March 8, 2018
Women Leaders United for our 2018 Women's Leadership Conference

"If you want something done, give it to a busy woman." A group of more than 200 busy women joined us today for our annual Women's Leadership Conference and boy did our speakers, panelists and moderators get the job done.

Chamber President Leonardo McClarty kicked things off by welcoming everyone and introducing out morning keynote speaker, Laura Gamble, Regional Vice President, PNC Bank. Gamble focused on tips rather than challenges. She said some of the most important advice she could offer was to know yourself and then work from your strengths.
The first panel of the day, moderated by Lisa Anderson, CPA and Strategic Business Advisor & Virtual CFO of Anavo Transformation Solutions, was focused on mentoring and championing. Anderson set the tone early by referring to her panel's discussion as black coffee conversation. The straight talk that followed with panelists, Margaret Davis, President, Maryland Hall, Sharon Pinder, President, Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council and Holly Shook, Executive Director of CUPs Coffeehouse and Project I CAN, focused on how leaders can pass their skills on. All of the panelists talked about learning to lead, but also, the importance of having people you can speak openly and honestly with to bounce ideas and concerns off of.
The second panel of the day, led by moderator Nicole Mitchell, Partner, Aronson, included Lisa Cines, Director of Business Development at Radius, Howard Community College President Kate Hetherington, Ed.D. and VP of Population Health and Advancement for Howard County General Hospital, Elizabeth Edsall Kromm, Ph.D., M.Sc.. Mitchell had everyone in the room identify themselves by their generation to show that each was well represented at today's conference. All of the panelists agreed that the stuggles of the baby boomer generation are not always the same as today's stuggles. But they also emphasized the importance of "not making the next generation do things the hard way like we did."
The third panel was all about succeeding in male-dominated fields. Moderator Kim Watters, Fearless Leader at GovRealm, asked panelists Susan Brown, Laboratory Ombudsman, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Debra Cruz, Managing Partner, Levin & Gann Law and Sallie Sweeney, Principal Cyber Solutions Architect, GDIT, about their experiences working in industries where the majority of their colleagues are men. All three women talked about the importance of emotional intelligence and "picking your battles." But above all else, the panelists agreed you have to know your audience, know your stuff and hold your own.
After a brief break, conference attendees were treated to a visit from Maryland's First Lady Yumi Hogan. The First Lady met with guests and exhibitors in the Exhibitor Hall and then addressed the entire conference. The First Lady said she was very pleased to be able to join us because of her connection to Howard County as a former resident and because today was all about celebrating women. The First Lady shared some sage advice, offering that we should "continue helping each other and supporting each other." Her parting words were "Go ladies!"

The last session of the day was also one of the most inspiring, which is fitting, considering the title was "Rising to and Inspiring from the Top."
Moderator Anna Fleeman Elhini, Founder of Creatrix, introduced two women who need no introduction. Major General Linda Singh, Maryland National Guard, and Jane Campbell, Director of Washington Office for Advocacy, National Development and former Mayor of Cleveland, both shared their incredible life stories. General Singh spoke about the trials and tribulations of her childhood and her hard fought journey to get to her level of success. But she also said that "when you get up here, you gotta start pulling." Campbell talked about how she got into politics as a child through her religion and her family, but was constantly having to be the first woman to hold most offices in Ohio along the way.
Afternoon keynote speaker, Laurie Moe Buckhout, Colonel (Ret.) US Army and CEO of Corvus kept the crowd laughing and riveted at the same time through her stories of public service, motherhood and entrepreneurship. She mentioned she had been reading a lot of Presidential biographies recently and has learned "the people who stand still in life aren't the ones they write books about."

Chamber President McClarty closed out the conference by thanking everyone who attended, all of our inspiring speakers and panelists, our hard working team of conference committee volunteers and the sponsors who make events like today possible.
YPN Mixer at Hysteria Brewing & Lost Ark Distilling 

The taps did not run dry and neither did the networking at last night's YPN Mixer at Hysteria Brewing and Lost Ark Distilling. 

Thank you to everyone who turned out despite the wintery weather that started the day and as always, thank you to our hosts and to our awesome YPN Sponsors!
Is Iceland on Your Bucket List?

