President’s Message – October 2016

Each Newsletter will describe the Chamber Mission, which is:

Doris Spencer, President of SMBCC(1) To preserve the competitive enterprise system of business by focusing on economic development (the growth, creation and achievement of minority businesses),  and entrepreneurship, while creating a better understanding and appreciation of the importance of entrepreneurs and minority businesses, and a concern for their problems; educating the business community and representing them in the Legislative process; preventing or addressing controversies, which would be detrimental to expansion and growth of entrepreneurs and minority businesses, and the community, if they should arise; creating a greater appreciation of the value of a more liberal investment of substance and self, on behalf of the interest of minority business; (2)  To promote minority businesses and community growth and development by focusing on the growth, creation and achievement of entrepreneurs and minority businesses, while promoting economic programs designed to strengthen and expand the income potential of all businesses within the southern Maryland region; promoting programs of a civic, social and cultural nature, which are designed to increase the functional and aesthetic values of the community; and discovering and correcting abuses that prevent the promotion of business expansion and community growth.

At the first Board meeting, as the Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce, on September 29, 2016, the Board approved my appointment as President, Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer and approved five (5) new Board Members: Ashley Lacey, representing SMECO; Andrea Renfroe, representing Kingdom Ventures; John Huggins, Entrepreneur; Jerry Sanford, Washington Gas; and Timothy Brown, representing Brown Communications, all of whom bring a wealth of knowledge and years of experience to the Chamber. Reorganization of the Executive Committee is in process.

The Chamber is an All-Volunteer Organization and is looking for people interested and willing to volunteer to serve on Committees, to assist the Chamber in its day to day operations. If interested, please email me at

The Chamber, in partnership with MGM National Harbor and collaboration with the Southern Maryland Departments of Economic Development and Chambers is planning a Procurement Opportunity Outreach Session on October 17, 2016 at the Hilton Gardens Inn, in Waldorf.  Check the website for more specific information on this important event.

The Chamber was recognized for its Advocacy at the Calvert County Business Alliance, 10 Years Anniversary Celebration Gala.

We are pleased to announce The Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc., which has received 501 (C) (3) status. The Foundation will pursue Grants for program evaluation, outreach and training.




Doris J. Cammack-Spencer
President, Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer