"Re-Imagining Baltimore" with

Baltimore Community Lending on the radio

Don't forget to tune into WEAA 88.9 every Friday at 6:30pm. "Re-Imagining Baltimore" is a half hour program dedicated to providing insights on small business and community development capital, and building solid business practices from industry experts. Check out the latest episodes:

  • Small Business Coaching: Guests Angella Aizire (BCL Small Business Loan Officer) and Nick Rudolph (Maryland Capital Enterprises Baltimore regional director) discuss the importance of coaching for small business owners and what it looks like.
  • What Are You Passionate About? Guests Dierdra Pressley (BCL Real Estate Loan Officer), Tracy Evans (BCL Real Estate Loan Officer), and Roy Miller (BCL Loan Coordinator) share their personal stories and passion for supporting community development.
  • What Entrepreneurs Should Know About Small Business Loans: Guests Bonnie Crockett (BCL Director of the Small Business Lending Division) and Paul Taylor (Director of the Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women Owned Businesses) discuss the small business loan application process and tips for applicants.
  • Financing Your Real Estate Development Business: Guests Ned Fields (BCL Construction Management Specialist) and Roy Miller (BCL Loan Coordinator) share what lenders look for in real estate loan applications and tips on how to strengthen applications.

Client Spotlight

Mayson-Dixon Companies

President & CEO Jayson Williams is continuing his great-grandfather's legacy by re-developing Baltimore neighborhoods through community support and input. Mayson-Dixon is laying down the foundation for Black wealth, equity, and ownership.

Hoodfellas Bistro & Catering

Congratulations to HoodFellas Bistro & Catering for opening in downtown BaltimoreStop by to enjoy their speciality American & soul food, with $15 specials for jurors performing their civic duty at the nearby courthouse.

Los Hermanos Tequila

Los Hermanos Tequila, a Black veteran-owned company, is now available in stores throughout Maryland and DC. Los Hermanos Tequila was founded by two brothers who wanted to create a signature tequila taste so incredible people would create lasting memories together.

"Re-Imagining Baltimore" Recap

"Re-Imagining Baltimore" was a success, thanks to everyone who came out to the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on December 2. We raised $295,000 to support our vision of a Small Business Development Center to provide comprehensive technical assistance, training, business incubation, and co-working spaces with access to technology along with housing our Corporate Offices.

Special thanks to our speakers:

  • Robert Wallace, President of Bithgroup Technologies
  • Senator Chris Van Hollen
  • Senator Ben Cardin
  • Sekwan Merritt, owner of Lightning Electric
  • Marcel Benson, owner of Benson Watch Company
  • Alex Aaron, owner of Blank Slate Development

More to come soon!


December 17 from 9-11am: Clark Construction MWBE Outreach Event. Join Clark Construction to learn about some exciting subcontracting opportunities and workforce development efforts on the Baltimore Arena project.

January 8, 2022: Operation HOPE Entrepreneurial Training Program. Register for this virtual workshop to learn more about the advantages and challenges of owning a business. This free program is a practical curriculum designed to empower aspiring and existing entrepreneurs with the tools and skills to successfully navigate the path to small business ownership and success. 

Baltimore Times Give Black 4 The HolidaysThe Baltimore Times Media Group and Times Community Services, Inc. have teamed up with other civic-minded corporations and organizations to promote Black Businesses during this year’s holiday shopping and gift-giving season. Businesses can submit an application to extend their reach with socially aware and “woke” consumers.

Innovation Works Holiday Gift Guide. Innovation Works has curated a gift guide with both products and events to keep your money circulating in the Baltimore community and benefiting the neighborhoods that are often the first to support a new business.

Made In Baltimore Pop-Up Shop. Made In Baltimore's storefront in Remington is selling locally-made goods manufactured by their members, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, bath and body products, stationary, and more. You can also shop online with free shipping through December 25.

In The News

New urban business initiative provides technical and business assistance to underserved startups in Maryland - Baltimore Business Journal

Baltimore Community Lending supports the revitalization and strengthening of underserved Baltimore neighborhoods through innovative and flexible financial assistance designed to promote community development. See our 2020 annual impact report.

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