Our Strength is in our Numbers... Our Power is in our Unity! 
March: USBC News & Updates
President's Message: Investing in Black Innovators
We're proud to announce USBC Board Member & CEO of Enlightened, Antwanye Ford has partnered with the Howard University School of Business to create the region's premier education center for training and research in cybersecurity.  

Recently Antwanye Ford invested $200,000 into Howard University. This was a crucial step towards evening the tech playing field for Black innovators. The Cybersecurity Education and Research Center (CERC) will be housed at Howard University; providing Black students with an advanced opportunity to gain skills in cybersecurity. 
(far right) Antwanye Ford, CEO of Enlightened, Inc. along side USBC President Ron Busby and Enlightened Leadership team.

When it comes to the opportunity gap in the tech industry, the obvious problem is the lack of tech training and education needed to compete for contracts and business ownership in the tech industry. Antwanye Ford's program is a leading example of how Black leaders can begin to narrow the opportunity gap in the tech industry and invest in Black innovators. 

In the spirit of success, 

Ron Busby, Sr.
President, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.
Recent News and Press Statements:
Chamber Leader Talking Points:
  • The U.S. Black Chambers Community Economic Development Corporation's (USBC CEDC) Capital Pathways program is targeted towards diverse business owners who have been in business for at least one year, and have generated at least $100,000 in revenue. The program infuses local partnerships and outreach, highlights home-grown founders and CEOs, and promotes inter-generational connections for collective economic growth and empowerment.
     
  • The U.S. Black Chambers Community Economic Development Corporation's (USBC CEDC) Millennials Redefined program will provide resources and connect a national network of our community's most promising entrepreneurs. We serve diverse millennials (aged 18-35) who (a) have not yet started a business but have an innovative idea, or (b) have an emerging business with less than $10,000 in capital and/or revenue.
     
  • The USBC's Bank-Black program gives African American Chambers of Commerce an opportunity to provide their members with access to funding. African American Chambers of Commerce are encouraged to become USBC Bank-Black affiliates. To learn about becoming an affiliate, send an email to: info@usblackchambers.org with the subject line "Bank-Black Affiliate."                                                                                                                          
Learn More about USBC CEDC Programs 

Featured Resources for Entrepreneurs:
Funding Network + Business Financing Education + Credit Repair Solutions

 

This new, free, nationwide workshop series provides minority entrepreneurs with upfront credit counseling, business lending options, and technical assistance to help you grow your company. With live workshops hosted across ten cities, you will learn how to effectively fund, contract and expand your entrepreneurial ventures to grow into multi-million dollar enterprises. Funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency's Broad Agency Announcement, the program will:
  • Connect you to lenders, investors and prime contractors to expand and grow your business capital in our Capital Connectors meetings.
  • Learn best practices from industry experts and other business owners in community forums.
  • Receive credit counseling, entrepreneurship education, training and support, from local providers.
If you are a minority- or women-owned firm with annual revenues of $100,000 or more and in business for over three years, this program is for you! Visit our website at www.capitalpathways.com
Capital Region Small Business Transportation Resource Center 

The Capital Region Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) launched its latest Bonding Education Program on February 23, 2017. This program, co-hosted by the Washington Metropolitation Area Transit Authority (WMATA), is committed to assisting contractors in the transportation industry in receiving or increasing their bonding capacity. WMATA's latest project, Potomac Yards, provides the opportunity for these firms to serve as sub-contractors on this project; increased bonding capacity can make these firms more viable to selection by prime contractors. The program runs through the end of March.
For more information about the BEP, Short-term Lending Program and other services in the Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia regions, please contact us at 202-463-8722 or visit www.usbcfoundation.org.

Leslie Jean, Project Director and David Smith, Project Coordinator give a program overview to 20 contractors.


 Bianca Fagin, BEP Director, Julian Watkins, BEP Manager and Clinton Dunn, STLP Program, from DOT answer questions during the BEP program launch.

 
The Capital Region SBTRC recognizes the contributions of women in the transportation industry during Women's History Month.  Willa Beatrice Brown, 1906-1992, became the first African-American woman in the U.S. to earn a commercial pilot's license in 1937.  She was co-founder of the National Airmen's Association of America training hundreds of men and women, including many of the Tuskegee Airmen.  She was also the first African-American woman to run for Congress and in 1972 was appointed to the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Women's Advisory Board.

