Benefits of Membership

Networking

  • Regional Connections
  • Power Networking Breakfasts
  • Business Mixers
  • Business Skills Training
  • Leadership Development
  • New Opportunities

Visibility

  • Referrals
  • Website Listing
  • Advertising Opportunities
  • Recognition Awards
  • Member Directory
  • Regional Branding
  • Credibility Boost
  • Sponsorships
  • Educational Programs
  • Giving Back

Discounts and Savings

  • Event Discounts
  • Commercial Energy Savings
  • Residential Energy Cooperative
  • Health Insurance
  • Member Discounts
  • Strength in Numbers
  • Office Depot Discount
  • Constant Contact Discount

Events

  • Business Seminars and Workshops
  • Women In Business
  • Government Procurement Fair
  • Regional Economic Luncheon
  • Holiday Mixer
  • Foundation Gala
  • Regional business Showcase & Tasting
  • Annual Meeting

Resources & Support

  • Free Member Directory
  • Mailing List
  • Newsletter
  • Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening Support
  • Support Team

Regional Connections

  • Economic Development
  • Introductions to the Business Community
  • Community Involvement
  • Making Things Happen Legislatively
  • Business Resources

Networking

Regional Connections - Members find new clients through the BWCC every day. You can too! The BWCC provides numerous events and committee programs that offer unlimited opportunities to make new connections. Breakfast, lunch and evening events offered to accommodate any schedule. These productive interactions can lead to new relationships, referrals, customers and strategic partnerships.

Power Networking Breakfasts - Our very productive, structured networking events offer a 90 second speed networking format, giving you a chance to showcase your business to many in a short period of time.

Business Mixers - Enjoy networking after hours with business professionals in a friendly environment. Host an event to show off your business.  

Business Skills Training - Membership keeps you up to date, giving you access to seminars, programs and technology useful to growing your business, your staff and yourself.

Leadership Development– Members have opportunities to get involved in committees and programs which offer opportunities to lead and grow.

New Opportunities - Whether you join because of the discount programs, committee programs, seminars and events, or business contacts, the BWCC provides you and your company the opportunity to participate, learn and be a part of an effective TEAM. The BWCC Team!

Visibility

Referrals - Every day, the BWCC receives inquiries asking about virtually every aspect of business. The BWCC staff acts as “Goodwill Ambassadors,” providing answers or referring callers to the right resources they need. When making recommendations, we always refer our members.

Website Listing - Your Company listed on the BWCC´s website, free of charge, provides increased awareness of your business. Included in membership- a hot link from our website to your home page.

Advertising Opportunities - Packages to fit all budgets – Website, newsletter advertising, sponsorships and more are available to help promote your company image.

Recognition Awards - Our Annual Meeting honors member companies and individuals who are standouts for achievement in the area of large business, small business and the president’s award.

Member Directory - Your company receives a free listings of your business in the exclusive BWCC membership directory. This popular publication gives you year–round marketing exposure and provides valuable connections to regional businesses. Inclusion in this Directory is automatic for members, and if you are seeking an extra boost, ad space is available to enhance your image.

Regional Branding - No other organization can offer your business as many unique and multi-purpose promotional opportunities to give your company visibility in the region. Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available for all sized budgets.

Credibility Boost– A market study conducted by The Shapiro Group in Atlanta showed that, "Consumers are 63% more likely to buy from a chamber member."   Members receive a free member plaque, as well as the BWCC logo to advertise the credibility of being associated with an established and well respected business organization.

Sponsorships – Get your business highlighted by sponsoring an event. A variety of sponsorships are available for all budget sizes.

Programs - BWCC offers opportunities for direct involvement on numerous committees. Popular ones include: Business Tools Group, Regional Showcase & Tasting, Legislative Affairs, Women in Business, Business Vision Board, Green Alliance and more.

Giving Back – BWCC members, along with its 501(c)(3) Educational Foundation, actively promote and support educational programs and provide scholarships to local high school students through partnerships with the business community.

Discounts and Savings

Event Discounts – Members receive FREE or discounted admission to networking events and educational programs throughout the year.

