2015-2016 Board of Directors
The Towson Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a private, nonprofit business organization founded in 1964 to plan a program of action to enhance the Towson Community. We represent more than 450 businesses that are concerned with making Towson a better place to live, work and visit.
One of our key functions is to serve as a unified voice for Towson businesses, both at public hearings and as a representative to the other Towson groups which all share a common goal to assure planned growth in Towson. Our mission is to strengthen existing businesses as well as to help new ventures in Towson succeed. Several ways of assisting and promoting local companies is the annual publication and distribution of our Towson Chamber of Commerce Business Directory and our newly created website designed to promote business members on a world-wide scale.
Another function of the organization is to coordinate and promote special events, which help to bring visitors to the Towson area. The Towsontown Spring Festival is held each year during the first weekend in May and is one of the largest outdoor street festivals on the east coast. Over 250,000 people attend the two day event to experience top notch entertainment at one of four musical stages, enjoy the hundreds of arts and craft vendors we attract from all over the nation, savor some of the ethnic foods from anyone of our 50 specialty food vendors and overall, to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of this family event, rich in tradition as we celebrate the arrival of spring.
The Towson Farmers Market offers unique purchasing opportunities! Bringing the Towson community and local businesses together, the market offers fresh produce, flowers, candles, crafts, music, and much more. The market is located on Allegheny Avenue between the York Road Circle and Washington Ave. That portion of Allegheny Avenue is closed to vehicles from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (farmers market opens to the public at 10:45 a.m.). There is a festival feeling as resident’s purchase their goods and then stop by one of our many side walk cafes’ for lunch.
Summertime has many outdoor activities including: "Feet on the Street" block parties (live band, children's activities, beer & wine, and food) on Allegheny Avenue during the months of May through September, 4th of July Parade, and the Towson Farmers' Market. The 4th of July parade is coordinated totally by local volunteers and funded completely by contributions from businesses, organizations and the general public. It is one of the most impressive parades in this area and in its 25th year, is a family tradition for many Towsonites.
Among other activities, the Chamber offers annual events including a golf tournament and Taste of Towson, an annual restaurant event featuring over 30 restaurants from the Towson area. This event brings hundreds of patrons every September. Winterfest is another popular program sponsored by the Towson Chamber of Commerce, and it takes place in late November and December. Winterfest includes several festive events including a Christmas tree lighting, visits from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, breakfast with Frosty and the Grinch, and much more!
All Towson businesses are encouraged to join the Towson Chamber of Commerce so their views and opinions can be expressed and to take advantage of the many networking opportunities available to members. For more information about membership in the Towson Chamber of Commerce, please contact us at 410-825-1144.