The POM: Your Pikesville-Owings Mills Regional Chamber Newsletter
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Miles That Matter Pikesville 5K Goes Virtual!
Get ready for the Pikesville 5K, which will be the social media event of the fall! We are dedicating the Pikesville 5K to all of our local heroes who have made a difference in the last several months during COVID-19.

Run/Walk on your Own Time, from the Safety of your own Surroundings
Registrants can run or walk between November 6-9, our designated "race days." 5K participants will have custom access to an interactive app, RaceJoy, which will include real-time GPS tracking. Runners can use the app to know their pace, strategize, and interact with race organizers and spectators.

Highly Interactive
That's right! Spectators can participate too and cheer you on virtually! Registrants can receive real-time support from friends and family with live tracking and cheers!

Form Family, Friends, & Work Teams
We encourage registrants to form teams--anyone from anywhere can participate! Get your kids involved (special pricing for kids 12 and under), your parents, your co-workers, your friends, and/or your networking groups. Interact with people from all over the world while supporting two great causes: the POM Regional Chamber and There Goes My Hero.

Sponsorship Opportunities for Businesses
The POM Chamber creates affordable marketing opportunities to promote your business. The Pikesville 5K is a recognized and respected brand, highly advertised for weeks. We have sponsorships to get your brand out to thousands through strategic marketing. Plus, you get more when you sponsor a chamber event: when you support the chamber, you support the community. Customers are paying more attention to advertising than ever before to see what businesses can do for them during this trying time.

We Know You're not in it for the Prizes, but . . .
Each registrant/team will have the opportunity to raise money for our two great causes. We will be offering prizes for tiered fundraising; registrants can reach out to friends and family for donations to support their race. For every fundraising level met, you get a prize. Every registrant (over the age of 12) will also be entered to win one amazing prize, so stay tuned for announcements!

Support the POM Chamber & Blood Cancer Patients
Run/Walk to support our nonprofit partner, There Goes My Hero. There Goes My Hero, a 501(c)(3), supports those impacted by blood cancer. A portion of the proceeds raised from the Pikesville 5K will be donated to TGMH, which works closely with the National Bone Marrow Registry and other organizations to provide a support system to blood cancer patients and their families, including transportation services, parking coupons, and housing during treatment. Funds raised will also support the POM Chamber, a 501(c)(6) committed to the economic well-being and development of our community. The POM Chamber advocates on behalf of small business, serves the region with valued community events, and supports economic growth to insure that our area is a great place to live, work, and play.

Cool T-Shirts & Race Medals are a Must!
Each registrant will receive a performance race t-shirt, complete with cool design, and a race medal prior to November 6. Race medals are new this year!
Mark Your Calendar for these Upcoming Chamber Events

Click the links to register & for more information

September
2 Virtual Brown Bag Lunch, 12pm (free for members)
17 Chamber 101, for all new & prospective members, 9am (free)
25 Last day to join the CQI Energy Co-op for fall savings!


CQI Energy Savings Free Webinars for September | Click to Register


October

November
6-9 Pikesville Miles That Matter Virtual 5K Run/Walk

Events are added to our calendar weekly. Check our Calendar and Facebook page for regular updates.
Milbrook Elementary in Need of School Supplies

Nonprofits that typically conduct school supply drives have not been able to do so this summer due to COVID-19. As a result, schools do not have the amount of supplies they need to hand out to students in need during special supply pick up times.

Help Milbrook Elementary by purchasing school supplies through Amazon. Supplies will be sent directly to the school to be organized by staff and safely distributed to students in need throughout the fall. Organized by the POM Chamber and Milbrook Elementary.
Volunteer at the Farmers Market on Tuesdays! Interested? Email: info@pomchamber.org
Pikesville Farmers Market
Every Tuesday, 2-6pm, through December 15 at Pomona Square
The Pikesville Farmers Market has over 30 vendors to support your healthy lifestyle in a safe, fresh air environment. The market features two farmers who offer fresh seasonal produce. Get your peaches before they are gone until next year! Juicy corn is in season!

The Pikesville Farmers Market has one-way lanes, hand sanitation stations to keep you safe. We require masks at all times because the safety of our community is our first priority.

Thank you for supporting our local farmers, bakers, juicers, pickle makers, distillers, wineries, and artisans. For a list of vendors, visit our website: www.pomchamber.org and click on the Farmers Market link.
POM Chamber Members Save through Energy Co-op

The POM Regional Chamber of Commerce has partnered with energy management experts, CQI Associates, to administer and manage the Chamber Energy Purchasing Cooperative.

On average, since 2004, the Cooperative electricity rates have been lower than both market rates and the weighted annual utility standard offer service rates. During our recent campaign, participants saw a combined savings of $889,600
Guide to Curbside
Many restaurants are re-opening with indoor dining at 50% capacity and outdoor seating. Our restaurants and event caterers still need our support! Click here for a list of restaurants with various options for curbside, outdoor dining, and more.
Member to Member Benefits

Chamber businesses regularly offer savings to other chamber members as a way of supporting local business. Current offers include:

ME Nail Salon 20% OFF nail treatments for members
First Financial Federal CU: chamber members are eligible for credit union membership
OfficeMart Savings: enter promo code Promo Discount POM555 when ordering from officemart.com for a 15% savings on any cart over $100
Beyond: switch to save on credit card processing & get a free chamber membership. Contact Mike Sproge
Join First Financial Federal Today!

