February 7, 2019
Week 5 Legislative Update

This week marked the fifth week that lawmakers contemplated various policies in Annapolis. For each of the bills listed below, that were introduced and considered, the Howard County Chamber has either submitted written testimony, or is planning to testify in person.
Howard County Executive Ball Forms EC Community Development Corporation Exploration Committee

Chamber President Leonardo McClarty was one of several people selected to serve on the Ellicott City Community Development Corporation (CDC) Exploration Committee, recently formed by Howard County Executive Calvin Ball to examine the feasibility of creating a CDC for Ellicott City.

At an event this afternoon, County Executive Ball announced the committee and the creation of a new website devoted to the Ellicott City Safe and Sound Plan.
Howard Co. Delegation to Hold Public Hearing for Input on Statewide Issues

The Howard County Delegation of the Maryland General Assembly has announced a public hearing to gather feedback on statewide issues.

February 20, 2019 - 7:30PM
Banneker Room, George Howard Building
3430 Courthouse Drive
Ellicott City, MD 


March 6 - YPN Mixer at Main Event

YPN Celerate Series Focuses on Change Management This Month

Change happens everyday. About two dozen young professionals who attended this week's 'Celerate' education series event are now much better equipped to handle it! Chetna Bhat, CEO of PPRD (Personal, Professional, Relationship Development), led the discussion focused on how to recognize and engage in the change management process.
Business After Business at SECU

We were blown away by the attendance at this week's Business After Business mixer at SECU! Thank you to all of the members and ambassadors who made it to the event and went home with some great new connections. 
Strategic Alliance Partner
We are thankful for many things this Thanksgiving, but especially, our newest members! Welcome to the Chamber!
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!
  • Putting On The Ritz - 30 Years
  • Impact Marketing & Public Relations LLC - 29 Years
  • Howard County Fair Association - 22 Years
  • Land Design & Development, Inc. - 22 Years
  • Savage Mill - 22 Years
  • Turn Key Office, LLC - 16 Years
  • MVP Law Group P.A. - 8 Years
  • Patient First - 8 Years
  • Robert Half - 8 Years
  • Dembo Jones, P.C. - 7 Years
  • Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, Inc. - 7 Years
  • Performance Window Tinting & Auto Detailing - 7 Years
  • Tocar Spa - 7 Years
  • Howard Co. Professional Fire Fighters Association - 4 Years
  • Chatham Station Shopping Center - 2 Years
  • Courtyard by Marriott - 2 Years
  • The SajiGroup - 2 Years
  • Agile Data Sites, LLC - 1 Year
  • Commercially Clean LLC - 1 Year
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Laurel - 1 Year
  • McGivern Consulting, LLC - 1 Year
  • Two Rivers Steak & Fish House - 1 Year
Getting to Know Dina Bell Nance & Training by Design, Inc.

At the Chamber, we are so proud of our members, and this month, in honor of Black History Month, we wanted to take a moment in each of our newsletters to shine a spotlight on one of our members! This week, we spoke to Dina Bell Nance, founder of Training by Design, Inc.

Tell me about your company and how you got started.

On June 7, 2018, Training by Design, Inc. Celebrated 16 Years of Business Excellence in providing Professional Development Training, Technology Training, Project Management Training & Consulting, Business Coaching and Speaking Engagements to both the Public and Private Sectors. We also create Global Training Solutions geared toward excellence. We bring over 30 years of experience in the Project Management, Training and Customer Service areas of expertise.  
Approximately 30 years ago, I graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore county with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. I was beyond excited to believe that I was about to change the world through one software development program at a time. After working at a variety of consulting companies developing software, testing applications, writing documentation and supporting many teams, it quickly came to my attention, that there has to be more, because this is not my calling! Shortly after I had that epiphany, I was called into my boss's office and informed that our Federal client did not like our program and did not believe it was working so they requested that we develop a new one. After many days of anguish and stress, I went back into his office and asked if I could go meet with the client because I felt so strongly that it was a training issue. After meeting with their team for approximately 2 hours and showing them how to use the system properly, the love of Training, Client Engagement and Problem Solving overtook me on the spot. Yes, we had a happy client.  I felt very strongly like  God was shifting me into something geared specifically by him, so after careful praying and planning, Training by Design, Inc. - "Where God Is the CEO" was established on June 2, 2002 and the world has not been the same since.

What advice would you give to aspiring black entrepreneurs?

Surrender your business to God!  Seek him daily for instruction and wisdom.  Read a Proverb a Day.  Make learning a part of your daily lifestyle.  Get Rest / Drink Water / Celebrate the Small Things / Serve Others / Need Counseling - Get Counseling.  Network, Network, Network: Join a professional group in your industry and most important the Howard County Chamber of Commerce.
BB&T and SunTrust to Combine in Merger

Congratulations to two of our members, BB&T and SunTrust, who have just announced they will be combining in a "merger of equals," creating the sixth largest U.S. bank holding company.
CarneyKelehan Ranked Among 2019 Best Law Firms

Congratulations to Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett and Scherr LLP, who was just ranked among the 'Best Law Firms' by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

Primerica Ribbon Cutting

Congratulations to one of our newest members, Primerica, on a great ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating an office of leadership and entrepreneurship, focusing on financial wellness and education.
Maximum Fitness 24/7 Grand Opening

Join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening for one of our newest members, Maximum Fitness 24/7. They are also a veteran owned business.

February 20, 2019 - NOON - 2PM
7351 Assateague Dr.
Jessup, MD 21045

With support from our 2019 Ribbon Cutting Partner, State Farm - Alexander Brown.
Union Home Mortgage Ribbon Cutting Set

Come celebrate one of our newest members, Union Home Mortgage, at a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening event.

February 21, 2019 - 3 - 5PM
Union Home Mortgage
8840 Stanford Blvd, Suite 3100
Columbia, MD 21045

CA Holding Information Sessions About Serving on Board of Directors

Columbia's village elections are coming up soon! And this year, seven villages will hold elections to fill seats on Columbia Association's (CA) Board of Directors. Columbia Association is hosting information sessions on 2/19 and 2/23, so that anyone interested can learn more about CA and serving on CA's Board of Directors.
Consumer Protection Forum with Senator Van Hollen and Attorney General Brian Frosh

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and The Howard County Office of Consumer Protection for a discussion focused on your rights as a consumer.

February 28, 2019 - 6:30 - 8:30PM
North Laurel Community Center
9411 Whiskey Bottom Road
Laurel, MD 20723 

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