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October 11, 2019
National Support Your Local Chamber Day
October 16th is National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day!
Local chambers are vital to our state’s economy, thank your chamber by posting the image below to your social media accounts! #ChamberProud
2019 Economic Forecast Luncheon
If you attended last year, you know this will be a valuable and engaging event with great networking opportunities with 200+ attendees. You can't miss it!
Member Spotlight
Smart Office at BWI
Smart Office at BWI provides professional private office and conference room spaces at an affordable hourly rate. These spaces come equipped with large screen smart TVs, free internet access, telephones, plenty of outlets, code access doors and stylish, modern furnishings. In addition, Smart Office offers copy/print/scan/fax services, office supplies and friendly technical support. We now offer monthly passes that will provide you with 24/7 access to your own private office space, including free copier access and discounts on conference room reservations. Call, book online or walk in today to make reservations or consult with a member of our staff about how we can make Smart Office work for your business. 
Contact Tom Harold, Director
Member Testimonial
"The chamber provides me with access to a community of like-minded individuals working hard to make their businesses flourish. Not only does this network serve as a sounding board for business advice and support, but it also allows me to reach a lot of businesses that could potentially benefit from the services that Smart Office provides. Networking is the lifeblood of any small business, and membership to the chamber offers you ample opportunities to share your message with the right people."
Business Succession Planning
Wednesday, October 30th | 7:30AM - 9:30AM | Maritime Conference Center
Seating is limited! Register TODAY!
You are cordially invited to attend Business Succession Planning presented by Mike Cammarata, CFP, Mike Havlik, CFP, Chris Varlotta, CFP, Verena Meiser, Steven Lewicky, and Ray Plummer, CPA.

Good conversation, hot breakfast buffet, and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by October 18th.

This FREE event is for current business owners and future business successors.
Jim McKay Maryland Million Day
The 34th edition of Jim McKay Maryland Million Day will take place on Saturday, October 19 at Laurel Park.

Over 22,000 people were in attendance to enjoy the 2018 renewal of Maryland’s Day at the Races, which featured races for eligible Maryland-sired horses. Wagering topped $6.4 million, which is the highest it has been since 2007.

“Jim McKay Maryland Million Day is a great day of racing that showcases Maryland horses,” says Cricket Goodall, executive director of Maryland Million Ltd. “It is our annual fall celebration for owners, trainers and breeders – and welcoming both dedicated and new fans to Laurel Park. It is our day to shine and we look forward to making it another great event on October 19th!”

Jim McKay Maryland Million Day features races for Maryland-sired horses with purses and awards of more than $1 million. A diverse crowd of fans, industry professionals, and elected officials flock to Laurel Park each autumn to enjoy this competitive day of racing and a variety of other on-and-off-track activities.

Free General Admission
Monthly Snapshot of Maryland’s Economy
Economic indicators on Maryland were somewhat positive in recent months.

Payroll employment rose slightly and the unemployment rate remained low. Meanwhile, housing market indicators varied.
Technical Training Classroom
Tuesday, October 22nd | First Floor Training Room B
100  Community Place, Crownsville, MD
Small Business Marketing Techniques
10:00am- 12:00pm

Do you want to learn how to better market your business? This seminar will discuss the basic elements of marketing for a small business owner or entrepreneur. Marketing is the backbone of a successful business. Preparing yourself with the proper marketing foundation is essential to bringing your great idea to the market. We will cover these essential elements to help prepare you with the tools you need to be successful.

Who should attend? Small, minority, women, and veteran business owners who want to enhance their marketing skills and techniques.

Our special guest is Dr. Lisa Amans, President of BlackSheep Consulting LLC.
Understanding Prevailing & Living Wage Laws
2:00pm- 4:00pm

Are you in compliance with Maryland's wage laws? Small business owners operating in the government contracting arena are expected to have a full understanding of Maryland's Prevailing Wage and Living Wage laws. These laws establish and enforce wage standards for workers from private businesses receiving contracts from local governments, and apply to both prime contractors as well as subcontractors.

Who should attend? Small business owners and payroll managers who want to ensure they are paying wages in accordance to Maryland law.

Our special guest is Jim Tudor, Program Administrator with the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation.
Membership 101
Thursday, October 17th | 9:00AM - 10:30AM
Cyber Security Awareness Month!
Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.

NCSAM 2019 will emphasize personal accountability and stress the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity at home and in the workplace. This year’s overarching message – Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT. – will focus on key areas including citizen privacy, consumer devices, and e-commerce security.
Langton Green Community
Farm Harvest Festival
 Saturday, October 26th | 12:00PM - 5:00PM | Millersville, MD
Join Langton Green for their FREE Community Farm Harvest Festival including seasonal food, festive activities, arts n’ crafts, and live music at 844/846 Generals Highway in Millersville.

Take part in the fun, visit the chickens, goats, pigs, and other great animals and learn about opportunities for individuals and groups to volunteer throughout the year

If you would like to be a vendor, space is free, but bring your own tables, equipment, etc. R.S.V.P and questions to farminfo@langtongreen.org.
Also, volunteers are needed for assistance with set-up, directing parking at 11 a.m. as well as cleanup from 4 to 5 p.m. Contact farminfo@langtongreen.org. 
Board Commences Search for Next CEO
If you are looking for a new opportunity, The Central Maryland Chamber has launched our search for a new President/CEO.
We are a military community (Fort Meade), home of NSA and the US Cyber Command, with a rapidly growing economy. Our organization is best known for our advocacy efforts on behalf of Fort Meade, local development efforts, and other business interests.

Resumes can be submitted to ceosearch@centralmarylandchamber.org - and we're happy to provide additional information and job description on request.
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Upcoming Events

CMC Night @ MD Black Bears
Saturday, October 12

Membership 101
Thursday, October 17

Economic Forecast
Monday, November 4
Committee Meetings 

Business Connections Network #2
Tuesday, October 15th at 8:30am

Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, October 22nd at 8:30am

Business Connections Network #4
Thursday, October 24th at 9:30am
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