A Message from your Chamber
The quote above is a simple idea which could propel your business ahead of your competitors. There is a book, Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne, which explores this idea. Business examples used within the book are Southwest, Cirque du Soleil and many others. The concept is instead of fighting for the same clients as your competitors, you create a business or product which is not found in your market, but which your customers would want or need.
The best time to explore new ideas is when you are away from the everyday running of your business. Take this summer while you are on vacation and give yourself a morning or afternoon to brainstorm. If you are not going away officially, take a day off and unplug to find quiet time for this reflection.
The way that Southwest grew was they sought out the customers who were driving places instead of flying. Then they thought about the reasons that they made this choice, and the answers were the beginning of their business and marketing strategies. Southwest was not fighting over the same market which their competitors were. Instead, they created a new market.
What can you offer which is being missed by your competitors? What would make customers pick you over others? This is the focus which will propel you above the competition because you will be creating a product for your customers which does not exist from anyone else.
If you are a Northwest Chamber Member and want help with developing your Blue Ocean idea, come join one of our Business Roundtables or our Mastermind Program. It is a free benefit of membership, and your peers will guide you through this new idea. Email Kathleen Dorsey for more information about these programs: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member Highlight: Advanced Video Systems
Advanced Video Systems Video Productions’ studio specializes in media transfers, video productions, audiovisual installations, and AV rentals. They help you to not only preserve your memories, but also create new ones. They have been serving their customers since 1983. This experience will guide you to make the right decision on how to preserve your family’s stories as well as create new ones through video and photography.
Business owners have turned to Advanced Video for decades to create video stories which are used in their marketing efforts. Video is a necessity for modern marketing. Advanced Video can help you from the development of your video idea through the final edits.
Advanced Video Systems has been a longtime member and sponsor of our chamber. They are continuing their support by being a Claw Sponsor for our upcoming Crab Feast on August 2nd.
If you value your family or business’ stories, come to Advanced Video Systems to preserve them.
Welcome New Members!
We would like to welcome both our new and renewing members! Visit their websites to learn all about them:
Travel with Northwest Chamber!
Your Northwest Chamber wants to travel, and we want you to join us!
Look at our upcoming exciting Iceland trip, which is professionally led from start to finish. If you’ve always wanted to travel to Iceland, now is the time! Don’t wait until 2019 when the price increases by over $600.
You do NOT need to be a member of the Northwest Chamber to take advantage of this travel program- so invite friends, family and neighbors to join you!
Upcoming Chamber Events & News
The Chamber’s Annual Crab Feast
Thurs, August 2nd, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church
109 Main Street, Reisterstown, MD 21136
Local Businesses – This is your chance to reach our community!
As a Sponsor, you receive marketing and PR opportunities as well as free tickets at 2 of our levels!
Sponsorships start at only $100.
The earlier you sponsor, the more we can promote your business!
Email email@example.com for more information.
July 2018 Lunch & Learn
Wednesday, July 18th – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hertzbach & Company, P.A.
800 Red Brook Blvd. Suite 300, Owings Mills, MD 21117
FREE Monthly Lunch & Learn Networking
Chamber Member and Guests:
Come network with 20-30 business professionals.
We thank Hertzbach for hosting our July Lunch & Learn!
We went to the Owings Mills Corporate Roundtable early to hear updates on the old Owings Mills Mall property development. Then we were off to the Reisterstown Main Street (RIA) Business Roundtable to learn about their Facade Improvement Pilot Program. Lots of exciting news from both meetings! Visit our website to read today’s updates.
Northwest Chamber Will Help You Fill Open Positions
If you are a current Northwest Chamber Member and are hiring, send us the job description and we will help you to advertise this position by adding it to our website page found HERE.
Do you wonder if it works? Listen to Rachel Heird, AVP and Branch Manage of the Owings Mills Branch of Farmers and Merchants Bank:
“The Reisterstown Branch has filled their FT teller position! Thanks so much for doing this! I hired my PT teller as a result of the ad and the Reisterstown branch hired a PT teller, who was referred by my teller, so indirectly it was also due to the ad. Well done!”
