January 4, 2018
  LEGISLATIVE ACTION UPDATE
Chamber Deploying New Technology Ahead of Legislative Session

We are excited to announce that we will be enhancing our advocacy efforts this year using new technology to track the upcoming legislative session in Annapolis. We will be offering real time updates on the progress of bills we are tracking and new tools to make it easier for you, our members, to share your thoughts directly with legislators. We will be sharing more information next week, including the launch of a special site dedicated to these advocacy efforts.
Make Your Voices Heard in Annapolis at 2018 Business Day and Legislative Reception

The 2018 legislative session is almost here, so it's time to make sure our legislators know where Howard County's business owners stand on the policies expected to come up this year.

As part of that effort, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce is offering member pricing for our Chamber members who would like to participate in their 2018 Business Day and Legislative Reception on January 17th. Attendees will get to connect with state governmental policymakers, meet members of the General Assembly, build their networks with business leaders from across Maryland and add a voice in support of economic growth and private sector job creation.

For more information or to register at the member price, click here.

  CHAMBER NEWS
Chamber Staff Planning Day of Service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Chamber staff is taking part in the county-wide Day of Service this January to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by volunteering at the Howard County Food Bank. We will be taking in donations from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on January 15th, and encourage you to stop by with canned fruit, cereal, soup, pasta, peanut butter and anything else on the  Food Bank's Most Needed List .

If you want to take part in the Day of Service, but don't know where to start, check out the Volunteer Center of Howard County for a list of opportunities for individuals and families! 
 UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS
Mix it up with YPN at Two Merriweather

You've been watching the progress in Downtown Columbia, but now you finally have a chance to get inside Two Merriweather. Plus, you get to mix and mingle with the Young Professionals Network of Howard County!

January 10, 2018 - 5 - 7 p.m.
Two Merriweather
10960 Grantchester Way, 5th Floor
Columbia, MD 21044
First Member Lunch of 2018 to Focus on the State of Healthcare in Howard County

Join us for a look at the state of healthcare in Howard County and a glimpse into the future from those who will shape it moderated by Paul Skalny, Managing Director of Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, LLC and Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Howard County General Hospital. 

January 18, 2018
11 a.m - 1:30 p.m.
Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel

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2018 Annual Partnerships & Event Sponsorships Now Available!
We have a new office, a new look, and now we're launching a new approach to our annual Chamber sponsorship opportunities! We have streamlined our offerings for 2018 to give you, our members, annual partnership packages and event sponsorship packages that are clearer and will help you ensure your business is getting the most out of your investment with the Chamber.


For more information about our new 2018 Guide to Annual Partnerships, you can call Chamber President/CEO Leonardo McClarty at 410-730-4111 x107 or email him at lmcclarty@howardchamber.com.
 CHAMBER MEMBER NEWS
Columbia Association Wants to Hear From Millennials

Columbia Association (CA) is seeking Columbia residents, employees and students between the ages of 17 and 35 to be part of the new Millenials Work Group and share ideas about how to serve them better. 

Welcome to the Chamber!

We are so proud to welcome the following new members this month!
 Happy Anniversary to the members who started it all!!!
The following organizations joined the HCCC this week in history, and in this case, are some of our original members who helped jump start the Chamber.
  • BB&T  - 48 Year Anniversary!!!
  • BGE  - 48 Year Anniversary!!!
  • Columbia Association  - 48 Year Anniversary!!!
  • Cugle, Hann & Burk Insurance Associates  - 48 Year Anniversary!!!
  • M&T Bank  - 48 Year Anniversary!!!
  • Talkin & Oh, LLP  - 48 Year Anniversary!!!
  • The Howard Hughes Corporation  - 48 Year Anniversary!!!
 IN THE LOOP
New Year, New Brand at MCE

The Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship's Marketing Matters Program will be joined by a panel of marketing experts to discuss how to improve your marketing strategies in 2018.

January 12, 2018 - Noon - 1:30 p.m.
MCE, 9250 Bendix Road
Columbia, MD 21045

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HR Strategies Series at MCE

MCE is offering a three-part human resource strategy group geared towards startups and small businesses.

January 17, 2018 - Noon - 1:30 p.m.
MCE, 9250 Bendix Road
Columbia, MD 21045
USA Bobsled/Skeleton Team Benefit

BMW and USA Bobsled/Skeleton are hosting a free benefit for Team USA's athletes preparing to represent the Stars and Stripes at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.

January 23, 2018 - 7 - 10 p.m.
InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf
801 Wharf Street, SW

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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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