All strong organizations are defined by their mission statements. In the case of the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce, the mission is to serve as an engine for business and economic development that promotes both members’ and the City’s core value propositions.
The activities and programs of the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce are envisioned, designed and executed to build a vibrant and prosperous community through business leadership.
By Sonny Morstein
In 1990, Baltimore, like older cities, was going through a difficult time as Federal grant money for neighborhoods and commercial districts had just about disappeared. The City was losing thousands of residents a month. It was then that a group of business leaders with the urging of City Councilman Tony Ambridge and Governor Schaeffer decided the City needed "a cheerleader" for the small and medium sized business community. The logical choice was to activate the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce. At the time, before the chamber was officially organized, it was just one of the many committees of the Greater Baltimore Committee. It was not really a functioning entity. The time was right to move from a committee to become a chamber and separate from the G.B.C. and function independently with its own Board and membership.
In spite of being told Baltimore would not support another business group, we went forward. Two business leaders who were instrumental in forming the working group and bringing the chamber to fruition were Fletcher Hall, Executive Vice President Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors and Edwin Warfield, Publisher of the Daily Record. In 1991, the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce were up and running and 21 years later we are still in the business of assisting business owners in achieving greater success.