Weekly Message From The Chair, May 18, 2020

 Message #21- 5/18/20

Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce Members and Friends,

Summary: In this message, I highlight: events and resources; contract opportunities; funding opportunities; health care options; 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 appreciate all the emails sent and social media comments made last week! All your birthday wishes meant a lot! Thank you! If we are not already connected on social media, let’s connect on Facebook (Chamber / Me) and LinkedIn (Chamber / Me) so you can stay informed regarding new resources in between these weekly messages.

Second, thank you to everyone who joined us for our virtual Happy Hour last Thursday. Attendees wore their logos, introduced themselves to the group and exchanged contact info with those interested in doing business. Plus, we did a toast every 15 minutes. It was fun and a great way to stay connected when networking opportunities are harder to come by. We have virtual Happy Hours every 2nd Thursday evening, General Membership Meetings every 1st Thursday, and training sessions throughout the month with Anne Hilb at Graymake and Allan Hirsh at Allan Hirsh Advisors. Make sure to learn more in the events section below.

Third, the Baltimore Together fund has stopped taking grant applications. The state grants and loans are closed and there are talks of some possible additional stimulus money from the federal government. But, for those seeking resources now, we are having a webinar this week to discuss how you can prepare for capital in this economy. Click here to register.

Fourth, I am happy to report that the City Chamber is still growing. If you want to be a member, first, think about what you want the Chamber to do for you and then schedule a call with me to discuss how we can make that happen.

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



Department of Treasury
Read more about the current process for qualifying for loans and grants from the Federal programs.

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.

OFFERS FROM MEMBERSPure Water Technology
We provide fresh, pure, safe and healthy drinking water and ice by removing chemicals, bacteria, pesticides, and parasites using reverse osmosis and activated oxygen! We replace bottled water and bottled water coolers, filter coolers, or water fountains/filling stations and eliminate cross contamination concerns with an anti-microbial touchpad and clean contact dispenser. Save time, money and the planet with our maintenance free, auto-sanitizing solution for your drinking water and ice needs. Contact Alison via email to schedule your FREE, NO OBLIGATION TRIAL to begin tasting the difference! What is your health worth to you? Learn more about our solution from Alison Bucklin herself in this short video Pure Water Technology Drinking Water Solution and then contact Alison at abucklin@purewaterpa.com.

Need Health Care?
Chamber Member, Dr. Shawn Dhillon offers concierge medical care for $99 per month. Have a dedicated physician for less than you would pay for medical insurance. Learn more at https://www.anytimedrs.com.

Need Medical Insurance?
Chamber Member, George Faber can help you find medical coverage. Send him a message at George.Faber@USHAdvisors.com.

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


Free Webinar: How To Get Capital for Your Business
Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce

Join us for a discussion on the steps your business needs to take to prepare and win capital to help your business grow. Click here to register.

Free Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program
Applications are now open for the next cohort! 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

Virtual Workshop: Bias Uncovered 

I’m biased and you are too. The good news is, we can actively decrease our biases by becoming more aware of them. Learning objectives: 1. Recognize when unconscious bias occurs and why it’s important to understand. 2. Explore how unconscious bias has a negative effect in an organizational context. 3. Identify three strategies to counteract potential unconscious bias. Please contact ahilb@graymake.com with any questions.

Join Bellevue University for a special, online event!
Register for a live, online information session to learn more about Bellevue University, a partner of Baltimore City Community College. Meet your local Bellevue University representative, Debra Vines who will cover some of the most popular topics for students such as transfer credits, cost, and our 100% online degree programs. For more information, contact Debra Vines at devines@bellevue.edu.

CEO Roundtable 

The Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the return of the CEO Roundtable hosted and facilitated by Allan Hirsh of Allan Hirsh Advisors. The CEO Roundtable is an opportunity for established business members of the Chamber to take the next steps in growing their business and work through issues, opportunities and challenges. The cost is free for members and will be in a mastermind format. The Cohort meets once per month beginning May 22, 2020 via Zoom. The sessions will be held on the 4th Friday of the month ending in August 2020. The program is most appropriate for organizations that have been in business for at least 2 years, have at least 3 employees and have annual revenues of at least $125,000. If you are interested, please reach out to Allan Hirsh directly by email at allan@allanhirshadvisors.com or by telephone at 443-831-8935.

Virtual Workshop: Exploring Uncertainty Together, Apart 

A 2-part virtual workshop to explore how uncertainty impacts us personally and professionally. The objectives: 1. Participants will increase their confidence in facing uncertainty in various realms of their lives. 2. Participants will experience an interactive community setting through which they can explore the challenges of living with the unknown and discover ways to embrace that challenge. 3.Participants will leave with tools and take-aways for embracing uncertainty now and in the future. Please contact ahilb@graymake.com with any questions.

6/4/20 at 6pm
Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce General Membership Meeting 

Our June General Membership Meeting is open to all. We’ll discuss resources, solutions and we’ll network. Click here to register.

Virtual Workshop: Bias Uncovered

I’m biased and you are too. The good news is, we can actively decrease our biases by becoming more aware of them. Learning objectives: 1. Recognize when unconscious bias occurs and why it’s important to understand. 2. Explore how unconscious bias has a negative effect in an organizational context. 3. Identify three strategies to counteract potential unconscious bias. Please contact ahilb@graymake.com with any questions.

6/11/20 at 6pm
Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce Virtual Happy Hour 

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

Virtual Workshop: Exploring Uncertainty for Forward Thinking Leaders

A virtual workshop for forward-thinking leaders to explore uncertainty in their work with peers and leave with practical tools. Participants will: 1. Reflect on their experiences with uncertainty, particularly during global pandemic, and understand how other forward-thinking leaders are grappling with these challenges 2. Examine how transparency, clear communication, and trust-building can be built and integrated among teams and organizations/businesses. 3. Leave with concrete tools for fair process, an approach that fosters a culture of inclusion and engagement around tough decisions, especially in times of significant uncertainty. Please contact ahilb@graymake.com with any questions.


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