December 6, 2018
Chamber Collecting Mittens & Hats for Children in Need

Celebrate the season of giving with us at the 2018 Jingle Mingle by bringing a pair of mittens and/or a hat for children in need. We've partnered with the Community Action Council of Howard County (CAC) where 322 - 3, 4 and 5 year-olds are currently enrolled in their preschool program and need these essential winter items. We'll be collecting mittens and hats at the Jingle Mingle holiday party and then delivering them to the CAC.

County Executive, County Council and Board of Education Now Official 

Congratulations to all of Howard County's elected officials who were sworn-in or who took the oath of office this week! Chamber President Leonardo McClarty attended the Installation Ceremony for Howard County's 10th County Executive, Dr. Calvin Ball, along with the swearing in of the newest members of the Howard County Council including Liz Walsh (District 1), Opel Jones (District 2), Christiana Mercer Rigby (District 3), Deb Jung (District 4) and David Yungmann (District 5). New Board of Education members Jen Mallo, Sabina Taj, Chao Wu and Vicky Cutroneo also took the Oath of Office this week.

You can watch a recording of the Installation Ceremony here.
Howard County Council Committee Assignments

The elected members of the Howard County Council serve as the county's legislative branch, as the Zoning Board and as the Liquor Board. New committee assignments include:

Council Members
  • Christiana Mercer Rigby - Council Chairperson (District 3)
  • Opel Jones - Council Vice Chairperson (District 2)
  • Liz Walsh (District 1)
  • Deb Jung (District 4)
  • David Yungmann (District 5)
The Zoning Board
  • Liz Walsh, Chair
  • Deb Jung, Vice Chair
The Liquor Board
  • Deb Jung, Chair
  • David Yungmann, Vice Chair
Chamber Members Get a Chance to Meet New Elected Officials

Despite the cold, the morning after the Installation Ceremony, three of our new County Council members along with four General Assembly members and four members of the Board of Elections made it to First Citizens Bank for our first ever, New Elected Officials Breakfast. Chamber President Leonardo McClarty and members of the chamber staff, Board of Directors and many of our Annual Partners were able to speak with County Council members Christiana Mercer Rigby, Deb Jung and David Yungmann. We were also joined by new Board of Election members Vicky Cutroneo, Jennifer Mallo, Sabina Taj and Chao Wu and new members of the General Assembly including Courtney Watson, Jessica Feldmark, Katie Hester Fry and Jen Terrasa.

Thank you to all of our new elected officials for attending. We look forward to working together to ensure the success of Howard County's business community.
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.

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!
Webinar & Meeting Planned for 2019 Trip 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 webinar and a free in person meeting with all of the details about this once-in-a-lifetime trip to Portugal.

WEBINAR - December 12, 2018 - 3:30PM
Join the Webinar at

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

For more information about our 2019 Chamber Trip to Portugal, head to
We are thankful for many things this Thanksgiving, but especially, our newest members! Welcome to the Chamber!
We are also thankful for the following members who joined the Chamber this week in history!
  • Howard County Boy Scouts of America - 24 Years
  • Arrington, Nellie/Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - 23 Years
  • Benchmark Engineering Inc. - 19 Years
  • Kendall Overlook Condominium III, Inc. - 9 Years
  • Synergy ECP, LLC - 9 Years
  • Mission Place Apartments - 8 Years
  • American Pest - 6 Years
  • Live! Casino & Hotel - 6 Years
  • Meliker Consulting - 5 Years
  • IMEC Group, LLC - 4 Years
  • Apex Home Loans, Inc. - 3 Years
  • Cain Contracting, Inc. - 3 Years
  • Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens - 3 Years
  • The Marilyn Johnson Sewing & Design Studio - 2 Years
  • Creative Growth and Healing - 1 Year
  • North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists - 1 Year
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 to talk about the packages that would best fit your businesses' needs and priorities.
Giant Food Investing $175M in Expansion & Remodels

Giant Food has just announced a $175 million capital investment into expansion and improvement over the next two years. The significant investment will include one new store and 24 store remodels.

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
Comptroller Franchot Accepting Nominations for Local Business Excellence Awards

Comptroller Peter Franchot is now accepting nominations for a new award, called the "Cornerstone Award for Local Business Excellence", recognizing businesses that celebrate the guiding values of independence, innovation and investment that define Maryland's local business economy. 

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