February 1, 2018

Tickets are now available for our annual State of the County Address with Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman on February 22nd at Turf Valley Resort! 

Early Bird Tickets are now available for  $125 for members 
and  $140 for non-members. These tickets are only available until February 2nd and they will go fast. 
After February 2nd, ticket prices will rise to  $150 for members and  $165 for non-members
First Member Orientation of 2018 in the Books!

Our first Member Orientation of 2018 was one of our best attended ever! Thank you to everyone who came out to Eggspecation in Ellicott City Tuesday morning to learn more about what the Howard County Chamber can do for you!
Howard County Chamber Advocating for Delayed Implementation of HB 1

As we mentioned in last week's edition of In The Loop, Senate Finance Chair Mac Middleton introduced legislation last week which would delay the implementation of HB 1. 

As the Senate Finance Committee members deliberate on Wednesday's hastily scheduled hearing to delay HB 1 enforcement, we want you to know that the Howard County Chamber and many other business groups are lobbying House members to support a July 1, 2018 effective date. A Baltimore Sun article today featured a quote from Howard County Chamber lobbyist Chris Costello, who told lawmakers the challenge for employers won't be offering leave, but doing it in a way that they are confident is legal. Costello says "It's a complex way of providing leave. Even the best employer with the best intentions I don't think is going to be in compliance with this law."

At the present time, two distinct efforts are underway. The emergency bill heard last Wednesday would delay enforcement, but there is another effort also underway aimed at delaying the entire bill's effective date.  If neither effort passes, HB 1 will require full compliance and provide for immediate investigation and penalty on February 11, 2018.

County Releases Comprehensive Assessment of Land Development Regulations

Earlier this week, County Executive Allan Kittleman announced the release of a comprehensive evaluation of the County's development regulations. The Development Regulations Assessment and Annotated Outline is now available for review on the Department of Planning and Zoning's project website  here .

There are also two public meetings planned where the results will be presented.

February 12, 2018

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
George Howard Building
3430 Court House Drive
Ellicotty City, MD 21043

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Oakland Mills High School, AHU-7 Auditorium
9410 Kilimajaro Road
Columbia, MD 21045


2018 Annual Legacy Partners
2018 Annual Benefactor & Leader Partners
10 Chamber Members on The Daily Record's 2018 Influential Marylanders List

Congratulations to ten of our amazing members for making The Daily Record's 2018 Influential Marylanders List! Check them out below!

  • Calvin Butler, CEO, BGE
  • Kathleen Hetherington, Ed.D., President, Howard Community College
  • Augie Chiasera, Regional President, M&T Bank
  • Rod Staatz, CEO & President, SECU
  • Patty Tuttle, Regional President, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Franklyn Baker, CEO, United Way of Central Maryland
  • Stephen Budorick, President & CEO, Corporate Office Properties Trust
  • Scott Dorsey, CEO, Merritt Properties
  • Edward St. John, Chairman, St. John Properties
  • Gina Abate, President & CEO, Edwards Performance Solutions
Congratulations to NinjaBE!

Chamber President & CEO Leonardo McClarty was on hand as one of our newest members, NinjaBE, cut the ribbon at their location on Snowden River Parkway Monday! 
Live Hotel and Casino Recruiting for 500 New Jobs

Live Casino and Hotel is planning to open a recruiting center next month to help fill 500 jobs the facility plans to need once it opens this year. The job openings include hotel administration, food and beverage and other jobs. The hiring center will be open daily at the Arundel Mills Mall, but there is also a job fair scheduled.

Live Casino & Hotel Job Fair
February 2, 2018 - 5 - 9 p.m.
Arundel Mills Mall

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting for AST I Trellis Learning Center

Join AST I Trellis Learning Center in Columbia for their grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony with fun and refreshments for the whole family.

February 7, 2018 - 10 a.m.
8970 Route 108, Suite B
Columbia, MD 21045

For more information email Ryan High at ryan.high@trellisservices.com.
Grand Re-opening of East Columbia Branch Library

Join the Howard County Library System for the grand re-opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly renovated East Columbia Branch!

February 10, 2018 - 9:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.
6600 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045
Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship Offering Relationship Marketing Program

During this month's MCE Marketing Matters program, we will be joined by Tim Simms of Influent Metrics and Dave Kile of Ease Technologies, to discuss accessible and affordable marketing strategies. During this 90-minute session learn: the do's and don'ts of establishing a meaningful rapport with your audience, both on and offline, analyze the growing value of relationships in business, and what principles to incorporate into your company's brand.

February 16, 2018 - Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship
9250 Bendix Road
Columbia, MD 21045

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21st Annual Chocolate Ball

The Arc of Howard County is now accepting sponsorships and reservations for their annual Chocolate Ball.

March 10, 2018 - 7 p.m. - Midnight
Turf Valley Resort
Ellicott City, MD 21042

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Volunteers Needed for HCPSS's Workforce Development Program

On March 23rd, more than 150 local high school students need your help! The students will be participating in practice job interviews as part of the Howard County School System's Workforce Development Program, Passport to the Future.

March 23, 2018 - 8 a.m. - Noon
Howard Community College
Duncan Hall/Kittleman Room

Sandy Spring Bank Plans to Continue Acquisitions 

Sandy Spring Bank will spend the rest of the year focused on its absorption of what used to be Washington First Bank, but it will then be back to the hunt for more companies to acquire according to the Baltimore Business Journal.

Community Meeting Scheduled to Talk About 13th High School 

The Howard County Council has announced the date of a Community Meeting to discuss High School #13.

February 1, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Auditorium of Howard High School

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Winter Restaurant Week is Here!

From now until February 5th, 30 of Howard County best restaurants are offering special menus in celebration of Winter Restaurant Week. Click below for a link to participating restaurants, including lots of our amazing members, and to see what they are offering! 

Share Your Thoughts with the Maryland Department of Commerce

The Maryland Department of Commerce is in it's third year of a strategic plan and is looking for feedback from the public. They are asking people to complete a short survey here by February 7, 2018.

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 info@howardchamber.com to join a Howard County Chamber of Commerce Committee today!   



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