June 14, 2018
Early Voting Starts Today!

We take our role as the voice of business very seriously, which includes keeping you, our members, informed about where the candidates running for elected office stand on issues affecting the business community and Howard County as a whole.

Early voting starts today, June 14th, and will continue through June 21st, ahead of election day on June 26th. You can find more information about the primary elections here.

In order to help you make informed decisions on the candidates running for office, we sent questionnaires to anyone who is officially running for Howard County Executive, County Council, the General Assembly and the Board of Education. The questionnaires cover a range of issues affecting Howard County's businesses and residents. You can read responses from each of the candidates who returned the questionnaires using the links below.
Legislative Affairs Committee Meeting

At this week's monthly Legislative Affairs Committee meeting, the committee was joined by representatives from Kimco. Greg Reed, Kimco's Vice President of Development, walked the committee through a look at some of the properties the company has already redeveloped in Howard County, including the Wilde Lake Village Center. Reed also spoke about the long and complicated process of village center redevelopment, including the current wait on a new Zoning Board to take up the issue of the Hickory Ridge Village Center in 2019. 
First International Business Networking Event a Big Success!

Thank you to everyone who joined us at this week's first ever Howard County International Business Networking event in partnership with the Indian Origin Network of Howard County and the Howard County Muslim Council. We also want to extend a special thank you to Kavita Verma, Director of Recruitment & Location Services for the Maryland Department of Commerce for speaking at the event.

Historic Ellicott City Businesses and Residents in Need of Volunteer Contractors

We are continuing to work with our members and community partners to do what we can to aid the relief efforts for the people and businesses of Historic Ellicott City.
  • The Ellicott City Partnership is accepting donations to support relief and recovery efforts. The ECP is working to asses the situation and begin to get assistance where it is most needed.
  • The Community Foundation of Howard County has established the HoCo Relief Fund to help address needs in the aftermath of the May 27, 2018 Flash Flood. The Relief Fund is currently providing assistance to community members impacted by the flood.
  • The Horizon Foundation is making two grants to aid in recovery efforts and ensure the availability of mental health services.
  • If you are a business with spare office, storage or retail space that a dislocated business could use, please email ksimon@howardchamber.com with the location, amount of space available and how long it will be available. 
  • Lastly, the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation is encouraging people whose real property has been damaged by the flooding to contact them as they may qualify to have their property assessments reduced. You can find more information at SDAT's website here.
Time is Running Out to Sign Up for Iceland!

Dozens of your fellow Chamber members have already signed up to travel to Iceland this October, but there are still a few spots remaining. Join us for the trip of a lifetime to the land of geysers, glaciers, volcanoes and rich history from October 11-17th. 

For more information about the Iceland Trip, head to www.howardchamber.com/chamber-travel/.
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 ksimon@howardchamber.com or by mail at 6240 Old Dobbin Lane, Suite 110, Columbia, MD 21045.
Lots of Good Information at Today's 'Lunch and Learn'

Thank you to everyone who turned out for today's Lunch and Learn with Visit Howard County! Attendees lunched at Turf Valley and were treated to a Networking Seminar from Tracey Millings, founder of G.R.O.W. By Networking, and Howard County 101 and Facebook Ads 101, facilitated by Amanda Hof, Interim Executive Director of Visit Howard County.
Join us at 'The Longest Table'!

The Chamber is once again a proud partner with the Choose Civility program for their annual event, "The Longest Table" which helps people build new relationships and talk about the future of our community over a shared meal.

June 16, 2018 - 6 - 7:30 PM
Howard Community College
Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044

Ribbon Cutting Set for Cravin' Food!

Join us for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with one of our newest members, Cravin' Food!

June 21, 2018 - 3 - 4 PM
Cravin' Food
7090 Deepage Drive
Columbia, MD 21045

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Congratulations to the Winners of The Daily Record's 2018 Reader Rankings

We know our members are great, and The Daily Record's readers do too! Congratulations to Dembo Jones, PC, Hertzbach & Co., P.A., Howard Bank, M&T Bank, PNC Bank, DP Solutions, Edwards Performance Solutions, McFarlin Insurance Agency, LLP, Loyola University Maryland, Live! Casino and Hotel, The Classic Catering People, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Turf Valley Resort, Terri L. Hill, M.D., P.A., CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Merritt Properties and St. John Properties who have all made The Daily Record's 2018 Reader Rankings. 

Columbia Association Seeking Audit Committee Member

Columbia Association's Board of Directors is seeking a stakeholder of the Columbia community with substantial financial expertise to serve as a voting member of Columbia Association's Audit Committee.


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!
  • Gilchirst - Hospice Care - 16 Years
  • Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults - 16 Years
  • Success in Style - 13 Years
  • APL Federal Credit Union - 12 Years
  • Leach Wallace Associates, Inc. - 12 Years
  • The Iron Bridge Wine Company - 12 Years
  • ADG Creative - 8 Years
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - 8 Years
Greenfield Partners Has Sold Another Property

The Daily Record is reporting that Greenfield Partners LLC has just announced the sale of a two-building flex/office portfolio at 9151 Rumsey Road and 9130 Red Branch Road.

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 info@howardchamber.com to join a Howard County Chamber of Commerce Committee today!   

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