April 5, 2018
 UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS
Join us for our first ever Regional Economic Forum featuring Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman, Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh and Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett. Mike Kelly, Executive Director, Baltimore Metropolitan Council, will moderate the discussion presented by the Howard County Chamber Legislative Affairs Committee.

April 26, 2018
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel
10207 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, MD 21044

For information about available sponsorships for this one of a kind event, please contact Leonardo McClarty at  lmcclarty@howardchamber.com .
Business After Business - Last Chance to Register!

You don't want to miss the first Business After Business of 2018 hosted by The Law Offices of Kirk Halpin & Associates and True Title! Pack up your business cards and come mix and mingle!

April 10, 2018 - 5 - 7 p.m.
Law Offices of Kirk Halpin & Associates
6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 100
Clarksville, MD 21029



 LEGISLATIVE ACTION UPDATE
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Bill on Net Neutrality Could Be Passed in Last Days of Legislative Session 

HB 1654, a bill that would require internet service providers to give their customers an opt-in choice before using their personal information, has passed a third reader in the House of Delegates and is scheduled for a final House vote this week, just ahead of the end of the current legislative session Monday at midnight. The Chamber is opposed to the legislation as written because state-by-state regulation of the internet will harm consumers and businesses by discouraging investment in broadband infrastructure and new technologies in Maryland that are critical to a new and vital economy. We believe there should instead be a comprehensive, common-sense approach at the federal level to address these issues and penned a letter to Delegate Derrick Davis, Chair of the Economic Matters Committee at the start of the session letting him know of our opposition to the legislation.

 IN THE LOOP
Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Task Force to Hold Public Hearing

Chamber President Leonardo McClarty and the rest of the Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Task Force are holding a public hearing on April 9th to get feedback on a range of topics including workforce support, economic development, education, housing and transportation.

April 9, 2018 - 5:30 p.m.
C. Vernon Gray Conference Room
George Howard Building
3430 Court House Drive
Ellicott City, MD 20143

If you are not able to attend the public hearing, you can submit your testimony electronically here.

The Task Force was established to explore ways to create as many pathways to economic prosperity as possible for individuals and businesses in Howard County. The task force will submit a report to the County Council and County Executive with recommendations in December of this year.
Howard County Business Appreciation Week is Coming

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and ambassadors and staff from the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) will be making visits to local businesses as part of the 2018 Howard County Business Appreciation Week from April 23 - 27.

We encourage you, our members, to sign up for an appointment here, to get the opportunity to speak directly to the County Executive and HCEDA team about your experiences as a business owner and ideas for improving the business climate.

In addition, the County Executive will cap off the week by hosting a Business Roundtable with CEOs and business owners for a collaborative conversation about business topics in the county.

You can register to for one of the visits here and the County Executive's Business Roundtable here. Registration closes April 16th at 12:00 a.m.  
 CHAMBER NEWS
Deadline for Early Bird Pricing on Iceland Trip Approaching

Thank you to everyone who came out for some delicious free pizza from Grotto Pizza in Columbia and lots of information about our amazing 2018 Chamber Trip to Iceland last week. We already have more than a dozen travelers signed up!

If you want more information about this fall's trip of a lifetime to Iceland, but weren't able to make it to the information session this week, we've got you covered. Just click here for the full brochure and registration information, but don't forget, the early bird pricing discount only lasts until April 27th.

 CHAMBER MEMBER NEWS
Jailbreak Foodworks Ribbon Cutting this Saturday

Jailbreak Brewing Company will now be offering food and to celebrate the opening of their new kitchen, they're having a ribbon cutting ceremony this Saturday with beer specials and lite bites.

April 7, 2018 - Noon - 1 p.m.
9445 Washington Blvd. N., Suite F
Laurel, MD

Angela Grau of Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny Named 2018 Leadership in Law Winner

Congratulations to Angela B. Brau, of Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, who has just been selected by The Daily Record as a 2018 Leadership in Law winner. The Leadership in Law Awards recognize Maryland's legal professionals whose dedication to their occupation and to their communities is outstanding.
Leadership Howard County Seeking Candidates for Class of 2019!

Are you an active community volunteer? Do you want to learn more about the issues in our community, about local resources and how you can have a greater impact as a leader? The Leadership Howard County Premier Program is now seeking candidates for their class of 2019. They are holding an informational breakfast later this month for people interested in applying.

April 19, 2018 - 8 a.m.
Loyola University MD Graduate Center
8890 McGaw Road
Columbia, MD 

7th Annual Power of the Purse

We are once again a proud drop off location for the Annual Power of the Purse! We will be collecting new, gently used, vintage and designer handbags for the Power of the Purse Sale and Silent Auction on June 11th benefiting Blossoms of Hope.

June 11, 2018 - 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom by Fretz
9204 Berger Road
Columbia, MD 21044
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!!!

We are so proud to welcome the following new Chamber members this week!
Happy Anniversary!!!

The following organizations joined the HCCC this week in history!
  • Gordon Feinblatt LLC - 33 Years
  • Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. - 29 Years
  • Gutschick Little & Weber P.A. - 27 Years
  • Corporate Office Properties Trust - 25 Years
  • Bob's BMW Motorcycles - 23 Years
  • Columbia Pro Cantare - 23 Years
  • Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory - 23 Years
  • Nancy Adams Personnel - 23 Years
  • Special Olympics Howard County - 23 Years
  • Banta Campbell Architects, Inc. - 21 Years
  • Bmore Branded - 21 Years
  • Wessel's/Wilhide's Florists - 21 Years
  • Target Marketing - 8 Years
  • Glory Days Grill - 4 Years
 IN THE LOOP
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Congressman Elijah Cummings 2018 Annual Job Fair

Join Congressman Elijah Cummings for his 21st Annual Job Fair at Morgan State University

April 9, 2018 
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Morgan State University
Hill Field House
1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21251

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MCE Marketing Matters: Feedback Bounce Back  

Join the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship for their next Marketing Matters event, Feedback Bounce Back - How to Access and Collect Customer Feedback.

April 13, 2018 - Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship
9250 Bendix Road
Columbia, MD 21044

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Export Management Bootcamp for Industry Professionals

The Center for Global Business at the University of Maryland is hosting its second annual Export Management Bootcamp for Industry Professionals. The two-day bootcamp is designed to help prepare professionals to export their products or services internationally.

April 20 & 21, 2018
University of Maryland BioPark
Building 2, Suite 100
801 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Le'Chic Academy Foundation's BIZKidz Market Day

Calling all young entrepreneurs! Le'Chic Academy is holding a BIZKidz Market Day and wants you to come out and sell your creative products and services, make money and compete for awards and prizes.

April 21, 2018 - Noon - 5 p.m.
The Interfaith Center
5885 Robert Oliver Place
Columbia, MD 21045


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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