January 10, 2019
YPN Makes Some Noise at The Soundry

Our first event of 2019 is in the books and it was a great way to start the year! Nearly 125 people networked with Howard County's best group of young professionals at the county's hottest new spot for live music. There was a lot of energy in the room and there were a ton of connections made. If this is what 2019 has in store, we say, bring it on!

Check out more pictures from the event here.
50 Years, 50 Volunteers

We are so close to meeting our goal! 40 amazing members have already signed up to volunteer with the Chamber staff this Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. We are shooting for 50 volunteers in celebration of our 50 years serving the Howard County business community.

We are still working with several of our non-profit members to finalize the projects we will be working on on the 21st, but if you are interested in joining us please register here . Once the details, times and locations are finalized, we will get in touch with volunteers who have signed up!
Opioids, Employment & Business

We are just a couple of weeks away from our first member lunch of 2019, where a panel of experts and business owners will tackle the topic of Opioids, Employment & Business. Join us for this important discussion of how substance abuse is impacting the business community, and how businesses can be part of the solution.

January 30, 2019 - 11AM - 1:30PM
Holiday Inn Columbia East-Jessup
7900 Washington Blvd.
Jessup, MD 20794


We are thankful for many things this Thanksgiving, but especially, our newest members! Welcome to the Chamber!
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!
  • BB&T - 49 Years
  • BGE - 49 Years
  • Columbia Association - 49 Years
  • Cugle, Hann & Burk Insurance Associates - 49 Years
  • M&T Bank - 49 Years
  • Talkin & Oh, LLP - 49 Years
  • The Howard Hughes Corporation - 49 Years
  • W.R. Grace & Co. - 49 Years
  • Merriweather Post Pavilion - 48 Years
  • Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett & Scherr LLP - 44 Years
  • Loyola University Maryland - Graduate Business Programs - 43 Years
  • Bormel, Grice & Huyett, P.A. - 41 Years
  • Manekin, LLC - 41 Years
  • Miles & Stockbridge P.C. - 41 Years
  • Troutman Company - 41 Years
  • Willis Law Firm, P.A. - 41 Years
  • UHY Advisors Mid Atlantic-Maryland - 40 Years
2019 Legislative Session Underway in Annapolis

The 2019 Legislative Session is now underway in Annapolis, and Howard County's delegation is made up of many familiar faces, but several new as well. Senator Guy Guzzone is now Maryland's new senate majority leader and is joined in the state senate by two new senators, Katie Fry Hester and Clarence Lam. State delegates representing Howard County this term include Warren Miller, Trent Kittleman, Courtney Watson, Shane Pendergrass, Eric Ebersole, Terri Hill, Vanessa Atterbeary, Jen Terassa and Jessica Feldmark. 

Howard County's delegation has already introduced several local bills including one dealing with plastic bag fees and another on guidelines for the election of some school board members. The delegation's members will be hosting a public work session this Saturday morning to discuss these issues as well as school redistricting and the county's adequate public facilities ordinance, but no public testimony will be accepted.

The Chamber will continue to work with our elected officials to ensure the interests of our business community are represented as this session continues. You can read more about the Chamber's policy positions anytime, in our 2019 Issues for Legislative Action here.
County Council to Hold Issue Briefings with Community

The Howard County Council will hold a series of issue briefing sessions on topics including Arts, Business & Economic Development, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Environment & Agriculture, Public Safety and Transportation.

In addition, the County Council will hold a quarterly meeting with the Board of Education next Monday the 14th. You can find information about the meeting and the agenda here.
Chamber Collaborating with Korean Society of Maryland

We are pleased to announce that the Korean Society of Maryland is now a member of the Chamber! Chamber President Leonardo McClarty, Director of Membership Ronny Nadiv and Events Manager Lynn Song met with leaders from the Korean Society of Maryland at our office this week to talk about collaboration, including a joint networking event this spring. We look forward to sharing more details about the event soon!
KCI Technologies Acquires Keith & Schnars

KCI Technologies, Inc. has acquired Keith & Schnars, a consulting firm specializing in engineering, construction inspection, surveying, landscape architecture, planning and environmental science.

Clyde's CEO Dies at 74

Our thoughts are with the people of Clyde's Restaurant Group as they mourn the loss of CEO John Laytham, who died last week at the age of 74. Laytham had been with the Clyde's Restaurant Group for more than 55 years. 

Indelli.Belle Salon Opening in Columbia

Join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the second location of Indelli.Belle Permanent Cosmetic Beauty Salon in Columbia!

January 10, 2019 - 4 - 6PM
Ribbon Cutting 4:30PM
8900 Columbia 100 Parkway, Suite I
Columbia, MD 21045
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