The POM

Your Pikesville Owings Mills Regional Chamber Newsletter

President’s Message for August

In my very short time as POM Chamber president (six weeks), I've been fortunate to meet many incredible members of our Chamber. I have received the kind of welcome that makes this Chamber stand out, and I am honored to work on the behalf of our business community.


Some of my first-year goals include increasing Chamber communication, boosting the social media presence for the Chamber and our membership, and offering the kind of membership benefits that will help us to grow together. I am also pleased to welcome three new members since my arrival. I know you will too.


Your ideas are important. Your feedback is critical. I encourage members and non-members to reach out to me as I get to know our membership.


We are launching some cool new member benefits. If you need access to a small conference room for a meeting, you can now book the Chamber's! This week we introduced Walkabout Wednesdays, as I travel the area to visit our member businesses and feature you on our Facebook page, which I hope you have liked and are following. You can also schedule a meeting with me at the Chamber!


We have a digital membership logo for you to post to social media and your website, advertising your POM membership. You can now sign up for Chamber event text reminders (below). Lastly, the success of our schools is vital to the success of our businesses in the region. Join the Pikesville Schools Coalition via Facebook to stay up to date on school news.


We are now looking for members to host and/or sponsor Brown Bag Lunches, Eat and Greets, and After Hours. Please contact me if you are interested. It’s great exposure for your restaurant and business. If you would like to get more involved with the Chamber—serving on a committee, assisting with events—e-mail the Chamber.


See you at the next event!


Sincerely,


Beth Rheingold

POM Chamber President

Important Dates to Remember

Upcoming Chamber Events:

August 15 Red Ribbon Cutting for Profile by Sanford

August 28 Second Mega Networking Event on the Eastern Shore


September 3 Brown Bag Lunch hosted by Jewish Community Services at the Park Heights JCC

September 15 Pikesville Fall Festival at the Quarry

September 26 POM Healthcare and Support Services Meeting (members only)


Click on the event to register and for more information.

We Welcome These New Members to the Chamber!

Member Focus

Jenette Young, President

ComforCare Home Care


Jenette Young, President, opened ComForcare--Baltimore/Carroll in June of 2009. She has significantly grown the client base, caregiver support, and community footprint. Ms. Young has received many accolades, including recognition as a "Woman on the Move" by MyCity4HER. She told the organization that she "always desired to start my own business. I’d been in the retail food business for almost 30 years and I decided to move on and become an entrepreneur. I knew that my knowledge, experience, and passion prepared me for higher opportunities."


At ComForCare, the mission is to help people live their "best life possible." Whether due to illness, injury, or aging, ComForCare affords people the opportunity to live independently in their homes for as long as possible. They assist people with everyday activities (including personal care and companionship), while maintaining one's sense of freedom, dignity, and connections to friends and family.


ComForCare currently assists 125-150 clients per year. They hire a large workforce of about 100 caregivers and office staff per year. Ms. Young, who is a regular Brown Bag Lunch attendee, said, "We are proud of being able to service our diverse clientele, which includes our valued veterans."

Book our Conference Area for Free!

The Chamber office is the beneficiary of a new conference space, with many thanks to Board Member Tara Rudo of No More Piles. Chamber members who need a small conference area with access to wifi and HDTV projection can book it as a member benefit, free of charge. Members can also have access to our coffee station and copier/FAX machine. For more information and to reserve the conference area, contact info@pomchamber.org.

Chamber Event Highlights

Summer has been hot for Chamber Networking and Events!


Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Meet and Eat in July at Rincon Italiano. We had 20 attendees. Raul could not have been more accommodating.


We enjoyed a Brown Bag Lunch at Strategic Factory this month, with Guest Speaker Bryan Fields from Costco. Bryan spoke about the importance of getting outside of your comfort zone and "boots on the ground." We had over 30 attendees and had to grab extra chairs for attendees!


Many thanks to Stanford Kitchen for hosting our highly successful After Hours event. We had close to 40 members and non-members in attendance. The service was impeccable, and the Chamber office received messages about the amazing hors d'ouevres. If you missed out on the crab cakes this time around, the Chamber will host another After Hours in January.

