Weekly Message from the Chair, March 16, 2020

Message #12- 3/16/20

Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce Members,

Summary: In this message, I highlight: 3 contract opportunities; 2 job opportunities; updates on our events due to COVID-19; offers from Members and info you can use to make better business decisions. Please share this weekly message with 10 people who will benefit!

First, my hope is that this message finds you healthy. As you know, our highest priority is the safety and well-being of our Members, Guests and Partners. Consistent with expert public health guidance related to the spread of COVID-19, we have decided to postpone all in-person Chamber events until April 22nd 2020. Our hope is that by the 4th Wednesday in April, we can all safely meet again at Miss Shirley’s for our Breakfast and Networking event. Until then, all Committee meetings and Board Meetings will be held virtually. I will continue to give you weekly updates and I will keep you informed. Meanwhile, please stay safe. Here is a download with information from the Baltimore Health Department regarding COVID-19.

Second, the SBA has an annual Chamber Challenge. We can win if we stick together and vote every day. Each person can vote once per day per device. So, if you have a phone and laptop, you can vote twice a day. All you have to do is vote every day in March for the Baltimore City Chamber!!! It takes 2 seconds. Click here to vote!!!!

Third, Congratulations to Chamber Member and Past Chairman, Richard Craft! He was named a Five Star Wealth Manager in the February issue of Baltimore Magazine. Click here to learn more! Contact Rich at Richard.Craft@lfg.com

Fourth, send me your Job Postings, Special Offers and Requests for Proposals/ Bids and I will post them in an upcoming Weekly Message! This message goes out to thousands of readers each week. And it’s free to Members to post your information and offers. So, email me and I will give you details on what info I need. 

Fifth, if you want to share feedback or want to schedule a call with me, you can always do so by clicking here. 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:


Free Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program
Applications are now open for the last cohort of 2020. Are you a Business Owner who has been in business at least 2 years? Do you have at least 2 employees? Is your revenue at least $100,000? Learn more about this free training program that has helped over 60% of its scholars increase revenue within 6 months of graduation at https://www.10ksbapply.com/Baltimore

Request for Proposals
Spring is springing and Anne Arundel County is sprucing up the County’s baseball fields. So, if you are able to replace the dirt, sift it and smooth it out on the fields, check out this copy of the Bid Proposal for Solicitation 20000131 that is currently out for advertising.

Request for Proposals
The New Broadway East Community Association is looking for a contractor to perform sidewalk patch repair in about 10-20 tree pits, and removal of 8-10 trees, including stumps. Click here to see the information packet with contact information.

Invitation for Bid
Anne Arundel County is looking for bids for Fiber Construction and Repair Services. Click here to see the information packet with contact information.

Job Opening 
A local non-proft is looking for a new Executive Director. Experience running a non-profit is preferred. Contact Steve Braun for more details at sbraun@searchconsultants.org

Job Opening
A local company is hiring Business to Business Sales Representatives. Experience with selling to businesses, working with ADP or selling business equipment is preferred. Contact Steve Braun for more details at sbraun@searchconsultants.org 

Special Offer
Chamber Member, Global Innovation Strategies wants to see your business THRIVE. Your mission understood and optimized, is how to ensure your success. Till March 31, 2020 ONLY, each entrepreneur, solo-preneur, small business owner, non-profit, or community leader associated with the Baltimore Chamber will receive a COMPLIMENTARY 30 minute business performance and value enhancement call. Schedule a call today by reaching out via email to ceo@gblinnovstratllc.com to see how your business can THRIVE in 2020!

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


All Chamber events postponed until 4/22/20… 

4/22/20 at 9am- 4th Wednesday Breakfast and Resources with the Chamber! We will skip March due to COVID-19 and plan to reconvene in April to 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 is the Venue Sponsor every 4th Wednesday morning. Please come out to this well-attended event! You can click here to learn about Sponsorship Opportunities or you can register for this event on our website: www.baltimorecitychamber.org

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.


Free Resources from the U.S. Small Business Administration
Looking for free services, funding opportunities and programs for business owners who want to grow? Check out the tools and services offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration in their official resource download. Click here to download their PDF.

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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