May 10, 2018
LAST CHANCE to Register for the Annual Meeting!

Join us as we honor the Chamber's outstanding volunteers including the Business Advocate of the Year, Government Advocate of the Year, Ambassador of the Year and Young Professional of the Year!

We will also ratify the new slate for the Board of Directors and hear from both our outgoing Board Chair,  Jeff Agnor, Esq. and our incoming Board Chair,  David Anderson.

Lastly, we will share the result of a big project that has been more than a year in the making and believe us when we say, you will not want to miss the reveal!

2017 Annual Report Released

2017 was a big year for the Chamber and it really shows in our Annual Report. Highlights from 2017 include phase one of our rebranding, which included a brand new logo, relocating our offices to Old Dobbin Lane after nearly 30 years at our old location, and three new hires including our Director of Membership, Ronny Nadiv, Office Administrator, Karen O'Connor and Communications Manager, Sylvie Porter.

You can read all of the 2017 Annual Report here.
Legislative Affairs Committee Meets with Board of Ed's Christina Delmont-Small

Our Legislative Affairs Committee got a chance to meet with Howard County Board of Education Member Christina Delmont-Small this week. The Committee discussed everything from the budget, to the Superintendent's hiring, APFO, school construction, funding and repurposing and redistricting.  
Know Someone Who Deserves an Award for Chamber Excellence?

It's that time of year again! If you know someone who deserves recognition for all their hard work, nominate them for our 2018 Awards for Chamber Excellence in the categories of Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and GovConnects Business of the Year.

You can read all of the nomination rules and find the application form here. ACE Nominations must be received by Wednesday, August 1st and should be send to Kristi Simon by email at or by mail at 6240 Old Dobbin Lane, Suite 110, Columbia, MD 21045.

Merriweather Post Pavilion Completes Another Phase of Renovations

Phase four of a five-phase, five-year renovation plan for Merriweather Post Pavilion has been completed in time for the summer concert season despite some serious setbacks earlier this year.

Lorien Health Services Celebrates Addition of Innovative Skilled Nursing Suites 

Congratulations to Lorien Health Services who celebrated the expansion of Encore at Turf Valley, a skilled nursing facility offering new private suites that will enable the company to expand services to an additional 750 people a year. Chamber Director of Membership Ronny Nadiv was on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Main Event Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

Congratulations to one of our newest members and a new addition to the Downtown Columbia scene! So happy to have been a part of  Main Event 's ribbon cutting ceremony this week!

MD Stem Festival Receives Governor's Citation

Congratulations to the Maryland STEM Festival who has just received a Governor's Citation recognizing "their mission to inspire and encourage all students regardless of background and experience to take a greater interest in STEM."

KatzAbosch Director Anita Sheckells is MD Accountant Advocate of the Year

Congratulations to KatzAbosch's Director and Vice President of the firm's Board of Directors, Anita Sheckells, CPA, CCIFP, CCA, who has been awarded the Maryland Accountant Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Administration.

Bormel, Grice & Huyett, P.A. Celebrating 50th Anniversary

Congratulations to Bormel, Grice & Huyett, P.A. who are celebrating a big milestone. The firm is preparing for a celebration of 50 years of excellence in service.

Three HCPSS High Schools Among Top 10 in Maryland

Congratulations to the Howard County Public School System, home to three of the top ten high schools in Maryland according to the Baltimore Business Journal. River Hill High, Marriotts Ridge High and Centennial High were ranked 4, 6 and 7 respectively. 

United Way Walk a Mile

Join the United Way of Central Maryland for an opportunity to participate in their "Walk a Mile" experience in Howard County. Throughout the experience, participants play the role of a family member who is struggling to make ends meet. 

May 11, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Howard County General Hospital - Wellness Center
10710 Charter Dr., Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21044

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7th Annual Power of the Purse

We are once again a proud drop off location for the Annual Power of the Purse! We will be collecting new, gently used, vintage and designer handbags for the Power of the Purse Sale and Silent Auction on June 11th benefiting Blossoms of Hope.

June 11, 2018 - 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom by Fretz
9204 Berger Road
Columbia, MD 21044
Join us at 'The Longest Table'

The Chamber is once again a proud partner with the Choose Civility program for their annual event, "The Longest Table" which helps people build new relationships and talk about the future of our community over a shared meal.

June 16, 2018 - 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Howard Community College
Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044


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!
  • Matthew R Horowitz, CPA - 27 Years
  • Kimco Realty Corporation - 16 Years
  • O'Donovan Insurance LLC - 12 Years
  • MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate - 6 Years
Ellicott City Watershed Master Plan Draft Plan Open House

A Draft Plan Open House for the Ellicott City Watershed Master Plan is being held later this month so that the public can learn more about the draft plan and provide input.

May 24, 2018 - 4 - 8 p.m.
Roger Carter Community Center

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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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