Learn More
 
Millennial Entrepreneurs Redefined 

Justin Norman Esq. and Chris Gilmore, Esq. talk Structuring and Funding your business

Next Stop: Detroit - we're coming your way! Join us on April 28th, 2017 as part of Detroit's Tech EQuity Week. Apply now to access our free, full-day training series, web-based resources and mentors to help launch your entrepreneurial venture. Limited space is available and applicants are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply today!
 
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Save the Date:

7th Annual School of Chamber & Business Management
June 14, 2017 - June 17, 2017 | Washington, DC.


The USBC School of Chamber & Business Management is the only conference bringing together both Black business owners and African American Chambers of Commerce for a business conference that simultaneously strengthens African American Chambers of Commerce and Black business owners. 

Stay tuned for our line-up of educational workshops, arm chair discussions with the nation's top Black business leaders, luncheons, advocacy gala, and much more!
Government Relations and Public Policy Update:
Stalled Start Ups: Small Businesses Sound off on Tax  
Reform

  

The House Small Business committee recently hosted a hearing for small business owners who told the committee that provisions in the current tax code penalize saving and risk-taking represent the biggest barrier to American entrepreneurship. The hearing was scheduled as lawmakers work towards a comprehensive tax reform package using the House GOP's Better Way for Tax Reform as a blueprint. House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) said "In the following weeks and months, Congress will have a once-in- a-generation opportunity to pass comprehensive tax reform, the likes of which we have not seen since Ronald Reagan's historic tax reforms in the 1980's." Chairman Chabot concluded by stating "Entrepreneurs simply aren't taking the kinds of risks they once did and this will have a serious economic consequences, both in the short-term and long-term."
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The State of Black Businesses in the United States 

 

The State of Black Businesses in the U.S.

By: Eric Craig

As published in Data News Weekly


The month of February marks the beginning of Black History Month, a time where the nation recalls the triumphs, inventions and strides of African-Americans in United States history.


While the month is usually geared towards celebrating Black individuals in United States, it can also be used as a point in time to reflect on the current state of Black people. One area in particular is the growth of Black wealth in the nation, which can easily be measured by the amount of Black businesses in operation.

So how well are Black Businesses in the United States?

State of Black Businesses:


 

African-American businesses have grown at an exponential rate in the 21st Century. According to the United States Black Chambers, Inc., in 2012 there were 1.9 million Black businesses. In Fall of 2015, there were over 2.6 million. Black women tend to start more businesses on average, according to the data.

However, Black Businesses still face challenges in the new year.

"The challenges the Black businesses face, any business regardless of race for that matter, is location and access to capital," said Ron Busby, Sr., CEO and President of the United States Black Chambers, Inc.

When small Black Businesses obtain capital through loans, they either have a high interest rate or never receive as much as needed, Busby said.

While access to capital is one disadvantage of minority firms, information is among the many that can stagnate Black businesses.

"Challenges Black businesses face year to year is the same: It's access to information. Most small minority businesses are unaware of many opportunities," said Kelisha Garrett, the executive director of the New Orleans Regional Black Chambers of Commerce.

Garret works for the Consulting Group Gen-X, which focuses on business development by linking small minority firms to large corporations that are looking to fulfill contracted tasks.

"There has been a significant push from the smaller corporate entities for more inclusion with more minority businesses," Garret said.

Particularly in New Orleans, infrastructure and construction related services have been on a rise, especially for minority businesses. However, professional services, such as marketing, public relations and legal have not grown nearly as fast.

"We have capable minority businesses that provide those services, but they are not highly identified within the larger push that's coming from the public or private sector," Garrett said.

Stereotypes of Black Businesses:



While Black businesses have seen growth throughout the years, they sometimes struggle with the stigma of being less than, less organized, and less effective than their majority counterparts.

Both Busby and Garret say that myth is false, especially in the 21st Century.

"It's a perception that has continued to go around the country, that our product and services are inferior," Busby said.

"But that's in fact not true. Looking at the size and infrastructure of majority firms, they have the ability to invest back in the firm. Many Black firms don't have the resources to invest back."

