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October 26, 2018
Leading Transportation Advocacy
Expanding Capacity on MD 295
As the heat map above shows, the Central Maryland Chamber (CMC) is Maryland's Route 295 Corridor Chamber. As a result, we need to assure that the 295 Corridor is working for you and not hindering your business growth!

In a recent Maryland Matters article, John B. Townsend II, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Manager of Public and Government Affairs, stated: “As much as people are loath to admit it, the congestion in Maryland has limited economic development in the state. And [it has] impacted the quality of life because of the amount of hours — more than 80 hours a year [on average] — we spend being stuck in traffic.” 

The Central Maryland Chamber agrees that transportation capacity is a key issue holding back the full potential of our business eco-system. As a result, the CMC submitted the letter below to members of Maryland’s federal delegation. 

We hope you will all join the effort to encourage our federal representatives to make sure the federal portion of MD295 is transferred to Maryland so our State Government can begin the process of adding the additional lanes we need to have adequate traffic flow and maintain the workforce we need to make this region flourish!
2018 Signature Event
LAST WEEK TO REGISTER!
 
Economic Forecast Luncheon

The Stock Market lost more than 1,300 points in two days in mid-October! What does that mean for your business? How will the business climate be impacted?

The Economic Forecast Luncheon has the answers for you! This will be the premiere event to learn about economic growth and trends on both the national and state level.

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!
Business Roundtable
County Executive Steve Schuh
Tuesday, October 30th | 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Chamber Conference Room in Odenton
Anne Arundel County Executive Schuh will be conducting a business roundtable. This is your opportunity to engage the County Executive on his efforts to support our business community, advance your business needs, and learn about his vision for the future!

If you would like to participate please email CMC President Raj Kudchad kar at: Raj@CentralMarylandChamber.org. ** ONLY FOUR SLOTS LEFT! **
Tipton Airport: A Regional Economic Asset Opportunities & Expansion Conversation
Presented by the Regional Economic Development Committee

Tuesday, November 13th | 8:00am-10:00am
Leverage this important regional asset for your business...

* Did you know Tipton is open to anyone?
* Why is this airport complex important to our economy?
* How can you better move your people and products around?
* What marketing and growth opportunities are you missing?

Join us for a great panel of speakers presenting on the history of the airport, the upcoming proposed expansion, and real examples of how businesses are benefiting from Tipton. A Q&A session will follow so you can best understand how to tap into this growing regional asset!

FREE for Chamber Members
$10 for Future Chamber Members

Coffee and a light breakfast will be provided.
Regional Economic Development
You Need to Join the Chamber's Newest Committee!
Purpose/Mission:
The Regional Economic Development Committee (rEDC) helps chamber members grow their businesses by leveraging regional assets to create more prosperous opportunities.

We do so in three themes:
·          Inform – educating members on regional economic trends, programs and resources
·          Connect – identifying opportunities and fostering relationships across localities
·          Promote – strengthening existing and new assets vital to regional growth

Current Pursuits:
1.       Connect members to resources on regional topics (transportation, workforce, etc.) by highlighting in weekly e-newsletters and posting to chamber website
2.       Host 2-3 interactive events per year that focuses on a regional asset (first will be Tipton Airport November 2018)
3.       Explore ways to encourage regional growth and improve quality of business/life

Committee Meetings:
2nd Tuesday of every month from 9:00-10:30am at the CMC conference room in Odenton

This dynamic committee is new to the chamber and open to all members to participate. For more information and/or join the committee please contact rEDC Chair Jonathan Williams at jonathan@realprojectives.com
New Howard County Innovation Center
Wall Breaking Ceremony
The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) recently held a ceremonial wall breaking to kick off construction of the new Howard County Innovation Center at 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive. It was also announced at the event that The MITRE Corporation has signed a MOU to support an innovative big data and software lab, called “The Viking Lab”, in the center.
Laurel Named a Main Street City!
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4 Reasons Why Healthcare Providers Should Update HIPAA Security Assessments Now
While the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has been in place for years, healthcare providers are still debating their need for compliance. One pervasive misconception is that conducting a HIPAA security risk analysis is optional for small providers. The fact is that every health practice is subject to HIPAA security compliance, including regular assessments of security risk. Here are four compelling reasons to update your HIPAA security practices, sooner rather than later.

