Weekly Message From The Chair, April 26, 2021

Message #16- 4/26/21

Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce Members and Friends,

In this week’s message, you will find:

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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot recognized the Baltimore City Chamber for our work during the pandemic!
Here are 10 things you should know:

First, if you haven’t already, please file your business personal property taxes. The state and federal tax deadline was extended to May 15th, but your business personal property tax filing was due April 15th unless you filed an extension. Please address this so your business can stay in good standing with the state of Maryland. Click here for more information.

Second, we are having an outdoor, in-person, covid-complaint Chamber Annual Meeting on Friday, May 21st. We should finalize the venue this week and tickets will go on sale next week. You should expect delicious food, drinks, networking and possibly, free parking. I am working on the free parking. Since we are having our Annual Meeting on 5/21, we will NOT have our normal 1st Thursday Monthly Meeting or 2nd Thursday Networking Event in May. Registration and sponsorship links will be available in the next weekly message.

Third, did you earn over $75k in 2020? You are invited to apply for the next free Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses entrepreneur growth program at http://www.10ksbapply.com/baltimore. To learn how this program has helped thousands of businesses increase revenue, add jobs and impact local economies join me for the next Open House on April 29th. The application deadline is approaching and there won’t be another cohort until 2022.

Fourth, we’d like to thank the Office of the Comptroller for recognizing our efforts to support businesses during the pandemic. We met with over 1000 businesses in 2020, hosted free training sessions, connected people to resources and helped hundreds of entrepreneurs apply for EIDL and PPP. It was a lot of work, but this is what the Baltimore City Chamber is meant to do. Thank you Comptroller Franchot for the recognition!

Fifth, here are some updates for Business Owners on relief programs:

Sixth, on May 25th, join Chamber Member EEA Meditation and Consulting for this highly anticipated training/ workshop as they identify mental health signs, symptoms, and trauma that individuals struggle with daily. This training/ workshop will provide an overview of common mental health diagnosis and stigmas related to each diagnosis. This engaging and interactive training will be facilitated by Dr. Patrick Crawford of Crawford Consulting & Mental Health Services. Click here to register.

Seventh, the Minority Business Development Agency is hosting a webinar this week called “Credit Request During COVID.” Register at http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=E054D783814F38.

Eighth, the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development is having a 2 day virtual construction and career fair on May 24th and 25th. Click here to register and learn more.

Ninth, join the American Cancer Society by supporting ResearcHERS: Women Fighting Cancer. Cancer Research Fundraising BY women FOR women. Our Virtual Kickoff will be on April 28, 2021 at 7pm. For additional information or an invite link, please visit www.acsresearchers.org/baltimoremd or contact Christine at Christine.Schifkovitz@cancer.org.

Tenth, PPP and Tax deadlines have been extended! If you need help applying for loans or filing your taxes, contact Chamber Member Kimberly Royster.

We have listed some great info and opportunities below! Keep reading for this week’s Events and Offers

If you are an active Baltimore City Chamber Member and you have a special offer for our Members, or if you would like to discuss Membership, schedule a call with Will Holmes at https://whc.as.me/baltimorechamber.


EVENTS

4/29/21 1pm-2pm
MBDA and Insight Financial

Presenter: Chantrell McCormick. Topic: “Credit Request During COVID.” Register at http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=E054D783814F38.

5/6/21 at 6pm
Baltimore City Chamber General Membership Meeting

No 1st Thursday event in May. We will cover these topics and more at the Annual Meeting on May 21st.

5/10/21- 5/14/21
Job Fair

if you need new talent for your organization, contact the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development. They have qualified people looking for jobs right now! Register to attend the virtual job fair on May 10th, 12th and 14th. Contact HSGrads@oedworks.com or call 443-984-3014 for more information.

5/13/21 at 6pm
Baltimore City Chamber Virtual Happy Hour

No 2nd Thursday event in May. We will network at the Annual Meeting on May 21st.

5/20- 5/21/21
The B.I.G Summit
Chamber Member, Monica Brunson is hosting the B.I.G. Summit on May 20, 2021 through May 22, 2021. This event is for healthcare and assisted living professionals. For more details, click here to contact Monica.