Many big box stores, and majority-owned chains have been around longer than their minority counterparts. That additional time has allowed them to work out quirks that are common in any start up business, Busby said.


Majority owned counterparts have been in existence longer, and have more resources to act quicker than a 'mom and pop' store. That has led to minority businesses leading to a jaded response, because of the lack of an ability to move as quickly as its majority owned counterpart" Garrett said.

"Home Depot started with one store at a time, just as many Black Businesses start slowly. If all circumstances were equal things would be different.

Another concern is the higher cost of goods at Black establishments compared to their majority-owned counterparts.

"This lays into the fact that we pay more because we buy less. We cannot leverage our dollars. Larger corporations have purchase power in volumes, and we're purchasing in need," Garrett said.

When shopping, consider minority businesses had to pay a little more to receive the same item, Garrett added.

"As we continue to have pride in our community and our businesses that myth will decrease. But I don't think the fact and the myth is that Black people's services are inferior. That's true today, and it's true 40 years ago," Busby said.


Goals for African-American Businesses:




The United States Black Chambers, Inc., is spearheading the "Black Wealth 2020," which is an initiative to close the wealth gap between White and Black families by the year 2020. The USBC has partnered with over 22 other organizations geared towards building Black wealth.

The new initiative plans to increase the number of home owners by 2 million, increase the number of Black Businesses to 4 million, and to increase the general number of African-Americans banking at Black banks.

The USBC has developed an application for both iPhone and Android users to help users find Black businesses in their immediate neighborhood. According to the USBC, there are over 101,000 Black businesses in its application's directory.

Through the Black Wealth Initiative, the USBC also hopes to increase Black annualized revenue. In 2014, the annual revenue, on average, for Black Businesses was $86,000. In 2015, the annualized revenue was $75,000.

Reflection of Past African-Americans in Business:

Throughout history, several African-Americans have taken on the task of starting a business to build the wealth and social power of Blacks in the United States. Many bBack businesses today stand on the shoulders of these great men and women. Here are a short list of some of successful African American entrepreneurs.

  • Annie Minerva Turnbo Malone was an inventor and philanthropist in the early 20th century. Born in 1869, Malone developed cosmetics for African-American women, including hair care and skin-safe hair perm. Malone also created to Poro college, a beauty college for African-American women.
  • Madam C. J Walker was an entrepreneur and philanthropist in the early 20th century, and is currently regarded as the first female self-made millionaire in the United States. Walker worked for Malone, but soon ventured off to her own company that pioneered hair care for African-American women. Despite popular belief, Walker did not invent the hot comb, but her business did successfully pushed, supplied and refined the technology, making it more accessible for consumers.
  • John Harold Johnson was known as an American publisher, and the owner of Ebony, Negro Digest and Jet Magazine. In his publications, Johnson supported publishing Black national news, entertainment and features, which had little to no national support at the beginning of his publication. Johnson was the first African-American ma to appear on the Forbes 400 list in the early 1980s.


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Finance Expert Backs USBC's Bank-Black Card

 
William Michael Cunningham (aka Bill Cunningham) is an expert in Socially Responsible Investing. He works with pension fund trustees, investment managers, investment analysts, community activists, government agencies and financial industry organizations to create and implement social and community investing initiatives. 
Cunningham Outlines the Benefits of
USBC's Bank-Black Card
The USBC's Bank-Black Card is gaining waves of support from Black business experts and advocates including celebrity actress Kim Fields, basketball icon Lisa Leslie, and most recently finance expert Bill Cunningham. Take a look at Cunningham's brief breakdown of the the benefits of USBC's Bank-Black Card. Share this with your network of Black entrepreneurs. 
 

The USBC's Bank-Black initiative serves as a resource to help Black entrepreneurs gain access to much needed funds for business expenses and personal use.


 



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Bank Black - It's Serious Business

 
By: U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. President Ron Busby
 
In the wake of the continued outrages of police shootings, the effort to raise awareness of the need for a sound financial foundation for Black America has gained momentum across the country. The USBC's Bank-Black awareness campaign, launched in conjunction with the National Bankers Association, has supplied much of the energy.
 