Commercial Energy Savings – The BWCC Energy Cooperative has saved business thousands of dollars since 2004. Does your company pay its own electric bill? If so, the BWCC Energy Cooperative might save you 100´s of dollars. One business saved $72,000 in one year.

Residential Energy Cooperative - BWCC members (all employees of the company) can sign up for free to save $ on their home electric bill.

Health Insurance – Discounted plans for small businesses with two or more employees.

Member-to-Member Discount – Members save money by taking advantage of numerous exclusive discounts. Offer your own discount to drive additional business your way.

Strength in Numbers – The chamber provides an avenue for accomplishments that you may not have the time or ability to achieve yourself. Especially in tight economic times, there is power and strength in numbers.

Office Depot Discount - The Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber and Office Depot have teamed up to bring members and their employees a fantastic FREE MONEY SAVING PROGRAM. Discounts offered on most products and free delivery on all orders over $50.00. For more details visit the Office Depot Discount from the home page.

Constant Contact Discount - Members save 25% on a Constant Contact account subscription. For more details visit the Constant Contact Discount from the home page.

Events

Business Seminars and Workshops - Monthly seminars and workshops are offered to address critical business issues, government contracting, networking skills, how to use your membership, regional workforce issues, sales techniques and more.

Women In Business - Monthly events provide professional development, productive networking and outreach opportunities. Men welcome too!

Government Procurement Fair - Learn how to get YOUR share of the government contracting business! Meet buyers from federal, state and local agencies. Complete in hours what could take months to do!

Regional Economic Luncheon - Presented by Anirban Basu, Regional Economist, Chairman & CEO, Sage Policy Group, Inc.

Holiday Mixer - Offers delicious food, festive environment and great networking with 200+ attendees. Bring your employees and make it an inexpensive company holiday party. A fundraiser for the BWCC Foundation, a 501(c)(3). Money raised provides scholarships to local high school students.

Foundation Gala - A Fun-raiser for Scholarships and Education. Includes dinner, entertainment, networking and silent auction.

Regional Business Showcase & Tasting - Highlights area businesses, restaurants and caterers.  Serves delicious food and hundreds of valuable connections to area business professionals.  Gain regional marketing exposure -  Showcase your business at this event!

Annual Meeting – Prominent keynote speaker, overview of BWCC recent successes, a preview of what is to come, election of new board members, Business of the Year awards and executive level networking opportunities.

Resources & Support

FREE Member Directory – A powerful resource tool with valuable regional connections, used all year long by members.

Mailing List – Mailing labels or electronic format; we can provide hundreds of business names at a nominal cost.

Monthly Newsletter – Members receive a free monthly subscription full of regional updates, programs, projects, and opportunities. Members can post press releases for free and can advertise their business to thousands of readers. New members highlighted in each issue.

Ribbon-Cutting & Grand Opening Support – BWCC helps members plan their big day and determine who to invite. On the day of the event we arrive with big scissors and a camera.  We highlight the event in our newsletter, distributed to over 2000 readers.

Support Team – Membership includes a staff of professionals dedicated to keeping a strong business environment and supporting the prosperity of our members. We are here to help you succeed!

Regional Connections

Economic Development – The BWCC is continually on the lookout for BRAC/CyberSecurity developments and other business opportunities around the Baltimore Washington region to share with members.

Get to Know the Business Community – To be a successful business person it is critical to know and understand your community. Meeting with fellow members and community leaders at BWCC functions will keep you in touch with changes and developments in the region that can affect your business.

Community Involvement – The BWCC helps to connect you and keep you informed of changes and opportunities throughout the region that may be good for your business.

Making Things Happen Legislatively – The BWCC is an important partner in the way state and local laws and regulations are made. The efforts of the BWCC’s Legislative committee ensures that your viewpoint, on important business issues that affect your business, are heard! The combined voice of the BWCC members is a loud one and contributes to making good things happen.

Business Resources – Access to statistical and demographic information and a network of regional contacts are available to support your business prosperity and growth in the region.