GBACC End of the Year Reception

gbacc-end-of-the-year-reception-dec-8-2016-25David Blackmon accept the GBACC 2016 Business of the Year for Smoketown Brewing Station from GBACC President Terry Lewis.

GBACC Business Meeting, November 14, 2016


Members of The Greater Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce (GBACC) attended a Business Meeting at the Brunswick American Legion.

Allison Wilder, EDC Chair, spoke at the meeting about the city’s interest in promoting an outdoor recreation destination.  The 2017 city budget includes funds for advertising these opportunities – and our businesses – to a broader audience.  The EDC is in the process of writing a strategic plan for economic development that will propel outdoor recreation while benefiting businesses and citizens as the community’s infrastructure, events, and policy are aligned under a central theme.  Ms. Wilder presented an overview of the shift to a commitment to outdoor recreation and answered several audience questions regarding the strategic plan and the EDC’s next steps.

Carlo Alfano, Trail Liaison of Rivers Edge Recreation Park told the group about the progress of the park and how it will benefit our area.  He also showed a brief video produced by local Dave Kersey to help promote the new trail.  Mr. Alfano accepted a donation from the Chamber for the Rivers Edge Park.

During the Business Meeting the 2017 GBACC Board was introduced.  They are President Terry Lewis, Vice President Michelle McIntyre, Secretary Jerry Knight, Treasurer Ellis Burruss and At Large Members Sheila Gray, Tim Wilson and Callie Fulmer.

Changes to the GBACC Bylaws were proposed by the board. Callie Fulmer made a motion to accept the changes, Michelle McIntyre made the second.  After discussion the amendments were passed by a voice vote.

NOTE:  In photo Carlo Alfano receives donation from GBACC President Terry Lewis.

The Brunswick Area Business Expo

brunswick-business-expo-nov-10-2016-4-resizedRibbon Cutting at the Business Expo: 

(left to right) Lee Zumbach, Brunswick Councilmen Tom Smith and Carroll Jones, Carolyn Ormes, Lovettsville Councilwoman Tiffaney Carder, Frederick County Council Jerry Donald, Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner, Brunswick Mayor Jeff Snoots, GBACC President Terry Lewis, Lovettsville Mayor Bobbie Zoldas, Abbie Ricketts, GBACC Board Member Sheila Gray and GBACC Treasurer Ellis Burruss.

Photos can be seen on the GBACC Facebook page.

The 5th annual Greater Brunswick Area Business EXPO was held this past Thursday night (November 10, 2016)  at the Brunswick Volunteer Fire Co. Over 50 area businesses exhibited in the fire hall which was packed with nearly 400 visitors throughout the evening.

Those attending met local business people and learned about goods and services that are available in this area. Local restaurants gave away mouth-watering food samples: Little Red Barn, Beans in the Belfry, Bonnie’s Country Kitchen, A Better Choice Bakery, and Joe Corbi’s had plenty of sweet treats and scrumptious food bites to sample. Door prizes donated by the participating businesses were drawn throughout the evening. Cash drawings of $25, $50, and $100 were awarded to three visitors who had visited exhibitors and had their Blackout Bingo stamped as proof.

As guests entered the fire hall they were welcomed by members of GBACC, the Brunswick Economic Development Commission, Brunswick Main Street, and Lovettsville representatives. Volunteers from the four groups collaborated to host the EXPO with planning started earlier this year. The EXPO Planning Committee included Abbie Ricketts, Terry Lewis, Nancy King, Jerry Knight, Angel White, Ellis Burruss, Allison Wilder, Tiffaney Carder, and Michelle McIntyre.

Brunswick businesses were well represented at the EXPO including eight downtown businesses/organizations. Others came from Lovettsville, Jefferson, Frederick, Walkersville, and as far away as Fairfield, PA.

Lovettsville Mayor Bob Zoldos, who served as master of ceremonies and Brunswick Mayor Jeff Snoots shared duties at the announcer’s podium introducing guests and announcing the many door prize drawings. County Executive Jan Gardner, County Council member Jerry Donald, Government Affairs & Public Policy Director for Frederick County Roger Wilson, and State Senator Michael Hough were among the honored guests at the EXPO.

The Brunswick High School Band members provided assistance to exhibitors with loading and unloading. River and Trail Outfitters provided a shuttle service to satellite parking for exhibitors. The Smoketown Rotary Club provided assistance with set up and break down.

The EXPO is a collaborative effort of the Greater Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce (GBACC), Brunswick Main Street, the City of Brunswick Economic Development Commission, and the Lovettsville Business and Tourism Committee.


Terry Lewis and Joe Holloway RESIZEDTerry Lewis and Dr David Harrigan RESIZE

GBACC Beer and Pizza Night, July 28, 2016

GBACC members gathered at Smoketown Brewing Station for the GBACC Beer and Pizza night.  Over thirty members attended to enjoy a free beer and some pizza. Networking was the priority of the gathering but there was also an announcement about planning for the November 10th  Business expo. There were also drawings for GBACC Bucks and a free beer ticket.  Joe Holloway, Branch Banker Team Leader at BB&T Bank of Brunswick and Dr David Harrigan of Palmercare Chiropractic Lovettsville were the winners.

Photos above are the door prize winners.  Right photo:  GBACC President Terry Lewis with Joe Holloway   Left photo:  Terry Lewis with Dr David Harrigan.  See more photos from the event on the GBACC Facebook page.



