When is the BWCC office open?

Who runs the Chamber?

How Do I Register For An Event?

What is the best way to refer a friend to the BWCC?

Can I purchase a list of members for mailing purposes? What does it cost?

Can I get a list of members electronically? What is the cost?

Can I get a press release about my company printed in the newsletter?

What are some ways that I can promote my business through the Chamber as a member?

Why should I join a committee and how do I select one to join?

My company is looking for sponsorship opportunities. Who do I talk to about this?

How can I showcase my business to others?

What is the best way to advertise a discount to members?

What are the best events for networking?

How do I get to the BWCC office?


When is the BWCC office open?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The office is open 8:30am -5pm, Monday through Friday. You may reach us 24 hours a day at 301-725-4000 or visit us on the web at www.bwcc.org.  
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Who runs the Chamber?

The BWCC, first started in 1947 is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of volunteer members who are regional business and community leaders. The Board is made up of 30 elected members and the President (Walt Townshend). Committees, also run by member volunteers, and the Board drive the direction and success of BWCC. The Chamber staff of 7, (2 fulltime and 5 part time employees) work for the members.
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How Do I Register For An Event?

To receive the member discounted rate, you can register in three ways:

  1. Register online at www.bwcc.org
  2. Call the BWCC office at 301-725-4000 and register with the receptionist. Discover, Visa, Master Card and American Express credit cards are accepted.
  3. Mail or deliver a check made out to BWCC to the office. Payment must be received before the event.
  4. Members may register at the door of an event, but admission is higher. We appreciate all members who register in advance. Your early registration helps us plan effectively for the event.

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What is the best way to refer a friend to the BWCC?

  • Encourage your friend to visit the BWCC website at www.bwcc.org to learn about the events, programs and benefits offered. 

  • Ask the Member Engagement Manager, Jackie Sturr, to send your friend a membership kit and a special invitation to an upcoming event.
  • Members can invite friends to attend one event, as their guest, at the member discounted rate. Encourage your friend to call the BWCC office to register for the event and ask for the “friend of a member discounted rate” for the event they want to attend.

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Can I purchase a list of members for mailing purposes? What does it cost?

Yes, you may pick up a set of mailing labels of all members, including the main contact name, company name and address. The cost is $50.00 per set for members. The non-members rate is $230. Call the BWCC office to order. Payment must be received at time of delivery. Please allow a 48-hour turn-around on all requests. Once purchased, labels cannot be returned or exchanged for an updated set.
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Can I get a list of members electronically? What is the cost?

Yes, you may purchase the database of members in an excel format.

Information includes main contact name, company name, address, phone, fax, and when available, email, website and description of business. The cost to members is $150. The non-members rate is $350. Sharing or making copies of this information is prohibited. Call the office receptionist to order. Payment must be received before the list will be emailed to you. Please allow a 48-hour turnaround on all requests.
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Can I get a press release about my company printed in the newsletter?

The BWCC newsletter is published monthly and is read by over 2000 business professionals. To have your press release printed, submit a short paragraph (150 words or less) a month in advance to news@bwcc.org. Post in the subject line of your email “News for the Editor,” Member news is printed on a space-available basis and is subject to review.
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What are some ways that I can promote my business through the Chamber as a member?

There are several avenues. Here are a few ideas:

  • Attend networking events, held monthly, to meet new people and promote your business.
  • Join a committee – there are several to choose from and all welcome new members.
  • Contact new members listed in the newsletter. The newsletter is electronically sent to members on the first Wednesday of each month. It is also posted on the website at www.bwcc.org.
  • Keep in mind the law of reciprocity: Giver’s Get … Give and you will receive. Try giving others leads or helpful tips and you will soon find yourself receiving. It works!
  • Set a goal to meet a few members one-on-one each month to discuss new ideas for getting more out of your membership and how you might help each other with leads and referrals.

For additional ideas, contact your Member Engagement Manager, Jackie Sturr at 301-725-4000.
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Why should I join a committee and how do I select one to join?

Participation on a committee is a great way to connect with members, build business contacts, sharpen your skills and promote your business. To select a committee:

  • First, get a copy of the committee list and description – found on the website www.bwcc.org, or call the BWCC office for a copy. 
  • Select one to three committees that interest you.
  • Contact the Chamber office receptionist to confirm the date, time and location of the committee’s next meeting. 
  • Attend the meeting, meet committee members, learn first-hand what the committee is working on and offer your ideas. 
  • Based on your first meeting experience, decide if you’d like to join the committee.

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My company is looking for sponsorship opportunities. Who do I talk to about this?

Sponsorships come in all sizes, for all budgets -from donating a door prize at a networking breakfast, to being a major sponsor at a signature event with widespread media coverage and recognition. Contact Jackie Sturr, your member engagement manager for additional information.
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How can I showcase my business to others?

  • Host a Networking Mixer: If your company would like to showcase your business and is large enough to hold 60-80 people (including parking), consider hosting a networking Mixer. It’s a great way to have professionals visit your company and learn about your business. If you’d like to share the limelight, and the cost, or if you need space, contact Jackie Sturr to discuss co-sponsoring an event with another member.

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What is the best way to advertise a discount to members?

Submit a brief description of your discount to BWCC. It will be added to your business profile which appears on the BWCC website.
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What are the best events for networking?

  • The Networking Breakfast meetings offer “speed networking.” Participants are seated at a table with about eight other business professionals. Each person is given 90-seconds to tell others at the table about his/her business. We switch tables four times. In addition to sharing information at your table, members are welcome to display their company literature at a central literature table. Attendance ranges from 50-250.
  • The Networking Mixers are also great for meeting new people. The unstructured format is like a happy-hour environment, in which attendees freely mix and mingle. Attendance ranges from 40-250.
  • Participating on a committee is another excellent way to meet members and increase your networking contacts. Check the BWCC website for a list of committees at www.bwcc.org.

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How do I get to the BWCC office?

The address is 312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 104, Laurel MD 20707

  • From I-95 - Take exit #33A - Route 198 East/Laurel. Proceed to Fourth Street and turn right. Go to the next street, Marshall Avenue, and turn Left. Building is a 10-story office building on your right. Ample free parking.
  • From Route 1 South - Turn Right on Marshall Ave, just before Radio Shack. . Building is a 10-story office building on your Left. Ample free parking.
  • From Route 1 North - Turn Left on Bowie Road. Turn Left on Route 1. Turn Right on Marshall Avenue. Building is a 10-story office building on your Left. Ample free parking.
  • From Annapolis – Rt. 97 North to Rt. 32 West. Go approx. 8 miles and take circles to get onto Rt. 198 West. Follow for 5 miles, turn left onto Rt. 1 South. At the third street (past Gorman and Bowie), turn right onto Marshall Ave,. See 10-story office building on your left. Suite 104.

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