December 20, 2018
The Merriest Jingle Mingle Yet

The 2018 Jingle Mingle holiday party was full of holiday cheer, and a lot of great networking! Nearly 300 people packed the beautifully remodeled Laurel Park with trees, tinsel and ornaments as far as the eye could see.

Guests were greeted by trays of signature champagne cocktails and dined on sliders, empanadas, cheesecakes and more.
A holiday music playlist kept everyone smiling while a roaming magician and a festive photo booth also entertained the crowd.

As the evening drew to a close, Chamber President Leonardo McClarty and Mark Thompson, Vice President of Development for the Maryland Jockey Club, thanked everyone for attending and thanked the sponsors of the event for their support.
In addition to bringing holiday cheer, many guests also helped us provide hats and mittens/gloves for children in need. Our wonderful members and their guests brought more than 230 hats and mittens to the party that we will be dropping off at the Community Action Council of Howard County tomorrow. The essential winter hear will be given to the 322 3,4 and 5-year-olds currently enrolled in their   preschool program.  Thank you all for your support!
  UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS



  LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
HCPSS Superintendent Presents Proposed 2019-2020 Operating Budget

Superintendent Michael J. Martirano presented his proposed budget for the Howard County Public School System fiscal year 2019-2020 (FY 2020) totaling $998.4 million, during a presentation to the Board of Education this week.
House Speaker Michael E. Busch Announces Committee Assignments

House Speaker Michael E. Busch has announced committee assignments for his 140 colleagues for the upcoming General Assembly session.

 
County Executive Ball Hosting Series of Listening Sessions

Howard County's 10th County Executive, Dr. Calvin Ball, will be hosting a series of Listening Sessions to hear about residents' experiences, hopes and dreams for Howard County. The Listening Sessions will be held throughout December and January.

Chamber to Hold County Executive Ball's First State of the County Address

We are pleased to announce that the Howard County Chamber will once again be working with the County Executive's Office to bring our members and members of the business community the annual State of the County Address (SOTC). This will be County Executive Calvin Ball's first SOTC and will be held on February 27th at Turf Valley Resort. 
  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!
  • Santos, Postal & Company, P.C. - 16 Years
  • Elkridge Furnace Inn - 15 Years
  • Lloyd Plumbing Corporation - 14 Years
  • Tower Federal Credit Union - 13 Years
  • On The Spot Detailing - 8 Years
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield - 7 Years
  • Wegmans Food Markets - 7 Years
  • CB Flooring, LLC - 6 Years
  • Edwards Performance Solutions - 5 Years
  • Turf Valley Towne Square - 5 Years
  • Base2 Engineering, LLC - 3 Years
  • Sparksoft Corporation - 3 Years
  • Regent Healthcare, Inc - 2 Years
  • Central Holidays West - 1 Year
  • Darcars Ford Commercial Truck Division - 1 Year
  • Morgan Stanley Wealth Management - 1 Year
  • VOR Technology - 1 Year
  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 NEWS
Adopt a Family with CAC for the Holidays

Continuing its annual tradition, the Community Action Council of Howard County is again offering an "Adopt a Family" program in December to allow community members the opportunity to help make a family's wishes come true this holiday season. The Chamber team is participating this year and we encourage all our members who are able, to do the same!
 
Always Wanted to Go to Portugal?

In case you missed the big announcement, the Chamber is headed to Portugal in 2019, and we've got a new travel partner!

Join a representative from Chamber Discoveries for a free in person meeting with all of the details about this once-in-a-lifetime trip to Portugal.

MEETING at Turf Valley - January 14, 2019 - 6PM

For more information about our 2019 Chamber Trip to Portugal, head to www.howardchamber.com/chamber-travel.
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