As we know, there are situations in life that are beyond our control.  The Coronavirus is one of those situations.  In business and in life, we must learn to be resilient and adaptable to change.  Being resilient and adaptable requires effort - the effort it takes to learn from one’s experiences.  COVID-19 is an experience we can all learn from.  Operating a Sustainable Business requires practice over time in following successful business principles.  So stay encouraged and steadfast.  Your Chamber is here for you!!

The Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce is taking this time to adapt and become more innovative in assisting its members in growing sustainable businesses.   You will hear from President Kendrick Tilghman regarding plans to utilize technology more in our services to you. 

My message for you today is to provide you with state and federal funding resources to assist you in sustaining your business during COVID-19.  Even if you are not in a position to take advantage of these resources, I encourage you to engage in the process of applying to learn what is required to have ACCESS to Capital – a term we hear often.

On March 31, 2020 GBBCC participated in a teleconference with key city and state officials.  The purpose of the teleconference was to connect COVID-19 funding resources available to small businesses in the Greater Baltimore Region.  The Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) and M&T Bank sponsored the teleconference to provide stakeholders an update and overview of federal and state small business COVID-19 economic disruption resources and guidelines under the President's CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic SecurityAct.

Attending:  Mayor Jack Young; Colin Torbin, BDC; Senator Ben Cardin, Member, Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee; Stephen Umberger, District Director, US Small Business Administration Baltimore District Office; Kelly Schultz, Maryland Department of Commerce.  Attending Stakeholders were not disclosed, and participated via Q&A Chat.

You can find the tools needed to access these resources on our COVID-19 Resources page, linked here.

Be safe, responsible and encouraged for “This too shall pass, and joy comes in the morning”.  As business owners of African American descent, we are naturally innovative. Let's seize this opportunity to draw from our strengths, learn from our experiences, and apply practical business principles to become sustainable, black-owned businesses that support our city and state economy.

Best Regards,

Debra Keller-Greene, Chairwoman

Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce

Message From the President

Greetings Baltimore City, it is a pleasure to serve as the President of the Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce. I look forward to working with you to create a pipeline of entrepreneurs in our region.


K. Tilghman 

Kendrick "Dj5Starr" Tilghman, MBA


5Starr Enterprise LLC


Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c) 4 non-profit organization. 1325 Bedford Avenue, Suite 5941; Pikesville, MD 21208

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