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American Craft Council Partners with Four Regional Stylists for Style Slam Program at American Craft Show in Baltimore


Annual exhibition to couple professional stylists with show-stopping, one-of-a-kind fashion statement pieces

Minneapolis, MN – Handcrafted fashion is as relevant today as it was when the American Craft Council began its shows in the 1970s. Once again, in an effort to highlight the American Craft Council’s talented network of fashion wearable’s, accessories, and jewelry artists, the American Craft Council is partnering with regional stylists for its Style Slam program.

Four regional stylists will participate in Style Slam at the American Craft Show in Baltimore, which is being held at the Baltimore Convention Center on February 23-25, 2018. Sloane Brown, Founder of Baltimore S.N.A.P and Society and Style Reporter for The Baltimore Sun, will host the program that encourages each stylist to work with the American Craft Council’s network of artists at the show to demonstrate how handcrafted statement pieces are the perfect fit for any fashion-conscious wardrobe.

On Saturday, February 24, the stylists will scout the show floor looking for fabulous fashion finds they’ll use to visually articulate their signature style on mannequins and models at the show. The stylists will also offer show attendees fashion tips and will collaborate with participating interior designers from the “Make Room: Modern Design Meets Craft” exhibition to provide commentary related to the intersection of fashion and design. Stylists will be available at the Style Slam booth to discuss how attendees can incorporate craft pieces into their own wardrobes to complement and accentuate their style.

Stylists participating in Style Slam are:

About The American Craft Council:
No one understands the world of artful living better than the American Craft Council. The national nonprofit educational organization has been shaping the artisanal craft movement for decades, serving as a craft chronicler, tastemaker, convener and provocateur through its bimonthly magazine American Craft, annual juried shows presenting artists and their work, thought leadership conferences, awards for excellence, and a one-of-a-kind research library. Learn more at:

Media Contacts:
Jamie Arnold/Rachel Graham
[email protected];
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The Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce and Baltimore Integration Partnership to Host “Open to Growth: A Procurement & Reverse Vendor Fair for Small Businesses”

Small businesses invited to engage with and hear from Baltimore’s anchor institutions on procurement best practices and job creation opportunities

The Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Baltimore Integration Partnership (BIP), today announced that it would host “Open To Growth: A Procurement and Reverse Vendor Fair for Small Businesses” on Friday, January 19th from 7:30 to 11:00 AM. There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required.

The Baltimore Integration Partnership is a seven-year-old collective impact initiative working with 14 area higher education institutions and healthcare providers, also known as anchor institutions, to stimulate economic development and job creation.

This event is a unique opportunity for small businesses to learn about purchasing processes and opportunities for securing contracts from Baltimore City’s anchor institutions.

WHO:  The Baltimore Integration Partnership
The Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce

WHAT:  Open to Growth: A Procurement & Reverse Vendor Fair for Small Businesses

WHEN:  Friday, January 19, 2018 (7:30 AM – 11:00 AM)

WHERE:  Talon Center @ Coppin State University
2500 North Avenue Baltimore, MD 21216

Secure your registration today!

The BIP is excited to partner with the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce on this event,” said Kurt Sommer, director, Baltimore Integration Partnership.    “Economic inclusion strategies require strong partners that can help build bridges between the institutions and the business community.”

Organizations participating in the event range from small private schools such as the Maryland Institute College of Art and Loyola; area hospital systems such as LifeBridge Health and University of Maryland Medical Center and state schools such as the University of Baltimore, the University of Maryland – Baltimore, Coppin State University, and Towson University; HopkinsLocal, the joint initiative of Johns Hopkins University and Health System; Plank Industries’ companies such as Sagamore Development and Hospitality; and Kaiser Permanente, which is helping sponsor the event and operates nationally with a growing local presence.State and local officials, as well as business development and finance organizations, are also expected to participate.

City Seeds, a Humanim Social Enterprise, has been able to leverage food related contracts with Johns Hopkins, Annie E. Casey Foundation, MICA, and Kaiser Permanente over the last several years.  The contracts have enabled them to grow, expand operations, and now provide workforce training and jobs for more than 20 individuals in their new kitchen located in the East Baltimore Food Hub.

“The Baltimore Integration Partnership has increased awareness of the power of local purchasing from our small business community,” said Cindy Plavier-Truitt, chief business officer, Humanim. “They have been instrumental in helping us realize our goal of job creation and increasing economic opportunity for Baltimore residents by removing barriers to employment.”

Baltimore is nationally recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, and together, we will continue to thrive and ascend to unprecedented heights to continue to make Baltimore a great place to live, work and play.

“For small businesses, working with Baltimore’s anchor institutions represents a potential paradigm shift in their growth trajectories,” said Eben Frederick, president, Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce. “We applaud the Baltimore Integration Partnership for their unparalleled contributions to our City’s long-term economic success.”

Contact us today! For sponsorship opportunities, information on registration or award submissions, please contact the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce at 410-948-0920 or by email at [email protected].

The Baltimore Integration Partnership (BIP) is a collaborative partnership of anchor institutions, funders, nonprofits and public organizations focused on establishing economic inclusion as the business culture of norm in the Baltimore region. The BIP is hosted at the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers and funded by Living Cities, the Surdna Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation and receives other generous support by the Goldseker Foundation, Associated Black Charities, and the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative.

