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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!
  WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!!!
We are thankful for many things this Thanksgiving, but especially, our newest members! Welcome to the Chamber!
  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!
We are also thankful for the following members who joined the Chamber this week in history!
  • SunTrust Bank - 13 Years
  • ProActive Medical Consultants, LLC - 4 Years
  • Noblis - 2 Years
  • ARCpoint Labs of Columbia-Elkridge - 1 Year
  • NextGen Consulting Inc. - 1 Year
  • See in Colors - 1 Year
  • SteelFire Kitchen & Bar - 1 Year
  UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS
Positive Jobs Report for Maryland Ahead of Our Economic Forecast Breakfast

We are just one week away from our 2018 Economic Forecast Breakfast featuring Economist Anirban Basu! Basu will cover all of the economic factors that will determine your business' bottom line in 2019, but before he takes the stage, there is positive news for Maryland in the most recent jobs report. Between September and October, Maryland added a substantial increase of 10,700 nonfarm positions, including 9,000 total private jobs and 1,700 government jobs.

New Elected Officials Breakfast

As the Voice of Business for Howard County, we offer our members the opportunity for face time with elected officials throughout the year. This is the first time that we are also providing a chance to get to know our newly elected officials.

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





  2018 ANNUAL CHAMBER PARTNERS
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  lmcclarty@howardchamber.com to talk about the packages that would best fit your businesses' needs and priorities.
  CHAMBER MEMBER NEWS
Small Business Saturday This Weekend!!!

The vast majority of our members are small businesses, and we are proud to be part of the 2018 Small Business Saturday Coalition. For more information on Small Business Saturday neighborhood events this weekend, head to
www.ShopSmall.com.
 
You can also find a full list of Chamber Members, including hundreds of Howard County's small businesses here. We encourage you to visit as many as possible this Saturday!
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Set for Lincoln Culinary Institute 

Come celebrate with us and welcome one of our newest Chamber members, Lincoln Culinary Institute!

December 13, 2018 - 11AM - 12:30PM
9325 Snowden River Parkway
Columbia, MD 21046
Howard County Library System Earns Five Star Recognition

Congratulations to the Howard County Library System (HCLS) for being designated once again as a Five Star Library by the Library Journal. 

Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation Opens Ellicott City Branch

Congratulations to one of our newest members, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, on the opening of their Ellicott City branch. Chamber Director of Membership Ronny Nadiv and several Chamber Ambassadors were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony last week! You can find out more about the new location here.
  IN THE LOOP
Chamber President Tapped for County Executive-Elect's Economic Development Transition Team

Chamber President Leonardo McClarty has been named to County Executive-Elect Calvin Ball's Economic Development Transition Committee along with other business community leaders.

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
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MD Chamber Gathering Information to Work for Solutions to Hardships Caused by Tariff Actions

The Maryland Chamber has been working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to gather information to work toward solutions to mitigate the financial hardship for businesses affected by ongoing tariff actions between the U.S., Mexico and Canada. 

  CHAMBER NEWS
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 www.howardchamber.com/chamber-travel.
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