Chamber Connections  
April 10, 2020
Tell Us Your Business Needs!
The Central Maryland Chamber (CMC) is actively monitoring developments
regarding COVID-19. For business resources and information regarding COVID-19,
click here . *Updated daily!*
We strive to inform, promote, connect and advocate for our business community !
If you have more information or resources for the region's business community, please reach out!
As a chamber member, please share your business needs with us ( part-time work, volunteers, promotional support for new temporary business practices, etc. ) by clicking here . If there is any way the Central Maryland Chamber can support your business during these uncertain times—let us know!
The CMC has recently put together a list of Member & Central Maryland businesses who are currently open & operating during this time. View here . If you are open & operating and not listed, please click here .
 
The CMC staff will be working remotely as much as possible through April. As always, you can continue to reach out to us via phone at (410) 672-3422, email, or through social media ( Facebook , Twitter , Instagram & LinkedIn ) during business hours 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
 
Your chamber team is here to serve you!
Kim Wirt, Director of Operations: Kim@CentralMarylandChamber.org
Karen Russell, Director of Membership: Karen@CentralMarylandChamber.org
Olivia Hokanson, Administrative Assistant: Olivia@CentralMarylandChamber.org
Join the Central Maryland Business Community Group to stay up to date with local business updates, changes and more! Open to members & non-members!
Please fill out this short online questionnaire about how COVID-19 is impacting your business. By doing this, the CMC & AAWDC hope to get the best intelligence on how we currently and in the future can assist businesses.
Back By Popular Demand:
Working From Home: COVID-19's Network Latest Security Challenges
TODAY!! 10:00 a.m.- Register Now !
As the threat of coronavirus continues to spread, businesses are sending employees home to work remotely, and students are moving to online classes. But with the social distancing comes a new threat, a cyber-related one.
 
This webinar will cover:
  • Challenges Working Remote
  • How to Make Sure Your Information is Secure
  • Best Practices for Remote Working & Learning

Presenters:
Jon Murchison -CEO, Blackpoint  
Gregg Smith - CEO, Attila Security
Brian Dykstra - CEO, Atlantic Data Forensics
Chris Sachse - CEO, Think|Stack
Chris Riismandel - Owner, Epoch IT
Jim Ries - Director of Business Development, Offit Kurman (Moderator)

This program is being held in conjunction with the Howard County Economic Development Authority, Howard County Chamber of Commerce and the Cyber Association of Maryland Inc. (CAMI)
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Find the Right COVID-19 Support
Resources for Your Business
There are numerous local and national programs for businesses in need of emergency support, but understanding which options are relevant for your organization can be a challenge.

The Maryland Business Relief Wizard is a tool that helps connect businesses with the resources and programming for which they’re eligible, streamlining the process of finding support.
Anne Arundel County Police Department
Masks Needed
Our officers have a critical need for dry cloth masks to help protect them as they keep us safe. Anne Arundel County Police Department (AACPD) is experiencing a serious shortage in their supply chain.
THIS IS A CRITICAL NEED
If you have or know of anyone who has a supply they can get to AACPD, it would be most appreciated. AACPD would also welcome those who are crafty and would like to sew masks, they also would be most appreciated.
If you can help please contact Darryl Hagner via the link below.
Remote Teleworking is the New Norm: How Do You Do It Safely & Efficiently?
Tuesday, April 21 | 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
Join the Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland for an open discussion moderated by CMC Member, Chris Barber of Cheaper Than A Geek. He will guide a conversation covering the bumps in the road that many companies are facing as we abruptly shift to a remote work environment. Workshop your cybersecurity concerns and technological difficulties with your Accredited Business peers.
Christopher Barber is the founder, CEO, and proudly proclaimed Chief Nerd at Cheaper Than A Geek®- an IT services firm specializing in helping small businesses with outsourced IT support. CTAG has a rather unusual approach to IT, and is able to provide the support of an entire IT department for companies as small as 1-10 employees. Additionally, with a fanatical emphasis on great customer service, Cheaper Than A Geek® has won a great many awards for their commitment to customer service including the Better Business Bureau’s coveted Torch Award for Marketplace Excellence. Barber has appeared in numerous publications as an authority in IT.
Scott Spedden Farmers Agency Offering Free Insurance Reviews!
A note from CMC Member Scott Spedden, Farmers Insurance:

During this difficult time through the COVID-19 pandemic, I truly hope that everyone is doing well. I understand that money is a huge concern right now. If you are interested in having your insurance reviewed, I am here to offer a free review and find if I can help save you some money. More importantly, please be safe and just reach out if you have questions.
Scott Spedden Farmers Agency
mspedden@farmersagent.com
443-718-9824
LMD Agency "Fortifying Our Front Lines"
LMD is contributing to the COVID-19 battle by Fortifying Our Front Lines. They're sending meals to the paid and volunteer staff at Laurel Volunteer Fire Department to thank them for their selfless service and make their day just a little bit easier and brighter. LMD also ordered N95 masks from a promotional supply company and hand sanitizer from a local distillery.

LMD is challenging other businesses, organizations, and individuals to #FortifyOurFrontlines!

Here's how you can help:
1. Call your local fire department, police station, or healthcare facility and ask them what they need–snacks, meals, cleaning supplies, masks, etc. Remember to ask for delivery instructions.
2. Order meals from local restaurants to help them stay in business.
3. Post your contribution on social media with #FortifyOurFrontlines to encourage others to do the same.
Howard Bank Donates More Than $100,000 as Part of its COVID-19 Relief Effort
 Howard Bank, a community-focused commercial bank serving businesses, professionals and individuals in the Greater Baltimore area, announced today that it is committing more than $100,000 to organizations in Greater Baltimore as part of its COVID-19 Relief efforts.
The organization that will receive the grants are:
  • Innovation Works, $50,000
  • Maryland Food Bank, $25,000
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital, $7,500
  • Enoch Pratt Free Library, $6,000
  • Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, $5,700
  • Anne Arundel Medical Center, $2,500 
  • University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake, $2,500
The bank will also donate $5,000 to purchase face shields that will be distributed to help hospital staff treating patients with COVID-19.
Tune In To The Washington Redskins 2020 Virtual Draft Experience
Join LIVE on social media from Thursday, April 23 to Saturday, April 25 for a 2020 Virtual Draft Experience presented by 7-Eleven!

The 2020 Virtual Draft Experience is a live stream broadcast featuring celebrity guests, influencers, Redskins coaches and current and former Redskins players such as Dwayne Haskins and Brian Mitchell just to name a few! You can also interact throughout the show for chances to win exclusive Redskins and 7-Eleven prizes!
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