About the Downtown Sykesville Connection

The Maryland Main Street Program

The Sykesville Main Street Association was created in 2011. It is a part of the Main Street Maryland Program. The program strives to strengthen the economic potential of Maryland’s traditional main streets and neighborhoods. Main Street Maryland selects communities who have made a commitment to succeed and helps them improve the economy, appearance and image of their traditional downtown business districts through the Main Street five point approach for commercial revitalization, which is organized into the following committees: Design, Organization, Promotion, Economic Restructuring, and Green, Clean & Safe.

During its 6 years of operations the Sykesville Main Street Association has accomplished so much for the residents of Sykesville, its visitors, and the merchant community. From the creation of the community garden, the development of the South branch skatepark, the restoration of the Main Street sign and the bike rack installation to the design of a 7 events yearly calendar; form the administration of state grants like the Downtown Lighting, Facade Improvement Program, the the Nonprofit Assistance fund that financed the Farmers Market, to the creation of the Shop Small Passports and Carroll Business Academy for local small businesses.

The Sykesville Main Street Association is thrilled to continue its journey as the Downtown Sykesville Connection, a stand-alone community non-profit striving to foster a vibrant downtown through economic development, promotion, design, and green initiatives.

The Downtown Sykesville Connection will keep showcasing our small town through a rich calendar of events crafted to cater to residents of all ages and visitors seeking unique experiences and new trends. The Downtown Sykesville Connection will remain focused on the beautification of our town and the preservation of its historical heritage.

Our Committees:

Design

The Design Committee takes charge of enhancing the physical appearance of the commercial district by rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging supportive new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, and long-term planning.

Design Chair: Dana Alonzi
Design Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6 pm, contact DowntownSykesvilleConnection@gmail.com for the latest location information.

Organization

The Organization Committee is charged with building consensus and cooperation among the many groups and individuals who have a role in the revitalization process.

Organization Chair: Mary Ellen Will
Organization Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of each month, at 7pm at E.W. Beck’s Pub.

Promotion

The Promotion Committee works on marketing the traditional commercial district’s assets to customers, potential investors, new businesses, local citizens and visitors.

Promotion Chair: Lisa Berman & Rich Austin
Promotion Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of each month, at 7 pm at the DSC Office.

Economic Development

The Economic Development Committee works to strengthen the district’s existing economic base while finding ways to expand it to meet new opportunities and challenges from outlying development.

Economic Development Chair: Mary Vaccarino
Economic Development Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of the month at 8pm at the DSC Office.

Green, Clean & Safe

The Green, Clean & Safe Committee seeks to make Sykesville a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, work, and play, while promoting individual responsibility for the community environment.

Green, Clean & Safe Chair: Laura Donnel
Green, Clean & Safe Meetings: 3rd Wednesday of the month at the DSC Office or the Sykesville ‘Eileen M. Merkle’ Community Garden, weather permitting, 7:15 pm, contact DowntownSykesvilleConnection@gmail.com for the latest location information.


Sykesville Facade Improvement 50/50 Matching Grant

The Façade Improvement Program offers matching funds for façade improvement. Building and/or business owners can apply for up to 50% percent of the cost of their improvement project. The maximum matching grant contribution by the Town is $ 5,000. The minimum grant contribution is $500. Work completed prior to a letter of commitment is not eligible for funding. The goal of the project is to encourage building renovation, historic preservation and improved economic vitality by providing funding to upgrade Downtown Sykesville building façades. Here is the application FacadeImprovementApplication

Additionally, with the exception of painting, all applications must be approved by our Historic District Commission (Application)and Maryland Historic Trust (MHT) MHT Application


Sykesville’s Affiliations and Honors:

Upcoming Events

Sep
22
Sun
Sykesville Farmers Market @ Downtown Sykesville
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sykesville Farmers Market @ Downtown Sykesville | Sykesville | Maryland | United States

The Sykesville Farmers Market runs every Sunday, 9:00am-1:00pm from May 19th to Oct 27th! You can find a variety of fruits and vegetables, herbs, honey, cakes, nuts, beef, pork, poultry, eggs, cheese, baked goods, dog treats, jewelry, pickles, wine, and more.

We have the Junior Market returning that is entirely operated by the kids! Every Sunday we will have a guest Non-Profit group joining us to connect with our community (Stay tuned as the guest non-profit will be announced on our Facebook page every week!).

The Little Sykes railway will be running from 9am-1pm.

Did we mention we have a moon bounce and kids games (hula hoops, chalk, and jump ropes…) always available for free at the market from 9am-1pm?!

Vendor Information 

2019 Vendor Application & Guidelines

Health Permit Application (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)
Health Permit Guidelines (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)
Ingredient Source (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Service Hours — Scholarship — Do we have your ATTENTION?

Are you a teen looking to complete your service learning hours for school? The Sykesville Farmers Market is just the place for you! We are a weekly farmers market that runs on Sundays beginning May 19th through October 27th. Volunteers who dedicate 50 hours or more to the Sykesville Farmers Market and Downtown Sykesville Connection events are eligible for a scholarship!!! Click here to sign up! 

Sep
27
Fri
2019 Carroll Business Academy @ Beasman Auditorium, Acts-Integrace
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Downtown Sykesville Connection is thrilled to announce its fifth edition of the Carroll Business Academy, a series of workshops designed to give participants the tools to be successful in their business! Business owners and entrepreneurs – current or aspiring – are invited to join us for each of our four professional development sessions featuring important information on today’s hot topics in the business world.

This program represents an opportunity to educate and make direct connections with members of the business community.

The Carroll Business Academy sessions will be held at

Beasman Auditorium, Acts-Integrace, 7200 Third Ave, Sykesville MD 21784

Register by clicking on the presentation’s date

September 27, 7PM I Thomas Mazerski, DIRECTOR, MILLER RESOURCES FOR ENTREPRENEURS      

“Game Changers for Small Business”

Are you an improving business or doing the same things in the same way expecting a different outcome? Discover what a smooth-running business should look in this interactive presentation. Find out how to move your operations from people to process and begin to move the needle in the areas of finance, marketing/sales, operations and customer service. These learned techniques enable business owners and entrepreneurs to improve their business results immediately.

October 10, 7PM I Karen Stebner, FINANCIAL SPECIALIST, PRIMERICA

“Key Financial Concepts for your Family and Business”

This interactive, educational workshop teaches fundamental concepts to help individuals, families, and business owners make smart financial decisions and become debt free and financially independent.  By learning how money works, you will leave empowered to get your money working harder and smarter to achieve your goals and dreams.

October 25, 7PM I Tom Fidler, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT /PRINCIPAL, MACKENZIE RETAIL

Tom Fidler serves as Executive Vice President and Principal of MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC and Executive Vice President and Principal of MacKenzie Retail, LLC, where he oversees a department of ten. Tom specializes in commercial leasing, development and advisory services, and has been involved in some of the area’s most prestigious projects. To date, Tom has participated in real estate transactions totaling over $1 billion in market value. Considered a professional expert, Tom is frequently referenced in both regional and national publications, a featured speaker at industry associations meetings, and a valuable resource to local Economic Development offices. His understanding of retail business, consumer profiles and demographic data, along with his commitment to client success has proven to be invaluable to various clients.

November 7, 7PM I Randi Penfil, GOOGLE

Get Your Business Online:

Explore Google My Business, a free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps. Learn how to create and/or update your listing, hide your address and take advantage of a free website. Plus, a live demo showing tips and tricks when using your business profile.

In this session we’ll show you how to:

  • Create or claim your Google My Business listing
  • Manage your business info across Google Search and Maps
  • Use Google My Business to connect with potential customers
  • Create a free website using the info from your business listing

 

This event is presented to you by:

 

With the support of:

Sep
29
Sun
Sykesville Farmers Market @ Downtown Sykesville
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sykesville Farmers Market @ Downtown Sykesville | Sykesville | Maryland | United States

The Sykesville Farmers Market runs every Sunday, 9:00am-1:00pm from May 19th to Oct 27th! You can find a variety of fruits and vegetables, herbs, honey, cakes, nuts, beef, pork, poultry, eggs, cheese, baked goods, dog treats, jewelry, pickles, wine, and more.

We have the Junior Market returning that is entirely operated by the kids! Every Sunday we will have a guest Non-Profit group joining us to connect with our community (Stay tuned as the guest non-profit will be announced on our Facebook page every week!).

The Little Sykes railway will be running from 9am-1pm.

Did we mention we have a moon bounce and kids games (hula hoops, chalk, and jump ropes…) always available for free at the market from 9am-1pm?!

Vendor Information 

2019 Vendor Application & Guidelines

Health Permit Application (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)
Health Permit Guidelines (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)
Ingredient Source (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Service Hours — Scholarship — Do we have your ATTENTION?