We feel especially gratified about the hundreds of thousands of new account holders at America's Black-owned banks. Since the USBC's inception as the "Voice of Black Business," increasing access to capital was incorporated into our mission statement. Increased deposits in Black financial institutions are critical components in alleviating this longstanding challenge to business growth and expansion.
 
 
At the same time, though, we are concerned that Bank Black will get pushed to the back corner of the nationwide Black conscience when the latest, hottest "hashtag" movement comes along. We cannot afford - literally - to fail to maintain/sustain the energy behind this hyper-important strategic plank.
 
We also cannot afford to understand the fact that the simple act of moving deposit accounts to Black banks is only part of the effort to grow Black-owned businesses. If Black America moved ALL of its trillion-plus dollars of income to Black-owned banks without changing our spending patterns we will have missed the single biggest opportunity to change Black America since the Civil Rights Era.
 
To our point, this is serious business. Without the availability of capital for expansion, businesses will struggle. There is ample evidence that Black-owned banks continue to lead the way in extending loans to Black business, despite the few numbers of them across the country. The giant, "too-big-to-fail" financial institutions have proved to be far better at lip service than at actually putting Black depositors' money to work in the communities from which they draw deposits. Our deposits in Black-owned financial institutions put tremendous pressure on big banks to change their lending patterns.
 
When we fail to make the connection between patronizing Black-owned businesses - even in the face of less than stellar customer service (a frequent complaint of those whose commitment is to the "fad" nature of social media activism) - we fail to understand the importance of successful, profitable Black-owned businesses. We at the USBC love to point out that if all Black-owned businesses in America were able to hire one new employee we will eliminate black unemployment completely.
 
Black-owned businesses - including Black banks - need our unqualified support! Understand that the customer service you've grown to expect is a function of your money at work. When we patronize Black-owned businesses at the same rate we spend at other businesses we will get the same customer experience. When we deposit our dollars in Black-owned banks at the same rate we currently deposit in big banks, we will see them able to provide online banking, expanded ATM coverage and more loans to black-owned businesses.
 
Access to a line of credit has long been an issue for Black business owners and individuals. We know first-hand the challenges and barriers facing Black individuals who are seeking business and/or personal funding. To remedy this problem we forged a partnership with one of the nation's most trusted and historic Black-owned banks, to offer access to a line of credit through Liberty Bank.

 
 
We have to understand that making history is difficult... ask U.S. Rep. John Lewis and other stalwarts of the Civil Rights Era. Read and understand the history of banking pioneers as early as 1888. (side note: Think about it - there were enough Black-owned businesses twenty years after the Civil War to need a Black-owned bank!) If Black America is serious about harnessing our ever-growing spending power...if Black America is serious about expanding access to capital for Black-owned businesses...if Black America is truly committed to building a sound financial foundation for our communities nationwide, then Bank Black is the most effective tool at our disposal.
 
It's serious business, y'all! Keep making those deposits in Black-owned banks and support black-owned businesses! Look for exciting news about USBC's groundbreaking new credit card program with Liberty Bank-- It's a game changer for our community.
 
 
In the spirit of success,
 
Ron Busby, Sr.
U.S. Black Chambers Inc. President      

Video: USBC Bank-Black Initiative 
Featuring Kim Fields
 
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USBC's Bank-Black Success Story

 
"Banking-Black can be a seed that with cultivation can increase Black personal wealth."
-Ed Swailes, USBC Bank Card recipient.
Black Business Owner Uses USBC Bank Card to Keep Business Financially Stable
Ed Swailes is the Founding Managing Director of The Syndicate Inc., an award-winning marketing agency. He currently directs corporate image-enhancement for major retail and tourism advertising, along with conference sponsorships and organizational resource development for the company's client list. Prior to founding The Syndicate, Mr. Swailes spent 15 years in national print advertising sales. Ed Swailes has successfully established himself as the "go-to" guy for advertising and sponsorship development.
 
As a long-standing business owner, Ed knows firsthand how important access to capital is for business sustainability. Ed was first introduced to USBC's Bank Card by USBC's President Ron Busby. When asked why he applied for the USBC Bank Card and how the card helping his business, here's what Ed had to say:
 
"I applied for the USBC Bank Card as a way to pay down higher interest credit cards. The USBC Bank Card is a great way to improve one's credit rating while taking advantage of the lower interest rate. Increased credit and a better interest rate to pay down existing business expenses helps my business stay financially stable."
 
