Inside the Chamber Website… Relocation

I promised a while back to talk in depth about the Chamber website but got a little side tracked by all the activities going on around town. So now that we have a tiny moment to breathe, I’m going to get back to that.

The portion of the website that comes to my mind first is our Relocation section. Lately I seem to be answering a lot of questions about housing and job opportunities in Frederick. So, if you head to (and the “ok” part is super important unless you want to know about Frederick Maryland) you’ll notice the tabs along the top of the screen. Click on Relocation and a menu will appear with seven options.

The first item is history/government. In this section we talk a little about the history of Frederick and how our city and county governments are set up. Also there is  listing of current city councilmen, mayor, county commissioner and county officers as well as a link to the county website. If you haven’t visited the new county website then please do, there is a wealth of information available to you.

The next menu item is Census Information. This page gives basic population and weather information for the area. This is most helpful to those individuals moving to the area from other regions of the US.

Our Housing section has contact information for real estate agencies, apartment rentals as well as individually owned rent houses in town. These folks are our Chamber members who offer properties and do not represent all rental houses in town. There is also information regarding resources for building a home. Listings for concrete, construction, hardware, electric and maintenance can be found here.

In the Healthcare portion you will find healthcare information for both man and beast. Listings include mind, body, eyes, bones, teeth and medication. In addition, there is information regarding home health care, hospice care and for the local ambulance service. And as mentioned, information for our local veterinary clinic is available.

The Employment section gives statistical information about the make up of our labor force as well as a listing of major employers. Mostly importantly, this page includes current job listings by Chamber members. These are opportunities that have been turned in to me or I’ve noticed on Facebook and around town but are not the only job openings in town.

Our Education section should be a point of proud for Frederick residents. We are able to brag about an excellent Pre-k thru 12th grade public school system, a highly successful head start and early head start program as well as a technology center offering programming to both school kids and adults. We are also within commuting distance to a junior college and university making it easier to further one’s education.

The Religious Organizations page lists our member churches in Frederick and is only a small glimpse of the 20+ churches of varying denominations in Frederick. We are lucky to enjoy many community minded churches whose members engage in every opportunity to help others.

I hope you will take the time to explore the Relocation section in addition to the rest of the website as you have time. A lot of thought and effort has gone into making sure that it offers up information in a user friendly format. With that being said, we are only human and are bound to make mistakes so if you find one please let me know so that I can correct it.

Don’t Forget: Be Kind. Be Heard. Be Local.

Felisha Crawford,
Executive Director

Committee Talk

I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about the committees we have here at the Chamber. These are the groups of volunteers who come together for a common purpose. Some of them may be broad, like the 500 Club, and some are very specific such as the Oyster Fry committee. But all of them need volunteers to function and hopefully different folks on each so that no one gets burned out.

I had someone tell me something this past week that I thought was really worthwhile and needed to be shared with the community. This particular person thought that to be on a committee in the Chamber you must be on the Board of Directors or specifically asked. Now I know that is not the case but my perspective if different than someone who is not in my shoes. I am so grateful she shared this with me so that I can look outside my own viewpoint and share some information with everyone else.

Ideally, we hope that if you are interested in something you’d volunteer to serve on that committee and help that event or thing prosper. So let me tell you about our committees we have here at the Chamber that we’d love you to support. They are: 500 Club-The 500 Club committee’s purpose is to fund projects that promote or enhance Frederick. Citizens of Frederick are welcome to join the 500 Club by donating $5.00 a month to the 500 Club fund, or by giving $60 annually; Agriculture Economic Development/Jr. Livestock Show- This committee is the reason our annual Tillman County Junior Livestock Show exists.  Members of this committee work hard to make each student’s livestock showing experience a meaningful one.  From the annual Trophy Auction to the Awards Banquet, this committee works several months out of the year for this project; Ambassadors-Frederick Chamber Ambassadors are qualified individuals elected by the board to represent the chamber in many different aspects.  Current ambassadors can be seen strengthening relationships with local businesses and reaching out to newcomers; Christmas Parade- The Christmas Parade Committee helps citizens in Frederick celebrate “the most wonderful time of the year!”  The committee takes charge of our main holiday event each December as well as the Chamber Bucks Give Away after; Cotton Festival- The Cotton Festival Committee is made up of individuals who wish to see the Annual Chamber Cotton Festival and Chili Cook Off succeed. This committee organizes and plans the event each fall; Economic Development- Economic Development is an important part of the city of Frederick and the Chamber of Commerce, which is why the Economic Development Committee was formed.  The purpose of this committee is to generate ideas, actions and opportunities to bring in new businesses around town; Oyster Fry- Frederick’s Fantastic Oyster Fry is our biggest event of the year.  For over 25 years this committee has helped make this crazy feast a success.  They order the oysters, coordinate volunteers and never back down…rain or shine; Oyster Fry Craft Show- What would our annual Oyster Fry be without a fabulous craft show right next door?  The Oyster Fry Craft Show Committee recruits vendors, mails out forms, collects sales tax and brings an awesome craft scene to Frederick; Teacher Appreciation Luncheon- Each August the Chamber welcomes teachers back to school by throwing them a Teacher Appreciation Luncheon.  This luncheon is organized by a small group of volunteers who gather prize donations, hire a caterer and make sure each teacher feels appreciated by the town of Frederick.; Technology- The Technology Committee was created in response to the ever demanding role of social media and internet technology in business marketing. The goal of the Technology Committee is to discuss technology needs of Frederick businesses while working to develop strategies for meeting those needs. It is also a goal of the committee to provide information and resources relating to social media, apps and basic tech tools as well as web page assistance and Tourism- The Tourism Committee is always coming up with neat and interesting ideas for showcasing Frederick’s finest attractions and events.  This committee helps with everything from brochures and signage to accommodations and support.  

If you are interested in volunteering with the Chamber come by and see me or give me a call, I’ll help you find just the spot and thank you profusely for stepping up to lighten the load of our current volunteers. If it’s not a Chamber committee you are interested in, I’ll help you find the group you need to talk to in order to help.

Don’t forget: Be Kind. Be Heard. Be Local.

Felisha Crawford
Executive Director