A Message from your Chamber

el·e·va·tor pitch
a succinct and persuasive sales pitch.

No matter how long you have been in business, you should always have your 30 second elevator pitch ready and waiting. There are many opportunities to tell others what you do, but more importantly WHY you do it.

This is not saying that you should walk up to every stranger and use your infomercial. It is more effective to ask others what THEY do, then build your conversation from there. But how many of you actually know what your response would be if someone asked you “So, what do you do?”

There are many versions of an elevator pitch, but the, most suggested include the following:

  1. Who you are
  2. What you do
  3. How you do it
  4. What you deliver
  5. Who you work with

However, people “buy” from you because of WHY you do what you do, not necessarily your “what” or “how”. While forming your elevator pitch, have a focus on your WHY. An example of this could be:

  1. I saw too many family and friends ill-prepared for a spouse’s death. That is why I became an agent. I want to make sure families are financially secured by insurance.
  2. Most small businesses think that they can not compete online. I became a consultant so I can guide these companies to have the same opportunities that their larger competition has digitally.

You get the idea.

If you want help with your elevator pitch as well as other business questions and struggles, consider joining our Mastermind and Business Roundtable groups. Email us at nw@northwestchambermd.com.

Member Highlight: Palio – Foundry Row

The Palio, our namesake, is a celebrated Italian horserace that runs through Siena, Italy twice each year and is the inspiration for our robust food and spirits.

The menu is bold, vibrant and full of character with a profusion of flavors in our chef-inspired cuisine. Palio features authentic Tuscan-style cuisine that includes large pizzas made from our industrial gas fired stone pizza oven, bolognese, carbonara, lasagna, and many other re-invented classics prepared with freshly cut herbs from Palio’s own in-house herb garden. The wine and beverage list includes craft beer, unique hand-crafted cocktails and extensive wine and grappa lists.

Come see them at the
Northwest Chamber’s Annual Taste of the Town on November 8th!

Upcoming Chamber Events & News

Main Street Reisterstown is Growing!

Saturday, September 29th
Starting at 11:30am

Join the Reisterstown Improvement Association & Northwest Chamber for three ribbon cutting ceremonies this month!

Drop-In Networking Dinner

Tuesday, October 9th: 5:30-7:00 pm
10209 Grand Central Ave, Ste 126
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 register now then buy yourself dinner at our host’s location that evening.

Come have a tasty dinner and share some laughs while networking.

We thank Eggspectation – Owings Mills for hosting us!

County Executive Candidate Forum

October 2nd: 8:00-9:30a.m.
Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel
903 Dulany Valley Rd. Towson, MD

Come talk with the candidates!

Members: pre-registered $25, walk-in $35
Non-members: pre-registered $40, walk-in $50

Breakfast from 8:00am – 8:40am
Forum from 8:45am – 9:30am

Moderated by Baltimore Business Journal.

The “Youngish Professionals” of Northwest Chamber Takeover Outback in October

Thursday, October 18th: 5-7 p.m.
Outback Steakhouse
10904 Boulevard CR, Owings Mills, MD

Come out and enjoy FREE appetizers such as Outback’s famous
Blooming Onion, Cheese Fries, Coconut Shrimp, and Wings.

All additional appetizers are only $3!
Cash bar with Happy Hour specials will be available.

If you are a “Youngish Professional” (including Young at Heart),
come to our party and help us take over Outback!

Save Your Plate – Register for our 15th Annual Taste of the Town

Thursday, November 8th: 5:30-8:00 pm
CCBC-Owings Mills Campus
10300 Grand Central Avenue, Owings Mills, MD 21117

The Northwest Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Taste of the Town is coming fast. Join us and taste the incredible creations of our area restaurants, caterers, dessert chefs and so much more. Wine and beer will be served as well.

There is also a bigger-then-ever silent auction which includes amazing items for pet, jewelry, restaurant, sports, show, home décor lovers and more!

A portion of this year’s Taste of the Town proceeds will be donated to both The Baltimore Humane Society and The Community Crisis Center of Reisterstown.

Local Businesses- Reach Thousands of potential customers by sponsoring this event. Levels begin at only $100!

We thank our host, CCBC-Owings Mills.

Member Announcements, Events & News

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: 5400 Old Court Center!

Baltimore Humane Society’s Dogfest 2018 – Rain Date

Rescheduled due to Hurricane Florence!!

Sat, October 6th: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown

If you couldn’t make the Sept. 15th event, this is another chance to participate!
Pre-Sale Tickets are discounted until October 4th.

Help us raise money while 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!

Fast 50 Awards

Thurs. October 11th: 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
The Winslow Parker Metal Building
333 W Ostend St, Baltimore, MD 21230

*Single tickets will be available Sept. 20, 2018.

Plenty of companies in Greater Baltimore have been growing and expanding. But an elite few have been doing it at a quicker pace than everyone else.