Are you a teen looking to complete your service learning hours for school? The Sykesville Farmers Market is just the place for you! We are a weekly farmers market that runs on Sundays beginning May 19th through October 27th. Volunteers who dedicate 50 hours or more to the Sykesville Farmers Market and Downtown Sykesville Connection events are eligible for a scholarship!!! Click here to sign up! 

Oct
6
Sun
Sykesville Farmers Market @ Downtown Sykesville
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sykesville Farmers Market @ Downtown Sykesville | Sykesville | Maryland | United States

The Sykesville Farmers Market runs every Sunday, 9:00am-1:00pm from May 19th to Oct 27th! You can find a variety of fruits and vegetables, herbs, honey, cakes, nuts, beef, pork, poultry, eggs, cheese, baked goods, dog treats, jewelry, pickles, wine, and more.

We have the Junior Market returning that is entirely operated by the kids! Every Sunday we will have a guest Non-Profit group joining us to connect with our community (Stay tuned as the guest non-profit will be announced on our Facebook page every week!).

The Little Sykes railway will be running from 9am-1pm.

Did we mention we have a moon bounce and kids games (hula hoops, chalk, and jump ropes…) always available for free at the market from 9am-1pm?!

Vendor Information 

2019 Vendor Application & Guidelines

Health Permit Application (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)
Health Permit Guidelines (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)
Ingredient Source (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Service Hours — Scholarship — Do we have your ATTENTION?

Are you a teen looking to complete your service learning hours for school? The Sykesville Farmers Market is just the place for you! We are a weekly farmers market that runs on Sundays beginning May 19th through October 27th. Volunteers who dedicate 50 hours or more to the Sykesville Farmers Market and Downtown Sykesville Connection events are eligible for a scholarship!!! Click here to sign up! 

Oct
10
Thu
2019 Carroll Business Academy @ Beasman Auditorium, Acts-Integrace
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Downtown Sykesville Connection is thrilled to announce its fifth edition of the Carroll Business Academy, a series of workshops designed to give participants the tools to be successful in their business! Business owners and entrepreneurs – current or aspiring – are invited to join us for each of our four professional development sessions featuring important information on today’s hot topics in the business world.

This program represents an opportunity to educate and make direct connections with members of the business community.

The Carroll Business Academy sessions will be held at

Beasman Auditorium, Acts-Integrace, 7200 Third Ave, Sykesville MD 21784

Register by clicking on the presentation’s date

September 27, 7PM I Thomas Mazerski, DIRECTOR, MILLER RESOURCES FOR ENTREPRENEURS      

“Game Changers for Small Business”

Are you an improving business or doing the same things in the same way expecting a different outcome? Discover what a smooth-running business should look in this interactive presentation. Find out how to move your operations from people to process and begin to move the needle in the areas of finance, marketing/sales, operations and customer service. These learned techniques enable business owners and entrepreneurs to improve their business results immediately.

October 10, 7PM I Karen Stebner, FINANCIAL SPECIALIST, PRIMERICA

“Key Financial Concepts for your Family and Business”

This interactive, educational workshop teaches fundamental concepts to help individuals, families, and business owners make smart financial decisions and become debt free and financially independent.  By learning how money works, you will leave empowered to get your money working harder and smarter to achieve your goals and dreams.

October 25, 7PM I Tom Fidler, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT /PRINCIPAL, MACKENZIE RETAIL

Tom Fidler serves as Executive Vice President and Principal of MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC and Executive Vice President and Principal of MacKenzie Retail, LLC, where he oversees a department of ten. Tom specializes in commercial leasing, development and advisory services, and has been involved in some of the area’s most prestigious projects. To date, Tom has participated in real estate transactions totaling over $1 billion in market value. Considered a professional expert, Tom is frequently referenced in both regional and national publications, a featured speaker at industry associations meetings, and a valuable resource to local Economic Development offices. His understanding of retail business, consumer profiles and demographic data, along with his commitment to client success has proven to be invaluable to various clients.

November 7, 7PM I Randi Penfil, GOOGLE

Get Your Business Online:

Explore Google My Business, a free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps. Learn how to create and/or update your listing, hide your address and take advantage of a free website. Plus, a live demo showing tips and tricks when using your business profile.

In this session we’ll show you how to:

  • Create or claim your Google My Business listing
  • Manage your business info across Google Search and Maps
  • Use Google My Business to connect with potential customers
  • Create a free website using the info from your business listing

 

This event is presented to you by:

 

With the support of:

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