November 15, 2018
Salute to Veterans Luncheon Recap

Before getting into the meat of today's presentation from Lt. Col. Allan Floyd, we want to sincerely thank everyone who braved the elements today to help us salute our veterans. 

After a brief welcome from Chamber President Leonardo McClarty, Lisa Terry, from the  Howard County Office of Veterans and Military Families, spoke about the work their office does on behalf of veterans and military families and the ways people looking to help, can offer assistance. 
Then LaTara Harris, Regional Director from Premier Sponsor, AT&T, spoke about her early life as a military child, and how thankful she is for those experiences. She also talked about AT&T's commitment to hiring veterans before introducing Lt. Col. Allan Floyd, Deputy Garrison Commander for Transformation at Ft. Meade. 

Lt. Col. Floyd gave attendees a summary of the projects currently underway at the installation including large infrastructure plans. Lt. Col. Floyd also talked in depth about the priorities for the installation over the next few years. The highest priorities include further securing the installation, and providing for and attracting the best talent. 
When asked what support the business community could offer to Ft. Meade, Lt. Col. Floyd said that they would always like to be able to offer more family services and support and could see partnerships to provide more childcare and other assistance for families of service members. 

As has become our tradition, all veterans in attendance gathered to take a photo together at the end of the luncheon. We thank them all for their service.
First Ever New Elected Officials Breakfast

Howard County will have a new County Executive and entirely new County Council following this week's election and we have decided to hold our first ever New Elected Officials Breakfast to help our members get to know the men and women who will help shape our county in the coming years.

December 4, 2018 - 8 - 9:30AM
First Citizens Bank
8820 Columbia 100 Parkway, Suite 110
Columbia, MD 21045

2019 Annual Partnerships Now Available

Without the support of our Annual Partners, whose logos appear above, we would not be able to continue to grow and advocate for our members. Whether you are a a current Annual Partner or not, we are now offering 2019 Annual Partnerships that help you maximize your exposure while ensuring the support this program needs.

You can see all of the available options and pricing for the  2019 Annual Partnerships here. Please contact  Leonardo McClarty at  443-878-1234 or by email to talk about the packages that would best fit your businesses' needs and priorities.
We are so proud to welcome the following new Chamber members this week!
The following organizations joined the HCCC this week in history!
  • Harry Witzke's Family Funeral Home - 10 Years
  • Hertzbach & Company, P.A. - 6 Years
  • Intelligent Fiscal Optimal Solutions - 4 Years
  • The Eagan Team of Long and Foster - 4 Years
  • Monster Mini Golf - 3 Years
  • National Center for Citizen Safety (NCCSAFE) - 3 Years
  • MD Vein & Skin Specialists - 2 Years
  • Ultimate Staffing Services - 2 Years
  • Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore - 1 Year
  • Inner Gauge Consulting - 1 Year
  • revolutionEYES - 1 Year
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery Grand Opening in Savage Mill

Congratulations to HorseSpirit Arts Gallery on the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for their new location in Savage Mill. The gallery was hit in both of the devastating floods in Old Ellicott City over the past few years and decided not to return to Main Street. They wanted to stay in the Howard County community, so they were excited to find the new space. We are so happy to see them settled in their new home!
Moyer & Sons Moving & Storage Now in Howard County

Congratulations to Moyer & Sons Moving & Storage on the grand opening of their first location in Howard County! Chamber Director of Membership Ronny Nadiv was on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony as we several of our dedicated Chamber ambassadors.
Welcome Next Level Eye Care to Howard County

Chamber President Leonardo McClarty and Director of Membership Ronny Nadiv were both on hand for Next Level Eye Care's Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony as well this week. Congratulations to one of our newest members!
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation Opening Ellicott City Branch

Join Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation for the ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration of their new branch in Ellicott City!

November 15, 2018 - 4 - 6PM
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation - Ellicott City
6011 University Blvd., Suite 230
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Chamber Heading to Portugal in 2019!

If you traveled with us to beautiful Iceland this year, you might still be feeling a little jet lag, but we've got something to get you energized! The Chamber is officially heading to Portugal for our 2019 Trip and we couldn't be more excited! Join us for an 8-Day Journey, departing November 8, 2019, to discover and explore all that Portugal has to offer.

For more information about our 2019 Chamber Trip to Portugal, head to
Public Hearing Scheduled for Local Bills

The Howard County Delegation of the Maryland General Assembly, chaired by Senator Guy Guzzone and Delegate Terri Hill, will hear testimony from the public on drafted local bills. No testimony on other issues will be permitted as a second hearing devoted to statewide bills will be scheduled. 
Any individual may testify for up to 3 minutes, as long as they are signed up.  Signup will begin at 7:00pm in the Banneker Room and will close at 7:20pm.  Advance sign up is not available.  The Delegation encourages you to bring written copies of your testimony (preferably 15) to distribute to us, though it is not a requirement to speak.  The hearing is scheduled as follows:
Monday, November 26th, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
Banneker Room, George Howard Building
3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD
The 2018 legislative session will begin on January 9, 2018
Ellicott City Watershed Master Plan - New Online Input Option

At their sixth public workshop last week, Howard County's master plan consultants presented new and refined concepts which you can view here. They are now asking for people to fill out an online survey, to gather feedback on the new plans, that will be available until the end of the day on November 18th.

You can find the online survey here.
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