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November 22, 2019
2019 Holiday Mixer & Silent Auction
**Register TODAY**
Wednesday, December 4th | 5:30PM - 7:30PM
The CMC partners with the BWCC Foundation to hold a silent auction to raise funds for college scholarships that are awarded to seniors in high schools throughout Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties.
If you would like to make a donation for the
2019 Silent Auction, please click the button below.
Thank you, in advance, for supporting a fantastic cause!
The BWCC Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. Tax ID No.: 52-125-6069
The deadline to to donate an item or certificate is November 27, 2019.
Women Mean Business
Holiday Get Together
Wednesday, December 18th | 11:30AM
Join us for a special Holiday Get Together on Wednesday, December 18th at 11:30 AM. We will be decorating Gingerbread houses. Please bring a candy decoration to share with the group (M&M's, starlight mints, Skittles, etc.). We will also have a White Elephant gift exchange - bring a wrapped gift valued at $10. Space is limited, so please register early.

  REGISTRATION MUST BE RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 13th to ensure enough gingerbread houses are purchased and are ready to be decorated.
Technical Training Classroom
Federal Contracting 101
Tuesday, November 26th | 2:00PM - 4:00PM | Crownsville, MD
Are you interested in obtaining Federal contracts? If so, join us for a basic overview of the federal procurement (aquisition) process. Over $30 billion in federal contracts were performed in Maryland last year. Learn the what, the how, and the who of the federal marketplace. Hear about the resources available to guide and support your efforts so you can compete with greater confidence in the federal arena.

Our special guest is Helga Weschke, Director of Federal Business Relations in the Office of Military & Federal Affairs at the Maryland Department of Commerce.

Who should attend? Small, minority, women, and veteran business owners interested in learning more about how to navigate the federal procurement system.
Free to attend.
Energy Co-op – Does it Work?
The Energy Co-op program, a members only benefit, saves members money on their utility bill through the process of aggregated buying pools. Unlike programs offered through mail, phone or door to door sales, the Energy co-op program obtains the most competitive rates by combining usage from members in over twenty Chambers of Commerce. Rates obtained are lower than what an individual can obtain on their own. The program is available for members with commercial and residential utility bills. It is also available for member’s family and staff. Aggregated buying pools are created each month, but the two major campaigns are spring and fall. The recent fall campaign just concluded, and the combined savings was $889,547.26 annually for the next three years. Does the energy co-op program work? You bet it does! For more information call CQI Associates representative Joe Tabeling at 443-472-3870 or email joe@cqiassocitaes.com.
Host a Board of Directors Meeting!
The Board of Directors for the Central Maryland Chamber meets the 4th Tuesday of each month from 8:30 am-10:30 am throughout the region. The CMC Board moves its meetings around because it wants to learn about all the amazing businesses in the chamber. As a host, your business will get an opportunity to brief the CMC Board on your business. We have a large and well-connected board, so this is a great way to get exposure for your business! We are currently looking for 2020 hosts. Send us an email for further details: info@CentralMarylandChamber.org
Military Appreciation Night
Maryland Black Bears
Saturday, December 7th | 7:45PM
The Maryland Black Bears (MBB) honor and celebrate those who serve America through participation in events on base at Fort Meade and with discounts for every home game. On one night each season, the MBB focus on highlighting active duty, reserve & guard forces, veterans and retirees in Central Maryland so MBB, fans, and sponsors can show sincere appreciation. 

Via fundraising among MBB fans and sponsors, they look to distribute up to 100 free “Seats for Soldiers, distributed by Fort Meade’s MWR. The tickets include an exclusive, limited edition coin designed for the occasion.  

Pre-game features a color guard representing all branches of the services and National Anthem singer from the Army. Additionally, MBB invite both teams and active, reserve, guard and retired personnel to join them on ice to hold the 15’x25’ American Flag on Center Ice during the singing of the National Anthem. The Star Spangle Banner will be sung by a selected service member. 

Monies raised through a portion of ticket sales, specialty jersey auctions, in-game fundraising and sponsorships will be donated to USO Metro. MBB's goal is to raise $5,000. Currently, they're at $3,500. 

If you would like to help MBB meet their goal towards $5,000, you can sponsor Seats for Soldiers for as little as $25 or a company sponsorship for as low as $500. If interested please contact Harrison Hascoe at 917-583-6523.
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Upcoming Events

Holiday Mixer
Wednesday, December 4

Women Mean Business
Wednesday, December 18

rEDC Apprenticeship Forum
Tuesday, January 14
Committee Meetings 

Board of Directors
Tuesday, November 26th at 8:30 am

Small Business Committee
Tuesday, December 3rd at 9:00 am

Regional Economic Development
Tuesday, December 10, 9:00 am
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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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