Chamber Message for August 20th

When we see a business acquaintance, we normally ask “How’s business?” The answer is almost always “Great. Busy.” But does being “busy” mean being productive?

How many times have you found yourself “stuck in the weeds” of your business? The emails never seem to end. The voicemails need to be returned. The next social media message needs to be posted. Payroll needs to be completed. The advertisement needs to be created. The daily work still needs to get done. You are busy for sure. However, are you making the best use of your valuable time?

What if you could work ON your business and not just IN your business? How would that look? Marketing interns may be creating your next social post or advertisement for your approval. You block off time to respond to emails and phone calls- and you stick to it! You handle the higher-level work for your clients and place the lower tasks in the hands of an assistant.

Imagine the time you’d have to work on your marketing plan, to make strategic connections, to meet with influential leaders. Imagine the time to work ON your business!

Being “busy” may sound like you are doing great, but are you just running in place? Take some time to unplug and evaluate your current business processes. See if there are any opportunities to delegate. Stop feeling as though being “busy” is being successful.

Be productive, not just “busy.”

Member Highlight: Santoni’s Marketplace and Catering

Santoni’s was founded in 1931 and as third generation owners, Lou and Rick Santoni are committed to the principles which their family has passed down over the years.

Santoni’s Marketplace is the premier gourmet specialty market in Northwest Baltimore County, located in the heart of historic Glyndon, Santoni’s Catering is a full-service, off-premise catering company located in Baltimore County that covers the full spectrum of your catering needs. Santoni’s experienced event management team can handle all the details for your special event so you can enjoy the party!

Welcome New Members!

Upcoming Chamber Events & News

Save Money on Your Utilities!

The Northwest Chamber of Commerce has partnered with energy experts, CQI Associates, to offer the services of the Chamber Energy Purchasing Cooperative Program to homeowners as well as businesses. As part of an ongoing effort to provide value to our members and community, we are happy to announce the Fall 2018 enrollment campaign is underway! Contact the Chamber office at 410-702-7073 if you have questions.

Our Fabulous Taste of the Town is Coming!


On November 8th, you will be able to sample delicious foods from our local restaurants, sip wine and beer and bid at our silent auction, which will be benefiting The Community Crisis Center and The Baltimore Humane Society- both located in Reisterstown.

Businesses- We are accepting sponsorships, which start at only $100. This event is an effective way to reach our local community. 

Women in Business & Young Professional Group Upcoming Events

Women in Business as well as our Young Professional Group are working on their upcoming events. Watch for updates!

Packed Drop-In Dinner Networking Event

We packed Seasons Pizza of Owings Mills last week with our Drop-In Dinner Networking event!

Great staff.. Great food… Great time..


Packed House for August Lunch & Learn

Thanks Residence Inn by Marriott Baltimore Owings Mills for housing us and Stacy Gillis of Advanced Video Systems for being our speaker today. Great networking opportunity for members and guests.


Member Announcements, Events & News

Senior Week

Week of August 20th-24th
Life Bridge Health & Fitness
836 Greene Tree Rd, Baltimore, 21208

Join Us for Senior Health Week
Free Senior Guests with a Member

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.

Northwest Hospital Randallstown Improvement Project

Wednesday, September 26th: 9:00am
5400 Old Court Road, 2nd Floor Randallstown, Maryland

Join Northwest Hospital in celebrating the grand opening of their most recent Randallstown Improvement Project: 500 Old Court Center!

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.

Owings Mills, MD  21120

You can also register online here.

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

CCBC Offering FREE Workshops for Budding Entrepreneurs

Learn strategies for turning good ideas into sustainable businesses.

Baltimore County, Md. (Aug. 20, 2018)— Community College of Baltimore County’s Center for Business Innovation is offering FREE workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs seeking to start their own business. Through an introductory program titled “Business Ownership: A Realistic Preview of Opening a New Business,” get access to resources, tips and strategies for turning ideas for new products and services into a sustainable business.
This free workshop will be offered at four convenient CCBC locations:

  • 9 – 4 p.m.Tuesday, August 28, CCBC Catonsville
  • 9 – 4 p.m.Saturday, Sept. 15, CCBC Essex
  • 9 – 4 p.m.Saturday, Sept. 29, CCBC Hunt Valley
  • 6 – 9 p.m.Tuesday/Thursday Oct. 2 and Oct. 4, CCBC Owing Mills

Participants who qualify may also participate in CCBC’s Center for Business Innovation’s Annual Business Plan Competition where winning business proposals can earn support for a start-up business and up to $10,000 in seed money. The competition begins November 2018.
To register, click below or call 443-840-4700.

For more information about the workshop contact Angella Kevas at or visit

Technical Training Classes

From the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs

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).

Marketing 101

10 a.m. – 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 p.m.

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 23rd
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!

8/23/18 – Moonshine Society – Acclaimed band who are redefining the blues genre for a new generation, delivering roots rock, blues, and old school R&B in a style guaranteed to keep audiences dancing and heads nodding.

Reisterstown Music on Main Street: Vertigo Red

Friday, August 24th: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Franklin Middle School Main Street Lawn
20 Main St, Reisterstown, MD 21136

Maryland’s premier party rock cover band. Rocking the BEST shows from Annapolis to Baltimore all the way to the Eastern Shore.

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!