The POM

Your Pikesville-Owings Mills Regional Chamber Newsletter

President’s Message for February

Dear Members & Foodies,


It's all about The Taste, a POM Chamber event, on April 23, 2020. Last year we had 400 guests and over 40 restaurants and beverage providers. This year promises to be even bigger!


We are back at the newly-renovated DoubleTree by Hilton-Pikesville for easy access for our guests who come from a 40 mile radius of Pikesville and Owings Mills.


What's our Why?

The POM Chamber supports local restaurants. There's no better way for locals to sample such a large variety of food and beverages than at The Taste. Come and enjoy the festivities and discover which restaurants you will enjoy throughout the year!


We are adding new restaurants, caterers, and beverage providers daily. Stay up-to-date by checking the Chamber Facebook page, and the Taste Facebook page.


The margaritas featured in the background photo are from Mezcal, and will be a hit again this year!


April 23 is a Thursday evening--make it a date night!

Don't forget that we have celebrity judges, the People's Choice award, entertainment, raffles, and loads of fun. Purchase your tickets from our website. Click here.


The Taste helps feed the Hungry

Your ticket helps raise money for the Chamber, a nonprofit, and for our partner Baltimore Hunger Project. BHP is a 501(c)(3) that provides local children with weekend food packs. Children who receive free and reduced meals at school often cannot count on regular meals on the weekends. BHP fills that void from donations and partnerships.


We are still accepting restaurant vendors and sponsors for this event! Don't wait until it's too late!


Yours in good taste,


Beth Rheingold

POM Chamber President

Proud Sommelier Sponsor of The Taste:

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Sponsor The Taste!

We have multiple sponsorship levels for The Taste. Your logo will reach thousands via e-mail blasts, mailers, boosted social media ads, event day signage, and more. Support the POM Chamber and Baltimore Hunger Project and sponsor The Taste today!

We want your restaurant at The Taste 2020!

We are still accepting restaurants, caterers, and beverage companies for The Taste on April 23, 2020, 5:30-8pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton-Pikesville. Contact the POM Chamber for more information, but please hurry!

Important Dates to Remember

Upcoming Chamber Events:


February

25 CQI Webinar on Energy Co-op 11:00am

28 Application deadline for Energy Co-op for Winter Campaign

29 Last day for discounted Taste tickets! Tickets.


March

4 Brown Bag Lunch @ Zoetic Wellness (Pomona Square) 12:00-1:00pm Register.

11 Top of the Morning & Flooring! A Networking Breakfast Event at Floors, Etc. 8:30-9:30am Register.


April

1 Brown Bag Lunch @ Girlkin Lashes (behind Walgreens) 12:00-1:00pm. Register.

23 The Taste @ DoubleTree by Hilton-Pikesville, 5:30-8:00pm. Tickets.


Click on the event links to register and for more information.

We Welcome These New Members to the Chamber for February!

Pacesetters, our new Young Professionals Group

Are you a Young Professional? The POM Chamber is forming a Young Professionals group to create a series of Happy Hour Networking evenings and speakers, rotating every month.


Who is a Young Professional? Typically, this group is defined as ages 21-40. But this group is for anyone and everyone who would like to attend these events!


Speaker topics will range from best practices on branding, marketing, networking, social media, and more. And the Happy Hours will be local and fun!


Our Young Professionals co-chairs are Steven Sless, Melannie Young, Tova Brody, and Katie Petenbrink. Contact us if you'd like to participate! Look for events, starting next month.

Book our Conference Area for Free!

The Chamber office is the beneficiary of a new conference space. 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

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Meet and Eat at Fountain Side Restaurant. We had 20 attendees. The crab cakes were amazing.


We enjoyed a fully catered Brown Bag Lunch at North Oaks this month We had over 40 attendees, members and guests alike. The food was incredible--and North Oaks will be at The Taste. Last year they won an award!

POM Chamber Member Events for March

American Legion Post 122 Event Info

Great venue , great meal by Chef Arthur of Culinary Innovations at a fantastic price ($10 per generous plate) and great timing (11am - 7pm). Ample free parking, free bottled water, "green" beer, cash bar available, Maryland Lottery slots and Keno, DJ and great people. Endorsed by Chamber member and nonprofit supporting our veterans, IHOOT.

