Weekly Message From The Chair, June 29, 2020

Message #27- 6/29/20

Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce Members and Friends,

Summary: In this message, I highlight: events and resources; funding opportunities; job opportunities; offers from Members and info you can use to make better business decisions. Please share this weekly message with 10 people who will benefit. Learn more about us at www.baltimorecitychamber.org.

First, I hope you are well! Be advised the PPP deadline is June 30th! The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 was signed into law on June 3rd, giving more favorable terms to businesses who receive the PPP. Check out the details at https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/7010. Here is a link to the Lendistry PPP application page: https://lendistry-sba-ppp-form.secure.force.com/Lendistry_Leads_PPP

Second, this Thursday is our State of the Chamber/ July General Membership Meeting!!!  I will discuss the State of the Chamber, our future plans and our growth since January. Your attendance is expected! Your feedback is welcome! Click here to register.

Third, marketing, web design and e-commerce developers are encouraged to fill out our Business to Business Connector form at www.baltimorecitychamber.org. The Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce and the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) are partnering to launch a repository of professional services to provide small businesses with resources to adapt their current model and increase their e-commerce presence. If your company provides products and services to help small businesses launch or expand their e-commerce presence, please sign up! Contact me with questions!

Fourth, I am looking for Chamber Members who would like to be active on the following new Committees: Young Professionals; Women’s Leadership; Fundraising; Strategic Partnerships; and Member/ Procurement Office Relations. Interested? Schedule a call with me at https://whc.as.me/baltimorechamber

Fifth, save the date for some great upcoming webinars! On July 9th, we will be discussing tips for transitioning your business to the cloud and remote work. On July 14th, we will be discussing clean energy options. On July 16th, we will be discussing how Baltimore’s aerial surveillance technology works. Scroll down to the Invitations to Events section for details.

Keep reading for this week’s Opportunities, Events and Information! 



Apply for the Paycheck Protection Program before June 30th! 
Check out the details at https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/7010. Here is a link to the Lendistry PPP application page: https://lendistry-sba-ppp-form.secure.force.com/Lendistry_Leads_PPP.

KIVA Loans 
KIVA has funding options for businesses. Click here to learn more. 

Short term commercial loans not based on credit…
If you have submitted an invoice for services and you are waiting to be paid, or if you have a purchase order to fill, but need funding to get started, learn more about WHC’s programs that can help.


Jobs at the Small Business Administration 
The SBA has a variety of temporary jobs to assist with the COVID-19 response. Click here to learn more.

Jobs in Baltimore
The Mayor’s Office of Employment Development has compiled job openings in the area. Click here to learn more.

Department of Labor
The Department of Labor has compiled some job opportunities. Click here to learn more.

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


7/2/20 at 6pm
Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce General Membership Meeting 

Our July General Membership Meeting is open to all. We’ll give a State of the Chamber, discuss resources and solutions and we’ll network. Click here to register.

7/9/20 an 12 noon
Free Webinar: Maximizing Performance in the Cloud
Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce and McPherson Enterprises 

Join us for this free, interactive webinar hosted by Chamber Member, Tian McPherson, Owner of McPherson Enterprises. Tian will lead you through the steps for converting to the cloud. Tian will also discuss what is needed to support remote staff and how to keep your data safe and performance high. Click here to register.

7/9/20 at 6pm
Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce Virtual Happy Hour 

Join us for our July Virtual Happy Hour! This event is open to all. Wear your logo and be ready to toast, mingle and network. Click here to register!  

Reopening of Wellness Today Spa 

Save the date as Chamber Member, Wellness Today reopens and offers Chamber Members a special discount on spa services. Learn more at www.wellnesstodayspa.com

7/14/20 at 5:30pm
Informational Webinar on Clean Energy

Chamber Member, Clean Choice Energy will lead a discussion on options for clean energy. Contact Kathleen at kathleen.wojtowicz@cleanchoiceenergy.com

7/16/20 at 12 noon
Informational Webinar on the Aerial Surveillance Program in Baltimore City! We will learn how the technology works from the team who runs it. Save the date! Contact Will Holmes with questions at willholmesconsulting@gmail.com.

Apply for the next Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Cohort!
Applications are open for the free, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program! Click here to learn more and apply.


SCORE 12 month Cash Flow Projections- Need a better way to plan your spending and sales goals? Download a 12 month cash flow statement from SCORE and start planning your growth! Click here for details.

Baltimore City Procurement Database- Interested in doing business in Baltimore? Click here to learn how you can be a city contractor.

Anne Arundel County Procurement Database- Anne Arundel County has their new contractor database up and running. This database will be a resource to all the agencies when looking for small businesses for procurement opportunities. The Anne Arundel County eProcurement system will be known as P.O.R.T. (Procurement Operations Resource Technology). Click here to learn more. 

State of Maryland Procurement Database- EMMA is the new E Maryland Marketplace Advantage website for procurement opportunities. You can see contract opportunities and contact instructions to help you get connected to the right people. Click here to learn more.

MDOT Certification– Ever consider doing business with the State of Maryland? If you have plans to grow, the certification process could open up new opportunities for new revenue. Click here to learn more.

Baltimore Demographics- Ever wonder where to find info on demographics in Baltimore? Click here to see this summary by the Census Bureau.

Maryland Wealth- Interested in seeing stats on Maryland’s wealth and its tax revenue for each city and county? Click here to view the report from the Department of Legislative Services Office of Policy Analysis.

Connect with City Leadership- Want to attend a Board of Estimates meeting or Baltimore City Council meeting to hear from our elected officials? Check out the schedule at: http://www.baltimorecitycouncil.com/complete-calendar

U.S. Economy- Interested in how the U.S. economy is doing? Here is the most current information from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis: https://www.bea.gov/news/glance

Talk to you next week!

Will Holmes
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce
Schedule a call with me: https://whc.as.me/baltimorechamber
Learn about the Chamber: http://www.baltimorecitychamber.org
Do business with me: http://www.whcusa.com