January 24, 2019
Opioids, Employment & Business

This is your last chance to register for our first member lunch of 2019, where a panel of experts and business owners will tackle the topic of Opioids, Employment & Business. Join us for this important discussion of how substance abuse is impacting the business community, and how businesses can be part of the solution.

January 30, 2019 - 11AM - 1:30PM
Holiday Inn Columbia East-Jessup
7900 Washington Blvd.
Jessup, MD 20794


Introducing the Maryland Chamber Federation

You may have seen our announcement on social media, or articles from The Daily Record and the Baltimore Business Journal, but we are excited to announce that the Howard County Chamber is one of 14 local chambers that have signed on to the new Maryland Chamber Federation.

The Board of Directors of the Howard County Chamber and Maryland Chamber recognize that small business is the driving force of job creation in Maryland. We also understand that many of our small business members are wearing multiple hats and constantly trying to leverage their time, dollars and other resources. Through the Maryland Chamber Federation, any business with 10 or fewer full time employees, who is a current paid member of Howard County Chamber, will receive FREE Federation membership into the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

Read more about the benefits of the Maryland Chamber Federation in this letter from Howard County Chamber President/CEO Leonardo McClarty.
Week 3 Legislative Session Recap

With the Maryland General Assembly starting its 2019 legislative session on January 9th, this week marked the third week that lawmakers contemplated various policies in Annapolis. While the session is just getting underway, there are four bills that have the attention of the Howard County Chamber's Legislative Affairs Committee.

You can read more about the following in our full Week 3 Legislative Session Recap:
  • Raising the Minimum Wage
  • Corporate Tax Rate
  • Kirwan Commission Funding
  • Transportation - I-495 and I-270 Expansion
  • Local Legislation dealing with the School Board Elections and Impact Fee Calculation
County Offering Resource Sheet Detailing Assistance for Furloughed Federal Workers

The Howard County Government has prepared this resource sheet to help furloughed federal workers have a way to see all of the assistance in place to help mitigate the effects of the partial federal government shutdown.
Council to Hold Second Issue Briefing with Community 

The Howard County Council has just announced the second in a series of issue briefing sessions on topics including Arts, Business & Economic Development, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Environment & Agriculture, Public Safety and Transportation. The second session to be held at Noon on January 28th will focus on Business & Economic Development followed at 1:45 p.m. by a session on Environment and Agriculture.
We are thankful for many things this Thanksgiving, but especially, our newest members! Welcome to the Chamber!
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!
  • Sergio's Fine Jewelry - 14 Years
  • Law Offices of Kirk Halpin & Associates P.A. - 14 Years
  • BCT LLC - 8 Years
  • Columbia Presbyterian Church - 7 Years
  • Victory North - 7 Years
  • American Breast Cancer Foundation - 4 Years
  • AST/Trellis Learning Center - 1 Year
  • INSURANCE 4 U, INC - 1 Year
  • Interconnect Services, Inc. - 1 Year
  • Maryland Association for Justice - 1 Year
Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, LLC Growing With Another Merger

Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, LLC continues to expand, most recently, with the merger of The Law Offices of Alisa G. Cummins, PC.

Two Chamber Members on BBJ's Top 10 CEO's List

Congratulations to Calvin Butler, CEO of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and Edward St. John, Founder and CEO of St. John Properties for being named to the Baltimore Business Journal's Top 10 CEO's List!

50 Years, 50 Volunteers

We put out the call, and you answered! Several weeks ago, we asked members to join us for a Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. Our goal was to get 50 member volunteers to work on service projects with our Chamber team in honor of our 50th Anniversary Year.

Our staff and dozens of our amazing members spent the day helping with projects at The ARC of Howard County and Glen Mar Church. You can see all the pictures from this wonderful day at https://bit.ly/2CvopsV. 
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