POM Chamber members can now join First Financial Federal Credit Union, thanks to our partnership with FFFCU. Contact the office for more information: Lisa Reynolds: lreynolds@firstfinancial.org
News from Baltimore County | Important Links
We Welcome these New Members for July-August
Herb Sweren We are pleased to welcome Herb Sweren to our Chamber. Herb is Senior Director of Business Development at Renegade Communications, an integrated strategic, creative communications and media company with a foundation in service and a focus on empowering clients and employees to achieve successful outcomes for brand recognition and growth. Previously, Herb was VP of Prince Sports and managed an international manufacturer and distributor of sporting goods with $80 million in volume. Strategized with senior management, marketing department and senior sales to increase market share and profit margins through product, placement, distribution, cost control and advertising before founding his own company, SportsInteractive. Herb worked for Strategic Factory before joining Renegade Communications. Contact Herb Sweren.
The Associated The Associated is one of 153 federations across North America under the umbrella of Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). Together, these organizations raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually. The Federation movement protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning). What started as a group of caring individuals looking to make a difference for their neighbors transformed into a bona fide organization that’s recognized as one of the top giving Jewish communities in North America. Throughout our journey, we have kept our promise of serving our constituents with urgency, compassion and a commitment to Jewish values. Visit The Associated.
The Classic Catering People We welcome The Classic Catering People to the POM Chamber, recipient of a Chamber Champ sponsorship. For more than 40 years, the Classic team has been bringing people together over memorable cuisine. All along the way, we have served our community as passionately as our clients. The Classic Catering People has worked recently with World Central Kitchen to feed those in need during the pandemic. Classic is offering a rich To Go Summer Menu, along with picnic boxes and catering for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Classic has partnered with the United Way to create Classic Cares, offering full meal packages; your order will help to feed six people in need. Check out Classic for Pit Beef, too! Contact Classic Catering.
Central Scholarship Through the power of scholarships and interest-free loans, Central Scholarship, a 501(c)(3), empowers students to consider all avenues of higher education and build bright futures through undergraduate, graduate, professional, or career training studies, and assists students and families with finding the funds for an affordable education. Central Scholarship supports students with over $1 million in financial aid every year because higher education leads to a lifetime of opportunity and economic mobility. Central Scholarship makes higher education accessible regardless of financial circumstances. Contact Central Scholarship.
Eric Steiner Named to Super Lawyers 2020, Eric Steiner has helped business and consumer clients throughout Maryland discharge millions of dollars of debt. His practice focuses on representing those in financial distress, both debtors and debtors-in-possession, in pre-bankruptcy and bankruptcy planning, transactions with bankruptcy estates, bankruptcy litigation and bankruptcy fraud, automatic stay and discharge injunction violations. He also advises clients on commercial loan and lease workouts and Article 9 litigation.  Based in Pikesville, Steiner Law Group, LLC is a boutique law firm that assists businesses, individuals and families. Named a Top 10 Law Firm in Client Satisfaction-Bankruptcy Law by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. Contact Eric Steiner.
Peak Performance Accounting & Consulting We welcome Kate Shamis, Owner of Peak Performance Accounting & Consulting, where the experienced accountants will complement your business savvy and can become part of your management team. Peak Performance partners with you to provide and interpret the information you need. And, we provide consultative services that will not only enable you but empower you to make decisions that are deliberate, strategic, and rooted in your objectives. Kate has a vested interest in helping each client reach and exceed objectives for the business…and personally, Peak Performance is your partner in success. Contact Kate Shamis.
OfficeMart We welcome Craig Cocharo, VP of the Maryland Division of OfficeMart, the largest independently-owned office supply chain in the United States. Craig is looking forward to getting to know chamber members and eager to save you money on your office supplies. OfficeMart has everything from paper to ink cartridges to pens, and is offering Member-to-Member Savings for chamber members. Look for his offers in our newsletter, on our website, and the POM Facebook page. Contact Craig Cocharo.
The STEM Center of Excellence was founded by Eric Davis, a lead business analyst with UPS. Davis imagines a Greater Baltimore where every community has its own STEM Gym where students and employers come together to cross the Technology Gap bridge that is separating the STEM workforce from the STEM workplace. By 2028, Greater Baltimore can become a technology resource hub for America, overflowing with talent previously unreachable; the STEM GEMS. We partner with local STEM businesses to provide the coaching and mentoring of the STEM Gems in way that is beneficial to the student and employer simply because of the cooperative and collaborative programming in our STEM Gyms. In joint collaboration with community service organizations who have a similar passion to advance STEM education and employment for students K-20, we will create a sustainable Greater Baltimore STEM Eco-system. STEM Center of Excellence is a 501(c)(3). Contact Eric Davis.
We welcome Home2 Suites by Hilton in Owings Mills, located off of Painters Mill Road, an all-suite extended-stay hotel featuring contemporary accommodations and customizable guest room design. It competes with TownePlace Suites by Marriott and InterContinental Hotels Group's Candlewood Suites. Contact Home2Suites by Hilton.
2020 Census Maryland
It’s important for all households to respond to the census questionnaire. The national headcount determines representation, as well as local, state, and federal funding. Not filling out the census means losing $1,400 to $1,800 per person, every year for 10 years. Click HERE to fill out the 2020 census!