June 28, 2018
State Primary Elections Shake Up the Fall and Upcoming Season

Much has been said about the outcomes of Tuesday's Primary Election, but just below the radar screen were some surprises that promise to shake up the coming legislative session. 

Key General Assembly committee leaders and major policy influencers all fell victim to more progressive candidates. Delegate Joseph Vallario, Chair of the House Judiciary Committee for the past 25 years was defeated. On the Senate side, Senator Mac Middleton, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee was defeated as was Senator Nathaniel McFadden, member of the Senate Budget and Finance Committee. While not official, Senator Joan Carter Conway, Chair of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee appears headed for defeat as well. All of those outcomes create significant challenges for the business community in the coming session as these legislators are considered moderate Democrats that work closely with Senate leadership. 

You can expect much more information about the upcoming legislative session at our annual Legislative Preview Breakfast this fall, but in the mean time, you can read a lot more about the statewide legislative races here. We have also posted a complete list of results from Tuesday's Primary Election below.
Save the Date for our County Executive Debate & Elected Officials Meet & Greet!

Now that the primary elections are over, it's time to turn your attention to the general elections this fall. We have two upcoming events to help you decide who will get your votes in November.

Elected Officials Meet & Greet
August 23, 2018 - 5:30 PM

2018 Howard County Executive Debate with Allan Kittleman & Calvin Ball
Moderated by WJZ Anchor, Vic Carter
September 13, 2018 - 11 AM
Minimum Wage Increases Begin Next Week

Next week the minimum wage increases we've mentioned over the last few months will go into effect. Starting July 1st, Maryland's minimum wage will rise to $10.10 per hour (from $9.25), DC's will rise to $13.25 per hour (from $12.25) and Montgomery County's will rise depending on the number of employees starting at $12 per hour and topping out at $12.25.

Announcing Two New Cost-Saving Member Benefits

Take advantage of our newest partner programs! 

Howard County Chamber members can now access exclusive discounts on the products and services you use most including Office Depot, FedEx, Hotels and Avis/Budget.

The Chamber has also partnered with Accident Fund Workers Compensation Insurance to give members the opportunity to join a group program with benefits like a 5% up-front discount on your premium and a potential dividend up to 5% as well.

Learn more about all of our Partner Programs at howardchamber.com/partner-programs/.
Historic Ellicott City Businesses in Need of Volunteer Contractors

We are continuing to work with our members and community partners to do what we can to aid the relief efforts for the people and businesses of Historic Ellicott City. Visit Howard County has put together a comprehensive list of the places you can donate funds, time, space and skills, along with a list of upcoming fundraising events. You can find more information about all the ways you can help at  www.visithowardcounty.com/ecstrong/.

If you are a business with spare office, storage or retail space that a dislocated business could use, please email  ksimon@howardchamber.com  with the location, amount of space available and how long it will be available. 
Know Someone Who Deserves an Award for Chamber Excellence?

It's that time of year again! If you know someone who deserves recognition for all their hard work, nominate them for our 2018 Awards for Chamber Excellence in the categories of Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and GovConnects Business of the Year.

You can read all of the nomination rules and find the application form here. ACE Nominations must be received by Wednesday, August 1st and should be send to Kristi Simon by email at ksimon@howardchamber.com or by mail at 6240 Old Dobbin Lane, Suite 110, Columbia, MD 21045.
We are so proud to welcome the following new Chamber members this week!
The following organizations joined the HCCC this week in history!
  • Windsor Electric Company Inc. - 14 Years
  • Baltimore Orioles - 13 Years
  • Gail Bates CPA - 12 Years
  • Homewatch CareGivers - 12 Years
  • Howard County Autism Society - 12 Years
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance - 6 Years
Leadership Howard County Looking for Community Impact Project Proposals

Does your non-profit organization have a project or issue that it doesn't have the time, expertise or staff to research or address? Leadership's Community Impact Projects (CIP), designed for senior level leaders who will work from October 2018-May 2019, may be the answer! 

Cravin' Food is Open for Business

Congratulations to Cravin' Food on a successful ribbon cutting ceremony! Chamber President & CEO Leonardo McClarty and several Chamber Ambassadors were on hand to help one of our newest members kick things off with a bang!

St. John Properties Named NAIOP's Top Developer of 2018

St. John Properties, Inc. has been selected as the 2018 Developer of the Year by the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, the association's highest honor.

impactHR's Janette Hunt Honored

Congratulations to impactHR's Senior Consultant, Janette Hunt, who has just been issued the Society for Human Resource Management's Merit Award for excellence and achievement to the Penn State World Campus Virtual SHRM Student Chapter for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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