May 2, 2019
Save the Date for the Chamber's 
50th Anniversary   Signature Event
Saturday, October 5, 2019  |   6:00 PM
The Buzz continues to build about the 2019 CYBER CONFERENCE on June 19th. Don't miss it - r egister early.

Connect with and learn from the best and the brightest in the Cyber Security world. 
 

The number one attack vector for our cyber security systems has been, and more than likely will always be, our people. As technology and security improve, user awareness must also improve. Identifying insider threats, whether malicious or accidental, is a crucial part of securing an organization's systems.

Leaders must know their people, what drives them, and how to be honest with them, in order to ensure organizational loyalty, trust, and reliability.  


  LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Howard County Chamber Participates in Senator Hester Small Business Jobs Caucus 


Continuing in its role as small business advocate and jobs promoter, the Howard County Chamber joined representatives from the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC), National Federation of Independent Business - Maryland (NFIB), Farm Bureau, Garrett County Chamber, and Maryland Chamber in meeting with Senate members of the Maryland General Assembly. 

Under the leadership and direction of Senator Katie Fry Hester, the group convened to better understand the primary challenges facing small business; brainstorm opportunities for legislation to address these challenges; and Identify key questions to answer over the interim. The group also discussed group objectives and next steps. Besides the business groups mentioned, Senators Majority Leader Guy Guzzone and Senators Doug Peters, Mary Beth Carozza, Brian Feldman, Doug Peters, Craig Zucker, Cheryl Kagan, and Andrew Serafini attended. The Howard County Chamber will continue to provide updates as meetings progress. 
Delegate Adrienne Jones elected 107th Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates

Maryland House Democrats have selected  Adrienne Jones  to become the state's 107th speaker, making her the first African American and first woman to be selected for the position.


  CHAMBER EVENTS


  2019 ANNUAL CHAMBER PARTNERS
Strategic Alliance Partner
  WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!!!
Join us in welcoming two new members to the Chamber this week. We are happy to see them come onboard.
  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!
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 as well as some of our newest members!
  CHAMBER NEWS
HoCo Chamber Members and friends are heading  to Portugal

Join us for an exciting eight day trip to explore and discover Portugal this fall. 

This trip is open to members and non-members of the chamber.

For more information about our 2019 Chamber Trip  please call Kristi Simon at 410-730-4111 or email her at  ksimon@howardchamber.com .  

  CHAMBER MEMBER NEWS
Join us for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Northrop Realty

Meet the Northrop Realty team and see their new location.

May 2, 2019, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Northrop Realty
10065 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD
National Small Business Week Virtual Conference

The U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE will host a FREE 2-Day Virtual Conference during National Small Business Week. Attend this live online conference to learn new business strategies, meet other business owners and chat with industry experts

May 7-8, 2019 | 11:00 am-5:30 pm ET


JOIN US FOR THE SPRING 2019 ENTREPRENEURIAL CELEBRATION


The Howard County Community College Center for Entrepreneurial & Business Excellence is celebrating student entrepreneurship. You are invited to join us for some light refreshments, networking and presentation to the award winners.

May 8, 2019, 5:30-8:30 PM
Howard Community College
Student Services Hall, 4th Floor

RSVP to  cebe@howardcc.edu
 
Planet Health 360 Ribbon Cutting is coming... 



Come out and meet one of the Chambers newest members and learn about their "urgent care and more," facilities.

May 13, 2019
Planet Health 360
7310 Elkridge Court, 3A
Elkridge, MD 21075
Ribbon Cutting scheduled at 
Inspire Movement 
Physical Therapy




We help people from all walks of life.  From elite athletes to weekend warriors, to people just trying to get through their day or those recovering from an injury or surgery.

May 14, 2019   |   4:00 - 6:00 PM
Inspire Movement Physical Therapy
10260 Old Columbia Road, B1
Columbia, MD 20146

MARYLAND BUSINESS CLIMATE SURVEY RESULTS DISCUSSION

The Maryland Public Policy Institute and the University of Baltimore's Jacob France Institute have partnered to bring back the Maryland Business Climate Survey. This Pilot Survey, conducted at the close of 2017 and start of 2018, is the first in what is a quarterly survey on the performance of the state's economy and business perceptions on Maryland as a place to do business. The goal of the survey is to provide timely data on the performance and direction of the state's economy. 

Join us for a discussion of the survey and the potential opportunities represented by it's results.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019    |  8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists 
9705 Patuxent Woods Drive 
Columbia, MD 21046
Howard Community College (HCC) Launches Maryland's First Construction Management Apprenticeship Program



To meet the growing demand for employees in the construction management industry, Howard Community College (HCC) will offer Maryland's first  Construction Management Apprenticeship Program . The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation recently approved HCC as a registered apprenticeship sponsor for the new program, which will launch this summer. Chamber member Impact Marketing & Public Relations consulted with HCC on the communications plan to get the word out.
Apprenticeship Maryland
Academy

When your business participates in the 
Apprenticeship Maryland program, y ou get a chance to cultivate a highly trained 
workforce and help 12th grade students to begin their careers in high-demand fields.

Apprenticeship Maryland is an incredibl e
opportunity to have a positive impact on the
career development of qualified students, and  your company bottom line. Benefits of participation in the program include:
  • Streamlined Recruiting
  • Trained potential Full-Time Employees
  • Improved Retention
Eye on the Economy: An Interactive Look at Maryland and the Regional Economy in March 2019

The most recent jobs report showed that between February and March, Maryland gained 3,100 Total Nonfarm positions, including 2,900 Total Private jobs and 200 Government jobs.

* Maryland's greatest employment gains were in the Education and Health Services sector with an increase of 2,800 jobs, followed by the Financial Activities sector with 2,500 jobs.
* The unemployment rate for Maryland was 3.8 percent in March, up slightly from 3.7 percent in February.

Read more at Towson University's Regional Economic Studies Institute website.


LOGISTICS IN THE GREATER BALTIMORE REGION

The Greater Baltimore region can boast that its logistics industry is a significant economic generator not only for the Region but the entire state. The Region's strategic location on the east coast provides close proximity to one of the top performing ports in the U.S., as well as access to significant freight rail, interstate highways, and three commercial airports - two with direct international flights - within a one-hour drive of one another. This article will touch briefly on the importance of the logistics industry to the Region's economy.

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