January 25, 2018

Tickets are now available for our annual State of the County Address with Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman on February 22nd at Turf Valley Resort! 

Our Women's Leadership Conference has been growing for three years and we can't wait to show everyone all of the accomplished speakers and panelists and timely session topics we're offering this year!

The 2018 Women's Leadership Conference will feature the following dynamic speakers:
  • Morning Keynote SpeakerLaura Gamble, Regional President of PNC Bank
  • Afternoon Keynote SpeakerColonel (Ret.) Laurie Moe Buckhout, US Army, President and CEO, Corvus
  • Major General Linda Singh, Maryland National Guard
  • Jane Campbell, Current Director of the Washington Office for Advocacy's National Development Council and the first female Mayor of Cleveland
2018 Women's Leadership Conference will take place
March 8th from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Columbia.

Early Bird Tickets are now available for  $125 for members 
and  $140 for non-members. These tickets are only available until February 2nd and they will go fast. 
After February 2nd, ticket prices will rise to  $150 for members and  $165 for non-members
There are also still a few sponsorship opportunities remaining. For more information about sponsoring the 2018 Women's Leadership Conference, contact Kristi Simon at 

Thank you Aronson, UMBC Training Centers, HerMind Magazine, Noblis-NSP, Tower Federal Credit Union, Unanet, The Lodestar Team of Keller Williams Integrity, Creatrix Inc., impactHR, Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, LLC, StratWealth, Advertising Media Plus, GovRealm and Payroll Network who have already signed on as 2018 Women's Leadership Conference Sponsors!
Emergency Legislation Filed to Delay Implementation of Paid Sick Leave Act

Although Governor Hogan's veto of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, also know as the Paid Sick Leave Act, was overridden during the first week of this legislative session, an emergency bill has now been filed that would delay the implementation of the bill until 60 days after February 11, 2018.

Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance Work Session

Just a week after Chamber President McClarty and nearly a dozen Chamber Board Members testified at a public hearing held by the Howard County Council to  discuss CB 1 and CB 2 , legislation regarding the Adequare Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO), a work session was held for further discussion. The session began with Howard County Economic Development Authority's President, Larry Twele, introducing Richard Clinch and Ed Steere, who presented a report produced by HCEDA on APFO and amendments to CB 1 and CB 2. The report's conclusion was that if passed as written with current amendments,the legislation would have an enormous negative impact on development within the county. Although there was debate over the report from several County Council members, further objections to the legislation were also voiced from affordable housing advocates. Unfortunately, no significant progress was made towards a change to the current legislation.
As Chamber President McClarty testified, the Chamber strongly believes that CB 1 and CB 2 need to be amended to ensure development and redevelopment in the county is not prevented unnecessarily, and that business owners are able to employ people who will actually be able to live in Howard County.
We are asking you, our Chamber members, to continue contacting the County Council at  councilmail@howardcountymd.gov, and let them know that you oppose CB 1 and CB 2 as written because there needs to be a more balanced approach to addressing future development in our county without stifling economic prosperity.

Join us at NinjaBe's Ribbon Cutting!

They are one of our newest members and we are so excited to be able to help them cut the ribbon next week!

January 26, 2018 
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
9301 Snowden River Parkway
Columbia, MD 21046
Live Hotel and Casino Recruiting for 500 New Jobs

Live Casino and Hotel is planning to open a recruiting center next month to help fill 500 jobs the facility plans to need once it opens this year. The job openings include hotel administration, food and beverage and other jobs. The hiring center will be open daily at the Arundel Mills Mall, but there is also a job fair scheduled.

Live Casino & Hotel Job Fair
February 2, 2018 - 5 - 9 p.m.
Arundel Mills Mall
Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting for AST I Trellis Learning Center

Join AST I Trellis Learning Center in Columbia for their grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony with fun and refreshments for the whole family.

February 7, 2018 - 10 a.m.
8970 Route 108, Suite B
Columbia, MD 21045

For more information email Ryan High at ryan.high@trellisservices.com.
21st Annual Chocolate Ball

The Arc of Howard County is now accepting sponsorships and reservations for their annual Chocolate Ball.

March 10, 2018 - 7 p.m. - Midnight
Turf Valley Resort
Ellicott City, MD 21042

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Volunteers Needed for HCPSS's Workforce Development Program

On March 23rd, more than 150 local high school students need your help! The students will be participating in practice job interviews as part of the Howard County School System's Workforce Development Program, Passport to the Future.

March 23, 2018 - 8 a.m. - Noon
Howard Community College
Duncan Hall/Kittleman Room

Community Meeting Scheduled to Talk About 13th High School 

The Howard County Council has announced the date of a Community Meeting to discuss High School #13.

February 1, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Auditorium of Howard High School

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Hickory Ridge Village Center Redevelopment Gets Planning Board Approval

The proposed redevelopment of Columbia's Hickory Ridge Village Center cleared another hurdle late last week when the county's Planning Board unanimously recommended the project for approval by the county Zoning Board.

Winter Restaurant Week is Here!

From now until February 5th, 30 of Howard County best restaurants are offering special menus in celebration of Winter Restaurant Week. Click below for a link to participating restaurants and to see what they are offering! 

SBA Baltimore District Office is Moving!

As of January 22, 2018, you will find the Small Business Administration's Baltimore District Office at a new address at 100 South Charles Street, Suite 1201, Baltimore, MD 21201.

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Join a Committee at the Howard County Chamber of Commerce

Interested in getting more involved with the Chamber? 

Sign up today for any of the following committees:
  • Ambassadors
  • GovConnects
  • Holiday Party
  • Legislative
  • Membership
  • Signature Events
  • YPN

Contact info@howardchamber.com to join a Howard County Chamber of Commerce Committee today!   



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