April 26, 2018
County Executives Get Candid at Regional Economic Forum

We decided to change things up this year by re-imagining our annual Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast as a Regional Economic Forum with County Executives Allan Kittleman, Steve Schuh and Ike Leggett. 

Howard, Anne Arundel and Montgomery Counties are all linked geographically of course, but the connection between the counties is about more than just location. All three County Executives explained that working together on common interests is a win for everyone.  
This was most evident when the hot topic of the moment, Amazon's search for HQ2, was brought up by moderator Mike Kelly, Executive Director of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council.

When asked about Montgomery County's place on the top 20 list of locations still in the running, County Executive Kittleman was quick to say that as soon as that top 20 list was released, "I was on team Ike. Amazon has to see that we're all in this together." Indeed the subject of Montgomery County's selection was something all three County Executives could agree would be good for the entire region.
Another area of agreement was the need for more efficient public transportation, funding for road repairs, and the idea that we need to get people out of cars. Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett remarked that "It'll get worse before it gets better." But he also said that the first step to reducing congestion on the regions' highways is to ensure that what we already have is working, referring to METRO.  

All three County Executives could also agree that an area where Howard, Anne Arundel, Montgomery and Baltimore City must work together is the fight against the opioid epidemic. County Executive Kittleman says that he is in regular contact with Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and that they are all working in close coordination to break up drug distribution networks that spread dangerous drugs into all of our communities. Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh echoed the comments and explaining that with Anne Arundel County's proximity to the city, it is vital for him to work with Mayor Pugh and coordinate law enforcement efforts.
In addition to hearing from the three County Executive's this morning, Lawrence Richardson, VP of Government Affairs for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce walked attendees through a summary of the most important pieces of legislation to come out of the latest session in Annapolis including the passage of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act.

Chamber President Leonardo McClarty wrapped up the productive and informative discussion by thanking the County Executives, and thanking the Chamber's Annual Partners, including BGE, the Premiere Sponsor of the event.
Howard County Business Appreciation Week Recap

County Executive Kittleman and the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) asked and you answered! Tomorrow marks the end of what has been a great Howard County Business Appreciation Week, where the County Executive, HCEDA and our own President, Leonardo McClarty visited businesses throughout the county. Leonardo had the opportunity to visits businesses including Sunflower Trading Hat Company in Ellicott City.
Deadline for Early Bird Pricing on Iceland Trip Tomorrow

It's going to be a once in a lifetime trip this fall when the Chamber heads to Iceland, but time is running out to sign up and qualify for the early bird pricing! 

For lots more information about the trip, including the full brochure and registration information, click here. The deadline for early bird pricing registration is TOMORROWApril 27th!


May 24 - GovConnects BizBreakfast - Education Consortium

May 31 - Business After Business with the Asian American Chamber of Commerce - SAVE THE DATE!!!
CEO of Spectrum HR Solutions Appointed to MD Commission for Women

Congratulations to Brenda McChriston, CEO and Principal of Spectrum HR Solutions, for being appointed as one of five new commissioners to the Maryland Commission for Women by Governor Larry Hogan.

Harkins Builders' CEO Featured in BBJ

Congratulations to Gary Garofalo, President and CEO, Harkins Builders! Garofalo was featured this week in the Baltimore Business Journal.

Biz Kidz Academy on WMAR ABC2 News

Congratulations to Biz Kidz Academy! Their annual Young Entrepreneur's Biz Kidz Market Day Shark Tank Competition last weekend was featured on WMAR - ABC2 News this week!
Horizon Foundation's Open Streets Howard County 

Join The Horizon Foundation for the Opening Ceremony of Open Streets Howard County, an opportunity to see how better street design can make our community more bikeable and walkable.

May 5, 2018 - 1 - 4 p.m.
Long Reach High School
6101 Old Dobbin Lane
Columbia, MD 21045
Freedom Fund Jazz Breakfast 

The Howard County Branch of the NAACP is hosting their Freedom Fund Jazz Breakfast on May 5 at Martin's West. This year they are celebrating the "Year of the Women" honoring women at all levels of service in our community.

May 5, 2018 - 9 a.m. - Noon
Martin's West
Baltimore, MD

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Main Event Ribbon Cutting

The Main Event Entertainment Center at the Mall in Columbia will be having a ribbon cutting ceremony next month!

May 8, 2018 - 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Main Event Columbia
10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy #2520
Columbia, MD 21044

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United Way Walk a Mile

Join the United Way of Central Maryland for an opportunity to participate in their "Walk a Mile" experience in Howard County. Throughout the experience, participants play the role of a family member who is struggling to make ends meet. 

May 11, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Howard County General Hospital - Wellness Center
10710 Charter Dr., Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21044

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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

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!
  • Berkshire Communities - 13 Years
  • Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals - 13 Years
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