Weekly Message From The Chair, May 25, 2020

 Message #22- 5/25/20

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, thank you to everyone who scheduled a call with me to discuss membership, their business challenges and access to resources. Especially now, without the option of in-person events, this is how we are providing value, one Member at a time. So, take this opportunity to schedule a call with me so we can discuss what the Chamber can do for you.

Second, I am hosting an informational webinar this Thursday evening for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. This free program is for business owners who are looking for ways to grow their companies, increase revenue and add jobs in their community despite the economic downturn. I have limited space, so register today at https://whc.as.me/gs10ksb.

Third, we have a bunch of new offers from Members, job opportunities and some great events listed below. Make sure to scroll down and check them out.

Fourth, if we are not already connected on social media, let’s connect on Facebook (Chamber / Me) and LinkedIn (Chamber / Me) so, in between weekly messages, you can stay informed.

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



Your Health and Well Being During COVID-19 and Beyond
Join Chamber Member, Dr. Sosena Kebede for an interactive webinar on June 4th 2020 at 12 noon. Sosena Kebede, MD, MPH is a Population Health and Quality Improvement Consultant at HealthCare Engagement, LLC in Baltimore. She will discuss the basics of COVID-19, tips we can use to improve our health habits and steps we can take to manage chronic illness and protect ourselves during the pandemic. Click here to register. 

Mobile Marketing
Are you looking for help with your mobile marketing campaign? Chamber Member, Destiny Pierce is offering a 14 day free trial. No credit card required! SIMPLE PRICES, NO SURPRISES. No Setup Fees. No Long Term Contracts. Upgrade/Downgrade Anytime. Save 20% with Annual Plans. Click Here To Sign-Up.

Do you need helping taking employee and guest temperatures?
Do you need assistance with screening employees, vendors or guests at your entrances? Do you need assistance with securing your location? Chamber Member, Bill Pabst of Pabst Enterprises can help. Contact Bill at wpabst@pabstent.com to discuss how his team can help keep your company safe.

Webinar on Tax Strategies and IRS Incentives 
Please join the Baltimore MBDA Business Center for our May Webinar Series “Tax Strategies and IRS Incentives to Grow Your Wealth” with Bailey Wealth Advisors. The webinar will discuss growth strategies and COVID-19’s tax impact and will take place Thursday, May 28th 2020. To register for this webinar click here.

Webinar on Investing Basics
Building your investor IQ starts with understanding the basics. Whether you are new to investing or need a refresher, our Foundations of Investing presentation will help you learn about: The importance of developing a strategy; The impact of asset allocation; The influence of inflation on your long-term goals. The webinar will occur at 6pm on June 18th 2020. Please contact Daniel Brady at daniel.brady@edwardjones.com if you would like information on this webinar or future Edward Jones events.

A Voice for Your Business
If you want to make sure that your message is heard, it helps to have the proper voice. Baltimore-based Rex Anderson is an experienced and award-winning professional voice actor that will make sure that your communications are impactful and get noticed. For high-quality, broadcast-ready voice over with a local touch for any length or type of project, contact Chamber Member, Rex Anderson today at rexanderson.net or call 443-692-7260. Special rates are available for medical or educational projects.
Pure 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.


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.

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


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