GBC 2021 Event Sponsorship Program

Each year, the Greater Baltimore Committee hosts numerous programs and events that attract corporate CEOs, business and political leaders, and young professionals from the Greater Baltimore region. These events range from the successful GBC Newsmaker Speaker Series presenting local and regional influencers to our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit. Our always popular Annual Meeting draws as many as 1,000 of Maryland’s most influential business and political leaders.

Sponsoring a GBC event provides a unique way to connect, share and build your brand. For more than 65 years, the GBC has consistently attracted top business leaders. When your company supports a GBC event it receives tremendous visibility through marketing collaterals that reach more than 10,000 readers.

The 2021 sponsorship offerings serve as an example of the numerous events and sponsorship opportunities that are frequently offered by the GBC during a calendar year.

The GBC offers three premier level sponsorships, Corporate, Ambassador and Signature, as well as individual event sponsorships. Each level offers exciting networking, brand exposure and brand visibility opportunities.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions placed on public gatherings, at the present time all of the GBC events (except the 2021 Golf Classic) have been transitioned to a “virtual” format. The events outlined in the 2021 sponsorship guide were designed for “in person” events. As a result of the GBC moving to a “virtual” meetings/events format many of those benefits are no longer applicable. However, there are many sponsorship benefits that have been designed for the GBC’s virtual event format and the sponsorship program has proven to be extremely successful in providing recognition to member companies that have taken advantage of event sponsorships.

The GBC has elected to continue its event offerings in a “virtual” format until further notice.  During this time we will adjust the sponsorship benefits for each event to align with the particulars of our virtual events. You should use the 2021 sponsorship guide merely as a resource for sponsor benefit opportunities.

Feel free to contact Lisa Byrd, GBC’s Director of Events and Business Development, at 410-727-2820 ext. 40, or at lisab@gbc.org to learn of current event sponsorship offerings or to develop a specialized package in order to meet your company’s marketing needs.


Donald C. Fry
President and CEO
Greater Baltimore Committee

Click above to view the 2021 Sponsorship Opportunities

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2021 Ambassador Sponsors:

   BGE          UMMS logo


2021 Signature Sponsors: AT&T   

      Southwest      Whiting-Turner

2021 Annual Meeting Title Sponsor:  Accenture

2021 Annual Meeting Platinum Sponsors:

The Shelter Foundation  Mark Joseph logo

2021 Event Sponsors: Ascension Saint Agnes Foundation, Baltimore City Community College, Bozzuto, CCBC, Coca-Cola, Comcast, Curio Wellness, DoorDash, Douglas Memorial Community Church Village, Inc., Harford County Government, Harris Jones & Malone, Howard Bank, The Howard Hughes Corporation, Kaiser Permanente, KPMG, Loyola University Maryland, McCormick, Northeast Maglev, Ports America Chesapeake, Ravens, SECU, Towson University, UMBC, University of Maryland Baltimore, WSP 

2021 Media Sponsor: The Baltimore Business Journal, The Daily Record

2021 Production Partner: VPC, Inc.

Sponsor Spotlights


Accenture Sponsor SpotlightWhat would you like GBC Members to know about Accenture?

Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Our 537,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries across more than 40 industries. We are committed to helping our clients adjust to the “new normal,” assisting our local community partners to achieve their goals and advancing social and economic inclusion.
See the difference our people are making in Baltimore.

Tell us about a recent successful project.

As part of our efforts to bring coding to students, in December of 2019, Accenture coordinated Hour of Code programs for 5,300 Baltimore City Schools students from 37 schools during 175 sessions. More than 200 volunteers from Accenture and our partners from Baltimore City Public Schools, Code in the Schools, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Johns Hopkins University and the Maryland National Guard led the Hour of Code sessions to introduce the students to basic coding for a total of nearly 450 volunteer hours. We were honored to receive the 2020 Mayor’s Business Recognition Award for this effort. Taking into consideration COVID-19’s impact on schools, we hope to expand this initiative in 2021.

What are your priorities for 2021?

Accenture’s priorities connect to our purpose to deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day. This means we are helping our clients, partners and people look forward to a post-pandemic world. We are working together to achieve change and transformation.

What do you find rewarding about your relationship with the GBC and why is it important to sponsor an event?