For additional information, please visit

As the voice of Baltimore businesses, the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce’s focus is to serve as a forum through which members are able to grow their respective businesses. Programs and initiatives foster collaboration long-term growth and development, and each campaign is designed to promote both members and the City’s core value propositions. The Chamber is committed to advocating for the continuing adoption of a pro-business agenda by the City of Baltimore and the region on behalf of its members.

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Mixolo Mobile App to Launch Spring 2018

Solos to find their tribe with the Mixolo mobile app, available soon

for both IOS and Android devices

Mixolo, the in-real-life social network, today announced that its much-anticipated mobile app will launch in Spring of 2018.

Mixolo (Mix + Solo) is a thriving community of solo adults who, regardless of their relationship status, want to venture out on their own, have fun and enjoy life.

“Single-shaming and table-for-one insecurities have many of us opting out of social experiences and activities for fear of being judged,” said Mixolo Founder and CEO, Carolyn Lynch. “Mixolo exists for people who understand that being solo does not equate to being alone.”

Members have access to individual hosts who are committed to accommodating groups of solos that want to connect with like-minded people who share an affinity for various pastimes. The Mixolo approach to “Finding Your Tribe” ensures that member engagement will lead to more profound connections with new acquaintances.

Professionally planned events, activities and other experiences create an all-inclusive atmosphere for solos, irrespective of age, race, religion or gender. Members can choose from laid-back gatherings, unique culinary and cultural events, sporting, theatre and dramatic arts, distinctive travel experiences, immersive skills workshops and bootcamps.

Over the years, social media platforms designed to stimulate interaction have fallen out of favor. Mixolo is a reflection of consumer desire for in-person interaction.

“Because it’s neither a dating app nor a professional meetup platform, Mixolo removes superficiality while safeguarding member identities,” added Lynch. “Our goal is to create a forum that fosters independence, empowers individuals to opt-in to life and to share experiences with groups of like-minded people.”

The mobile app will safeguard members’ privacy. After meeting in person at an event, members have the choice of messaging each other through Mixolo or continuing to keep their personal contact information to themselves.

For event hosts, Mixolo represents an opportunity to reach a new, highly targeted audience. The Event Marketplace within the mobile app is a centralized self-service hub for hosts to populate with their events.

“The Event Marketplace will be a pipeline for established venues and hosts to create events that are solo-friendly and provide a level of comfort that welcomes people to hang out and mingle with new groups,” added Lynch. “People today are more independent than ever before, and Mixolo helps to remove the stigma for those who are not used to going solo.” 

According to a Pew Research study, Millennials tend to buck traditional life milestones like marriage; only one in five millennials have tied the knot, the study found. Survey results show that Millennials are by far the most independent generation, with 50 percent of the “selfie” generation identifying as such. The study also shows that 39 percent of Gen Xers and 37 percent of Baby Boomers consider themselves independent.

“Nothing drives strong communities better than in-person and live interactions,” Ian Altman, the integrity-based sales and growth expert told Forbes recently. In the article, forecasting the top ten business trends for 2018, Altman highlights how communities embrace in-person over virtual interactions on social media.

Social media technology cannot replace the appeal of in-person interactions. Mixolo and its new mobile app combine the comfort of social media with face-to-face interaction, providing solos with an ideal entrée to social engagement. Mixolo prides itself on the bond it has developed with its early adopters and continues to evolve alongside its ever-growing community of active solos.

“Our goal is to foster a welcoming atmosphere that encourages people to move past excuses like not being able to find a plus-one and live their lives to the fullest,” said Lynch.

“It’s about self-accountability for people who want to try new things and meet new people,” Lynch added.  “That means no more backing out of an adventure because you don’t want to go alone, or keeping a hobby or passion to yourself simply because none of your friends share the same interest.”

Visit today and opt-in to life. No plus-one required.


Mixolo is a real life social network. We are building a social community of coactive solo adults, regardless of relationship status, who want to go out and engage and connect with interesting and like-minded people at specially designed events and experiences. We want our members to go solo without the stigma. You’ll be glad you came.

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WHAT: The Team Maryland Delegation for the 2018 USA Games has been selected.  The 68 Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD) athletes, 8 partners, and 19 coaches will compete in 10 different sports in Seattle, WA. SOMD is sending athletes to compete in powerlifting, tennis, bowling, bocce, athletics, swimming, basketball, golf and soccer.


More than 4,000 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will attend the games.  At least 10,000 volunteers will be recruited to support the Games and 70,000 spectators are expected to attend.  Venues include the University of Washington, King County Aquatic Center, Seattle University, and Celebration Park.


In conjunction to the Games, the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) will carry the torch into Husky Stadium to open the games. LETR representatives from the US will run the torch throughout the state of Washington the week prior to the games. Our LETR representative is going to be Gus Proctor, a sheriff from Charles County.


For the list of everyone going to Seattle see the “official list” attached. Each athlete and team created their own pages at You can find more pictures in our Team Maryland dropbox.


WHO: 110 members of Team Maryland will travel to Seattle, WA for the 2018 USA Games


WHEN: July 1-6, 2018


WHERE:     University of Washington

Seattle, Washington


**Media interested in more information or receiving more photos from Team Maryland may contact Kira Northrop at [email protected] or 410-242-1515 ext. 143.



Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD) is a year-round sports organization dedicated to providing quality sports training and competition opportunities to Maryland’s children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or closely related development disabilities. SOMD currently provides thousands of sports experiences annually for athletes statewide, and offers 27 sports, all at no cost to the athletes or their families. For more information about SOMD visit or call 410-242-1515.