New Digs

The Howard County Chamber of Commerce (HCCC) officially has a new address. As of Sept. 5, its offices have relocated to 6240 Old Dobbin Lane, Suite 110, Columbia. The new space locates the HCCC in a more central location, with easy access to the area’s major highways and in close proximity to Columbia Gateway Office Park, Howard County’s largest business center.

Keep an eye out for the announcement of an open house.

New Office, New Administrator

The HCCC has announced the addition of Karen O’Conner as its new office administrator. The Baltimore native, who recently moved to Finksburg, brings considerable work experience to the position — as well as the multi-tasking skills her colleagues assumed she also has, and with a husband and five kids, all of whom are at home.

Elected Officials Meet ’n Greet

The 2017 Elected Officials Meet & Greet attracted more than 130 people to new HCCC member La Palapa Grill & Cantina, on Main Street, Ellicott City, despite some serious rain clouds overhead. Dozens of elected officials, including Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes, spent the occasion mixing and mingling with the crowd.

There were also numerous candidates running for the 2018 Howard County Council race in attendance; and, as always, many people representing elected officials and government agencies also came out for the event. Thank you to Premier Sponsor Comcast, and to La Palapa.

Luncheon to Feature Martirano

When we think of September, we think about back-to-school time. On that note, save the date of Sept. 14 for the HCCC’s Member Lunch, which will feature Howard County Public School System Interim Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano.

Martirano will talk about the State of the School System and what’s new this school year, the challenges facing the school system and what the future holds. To register, call 410-730-4111.

A Night of Illusion

Join the HCCC for this year’s Signature Event, “A Night of Illusion,” where more than 500 business, community and political leaders will be entertained by illusionist Jason Bishop.
The evening will begin with a reception with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and plenty of time to mix and mingle. Guests will then be treated to dinner at Turf Valley; then the magic begins with Bishop, who will perform illusions such as double levitation and some slight of hand. There are sponsorship opportunities remaining for the event. Interested parties can contact Kristi Simon at [email protected].