June 21, 2018
Primary Elections Next Tuesday, Early Voting Ends Today!

Early voting in this primary election ends today, June 21st, but election day is not far behind on June 26th You can find more information about the primary elections here .

In order to help you make informed decisions on the candidates running for office, we sent questionnaires to anyone who is officially running for Howard County Executive, County Council, the General Assembly and the Board of Education. The questionnaires cover a range of issues affecting Howard County's businesses and residents. You can read responses from each of the candidates who returned the questionnaires using the links below.

Historic Ellicott City Businesses and Residents 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/.

The Chamber team will be volunteering next Tuesday, June 26th at the Howard County Food Bank, so feel free to come by and drop off non-perishable food items and cleaning supplies. You can find more information about the items  they are looking for a  https://www.cac-hc.org/programs-services/food-assistance/ .

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. 
Time is Running Out to Sign Up for Iceland!

Dozens of your fellow Chamber members have already signed up to travel to Iceland this October, but there are still a few spots remaining. Join us for the trip of a lifetime to the land of geysers, glaciers, volcanoes and rich history from October 11-17th. 

For more information about the Iceland Trip, head to www.howardchamber.com/chamber-travel/.
Chamber Now Offering Electronic Invoices and ACH!

In an effort to streamline some of our administrative processes so that we can spend more time ensuring that you are getting the best value from your membership, we will be sending you communications about your membership electronically in addition to mailed copies. We are also pleased to offer members a direct payment plan. You can have your membership payment deducted automatically from your checking or savings account to save you time, avoid late charges, and save on postage. You can find the Authorization Agreement for Direct Payments here.
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.
SECU Names New President & CEO

SECU's Board of Directors has just announced that Dave Sweiderk will succeed Rod Staatz as President and CEO of the $3.5 billion credit union.

Revere Bank CEO Appointed at MBA Chairman

Congratulations to Revere Bank's Co-President and CEO, Ken Cook, who has just been appointed as the 2018-2019 Chairman of the Maryland Bankers Association.

Ribbon Cutting Set for Cravin' Food!

Join us for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with one of our newest members, Cravin' Food!

TODAY!!! - June 21, 2018 - 3 - 4 PM
Cravin' Food
7090 Deepage Drive
Columbia, MD 21045

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Congratulations to the Winners of The Daily Record's 2018 Reader Rankings

We know our members are great, and The Daily Record's readers do too! In addition to all of the wonderful members we recognized last week, one of our newest members, Astrachan Gunst Thomas, P.C., was also one of the winners under Law and Legal Services, Best Law Firm - Intellectual Property.
We are so proud to welcome the following new Chamber members this week!
The following organizations joined the HCCC this week in history!
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car - 14 Years
  • Northrop Realty, A Long & Foster Company - 12 Years
  • First National Bank - 11 Years
  • Witzke Funeral Homes, Inc. - 10 Years
  • Maggiano's Little Italy - 4 Years
  • Sol Levinson & Bros. Funeral Services PA - 4 Years
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