Chamber Message for August 13th

When we need help around the house or in other personal situations, we normally don’t have an issue asking. However, when it comes to business, we tend to not reach out for guidance and a helping-hand as easily. Why is this?

Perhaps asking for business help makes you feel as though you are not an “expert” or leader in your industry, and it makes you seem weaker than your competition. The truth is the exact opposite! Asking for business advice and guidance makes your business stronger.

New ideas and new perspectives are powerful. They allow you to jump over your own obstacles so you can see things in a different light. In addition, help may equal referrals as well as introductions. If you are looking for new business or a different kind of customer, tell people! In general, people want to help.

Did you know that Baltimore County has a Small Business Resource Center? The SBRC assists business owners with a variety of subjects relevant to starting a new business, or growing an established one. SBRC counselors have real world experience and success, and are able to assist with developing business plans, marketing, acquiring finances and more. The SBRC also works to keep clients informed of relevant changes within the business world by providing workshops, seminars and tutorials.

If you own a business or are a business professional, do not be too proud to ask for help. There are plenty of resources for you locally.

The Northwest Chamber also offers ongoing business help through our Mastermind Program and Industry Roundtables. Email us at if you would like to learn more about these programs.

Member Highlight: Fast Signs

At FASTSIGNS® of Owings Mills, MD, you get visual communications solutions including sign and graphic consultation and design, production, delivery and installation services. Whether you need architectural signs, vehicle graphics, point-of-purchase posters or a building identification sign, they are more than ready to help you meet your visual communications goals.

Their Products Include:

  • Signs and Graphics  * Exhibits and Displays * Interactive and Digital Signage
  • Interior Décor *Point of Purchase Signs
  • Printing and Mailing * Promotional Products

Their Services Include:

  • Shipping and Storage * Installation *Survey and Permitting
  • Project Management* Content Development *Graphic Design

Upcoming Chamber Events & News

August Lunch and Learn

August 15th: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  THIS WEEK!
Location: Residence Inn – Owings Mills

Come network with 20-30 local business professionals.

Our speaker will discuss tips on how to sell and market to consumers.

Drop In Networking Dinner

Thurs, August 16th: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Seasons Pizza- Owings Mills
9161 Reisterstown Rd Owings Mills, MD 21117

Come break-bread with Northwest Chamber Members and guests. This networking event is a FREE chance to sit down and get to know local business professionals. All you need to do is buy yourself dinner at our host’s location.

Our host, Seasons Pizza- Owings Mills, is offering a free drink to all Northwest Chamber Members with their meal. Just mention that you are a member when you pay.

Come have a tasty dinner while sharing laughs while networking.

We thank Seasons Pizza – Owings Mills for hosting us!

We Joined You at Reisterstown’s National Night Out

We were happy to join you, our community, at our National Night Out Event.

Our Annual Crab Feast was Another Sell Out!

Fun Night at Music on Main Street

Member Announcements, Events & News

Baltimore County Promise Scholarship

Friday, August 17th: 07:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Franklin Middle School Main Street Lawn
20 Main St, Reisterstown, MD 21136

The Baltimore County College Promise scholarship covers the cost of tuition and mandatory fees for
eligible college-ready, recent high school graduates. Starting with the Fall 2018 semester, awardees
may apply the scholarship to their first associate degree or workplace certification pursued at CCBC.

Millennial Mentality LIVE!

Tues, August 21st: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
SECU Arena
8000 York Rd Towson, MD 21252

Join us at SECU Arena at Towson University and learn about the millennial mentality, directly from millennials! This event will feature time for networking and happy hour, as well as a lively panel discussion.

Baltimore Humane Society’s Dogfest 2018

Sat, Sept 15th: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown

Bring your pet, your friends, and your family and help support our no-kill shelter, which relies solely on donations to operate. We do not receive funds from any national humane societies or local governments. Helpus raise money whil you Enjoy a 1-mile trail walk through our beautiful 365 acre wildlife sanctuary. Then join the fun and excitement of all else that DogFest has to offer! Create a TEAM and walk together or compete against your friends! Sponsorships are still available.

Our Members are Hiring!

The UPS Store at Red Run is hiring part time:
Visit their website

Apply in person at the UPS store:
10999 Red Run Blvd, Owings Mills.

Farmers and Merchants Bank is looking for a Part-Time Teller; work schedule is 20-25 hours per week and includes weekdays, evenings, and Saturdays 8 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

For more information contact Rachel Heird, the AVP Branch Manager at the Owings Mills Branch. 

Other Community Events & News

Baltimore County Restaurant Week is Here!

Restaurant Week is Here!

Support our local participating restaurants.

Technical Training Classroom

Tuesday, August 28th
Governor’s Coordinating Offices, First Floor Training Room
100 Community Place, Crownsville, Maryland 21032 

What you need to know:

  • There is no cost to attend.
  • Seating is limited and advance registration is required.
  • Bring a pen and paper to take notes.
  • Free parking and guest WiFi are available on-site.
  • Photo ID is required upon entry to the building.
  • Café on premises (electronic payment only).

Market 101

10 am – 12 noon

Is marketing important for small businesses? If you want to compete against businesses of any size, than the answer is definitely YES! Join us for tips and techniques from an experienced marketing professional. You will walk away with valuable insights on branding, communication strategies, and measurement tools that can have a positive impact on your business.

Our special guest is Dr. Lisa Amans, owner of BlackSheep Consulting, LLC. This small business owner has a doctorate in marketing and tons of collegiate teaching experience.

Who should attend? Small business owners who want to effectively communicate the value of their business and attract new customers through proven marketing efforts.

MBE Rights and Responsibilities

2 – 4 pm

Do you want a better understanding of the rules governing the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program? Competition is tough in the public sector, and a critical key to success lies within understanding these rules. This is particularly important when performing as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). Join us for an in-depth look at your rights as well as your responsibilities.

Who should attend? Small businesses and certified MBEs who are ready and able to perform as a prime contractor or a subcontractor on state-funded procurements.

Reisterstown Improvement Association Business Roundtable

Tues, August 14th: 10:00 a.m.
Reter’s Crab House & Grille
509 Main St.
Reisterstown, MD 21136

Meeting is designed to examine the vision of Main Street.

Although these meetings are open to all, the focus is on Main Street business and property owners. Each meeting discusses issues that affect Main Street businesses and we want to hear your concerns, opinions and solutions. Please join us and help affect positive change along Main Street!

Email or call 410-979-3386 for more information.

18th Annual Children’s Consignment Sale

Tuesday, August 14th: 11:00 a.m.
Reisterstown Senior Center
12035 Reisterstown Rd
Reisterstown, MD 21136

Children’s and Teen Clothing, Baby Equipment, More Toys than You can Imagine
Back to School Shopping Headquarters!!


Twilight Thursdays: Foundry Row’s Summer Concert Series

Thursdays all summer
Next Concert: August 16th
Foundry Row
Owings Mills, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

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!

8/16/18 – The Crawdaddies – Their music combines some of Louisiana’s Cajun/Zydeco/Blues sounds with North Eastern’s Roots Rock/Americana/Ska influences to create a very unique sound that’s all its own.

Reisterstown Music on Main Street: The New Romance

Friday, August 17th: 07:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Franklin Middle School Main Street Lawn
20 Main St, Reisterstown, MD 21136

The New Romance Romances Reisterstown!

Voted 2016’s best cover band by the Maryland Music Awards and best tribute act by Rams Head. The New Romance cranks out an incredible nonstop high-energy show that will leave you breathless. You’ll know every song, dance for hours and sing at the top of your lungs.

Reisterstown Farmer’s 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:

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!