April 10, 2018
  • Maryland Legislature Passes Changes to Current Cybersecurity Incentive Tax Credits Program 
  • List of sponsors for 2018 Cyber Conference is growing
  • Last Chance to Register for tomorrow's GC Education Event on Protests!
  • Women in Tech Social Recap
  • TEDCO 2.0 Initiative Rolls Out New Funding for Maryland Startups
  LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Maryland Legislature Passes Changes to Current Cybersecurity Incentive Tax Credits Program

Last night marked the end of the 2018 Legislative Session here in Maryland, and with it, the passage of SB288, the Cybersecurity Incentive Tax Credit bill. According to Stacey Smith, Executive Director of the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, SB288 makes Maryland the first state in the country to incentivize businesses to purchase cybersecurity protections locally and investors to invest in Maryland cybersecurity companies.

The new Cybersecurity Incentive Tax Credit is also a departure from the current program that provides a tax credit to Maryland cybersecurity technology companies that receive investment funding. The new bill provides a tax credit to investors for their investments in qualified Maryland-based cybersecurity technology companies. It also allows convertible debt as a form of investing, which is not currently the case.

The current cybersecurity tax credit program expires June 30, 2018 and SB288 will go into effect the following day. Total funds available through the new program for the first year and subsequent years is $2 million/year. Thank you to the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland for your 

  UPCOMING GOVCONNECTS EVENTS
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GovConnects Education Series - Protests

Contract award protests are becoming more and more common, but they can also be complicated. Join us for our next GovConnects Education Series on Protests. Bryan King from Offit Kurman and Bill Hassler from Edwards Performance Solutions will discuss when and how to file a protest, and what to do if a contract you have been awarded is protested.

TOMORROW - April 11, 2018 - Noon - 2 p.m.
BTS Software Solutions
6200 Old Dobbin Lane, Suite 190
Columbia, MD 21045


Join the growing list of sponsors for our 2018 Cyber Conference including Premiere Sponsor Red Hat, and additional sponsors including UnanetNoblis , Tower Federal Credit Union , Howard Community College , Hertzbach , Amazon Sparksoft , Atlantic Data Forensics  & the Howard County Economic Development Authority .

Cyber touches all aspects of our lives, from the myriad of devices we have brought into our homes, to those we employ on the job to increase and improve productivity.

Please join us for our 9th annual Cyber Conference where we will tackle some of the most relevant topics surrounding operating within the cyber landscape including Blockchain Technologies, Device Security Focused on Healthcare, Leveraging the Open Source and Building and Retaining a Talented Workforce.

You can read much more about 2018 Cyber Conference at  www.cyberhoward.com.  
Registration is now open and there are still a few sponsorship opportunities remaining. Please contact Leonardo McClarty at lmcclarty@howardchamber.com.

Women in Tech Social Recap

What a night! We were so happy to be a part of last week's Women in Tech Social at the Howard County Conservancy. The event was presented by the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc. (CAMI), the Howard Tech Council, the Fort Meade Alliance and our Chamber's GovConnects Program. 

Our new Director of Membership, Ronny Nadiv, got to meet lots of amazing female techies! We can't wait to partner with these wonderful groups again soon.

Thank You to Our GovConnects Sponsors
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  GOVCON NEWS
TEDCO 2.0 Initiative Rolls Out New Funding for Maryland Startups

Maryland Technology Development Corp. is restructuring and adding new services for state startups as it ramps up its "TEDCO 2.0" plans.

Unanet & CohnReznick Offer 2018 GAUGE Report Survey

Unanet and CohnReznick invite you to take part in their second annual benchmarking survey for government contractors. Your responses will be compiled to create the 2018 GAUGE Report that focuses specifically on compliance, program management, business development, accounting and financial management in five major categories: Government Contract Compliance, Accounting, Utilization, Growth, and Efficiencies.

2018 Veterans Resource Fair

Howard County's Office of Veterans and Military Families is holding the 2018 Veterans Resource Fair  this month to provide local veterans the opportunity to meet with businesses and non-profit organizations dedicated to providing services, support and jobs to veterans. Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman is one of several guest speakers.

TONIGHT - April 10, 2018 - 5 - 8 p.m.
North Laurel Community Center
9411 Whiskey Bottom Road
Laurel, MD 20723

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Been awarded a NEW CONTRACT? 

EXPANDING or MOVING offices?  

We want to know about it! 

  BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Team Aberdeen Proving Ground Hosting Discovery Week 

Team Aberdeen Proving Ground is hosting APG Discovery Week to provide industry with networking opportunities for both large and small businesses and describe potential future contracting opportunities for mission areas that focus on command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, research and development, test and evaluation, chemical and biological defense and APG Garrison.

April 17-20, 2018 
Myer Auditorium
Building 6000
APG North, MD

Tap into Business at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission

The WSSC is holding a Business Conference & Expo this month that will include educational workshops, networking sessions and a preview of upcoming WSSC contracting opportunities.

April 27, 2018 - 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Hotel at UMD
7777 Baltimore Avenue
College Park, MD 20740

Synergy BWI Presenting Business Networking & Information Sessions

The Maryland Aviation Administration is open for business! This Synergy Business Networking event is designed to connect your business with our decision makers and resources at the airport.

April 30, 2018 - 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
BWI Marriott Hotel
1743 West Nursery Road
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

 PROCUREMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Other Federal Contracting Opportunities
State Contracting Information



Local Contracting Information

Howard County utilizes a web-based procurement system hosted by PlanetBids. This system allows suppliers to self-register online and receive email notifications of solicitations. 



  TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
Export Management Bootcamp for Industry Professionals

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is holding a 2-day Bootcamp in Export Management designed to equip industry professionals with a solid foundation in global strategy, resources in export management, market analysis and tangible tools on how to move goods on the market for international export.

April 20-21, 2018
University of Maryland BioPark
Building 2, Suite 100
801 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

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Procurement 101

New to state contracting? The Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs is offering a class for small businesses that have little or no knowledge of the state procurement process.

April 24, 2018 - 10 a.m. - Noon
Governor's Coordinating Offices
100 Community Place
First Floor Training Room B
Crownsville, MD 21032
Cybersecurity for SMBs: Protecting Your Business

Join the Maryland Chamber, University of Maryland University College and the Department of Commerce to learn critical ways you can protect your business from cyber attacks.

April 25, 2018 - 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence
9700 Great Seneca Highway
Rockville, MD 20850

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MBE/DBE/ACDBE/SBE Application Assistance Workshop

MDOT's Office of Small and Minority Business Policy's free monthly workshop for firms interested in applying for certification as a Minority Business Enterprise, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and or Small Business Enterprise.

Upcoming Dates:
May 1, 2018 - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
June 5, 2018 - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Headquarters
7201 Corporate Center Drive
Ground Level
Hanover, MD 21076

MD Procurement Technical Assistance Program Offering Counseling Services

The Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAC) is offering free counseling services for businesses who provide services or products that have a reasonable expectation of being procured under a government contract or purchase order.
Howard Technology Council Offering HOCO CISO Program

The Howard Technology Council has launched a Chief Information Security Officer "In-Residence" program known as "HOCO CISO" at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship. The program is designed to address the needs of residents of the MCE and more than 200 member companies that are part of the Tech Council, but don't have their own Chief Security or Privacy Officer.

When it comes to GovConnects, when you give more, you get more!

The GovConnects Advisory Council has created four new program committees including Engagement, Membership, Marketing & Communications and Sponsorship, but they need your help. 

If you are interested in joining a committee, you can email Kristi Simon at  ksimon@howardchamber.com.
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