September 6, 2018
Only One Week Away from the 2018 Howard County Executive Candidate Forum

We are just one week away from the 2018 Howard County Executive Candidate Forum and tickets are nearly gone!  If you want to have a seat in the room as County Executive Allan Kittleman and County Councilmember Calvin Ball describe their visions for Howard County's future, then register now

The discussion will be moderated by WJZ-TV Anchor Vic Carter and will include an opportunity for questions from you, our members, to be asked live at the event.

Howard County Executive Candidate Forum 
Thursday, September 13, 2018
11:00AM - 1:30PM
Turf Valley Resort
YPN Mixer Kicks Off September with a Bang!

The first week of school can be busy, but we are so glad that more than 100 of you still made the time to attend last night's amazing Mixer at Cured/18th & 21st! The evening got off to a great start with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the new Downtown Columbia hot spot with Chamber President Leonardo McClarty and Chamber Board Chair David Anderson joining Steve Wecker and Vince Culotta from Cured/18th & 21st who wielded the giant scissors. 
After the ceremony, YPN Board Chair Matthew Anderson welcomed everyone to the Mixer and thanked the wonderful YPN sponsors including Advertising Media Plus, Dale Carnegie, Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, LLC, McFarlin Insurance Agency, The Lodestar Team of Keller Williams Integrity and UMBC's Division of Professional Studies for their incredible support.  Then attendees got down to business networking with one another and making new connections as live jazz filled the room from the piano.  

If you're interested in finding out more about the Young Professionals Network of Howard County or getting involved, you can find more information at

Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight

September means back to school, but it is also the month we celebrate Hispanic Heritage. Howard County's business community benefits so much from the incredibly diverse group of people who call the county home, and those who chose to start businesses here.  For the next four newsletters, we will be highlighting one of our members with Hispanic Heritage to celebrate the diversity of our membership. 

Emilee Burrows, of Self Storage Zone in Jessup, has entrepreneurship in her blood. As I sat with her in the lobby of the business she and her husband opened late last year, she described how she came from a family of franchise owners. Burrows says her mother is a manager as well, and seeing her in the role was a big influence.  Watching her family members succeed as entrepreneurs showed Emilee that owning her own business would be hard work, but it was achievable.   
When she and her husband, a military veteran, were searching for the right opportunity, they chose Maryland because it was his native home. But they chose their location on Route 1, because of the community they would become a part of. They operate the business on Route 1, but they also live in the area, so the businesses they work next to are also the places they go for dinner, to buy furniture or pick up groceries, and that has helped them feel like they are really part of the community.

I closed my interview with Emilee by asking if there was anything she would want other Chamber members to know and she said they offer a great military discount and they have been open every single day since they started the business late last year, with the exception of just ONE HOUR, when they were closed because of a power outage! You can find out more about Emilee Burrows and Self Storage Zone - Jessup here
We are so proud to welcome the following new Chamber members this week!
The following organizations joined the HCCC this week in history!
  • FIRN, Inc. - 27 Years
  • Willow Springs Golf Course - 27 Years
  • The Classic Catering People - 21 Years
  • Stewart Technologies, Inc. - 16 Years
  • Howard Tech Advisors - 7 Years
  • Sara Schultze - State Farm Insurance - 7 Years
  • Bodhi Clinic - 4 Years
  • Maryland Vein Professionals - 4 Years
  • Building Families for Children - 3 Years
  • Incite Creative - 3 Years
  • Tarantino Engineering Consultants - 3 Years
  • Tino's Italian Bistro - 3 Years
  • Zuckerman Spaeder LLP - 3 Years
  • Main Street Oriental Rugs - 2 Years
  • Murphy Business & Financial Services, LLC - 1 Year
  • Orthodox Church of St Matthew - 1 Years
Chamber Members on BBJ's 40 Under 40

Congratulations to Kelly Powers of Miles & Stockbridge P.C., Thomas Prevas of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP and Eric Thompson of BB&T, who all landed a coveted spot on the Baltimore Business Journal's 2018 40 Under 40 list.

Clarks Ace Hardware Grand Re-Opening Set

Join the Chamber and the team behind Clarks Ace Hardware for their Grand Re-Opening Weekend and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

September 29, 2018 - 9:30AM
Clarks Ace Hardware
10325 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042

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Energy Co-op Now Enrolling

Nothing says fall like a pumpkin spice latte and a chance to save money on your energy bills! If you're not already a part of the Chamber's Energy Purchasing Cooperative Program with CQI Associates because you aren't sure if it will benefit you, we've got you covered! Joe Tabeling with CQI Associates will be holding court at the Chamber Office next Wednesday morning to talk about the Energy Cooperative and help you decide if it's right for your business or your family.

September 12, 2018 - 9AM
Chamber Office
6240 Old Dobbin Lane, Suite 110
Columbia, MD 21045

Ads Now Available for 50th Anniversary Edition of our Business Resource Guide & Member Directory

In 2019, we will celebrate our 50th Anniversary and you are invited to join in that celebration and promote your business too - in our annual Business Resource Guide & Member Directory. 

We have partnered with The Business Monthly again to produce this 50th Anniversary Edition of the Directory. A representative from The Business Monthly will be calling you to verify that we have the correct information for your business and offer you the opportunity to enhance your listing and publish an ad.

If you are interested in guaranteeing an advertising spot in the 50th Anniversary Edition of the Directory, contact The Business Monthly team at 410-740-5009 or  
Kirwan Commission Recommends Adjusting Formula for Funding At-Risk Programs

The Kirwan Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education is recommending that schools with large numbers of low-income students, English language learners and special education students receive extra weight in the public school funding formula.

Weigh In On New Flood Mitigation Plan

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and Councilmember Jon Weinstein have announced a new five-year strategy to mitigate flooding in Ellicott City, in an effort to address the most immediate life safety threat on the town's lower Main Street within one year. The strategy includes the acquisition and removal of ten buildings on the south side of Main Street to create a public open space amenity with a wider, deeper river channel in their place. You can see the news conference where the announcement of the new plan was made here.

The Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning will hold a public information meeting to discuss the considerations that led to the new plan on September 12th at 6:30PM in the Banneker Room at the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.
Maryland Chamber Business Policy Conference

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce's annual Business Policy Conference is being held this September in Columbia. Attendees gain a greater understanding of the public policy issues that affect our business community through keynote speakers, expert panelists and networking.

September 20, 2018 - 9AM - 6:30PM
Sheraton Columbia Town Center
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