Weekly Message from the Chair, February 17, 2020

Message #8- 2/17/20

Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce Members,

Summary: In this message, I highlight upcoming events, offers from Members, our new sponsorship opportunities, fun activities for employees, job placement services, lending opportunities and info you can use to make better business decisions. Please share this weekly message with 10 people who will benefit!

First, thank you for your continued support on social media, attendance at events and referral of new Members! We added over 20 new Members since January 1st. If we keep up this growth, we could add 200 new members and thousands of people to our network this year! Thank you so much for believing in the possibilities of our Chamber! We are building our own internal market and if we keep supporting each other, all will benefit!

Second, our 4th Wednesday Breakfast Networking event is next week at Miss Shirley’s in Roland Park! We will enjoy a delicious breakfast, address your business growth challenges and have speakers with valuable info for the business community. If you haven’t RSVP’d yet, please do so ASAP on our website, www.baltimorecitychamber.org.

Third, within the next few weeks I will have our Sponsorship package completed and approved with options starting as low as $250. Why is this important? Well, as we increase our membership, you will have more people to sell your products and services. Sponsorship allows you to efficiently and affordably have the attention of the thousands of business owners, professionals, government agencies, banks and elected officials who attend our events and see our messaging each month. Options will include:

  • Venue Sponsorship (Host an event at your place and bring us to you)
  • Food Sponsorship (Showcase your cuisine to attendees and guests)
  • Expo Tables (Interact directly with the attendees at our events)
  • Speaking and Presentation Opportunities (Talk to our Members about your organization via presentations, webinars and panels)
  • Printing Sponsorship (Be recognized for helping us cover printing costs for Membership Cards, Annual Reports, Breakfast With The Mayor Booklets and Signage)
  • Media Sponsorship (Gain access to what’s happening in the Chamber and help us tell our story via social media and your publication)
  • Program Sponsorship (Show your support and gain access to attendees at our upcoming Women’s Leadership, Young Professionals, Health and Wellness and Small Business initiatives)
  • Chairman’s Club (Experience big perks and incredible access to Baltimore’s Leaders)
  • Customized Options (Let’s work together to create an event, media campaign or training program with your name on it that will benefit Baltimore and bring attention to your brand)

There are obviously a limited number of events and only so many Sponsor spots for 2020. So, if you want to talk about affordable sponsorship options to put you in front of your target market, schedule a call with me or email our incredible Sponsorship Committee Chair, Steve Braun at sbraun@searchconsultants.org.

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:


Job Openings? 

Do you have an important job opening you are trying to fill? Chamber Member and Owner of Search Consultants, Steve Braun has decades of experience connecting great people to great careers. He meets with each candidate personally and ensures that they will be a good fit in their new role. Additionally, Steve is a tireless community servant with a vast, trusted network. He sits on various Boards and provides mentorship and advice to hundreds of professionals and business leaders in Baltimore. Email Steve at sbraun@searchconsultants.org to discuss how he can help you find the right person for your organization. Please tell him you saw this info in the Weekly Message from the Chamber.

Fun for Your Employees?

Corporate Kickball is an employee engagement event and fundraiser for Chamber Member, Playworks that gets your team out of the office and onto the kickball field for an afternoon of team building, networking, and fun. Participating businesses spend an exciting afternoon seeking out the kickball trophy and enjoy the day with delicious food, beverages, and friendly play with your peers. Proceeds from the day will go towards Playworks Mid-Atlantic (D.C.<->Maryland) recess programming that aims to provide 42,500 students with access to safe and healthy play each day. Learn more at:

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


2/26/20 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

2/27/20 at 5pm- Baltimore Business Lending is hosting their signature event, Coffee With Capital! This event will occur on February 27 from 5pm to 7pm at the Forest Park branch of the Enoch Pratt Library (3023 Garrison Blvd. Baltimore, MD 21216). Baltimore small business owners and those interested in starting a small businesses will meet and chat with resource partners and learn about funding options. This event is free! Click here to RSVP.

4/18/20 at 8am- MoneyBaltimore Global Business Conference! This year’s MoneyBaltimore conference will show attendees how to successfully do business in Baltimore, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Registration has not yet opened, but mark your calendars. This conference is free and in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Click here to learn more information.

6/3/2020 at 9am- 2020 Baltimore City HUBZone Workshop! Learn about the SBA’s new HUBZone regulations, network with Federal Agency procurement representatives and gain knowledge on how you can use the HUBZone designation to your advantage when pursuing government contracts. Click here to RSVP and learn more.


Real Estate and Investor Tools- Thinking about buying property in the City of Baltimore? Before you buy, check out this great tool with info on zoning, planned projects and other important information. 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
Web: http://www.baltimorecitychamber.org

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