Business Appreciation Week


Each year the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) dedicates a week to celebrating the contributions of local businesses. Calvert County’s 14th annual Business Appreciation Week, May 6-9, salutes businesses celebrating major milestones.

During Business Appreciation Week, the Calvert County Department of Economic Development presents a series of events focusing on the vital role local businesses play in our economy. Join fellow business owners, resource partners, county staff and the Board of County Commissioners for this week of special events, workshops and networking activities.

Monday, May 6
How to Propel Your Business Using LinkedIn

Sponsored by the Calvert County Minority Business Alliance and the Calvert County Department of Economic Development

9 - 10:30 a.m.
Harriet Elizabeth Brown Community Center
901 Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick
Join us for an informative presentation on how to increase business revenue by using LinkedIn, the top social media platform for professionals. This free event will feature Thomas Ellis, president and chief sales coach of EWC Consultants, as he discusses how to use LinkedIn for just 30 minutes a day to reap the many rewards of this platform. Topics to be covered include: how to customize your profile, how to connect to potential new clients, powerful follow-up tips and more. Visit the event registration page to learn more and register.

Tuesday, May 7
Board of County Commissioners Company Site Visits with Ambassador Teams

11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., various locations
Business Appreciation Week VIP Reception
5 - 7 p.m., by invitation only

Wednesday, May 8
W2W Networking Luncheon: Women in Leadership
Sponsored by the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce Women to Women (W2W) Group, the Calvert County Department of Economic Development and the Maryland Small Business Development Center
Noon - 2 p.m.
College of Southern Maryland
Building B, Conference Room 104
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Speaker Connie Fuksa is an energetic presenter and facilitator who is passionate about helping small businesses learn and grow by building strong teams of driven people and operations. Connie understands all these challenges intimately with more than 30 years of small business ownership and she is dedicated to sharing all her knowledge with you. A complementary lunch will be provided.  Visit the event registration page to learn more and register.

Thursday, May 9
Calvert County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Mixer

5:30 - 7 p.m.
Davis, Upton & Palumbo, LLC
132 Main St., Prince Frederick
Network with other business owners in a casual atmosphere. This free event is open to Calvert County Chamber of Commerce members and business owners who are not members. For information, contact the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce at 410-535-2577 or visit

Crab Pot Pitch Contest Finals Competition
6 p.m.
Calvert Marine Museum
14200 Solomons Island Road South, Solomons
Watch as finalists compete for the grand prize and celebrate Southern Maryland’s entrepreneurs at the 4th annual Crab Pot Pitch Finals competition. Hosted by PaxSpace, Inc. and the Southern Maryland Innovation and Technology (SMIT) Initiative, Crab Pot is a pitch contest for individuals living or working in Southern Maryland or businesses that have a presence in Southern Maryland. The winner will receive $5,000 and, of course, a bushel of crabs! Food and drinks will be provided. For more information, please visit

For more information on Calvert County’s Business Appreciation Week, including updates on planned activities and events, or to learn about the many services the county offers the business community, contact the Department of Economic Development at 410-535-4583 or 301-855-1880, or email.