Dear Chamber Members and Friends:

This time of year marks the beginning of spring. It is a time of great expectation and anticipation. We look forward to the warm air, flowers blooming, no snow shoveling and the O’s starting another run at the pennant. Spring also means the development of the “Howard County Chamber Salute to Business.”

For the Chamber, this time of year also lends itself to a time of reflection and preparation. We look forward to bringing on new board members and their heightened sense of excitement, all the while looking back and honoring the men and women whose service is coming to an end. We begin to think of new plans for growth and development, yet looking back to past accomplishments and challenges.

It was just a year ago that we completed a new, three-year strategic plan, only to begin implementation this year. It was just a year ago that we began evaluating our internal structure, only to make staffing modifications and thereby welcoming three new members to the Chamber team.

Spring affords us the opportunity to thank the companies and individuals that make this Chamber what it is today. The ensuing pages will share insights on our member companies. The things they share may be news to you, but we see these things each and every day. These companies serve their Chamber, community, clients and employees in some of the most admirable ways. It is truly an honor for me to work with such an esteemed group.
This Chamber continues to grow and evolve, and it is because of you, our members. I have said on many occasions that a chamber is only as strong as the businesses that choose to invest in it. For those firms in Howard County that have not had the opportunity to participate in our many programs and events, I personally invite you to check us out.

Then, a year from now, when you look back, I believe you will truly say, “The Howard County Chamber is truly building something here.”