Weekly Messages From The Chair, June 21, 2021

Message #23- 6/21/21

Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce Members and Friends,

In this week’s message, you will find:

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Here are 10 things you should know:

First, this Wednesday, June 23rd at 6pm, we will have a virtual meet and greet with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum’s new Executive Director, Terri Freeman. We’ll discuss upcoming initiatives, the Museum’s Fall Gala and opportunities for you to become more involved in the museum’s mission. Free to all! Register here.

Second, Summer in the City is back on 7/23/21!!! You can expect music, networking, food, drinks and free parking at the McHenry Row Marriott. I am hosting and we’ll be celebrating on the outside patio. We have limited tickets and they are on sale now! Click here to register.

Third, on September 9th at 6pm, I have the honor of hosting an online discussion with the Mayor of Baltimore Brandon Scott. We will discuss expectations for 2021, 2022 and resources planned for business owners. Click here to registerFourth, I am looking for new Board Members and Committee Members. Ideally, you want to make the Baltimore business community better and you have the time to help us grow and promote the Chamber. Contact me for more information.

Fifth, we are planning an interactive session after September’s General Membership Meeting. We will discuss the latest in marketing techniques to reach your target customers. If you are a marketing guru and an active Member, contact me. I am looking for panelists for the evening of 9/2/21.

Sixth, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program is accepting applicants for the next cohort!  You must be in business for 2 years and have at least 2 people (including you) on your team. Apply for this free program at www.10ksbapply.com/baltimore.

Seventh, if you have a desire to to do business with the NSA, use this link to watch the webinar on June 23rd 2021 at 10am. This webinar will give attendees a basic understanding of how to do business with the National Security Agency (NSA). NSA leads the U.S. Government in cryptology that encompasses foreign signals intelligence (SIGINT) and cybersecurity. The Agency is committed to small business and providing maximum practicable contracting opportunities to small businesses that meet the mission needs. If you have trouble with the link or have questions, contact Tonia for more information.

Eighth, if you missed the Women’s Leadership Committee’s online event, “Where The Money Resides”, you missed an incredible presentation by accountant Kimberly Royster of Kimberly Services. Thank you, Mrs. Royster! We appreciate your service to the Chamber and to Baltimore!

Ninth, Chamber Member Northrop Realty invites you to come enjoy the evening of 6/24/21 touring urban luxury apartments in downtown Baltimore across from Penn Station. Meet the community, event sponsors and build new business relationships. Attendees have a chance to win a door prize. Contact Amy for more information.

Tenth, as we look to the proliferation of Innovation across the World we realize that this offers many opportunities for our Students and our Next Generation Leaders to choose not only their relevant academic programs, but to position themselves to contribute as an intern, join a new firm as a practitioner, or as a senior contributor in a new role within Quality. Chamber Member Dr. Rhonda Farrell invites you to participate in this discussion on June 22nd. Click here to register.

We have listed some great 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.


6/23/21 at 6pm
Reginald F. Lewis Museum Virtual Meet and Greet 

On June 23rd at 6pm, we will have a virtual meet and greet with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum’s new Executive Director, Terri Freeman. We’ll discuss upcoming initiatives, the Museum’s Fall Gala and opportunities for you to become more involved in the museum’s mission. Free to all! Click here to register!

7/1/21 at 6pm
July General Membership Meeting 

Open to all. Learn about the newest from the Chamber. Click here to register.

7/23/21 | 5pm to 8pm
July Summer In The City
McHenry Row Marriott. Free parking. Food and drinks included with ticket. Register here.

General Membership Meeting and Marketing Panel

After our General Membership Meeting, we will have a panel of marketing gurus share innovative techniques for improving client conversion. Click here to register.

9/9/21 at 6pm 
Baltimore 2022 and Beyond with Mayor Brandon Scott
Online event. Register here.

9/16/21 at 6:15pm 
Women’s Leadership Initiative Event
“Unleashing the Power of Purpose to Drive Your Life and Work”. Speaker: Ms. Luciana Paulise. RSVP here.

Women’s Leadership Initiative Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser

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Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party 

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Chamber Member Dr. Rhonda Farrell, CEO of Global Innovation Strategies is fielding a new program called “The Millionaire Mindset”. Break through your Money Blockages, Own your Inner Business Archetype, and Hone your Super Niche population. She’ll get you into action, generating income, and nailing your business outcomes! Schedule a FREE consult with Dr. Rhonda today or take action now and start your program tomorrow! https://www.gblinnovstratllc.com/thrive

American Red Cross
Though it has been 140 years since Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross, the need to alleviate human suffering hasn’t changed. Volunteers continue to come together in innovative ways to serve and give hope during life’s emergencies. Volunteers continue to bring their talent and compassion to help build stronger and more resilient communities. Learn more about becoming a Red Cross volunteer at www.redcross.org/volunteer.

Low Interest Loans
The Maryland Minority Women Owned Business program provides loans administered by state video lottery terminal program fund managers. In Baltimore, the Meridian Management Group (MMG) is still accepting applications for this loan program that offers up to $50,000 at 0% interest in year 1 and 2% interest in years 2 through 5. Find the application here: https://mmgcapitalgroup.com/website/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Combined-App.pdf. You can also check out updates for Business Owners on the SBA Restaurant Relief Fund. For complete info, visit: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/restaurant-revitalization-fund

Need Help with Certifications? 
Do you need help applying for your local, state and federal certifications for your small business? The Baltimore City Chamber offers affordable services to help you apply for the certifications you need to compete for contracts. Contact Executive Director William Honablew, Jr. at info@baltimorecitychamber.org for full details and pricing.

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. 

IT Services
Chamber Member Wayne S. Stewart has an offer for state certified Minority Business Owners. Do you need help with your IT services? Wayne is offering 25% off  web design and development services to all state certified Minority Business Owners. This offer will expire Friday, May 30th. For more information please leave your contact information at this link https://sdagency.net/contact-us or e-mail Wayne at wstewart@sdagency.net.

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.

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!


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

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