On behalf of the Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce, I would like send our best wishes for a healthy, happy, and prosperous new year to the Catonsville community.

I would also like to invite everyone to the chamber's annual new year luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 10, at noon, at the former home of The Woman's Club of Catonsville, 10 St. Timothy's Lane.

The luncheon provides area business owners with an excellent opportunity to meet the chamber's board of directors and learn about the events planned for the new year geared to help a small business survive and prosper.

The chamber has an exciting and ambitious year planned, and its leadership looks forward to sharing those new objectives with its members and the Catonsville community.


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Also part of the program will be our popular Featured Member drawing, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.

If you are a new business in Catonsville, or just want to learn more about the Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce, this is the perfect meeting to attend.

Our meetings are always open to the public and nonmembers are encouraged to join us.

Cost for the luncheon is $20 for members who pre-pay, $25 for members at the door and $35 for nonmembers. Register at catonsville.org or by calling the chamber office at 410-719-9609.

Networking event and trade show

Join the Catonsville chamber and other chambers from across Baltimore County at the 11th MEGA Networking Event and Trade Show, Jan. 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Sheraton Baltimore North, 903 Dulaney Valley Road, in Towson. Inclement weather date is Jan. 31.

This is an opportunity to network with other business owners throughout the county.

Showcase your business for only $100. Cost includes display table and registration fee, which must be received by Monday, Jan.14.

General registration is $25 in advance, $30 at the door and $35 for nonmembers. Register online at http://www.catonsville.org.

All businesses in the area are welcome. You do not have to be a chamber member to participate.

Don't delay. Register now.

Be sure to validate your parking ticket at the Sheraton's front desk for free parking, too.

Free seminar on health care for small businesses

The Catonsville chamber is partnering with Group Benefits Services to host a free seminar for the small business owner on managing the rising cost of health care to maximize the return on the investment of your benefit dollars.

The seminar will be held Jan. 31, 8-10 a.m., at the Catonsville Senior Center, 501 N. Rolling Road. Registration, coffee, pastries and fruit, 7:30 a.m. Pre-register at http://www.catonsville.org.

Topics to be discussed include: