Friday Five | June 26, 2020

Chamber members making a difference

As we continue to take the necessary steps toward recovery in the wake of COVID-19, the Maryland Chamber would like to continue to highlight the good deeds being done in our communities by our members.

Did you know that more than 214,550 low-income households are without cars in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.? After 20 years in business, Vehicles for Change has grown into the largest low-income car ownership program in the country, helping more than 6,700 families gain financial and personal independence through the gift of a car. In total, the company has awarded more than 5,000 cars, allowing 75 percent of recipients to obtain better jobs and boosts in salary. Vehicles for Change has enabled families with children to take their kids to the daycare of their choosing, as well as to sports and after-school activities.

In honor of their 20th anniversary, which was this past Wednesday, June 24th, Vehicles for Change celebrated their “20 Cars for 20 Families” event by donating cars to 20 low-income families in the Baltimore area. The company shared the event over Facebook Live and Instagram, introduced the recipients, and allowed them to share firsthand how the vehicles will impact their daily lives. To see highlights from the event or to learn how to donate a car to Vehicles for Change, please visit https://www.vehiclesforchange.org/.

If you know of a Marylander or Maryland business or organization that is doing great work to support our communities, please reach out to Kimberly Reach at  kreach@mdchamber.org to share your story.


1. U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation shares its “Building an Inclusive Workplace” webinars

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center recently wrapped up a three-part series on “Building an Inclusive Workplace Culture in Times of Crisis.” To view each part, click on the links below:

We’d like to thank the U.S. Chamber Foundation for sharing the series with us, and to remind our members that the Maryland Chamber Foundation will also launch its own webinar series in July: “Promoting Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace.” The series will be available to all Maryland Chamber members and members of the business community and will feature business leaders from high-profile companies who are already doing their part to drive systemic change in their own organizations and communities. Stay tuned for more details.

2. NAM encourages citizens to “Carry the Ball” in new ad campaign

The National Association of Manufacturers has just rolled out a new ad campaign: “Carry the Ball,” a one-minute ad encouraging Americans to wear face masks to protect our health—and our economy. According to NAM, the ad is “intended to help the country’s economic resurgence while protecting families across the country” and will air in “manufacturing-intensive states.” The ad features many of America’s most famous stadiums, including Michigan Stadium, Beaver Stadium, Ohio Stadium, Lambeau Field and the Rose Bowl, and points out that the number of U.S. COVID-19 deaths exceeds the capacity of any one of those stadiums.

“Through shared responsibility, we can get this pandemic under control and save small businesses and jobs,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “That’s why the NAM is taking this message across the country. Our economy depends on it, jobs depend on it and—most importantly—lives depend on it.”

Be sure to do your part and wear a mask—and share the ad on your social media channels.

3. Subscribe to the Manufacturers Marketplace by June 30

Speaking of NAM, don’t forget to sign up for a free lifetime subscription to the Manufacturers Marketplace by next Tuesday, June 30. After this deadline, access to the Marketplace will no longer be free of charge.

Manufacturers Marketplace connects manufacturers in the U.S. to help each other get what they need amid the COVID-19 crisis. This searchable database includes 140,000 manufacturers that can fill gaps in your supply chain to keep our country up and running.

This dynamic new tool enables companies to expand sales and strengthen supply chains, and manage their individual profiles. It has robust search features such as company certifications, equipment, processes and capacity. Here are a few more of its current features and benefits:

Registration is quick and simple. Just follow these three steps:

4. COVID-19 webinar series

This past Wednesday, June 24, the Maryland Chamber Foundation hosted another webinar, “Impact of COVID-19 on Maryland’s Economy, Presented by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.” If you missed it, you can still watch it here.

Our next webinar will take place on Tuesday, June 30. The details and registration link are as follows:

Maryland Manufacturers: Policy priorities & recovery, presented by the National Association of Manufacturers

Register here

Tuesday, June 30

11 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)

Join us for a conversation with Patrick Hedren, vice president and deputy general counsel, and Michael O’Brien, assistant vice president of advocacy, of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Mr. Hedren and Mr. O’Brien will help us understand the unprecedented climate of legal uncertainty across the business landscape, which has been created by governmental responses to the COVID-19 crisis. As the exclusive State Association Partner, we are pleased to partner with NAM on this webinar.

For more details on upcoming COVID-19 webinars, please visit our Events page. If you are unable to participate, please note that we provide links to full recordings of all past COVID-19 webinars here. If you have any questions, or wish to discuss a sponsored webinar, please contact Whitney Harmel at wharmel@mdchamber.org or (410) 269-0642, ext. 1117.

5. Take the COVID-19 Impact Survey

Have you taken our COVID-19 Impact Survey? We will use this survey data to support our ReNEW Maryland initiatives, which are intended to help put businesses and employees back to work. Please take a moment to complete the survey here.

Also, please share the survey with your membership and other business partners. Having a robust number of responses will aid in advancing the Chamber’s advocacy efforts at the federal level and help us better prepare for the 2021 state legislative session.


Click here to view up-to-the-minute COVID-19 resources on the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s COVID-19 resources page.

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