Get Involved

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer on a Committee

The Downtown Sykesville Connection (DSC) consists of five teams of volunteers which meet once a month. All of our teams are OPEN for volunteers. Make a difference, and get involved!

  • The Design committee: the mission of the DSC Design committee is
    to shape the physical image and plan long term physical improvements of the downtown Sykesville community while honoring and preserving its historic charm.
  • The Organization committee: the mission of the DSC Organization committee is to connect and engage residents, business owners and community partners . to support the mission and financial structure of the DSC.
  • The Promotion committee: the mission of the DSC Promotion Committee is to produce events and promotional materials to
    shine a spotlight and bring awareness about the DSC to the larger community as well as raise funds for the Downtown Sykesville Connection’s activities.
  • The Economic committee: the mission of the Economic . Restructuring committee is to promote a harmonious
    and thriving downtown Sykesville business community through initiatives, programs, and long term planning that encourages a strong local economy.
  • The Clean, Green and Safe committee helps with sustainability and green options for our downtown.

Learn more about the Committees of the Downtown Sykesville Connection.

Volunteer at an Event

We always need volunteers at our many events and projects. If you would like to receive notification of volunteer opportunities, please email us DowntownSykesvilleConnection@gmail.com or give us a call at 410-216-4543.

 

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM


The Sykesville Community Garden

garden

The Sykesville Community Garden is a small, sustainable, educational garden with the aim to bring community together, teach children where their food comes from, and experiment with creative, sustainable gardening methods of growing fresh fruits and vegetables.

There is no charge to be a member of the community garden, though donations are always welcome. It is a volunteer, honor-system-based garden. Take what you need and have worked for and leave enough for others. For more information please email Sykesville Community Garden , “like” our Facebook Page or follow us on Instagram.


Sponsor an Event

Are you interested in sponsoring one of our many annual Main Street events? Becoming an event sponsor provides a variety of benefits for you and your organization. All sponsors receive a variety of promotional offerings designed to meet your needs. To become a sponsor, please contact us via email at DowntownSykesvilleConnection@gmail.com or contact us by phone 410-216-4543.

Your sponsorship helps us continue to hold the quality events that bring our community together.

Our Annual Events

  • Fine Art & Wine Festival
  • First Fridays
  • Farmers Markets
  • Craft Beer Festival
  • Merry Main Street
  • …and more!

Become an Event Vendor

We are often looking for local artists, crafters, food vendors and more for our events! Please visit our Vendor Information page to learn more.


Donate

We are currently raising money for the following projects:

  • Main Street Town Square/Community Gathering Park
  • Improved Downtown Lighting
  • Landscaping
  • Signage
  • Public Art
  • Additional Recycle/Trash Receptacles for Main Street
  • Cafe tables and chairs for our sidewalks to encourage outdoor dining
  • Holiday Decor and Lighting



The purpose of this Fund it to support the Sykesville Main Street Association in it’s participation in Main Street Maryland, a comprehensive downtown revitalization program created by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. The Community Foundation of Carroll County, Inc. will house and invest funds donated by individuals and businesses collect vendor fees, ticket fees merchandise sales fees, in kind donations, raffle and fund raising donations for the revitalization efforts of Main Street, Sykesville, Maryland, as well as grants applied for and received for this purpose.

We are a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax deductible to the maximum amount allowable for gifts to a public charity.

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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