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Worcester Chamber adds Ocean Pines to its name

The Ocean Pines Chamber has tweaked its new name to Worcester County Chamber of Commerce in Ocean Pines after blow back.

In light of criticism, board eliminates confusion over organization’s home base

By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer

(Dec. 21, 2023) The newly named Worcester Chamber of Commerce has modified its new logo and name and will now be known as the Worcester Chamber of Commerce in Ocean Pines.

The decision was made during a board meeting last Friday.

The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce announced its name change at the beginning of December. The announcement drew considerable backlash from the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors and other chambers of commerce in the area.

“It warms my heart. Our intention was never to leave Ocean Pines behind,” Donna Frankowski, vice chair of the Worcester County Chamber and a local real estate agent in Ocean Pines.

The chamber initiated discussions of a name change in May, according to Kerrie Bunting, the president and CEO of the chamber, who said her group invited every county commissioner, representatives of Worcester County Economic Development and Tourism and every chamber of commerce to a meeting in Pocomoke to discuss the name change.

“We are marrying the customers with the businesses. We’ve been operating on the countywide scope for the past five years, so this name change really just goes with that,” Bunting said.

“No matter what our name is, our support is the same, our dedication is the same. We are here to support our community,” Bunting said.

Worcester Chamber of Commerce in Ocean Pines will host an open house at the Delmarva Discovery Museum in Pocomoke on Jan 23 from 5-7 p.m.