FREDERICK COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
In 2008, I launched a blog called parenting BY dummies.
It wasn’t meant to be anything more than a little hobby I did to keep the creative juices flowing after I had my third child and decided to do the stay at home mom life largely because the price of three kids in daycare was more than my annual salary.
I’d always wanted to be a writer and I finally had time to do that in a way.
There was zero thought about where it would go, building a brand, making an income—it was just a place where I wrote funny things about motherhood that my mom and best friend read.
No one else read it.
And I was totally fine with that.
Until one day someone else stumbled across it, and left a comment.
I freaked out a little because weird, a perfect stranger was enjoying reading about my life, but also AWESOME, a perfect stranger was enjoying reading about my life!
That one comment grew into more, and more, and one day I realized that this “little hobby” where I wrote funny stories about motherhood might actually be a bigger deal than just giving me a creative outlet between the diaper changes and playdates.
I know you’re probably over there rolling your eyes as you connect the dots to determine that I was one of those “mommy bloggers” and before you navigate away from this post because you already know that the mommy blogger thing is nothing like your “real business” thing, let me just give you a little spoiler about where this is going: my mommy blog has allowed me to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars, created several streams of income for me, won social media awards, and helped me gain position marketing positions with national brands, and that’s just what happened last year.
Still with me?
Looking for things to do in Frederick, Maryland?
Each week, we will feature a round up of Chamber events and Chamber member happenings to keep you informed on things to do in Frederick, Maryland.
If you're looking for more things to do in Frederick, Maryland throughout the month or year, please click over to our Frederick County Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar or consult our Member Events Calendar for more information.
It’s no secret that today we are living and working longer than ever before, thanks to advances in science, medicine, and technology. What’s less well known, however, is the impact of an aging population on the workplace—specifically, the increasing number of working caregivers, many of whom are juggling full-time jobs along with the challenges of raising children, while also caring for elderly parents.
The cost of caregiving to businesses is currently estimated at a whopping $33.6 billion dollars a year. While many businesses don’t often think of caregiving as having an impact on the daily activity and productivity of their employees, the reality is that almost half of the current workforce expects to be proving eldercare in the next five years.
The number of older adults age 60+ in Frederick County is estimated at 47,708, according to the Maryland Department of Planning, Maryland Data Center, and is growing at a rate of three times that of the overall population.
The impact to businesses is already dramatic. For example:
Employers are increasingly likely to face challenges like work distractions, absenteeism, time away from primary responsibilities and requests to reduce work hours as the need for caregiving increases.
Frederick County has many resources already in place to help businesses and employees navigate their way through this shifting work climate. For businesses or individuals interested in learning more about the challenges and resources available, the below video is a great place to start.
Yesterday, we joined the Frederick County Building Industry Association and the Frederick County Association of Realtors, in a collaborative event, to host a meet and greet with County Executive Jan Gardner and Frederick County Council members Jessica Fitzwater, M.C. Keegan-Ayers, Phil Dacey, and Kai Hagan.
To hear what initiatives and goals county leaders are working towards as the legislative session gets underway today, and garner a greater understanding of how policy will impact our members and our community as a whole going forward.
For those in attendance, you’ll certainly agree that there are a few items that are top of mind for all of our council members. Unsurprisingly, things like growth and development, education, affordable housing and the Livable Frederick project, and the Monocacy River Plan were words we heard several times from each of the speakers.
A little more unexpected, and possibly even more significant than the issues themselves, is how this council intends to work together to achieve them. With a delegation that is Democratically favored 4-3, it would be easy for that group of representatives to just move their agenda forward. After all, the votes are in their favor, the Council President, M.C. Keegan-Ayer, is part of the party, and the status quo of politics across the nation right now tends to lean so significantly toward partisan voting.
But, not here in Frederick.
As Councilwoman Keegan-Ayer noted at the meet & greet, “We are trying to set an entirely different tone for this council,” a sentiment her request that Republican Councilman Michael Blue serve as vice president seems to support.
