Chamber Connections  
March 29, 2019
Joint Happy Hour with State Chamber!
Wednesday, April 3rd | 5:00pm- 8:00pm | David's at Live! Casino & Hotel
We want to kickoff our new partnership that gives Central Maryland Chamber members with 10 or less employees automatic membership in the Maryland State Chamber. Please join us for a FREE joint happy hour with the Maryland State Chamber on April 3rd from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at Live! Casino & Hotel.

Registration includes:

  • 2 Complimentary drinks!
  • Sampling of items from the critically-acclaimed David's menu!
  • Tours of the beautiful Live! Hotel Tower, including Live! Spa, the Penthouse Suites and Club 21 private gaming room!
  • Great Networking with the State Chamber!

Join the Chamber Board of Directors
We Want You!
If you are an active member of the Central Maryland Chamber (CMC), we encourage you to help us develop a slate of quality candidates to fill vacancies on the CMC’s Board of Directors. 
We invite you to nominate yourself or other individuals in the CMC to serve on the Board of Directors. All nominees must be current members of the CMC for consideration. 

A Nominations Committee will confirm eligibility and review qualification. To nominate an individual or yourself please submit a resume and letter of interest (or nomination letter) to by Monday, April 8th. 
Howard County Business Appreciation Week
Monday, April 22 - Friday, April 26
If your business is based in Howard County, the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) wants to thank your business for choosing the county as the home for your business. 

To show its appreciation, the HCEDA would like to visit your business and hear your feedback regarding ways to support the business community. Sign up for an opportunity to share your experiences with the HCEDA and showcase your business during Howard County's 2019 Business Appreciation Week. All businesses in Howard County are welcome!
Appointments are available throughout the days between April 22 nd – 26 th , but space is limited. Registration closes on Monday, April 15 at 5:00 pm.
WSSC Appoints Director of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion
CMC Board Member Courtney Edmonds
WSSC is excited to announce the promotion of Courtney Edmonds to Director of the Office of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion. Courtney has been serving as Acting Director of the office for over a year. Her insight and strategic thinking have been critical in expanding programs and policies to educate stakeholders, augment our supplier pool and ensure contract compliance at WSSC for minority-owned, women-owned, small and local businesses.

Beginning her career at WSSC in 2016, Courtney joined as the Supplier Diversity Program Manager, where she oversaw compliance and advocacy, and focused on increasing utilization of small, local, and minority businesses for WSSC contracting opportunities. Already a leading subject matter expert in supplier diversity, she managed contract compliance and a state-wide disparity study for the State of Indiana’s Department of Administration. She is a board member for the Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce and member of the Institute for Supply Management and American Contract Compliance Association. Courtney received her bachelor’s degree in public relations from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Please join us in congratulating Courtney Edmonds as she assumes her new role beginning Monday, March 25, 2019.  
Disaster Loan Assistance
The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding businesses in Anne Arundel, Howard, and Prince George’s Counties that working capital loans are still available to small businesses and private nonprofit organizations affected by severe flooding in 2018.
Working capital disaster loans up to $2 million are available at 3.61% for small businesses, and 2.5% for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. The loans are intended to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other expenses that could have been paid had the disaster. You must apply by the April 25 th deadline!
State Procurement Workshop
In collaboration with:
Maryland Department of Transportation 

Featuring special guest:
R. Earl Lewis
Deputy Secretary
Maryland Department of Transportation

Are you interested in contracting opportunities with state agencies and institutions?  If so, then our Ready, Set, GROW! Procurement Connections Workshop is for you. Join us for an overview of how our small, minority, women, and veteran procurement programs work. You'll learn what buyers are looking for right now and what's in the pipeline, then meet with them one-on-one during the open networking session. You may also connect with a variety of resource partners who can help your small business thrive.

Who should attend?  Small, minority, women, and veteran business owners interested in doing business with state agencies in Central Maryland and the surrounding areas.
Need a Fresh, Innovative Way to Network?
The Central Maryland Chamber has the Answer!
Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce recently joined the networking platform Treble , and one of the features our members have found most beneficial is the innovative Wish Engine that helps them maximize their reach. Treble makes it easy for members to let their network know what they need help with and members always know what others in their network need help with.

As a Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce member, you receive an exclusive offer to join Treble at the premium level for FREE !

Simply download the app by searching TrebleNetwork” in the app stores or sign-up via their website at . Use promo code CMC2018 complete your profile, sync your contacts, invite your trusted network to join Treble and start networking differently
Operation Thank You
Celebrating Our Membership
On April 5th, the Central Maryland Chamber will be conducting Operation Thank You!

The purpose of Operation Thank You is to personally celebrate you - our incredible network of member businesses. Our goal is to reach chamber members by going door-to-door and saying 'Thank You' for supporting local business.

We are asking for your help! If you would like to take part in making visits and thanking fellow members please sign up by clicking the button below.

This is great way to meet chamber businesses and make strong new connections!
WOMEN Conference
"I am a Vital Voice"
March 30th | 8:00am - 4:00pm
The Entrepreneurial Development and Assistance Center (EDAC) is a small business center located on the campus of Morgan State University Graves School of Business. Its mission is connecting budding and existing entrepreneurs to resources for venture management and growth.
In 2006, EDAC launched W.O.M.E.N. (Women Owned and Managed Enterprise Network) Conference to meet the growing demand of women seeking small business services, knowledge, and access. W.O.M.E.N. has their “I am a Vital Voice” conference on March 30 th at 8am. Enter code WOMENGIFT.
Member and Regional Business News
Member Engagement!
Upcoming Events

MD Connections
Wednesday, April 3

Thursday, April 4

Networking Mixer
Tuesday, April 9
Committee Meetings 

Legislative Committee
Monday, April 1st at 4:oopm

Business Connections Network #3
Tuesday, April 2nd at 9:00am

Business Connections Network #1
Wednesday, April 3rd at 8:00am
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News to Share?

Chamber members are encouraged to share news and information in the Chamber’s weekly newsletter. Newsworthy articles are included for FREE!  
Read and Share the New Business Guide!
Inclement Weather Policy

Because the Central Maryland Chamber serves members in several counties, the following inclement weather policy has been established:

If any one of the three county school systems (Anne Arundel, Howard, Prince George’s) closes due to inclement weather, all chamber activities for the day will be cancelled.

If any one of the three county school systems has a 2 hour delay, all chamber activities prior to noon will be cancelled.  

If any one of the three county school systems closes early due to weather, all chamber evening activities will be cancelled.
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