GBACC New Member Recp Jun 13, 2016 Mike Cooper, new member and Terry Lewis RESIZED(In the photo:  Mike Cooper and GBACC President Terry Lewis)

GBACC New Member and General Meeting

June 13, 2016

On June 13, 2016, members of GBACC and their guests attended the GBACC new member reception and general meeting at the American Legion hall.  Everyone mingled and enjoyed appetizers from the Potomac Street Grill. President Terry Lewis called the meeting to order and, after around-the-room introductions, presented a new member kit to Mike Cooper of Liberty Mutual insurance. Mr. Cooper also won the door prize drawing of a Jazz Brunch for two at Beans in the Belfry.
A calendar of GBACC activities for the rest of 2016 was distributed and 11 members signed up to participate in the Community picnic, EXPO 2016 planning, Business 101, and the welcome totes. After the meeting, people lingered and talked until after 8:00. During that time a new member, LMD Remodeling, joined GBACC.

GBACC and Lovettsville We’re In

Creek’s Edge Winery Mixer, April 25, 2016

GBACC River's Edge Winery Mixer Apr 25, 2016 (28)

The Greater Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce (GBACC) and Lovettsville’s “We’re In!” Business and Tourism Committee co-hosted a Business Mixer at Creek’s Edge Winery in Lovettsville, Virginia, on Monday, April 25, 2016.  Over 20 participants took advantage of the networking opportunity, which featured wine and snacks from the Winery.  Two “$25 GBACC Bucks” (gift certificates redeemable at any GBACC participating business) were given as door prizes, the lucky winners were Hanna Politis of Beans in the Belfry and Rick Adams of HBP Printing.  The next event on the GBACC calendar is “Shredding Day” this Saturday -free shredding of up to five boxes of documents.  Also coming up is GBACC’s “Business 101” workshop on May 23, which is open to anyone interested in learning about advertising their business.  Full details of these upcoming events can be found at www.gbacc.net

NOTE:  Photos from the Creek’s Edge Winery Mixer can be seen on the GBACC Facebook page.



GBACC 2016 Board

GBACC Tenth Anniversary Mar 31, 2016 (72)

The 2016 GBACC Board (l to r) Standing: Liaison from the City Council Angel White, GBACC Secretary Jerry Knight, Treasurer Ellis Burruss, President Terry Lewis, Vice President Michelle McIntyre, Liaison from Main Street Abbie Ricketts
Front Row: At Large Members, Sheila Gray, Tim Wilson and Callie Fulmer.

GBACC Tenth Anniversary Dinner

GBACC Tenth Anniversary Mar 31, 2016 (1)
On Thursday, March 31, 2016 GBACC Members and invited guests gathered at the Brunswick American Legion to celebrate Ten Years of GBACC History.

Shane Powers and the kitchen staff at the American Legion served a wonderful meal followed by a beautiful cake from Monica’s Sugar Shack.  The beautiful centerpieces were from CM Bloomer and GBACC would like to thank the Girl Scout Troop for an excellent job serving the dinner.

GBACC President Terry Lewis welcomed everyone to the event and recognized the Diamond Sponsors: Tim Wilson of Pro Power Wash and Jane Sutcliffe of LegalShield.  County Executive Jan Gardner presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Chamber. Hot off the press, advance copies of the newest GBACC project, the 2016-2017 Business Directories were handed out to the guests.

GBACC board member Callie Fulmer took the guests on a trip back in GBACC history.  The two longest servicing members of the Board Ellis Burruss and Jerry Knight cut the Anniversary Cake.   GBACC Treasurer Ellis Burruss gave the final thank you and good night.  It was a wonderful event and everyone involved deserves credit.

More photos from the GBACC Anniversary Dinner are on the GBACC Facebook page.

Photos below:  1 – GBACC Secretary Jerry Knight and Treasurer Ellis Burruss the longest serving members of the GBACC Board cut the Anniversary Cake.  2 – Some of the founding members of GBACC.  (l to r) Ellis Burruss, Hanna Politis, Diane Ellis, Jerry Knight and Beth Johnson. 3 – Ellis Burruss gives the wrap up and thanks everyone for coming, while checking out his photo on the screen behind him.  4 – GBACC Board Member Callie Fulmer takes everyone back to the beginning of GBACC while a past board watches over her shoulder.  5 – GBACC President welcomes the guests to the Tenth Anniversary of GBACC Dinner.

GBACC Annual Meeting and New Member Reception

January 7, 2016

Members of the Greater Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce (GBACC) met at the Brunswick American Legion Hall for the first General Business Meeting of 2016 and to celebrate the 2015 new members. After a meet-and-greet session with a wonderful buffet provided by Dinner Belle Catering of Lovettsville, VA, GBACC President Terry Lewis introduced the 2016 Board of Directors. She then called each new member to the front to introduce them, give them a new member packet and each spoke briefly about their business. GBACC outreach activities for 2016 was the topic of the remainder of the meeting and twenty members volunteered to work on Events, Biz 101, and the Expo in November.

New members attending the event were:

Terry Alger, New Hope Methodist; Michelle McIntyre, Dinner Belle Catering; Amanda McGannon, Kelly Insurance Agency; David Blackmon, Smoketown Brewing Station; Kris Hansen, Bill Van Gilder, Van Gilder Pottery and Gifts; Jim George, James E. George, CPA; Elizabeth Teague, Law Office of Elizabeth Teague; William Warren, Emmanuel Technology Consulting; Callie Fulmer, Possibility Sparks; and Tim Wilson, Pro Power Pressure Wash. New members unable to attend were Five Dances Acupuncture, House Paws Animal Hospital and Cruise Planners.

Carl Harris of Real Comfort Systems won the door prize – a $25.00 GBACC Bucks certificate.

Terry Lewis GBACC President presents Carl Harris with the door prize.

Terry Lewis GBACC President presents Carl Harris with the door prize.

GBACC New Members 2015

GBACC New Members 2015