1.     Healthcare Data is Under Attack  Security experts report , that healthcare has overtaken financial services as hackers’ number one target. As the dark web’s exploitation of healthcare data grows in scale and velocity, attacks on poorly prepared providers will only continue to worsen.
2.     Providers Don’t Update  Price Waterhouse Coopers named cybersecurity to their  top ten list of issues the healthcare industry must address. Healthcare’s investment in data and technology protection has not kept pace with increasing cyber-risk. Not surprisingly, smaller organizations are most in need of cybersecurity updates.
3.     Compliance Isn’t Optional  Historically, small to mid-size organizations have avoided the scrutiny of HIPAA’s primary enforcer: the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR). This has changed with new rulings on OCR authority, however. Healthcare legal specialist  Lowenstein Sandler  warns that OCR has amped up its resolve to enforce regulatory compliance at every level. Audits are on the rise and the number of fines is escalating. OCR has issued a  statement  warning that “every covered entity…is eligible for an audit,” thus, Lowenstein Sandler recommends all who are subject to HIPAA laws to “revisit their compliance policies before they receive an OCR letter.”
4.     The Public is Watching  Consumer Reports lists  secure technology as one of the top ten factors consumers should consider when choosing a healthcare provider and  40% of consumers  surveyed indicate they would hesitate using or abandon a health organization that experiences a data breach. HIPAA security compliance reassures patients that your organization can be trusted to keep medical data private and IoT-enabled medical devices safe from malicious access.

Ultimately, maintaining compliance makes your health-related business more competitive, and through upgraded practices and technology, more efficient and productive; it also benefits everyone who’s connected with it, including patients, partners and employees. Find complete compliance information at the  HHS.gov website .

For further information or a free consultation on HIPAA Security, please contact:

Sunil Raina
TeamLogic IT of Ellicott City & BWI, MD
443-574-7280/7281
www.teamlogicit.com/ellicottcitymd006/
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Chamber members are encouraged to share news and information in the Chamber’s weekly newsletter. Newsworthy articles are included for FREE! Simply email your article to Info@CentralMarylandChamber.org .
The Holiday Mixer is Coming!
Save-the-Date
Wednesday, Dec. 5th | 5:30PM
Relocation and Business Guide

The Central Maryland Chamber's new Relocation and Business Guide is officially out!

This beautiful publication is a premier source for information on our region and all the businesses in the chamber.

Copies of the guide will be mailed and hand delivered to all members in the chamber. In addition, over 3,500 copies will be disseminated throughout our communities and placed at key locations.

Not only is this guide a great resource on amenities and a wonderful way for us to showcase your business, but you can also use it to meet your business-to-business needs.

We encourage you to stop by the chamber offices for additional copies. There is also a digital copy you can use and share with your network!
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Employer-to-Employee 
Greater Voter Turnout by Businesses

 The political season is in full swing and we want to capitalize on the importance of employer-to-employee (E2E) communication within our business community to encourage greater voter turnout!

Employees trust the information they receive from their employers – in fact 65% of them are more likely to vote based on the information received from their employers . Here are a few tools you can use:
 
  • Vote for Jobs website allows individuals to register to vote, check their registration status, learn about absentee ballots and early voting, and find their polling location
 
 
By taking part in the political process, you can help to elect officials who will go get things done in support of pro-growth policies that promote opportunity and job creation!
 
**Early Voting starts October 25th and goes to Nov. 1, 2018**
A re you interested in government policy and legislation that can impact your business? If so, you should consider joining the chamber's Legislative Council , which sets the chamber's legislative advocacy initiatives. Just email Raj@CentralMarylandChamber.org to inquire about joining or for more details .
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