Craig Taylor resigned as president of the Sykesville Business Association on Friday. Mr. Taylor, 55, had been president since 1993.
"It is time for me to go," he said. "It will be good to get new people involved."
While he plans to continue his membership, he no longer will serve on the board of directors.
"I will be a member as long as I am on Main Street," he said. "The association is my organization. Businesses should do things together to attract people."
Mr. Taylor owns a clock shop and with his wife, operates Alexandra's Attic, an antiques store.
He declined to give any further reason for his resignation.
"There will always be some people who don't like what you are doing," he said. Critics should "jump in and do their thing," he said.
When Mr. Taylor became president in June 1993, filling out an unexpired term before being elected, he made recruitment his first emphasis. With a promise to wash the windows for new members, he drew in most businesses,
"Washing the windows was the fun part of the job," he said. "Then, I told them we had to get to work."
Before his tenure, less than half of the 50 businesses were in the association. Now, 46 are members and all Main Street shops are leased. "We may be the strongest business group in Carroll County," Mr. Taylor said.
Karen Deatherage, manager of Union National Bank who had been vice president, assumes leadership of the group. Election of new officers takes place in January.