April 25, 2019
Save the Date for the Chamber's 
50th Anniversary 
Signature Event
Saturday, October 5, 2019  |   6:00 PM
The Highly Anticipated CYBER CONFERENCE 2019 is on June 19th. 
Register Now.

Connect with and learn from the best and the brightest in the Cyber Security world. 

The number one attack vector for our cyber security systems has been, and more than likely will always be, our people. As technology and security improve, user awareness must also improve. Identifying insider threats, whether malicious or accidental, is a crucial part of securing an organization's systems.

Leaders must know their people, what drives them, and how to be honest with them, in order to ensure organizational loyalty, trust, and reliability.  

Howard County to get $1.2M for community development

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen have announced that Howard County will receive $1,246,937 for Community Development Block Grants program and $422,239 for the Home Investment Partnership Program (Business Monthly).

Join Delegate Courtney Watson on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. at Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City for a 2019 District 9B Session Wrap-Up. Senator Katie Fry Hester will be her special guest and they will provide highlights of the legislative session and answer questions.

Thursday, May 2nd  is the public meeting for County Executive Calvin Ball's Phase Two of the Ellicott City Safe and Sound Plan. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Howard High School, 8700 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City.

Thursday, April 25th  is the State Highway Administration's Informational Open House regarding the Route 103 Roadway Widening Project. The open house will be held at Veterans Elementary School, 4355 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City from 6 to 8 p.m..


Strategic Alliance Partner
Join us in welcoming two new members to the Chamber this week. We are happy to see them come onboard.
In honor of our 50th Anniversary Year, we will be recognizing some of our original members throughout the year in this section of the newsletter as well as some of our newest members!
The Business Monthly Celebration of the Howard County Chamber Issue

The Howard County Chamber and The Business Monthly are once again teaming up for our annual Celebration of the Chamber issue this June. The Chamber and our members will be featured along with our events, awards and special programs. The Business Monthly will be offering advertisements in the issue until May 1st. If you are interested, you can reach out to kathy@bizmonthly.com for more information.
HoCo Chamber Members Head to Portugal 

Join us for an exciting eight day trip to explore and discover Portugal this fall. 

For more information about our 2019 Chamber Trip  please call Kristi Simon at 410-730-4111 or email her at  ksimon@howardchamber.com .  


Howard Tech Council: HTC FA$T Panel, Start-Ups to Small Business A Funding Source Spectrum

The need for financing and the difficulty of getting it from conventional sources has led to a much wider spectrum of financing possibilities than was previously available; ranging from government grants and loans, traditional banks, factoring and invoice loans. Our panel of experts will detail the advantages and disadvantages and share some important factors to consider with ANY form of funding, including time invested and timing for you, the complexity of these types of funding and the cost to you. 

April 30, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship
9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia, MD 21045

Join us for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Northrop Realty

Meet the Northrop Realty team and see their new location.

May 2, 2019, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Northrop Realty
10065 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD
National Small Business Week Virtual Conference

The U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE will host a FREE 2-Day Virtual Conference during National Small Business Week. Attend this live online conference to learn new business strategies, meet other business owners and chat with industry experts

May 7-8, 2019 | 11:00 am-5:30 pm ET

Planet Health 360 Ribbon Cutting is coming... 

Come out and meet one of the Chambers newest members and learn about their "urgent care and more," facilities.

May 13, 2019
Planet Health 360
7310 Elkridge Court, 3A
Elkridge, MD 21075

The Howard County Community College Center for Entrepreneurial & Business Excellence is celebrating student entrepreneurship. You are invited to join us for some light refreshments, networking and presentation to the award winners.

May 8, 2019, 5:30-8:30 PM
Howard Community College
Student Services Hall, 4th Floor

RSVP to  cebe@howardcc.edu
Howard Community College (HCC) Launches Maryland's First Construction Management Apprenticeship Program

To meet the growing demand for employees in the construction management industry, Howard Community College (HCC) will offer Maryland's first  Construction Management Apprenticeship Program . The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation recently approved HCC as a registered apprenticeship sponsor for the new program, which will launch this summer. Chamber member Impact Marketing & Public Relations consulted with HCC on the communications plan to get the word out.
Apprenticeship Maryland

When your business participates in the 
Apprenticeship Maryland program, y ou get a chance to cultivate a highly trained 
workforce and help 12th grade students to begin their careers in high-demand fields.

Apprenticeship Maryland is an incredibl e
opportunity to have a positive impact on the
career development of qualified students, and  your company bottom line. Benefits of participation in the program include:
  • Streamlined Recruiting
  • Trained potential Full-Time Employees
  • Improved Retention
Eye on the Economy: An Interactive Look at Maryland and the Regional Economy in March 2019

The most recent jobs report showed that between February and March, Maryland gained 3,100 Total Nonfarm positions, including 2,900 Total Private jobs and 200 Government jobs.

* Maryland's greatest employment gains were in the Education and Health Services sector with an increase of 2,800 jobs, followed by the Financial Activities sector with 2,500 jobs.
* The unemployment rate for Maryland was 3.8 percent in March, up slightly from 3.7 percent in February.

Read more at Towson University's Regional Economic Studies Institute website.

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