Her goal is to bring the county leaders together in a way that involves civility and collegial discussion of the issues to allow for a more effective legislative policy. Of course there will be disagreements but, as Keegan-Ayer attests, they aren’t going to allow them to disrupt the process, “at the end of the day, we are going to be civil about it and we are going to try to be very collegial, and we are going to try to have true discussions on our board.”
And those members of the council who were in attendance echoed her sentiments, “We’re off to a great start working civilly, working in a collegial manner, and being able to listen to various perspectives. I think that’s how we are going to make the best decisions moving forward,” said Councilwoman Jessica Fitzwater.
We at the Chamber are encouraged by these statements and are eager to see where this council will take Frederick County in 2019 and beyond.
If you weren’t able to attend the event, here are some things you need to know.
In the spirit of goal setting for the new year, we have a few of our own to share and every single one of them is about YOU!
In 2018, we sent out a member survey to assess our effectiveness and learn more about what your expectations of us as your county chamber of commerce.
We aren’t the kind of people that like to send out surveys just to be sending out surveys. We’re the kind of people who like to send out surveys so we can figure out what we’re doing well, what we need to be better at, and what we should do about it.
Basically, we listen.
Here’s what we heard you say:
We know everyone has different priorities—things they want or need to support their personal business goals, but we also know that we want to offer support, education, training, events, and growth opportunities to as many of our members as possible.
So we’re working on it.
We’re designing new programs, planning different events, and ramping up our social media and content production to allow you to stay informed, and feel supported in ways you may not have in the past.
Here’s what you can expect from us in 2019:
Maryland’s 188 lawmakers go back to work Wednesday, January 9th for their annual 90-day General Assembly session.
The legislative process is an intricate, complex and fast-moving process. For those looking to better understand, this comprehensive overview is an invaluable resource.
Interested in keeping tabs on specific legislation that may affect your business? A very effective way of keeping track of legislation is to plug into the legislative tracker. Thousands of bills are proposed each session and we recommend you use this legislative tracking link to sign up to receive daily emails tracking legislation that is of specific interest to you. (Otherwise you may find yourself overwhelmed by the process.)
If you are unsure who your representatives are, you can check the legislator locator and specifically “who represents me?” in the upper right-hand corner.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
The 2019 Legislative Session in Annapolis officially begins. All members of the Legislation will be sworn in.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Inauguration of the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor
Friday, January 18, 2019
Monday, January 21, 2019
Administration bills introduced in the Senate after this date referred to Senate Rules Committee
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Senate and House Bill request guarantee date
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Governor delivers the State of the State Address at noon
Monday, April 8, 2019
Last day of Legislative Session in Annapolis.
Public Policy Committee legislative updates will be posted as the session moves along and there is pertinent information to share.
Troyce Gatewood & Partners is a well-known name in and around Frederick County. Led by real estate powerhouse Troyce Gatewood, under the RE/MAX Results brokerage, Troyce has celebrated several honors in the real estate space to date. In just the past two years Troyce has been named 2018 Best of the Best Real Estate Agent by Frederick News Post, ReMax Plus #1 Top Producing Real Estate Agent, ReMax Platinum Club Award, ReMax Chairman’s Club Award, and ReMax Hall of Fame, to name a few, and they show no signs of slowing down.
Troyce works with the RE/MAX Results brokerage helping her clients sell their homes in record time—on average, in 14 days or less--with the support of an experienced team of buyer’s agents, and an expert group of real estate professionals, including a home stager, marketing manager, sales management team, and her husband, Joe, who serves as the team's business development and strategic planning manager while also operating a mortgage brokerage.
As one of the most successful real estate teams in the county, Troyce Gatewood & Partners has been on an upward swing in recent years, now consistently completing over 100 real estate transactions a year—a number they are already on target to surpass in 2019.
Joe credits the hiring of a business coach a few years ago as the turning point in their careers. It was then that the two decided to get serious about working together to build Troyce Gatewood & Partners into a formidable member of the real estate industry in and around Frederick County. They laid out their goals, developed an action plan, and have been ticking things off ever since.
We sat down with Joe and Troyce recently to discuss why they love being a part of the Frederick County business community, how they’ve found such success here, and what we can expect from the real estate market in 2019.
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