Bank-Black is the single most powerful economic movement currently taking place in Black America. "Now" is the time to utilize our Black banks as more than a place to hold our money, but as a resource for securing capital. When asked about the importance of banking Black, here's what Ed had to say:
 
"Bank-Black is extremely important, it can be an economic engine used to finance every day needs in the Black community like mortgages, car loans, equity loans, etc.  As well as, business loans thus creating a more economically stable Black community, allowing Black businesses to grow, who can then provide more products and services and most importantly jobs."
 
In an effort to help Black entrepreneurs obtain capital for personal or business use, the USBC has created a Bank Card with one of the nation's most trusted and historic Black-owned banks-- Liberty Bank. Join us in banking Black. Apply here for your USBC Bank Card.

Learn more about the U.S. Black Chambers Bank Card by visiting:www.USBlackChambers.org/bankblack
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Some Black Businesses Strain to get Black Consumers

"There's a myth that's been placed on our communities for many generations: White people's ice is colder. White businesses are superior to black businesses," says Ron Busby, president of the U.S. Black Chambers, a national business organization for black-owned companies. "We have to change that mentality. We have to be better, conscientious consumers."


As published in the Salt Lake Tribune:


New York-- When Terina McKinney displays her leather bags and belts at events attended primarily by black women, they are often interested in her designs, and in her experience as an African-American business owner. But she seldom makes sales.


"They all ooh and ahh and ask a ton of questions, but don't necessarily make purchases," says McKinney, whose Jypsea Leathergoods products range from $20 to $325. Instead, her customers tend to be white or Asian women.

While calls have been increasing for black consumers to support black-owned businesses with their buying power estimated at more than $1.2 trillion a year, social media campaigns with momentum like (hash)buyblack are relatively new. And McKinney's frustration is shared by some other black business owners who say they can find it hard to sell to black consumers.

The factors can be logistical or practical, such as being located farther away or having higher prices than big chain stories, retail experts and civic leaders say. Scarcity can be a reason: It can be hard to find businesses owned by African-Americans. But other considerations might be emotional, like wanting a trendy design everyone is wearing, or the perception that national brands are better.

"There's a myth that's been placed on our communities for many generations: White people's ice is colder. White businesses are superior to black businesses," says Ron Busby, president of the U.S. Black Chambers, a national business organization for black-owned companies. "We have to change that mentality. We have to be better, conscientious consumers."

McKinney, who lives in Camden, New Jersey, outside of Philadelphia, says her lower sales to black shoppers don't seem to be a matter of money, since she finds that many will spend on well-known labels.

Designer Joede Brown has seen similar responses to her crocheted clothing, which sells under the Black Pearl Creations brand from under $30 to up to $500 for the most intricate pieces. She finds black customers sometimes say her products are too expensive, although they'll wear a big-name brand that costs the same or more.

Brown, who lives in Manchester, New Hampshire, recognizes that a preference for well-known brands isn't limited to the black community, but also wonders if buying them is a statement: "You've beaten me down, but look, I can have this too."

Consumers who do try to focus their spending on black-owned companies say finding them requires research, and it can take more time and effort to get there. But locating options is getting far easier, both through local and national social media campaigns and online lists from groups like the U.S. Black Chambers.

"This is the only way we as a people can generate wealth, by supporting our own," says Rebecca Briscoe, of Houston. Her grandfather's photography company was black-owned and focused on black customers from the 1940s onward because white photographers would not do business with them.

"If you don't support their business, they don't have a business," says Briscoe.

Campaigns like #buyblack and also #bankblack, which encourages people to use black-owned financial institutions, are having an impact. The #bankblack campaign got a boost last month from rapper and activist Killer Mike, who called on people to shift their money to these banks. OneUnited Bank has gone from 50 new accounts a day to as many as 1,000, says Teri Williams, president of the financial institution that has offices in Boston, Miami and Los Angeles and also operates online.

"It's opening the community's eyes to the many ways they're spending their dollars," Williams says of the campaigns.

