Chamber unveils new logo

The Garrett County Republican

McHENRY — The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday an update to its visual identity to better reflect the organization’s mission statement and help combat misperceptions.

The new Chamber logo is an evolution of the organization’s previous logo (itself an update of an earlier design). Although the graphic and colors remain the same and the typeface is similar, the text emphasizes the words “Garrett County Chamber of Commerce” rather than “Deep Creek Lake Area.”

Understanding the importance of Maryland’s largest inland body of water, the new logo still proudly proclaims “Home of Deep Creek Lake.”

“The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present our newly worded logo,” said Andrew Fike, chairman of the Chamber’s board of directors.“We, as a board, feel this new logo better represents all Garrett County businesses.

“It’s a small, but meaningful, change,” said Nick Sharps, membership development manager for the Chamber. “We are excited to move forward under this new logo and recommit ourselves to organizing, supporting and representing Garrett County’s business community.”

Kendall Ludwig, president & principal designer of local web and graphic design firm CurlyRed Inc., completed the work on the project.

Garrett County to hold TweetFest

Garrett County to hold TweetFest

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Posted Sep 20, 2011 @ 07:33 AM

OAKLAND, Md. — McHENRY, Md. – The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce will hold a TweetFEST at http://twitter.com/garrettchamber on Friday, Sept. 23, from noon – 1 p.m.

The TweetFEST is designed to assist people with their vacation planning by providing travel tips and information on the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County, Md., over Twitter. Those with questions about Garrett County’s 44th annual Autumn Glory Festival are also encouraged to participate in the TweetFEST.
Tweet us your Deep Creek Lake & Garrett County, Md., questions Friday, Sept. 23, from noon to 1 p.m. by using the #askGarrettChamber hashtag. The Garrett County Chamber will have Twitter users available, live, to answer visitor questions in real-time.

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The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce welcomed Gov. Martin O’Malley and his staff on Monday to release the 2010 Maryland State Parks Economic Impact and Visitor Study, and to discuss tourism and trails in Garrett County. Several other state officials were also in attendance. In this special tourism roundtable meeting at New Germany State Park, chamber members thanked the governor for his support of many county projects, and Nicole Christian, chamber president/CEO, spoke about the importance of and the potential for tourism growth in Garrett County. O’Malley and Christian are pictured.


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Chamber's New Web Site Offers High Tech Apps

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Jan. 20, 2011

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce has recently launched a new version of its web site, visitdeepcreek.com. The new site offers chamber members and visitors new technological functionality that makes using the site, accessing member information, and planning a Garrett County getaway even easier, according to Nicole Christian, chamber president/CEO.
“While our old site wasn’t bad, we wanted to integrate new technology and give our users more functionality,” she said. “The nearly 500,000 unique visitors to our site are tech savvy, and it’s extremely important for us to communicate with them on their level.”

With the new site, chamber lodging members may now update not only their availability, but also which rooms or rental homes are available months and seasons ahead of time.

The web site’s new “Hot Deals Section” gives members the opportunity to showcase special offers, plus, when a new hot deal is posted, it is automatically featured on the chamber’s Facebook page.

Members can register online for events like the chamber’s monthly Business After Hours networking events or annual events, including the Autumn Glory Kickoff Dinner, and new members can join online.

And users can now download the “My Chamber App” for their iPhone, Droid, and BlackBerry, so when they are in Garrett County, they can map the closest businesses (restaurants, shops, etc.), search members by category (activities, lodging, etc.), access hot deals, and view Garrett County events.

Along with information on the history of Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County, the new site showcases local towns by highlighting each one in northern and southern ends of the county.

The new “Legislative News” section focuses on how the chamber works for local businesses on a local, state, and federal level.

Future plans for the site include adding video clips of area activities and attractions, an expanded “Legislative News” section, and the chamber working with the Garrett County Department of Economic Development to expand the new “Economic Development” section.

The new visitdeepcreek.com also gives members new opportunities to attract new customers and promote their businesses, Christian noted.

“With an enhanced listing, members enjoy an extended description for their business, the ability to add photos to their company listing, links to their company’s social media sites like Facebook, the ability to add a video, and the opportunity to include special offers on the ‘Hot Deals’ page,” she said.

To view the new version of the site and access these new features, persons may log on to visitdeepcreek.com

Information about the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is available by calling 301-387-4386.

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Barn Quilt Fest Wins Best New Event Award

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Nov. 11, 2010

Competing against nominees from across the state, Garrett County’s Barn Quilt Festival has been recognized with the award for the 2010 Best New/Improved Product or Event. The county received the award from the Maryland Tourism Council on Nov. 4, at the 30th annual Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit, held in Annapolis. As a supporter of the event, the Chamber of Commerce applied on behalf of the Barn Quilt Association of Garrett County.

The Best New/Improved Product or Event Award is meant to recognize Maryland Tourism Council members for their efforts in the year’s best new or improved event, tour destination, program, promotion, or experience. The nominees are judged on innovation, the example set for others, and on the event’s success as a Maryland tourism product. Winners are determined by a panel of judges composed of past recipients of the award.

The first Quilt Festival was held on Aug. 1 and featured a live auction, a 50/50 drawing, a brown bag auction, arts and crafts vendors, live music, kids’ games, food, recognition of the current barn blocks, and the unveiling of the latest barn quilt block at Cove Run Farms.

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Garrett County Chamber Hires New President

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The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce announces that Nicole Christian, IOM, CCE, has been selected as its new president and CEO.

Christian was most recently employed with the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce in Jupiter, Fla., where she served as president and CEO. She was responsible for day-to-day operations and activities of a 1,000 member chamber that served 10 municipalities and the unincorporated areas in north Palm Beach County. She also oversaw the visitors center for the entire north county.

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