Join the BBJ and our Presenting Sponsor, SC&H as we unveil the ranking of the region’s fastest-growing private companies. This networking awards dinner will put you in the same room as some noted companies and introduce you to some up and coming ones!

BBJ 2018 Fall Business Growth Expo

Fri. October 26th: 8:00 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
Delta Hotel by Marriott Baltimore Hunt Valley
245 Shawan Rd, Hunt Valley, MD 21031

Grow your business at Baltimore Business Journal‘s Business Growth Expo. Each year our expo draws 500+ business professionals and we invite you to join us! This is one of our most popular events of the year!

Each year of Expo has grown and become more popular. We do expect to sell out of exhibit tables so please make sure you register to secure your spot.

Member Currently Hiring:

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

As a Development Coordinator you’ll help accomplish our mission by providing   the critical back-office support and assisting with our local chapter’s fundraising events. This is a great fit for a passionate, hard-working individual with an interest in nonprofits, fundraising, or operations.

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.Saturday, Sept. 29, CCBC Hunt Valley
  • 6 – 9 p.m.Tuesday/Thursday Oct. 2 and Oct. 4, CCBC Owings 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 akevas@ccbcmd.edu or visit ccbcmd.edu

Wage and Labor Information and Laws Workshops by Maryland Division of Labor and Industry

These workshops by the Maryland DLLR will take place from October 10th – October 31st. They will cover subjects such as information on enforcement of laws concerning wages and time off, ways to improve workplace safety and health, how prevailing wage rates are determined in the state of Maryland and more. Click the link below for full workshop descriptions and registration.

Franklin Police Community Relations Council

Tuesday, September 18th: 7:00 p.m.
Reisterstown Library
21 Cockeys Mill Rd, Reisterstown, MD

Officers from our local police precinct discuss your concerns, while you learn how to make our community a safer place.

ROG Monthly Meeting

September 17th: 7:00 pm
Owings Mills Branch of the Baltimore County Library & Baltimore County Community College
Grand Central Ave, Owings Mills, MD

Neighborhood Associations, individuals, politicians and police representatives attend and report.

The Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Coordinating Council (ROG) was established in 1973 as a clearinghouse and a coordinating agency for the promotion and advancement of the civic, religious, economic, educational, cultural, and social interests of the ROG communities.

The organization focuses on vital issues affecting our community such as the Northwest Master Plan and development that brings to the area, supports the Reisterstown Improvement Association, Inc. efforts to revitalize and improve Main Street, revisions to the comprehensive zoning maps and improvements to our education and transportation system.

Ria: Organization Committee Meeting

Wednesday, September 19th: 7:00 p.m.
RIA Office
317 Main St, Reisterstown, MD 21136

Monthly planning meeting

Come help the committee work on plans to build partnerships with the county officials, state officials, business owners, property members and community members. Volunteers work together to assist other committees’ plans. We also plan/collect materials to be sure we have everyone’s interests represented at the many information booths setup for the town activities.

We are always focused on supporting and improving our Historic Main Street.

Email mmolinaro@reisterstown.com or call 410-908-0724 for more information.

Crafting an Effective Pitch

Tues, September 25th: 2:00–4:00 pm
Governor’s Coordinating Offices
100 Community Place, First Floor Training Room B, Crownsville, MD 21032

Do you have a business you want to pitch? Whether you are closing a sale, meeting someone new at a networking event, or trying to convince a funding source to invest in your business, entrepreneurs are pitching their business on a regular basis.

Crafting a successful pitch enables small business owners to deliver a well-designed, targeted pitch to a specific audience. Knowing what key points to cover and how much to say are integral parts of pitching well. Attendees will learn these key points and walk out with a newly crafted business pitch.

Community Crisis Center, Inc.’s 4th Annual Golf Tournament

Thursday, October 4th:
Registration begins at 8:00 am
Shotgun Start 9:00 am
5229 Trenton Mill Rd. Upperco, MD

Golfers, please sign up ASAP! The deadline is approaching!

The Community Crisis Center, Inc.’s 4th Annual Golf Tournament is scheduled for October 4, 2018! The golf tournament is our largest fundraiser of the year and the proceeds directly support our efforts to prevent homelessness.

Golf on a beautiful course at the private Piney Branch Golf Club!
Deadline to register and make payment: October 1, 2018

Check out our brochure for more details

Pioneer Baltimore is Back!

Thursdays from 6-9 pm
October 18th – Dec. 13th
ETC Baltimore
101 N Haven St, Suite 301
Baltimore, MD 21224

ETC is now officially accepting applications for our next Pioneer Baltimore Program!

CO.STARTERS, a nine-week cohort-based program that equips the cohort with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action and turn a passion into a sustainable and thriving endeavor.

Applications Close: September 17

Program Begins: October 18

Program Ends: December 13

Celebration Night: December 20

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!