Message from the Chair
On behalf of the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce leadership, I’d like to wish our members a prosperous and healthy New Year. We are looking forward to a year of abundant opportunities for our membership in 2016.
It is an honor to serve as the new Chairman of the Board for the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce. Not only are we here to foster relationships within the business community, but also to be a preferred resource to further relevant interests of businesses. It is my hope that our members become increasingly active with the City Chamber by networking at our events, and participating in collaborative opportunities where possible.
We have a lot of exciting things planned and are innovatively working to build a stronger Chamber this year. We will join forces with other Chambers and organizations that impact our members’ ability to do business. This year we will build partnerships and develop programs around education, leadership, grant opportunities, advocacy, access to capital, youth professional development, and entrepreneurship.
I expect to see rapid growth for the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce in 2016. I’m proud to work with a dedicated Board of Directors and Staff to promote, advocate, and enhance a very positive business environment in Baltimore. We welcome you to join the Chamber and grow with us!
Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce
Board Chairman 2016‐--2017
A Brief History of the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce
By Sonny Morstein
In 1990, Baltimore, like older cities, was going through a difficult time as Federal grant money for neighborhoods and commercial districts had just about disappeared. The City was losing 1000 residents a month. It was then that a group of business leaders with the urging of City Councilman Tony Ambridge and Governor Schaeffer decided the City needed "a Cheer Leader" for the small and medium sized business community. The logical choice was to activate the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce. At the time, before the chamber was officially organized, it was just one of the many committees of the Greater Baltimore Committee. It was not really a functioning entity. The time was right to move from a committee to become a chamber and separate from the G.B.C. and function independently with its own Board and membership.
In spite of being told Baltimore would not support another business group, we went forward. It is worth mentioning two business leaders who were instrumental in forming the working group and bringing the chamber to fruition. One was Fletcher Hall, Executive Vice President Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors and Edwin Warfield, Publisher of the Daily record. In 1991, we were up and running and 21 years later we are still in the business of assisting business owners in achieving greater success.