Chamber Connections  
February 23, 2018
New Sick Leave Law
What You Need to Know!

On January 12th, the Maryland General Assembly enacted HB1, the Healthy Working Families Act (HWFA), overriding Governor Hogan’s veto. HWFA just became effective February 11th with nearly all Central Maryland Chamber (CMC) employers becoming covered by this new law. 

Christine Walters (JD, MAS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR) of FiveL Company, is an experienced human resource consultant and employment law attorney. As a member of the CMC’s Legislative Committee, she is providing an important overview of the law’s impact. Click below for what you need to know!
Spirit of Community
Awards Dinner
Monday, March 19th | 6pm-9pm | The Hotel at Arundel Preserve

Join the CMC in recognizing our most outstanding citizens!

This event celebrates public servants (educators, military service members, police, fire, and other first res ponders) for making our community the best place to live, work, play, and run a business!

The CMC is currently seeking sponsors ranging from a $2000 Platinum Sponsorship through $400 Table Sponsors. Individual tickets are available for $65/person.

For more information, contact the Chamber office at 410-672-3422 or email .
Thank you to our Corporate Event Sponsors!
Main Event Sponsor 
Live! Casino & Hotel

Platinum Partners: AJ Properties * The Halle Companies * USM Foundation

Gold Partners: Academy Yard * Anne Arundel Community College * BB&T * Bank of Glen Burnie * Dolben * HeimLantz, P.C. * Reliable Contracting * University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Silver Partners: Atlas Container Company * Fisher Law Office * Landesign *
Lynn Nichols of Douglas Realty *Southern Management Corporation * The UPS Store
Women Mean Business Luncheon
Wednesday, February 28th | 11:30AM - 1:00PM

Did you know that women outnumber men in the heart health battle and it is the number 1 cause of death for women? Linda Penkala from Corporate Pit Stop will be sharing with us the Nine Pillars for the Prevention of Heart Disease at our February 28th meeting and discussing how workplace stress can increase your risk. Come and learn some relaxation techniques and reduce your risk factors today! Invite a friend to join you for this lifesaving presentation!

Members - $20 | Non-members - $25
Ribbon Cutting
Shape Your Body Fitness
Wednesday, February 28 | 5:00PM - 6:00PM

New Member, Shape Your Body Fitness, LLC, will hold their grand opening ribbon cutting event on Wednesday, Feb 28th, 5:00-6:00pm. Come out and help us welcome one of our newest members celebrate their grand opening!

Attention Business Owners
Emerging Leaders Training

If you’re looking for a solution to grow your small business in 2018, the SBA has the answer!
Recruitment for the SBA’s Emerging Leaders 2018 training cycle is now underway at the SBA Baltimore District Office and we’re looking for interested small businesses.
Since 2008, Emerging Leaders has trained more than 4,000 promising small business owners in under-served communities, and continues its impact in helping small business owners grow and create jobs. 
Interested entrepreneurs can find more information and apply at by March 2, 2018. 
Business Connections Network Launching Group 3 !

On April 3rd, the Central Maryland Chamber will launch its 3rd Business Connections Network, a premier networking group focused on connecting business professionals, sharing leads and building strategic relationships throughout Central Maryland.

This is a new ( free ) benefit for CMC members. Non-members are welcome to attend one meeting as a guest, but must join the chamber to continue with the group. There is an exclusivity rule of one member per business industry. If interested in joining the group or learning more, contact Nancy LaJoice at or 410-672-3422 x4. 
Dear Chamber Member:

The Chamber of Commerce has partnered with energy experts, CQI Associates, to offer you the services of the Chamber Energy Purchasing Cooperative Program . As part of an ongoing effort to provide value to our members, we are happy to announce the Spring 2018 enrollment campaign is underway.

Increased Purchasing Power in procuring competitive electric and natural gas rates.
Budget Stability by offering Fixed Rate energy supply costs.
Year-round Customer Support through CQI Associates. 
NO FEE to join the Co-op and one application covers ALL of your electricity and natural gas accounts for ALL locations.

To participate, please select date above (Ctrl + Click) and continue to registration page.
1.   Obtain a Letter of Authorization from
your Chamber website or contact CQI Associates .
2.   Complete and Sign the Letter of Authorization.
3.   Provide a recent copy of your Utility bill(s), all pages, for all accounts you are enrolling and a copy of your current contract, if applicable.
Scan and email full copies of all documents to or fax to 410-630-5911

Mail the originals to:

Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce
8385 Piney Orchard Parkway
Odenton, MD 21113
The application deadline for the Chamber of
Commerce Energy Purchasing Cooperative
program is Friday, March 2, 2018.
Questions? Please contact:

Joe Tabeling - (443)472-3870
Greg Pasha –  (443)745-8487

"Serving Chamber Members as the Trusted Energy Advisor since 2004"
I encourage you to get involved and join any of the following committees:
Economic Development
Military Affairs 
Small Business 
Women Mean Business
For more information on committees click HERE .   To join a committee please email: .
If you have a question reach out to me directly:
Committees are the backbone to a successful chamber. I look forward to your continued engagement with the chamber!  
Raj Kudchadkar, J.D., M.P.P.
President & CEO
Central Maryland Chamber
Invite Your Friends to Join the Chamber
 Receive a $25 Gift Certificate!

The CMC has a new program to help build and strengthen our chamber network. The more members, the more connections, introductions, opportunities and resources for all. Who do you know who could benefit from being connected to hundreds of businesses throughout Central Maryland? Recruit a Friend and receive your choice of a $25 gift card from any of the chamber partners listed below. 
Member Anniversaries - February
49 Years-
Poist Gas Company

34 Years-
NAI- The Michael Companies Inc.

26 Years-
Chesapeake Telephone Systems, Inc.

23 Years-
Schembari Family Dentistry

22 Years-
Fort George G. Meade
Odenton Regional Library
W.F. Chesley Real Estate, Inc.

10 Years-
The Dolben Company, Inc.
Prince George's Community College
Rotary Club of West Anne Arundel County

8 Years-
Law Offices of Kirk Halpin & Associates
Marathon Financial
Righttime Medical Care
Somerset Constructions Company

7 Years-
Berkshire Communities
6 Years-
Live! Casino & Hotel
Mid Atlantic Systems

5 Years-
Chesapeake Career Management Services

4 Years-
Home Care Assistance of Annapolis
Mullen, Sondberg, Wimbish, and Stone, P.A.
Talking Well Consulting

3 Years-
Southern Management Corporation

1 Year-
American K9 LLC
Family Services, Inc.
Steve Oliff- Coldwell Banker Residential Broker
Success In Style
ZIPS Dry Cleaners- Harbor East
Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 28th

Wednesday, February 28th

Wednesday, March 7th

Thursday, March 15th
Committee Meetings

Odenton Action Coalition
Thursday, March 1st- 9:00AM
Chamber Conference Room- Odenton

Small Business Committee
Tuesday, March 6th- 9:00AM
Chamber Conference Room- Odenton

Military Affairs Committee
Thursday, March 8th- 9:00AM
Chamber Conference Room- Odenton
Member Benefits
Have Good News to Promote?
Let us know about your events, awards, or any distinctions we can share with the CMC’s extensive network. We will take your good news and put it in the Member News section. The CMC’s newsletter has a large reach and goes out to nearly 4,000 businesses. Email to share your good news. Just another way the CMC is promoting your business!  
Thank you to our 2018 Corporate Trustees!
Diamond Trustees:
Platinum Trustees: 
Gold Trustees: