March 29, 2018
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 .
 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
Member Orientation Recap

Thank you to everyone who made it out to our Member Orientation last night at Eggspectation in Ellicott City despite the rainy weather. Chamber President Leonardo McClarty walked the attendees through a presentation of all of the benefits available to Chamber members, but it was also the first Member Orientation for our new Director of Membership, Ronny Nadiv! If you didn't have a chance to make it to this orientation, never fear, we've got another one coming up in May.
Chamber President Presents Best of Howard County Award at 2018 Maryland Cybersecurity Awards

Chamber President Leonardo McClarty and Director of Membership Ronny Nadiv attended the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland's 2nd Annual Maryland Cybersecurity Awards Celebration last night. 

The Chamber is a proud sponsor of the event and McClarty was pleased to announce the winner of the Best of Howard County award to EN|VEIL.

Iceland Trip Information Session a Big Success

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 this week. Two dozen travelers got to hear about the upcoming tour of Iceland, a land of geysers, glaciers, volcanoes and rich history. 

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.
Congratulations to Our Vice President, Programs & Strategic Initiatives, Kristi Simon!

Congratulations to our very own Vice President, Programs & Strategic Initiatives, Kristi Simon, who has just been awarded a $750 scholarship to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Institute. Kristi will be able to use the scholarship for Institute curriculum tailored to association, chamber and other non-profit professionals.
 UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS
YPN Celerate Series - Psychological Body Armor: Developing Personal & Professional Resilience

Step our of your comfort zone and grow your stress-management skills. Learn to function effectively in tough situations, pivot stressful experiences into positive ones and rebound from adversity with resilience.

April 3, 2018 - 7:30 - 9 a.m.
UMBC Training Center
6996 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21046
Women in Tech Social with CAMI & Ft. Meade Alliance

The Chamber has joined forces with the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland (CAMI) the Howard Tech Council and the Fort Meade Alliance to being you the Women in Tech Social.

April 5, 2018 - 5 - 7 p.m.
Howard County Conservancy
10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163


 CHAMBER MEMBER NEWS
Spotlight on Lois Blevins and the National Center for Citizen Safety

All this month, we've been shining the spotlight on members in honor of Women's History Month. This week, we're talking about Lois Blevins, founder and President of the National Center for Citizen Safety (NCCSAFE)

Blevins has over 30 years of federal law enforcement experience in both intelligence and training, including designing curriculum for federal infrastructure security, protection and investigations and reviewing curricula for the U.S. State Department. Through her years of working in law enforcement, Blevins was also involved in the non-profit organization, Concerns of Police Survivors as a volunteer, and serving on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Surge Capacity Force which responded in the aftermath of both Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Harvey/Irma. Blevins saw firsthand how the nation was being impacted by severe acts of nature as well as active assailants. In 2014, Blevins started the non-profit National Center for Citizen Safety with the mission of teaching citizens how to lock down, shelter-in-place and respond to acts of domestic terrorism. NCCSAFE also offers online citizen response education, resources for survivors and a toll-free telephone number and cyber tip line.

This August, Blevins and NCCSAFE will host their 4th Survivor Strong 5k, a race at which survivors including Ericka Brannock (Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor), Michele Gay (mother of Josephine Gay, killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting), and many others have spoken in the past. You can read much more about Lois Blevins and NCCSAFE, as well as the 4th Survivor Strong 5k here.

Community Action Council of Howard County Announces 2018 Holland Humanitarian Award Recipient

The Community Action Council of Howard County (CAC) has just announced that Vivian "Millie" Bailey will receive the 2018 Reverend John W. Holland Humanitarian Award because of her lifetime of community service. Bailey, a WWII veteran, established a fund in the 1980's at the CAC in honor of her late husband, William Bailey, that has provided critical support to more than 126 Howard County residents in need of housing assistance.

Audrey Robbins Humanitarian Award Winners Announced

The Association of Community Services of Howard County has announced the winners of their 2018 Audrey Robbins Humanitarian Awards including Volunteer of the Year, Jackie Eng, Volunteer Team of the Year, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., lota Lambda Omega Chapter, Employee of the Year, Joan Webb Scornaienchi and Employee Team of the Year, Humanim's Healthy Transitions Program.

Lots of Chamber Members Make The Daily Record's 2018 Influential Marylanders

Congratulations go out to nearly a dozen of our amazing members for their inclusion on The Daily Record's 2018 List of Influential Marylanders! 

Edward St. John, Founder & Chairman of St. John Properties, Calvin Butler, CEO, BGE, Dr. Kathleen Hetherington, President, Howard Community College, Augie Chiasera, Senior Vice President/President, Baltimore and Chesapeake regions M&T Bank, Rod Staatz, President and CEO, State Employees Credit Union of Maryland, Patty Tuttle, Maryland Regional President, Wells Fargo Bank, Franklyn Baker, CEO & President, United Way of Central Maryland, Stephen Burdorick, President/CEO, Corporate Office Properties Trust, Scott Dorsey, Chairman/CEO, Merritt Properties, LLC, and Gina Abate, President/CEO, Edwards Performance Solutions all made the list!

Kevin Kelehan Receives Leadership in Law Award from The Daily Record

Congratulations to Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett & Scherr partner Kevin Kelehan who has just received the 2018 Leadership in Law Award from The Daily Record. The award recognizes Maryland lawyers and judges dedicated to their occupations and communities.

Local Fellowship Opportunities through Hiring our Heroes

The Corporate Fellowship Program is a 6-week program held year round in the Maryland and D.C. areas. Each fellow is either a military spouse of a recently separated veteran. Through the fellowship, individuals gain experience working with participating companies and also have access to free educations services. The fellowship places qualified individuals into positions quickly and is a great way to connect companies to a large pool of talent.

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!
  • CohnReznick, LLP - 6 Years
  • Evolve Consulting Group, Inc. - 6 Years
  • Pam Long Photography - 6 Years
  • Weblink International, Inc. - 5 Years
  • Howard County Concert Orchestra - 3 Years
  • Murphy Commercial - 3 Years
  • American Heart Association - 2 Years
  • The Daily Record - 2 Years
 IN THE LOOP
Maryland's Businesses Report Plans to Hire

A majority of Maryland business executives expect to increase employment in the next year, but an equal amount report having difficulty finding qualified workers according to the results of the newly released Maryland Business Climate Survey.

Long Reach Village Center Redevelopment Delayed

The Baltimore Business Journal is reporting that the County Zoning Board's decision not to review redevelopment plans for Long Reach Village Center this spring will likely delay the process by another year.

Ellicott City Watershed Master Plan Update

If you weren't able to make it to the March 22nd Public Meeting, the people behind the Ellicott City Watershed Master Plan's development are now sharing the presentation from the event here.

They are also offering an option for input online through April 2nd here

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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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