August 9, 2019
Power Connections Networking Breakfast
Wednesday , August 14, 2019
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Maritime Conference Center
692 Maritime Blvd.
Linthicum, MD 21090

Elected Officials Meet & Greet
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
La Palapa Grill & Cantina 
8307 Main Street 
Ellicott City, MD 21043

YPN Mixer
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 3150
Columbia, MD 21044

Hogan Administration Announces New State Development Plan, A Better Maryland
The Hogan administration today announced the filing of a new state development plan, A Better Maryland . In 2017, Governor Larry Hogan signed Executive Order 01.01.2017.18, directing the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) to coordinate with local governments and other stakeholders to prepare a revised State Development Plan. 
 “This new state development plan was developed to coordinate the planning needs of state agencies and local governments while encouraging Maryland to grow responsibly,” said Governor Hogan. “This inclusive bottom-up approach listens to the needs of our communities and puts planning authority in the hands of local government, where it belongs, while balancing economic development and environmental preservation.”

Howard County Chamber Intercity Visit Taking Form
Efforts to take a group of 20-30 business and civic leaders alongside County Executive Calvin Ball and elected and appointed officials to Somerset County, New Jersey beginning to take form. To view the draft itinerary, click here .
Visit dates will be September 15-17.
Attendees will study and discuss best practices in economic and community development, flood mitigation, and environmental stewardship. 

We are looking to provide scholarship opportunities to a few Elected and Appointed Officials to join our Intercity Visit in Somerset County, NJ. If you are interested in contributing to this scholarship please contact the Howard County Chamber at (410) 730-4111.
Policymakers, as well as representatives from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as confirmed speakers who will be addressing a number of important topics including healthcare, cybersecurity, education, immigration, and many more.

This event is an opportunity to meet directly with policymakers and business leaders on Capitol Hill. 

Howard County Circuit Courthouse Outreach Event
The event is for Small, Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, Veteran-Owned, Disabled-Owned, and/or Locally-Owned businesses in Howard County interested in potential contracting opportunities on the new Howard County Circuit Courthouse.  

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Claret Hall
6020 Daybreak Circle
Clarksville, MD 21029

Howard County Library System (HCLS) HiTech STEAM Carnival
Highlight practical, working examples of STEAM principles at a fun, community venue that encourages hands-on exploration and demonstrate the engineering abilities of students who participated in HCLS’s summer HiTech educational classes. Attendees can play games, participate in activities, and win prizes while learning about science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Saturday, August 10, 2019
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
HCLS East Columbia Branch,
6600 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, Maryland
Maryland Small Business Retirement Savings Program 
Complete Survey to Better Serve Small Business Community
Maryland$aves is a new low-cost, hassle-free service for businesses that do not currently offer a retirement plan. The  Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation  (SDAT) has partnered with the  Maryland Small Business Retirement Savings Program  (Maryland$aves) and  The Pew Charitable Trusts  (Pew), a non-partisan, non-profit research organization, to distribute an important survey to collect feedback from Maryland's small business community. The survey will provide input about the potential advantages and disadvantages of participating in a retirement savings program.

Attention eMMA Vendors - Register Your Product and Service Codes Today
Maryland recently launched a new eProcurement platform called eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA). eMMA is the direct result of Governor Larry Hogan's2016 Commission to Modernize State Procurement which is being led by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford. All vendors, both those who completed the preliminary registration and those who are registering as a new vendor, must identify their product and service categories as part of their vendor profile. No old commodity codes were carried over from the former system. eMMA utilizes the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code (UNSPSC) system. Vendors can search by keyword or use the drop down menu. This is important as it impacts the types of solicitation notices you will receive from the system. Please read the eMMA Managing Vendor Profile Quick Reference Guide for instruction.