May 16, 2019
Save the Date for the Chamber's 
50th Anniversary   Signature Event
Saturday, October 5, 2019  |   6:00 PM

The Maryland Public Policy Institute and the University of Baltimore's Jacob France Institute have partnered to bring back the Maryland Business Climate Survey. This Pilot Survey, conducted at the close of 2017 and start of 2018, is the first in what is a quarterly survey on the performance of the state's economy and business perceptions on Maryland as a place to do business. The goal of the survey is to provide timely data on the performance and direction of the state's economy. 

Join us for a discussion of the survey and the potential opportunities represented by it's results.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019    |  8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists 
9705 Patuxent Woods Drive 
Columbia, MD 21046
2019 CYBER CONFERENCE June 19th.  R egister Early.

Connect with and learn at this one day Cyber event.

In today's business environment, containers and microservices have enabled organizations to meet constantly changing and increasing demand, but they have also changed the very nature of the network. Further, the near-ubiquity of mobile computing and the adoption of software defined networking (SDN) have pushed the network edge beyond previous limits, forcing organizations to rethink what the network is. The trouble is, some organizations are not rethinking how to secure this "new network," and old network security solutions are leaving companies vulnerable.

Visibility, control, security, and maintaining governance and compliance are all critical for managing your infrastructure - for virtual networking and operations. However, these are becoming more difficult and time consuming as your infrastructure evolves to a mix of bare metal, virtual, cloud, and container environments. How can you maintain security, governance, compliance and reduce risk amid this growing complexity?

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!
Howard Chamber President Receives Award

Howard County Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, Leonardo McClarty, was recently awarded the Robert L. Clay Sr. Business Award by the Howard County Chapter of the NAACP at their annual Freedom Fund breakfast. 
Howard County Chamber set to take Inaugural Intercity Visit

The Howard County Chamber is planning to embark upon an Intercity Leadership Visit in 2019. In spearheading an intercity visit, the Howard County Chamber will take approximately 20-30 business and civic leaders alongside County Executive Calvin Ball and elected and appointed officials to Somerset County, NJ to study best practices in economic and community development, flood mitigation, and environmental stewardship.  Click here for details and to register.
Ribbon Cutting at Planet Health 360

The Chamber joined the Planet Health 360 team for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday.

Congratulations to the Planet Health 360 team.

Chamber Members Recognized as Influential Marylanders

Several Howard Chamber members were recently recognized by The Daily Record as 2019 Influential Marylanders. 

Congratulations to:
  • Creig Northrop, CEO & President, Northrop Realty
  • Mary McLaughlin, Senior VIce President, Comcast
  • Christopher Holt - Regional President, BBT
  • Brian Pieninck - President & CEO, Carefirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Charles Monk - Saul Ewing, Arnstein & Lehr
  • Allan Riorda - Principal & President, Lee @ Associates
  • Ralph Semmel - Director, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

The Howard County Office of Purchasing will be hosting a Minority & Local Business Certification Workshop..
This workshop will feature presenters from Howard County Office of Purchasing and Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA), who will share information on the Equal Business Opportunity (EBO) Program, Local Business Initiative, Howard County procurement process, and information on business development incentives and resources within Howard County.

For more information or call 410-313-6370

Tuesday, June 04, 2019  |  1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 
Howard County Library
Miller Branch, Ellicott Room 
9421 Frederick Rd, 
Ellicott City, MD 21042. 
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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