May 3, 2018
Beating the Heat with YPN at our May Mixer

There is no place we would rather have been last night than at the Young Professionals Network Mixer at La Palapa in Old Ellicott City.  The temps were scorching outside, but everyone stayed cool thanks to some A.C. and margaritas. Great connections were also made!

Thank you to everyone who came to mix and mingle with Howard County's hottest networking group for young professionals and a special thank you to La Palapa for hosting! 

You can read a lot more about the Young Professionals Network and check out their upcoming events, including the next YPN Mixer which will be held at Ten.M.Flats.,  here.
Howard Chamber Discusses Global Trade with Senator Ben Cardin

Howard County Chamber President Leonardo McClarty was part of a Global Chamber Meeting with Senator Ben Cardin this week which also included representatives from Senator Chris Van Hollen and Secretary Gill's offices as well as the Mid Atlantic Hispanic Chamber and the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland. The group discussed everything from NAFTA, to steel tariffs, to Chinese business practices and how all of these issues impact Maryland.
First Regional Economic Forum a Smash Hit

We took a risk by changing up the format for our annual Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast choosing to hold our first ever Regional Economic Forum with Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman, Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh and Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and we could not have been happier with the results. 

Know Someone Who Deserves an Award for Chamber Excellence?

It's that time of year again! If you know someone who deserves recognition for all their hard work, nominate them for our 2018 Awards for Chamber Excellence in the categories of Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and GovConnects Business of the Year.

You can read all of the nomination rules and find the application form here. ACE Nominations must be received by Wednesday, August 1st and should be send to Kristi Simon by email at or by mail at 6240 Old Dobbin Lane, Suite 110, Columbia, MD 21045.

May 24 - GovConnects BizBreakfast - Education Consortium

May 31 - Business After Business with the Asian American Chamber of Commerce
The Howard Hughes Corporation Breaks Ground on New Office Building in Merriweather District 

Governor Larry Hogan, Chamber President Leonardo McClarty and The Howard Hughes Corporation CEO David Weinreb were just a few of the elected officials and community leaders who gathered earlier this week for the official groundbreaking of a new office building in the Merriweather District that will serve as the new headquarters for Tenable Inc.

Horizon Foundation's Open Streets Howard County 

Join The Horizon Foundation for the Opening Ceremony of Open Streets Howard County, an opportunity to see how better street design can make our community more bikeable and walkable.

May 5, 2018 - 1 - 4 p.m.
Long Reach High School
6101 Old Dobbin Lane
Columbia, MD 21045
Main Event Ribbon Cutting

The Main Event Entertainment Center at the Mall in Columbia will be having a ribbon cutting ceremony next month!

May 8, 2018 - 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Main Event Columbia
10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy #2520
Columbia, MD 21044

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HCC Spring Entrepreneurial Celebration

Join Howard Community College for the Spring 2018 Entrepreneurial Celebration featuring the Rocket Marketing Competition.

May 8, 2018 - 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The Rouse Company Foundation
Student Services Hall, 4th Floor
United Way Walk a Mile

Join the United Way of Central Maryland for an opportunity to participate in their "Walk a Mile" experience in Howard County. Throughout the experience, participants play the role of a family member who is struggling to make ends meet. 

May 11, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Howard County General Hospital - Wellness Center
10710 Charter Dr., Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21044

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7th Annual Power of the Purse

We are once again a proud drop off location for the Annual Power of the Purse! We will be collecting new, gently used, vintage and designer handbags for the Power of the Purse Sale and Silent Auction on June 11th benefiting Blossoms of Hope.

June 11, 2018 - 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom by Fretz
9204 Berger Road
Columbia, MD 21044

We are so proud to welcome the following new Chamber members this week!
Happy Anniversary!!!

The following organizations joined the HCCC this week in history!
  • Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, LLC - 23 Years
  • Merritt Properties, LLC - 17 Years
  • Baltimore Business Journal - 16 Years
  • BECO Management, Inc. - 8 Years
  • Ironmark - 4 Years
HCPSS Hosts First Meeting of Superintendent's Program Innovation Advisory Board

Last week Howard County Public School System Interim Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano met with the new Superintendent's Program Innovation Advisory Board, comprising local businesses, non-profit and government organization representatives including Chamber President Leonardo McClarty and Chamber Board Chair Jeff Agnor, looking to support opportunities for HCPSS staff and students. 
Every Voice Counts Transportation Academy

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board's Public Advisory Committee and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council are looking for area residents, emerging community leaders and non-traditionally engaged participants to learn how to make their voices heard when community transportation decisions are made.

May 5, 2018 - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Impact Hub Baltimore

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Ellicott City Watershed Master Plan Draft Plan Open House

A Draft Plan Open House for the Ellicott City Watershed Master Plan is being held later this month so that the public can learn more about the draft plan and provide input.

May 24, 2018 - 4 - 8 p.m.
Roger Carter Community Center

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Join a Committee at the Howard County Chamber of Commerce

Interested in getting more involved with the Chamber? 

Sign up today for any of the following committees:
  • Ambassadors
  • GovConnects
  • Holiday Party
  • Legislative
  • Membership
  • Signature Events
  • YPN

Contact to join a Howard County Chamber of Commerce Committee today!   

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