5/21/21
Save the date! Chamber Annual Meeting. Outdoor and in-person!

5/24-5/25/21
The Mayor’s Office of Employment Development is having a 2 day virtual construction and career fair on May 24th and 25th. Click here to register and learn more.

6/1/21
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses 

Early Deadline for the next Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses cohort starting this Fall. If you’ve been in business more than 2 years, have 2 or more people in your company and your revenue is over $75k, you may qualify. Click here to apply.

6/3/21 at 6pm
Baltimore City Chamber General Membership Meeting

This event is open to all! Learn about resources for your business and opportunities to help you in your career. Register at https://whc.as.me/1stThursdays.

6/10/21 at 6pm
Baltimore City Chamber Virtual Happy Hour

Connect and meet with Chamber Members every 2nd Thursday! Wear your logo and share what you do! We have a toast every 15 minutes, so be ready to celebrate and network. Register at https://whc.as.me/2ndThursdays.

 


OFFERS 

For MDOT Certified Businesses 
MDOT certified businesses should learn more about the new Business Development Reimbursement Program. The BDRP is a DBE supportive service, with the goal of increasing the number of State Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms serving as prime contractors and subcontractors on federally funded contracts. The objective is to assist MDOT Certified DBE firms in increasing their competency and business capacity. Questions? Contact Lisa RS Grant, CCA, Manager, Disadvantaged Minority Business Enterprise Programs, at 410-545-0317 or lgrant2@mdot.maryland.gov.

American Cancer Society Fundraiser
Chamber Member, the American Cancer Society wants you to remember it takes more than brilliant scientists to push cutting-edge cancer research forward – it also requires different perspectives, and that comes from gender diversity in the lab. Join the American Cancer Society by supporting ResearcHERS: Women Fighting Cancer. Cancer Research Fundraising BY women FOR women. Our Virtual Kickoff will be on April 28, 2021 at 7pm. For additional information or an invite link, please visit www.acsresearchers.org/baltimoremd or contact Christine at Christine.Schifkovitz@cancer.org.

Life Insurance 
Chamber Member John Gourdin is available to answer your questions regarding life insurance. Remember, life insurance is something you have to own before you need it. Get a free quote and approval online in less than 20 minutes. NO sales pitches. NO physicals. You can be covered TODAY. Visit www.samdlife.com.

Having a Special Event?
Backyard Movie Theaters LLC is here to make your next event movie ready and memorable. You bring the crowd, and we’ll bring the big screen, HD projector, popcorn machine, lounge chairs, inflatable rooms, streaming access, and more. Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia. Give us a call (410-419-3229) and upgrade your event.

Meditation
Chamber Member, Kadampa Meditation Center-Maryland welcomes Members to a complimentary meditation and special offer. Baltimore’s only Buddhist Temple offers ancient wisdom and practical tools for taking on today’s challenges. Click here to learn more and register.

Career Training and Professional Development
Morgan State University is equipped to offer online learning convenient training solutions for businesses. Our catalog of over 300 online courses will allow you to provide training solutions to employees quickly and effectively as they learn on their own and in their preferred learning environment. Our six-week online courses are designed to teach individuals valuable skills that they can apply immediately on the job. Explore the full catalog here.

Need Medical Insurance?
Chamber Member, George Faber can help you find suitable affordable medical coverage, critical illness, short term disability, dental and more!  Whether obtaining a health plan is your financial responsibility or you want to supplement an existing plan to protect your savings and family, send George a message at George.Faber@USHAdvisors.com or call (443) 474 4800. Immediate quotes provided! 

Fundraising Opportunity for Non-Profits
Does your nonprofit want to raise money AND promote cleaner air? CleanChoice Energy is seeking active 501(c)(3) organizations for the new Clean Electricity fundraising program. For each household that enrolls in 100% Clean Electricity through their campaign, CleanChoice will donate $50 to your organization. Email kathleen.wojtowicz@cleanchoiceenergy.com to learn more about this fundraising opportunity.


Talk to you next week!

Sincerely,

 Will Holmes
 Chairman of the Board of Directors
Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce

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