JULY 12, 2019
Member Orientation
Members of the Board of Directors & the Chamber staff offer an in-depth look at what we do. Most importantly, however, we listen we are dedicated to our members' success and look forward to hearing from each of you about the ways we can help you achieve your goals. 

Light fare provided by Eggspectation 

The event is Sponsored by the Chamber's Premier Business Partners. There is no charge for this event, but pre-registration is required.  

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
6010 University Blvd. 
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Recruiting Talent Through Apprenticeships
Join us to learn about the values and benefits of an Apprenticeship program.
If you are a business owner, in senior management, a hiring manager, or a Human Resource consultant, this event is for you.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Axis Research & Technologies 
6630 Eli Whitney Drive, Suite E 
Columbia, MD 21046

GovConnects BizBreakfast: How to do Business with DISA
DISA is a combat support agency of the Department of Defense (DoD). The agency provides, operates, and assures command and control and information-sharing capabilities and a globally accessible enterprise information infrastructure in direct support to joint warfighters, national level leaders, and other mission and coalition partners across the full spectrum of military operations.

The DISA Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) is fully committed to providing small businesses with maximum opportunities as small business innovation is essential in helping the agency provide support to warfighters and national-level leaders. In fiscal year 2017, DISA awarded $1.7 billion in prime contracts to small businesses. These 6,522 contract actions represented 28.2 percent of all contracts awarded by the agency.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
CrestPointe Conference Center
7110 Samuel Morse Dr., Suite 130
Columbia, MD 21046

Business After Business
Come and Network with other Howard County Businesses!

Tuesday, August 06, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, LLC 
8600 Foundry Street, Suite 2063 
Savage, MD 20763

Chamber Legislative Committee Talks Policy with Councilwoman Jung
Earlier this week, members of the Howard County Chamber Legislative Affairs Committee met with District 4 Councilmember Deb Jung. A very robust discussion ensued covering forthcoming legislation like impact fees and current legislation like CR 97 - Robinson Overlook Development. considerable time was spent discussing CB 32 and 33 which recently failed 3-2 but which the Chamber took an opposing position on. CB 32 – 2019, was an act requiring that Department of Planning and Zoning designees to appear at quasi-judicial Planning Board hearings under oath, under certain circumstances; and generally relating to the Department of Planning and Zoning. CB 33 – 2019, was an act to amend the Howard County Code by specifying who may appeal Planning Board decisions; and generally relating to Planning Board decisions. Ultimately it would redefine who might be aggrieved by a development, thus expanding who might be able to appeal a decision to the Board of Appeals and Courts. legally protest a development  The Chamber also discussed the current school system Boundary Review process. 

The Chamber staff and committee thanks Councilmember Jung for spending her morning with us. 
Chamber Joins Affordable Housing Advocates in Supporting Robinson Overlook Project
The subject of soaring housing cost is one of great interest for employers and residents alike. On the business side, many employers are concerned that rank and file employees or those younger in their careers will be priced out of Howard County thereby having to travel long distances between work and home often to the sacrifice of work/life balance. Most recently, the Howard County Chamber had the opportunity to support CR 97-2019 which pertains to Robinson Overlook project (CR 97-2019), a 43-unit affordable housing development of which nine are for persons with disabilities. Due to Adequate Public Housing Ordinance (APFO) provisions, the project is currently before County Council as it has only met four of the five special affordable housing opportunities provisions. However, reports from the Department of Planning & Zoning (DPZ) note the project will only yield 28 students and upon school system boundary review adjustments, will have nominal impact on area schools. 

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, New Jersey.
The dates will be September 15-17.
You will learn and study best practices in economic and community development, flood mitigation, and environmental stewardship. 
Explore Portugal with the Howard County Chamber!
Contact Kristi Simon to Register!
(410) 720-4111

Register by July 15th!
Howard County Council member Opel Jones Successfully Defends Dissertation
The Howard County Chamber proudly joins Howard County Executive Dr. Calvin Ball, the Howard County Council, and other community members in congratulating District 2 Council-member Dr. Opel Jones on his recent earning of his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Howard University. Dr. Jones is currently an Instructor of Mathematics and Statistics at American University. He holds a B.S. in mathematics from Hampton University, and a M.S. in mathematics from Howard University.
Steve Wecker wins State Honor!
Congratulations to Steve Wecker on receiving Maryland Restaurateur of the Year! Steve is the owner of The Iron Bridge Wine Co., Cured, 18th & 21st, and Mutiny Pirate Bar and Island Grille. He has received multiple awards over the years including Entrepreneur of the year from the Chamber.
Chamber Member gets honored on the Baltimore Business Journal 2019 Tech 10 List
The Chamber Congratulates Shana Cosgrove, Founder, Owner and Operator of Nyla Technology Solutions Inc.