Send your job description to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member Announcements, Events & News
R.I.A. Facade Improvement Grant Pilot Program
The public comment and feedback period for the new Reisterstown Facade Improvement Grant Pilot Program is open, and will run from Monday, June 18 through Friday, July 6 at 11:59pm. Click below for more information and to learn about the program.
Ruth’s Closet Sale!
Be sure to stop in to Ruth’s Closet this week to take advantage of their end-of-month sale! Anything with a blue tag offers 20% off from June 26-30th, and pants, shorts and capris are $5!
New Program Helps Small Businesses Build Capacity
A national program to help small businesses in economically distressed areas build capacity is being launched in central Maryland. The Inner City Capital Connections (ICC) program is designed to help small businesses develop sustainability in revenue, profitability, and jobs. Participants complete a 40-hour curriculum over three to six months on a divers range of topics. The program is offered at no cost to small business owners in the greater Baltimore area (Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, and Queen Anne’s counties). Interested applications are encouraged to visit the link below for details and deadlines.
Small Business Events
Most business development takes place outside the office. The Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs maintains a robust calendar of events on their website. It’s updated regularly, so be sure to check back often. Here are just a few upcoming events taking place across the state
6/26/2018 – Small Business Bookkeeping
6/26/2018 – Procurement 101
6/28/2018 – Meet the Primes & Contracting Officers (Matchmaking)
Music on Main Street: Starcrush
Fri, June 29th: 7:00 pm
Franklin Middle School
120 Main St. Reisterstown, MD 21136
Starcrush is one of the premier modern rock/party bands in the Baltimore area. Their high-energy shows and diverse song catalog have made the band a crowd favorite at the best venues throughout the region. Come out to a show to see for yourself why so many others are making Starcrush a “must-see” part of their weekend.
Email email@example.com or call 443-695-2308 for more details
Twilight Thursdays: Foundry Row’s Summer Concert Series
Thursdays All Summer
Next Concert: June 28th: 6:30 – 8 pm
Foundry Row, Owings Mills
It’s fun for all! Every Thursday evening throughout the summer, some of the area’s top bands perform live on the Row. So come enjoy free concerts. Don’t forget a chair or blanket! Bring the kids by our table for a FREE temporary tattoo!
Next Concert: 6/28/18 – Texas Chainsaw Horns – With almost a dozen members, the band draws on a wide variety of influences, ranging from Ray Charles and James Brown, to ZZ Top and the Tower of Power; they will blow you away
Ready, Set, Grow!
Thurs. July 12th: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
College of Southern Maryland
Prince Frederick Campus
Building B, Rooms 103-105
115 J.W. Williams Road
Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678
Maryland is OPEN for Business! Are you interested in contracting opportunities with state agencies? If so, then our Ready, Set, GROW! Procurement Connections Workshop is for you. Join us for an overview of how our small, minority, women, and veteran procurement programs work. You’ll learn what buyers are looking for right now and what’s in the pipeline, then meet with them one-on-one during the open networking session. You can also connect with a variety of resource partners who can help your small business thrive.
Who Should Attend?
Small, minority, women, and veteran business owners interested in doing business with the state of Maryland.
Reisterstown Farmers Market: Every Sunday
Every Sunday: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Main Street Lawn of Franklin Middle School
Reisterstown Improvement Association brings local farmers to the community
Mark your calendars to visit the Main Street lawn of Franklin Middle School each Sunday throughout the summer between 9am and 1pm. For most of its history, Reisterstown’s biggest industry was farming. Many great farms still grace our countryside and our Farmers Market brings their very best to Main Street.
The 1st Sunday of each month there will also be a Flea Market aspect to the event. Throughout the summer our market has hosted varied activities such as cooking classes, children’s activities, yoga demonstrations, and tips for healthy eating on a budget.
Northwest Chamber Members: Is Your Business Hiring?
We Can Help
Send us the job and contact information, and we can add your job listing to our website at no cost!
Send the information to Kathleen Dorsey: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit the Chamber website to view any open positions posted by the membership:
Northwest Advertising – Advertise with Us…
Reach thousands of potential local customers every month through us!
We are now offering website banner advertising opportunities to our membership!
- Advertise on our website for only $50 per month
- Leverage OUR website traffic to help YOUR business and drive visitors to YOUR website!
- Don’t worry about creating the ad- We will help!