Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce
Members of the Chamber have the advantage of access to the chamber’s numerous business programs. All members, both large and small, are able to take advantage of the Chamber’s programs in networking, marketing and general business assistance.
Undoubtedly, one of the most significant benefits for your business is the numerous networking opportunities with area business professionals. The Chamber offers monthly networking events that are open to all members of the business community.
Held bimonthly, Power Breakfasts are designed to increase your visibility in the business community. Members and non-members are seated at tables with other area business professionals and are allocated one and a half minutes to promote their business. Members come prepared with their business cards, marketing materials and their company overview. It's a wonderful way to market your business while learning about other businesses and competition in Baltimore County.
For a more informal networking experience, attend Net@Nite, a bimonthly session where members and non-members mingle after the business day is done. Business cards and brochures are also encouraged, but there is usually no seating, simply hors d' oeuvres and beverages, and a light, inviting atmosphere.
The Baltimore County Chamber provides numerous opportunities for gaining visibility in the marketplace. Whether it's through "Sound Business," our monthly newsletter, event sponsorships, our calendar of events, or web site advertising, marketing is extremely cost effective at the Chamber.
“Sound Business” (Chamber’s Quarterly Publication)
With a circulation of over 1600, "Sound Business" is direct mailed to a diverse group of Chamber members. From large corporations like Black and Decker and McCormick to home-based businesses, our quarterly newsletter is filled with business information that is useful and current. Members are encouraged to send us information for inclusion in various sections highlighting members. And the best part is...it's free!
Here's how you can take advantage of free public relations for your company:
- Send press releases about new hires, promotions, expansions, etc…
- Contribute an article for the cover page.
- Send business tips for the "Hot Business Tips" section.
- Contribute a feature for the community involvement section.
As mentioned earlier, our quarterly newsletter is distributed to over 1600 business professionals. What better way to reach members than by advertising directly to them? For two hundred dollars, your company can insert a flyer in our monthly publication Sound Business. Read by top business executives around the Baltimore Beltway, Sound Business is your key to reaching a target audience of business professionals
Members can take advantage of a host of business services provided by the Baltimore County Chamber. We offer assistance in the areas of human resources, business development, marketing, workforce development, technology and much more.
For over 15 years, the Chamber has provided its members with what we consider a true gem, the Executive Dialogue Program. This business dialogue group is like having your own Board of Directors. Each group consists of 8-10 non-competing businesses that act as a sounding board for advice, problem-solving and strategizing. Many business dialogue programs charge exorbitant fees for participation. Membership in the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce gives you access at no charge to this great program.
A special advantage of the Chamber is its ability to successfully lobby the government with a pro-business agenda. The Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce advocates on behalf of business on local, state and federal levels by monitoring and reporting upon legislation that affects Chamber members. Offering research, reports and lobbying of government officials in support of business-related legislation and initiatives, the Chamber is the voice of its members in Towson, Annapolis and Washington, D.C. All members of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce are invited to take an active part in the Chamber's legislative affairs by becoming a member of the Legislative Committee.
Small Office/Home Office Committee
The Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) Committee meets monthly as a Business Solutions Roundtable where members seek and share solutions to business issues. The committee is interested in helping SOHO businesses obtain the tools and resources necessary to be successful. This committee is focused on entrepreneurs with a total of one additional employee.
Up and coming business leaders who work together on creating networking, education, professional development, and volunteer opportunities that target the professional novice.
This group concentrates on issues pertinent to 501(c)3 organizations within the Chamber.
A collection of 10-15 business/selling professionals from non-competing businesses that meets to exchange leads and contacts.
Revised May 16, 2011