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March 13, 2020
Chamber Events Update
The Chamber is monitoring the situation as it develops and working with our partners to stay up to date. This is fluid situation and decisions related to specific events, functionality, etc. will be made on a case by case basis. 
As of March 13th, our Small Business Seminar and Membership 101 scheduled for next week, the 18th and 19th respectively, have been POSTPONED.
If you have any questions regarding any upcoming events or meetings, please contact the chamber by email at or phone at (410) 672-3422.
2020 Spirit of Community Awards
The Central Maryland Chamber is postponing our Community Awards from March 30, 20 20 to June 8, 2020
at Live! Casino & Hotel .

Our public servants are working hard to keep our communities safe and healthy during these uncertain times; therefore we do not want to distract from their current mission. We have decided that we will be postponing our Spirit of Community Awards Dinner to June 8th, from 6 – 9 PM so we can celebrate our public servants in the magnitude they deserve.

We will transfer all tickets to the new date. Please communicate with our office if this change will impact your participation.

We appreciate your cooperation and your understanding and hope that you will join us on June 8th to celebrate the stars of our community!
Employee Workplace Guidance and Checklist for COVID-19
There are pro-active and simple ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your workplace.  The low-cost measures below will help prevent the spread of infections in your office areas, such as colds, flu and stomach bugs and protect your customers, contractors and employees.
  • Wipe down all workstation surfaces and other frequently touched surfaces (desks/tables/doorknobs) and objects (telephones, keyboards) with disinfectant wipes daily.   
  • Use hand sanitizer and replace and/or refill as needed.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly and encourage customers to do the same.
  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them. Turn the water off using the towel you used to dry your hands.
  • Practice good respiratory hygiene.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Avoid touching your face and eyes.
  • Use paper tissues and dispose in trash cans.
  • Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do not recommend that the general public wear masks of any kind if not sick. 
  • Stay home if you are sick with a mild cough or low-grade fever. 
  • You should also consider staying home (or working from home) if you have had to take simple medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen or aspirin, which may mask symptoms of a fever.
Did You Know?
Apprenticeships in Maryland have adapted to address non-trades workers too ! The Regional Economic Development Committee held an Apprenticeship Forum at Howard Community College on January 14th. After a brief overview of the Maryland Registered Apprenticeship program, several regional businesses, including Zest Communications, Humanim and Nestle Dreyer’s Ice Cream, presented real-life examples on how they are utilizing apprenticeships for hiring and retaining creative digital designers, health care workers, and plant production staff and leaders. And the approximately 20 attendees learned how to capture significant financial and tax incentives made possible through the Maryland Department of Labor.

Interested in starting an apprenticeship program to help your business grow and thrive? Not sure if an apprenticeship could be right for your business? The CMC is ready to connect you to the right partner resource to answer your questions and help you get started.
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Committee Meetings 

Business Connections Network #2
Tuesday, March 17th at 8:30am

Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, March 24th at 8:30am

Business Connections Network #4
Thursday, March 26th at 9:30am
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