Weekly Message from the Chair, March 30, 2020

Message #14- 3/30/20

Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce Members,

Summary: In this message, I highlight: COVID-19 resources; this Thursday’s Virtual General Body Meeting; 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. 

First, my hope is that this message finds you healthy. We have lots to do to prepare for recovery. More than ever, the Chamber must continue to be vigilant in its efforts to connect the Baltimore Business Community to resources. Click here to view our webpage with COVID-19 resources including State and Federal Funding, Unemployment Procedures and explanations of available options.

If you need to talk about laying off your staff, we have resources to help you do that ethically. Chamber Member, Steve Braun is available to talk. Contact Steve at sbraun@searchconsultants.org. If you need help with health insurance, you can contact George Faber at George.Faber@USHAdvisors.com. You can also click here to schedule a call with me to talk about sales, marketing and developing your next steps. This is what we do. So, tell your colleagues, whether they are Members or not, that we are here to help.

Second, we will have our April General Body Meeting via webinar this Thursday, April 2nd. We will have an open discussion about current business challenges, layoffs, funding options and how to prepare for a recovery. Registration is free. Click here to sign up.

Third, send us your Job Postings, Special Offers and Requests for Proposals/ Bids and I will post them in an upcoming Weekly Message! This message goes out to thousands of readers each week. And it’s free to Members to post your information and offers. So, email me and I will give you details on what info I need.

Fourth, I hope to use this weekly message to connect you to Opportunities, Events and Information. So, here you go: 


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.

Who is hiring across the United States?
Demand has increased in certain industries. Click here to learn more.

2 Trillion in Funding from Congress
Chamber Member, Baltimore Development Corporation is partnering with M&T Bank and Senator Ben Cardin to host a webinar on Tuesday, March 31st at 2pm to discuss the newly passed $2 trillion stimulus package. Click here to register for the webinar. 

State of Maryland COVID-19 Grants 
Click here to learn more. 

State of Maryland COVID-19 Loans 
Click here to learn more. 

SBA Disaster Loans  
The SBA has emergency funding for businesses affected by COVID-19. Click here to learn more.

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

Free Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program
Applications are now open for the last cohort of 2020. Are you a Business Owner who has been in business at least 2 years? Do you have at least 2 employees? Learn more about this free training program that has helped over 60% of its scholars increase revenue within 6 months of graduation at https://www.10ksbapply.com/Baltimore

Special Offer: Headshots with a Donation to the Maryland Food Bank
Need to update your headshot? Chamber Member, Todd Drift would like to offer Chamber Members a headshot session for $100! For each booked session, he will donate $25 to the Maryland Food Bank. 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


4/2/20 at 6pm- April General Body Meeting via Webinar. Click here to register.  

4/22/20 at 9am- 4th Wednesday Breakfast and Resources with the Chamber! (PENDING)

6/3/2020 at 9am- 2020 Baltimore City HUBZone Workshop! Learn about the SBA’s new HUBZone regulations, network with Federal Agency procurement representatives and gain knowledge on how you can use the HUBZone designation to your advantage when pursuing government contracts. Click here to RSVP and learn more.


COVID-19 Updates, Funding and Resources Compiled by the Baltimore City Chamber: Click Here!

Real Estate and Investor Tools- Thinking about buying property in the City of Baltimore? Before you buy, check out this great tool with info on zoning, planned projects and other important information. 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
Web: http://www.baltimorecitychamber.org