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About the PBA

Businesses serving the Pasadena area gain a vital connection to the community through the Pasadena Business Association. With almost 300 members, the organization reaches nearly every citizen through community assistance and public events such as parades, scholarships, and financial aid. For 24 years, the PBA has provided a platform and environment for members to grow and develop their businesses. A thoroughly professional group with a strong mission statement and by­laws, PBA leadership works continually to assure members receive the support and encouragement so necessary in today’s economy. However, there is plenty of time for relaxation, including the famous PBA Crab Feast, and often committee membership develops strong and lasting friendships along with business growth. Along with monthly PBA meetings and periodic meetings with other business groups, take a look at the variety offered by the Pasadena Business Association.

Monthly Membership Meetings

Regular meetings, usually the first Wednesday of each month, offer a forum for relaxed networking, presentations from business experts and public officials, and finding out what is really happening in Pasadena that will benefit your business.

Scholarship Fundraiser

Just when there seems to be no end to winter, the PBA Scholarship Fundraiser is a welcome party with good music, convivial company, and great food. Open to the public, proceeds are used for PBA college scholarships for local high school students.

Crab Feast

The social event of the year for Pasadena small businesses, the Crab Feast is usually a sell­out. Members traditionally bring their employees and families to enjoy fabulous food, music, prizes and, of course, hot steamed crabs at Kurtz’s Beach in mid­July.

Annual Golf Tournament

For avid golfers as well as Sunday duffers, Pasadena’s Compass Pointe Golf Course will be the site of the Annual Golf Tournament in September. It will be a day of fun and friendly competition.

Annual Trade Show

PBA members showcase their businesses in a festive atmosphere that encourages attendance by the community. This fall event gives an up­close look at each business in its own booth where potential customers can meet members personally. There is always a complimentary buffet and drinks.

Pasadena Thanksgiving Parade

Thousands of people line the streets of Pasadena as over 50 floats and marching units pass by on the first Sunday in November. The Parade is telecast on local cable channels on Thanksgiving Day. In 2008, tons of food were collected by member businesses and along the parade route for distribution to local food pantries.

Holiday Party

Nothing can beat the annual December Holiday Party for great food, music, dancing, games, and good wishes among members and their families. Usually held early in December, it is a relaxed evening filled with warm wishes for business friends with a view to a prosperous new year.

Education Committee

Working year round with members from local schools, PTA’s and businesses, this Committee is involved in and supports community food, clothing and school supply needs, providing dozens of holiday baskets for needy families as well as donations of school supplies. Throughout the year, the Education Committee supports and gets involved with tutoring, mentoring and Career Connections programs for Chesapeake and Northeast High Schools. Find out how you can make differences as the Education Committee continues to “Educate the Community for Our Future.”

Community Donations

The PBA works to make Pasadena a better community in which to live and work by donating funds and time to various education and community causes such as Hancock’s Resolution, Career Connections at Northeast and Chesapeake High Schools, Downs Park summer concerts, the Route 100 Flag Fund, annual high school scholarships, Education Excellence Award and YMCA Tribute to Women in Industry Award (TWIN).

Pasadena History Books

Over 5,000 copies of two history books about Pasadena have been purchased over the last seven years. Conceived, funded and produced by PBA members, “Between Two Rivers” and “The Pasadena Peninsula” were written by Isabel Shipley Cunningham. There are still some copies left of the award­-winning books and they can be obtained at Sandy Spring Bank, 4001 Mountain Road, or by calling Sandi Parrish at the PBA office, 410-­360­-4PBA.

Membership Directory and Community Guide

Published annually, and distributed to over 6,000 businesses and residences in Pasadena, the guide offers all members in good standing three FREE listings, alphabetical, business category and cross reference. Display ads can be purchased for a nominal cost as well. This invaluable marketing tool is a prime source of information for the Pasadena community. You are holding the latest directory in your hand; if you and your business are not in it, be sure to grab this opportunity for the next directory by calling Sandi Parrish at the PBA, 410­-360­-4PBA.

A Taste of Pasadena

The PBA provides a single location for local restaurants, caterers and grocers to display and present their best dishes and specialties to hundreds of diners. These current and potential customers pay a small fee for this veritable banquet where no one goes away hungry, and the vendors gain valuable new business.

Great Businesses Making A Great Community!

The PBA welcomes new members throughout the year. For a membership packet that includes a free lunch for prospective members, please complete and submit a Membership Application or send us your name, business name, address, and phone number via the Contact Us page on this web site. Alternatively, contact the PBA business office directly at 410-360-4PBA.