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In just a few short years, cyber security went from a science fiction plot to an urgent reality. Right now, there are 20,000 open jobs in cyber and IT fields and employers searching for the right people to fill them. And we need them; it costs American businesses an average of $1.3 million to recover from a cyber attack.  

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce sits on the Governor’s Workforce Development Board Task Force on Cybersecurity and Information Technology. That task force is working to expand the state’s cyber workforce capabilities to meet Maryland employers’ and workers’ needs.

On Dec. 13, the task force will meet to discuss five key areas:

  • opportunities to grow the state’s economy via computer science and IT

  • pathways to meet identified computing field workforce needs

  • skills and challenges for the talent pipeline

  • business community investment in the IT workforce

  • innovative, sustainable approaches to gender and racial disparities in STEM fields

Want to help close that gender gap?  

Girls Who Code wants to establish two Girls Who Code clubs in each Maryland county. This nonprofit teaches young women a critical future-workforce skill, along with instilling the value of teamwork.  They need your help, so let us know if you want to be involved in expanding their reach.

Want to avoid cyber trouble in your organization?  

Keep an eye out for two cyber-focused Chamber events in the coming months. The first will address how small- and midsized businesses can protect themselves and their customers from hacking and other intrusions. Did you know 95 percent of computer hacks happen because of a staff security error? If you don’t want to be a statistic, you’ll want to be at this event.

The second event explores the future of money. Bitcoin is the talk of Wall Street. We’ll explore the potential positive and negative impacts of this cryptocurrency, and how its block chains security mechanism actually works.

Contact MDCC Senior Legislative Analyst Kevin Rudolph  for more information on the task force or Girls Who Code. If you want more information, or are interested in sponsoring one of our cyber events, contact MDCC Director of Special Events Nykidra Robinson .

If you want to   tell us how we can best advocate for you in Annapolis , we’d love to hear from you.

To you, your colleagues, and your families: Happy Thanksgiving . The Chamber team has so much to be thankful for this year, and that includes you. Be safe and enjoy this beautiful holiday!
TEDCO CEO talks turkey
about startups
Ask small business entrepreneurs what they’re thankful for this year and they’ll probably have two answers: funding and people. 

As a corporation dedicated to providing both,  TEDCO’ s partnership with Evergreen Advisors is a new piece in the startup pie.

This month the Maryland Chamber of Commerce focuses on  SMALL BUSINESS . Follow along as we highlight the importance of business starts and their growth!

Follow our campaign on Facebook and Twitter via #MDCCSmallBiz
Statewide stories of substance
Honoring those who give back
There were moments when there couldn't have been a dry eye in the room.

The 2017 AFP Maryland National Philanthropy Day Awards featured so much inspiring generosity in just two hours that the 800 attendees must have all walked out of the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel wondering what they could go do for someone else that very minute.

Maryland businesses giving back
Paradyme Management strives
for impact
It stems from one phrase by Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

The CEO of Paradyme Management, Inc. Viraj Gandhi said this motive drives the investment it makes within the community. In the past year, Paradyme staff donated over 1,300 volunteer hours to a handful of non-profit and community organizations.

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