing transport to and from the parking lot; Maher’s Florist for providing the wreath; Bay Country Rentals for the seating; Dick Parrish Design for the sound system; JB Machine for the electric & stage and Arundel Federal SB for the flags that were handed out.

    Special thanks go out to County Executive Steve Schuh; Senator Bryan Simonaire; Delegate Nic Kipke, Councilman Derek Fink and AA County Recreation & Parks and AA Co Eastern District Police for their participation.

    As you can see it takes many hands to arrange this ceremony for our community and on behalf of the flag committee Mike Jacobs JB Machine, Sandi Parrish PBA Ex. Director & Lisa Hart Arundel Federal SB we pray for the continued safety of our military Brothers & Sisters.

    Donations to the flag fund are welcome PBA Flag Fund, PO BOX 861, Pasadena MD 21123-0861
    God Bless America

  • 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



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

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