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What's Happening in Pikesville & Owings Mills?

Pikesville Updates

Did you know that Pikesville is getting a Gourmet Girls? AND they will be at The Taste on April 23! The POM Chamber is thrilled to welcome them to Pikesville. Check out an article from JMore.

https://www.jmoreliving.com/2020/02/19/the-gourmet-girls-to-open-second-location-at-former-gourmet-again-site/


The Real Estate Committee of the POM Chamber will be meeting with the State Highway Administration to discuss the no-left-turns in Pikesville.


Don't let the temporary BG&E road construction on Reisterstown Road and Old Court deter you from shopping in Pikesville. To access Dunkin Donuts, Bravo, Walgreens, and other businesses, use the Bedford Road entrance behind the plaza. These businesses need your support.


District 4 News from County Councilman Julian Jones

This week, I joined leadership from across the state to testify in support of The Blueprint for Maryland's Future. The Blueprint will ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed, regardless of their zip code.

This transformational plan makes critical investments in early childhood education, our teachers, college and career readiness programs, and additional resources so Maryland students are fully prepared for high-skilled, high-waged jobs of the future.

Our most important and sacred duty as elected officials is to provide a brighter future for our students. I will keep fighting to uphold our commitment to Maryland's children.



District 2 News from County Councilman Izzy Patoka

We have started 2020 on a high note in the 2nd District office. There are a lot of good things happening, and it is keeping our office busy.

I am working across the aisle on legislation that would move Council work sessions from 2 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays. I am in favor of this change because I feel the current system does not allow the community an adequate opportunity to testify on important pieces of legislation. I believe that government should work for the people, not the other way around. This legislation would increase transparency, openness and accessibility.

The Comprehensive Zoning Map Process is well underway. I want to take a moment to let you know about an upcoming public hearing. On March 5 at 6 p.m. at Pikesville High School, the county planning board will be holding its hearing for the 40 CZMP issues that were filed in District 2. Residents who want to speak on any issue are free to do so. Public sign up for the testimony portion of the hearing will begin at 5 p.m. I would encourage as many people as possible to attend and testify so that I can make decisions on each issue that reflect the needs and desires of 2nd District residents.

As your councilman, I am honored to have the opportunity to partner with community organizations, schools, advocates and residents to help push our district forward. If there is anything I or my staff can help with, please reach out. You can contact my office by email at council2@baltimorecountymd.gov or by phone at 410-887-3385.

Is Your Info Up to Date on our Website? Do You have New Staff?

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.

Energy Co-op is a Member Benefit!

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Join the Chamber Energy Purchasing Cooperative

The Chamber of Commerce has partnered with energy management experts, CQI Associates, to administer and manage the Chamber Energy Purchasing Cooperative. The increased purchasing power of the Chamber Purchasing Cooperative has allowed members to receive lower rates than they could typically attain on their own.


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 fall campaign participants saw a combined savings of $889,600. Natural gas rates have also been lowered on average than market rates and utility monthly winter peak indexed rates.

Presidential elections, erratic weather conditions and global tensions are making the energy market volatile. If you would like to stabilize your utility rates you should join the cooperative by participating in this next round of competitive supplier pricing. The current campaign begins February 3, 2020 for both new participants and renewal members who have contract renewal dates through to December 2020.


TO ENROLL IN THE ENERGY COOPERATIVE:

1. Complete and sign a Letter of Authorization

2. Provide one copy of your most recent Utility bill(s), all pages, for all electricity and or natural gas accounts you are enrolling

3. Scan and email copies of the above documents to Jennie Anderson at

joe@cqiassociates.com or fax to 410-630-5911

4. Send the original documents to the Chamber

5. APPLICATION DEADLINE IS February 28, 2020

If you have any questions or require additional details, please contact Joe Tabeling with CQI Associates at joe@cqiassociates.com or 443-472-3870.

To learn more about the purchasing cooperative, market rate projections, Renewable Portfolio Standards Regulations, and recent changes in law, you can attend one of the following Information Webinars:


February 25, 2020 – 1:00 pm

Important Links

Join the Pikesville Schools Coalition on Facebook!

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