Weekly Message from the Chair, January 13, 2020

Message #3- 1/13/20

Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce Members,

First, if you haven’t heard, the Chamber’s focus is Community. So, please let us know what you need in your Neighborhood Community and how we can better connect you to the Business Community in Baltimore. Also, let us know what issues are affecting your business! We need you to tell us so we can express those concerns to Leadership at the City, State and Federal levels. We are here to help you be more successful, so please use this link to send us a message.

And please share this weekly message with 10 people who will benefit!!!

Second, thank you to all the wonderful Chamber Members who scheduled a call with me to discuss what they want from the Chamber in 2020! Do you have an idea, feedback or want to get involved? You can always schedule a call with me at https://whc.as.me/baltimorechamber.

Third, our first networking event of the year, Business After Dark at Banditos, was a huge success!!! Special thanks to Morgan Lyons on our Event Committee for all her hard work and to Chamber Member, Banditos for hosting us!!! Check out this picture from the event. If you click it, you can enlarge it. The next Business After Dark is February 13th at Full Tilt Brewing.

Fourth, each week, I plan to use this message to connect you with opportunities, invitations and information that you will hopefully find valuable. So, here you go:


Veterans! You are invited to attend a Veterans Small Business Forum on January 21, 2020. This session will be hosted by the American Legion’s Small Business Task Force in Washington, DC. Click here to learn more.

Small Businesses! On Tuesday, January 21, 2020 and Tuesday, July 21, 2020, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Office of Small and Minority Business Policy (OSMBP) is hosting a free Small Business Enterprise (SBE) certification workshop and information session with the MDOT State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA), MDOT Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA), and MDOT Maryland Aviation Administration (MDOT MAA). For more information on this and other MDOT workshops, visit www.mdot.maryland.gov/aaw

Anne Arundel County is looking for small businesses! They have available contracts for Adult Day Care, Courier Services and may other opportunities. Click here to learn more.

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program is recruiting applicants in Maryland for their free training for Business Owners. The application deadline is January 30, 2020. The link to apply is: http://www.10ksbapply.com/Baltimore

Johns Hopkins University and HopkinsLocal are having a free small business conference on January 29, 2020 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. If you want to learn how to contract with Hopkins and work with their procurement process, RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/level-up-with-hopkinslocal-job-seeker-and-small-business-conference-tickets-86597885607?aff=ebdssbeac



The Public Policy Committee Meeting (1/14/20) and Events Committee Meeting (1/21/20) are open to Members! Attending is a great way to determine if you’d want to help plan our events or be involved in the issues that matter most to Business Owners in Baltimore. Members can register to attend at www.baltimorecitychamber.org.

1/16/20 at 6pm- Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Open House! Learn about the success of this free program and how it has helped Business Owners increase revenue, add jobs and have a more positive effect in the community. Click here for Free registration.

1/22/20 at 9am- 4th Wednesday Breakfast and Resources with the Chamber! Every 4th Wednesday, enjoy free admission and connections to resources, answers to business challenges and networking with lenders, agencies and other members at Miss Shirley’s in Roland Park. Miss Shirley’s is a Member of the Chamber and hosts us every 4th Wednesday morning. Please come out to this well-attended event! You can register for this event on our website: www.baltimorecitychamber.org

1/23/20 at 6pm- Sales Training Workshop! How are your sales? If they aren’t where you need them to be, you should attend this workshop led by our Executive Director, William Honablew, Jr. You can register for this event on our website: www.baltimorecitychamber.org


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: https://whc.as.me/baltimorechamber
Web: http://www.baltimorecitychamber.org

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