May 31, 2019
Save the Date for the Chamber's 
50th Anniversary   Signature Event
Saturday, October 5, 2019  |   6:00 PM
YPN CELERATE SERIES: MAKING CONNECTIONS TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS AND CAREER 


ECONOMIC GROWTH IN MARYLAND: A DISCUSSION ON THE STATE'S BUSINESS CLIMATE

The Maryland Public Policy Institute and the University of Baltimore's Jacob France Institute have partnered to bring back the Maryland Business Climate Survey. This Pilot Survey, conducted at the close of 2017 and start of 2018, is the first in what is a quarterly survey on the performance of the state's economy and business perceptions on Maryland as a place to do business. The goal of the survey is to provide timely data on the performance and direction of the state's economy. 

Join us for a discussion of the survey and the potential opportunities represented by it's results.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019    |  8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists 
9705 Patuxent Woods Drive 
Columbia, MD 21046

2019 CYBER CONFERENCE June 19th.  R egister Early.

Connect with and learn at this one day Cyber event.
 
Keynote Speakers 
  

COFFEE WITH THE PRESIDENT
 
   Soldierfit 
   7175 Oakland Mills Road 
   Columbia, MD 21046

 Register Here
  CHAMBER EVENTS
  2019 ANNUAL CHAMBER PARTNERS
Strategic Alliance Partner
  WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!!!
Join us in welcoming our new members to the Chamber this month. We are happy to see them come onboard.
  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!
In honor of our 50th Anniversary Year, we will be recognizing some of our original members throughout the year in this section of the newsletter as well as some of our newest members!
  LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Howard County Budget Adopted With Record Funding
The Howard County Council passed a final version of County Executive Ball's Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) operating and capital budgets Wednesday morning, by a unanimous vote of 5-0. The budget includes record School Funding, Public Safety Enhancements, and Transportation Improvements 

The FY20 Operating Budget of $1.2 billion, which goes into effect July 1, 2019, represents a 2.0 percent increase from last year. The FY20 Capital Budget totals $206.3 million


Photo Credit: HowardCountyMD.Gov
3 Howard County Delegation Bills become Law without Governor Hogan's Signature 

HB0869 - Howard County - Alcoholic Beverages - Marketplace License Ho. Co. 06-19
  • Establishing a marketplace license in Howard County; authorizing the Board of License Commissioners to issue the license to certain individuals; requiring an applicant for a marketplace license to include a list of the names of vendors and agents within the marketplace that will be authorized to sell beer, wine, and liquor under the license; authorizing a license holder to obtain a refillable container permit and a nonrefillable container permit under certain conditions; establishing an annual license fee of $6,000; etc.
HB1166 - Howard County - Authority to Impose Fees for Use of Disposable Bags Ho. Co. 04-19

 

Authorizing Howard County to impose, by law, a fee on certain retail establishments for the use of disposable bags as part of a retail sale of products; limiting the amount of the fee to not more than 5 cents for each disposable bag used; defining "disposable bag" as a plastic bag provided by a store to a customer at the point of sale; requiring the county to use certain revenue only for a certain environmental purpose or the implementation, administration, and enforcement of the fee; etc.


HB1409 - Howard County - School Facilities Surcharge - Rates Ho. Co. 03-19

 

Altering the amount of the school facilities surcharge in Howard County for certain types of residential construction; authorizing the County Council of Howard County to enact a local law providing for the annual alteration of the amount of the school facilities surcharge based on consideration of certain issues; prohibiting the County Council from imposing a school facilities surcharge on residential new construction that is classified as senior housing and an affordable housing unit under certain provisions of the County Code; etc.        


Source:  scotteblog.com (Howard County)
  CHAMBER NEWS
Howard Chamber Welcomes New Staff Members!


Simone Benson
 Communications Manager 

Simone is responsible for developing and managing all internal and external communications between the Chamber, its membership and the community. 
     
 
Alex Sullivan  
Membership Assistant


Alex provides administrative support to the Director of Membership and Chamber CEO. She also provides exemplary customer service to Chamber members and the general public .

Howard County Chamber set to take Inaugural Intercity Visit


The Howard County Chamber is planning to embark upon an Intercity Leadership Visit in 2019. In spearheading an intercity visit, the Howard County Chamber will take approximately 20-30 business and civic leaders alongside County Executive Calvin Ball and elected and appointed officials to Somerset County, NJ to study best practices in economic and community development, flood mitigation, and environmental stewardship.  Click here for details and to register.
  CHAMBER MEMBER NEWS

Chamber Members Recognized as Influential Marylanders

Several Howard Chamber members were recently recognized by The Daily Record as 2019 Influential Marylanders. 

Congratulations to:
  • Creig Northrop, CEO & President, Northrop Realty
  • Mary McLaughlin, Senior VIce President, Comcast
  • Christopher Holt - Regional President, BBT
  • Brian Pieninck - President & CEO, Carefirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Charles Monk - Saul Ewing, Arnstein & Lehr
  • Allan Riorda - Principal & President, Lee @ Associates
  • Ralph Semmel - Director, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
HOWARD COUNTY OFFICE OF PURCHASING HOSTING CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP

The Howard County Office of Purchasing will be hosting a Minority & Local Business Certification Workshop..
 
This workshop will feature presenters from Howard County Office of Purchasing and Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA), who will share information on the Equal Business Opportunity (EBO) Program, Local Business Initiative, Howard County procurement process, and information on business development incentives and resources within Howard County.

For more information contact:Purchasing@howardcountymd.gov or call 410-313-6370

Tuesday, June 04, 2019  |  1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 
Howard County Library
Miller Branch, Ellicott Room 
9421 Frederick Rd, 
Ellicott City, MD 21042. 
Apprenticeship Maryland
Academy

When your business participates in the 
Apprenticeship Maryland program, y ou get a chance to cultivate a highly trained 
workforce and help 12th grade students to begin their careers in high-demand fields.

Apprenticeship Maryland is an incredibl e
opportunity to have a positive impact on the
career development of qualified students, and  your company bottom line. Benefits of participation in the program include:
  • Streamlined Recruiting
  • Trained potential Full-Time Employees
  • Improved Retention
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