What's Happening in Pikesville & Owings Mills

Hobby Lobby plans to open in the Owings Mills shopping center in 2020, located at 10200 Reisterstown Road. (source: patch.com)


Bed, Bath & Beyond in Owings Mills is closing its doors. According to Fox 45, the Owings Mills store personnel attributed its closure to the lease ending at the shopping center and is not related to the closing of 40 other stores.


Mod Pizza has opened up in the former Corner Bakery location in Festival at Woodholme.


5 Below just held its Grand Opening at Mill Station at the end of July. A Giant Food Superstore will be opening the morning of August 16 in Owings Mills at Mill Station.

Is Your Info Up to Date on our Website?

Make sure your company information is up to date by logging into our website and reviewing the contact information. You can easily add and edit company contacts, representatives, social media accounts, website address, and logo. Forgot your login? Just follow the prompts to get a new one. Updating your information here updates our database.

Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities

Looking for ways to get your logo noticed? The Chamber has a variety of ways to help you. Be a sponsor on our event fliers and ads; sponsor a business lunch; host a Brown Bag Lunch, After Hours, Meet and Greet, or other Chamber event. The Pikesville 5K is a great opportunity for sponorships, as is The Taste. We can create opportunities for you based on your business needs.


Call the office and speak to Beth, or email us.

Sign Up for POM Event Text Reminders

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Tips of the Trade

What leadership principles do you and your business employ? Here are 5 Leadership strategies you can easily adopt now. To learn more, read The Leadership Challenge.


Model the Way
Leaders establish principles concerning the way people (constituents, peers, colleagues, and customers alike) should be treated and the way goals should be pursued. They create standards of excellence and then set an example for others to follow. Because the prospect of complex change can overwhelm people and stifle action, they set interim goals so that people can achieve small wins as they work toward larger objectives. They unravel bureaucracy when it impedes action; they put up signposts when people are unsure of where to go or how to get there; and they create opportunities for victory.


Inspire a Shared Vision
Leaders passionately believe that they can make a difference. They envision the future, creating an ideal and unique image of what the organization can become. Through their magnetism and quiet persuasion, leaders enlist others in their dreams. They breathe life into their visions and get people to see exciting possibilities for the future.


Challenge the Process
Leaders search for opportunities to change the status quo. They look for innovative ways to improve the organization. In doing so, they experiment and take risks. And because leaders know that risk taking involves mistakes and failures, they accept the inevitable disappointments as learning opportunities.


Enable Others to Act
Leaders foster collaboration and build spirited teams. They actively involve others. Leaders understand that mutual respect is what sustains extraordinary efforts; they strive to create an atmosphere of trust and human dignity. They strengthen others, making each person feel capable and powerful.


Encourage the Heart
Accomplishing extraordinary things in organizations is hard work. To keep hope and determination alive, leaders recognize contributions that individuals make. In every winning team, the members need to share in the rewards of their efforts, so leaders celebrate accomplishments. They make people feel like heroes.

We know you're busy! Would you like to receive POM Chamber event text reminders? Follow the directions below to receive a brief text reminder the morning of an event. Your cell phone number remains private, and we will never spam you. This is a members-only benefit.

Energy Co-op is a Member Benefit!

Maryland approved the Clean Energy Jobs Act 516 to increase the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) for electricity suppliers from 25% to 50% by 2030.


The Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard for electricity suppliers serving Maryland customers will increase from 25% to 50% by 2030.


The full article can be found in the Baltimore Sun and outlines the legislation and the Governor’s position on renewable energy.


Recently passed Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard legislation in other states and the District of Columbia, has resulted in immediate price increases of 14% to 18%. Based on recent competitive bids, CQI estimates the increase in Maryland to be similar to the District of Columbia.


Please contact CQI for an energy evaluation, and next steps to minimize your risk of a rate increase. Joe Tabeling joe@cqiassociates.com.


Avoid the October 2019 Electricity Rate Increase.

Important Links

Join the Pikesville Schools Coalition on Facebook!

Join parents, teachers, principals, and school advocates to support our Pikesville schools.