GBC launches Emerging Business Council, dedicated to small business issues

The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) is launching an Emerging Business Council dedicated to helping small businesses better prepare themselves for success in the Baltimore region.

”The Emerging Business Council will provide assistance through development programs, networking opportunities, regular meetings, and a resource guide to small businesses and entrepreneurs who are currently members of the GBC,” said GBC president and CEO Donald C. Fry.

The group’s first meeting will be held on May 22, from 12-1:30 p.m. in the GBC Board Room. An Emerging Business Council Kick-off Happy Hour is planned soon.

A Business and Professional Development Series will offer workshops dedicated to issues dealing with small businesses. Topics will include information technology and systems issues, sales tactics, financial strategy, implementing a business plan, public relations in Baltimore, government contracting, BRAC issues for small businesses, and many more. Members will learn about these issues from area experts, as well as be able to network with their own peers.

Networking events will also be offered through the Emerging Business Council. Networking happy hours will be set up for small business owners to interact with mid to large sized companies to provide potential business relationship opportunities. Costs for such events will be minimal, said Fry.

The Emerging Business Council will meet regularly throughout the year. At these meetings council members will discuss issues or frustrations that they currently deal with, as well as develop topics for the Business and Professional Development Series. If possible, at least one industry expert will attend these meetings to give advice and answer questions on their area of expertise.

In order to be a part of the Emerging Business Council, a company must have fewer than fifty employees, or have been in business fewer than five years.

For more information about this program, please contact Sara Bruszewski, Member Services and Events Coordinator, at 410-727-2820, ext. 29.

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