As a global company, it is important we are investing in our local communities. Being a member of GBC and sponsoring events gives us the opportunity to be a part of the local business community, attend events, be up-to-date and connected to the GBC mission to support the economic growth and quality of life in the region.

Contact Accenture

Mary Bloxom, Managing Director: mary.m.bloxom@accenture.com

Merritt Companies

Merritt Companies logoWhat would you like GBC Members to know about Merritt Companies?

The Merritt Companies is a family of businesses that includes Merritt Properties, Merritt Construction Services and Merritt Clubs — three distinct organizations that share a singular vision: to build long-term customer relationships and provide services that go beyond what each industry demands. Molded by the work ethic and renowned integrity of our founder, Leroy Merritt, we believe that every customer should feel like a member of our family.

Tell us about a recent successful project.

One project that was a huge undertaking and has been instrumentally beneficial, would be our rebranding effort in 2017. While our three companies of Merritt Properties, Merritt Construction Services and Merritt Clubs have always been closely tied, we officially put all three companies under one roof, both physically and figuratively. We rebranded as Merritt Companies, with the three companies underneath the larger umbrella and we redesigned our corporate offices to allow for more collaboration between companies. Our efforts here increased awareness of our brand and helped our clients, customers and employees thrive. Truly an all-hands on deck project and one that we all are certainly proud of.

Also see: Merritt Companies: The Whole Family Under Roof

What do you find rewarding about your relationship with the GBC and why is it important to sponsor an event?

As a company, we love to have a presence at community events, and although the pandemic has put a bit of a damper on events, we still have found great educational benefits to GBC’s events and webinars. By sponsoring certain events, we are able to get complimentary tickets, as well as logo visibility, which is always a plus when in front of large crowds/viewers. Additionally, GBC is a great resource for business information that we love to share with our customers (tenants).

Contact Merritt Companies.

To learn more, visit merritt-companies.com
Marketing Department: email marketing@merrittproperties.com

Carefirst BlueCross BlueShield

Reaching Immunity Takes a Community 
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

One year ago, the way we work and the way we live changed overnight. While we could never have predicted the devastating impacts caused by the pandemic, or how long it would be with us, there is hope. This unprecedented challenge has again revealed the best of who we are, and now, vaccines offer a path forward that will help us to come together to put this pandemic behind us.

As community leaders, we have implemented innovative methods to keep our employees safe throughout the pandemic. Now, to reach the target vaccination rates necessary to contain the virus, employers must play their part in this historic national vaccine effort. It is our responsibility to act when we can and take the lead to turn this pandemic around. The people we’re responsible for appropriately expect each of us to set a good example on important issues.

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and an esteemed panel of business leaders and experts shared their perspectives and insights to help your efforts to support, educate and encourage your employees to get vaccinated when they can.

Panelists included:

  • Carole Braithwaite, Senior Director Compensation and Benefits, Asbury Communities, Inc.
  • Angela Celestin, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Eoin Byrne, Vice President, Human Resources, Lidl
  • Michelle A. Gourdine, MD, Interim Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President for Population Health and Primary Care at The University of Maryland Medical System
  • Closing remarks: Brian D. Pieninck, President and Chief Executive Officer, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield


BGEWhat would you like GBC Members to know about BGE?

BGE, Maryland’s largest gas and electric provider, is committed to the safe and reliable delivery of energy and to strengthening our community.

Tell us more about the BGE Energizing Small Business Grant Program.

BGE launched the Energizing Small Business Grant program in January, which is part of our $15 million pledge to assist Maryland’s small businesses with COVID-19 relief and recovery. Eligible businesses located in BGE’s service area can apply for a $20,000 grant to support their operations. This grant program is a multi-year commitment expected to run through at least 2023 and is part of BGE’s comprehensive Customer Relief and Energy Infrastructure Investment Plan designed to help the state’s economic recovery from the pandemic.

“Small businesses are the backbone of Maryland’s economy and are job creators, especially the historically underrepresented minority and women-owned businesses. These businesses deserve a boost to help their recovery from the pandemic’s far-reaching impacts,” said BGE’s Senior Vice President of Governmental and External Affairs, Rodney Oddoye. “BGE’s Energizing Small Business Grants are a critical program to help stabilize the communities we serve and positively impact many local businesses during these uncertain times.”

Interested business owners can apply now at bge.helloalice.com.