Upcoming Events

Oct 5

Young Professionals Group Roundtable

A monthly gathering of the rising stars of the Partnership. Open to members only.

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Oct 12

John Lenzini, Maryland Jockey Club

A discussion about the future of Preakness and its impact on the region, as well as the evolution of the horse racing industry to better appeal to younger generations.

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Oct 25

Membership Committee Meeting

Join other members of the Partnership as we facilitate meaningful strategic relationships throughout the region.

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Nov 16

Steve Taylor, Lyft

The General Manager of the Mid-Atlantic for Lyft will join the Partnership for an insightful presentation

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Dec 14

Comptroller Peter Franchot

The 33rd Comptroller of Maryland will share insight about the changes to federal tax laws and what that means for the state tax code

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September 2018 Print

Letter from the Chairman

Dear Partnership Member:

BWI Business Partnership’s Board of Directors announces that Ed Rothstein, Interim Executive Director, will be leaving us at the end of November 2018 so that he can pursue his work as a future Carroll County
Commissioner. Ed has proudly and superbly served BWI Business Partnership both as a Board Member and Interim Executive Director, helping to strengthen and forge relationships with BWI Thurgood Marshall International Airport, Fort Meade, and Arundel Mills. His work on behalf of Central Maryland has continued to solidify this region as an economic engine in the state.

In his time with us, Ed has elevated business, government, and community connections and partnerships, exhibited a passion for economic development and growth, and brought executive leadership to this
outstanding organization. We wish Ed the very best in his next chapter. He has been an outstanding colleague, friend, and supporter of this region for so long. We will certainly miss him and his leadership immensely.

We will be hearing more from Ed over the next few months as he continues to work with me, the Board, the Partnership Staff, and our Members. Ed will be providing essential leadership transition, working through November 2018. His last “Signature Breakfast” as Interim Executive Director will be in November where we will bid a fond “farewell” to Ed.
The Board of Directors is conducting a search for a full-time Executive Director to succeed Ed as Executive Director. Information regarding the search can be found on the Partnership's website.

As members of the BWI Business Partnership, I want to thank you for
your continued support of and involvement in the BWI Business Partnership. We look forward to forging a new future with YOU, our valued members, as we work to identify new executive leadership for our
thriving organization.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Thank you for your support of The BWI Business Partnership.

Sam Minnitte
Chair of the Board

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Upcoming Partnership Events

Join us as we kick off the first breakfast of the 2018-2019 Season!


September 14, 2018

October 12, 2018

November 16, 2018

December 14, 2018

January 18, 2019

February 15, 2019

A 20+ year veteran of Southwest Airlines, Ms. Barnett is responsible for guiding the efforts of SWA's Strategic Public Relations, Employee and Visual Communications, Social Business, Community Outreach, and Preparedness functions.


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Get Involved!

Interested in playing a crucial role in the success of our Signature Speakers Breakfast Series? Contact events@bwipartner.org for more info!

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Summer Youth Initiative

Discover the Possibilities!

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Aviation Administration, along with its industry partners, reached out to 50 Baltimore City youth to take them inside of one of the most fascinating workplaces in the world, a major metropolitan airport. For one week, these students were immersed in the day-to-day excitement of flight operations, airport security, transportation, and local businesses.

The goal was to provide young minds with the unique opportunity to experience, up close and personal, the wide range of jobs and potential careers that the world of commercial aviation, transportation, and hospitality has to offer.


Hosting Organization: Maryland Aviation Administration

Airfield Tour

Airport Fire Department (FRD) Tour the FRD Facility

Airside Ops Tower & Observation Gallery Tour

Airport Equipment Demo

Aircraft Simulator & Hangar


Hosting Organizations: Southwest Airlines, MDTA Police Authority, TSA and Custom Borders

Cargo Are & Provisioning Center Tour

Southwest Airlines Leadership, Pilots, and Employee Presentations

Southwest International Counter – Baggage Handling System Tour

SWA Ticketing Tour

TSA K9 Presentation

CBP Presentations Operation

Maryland Transportation Authority Police (MDTA) Presentation


Hosting Organizations: BWI Fire & Rescue, STEER Tech, NSA National Cryptologic Museum

BWI Fire and Rescue – CPR Demonstration & Workshop

STEER Tech – Autonomous Parking Vehivle demonstration & Lab Tour

NSA National Cryptologic Museum – Scavenger Hunt & Presentation


Hosting Organizations: BWI Business Partnership & Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies

Overview of Maritime Insitute/Simulator Experience

Engineering World (Presented by Hill International, ADCI, & JMT Technology Group)

Transportation, Logistics, & Cargo Security (Presented by Anne Arundel Community College)

Fort Meade Military & Civilian Career Opportunities (Presented by the Marine Corps Support Battalion’s Bravo Company)

Solar Industry & Green Jobs Institute (Presented by Power52)

Presentations by Visit Baltimore and Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation


Hosting Organizations: Maryland Aviation Administration & Medieval Times

Medieval Times show & behind-the-scenes Q&A

Airport Engineering Presentation & Workshop

Closing Ceremony

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Member Events

Exporting for Defense Contractors

September 11, 2018
8:00AM to 9:30AM

This breakfast event will be an informational session and Q&A led by Mr. Michael Stone, President of Stone & Associates, a strategic research and consulting firm specializing in competing in global markets, and will provide information on how to develop a strategic plan for export growth. Mr. Stone is one of the consultants for the Maryland Defense Diversification Assistance (MDDA) program, through the participation of Maryland/DC District Export Council (DEC), and will be helping defense companies align their export goals through the MDDA program. This training is a follow-on event to the Exporting for Defense: Is it an Option? and Exporting for Defense: State and Federal Resources events, however it is open to anyone interested in attending.

This event is Part 3 of a 3-part series focused on exporting for defense presented by the Maryland Department of Commerce.

Minority Business Enterprise Certification Workshop

September 19, 2018
9:00AM to 11:00AM

Opportunities exist for small, minority and women owned businesses to meet minority participation goals on government and private sector contracts, but you must be certified. Attend this workshop offered by the AAEDC to learn how to apply for a certification such as MBE, DBE, ACDBE or SBE company.

We will take an in-depth look at the Uniform Certification Application and answer common questions about the process.

WTCI State of the Ports & Embassy Wine Tasting

September 16, 2018
3:30PM to 7:00PM

WTCI State of the Ports attracts major exporters and companies providing services through the Port of Baltimore and BWI Airport. This event offers prime networking opportunities with members of the port community and WTCI members, founders, and Board of Directors.

Partners In Care 25th Anniversary Celebration

October 4, 2018
5:00pm to 9:00pm

Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit

November 14-16, 2018
The Hotel at UMD

The Maryland Travel & Tourism Summit (MTTS) is Maryland’s annual tourism industry conference that brings together all sectors of the hospitality industry where business and public sector leaders convene, network and learn new strategies to advance MD’s Tourism industry.  The summit attracts more than 250 attendees who engage with a variety of keynote speakers on industry trends, legislative representatives during a tourism town hall, participate in interactive learning sessions including off-site educational tours of the destination. This will be the 38th year of the MTTS through a continued collaboration with the Maryland Office of Tourism, partnering associations, and hundreds of volunteers.


Cycle to Inspire

November 10, 2018
Baltimore Soundstage

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