Businesses that provide a service may have more success than those that sell merchandise, says Jerome Williams, a marketing professor at Rutgers University.

"Since service businesses tend to involve more people interactions, the people relationships should prove to be more important, compared to situations where the focus is primarily on the product," he says.

Small and medium-sized retailers can find it hard to compete on price and selection with giants such as Wal-Mart that can negotiate lower prices with manufacturers through their scale. And finding black retailers and service providers across a range of industries isn't always easy, Jerome Williams says.

"As a black consumer, if I wanted to buy from a black-owned merchant, there aren't enough to satisfy my needs," he says.

The nearly 2.6 million black-owned companies in the United States account for about 9 percent of the total number of businesses in a country where 13 percent of the population is black. The 2012 census of businesses found that black-owned operations made up about 6 percent of all U.S. retailers and about 7 percent of businesses that provide food or accommodation.

Financial counselor Harrine Freeman has black-owned beauty supply and clothing stores, a dollar store, shoe repair and other service providers not too far from her Washington, D.C., home. She has searched online or asked friends and neighbors to find other businesses. But other black-owned stores might be an hour's drive away.

"I'm willing to drive that far, but that's not to say I can go there every week," Freeman says.

Many stores in traditionally black neighborhoods may also have changed hands. In parts of Los Angeles, including the once-majority black South Central area, Hispanics have replaced many of the black residents, and many black-owned businesses have closed or moved, says Joe Hicks, vice president of Community Advocates Inc. in Los Angeles.

Black-owned businesses offer black consumers distinct advantages - especially if shoppers have felt discriminated against at other places - and can provide services tailored to their needs, says Geraldine Henderson, a marketing professor at Loyola University in Chicago. She cited health care providers who understand medical concerns that may be more relevant to black patients.

"You want to go to a provider with cultural competence," Henderson says.

Maggie Anderson, who lives in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, wrote a book called "Our Black Year" about her effort to buy from black-owned businesses exclusively. That included the stores where she and her husband bought food, clothing, household necessities and personal care items, as well as service providers like hair salons, auto mechanics and restaurants.

Sometimes that meant driving 50 miles to get things. Sometimes it meant going without fresh fruit because they couldn't find what they wanted at a black-owned store. It meant telling their daughters "no" when a toy or book wasn't sold at a black-owned shop.

"It was a message to our fellow black consumers that we have to be more accountable to what has happened to and what is happening to our community," Anderson says.

Anderson says she has sensed some wariness when she speaks with groups of black consumers about her project, because the audience understands the amount of work involved. She says she also knows that while she had the time and financial resources to devote to the endeavor, people with lower incomes, little spare time and lacking the means to travel might have difficulty doing the same.

"It is not that that black consumers will not shop with black stores, products or services," says Hicks. "Most American consumers are looking for the best buy, the most convenient, best quality within a relatively short distance from where they live."



Make an Impact!

Buy-Black, Bank-Black


 


Here's How: 


Step 1: Buy Black. Support Black-owned businesses. You can immediately download the USBC app for a nationwide list of Black-owned businesses. Search your mobile apps for "USBC Mobile App."


Step 2: Bank Black. Support one of the nation's most historic and trusted Black bank-- Liberty Bank. Bank-Black by securing a line of credit through Liberty Bank. Learn more about USBC's Liberty Bank-Black Credit Card. Take an economic stand, apply today.







Port Covington

Last week, community leaders, faith leaders, politicians and members of Sagamore Development joined together to announce an unprecedented $100 million city-wide benefits commitment, the largest benefits package in the City's history, and a turning point for Baltimore.

These groups came together to create a commitment that will support City-wide programs on education, workforce development, youth assistance, and empowerment. These benefits also include commitments to inclusionary and affordable housing, supplier diversity, and local hiring.

"We are dedicated to making sure Port Covington benefits the entire City. We are committed to being the best neighbors we can be, being the best stewards of the investment the City is making, and to ensuring Port Covington's success is Baltimore's success," said Alicia Wilson, Vice President of Community Affairs at Sagamore.

To learn more, watch this video and then share it with your friends.

Want more details about the commitment? Read more here.

Thanks,

--The Port Covington Team

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