We are shaking things up for our 2018 Chamber Trip and heading to the land of fire and ice, Iceland!!!

We're holding a FREE information session for the trip at Grotto Pizza later this month where we'll talk all about the Iceland trip including tours of geysers,  glaciers, volcanoes, swimming in geothermal heated pools, trekking across a mossy lava field, and even a drive over an icy glacier.

March 27, 2018 - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Grotto Pizza
7075 Minstrel Way
Columbia, MD 21046

2018 Annual Legacy Partners
2018 Annual Benefactor & Leader Partners
Highway User Bill Advancing 

A House Committee has amended and is advancing HB 807, legislation to increase state funding for locally-maintained roads and bridges. The five-year plan would set new, higher levels of funding for county and municipal roadways beginning in FY 2020. Signs point to the bill marking a negotiated "deal" including legislative leaders from both chambers, clearing its path to passage this session according to the Maryland Association of Counties.


We are very excited to launch the newest tool in our Legislative Action toolkit, BIPAC! Through our partnership with BIPAC, we have created a site devoted to keeping you updated on the issues you care about most in Howard County, Annapolis and beyond.

The new site, found here, offers information about your elected officials, current races, voting information, a summary of the bills the Chamber is following, and where we stand on those issues. The site also includes our  own Calls to Action to help you reach your legislators about the issues that matter most, when it counts!

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!
  • Columbia Festival of the Arts - 21 Years
  • Revere Bank - 10 Years
  • SynergyFx - 10 Years
  • BBB of Greater Maryland - 6 Years
  • INNOPLEX, LLC - 5 Years
  • IntelliGenesis, LLC - 3 Years
Gauging Marketing Demographics: Inclusion and Representation

Regardless of the size of your business, the importance of identifying your consumer demographic is the driving force behind all marketing strategies, but what do you do when you discover that you are completely missing the mark on a potentially profitable margin?

March 9, 2018 - Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship 
9250 Bendix Road
Columbia, MD 21046
Howard County Library Elkridge Branch Grand Opening

Join the Howard County Library System for the Grand Opening of the new Elkridge Branch featuring double the space, more study rooms, more meeting rooms, a business center and more computers.

March 10, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
HCLS Elkridge Branch
6540 Washington Blvd.
Elkridge, MD

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21st Annual Chocolate Ball

The Arc of Howard County is now accepting sponsorships and reservations for their annual Chocolate Ball.

March 10, 2018 - 7 p.m. - Midnight
Turf Valley Resort
Ellicott City, MD 21042

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Volunteers Needed for HCPSS's Workforce Development Program

On March 23rd, more than 150 local high school students need your help! The students will be participating in practice job interviews as part of the Howard County School System's Workforce Development Program, Passport to the Future.

March 23, 2018 - 8 a.m. - Noon
Howard Community College
Duncan Hall/Kittleman Room

Howard County Library System Announces New President & CEO

Congratulations to the Howard County Library System on their selection of Tonya Kennon as their next President & CEO. According to HCLS, Kennon is currently Director of Riverside Public Library, a position she has held for the past seven years. Kennon will be starting with HCLS on April 23rd.

Ellicott City Watershed Master Plan Public Workshop #4

A fourth public workshop has been announced to discuss the Ellicott City Watershed Master Plan.

March 22, 2018 - 7 - 9 p.m.
Roger Carter Community Center
3000 Milltowne Drive
Ellicott City, MD
Congressman Elijah Cummings 2018 Annual Job Fair

Join Congressman Elijah Cummings for his 21st Annual Job Fair at Morgan State University

April 9, 2018 
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Morgan State University
Hill Field House
1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21251

Export Management Bootcamp for Industry Professionals

The Center for Global Business at the University of Maryland is hosting its second annual Export Management Bootcamp for Industry Professionals. The two-day bootcamp is designed to help prepare professionals to export their products or services internationally.

April 20 & 21, 2018
University of Maryland BioPark
Building 2, Suite 100
801 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

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 to join a Howard County Chamber of Commerce Committee today!   



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