August 9, 2018
Huge Turnout for YPN Celerate on Selling & Branding Yourself

YPN's Celerate Education Series was just started last year, but it is really growing! For the first time, registration for the event topped 50, creating a full house for this week's topic, "Selling & Branding Yourself". 

Speakers Creig Northrop, President of Northrop Realty, A Long and Foster Company and Mary Edwards, RN, Founder & President, Worthington Edwards LLC talked about how they built their successful careers by creating a strong brand for themselves. Attendees also walked away with a lesson from Northrop about how he set himself up for success with a unique strategy through the 2008 recession.

Thank you to everyone who attended and Loyola University of Maryland's Columbia Graduate Center for hosting. And as always thank you to our amazing YPN sponsors! Next up for YPN is a Mixer, September 5th at Cured/18 & 21st. Registration is now open for the event at
Great Connections Made at Power Networking Breakfast

We doubled up this week with two events Wednesday morning, the second, was a big collaboration. The Chamber joined forces with the Anne Arundel County Chamber, Baltimore City Chamber, Baltimore County Chamber, Greater MD Better Business Bureau, BWI Partnership and many more for the annual Power Connections Networking Breakfast. Dozens of our Chamber members were able to meet people representing other businesses in our region and the event was so popular it sold out!
List of Signature Event Sponsors Keeps Growing!

We are less than two months away from the 2018 Signature Event featuring comedian Greg Schwem and the list of sponsors continues to grow. Companies that have already signed on to sponsor the annual can't miss evening include:

M&T Bank - Premier Sponsor
Turf Valley Resort - Premier Sponsor
Apple Ford Columbia Association
Howard County General Hospital Howard Hughes Corporation
Howard Tech Advisors Kaiser Permanente
PNC Bank UHY Advisors
CQI & Associates Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, LLC
KCI Technologies The Columbia Bank
The RMR Group Giant Food
Anderson Minuteman Press Tower Federal Credit Union
Howard Community College Revere Bank
Sandy Spring Bank The Business Monthly
Image360 Pam Long Photography
Advertising Media Plus CBC Retirement Partners
Old Line Bank SECU
Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home Lutheran Village at Miller's Grant
The Mall in Columbia Commercial Insurance Managers
Katz Abosch Cain Contracting
Pepsi StratWealth
Dembo Jones DPR Construction

If your company isn't on this list, what are you waiting for? Contact  Chamber President, Leonardo McClarty  by  email  or by phone at  410-730-4111 for more information about remaining sponsorship opportunities.  You can read more about the available sponsorship levels here .

We are so proud to welcome the following new Chamber members this week!
The following organizations joined the HCCC this week in history!
  • Howard County Library System - 25 Years
  • Howard County Economic Development Authority - 24 Years
  • The Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship - 24 Years
  • The Evergreens at Columbia Town Center, LLC - 15 Years
  • Great Harvest Bread Co. - 13 Years
  • Terrapin Copier - 7 Years
The Business Monthly Gets New Ownership

Congratulations are in order for two of our amazing members!  Daniel Medinger, President and Owner of Advertising Media Plus , has just purchased The Business Monthly from current owners Becky Mangus and Cathy Yost.
Allen & Shariff Celebrates 25 Years in Business

Congratulations to Allen & Shariff as they celebrate a quarter of a century in business providing design, build and management services for large-scale construction projects around the world.

Self Storage Zone is Now Open in Jessup

Congratulations to Self Storage Zone of Jessup on a successful grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony this week despite the rainy weather! Chamber President Leonardo McClarty and Membership Director Ronny Nadiv were on hand with Chamber ambassadors to help one of our newest members mark the occassion. You can read more about Self Storage Zone - Jessup here
Change of Command at Fort Meade

In a ceremony that drew both a Maryland senator and congressman, Col. Erich C. Spragg assumed command of the Fort Meade garrison from Col. Tom Rickard.

HCEDA Announces Date for 25th Anniversary Celebration

Our Strategic Alliance Partner, the Howard County Economic Development Authority wants you to save the date for their 25th Anniversary Celebration to be held October 15th.

Registration Open for State of the HCPSS Address

Registration is now open for the annual State of the Howard County Public School System Address with Dr. Michael Martirano, Superintendent of Schools, hosted by Bright Minds.

September 12, 2018 - 7:30 - 9:30AM
The Meeting House

$10k Grants Available For People Affected by Ellicott City Flood

The Community Foundation of Howard County, United Way of Central Maryland and Ellicott City Partnership have raised $800,000 to date to be used for grants to those affected by the Ellicott City Flood May 27, 2018. 

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