Weekly Message from the Chair, January 20, 2020

Message #4- 1/20/20

Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce Members,

Please share this weekly message with 10 people who will benefit!!!

First, if you haven’t attended a Chamber event in a while, I invite you to come back and join us. We have designed a series of high-value, monthly events, all with the purpose of creating fun, safe spaces where you can gather and do business. We have our General Body Meetings on 1st Thursdays. We have our Business After Dark networking events on 2nd Thursdays. We have our Breakfast Networking and Resources event every 4th Wednesday morning. These events are for you! Connect with me on LinkedIn to stay informed during the week and RSVP for these events on our website.

I am asking all Members to share our social media posts, attend a few events per month, make some real connections and do business with other Chamber Members. Imagine if every Chamber Member, before they made a purchase, considered purchasing from another Member first. We’d have our own market. We’d have our own little economy. It is possible. But, I need you to be active, buy from other Members, and support our Sponsors. This makes us a stronger organization and all will benefit. If you have any comments or ideas, schedule a call with me at https://whc.as.me/baltimorechamber.

Second, I am looking for Sponsors for our well-attended monthly events and for our huge Signature events. So, if you are a Member who wants to get more involved, get in front of the Baltimore business community and bring more exposure to your organization, schedule a call with me at https://whc.as.me/baltimorechamber.

Third, our first General Body Meeting of 2020 is February 6th at the new, beautiful Courtyard McHenry Row. Courtyard is a Member and their location has FREE PARKING, a great conference room and a delicious Bar Bistro. The hotel is perfect for our first General Body Meeting! You can RSVP for this event and all our events at www.baltimorecitychamber.org. Bring a friend. This is open to Members and to the public. I will have Chairman’s Awards for Members I see doing great things in the Chamber and in the Baltimore community.

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:


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, click here to RSVP.

MEMBER SPECIAL OFFER: For over 12 years, Chamber Member, Dragonfly Digital Marketing (formerly Dragonfly SEO) has practiced ethical, white hat digital marketing strategies with a focus on quality. They are a full-service agency capable of providing a customized approach, with team members specialized in technical SEO, content management, paid advertising, and social media. In all that they do, they consider their clients’ online reputation above all else, and follow practices that create a favorable online footprint. Please get in touch with them with any questions and to schedule an audit of your website’s SEO, content and to discuss strategies for improvement.

Contact Phone #: 800-636-0347 | Contact Email: amichaels@dragonflydm.com | Contact Person: Albert Michaels | Website link with more info: www.dragonflydm.com |

If you are a current, 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.


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

1/22/20 at 6pm- Business Q&A with Will Holmes and Baltimore Professionals and Entrepreneurs! Every 4th Wednesday evening, enjoy free admission and networking opportunities with other small and growing business owners. Will Holmes leads a discussion focused on connecting small businesses with answers to common growth challenges. This event takes place at Teavolve in Harbor East. You can register on Eventbrite or on Meetup.

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

1/25/20 at 4pm- Grant Writing Workshop! This workshop is designed to help non-profit leaders understand how to get funded. You can register for this event on our website: www.baltimorecitychamber.org

2/6/20 at 6pm- Baltimore City Chamber General Body Meeting! Learn about what’s happening in the Chamber and in the business community. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to network with other Chamber members. We will have awards, informative panels and fun. After we talk business, we will go to the lobby Bar Bistro for drinks and food. You can register for this event on our website: www.baltimorecitychamber.org


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

Here’s a link if you want to learn more about me…