Chamber Connections  
July 19, 2019
We're Moving!
Chamber Office Closed July 19th & 23rd
Our office will be relocating to the A. J. Properties, Inc. building across the street from our current location to

8373 Piney Orchard Parkway, Suite 201, Odenton, Md 21113

We will still be right near Fort Meade - the epicenter of the Central Maryland Region. The new space will house all 4 chamber staff members and a brand new conference space which will allow for more communication and participation both internally, and with chamber partners.

The chamber will be closed July 19th, 23rd, and 29th as the staff diligently works to pack up and move the current office.
How to Successfully Negotiate a
Neighborhood Business Works Loan with DHCD
Wednesday, July 24th | 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Join us as we welcome Marcie Castaneda of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development to our July meeting to talk about the Neighborhood Business Works loan program as well as the state's priorities on small business, job growth, workforce development and opportunity zones around the state. Learn how to make an economic development project the most competitive for grant awards.

Lunch will be provided.
$20 Members | $25 Non-Members

Space is limited for this workshop, so register early to reserve your seat.
About Our Speaker
Marcie serves as the Business & Community Development Manager for C.O.R.E.(Creating Opportunities for Renewal & Enterprise), an economic and revitalization initiative to eliminate blight in Baltimore City, expand business and community growth, provide new green space, affordable housing, mixed-use development, encourage investment through attractive financing and other incentives, generate jobs and strengthen partnership between Baltimore and the State of Maryland.
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Energy Co-Op
And Join in the Savings with Other Chamber Businesses!
This opportunity is exclusive only to Chamber members. The Central Maryland Chamber-CQI Energy Cooperative has helped hundreds of chambers businesses realize significant long-term savings.
  • Last year one private business in the chamber saved $80,000/year in energy costs!
  • Last year one non-profit in the chamber saved $11,000/year in energy costs!
This can be you by just joining the CMC Co-Op. Once you sign up nothing changes except that you receive lower energy rates. All you have to do is join and it's free to enroll!
Member Spotlight
Lewicky, O'Connor, Hunt & Meiser, LLC
Lewicky, O’Connor, Hunt & Meiser provides legal representation across a range of practice areas, including litigation and arbitration, business law, guardianships, divorce and family law, wills and estate planning, commercial law, real estate law, and defense of employment law claims. We help clients navigate a host of legal issues, including challenges to wills, business disputes, shareholder disputes, employment agreements, consulting agreements, employee terminations, government contracting claims, copyright and trademark litigation, and much more. We also assist with negotiations involving commercial leases, employment agreements, joint venture agreements, drafting contracts, and a host of other services. We also offer fixed rate outsourced general counsel plans to bring predictability to our business clients’ legal costs.

Contact 410-489-1996 or
Anne Arundel County Announces
Steve Kaii-Ziegler as New Director of Planning and Zoning
Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced that Steven Kaii-Ziegler will be the new Director of the Office of Planning and Zoning, beginning July 31. Mr. Kaii-Ziegler lives in Annapolis and has three decades of planning experience in the region. Phil Hager, the county’s current planning director, will move to a new role working directly with the County Executive’s Office on redevelopment projects.

County Executive Pittman also announced a town hall meeting to introduce the new director on August 1 at 6:00 p.m. at Severna Park High School. The meeting will feature remarks by Mr. Pittman and Mr. Kaii-Ziegler, followed by a question and answer session.
The Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning launched a public virtual workshop for Phase 2 of the Route 1 Corridor Master Plan. The plan will activate transportation, infrastructure, land use and economic development implementation strategies to improve vibrancy and livability throughout the Route 1 corridor. The virtual workshop will be open through July 31st.

The innovative site is an online version of the recent public workshops held in Elkridge (June 25) and North Laurel (June 27) that included an informational presentation, stations to browse, and survey questions. The goal of the virtual workshop is for residents and businesses to share what they know about the corridor and their ideas on how it can be improved. To fully experience the Virtual Workshop, it is recommended that visitors reserve 20-30 minutes to read the narrative and answer all the survey questions. 
HCEDA Announces the Completion of Phase I of the Howard County Innovation Center
The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) announced the completion of the first phase of the Howard County Innovation Center Project with the conclusion of 3rd floor renovations and the relocation of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) to the facility.

As part of the Innovation Center project, the third floor of 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive was fully renovated and converted into a premier 16,000 sq. ft. business incubator space, featuring private offices, coworking space, conference rooms, and two multiuse classroom spaces. It is now home to the MCE’s 19 resident companies, multiple business support organizations, and four HCEDA staff members, further adding to the entrepreneurial ecosystem being created in the building.
Member and Regional Business News
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Upcoming Events

Women Mean Business
Wednesday, July 24

Power Connections Breakfast
Wednesday, August 14

Membership 101
Thursday, August 15
Committee Meetings 

Business Connections Network #4
Thursday, July 25th at 9:30am

Odenton Action Coalition
Thursday, August 1st at 9:00am

Small Business Committee
Tuesday, August 6th at 9:00am
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