Chamber Connections  
January 26, 2018
The Voice For Your Business Interests

In 2018, the CMC aims to be the catalyst for your business success! A primary goal of the CMC is to facilitate the growth of your business and help our region thrive. We accomplish this by following four core strategies: Promote, Inform, Connect, and…

As a recognized voice of the region on issues like development, infrastructure investments, transportation, and workforce needs, the CMC is an active advocate for area business interests. As one of the few chambers that advocates at the local, state, and federal levels, the CMC is protecting your interests at all levels of government.  

The legislative session in Annapolis has just begun, so the CMC is now very focused on state level actions effecting your business. The CMC’s Legislative Committee annually reviews more than 50 bills and advocates on the 10-20 bills that will have the most impact on your business.  

We are working hard to delay implementation of the Paid Sick Mandate in order to give you sufficient time to position your business for full compliance. We are also monitoring several bills such as Minimum Wage Increase and Restrictive Scheduling. As session progresses, we will provide regular updates on our advocacy efforts!

We are here to advocate for your business interests, so please stay engaged and reach out to me directly ( ) if there are particular bills or issues you want the CMC to address.

I look forward to a successful 2018 legislative session!

Your partnership is greatly appreciated,
Raj Kudchadkar, Esq, MPP
President and CEO
Central Maryland Chamber
Ribbon Cutting
Cornerstone Defense
Wednesday, January 31st- 9:00am
1743 Dorsey Road, Suite 106, Hanover MD 21076

You are invited to help us welcome the Cornerstone Defense team and celebrate the opening of their new Maryland headquarters. 

About Cornerstone Defense:
Cornerstone Defense is a Small Business servicing the Intelligence, Defense and Space communities of the US government. Cornerstone's advanced capabilities in service delivery begins with its employees. By hiring the absolute best, Cornerstone is able to assist the integrator community clientele with the ability to deliver cutting edge capabilities that support Mission Critical objectives.
Building the Base- Receive a $25 Gift Certificate!

The CMC has a new "Recruit a Member" Program to help build and strengthen our chamber network. The program rewards members who recruit a business to join the chamber, with the choice of a $25 gift card from any of the chamber partners listed below. 
SCORE is looking for the best small businesses in America! SCORE celebrates top-notch businesses through the American Small Business Championship and the SCORE Awards.This is your chance to share your story and be rewarded with one of three $15,000 grand prizes. 
Tropical Smoothie Cafe Opens in Glen Burnie

It was a chilly, but delicious welcome for Sandip Patel and his team Friday morning as we cut the ribbon to officially mark the grand opening of the Tropical Smoothie Cafe, located at 6710 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie Maryland. Open 7am-9:00pm. Stop by for breakfast or lunch.
Maryland Department of Commerce Seeks Input

It's 2018 and the Maryland Department of Commerce is entering the third year of its "Best is the Standard" strategic plan. They are seeking input to gauge how they are doing at Commerce, and throughout Maryland government as a whole. 

If you haven't already responded, they would appreciate your completion of this short stakeholder survey by Wednesday, February 7. The survey is 13 questions and should take you less than five minutes to complete.
Multi-Chamber Power Networking Breakfast
Thursday, February 8th- 7:30AM
La Fontaine Bleu

1st Multi-Chamber Event of the Year! Make valuable connections while promoting your business to members of other Chambers and organizations.
  • Speed-Networking with 90-second small group introductions and four table rotations.
  • Buffet breakfast, literature display table and door prizes.
  • $30/members prepaid; $35/members Walk-ins, and $45 Non-members.

Bring lots of business cards and other information to distribute.
Breakfast: Fort Meade & The Future
Thursday, February 22nd- 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

The Central Maryland Chamber's Military Affairs Committee is hosting Col. Thomas Rickard, Garrison Commander, for an introduction to Fort Meade. Come learn more about our region's largest employer, how it impacts the regional business community, and expected future growth.

• 8:00am - Registration and Networking
• 8:30am - Breakfast Served
• 9:00am - Main Program 
Please register by February 16th. Space is limited!
Live! Casino & Hotel to Hold Career Fair
Friday, February 2nd- 5:00-9:00PM

Live! Casino & Hotel is hosting a career fair at the Live! Recruitment Center, located inside the Arundel Mills Mall next to Burlington. Join them to learn about the 500+ positions they are filling. Click here for more information.
RSA Conference’s Innovation Sandbox

Looking to take your cyber startup to the next level? Consider entering the RSAC Innovation Sandbox Contest, which showcases emerging cybersecurity companies. It’s fertile ground for growing your business and attracting funding. Consider, for example, RedOwl – in the year after winning the Innovation Sandbox at RSAC 2014, the Maryland company landed $21.6 million in investments.

Think your company has what it takes? Check out the contest rules and submit an online application here . Deadline to apply is Friday, February 9. 
Member Anniversaries
26 Years
Capital Gazette

23 Years
School Mart

20 Years
Arundel Mills
Whitehouse Caterers at Overhills Mansion

15 Years
Payroll Network

14 Years
Klein Enterprises

12 Years
M&T Bank

11 Years
Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland

10 Years
Laurel KIA
Washington Overhead Door, Inc.

9 Years
Blumenthal, Delavan, Powers and Palmer, P.A.
SERVPRO of Crofton/Odenton/Severn
8 Years
Money One Federal Credit Union

6 Years
Maryland Tech Council

5 Years
Forbes Printing & Marketing Services

4 Years
United Way of Central Maryland

3 Years
American Cancer Society- Relay for Life
Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc.
Two Rivers

2 Years
AP Corp
Maryland Transit Authority
Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 31st

Wednesday, February 7th

Thursday, February 8th

Thursday, February 15th

Wednesday, February 21st

Thursday, February 22nd

Thursday, February 22nd
Committee Meetings

Odenton Action Coalition
Thursday, February 1st | 9:00AM
Chamber Conference Room- Odenton

Small Business Committee
Tuesday, February 6th | 9:00AM
Chamber Conference Room- Odenton

Military Affairs Committee
Thursday, February 8th | 9:00AM
Chamber Conference Room- Odenton
Thank you to our 2018 Corporate Trustees!
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